Huskies Pull Away From Stanford, 42-28
Nov 3, 2001
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Willie Hurst swears his teammates do all the work.
'I just had the easy part - running,' the Washington tailback said.
Hurst made it look simple enough, as the No. 11 Huskies showed they do havea running game after all in a 42-28 victory over No. 10 Stanford on Saturday.
He scored three touchdowns, including one that broke a 28-all tie with 3:48left, and another with 4 seconds on the clock. Washington entered the gameeighth in the Pac-10 in rushing.
Hurst finished with 108 yards on 22 carries, a week after running for 185yards against Arizona State. Coach Rick Neuheisel has been emphasizing the needto get the running game untracked.
Both teams came into the game with only one loss in Pac-10 play, andcouldn't afford another. The five-team conference race will be more clear now,and after UCLA's game at Washington State. The Bruins and Cougars also had oneloss each.
Stanford (5-2, 4-2 Pac-10) beat Oregon and UCLA the last two weeks, butcouldn't make it three big wins in a row.
Washington (7-1, 5-1 Pac-10) just keeps on winning in the final minutes. Itwas the Huskies' sixth victory decided in the final period and 11th in twoyears.
'Somehow, some way we came up with some big, big plays down the stretch,'Neuheisel said. 'It's been that way for our football team for a long timenow.'
Ware caught an 18-yard pass to bring Washington to the 15, and had an11-yard reception that gave the Huskies a first down on the 3.
Hurst ran 2 yards into the end zone, then scored the final TD on a 15-yardrun. He also had a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter.
Stanford tied it at 28 with 10:01 remaining on Brian Allen's 8-yardtouchdown run, his second touchdown of a 138-yard rushing day. The Cardinalwere successful on the 2-point conversion when quarterback Chris Lewiscompleted a pass to Teyo Johnson.
They had one final chance with 2:22 left in the game but Washingtoncornerback Roc Alexander broke up a pass intended for Johnson on fourth down.Lewis was 19-of-34 for 231 yards and an interception, with no touchdowns.
Stanford is now aiming just for a postseason bid, with its chances ofwinning the Pac-10 all but gone.
'That goal is probably removed from the list of things we can accomplish,'Cardinal coach Tyrone Willingham. 'In this conference it's a rarity a teamwins a conference title with two losses.'
These comeback Huskies also were the quick-strike Huskies for much of theday.
Washington started two straight second-quarter scoring drives in good fieldposition at its own 49 and took only 1:39 combined off the clock for twotouchdowns. What's more, the Huskies' first touchdown of the second half byHurst took only 57 seconds off the clock.
That gave Washington a 28-13 lead, but it didn't last long. Stanfordanswered with an 80-yard touchdown run by Allen to pull within 28-20.
Washington showed a balanced offense it has lacked for most of the season.
In addition to Hurst, receiver Reggie Williams caught three passes for 74yards and an 8-yard touchdown before leaving the game in the third quarter witha quad contusion.
Pickett completed 15 of 28 passes for 291 yards and an 8-yard TD run.
Hurst found success against a Stanford defense that led the conference inrushing defense and held UCLA star tailback DeShaun Foster to 77 yards in theCardinal's upset of the Bruins a week earlier. Foster entered Saturday's gameat Washington State as the nation's fourth-leading rusher.
'We decided to take it at them no matter what they did in the past,'Washington offensive lineman Khalif Barnes said.
The Huskies had been waiting for a game like this.
Every aspect of Washington's game was effective. For example, freshmanpunter Derek McLaughlin booted a 56-yard punt when his team needed it from deepin its own territory.
Stanford safety Simba Hodari left in the third quarter with a concussion andhead injury. He was moved onto a stretcher on the field and taken by ambulanceto Harborview Medical Center, where he was to spend the night.
On-field medics conducted tests to check for spinal cord injuries and hepassed those, able to move his extremities. Doctors said he had full motorfunction and was progressing.
The game was delayed about 10 minutes after he was hurt with 1:34 left inthe third quarter after he collided with Washington's Charles Frederick duringa Pickett scramble.
'You can't help but think about it during the rest of the game, but youhave to refocus and keep playing,' Stanford safety Tank Williams said.
A year ago, Washington safety Curtis Williams was paralyzed from the neckdown while making a tackle during an Oct. 28 game at Stanford.
Also leaving Saturday's game were Cardinal receiver Kerry Carter and Huskiessplit end Wilbur Hooks Jr., both with shoulder injuries.