SEATTLE (Ticker) -- Cody Pickett threw for three second-quarter touchdowns, including a 74-yard strike to Charles Frederick, propelling 13th-ranked Washington to a 41-27 victory over Idaho.
Pickett improved his school record by recording his fourth straight 300-yard game, completing 32-of-44 passes for 438 yards. He already has thrown for 1,507 yards this season, completing 116-of-169 passes with 10 touchdowns.
The junior threw for the second most passing yards in a game in Huskies history. He owns the school mark with a 455-yard performance in last year's win over Arizona.
Only four times has a Washington signal-caller thrown for more than 400 yards. Pickett has done it on three occasions.
Additionally, Pickett moved past Mark Brunell (1989-92) and into ninth place on Washington's career completions list with 286.
"That's cool, but I'm not really worried about (records) right now. We're trying to get wins. It's something that, when I'm done with my career, I can look back and be proud of," Pickett said. "We have to execute better. When we get into the red zone or across midfield, we have to capitalize and put points on the board."
Rich Alexis accounted for 151 yards of total offense. He gained 64 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown and had six catches for a career-high 87 yards.
Adversaries in the old Pacific Coast Conference, the Huskies (3-1) won their 15th straight meeting with the Vandals (1-4), dating to a tie in 1938. Washington improved to 30-0-2 at home against Idaho and leads the all-time series, 32-2-2.
Washington continues its five-game homestand with Pac-10 Conference contests against California and Arizona the next two weeks.
"We're anxious to begin play in games that ultimately matter, those being the Pac-10 Conference games," Huskies coach Rick Neuheisel said. "We're going to work hard to create some answers, especially our first-down defense, because they are giving up far too many yards."
Tight end Kevin Ware made a pair of touchdown catches in the second quarter. His three-yard effort 30 seconds into the period capped a 13-play, 90-yard drive, which consumed just over five minutes and gave the Huskies a 14-0 lead.
"We are all embarrassed about the score, but I don't think they're embarrassed about how they played," Vandals defensive coordinator Ed Lamb said. "We're embarrassed about the yards that we gave up, but we're not embarrassed about our effort and the progress we're making."
After a pair of runs from Alexis, Pickett completed his fifth career pass of 70 yards or more, improving his own school mark and increasing Washington's advantage.
"All I was thinking was, 'Don't fall on the ground, just keep running,'" Frederick said. "Then I was thinking, 'I just need one more block.' Then I saw Wilbur Hooks come out of nowhere and get that block that I needed."
Ware then made a nine-yard TD catch with just 30 seconds remaining in the half as the Huskies entered the locker room with a commanding 28-3 lead. The senior became the first Huskies tight end to register two or more touchdown passes in a game since October 2, 1999, when Jerramy Stevens accomplished the feat.