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Shaq Thompson scores 2 defensive touchdowns, Washington routs Illinois 44-19

  • Washington wide receiver John Ross, center, is tackled by Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) and linebacker T.J. Neal Jr. (52) in  the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington wide receiver John Ross, center, is tackled by Illinois defensive back Taylor Barton (3) and linebacker T.J. Neal Jr. (52) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington running back Jesse Callierin (24) steps in for a touchdown against Illinois in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington running back Jesse Callierin (24) steps in for a touchdown against Illinois in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington running back Jesse Callierin (24) hugs running back Dwayne Washington, right, after Washington scored a touchdown the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

    Washington running back Jesse Callierin (24) hugs running back Dwayne Washington, right, after Washington scored a touchdown the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)  (The Associated Press)

Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.

Thompson became the first Washington player in 20 years to score via fumble and interception in the same game. Reggie Reser accomplished the feat in 1994 in a victory over California.

Washington quarterback Cyler Miles threw a 75-yard touchdown to John Ross as part of a 21-point blitz that took less than six minutes of the first half. Dwayne Washington's 12-yard TD run gave the Huskies a 28-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter.

Wes Lunt threw for 230 yards for the Fighting Illini (2-1), but was unable to take advantage of Washington's depleted secondary. Illinois was trying for just the fifth 3-0 start in the past 25 years.