Washington vs. Arizona Postgame Notes
Oct. 12, 2002
The Huskies have had to make a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Wildcats in each of the last three seasons (all at Husky Stadium). Today, the UW trailed 28-26 with 12:41 left in the fourth. In the Rick Neuheisel era, the Huskies have had to come from behind in 21 of 30 wins (in the fourth quarter or not), including 14 times in the fourth quarter.
Washington junior QB Cody Pickett moved past the late Don Heinrich (1949-52) and Steve Pelluer (1980-83) into sixth place on the Washington career passing yards list. With 345 yards today, Pickett now has 4,666 career passing yards.
With six games still remaining in the season, Pickett has already thrown for 2,251 yards this season. That ranks No. 6 on the UW single season passing list. With six games left, Pickett needs only 319 more yards to take over the No. 1 spot on the Husky single-season list.
With 25 pass completions today, Pickett also moves up from ninth to seventh on the UW career completions. He now has a career total of 346.
Pickett extended his school-records for career 300-yard passing games to eight and consecutive 300-yard passing games to six. He has thrown for 300 or more yards in each of this season's six games and is the only Husky ever to reach that plateau in more than two straight.
UW senior kicker John Anderson moved past Chuck Nelson into second place on the UW career scoring chart. Anderson, with eight points today, has 278 career points scored. Nelson (1980-82) scored 271. The Husky career scoring record holder is Jeff Jaeger (1983-86), who scored 358 points.
Anderson's 52-yard field goal in the third quarter was the third-longest (tied) in Husky history and the fifth 50-plus yard field goal of his career. No other Husky has kicked more than two 50-yarders in his career.
Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Williams set a single-game career high with three touchdowns. With 184 receiving yards today, Williams now has 1,628 career yards, moving him up to seventh all-time in UW history, passing Spider Gaines (1975-78) who had 1,529 receiving yards. Williams is now 466 yards away from No. 1 in just his second season as a Husky.
Today also marked Williams' third 100-yard receiving game this season, tying him for fourth with six other performances on the UW individual season list. Williams also had three 100-yard receiving games in 2001.
Husky junior tailback Rich Alexis' second-quarter touchdown was the 20th rushing TD of his career. That moves him into a tie for ninth place on the UW career rushing TD list, along with Marques Tuiasosopo. Napoleon Kaufman, with 33 career rushing scores, holds the Washington record.
The first two drives of today's game - one each for UA and UW - both lasted 14 plays. Arizona's drive tied for the ninth longest in UW opponent history in terms of total plays. Washington's 14-play drive was its 13th longest (tied) ever.
When the Huskies turned Chris Massey's second-quarter interception into a touchdown, it marked the 10th time in 11 tries this season that the UW has converted an opponent turnover into points. By contrast, UW opponents have turned only four of the Huskies' 14 turnovers into a score this season, including today.
With five sacks today, the Huskies have totalled 22 sacks on the season, surpassing their total from all of last year, when they had 20.
Arizona's opening drive, which covered 80 yards on 14 plays, marked the first time Arizona has scored a TD on its first possession this season. It also marked the most plays and most time expired in a UA scoring drive this year. The final play of the drive was halfback Beau Carr's first career TD.
With his first quarter reception, Arizona receiver Bobby Wade has now caught a pass in 37 consecutive games, five shy of the Pac-10 record of 42, set by UA's Dennis Northcutt (1996-99). Wade now has 21 career TD receptions, third highest in school history.
Andrae Thurman and Bobby Wade each topped 100 yards receiving today, marking the second time this season they've both had 100 or more in the same game. They also did it on Sept. 14 vs. Utah when Wade had 175 and Thurman 165. Today is Wades's 10th career 100-yard receiving game and Thurman's second. The last time a Husky opponent had two receivers catch passes for more than 100 yards in the same game was Oct. 7, 2000, when Oregon State's Chad Johnson and Robert Prescott did it.