On paper, a 48-0 win over Toledo in Week 5 may look like maybe the least significant victory of Washington's 1991 season.

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On paper, a 48-0 win over Toledo in Week 5 may look like maybe the least significant victory of Washington’s 1991 season.

But the game against the Rockets held some special meaning for UW players and coaches due to the man calling the shots on the other sideline — Gary Pinkel. Pinkel had been a UW assistant for 12 years and was offensive coordinator on the 1990 team before taking the head-coaching job at Toledo.

When Toledo returned to UW for a game on Oct. 12, 1991 — a contest scheduled in 1987 — he became the first former assistant of Don James to face his old boss at Husky Stadium.

The game, though, was projected to be such a rout that there was no Las Vegas line. And the game went to form as UW scored 21 points in the first 12 minutes and led 34-0 at halftime, eventually gaining 548 yards to Toledo’s 160.

The Huskies threw four touchdown passes, three to Mario Bailey, in improving to 5-0 and staying ranked No. 3.

Afterward, UW players and coaches lined up to shake Pinkel’s hand and wish him good luck.

“I’ll always remember this,” Pinkel said later.

And Pinkel recovered nicely enough from the defeat, leading Toledo to a 5-5-1 record that season and a 73-37-3 record from 1991-2000 before becoming the head coach at Missouri.

Bob Condotta

Week 5: UW 48, Toledo 0