SEATTLE — The lead, predictably, was already expansive when freshman wide receiver Darrell Daniels sprinted down the field.
Washington was up 21 points with 2 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Daniels struck kick returner Cameron Gupton so hard Gupton’s helmet flew off.
It bounced then rolled, inanimate and without direction. Much like Idaho State.
Washington beat Idaho State, 56-0, on Saturday at Husky Stadium. The Huskies led 42-0 at halftime. Starting quarterback Keith Price was done for the day even prior to that. Many among the 67,093 moved to the sun and booze of The Zone, a party place adjacent to the stadium, for the second half.
The view of Lake Washington became preferred to the bullying taking place on the field during which Washington moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. It was the Huskies’ largest margin of victory since a 66-0 shutout of Oregon on Oct. 26, 1974.
Idaho State (2-1) is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision. Some of the lower division programs, such as Eastern Washington, provide competence when playing foes like 17th-ranked Washington.
Not the Bengals. Not Saturday.
The Huskies rolled to 680 total yards, second-most in school history. It was their third consecutive game with more than 500 yards of offense. It’s the first time in school history Washington has surpassed that total in three consecutive game.
“So many cool things,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said.
Saturday was a three-hour game of stop-hitting-yourself-in-the-face for Idaho State. Washington played the crass older brother that would strike the younger, feeble sibling with his own hand over and over while advising against it. This lasted for four quarters.
Eight different Washington players scored touchdowns. Among them were several firsts: Backup quarterback Cyler Miles hit touted freshman wide receiver John Ross with a pass in the flat that Ross turned into a 57-yard touchdown.
After three ACL tears, running back Deontae Cooper had the busiest day of his career. He carried 14 times for 59 yards and scored the final touchdown of the afternoon. Price was so happy for Coope, he said he almost shed a tear.
Redshirt freshman running back Dwayne Washington also scored. He rebounded from a butter-handed outing in Chicago when he fumbled twice in two carries against Illinois last week.
Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was involved early. He said he was “embarrassed” by the way he played in Chicago. Sarkisian challenged him Tuesday at practice to up his level. Seferian-Jenkins had five catches for 62 yards.
Everyone who was eligible to play Saturday played. Miles eventually gave way to third-string quarterback Jeff Lindquist.
Running back Bishop Sankey had four carries, but was able to gain 77 yards. He landed on his shoulder, so Washington removed him as a precaution. Sarkisian said it’s nothing serious.
“I just didn’t feel the need to put him back in,” Sarkisian said.
That’s because there was none.
Price was 16-for-21 passing and is completing 77 percent of his passes after three games. Miles showed his swift legs at the bottom of a long frame (he’s 6 foot 4) when he ran for 61 yards. He was angled off four yards short of the end zone.
“I’ve got to get in on that one,” said Miles, who finished 5-for-7 for 97 yards.
Everything other than 16 penalties for 130 yards was Smurfs and rainbows Saturday for the Huskies. Many of the penalties were false starts. Many were also by the first unit, continuing an early-season trend of imprecision. Washington had 12 penalties last week against Illinois.
“We’ve fixed a lot of things in this program over the last five years,” Sarkisian said. “We’ll fix the penalties, believe me.”
Nothing else was of concern on a lopsided Saturday.