Huskies Crush No. 23 Ducks
Nov 16, 2002
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Cody Pickett threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns andset the Pac-10 record for single-season passing yardage in Washington's 42-14victory over No. 23 Oregon on Saturday.
Pickett increased his total to 3,818 yards to surpass Ryan Leaf, who threwfor 3,637 yards for Washington State in 1997.
Washington has one game left, and Saturday's win helped the Huskies (6-5,2-4) avoids their first losing season since 1976. The Huskies play conferenceleader Washington State next week in the Apple Cup.
The Ducks (7-4, 3-4) were ranked sixth after a 6-0 start, but they've lostfour of their last five. Oregon hadn't lost its home finale in its previousnine seasons.
Reggie Williams caught 14 passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. RichAlexis had 30 carries for 122 yards and two scores.
Oregon jumped out to a first-quarter lead on Jason Fife's 8-yard touchdownpass to Samie Parker, followed by a 37-yard pass to Jason Willis, who foiledtwo converging defenders with a running catch.
Washington came back with a 5-yard scoring run by Alexis, who flipped intothe end zone to make it 14-7. The Huskies tied it on Pickett's 23-yard TD passto Williams midway through the second quarter.
Oregon tried backup quarterback Kellen Clemens to start the second half, butthe experiment failed. Clemens' first pass attempt was picked off by Washingtoncornerback Derrick Johnson.
On the next play, Alexis ran 13 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskiesahead 21-14. It got worse for the Ducks when normally accurate kicker JaredSiegel missed a 39-yard field goal attempt.
Late in the third quarter, Keenan Howry fumbled a punt return, and theturnover resulted in Pickett's 6-yard TD pass to Patrick Reddick to make it28-14.
Pickett found Williams twice in the fourth quarter with scoring passes of 47and 41 yards.
Pickett also set a school record with 467 career completions, surpassingDamon Huard's mark of 458, set from 1992-95.
Fife, who returned for the Ducks late in the third quarter, completed 10 of29 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon's star tailback, Onterrio Smith, did not suit up for the game becauseof a sore right big toe. Smith, who sprained the toe in last weekend's loss toWashington State, was limited in practice earlier this week but had beenconsidered probable for the game.
The Ducks made the decision at kickoff not to start Smith, who has 1,101yards rushing this season with 12 touchdowns.
It might have been the last home game at Oregon for Smith, who could declarehimself eligible for the NFL draft. The Ducks go on the road for next week'sCivil War against Oregon State.