Huskies Break Out On Offense, Down Idaho 41-27

Sept. 28, 2002

Sept. 28, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) - Cody Pickett threw for 438 yards - the second-most in Washington history - and three touchdowns as the 13-ranked Huskies defeated Idaho 41-27 Saturday.

Coach Rick Neuheisel spoke all week about improving Washington's option attack, but there was no need because of Pickett's arm. By halftime, he was 22-of-31 for 293 yards, and the Huskies led 28-3.

Washington (3-1) sustained a big setback, however. Standout receiver Reggie Williams didn't return after spraining his left knee early in the second quarter. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.

Pickett was 32-of-44 without an interception, one week after throwing for 404 yards in a 38-7 victory over Wyoming. He holds the school record of 455 yards, set in last year's win over Arizona.

Idaho quarterback Brian Lindgren was 22-of-38 for 309 yards and two TDs, but the Vandals (1-4) haven't beaten Washington since 1905. At least they kept it closer than last year's 53-3 loss.

Even without Williams, Pickett dissected the Idaho defense. In the second quarter, he threw to tight end Kevin Ware for touchdowns of 9 and 2 yards, and found Charles Frederick for a 74-yard TD play.

Frederick also returned a kickoff 43 yards midway through the third quarter, setting up a 20-yard field goal by John Anderson for a 31-10 lead. Anderson also kicked a 36-yard field goal in the fourth to make it 41-20.

The Washington defense contributed, too. Safety Greg Carothers helped the Huskies to a 7-0 lead when he scooped a one-bounce fumble by Idaho's Blair Lewis and ran 25 yards to the end zone five minutes after the opening kickoff.

The Vandals finally got organized late in the second quarter, moving 48 yards in 30 seconds to score on a 49-yard field goal by Keith Stamps on the final play of the half. That cut the lead to 28-3.

After the Vandals forced Washington's first punt in two games during the third quarter, Lindgren needed only three plays to get Idaho to 28-10 on a 16-yard TD pass to Christopher Belser.

Pickett was too much, though. The only time he was denied was when the sideline official ruled his dive toward the end zone midway through the third period wasn't good enough for a TD.

Unable to find an open receiver, Pickett faked out linebacker Chad Kodama and leaped for the pylon. The ball, though, was placed at the 1 for fourth down, and Anderson kicked his first field goal.

Rich Alexis capped another Washington drive with a 2-yard TD dive.

By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer

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