Huskies Smelling Like Roses!
Nov. 18, 2000
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington reached the Rose Bowl for the first time ineight years, with Marques Tuiasosopo throwing three touchdown passes in a 51-3victory over Washington State on Saturday.
The sixth-ranked Huskies (10-1, 7-1 Pac-10) tied with Oregon State andOregon for the conference lead, but edged the Ducks and Beavers in thetiebreaker for the trip to Pasadena.
Washington, which beat Oregon State 33-30 in Seattle on Oct. 7, clinched theberth by winning the Apple Cup game after Oregon State beat Oregon earlier inthe day.
Even though the Huskies lost to Oregon, they won the tiebreaker based onnon-conference records. Washington went 3-0, while the Ducks won two and lostto Wisconsin.
Tuiasosopo completed 11 of 20 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Hebecame the first Huskies quarterback with back-to-back 2,000-yard seasons sinceSonny Sixkiller in 1971-72.
Tuiasosopo hit Justin Robbins on scoring passes of 6 and 34 yards. WilburHooks Jr. scored on a 19-yard pass from the Washington senior quarterback.
Washington racked up 526 yards of offense to the Cougars' 210 in cold MartinStadium, with temperatures in the 20s.
Tailbacks Rich Alexis and Braxton Cleman contributed to a strong rushingeffort that netted 336 yards. Alexis carried 11 times for 122 yards and a1-yard touchdown. Cleman rushed for 105 yards on 15 carries and also scored ona 3-yard run.
Washington State (4-7, 2-6) was frequently started drives deep in its ownterritory and was hurt by penalties. The Cougars were flagged 15 times for 108yards, often after long plays.
Washington State's Matt Kegel, making only his second start, was battered bythe Huskies. He completed 12 of 28 for 122 yards and one interception. He wassacked twice. Dave Minnich carried 19 times for 113 yards for the Cougars.
Drew Dunning kicked a 33-yard field goal late in the third period forWashington State's score.
It was the second time in his career that Tuiasosopo threw three touchdownpasses in a game. He also threw for three scores last season against Oregon.
By the time the result of the Oregon State-Oregon game was announced in thefirst quarter, the Huskies held a 13-0 lead and took a 27-0 lead into thelocker room at halftime.
Tuiasosopo left the game after the third quarter, with the Huskies up 37-3.Backup Cody Pickett took over in the fourth quarter.
By JOHN K. WILEY
Associated Press Writer