The Husky receiver always believes he’ll have a career day, even if too often during his three-year stint at Washington he has shown more potential than production.

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Dante Pettis had no reason not to think Saturday’s two-touchdown performance would be his best game as a Huskies receiver.

The Husky junior receiver always believes he’ll have a career day, even if too often during his stint at Washington he has shown more potential than production.

The only difference Pettis noticed this time was the deep alignment of the Idaho Vandals’ defensive backs, who were intent on not getting beat deep.

“That was all John Ross,” Pettis said about his speedy teammate, who also had two touchdown receptions Saturday. “He opened up a lot for everybody today because of what he did last week (two long touchdown receptions and a kickoff return for a TD).”

If last week’s 48-13 season-opening win over Rutgers re-inserted Ross into the offense, then Saturday’s 59-14 victory in front of 60,678 on a postcard-perfect day at Husky Stadium established Pettis as a counter measure against teams scheming to stop Ross from going deep.

“People are afraid of him going deep, so now defenses are going to start playing a little bit deeper and letting things come underneath them,” Pettis said. “That’s what happened today.”

Pettis finished with a career-high-tying six catches for a personal-best 88 receiving yards.

On his first TD, quarterback Jake Browning scrambled right and Pettis ran along the back of the end zone before snagging a diving 21-yard reception on the first possession.

On a second-quarter drive, he broke free on a quick slant across the middle and hauled in a short pass for a 7-yard score that gave UW a 14-0 lead.

After Pettis got rolling, receiver Chico McClatcher took a bubble screen and wove 30 yards for a touchdown. Then Ross — the man Idaho was so intent on slowing down — scored on 9- and 8-yard receptions.

“Last week, it wasn’t let’s get John Ross going or let’s get Chico going or anything, it was just the things we worked on and we just so happened to get the looks that we wanted,” Ross said. “A lot of people don’t pay enough attention to Dante. He’s a really, really good receiver.

“There’s time when I’m watching his film to try and get better. He’s so good. The focus was — from a defensive perspective — let’s not get beat over the top. So they kind of forgot about another good receiver on the other side.”

Pettis, Ross (seven catches, 67 yards and two TDs) and McClatcher (3 catches, 76 yards and 1 TD) provided an array of weapons for Browning, who finished with 294 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-28 passing.

“I just like the fact that when I get out there the DBs’ eyes get big and I’m like y’all just don’t understand that Dante is about to go off,” Ross said. “I was so happy to see him do that. I’m not selfish at all. I love to see him eat and Chico eat — our whole room.”

Pettis, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound junior from San Clemente, Calif., garnered more attention as a punt returner than a receiver last year when he had 30 catches for 414 yards and one touchdown.

Despite being UW’s most accomplished receiver, he has been overshadowed by the return of Ross, who sat out in 2015 due to knee injuries.

“Dante is the complete guy,” Ross said. “He’ll run by you. He’ll give you good releases and good route breaks. He can do it all. He can block. He’s underrated. He’s the underrated guy.”

In 2015, the Huskies ranked ninth in the Pac-12 in passing, averaging 239.2 yards per game, and the receiving corps entered the season labeled the weakest position group on a championship-caliber team.

Through two blowout wins — albeit against overmatched opponents — Washington is averaging 322.5 passing yards.

“I wouldn’t say there was pressure coming into this season, but it definitely was us wanting to prove them (critics) wrong,” Pettis said. “There’s a lot of outside noise saying the receivers can’t do this or they can’t do that, but in the receivers’ room we all knew that we could.

“So if they’re saying we can’t, let’s go out and prove that we can.”