If there was any question Husky receiver John Ross III was fully back after missing last season with a knee injury, he ended it Saturday.

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If there was any question Husky receiver John Ross III was fully back after missing last season with a knee injury, he ended it with 50- and 38-yard touchdown receptions from quarterback Jake Browning in the first quarter to give Washington a 24-0 lead over Rutgers on Saturday at Husky Stadium.

UW 48, Rutgers 13

 

Updated 12:28 p.m.: Make it three touchdowns in the first half. Ross ran back a Rutgers kickoff 92 yards with just under the minutes until halftime, giving the Huskies a 31-3 lead over the Scarlet Knights. It was the fourth career kickoff return touchdown for the junior, giving him the school record by himself.

The 38-yard score was nearly identical to the Huskies’ first touchdown when Chico McClatcher beat his defender down the right sideline for a 43-yard score.

Ross, known for his great speed, beat the cornerback down the right sideline and the safety was too late. On UW’s next series, Ross ran by defenders down the middle of the field for the 50-yard TD.

Meanwhile, the UW defense held Rutgers to 10 yards in the first quarter.