Jermaine Kearse took a short pass 57 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half, one of his career-high three touchdown catches, and Washington raced past Syracuse for a 41-20 victory on Saturday.
Kearse grabbed TD receptions of 5, 57 and 28 yards, doing most of the work himself on the final two receptions, to become the first Washington receiver with three touchdown catches in a game since Reggie Williams during the 2002 season. Kearse finished with 179 yards on nine receptions.
Jake Locker threw for 289 yards and tied his career high with four TD passes, and the Huskies (1-1) offense showed the expected potency that was missing a week ago in a 23-17 loss at Brigham Young.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib ran 28 yards for a first-quarter touchdown but the Orange (1-1) couldn’t hold an early 10-0 lead.