Arizona Wrapup: Postgame Notes and Quotes
Oct. 21, 2001
The Huskies' win today extended their home-winning streak to 12 games. The last time that Washington lost in Husky Stadium was in 1999, when Arizona State handed the Huskies a 28-7 loss ... with the win, the Huskies moved to 13-4-1 all-time versus Arizona, including a current three-game win streak ... the loss was Arizona's ninth-straight Pac-10 defeat ... Arizona is 0-4 in the Pac-10 for the first time in school history.
UW quarterback Cody Pickett set a Washington school record for yards passing in a game, finishing with 455 yards (29-for-49). Pickett passed former school record-holder Cary Conklin, who had 428 yards passing versus Arizona State in 1989. Pickett's 49 passing attempts is fourth-most all-time, while his 29 completions are fifth-most.
Pickett's 473 yards of total offense (8-for-18 yards rushing) ranks No. 2 all-time behind Marques Tuiasosopo's 509 yards versus Stanford in 1999. His 57 total offensive attempts is tied for third on UW's all-time list.
Under UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, Washington has had to come from behind in 17 of its 22 wins. Of those 17 come-from-behind wins, Washington has trailed in the fourth quarter and won 12 times. The Huskies also came from behind twice in last year's win over Arizona (35-32) ... in 30 games under Neuheisel, the winning margin has been seven points or fewer 17 times (UW is 14-4 and has won 10 straight) ... the UW is 19-1 now under Neuheisel when winning the time of possession.
UW quarterback Cody Pickett became the first Husky player to complete two passes of 75 yards or more in one game.
Husky quarterback Cody Pickett now has completed three passes for 70 or more yards this season, which includes a non-scoring 74-yarder to Reggie Williams in the team's season-opening win over Michigan. Pickett is the first Husky player to ever complete three passes of 70 or more yards in his career. Three UW quarterbacks had previously completed two, 70-plus yard passes in their careers, including Damon Huard (79 and 75), Tom Porras (74 and 72 yards) and Billy Jo Hobert (71 and 70 yards).
UW's touchdown on its opening drive of the game was the first time the Huskies have scored on their opening possession in 2001.
UW quarterback Cody Pickett's 78-yard touchdown pass to Paul Arnold in the first quarter was Pickett's longest completion of his career and Arnold's longest reception. The 78-yard reception ties as the eighth-longest pass play in UW school history, tying the mark set on a Warren Moon to Spider Gaines pass in 1975 against Washington State.
With his fourth touchdown in 2001, Husky Paul Arnold's four touchdown receptions ties as the most in a season by a Husky player since Justin Robbins had four in 2000. Three of Arnold's four scores this season have been on pass completions of 42 yards or more, which includes 42 and 62-yard touchdown receptions versus California.
Husky senior flanker Patrick Reddick's 75-yard touchdown reception was the first TD and the longest reception of his career. The 75-yard reception ties as the 12th-longest in UW history.
The last time Washington had two players with 100+ yards receiving (Reddick 102, Arnold 138) was Sept. 5, 1998 at Arizona State when Reggie Davis had 110 yards and Dane Looker had 108 yards.
Washington's 78 and 75-yard receptions in the first half, were the longest passes given up by the Arizona defense in 2001. The previous long was a 49-yard reception by Washington State.
Washington's 21 first-quarter points ranks as the fifth-most points scored in the first quarter in school history. The Huskies had scored 21 points in the first quarter eight times previously, with the most recent being against Oregon State in 1999. The UW is 12-1 when scoring 21 points or more in the first quarter, with the only loss being a 32-31 battle versus Washington State in 1988.
The last time the Huskies had back-to-back games with 300-plus yards passing was in 1999, when quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 300 yards at California and 302 yards versus Stanford (UW's Taylor Barton had 316 yards passing vs. UCLA last week).
With six catches today, Arizona wide receiver Bobby Wade has caught a pass in 27 consecutive games. Wade moved up the Arizona career receptions list from 10th all-time to 8th, passing Jay Dobyns (103) and Vance Johnson (104), with 105 receptions.
UW Paul Arnold's 138 yards receiving was a career best and team season-high. It also is Arnold's second career game with 100 or more yards receiving.
Arizona sophomore half back Clarence Farmer (147 yards rushing) reached the century mark in rushing for the third time this season and sixth time in his career.
With Todd Elstrom's touchdown in the first quarter, UW has not been shut out in 234 consecutive games, dating back to 1981.
Arizona red-shirt freshman quarterback John Rattay, filling in for injured starter Jason Johnson, scored his first career rushing touchdown, with 12:30 left in the third quarter ... UA punter Ramey Peru's 62-yard punt in the third quarter was a career long, beating his previous best of 51 yards earlier this season ... UW senior free saftey Wondame Davis had his first career interception in the fourth quarter ... UA outside lineback Ray Wells also had his first career interception in the fourth ... with his two interceptions, UA senior cornerback Jermaine Chatman matched his career total ... The five UA turnovers were the most takeaways by UA this season.
Today's game marks the 75th Homecoming in Washington history. UW's all-time record in homecoming games is now 40-32-3.
Washington Head Coach Rick Neuheisel
General Remarks: 'It was an exciting game. Needless to say, unfortunately we were the major culprit as to why it was so exciting. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot and not executing to the level we were capable. Certainly give credit to Arizona. It was unfortunate that the game had to be the kind of dramatic ending it resulted in. Given all that, I am very proud of the resiliency of the kids that play here at Washington and the willingness to keep fighting until the bitter end. This had a happy ending.'
'I am fortunate to coach the kind of kids I get to coach here. I told them after the ball game, while we have to heal lots of things, bodies, offensive, defensive, penalties, and other things, we certainly have the makeup within ourselves to get that accomplished. We are a team that is still in the hunt. This wasn't the kind of victory we had hoped for, but its still a victory. There is still time to fix things and stay alive in the Pac-10 conference.'
On decision to play Cody Pickett: 'I made it this morning. I based it on him. The reason Cody has practiced, the reason Cody has played is because of Cody. He just felt like he could do it. I watched him in pregame and I thought he could be a guy we could go with. Certainly the way he started, it looked like it was going to be a great night for him.'
On performance of Cody Pickett: 'It was obvious there were some great plays, some vintage plays we have come to expect from Cody. There were also some balls I know he wants back. But, given everything, the pressure of the evening, the injury, no question some lingering doubt in his own mind, I thought it was a sensational effort. Seemed like he had a real dose of misfortune in the second half of the evening. As coaches and as players, we will fix all that. He gave me the thumbs up every time after a play. It was a remarkable deal and he just kept going. I thought his arm was right when it needs to be. On some of the deep balls, there were times he didn't have everything he needed.'
On last touchdown rushed by Cody Pickett: 'It was designed to be a throw. I am anxious to look at the tape. I thought he had Reddick. It was all the we could handle on the sideline.'
On performance of Pat Reddick: 'He wasn't getting a lot of playing time. We wanted to get him over to backup Todd Elstrom. That is where he fit in tonight. Todd forgot to come in for one play and that is when Todd left the huddle and that is when they gave us that illegal substitution.'
On 'luck' in fourth quarter: 'I am not sure I am buying the luck deal. Certainly we were fortunate tonight. There was a comment made by somebody else in this conference about our luck running out. I can flip a coin, twelve times, and I can guarantee its not going to come up heads every time. That would be luck.'
Washington Player Quotes
QUARTERBACK CODY PICKETT
On wanting to play: 'I was ready to play all week. I wanted to play last week at UCLA. It was really hard having to sit on the sidelines not being able to help your team out.'
On arm strength being 100 percent: '100 percent? No, but when you get out there and get the adrenaline going it helps a lot. After the game is when the pain starts setting in. I was fine throughout the first half but after the late hit the pain started again.'
On late hit: 'I was a naked bootleg out to the left side. I saw Wilbur open and I threw it. I didn't see the guy coming. He got me right on the spot where my shoulder is hurting.'
On the final touchdown: 'When we had that delay of game we had the same play called and so I knew that I was going to have the chance to run in. After the delay of game I was just glad to get another chance to run the play. It was a naked bootleg to the right with your receivers in the corner and you have the option to throw or run in.'
WIDE RECEIVER PAUL ARNOLD
On the receivers: 'The receivers came up really big at times. We knew we had to step up and play hard. We knew that they had a good run defense so we wanted to get out there and set the tone on offense.'
On his performance: 'I am a little upset about that dropped touchdown. That is frustrating but I had some good catches so I am not too disappointed.'
CORNERBACK ROC ALEXANDER
On his kickoff return: 'I think it set the tone for the end of the fourth quarter. We needed a big play to get the offense a score and the coaches just said, 'run.'' I had some blocks I saw and opening and I took it.'
WIDE RECEIVER TODD ELSTROM
On the Husky win: 'We're very relieved. With five turnovers in a game it's highly unlikely you're gonna come out a winner. But, with this team, anything is possible. Our defense stepped up, and our offense did as well. A lot of big plays from our receivers, like Reddick, he had a huge game. And Paul, you can't ask for anything more. Our offensive line played great as well.'
On the Husky comebacks: 'Doubt really isn't in our vocabulary. I don't know, there's a certain feeling with this team and everybody around. You just have faith in everybody that they're going to get the job done. That's what happened today.'
TAILBACK RICH ALEXIS
On whether the win was in doubt: 'I knew the whole time. We've been doing it so much that we've been getting used to it. We don't want it to come down to the end like that, but I never get nervous and never panic when it gets down to it like that. We just believe.'
On Cody Pickett's game: 'Cody's a great quarterback, he's a tough quarterback. It's not surprising to me to see what he did. I'm just happy for him and hope he continues the rest of the season like that.'
On putting teams away: 'A win is a win, but we want to put teams away earlier. But if it's not meant to be we'll continue to take the wins no matter how they come.'
LINEBACKER BEN MAHDAVI
On late defensive stand after field goal: 'We had to step up and do something for the team because we made some mistakes early on. We had to get the ball back in the offense's hands, because they were making things happen for us.'
On close wins: 'It's hard on you. I mean obviously you want to put teams away easily but sometimes it just doesn't happen.'
Arizona Head Coach John Mackovic
General Remarks: 'We played as long and as hard as we could. Our players are proud of the way they played. And I know our coaches are proud of the way they played. There are times when you play like a winner even though you don't win the game, and I think that is the way we played today. We played like winners. We played like a group of guys who work together, struggle together and overcome obstacles together. We worked so hard in an effort to win the game but we came up short. Certainly UW deserves credit for getting it down in the last four or five minutes of the game. Our guys hurt, and I think they sincerely hurt. You have to feel that way when you play as hard as we did. They spent it all. This game was a very significant step forward for our team. For a team that has been struggling to find an identity, I find this to be a very positive step forward for us. Everyone can feel better about this play today. '
On Jason Johnson: 'He was hit during a play where he scrambled and slid. A man hit him in the heard. And he could not remember throwing the two touchdown passes. Our doctors examined him and thought maybe they would let him return in the second half but they would not let him return for his safety.
On John Rattay: 'He went in and did as well as we could expect. We had to change something. That's what one has to do when you go completely to a different quarterback. But John did the best that he could in going in and understanding and getting the things done in the game that we asked him. '
On Pass Defense: ' Our pass defense gave up some big plays in the first half and that hurt us. In the second half we didn't give those plays up we stayed right in there. And we had some opportunities on the very last drive, we had our hands on the ball. We weren't able to do it.'
On Injured Players: 'Johnny Jackson was taken to the hospital for some x-rays. He strained his neck. That was a precautionary move. Mike LaCoss injured his knee on a return, he recovered a kick return and he will be out the rest of the season. John Rattay took a pretty hard hit on the very last play of the game and I'm not sure he could have continued.'
On the Running Game: 'We thought we could run the ball. Our line got off the ball and our backs ran hard. We were able to get them one-on-one across the board. That gave us some good running room and helped us. We knew without Jason we would run the ball more in which we did in the second half and it allowed us to control the clock. We had the touchdown to put us in the lead and it was virtually on the ground at that time. We made some improvement. '
On Huskies' Pass Game: 'They really didn't run very well. They came out throwing early in hopes of loosening everything up.'
On John Rattay: 'John is a movement quarterback, and so we don't have a lot of movement plays in for the quarterback. So we called couple bootlegs, called some plays so he could move in the pocket and get outside, we called a quarterback draw with him. To try to utilize the fact that he is a decent a runner, he can escape and get away a little bit.'
On Huskies Blitz: 'They had shown a high blitz tendency on third down and we thought if we blocked it we would have the chance to really crease one. They quit blitzing us and went back to their original game plan.'