Huskies Football Victorious In Nailbiter
Oct 6, 2001
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Taylor Barton enjoyed watching No. 11 Washington come frombehind to win twice in September.
On Saturday, he led the way as the Huskies did it again.
John Anderson kicked a 32-yard field goal with 3 seconds left as Washingtonrallied behind the backup quarterback to beat Southern Cal 27-24.
'I practice with intensity and I was ready to start,' said Barton, ajunior college transfer who led City College of San Francisco to the nationaltitle last year.
'I didn't come up here to be a backup.'
The Huskies have come back to win in the final quarter three times thisseason. And they did it five times in their Rose Bowl season last year.
But it was the first time since 1980 that they won on the last play of agame.
Anderson sprinted off the field with his arms fully extended in the air ashis teammates charged onto the turf in excitement with the clock at 0:00.
Anderson had missed wide right on a go-ahead field-goal attempt from 35yards with 8:37 left.
'I put my head down, closed my eyes, heard a scream and I thought to myself'Thank God it went in,'' Anderson said.
Barton, 11-for-20 for 197 yards and two touchdowns, directed the offense inall but four plays in the second half after starter Cody Pickett separated hisright shoulder in the second quarter.
Pickett was in for the first four plays after halftime but did not returnexcept to hold on kicks.
Pickett's status for next Saturday's game at undefeated and ninth-rankedUCLA was unknown. Coach Rick Neuheisel didn't rule it out.
But if Pickett isn't available, Neuheisel believes in Barton.
'I do have a lot of confidence in Taylor,' said Neuheisel, who originallyrecruited Barton to Colorado in 1998. 'You never know when your time iscoming. He took his moment in the sun and ran with it.'
Barton hit Willie Hurst for a 14-yard touchdown pass with 5:35 left for a24-17 lead, but Carson Palmer brought the Trojans right back.
Palmer completed a 58-yard pass to Kareem Kelly for a touchdown with 3:47left to tie the game at 24. The TD pass ended a string of six straightincompletions in the second half after Palmer started 7-for-7. He finished8-of-14 for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Cal (1-4, 0-3 Pac-10) has lost four straight by a combined 14points and is off to its worst start since 1958 when it also began 1-4.
'It's not a mystery,' first-year USC coach Pete Carroll said. 'You haveto make plays at the end of the game.'
The Huskies (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10), who have won 12 straight since a loss Sept.30 last year at Oregon, trailed 17-14 heading into the final quarter beforeBarton brought them back.
Barton's 13-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Williams in the third quarter tiedthe game at 14. Williams made five catches for 101 yards.
Then David Davis booted a 40-yard field goal for USC to take the leadheading into the last 15 minutes.
USC tailback Sultan McCullough carried a career-high 32 times for 132 yards.The Trojans had more rushing yards in the first quarter Saturday than in theirtwo previous games combined.
'We need to keep our heads up. We're going to win some ballgames,'McCullough said.
Pickett hurt his throwing arm when Southern Cal linebacker Bobby Otani fellon him after he ran 13 yards. Pickett left the field and underwent X-rays inthe training room. The severity of the injury was not immediately known.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound sophomore completed 7 of 13 passes for 61 yards anda touchdown before leaving with 6:32 left before halftime. He also had aninterception that was returned 22 yards by Troy Polamalu for a 14-7 USC lead.
Barton fumbled in his first drive directing the offense.
Washington tied the game at 17 on Anderson's 25-yard field goal with 11:13left. The Huskies had third-and-goal on the 3, but Barton overthrew Kevin Warein the end zone. Barton's 42-yard completion to Williams set up the field goal.
Hurst carried 19 times for 102 yards in his first game back from a hamstringinjury. He sat out last week's game at California - another fourth-quartercomeback.