Gilbertson And Huskies Win Home Opener
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Cody Pickett threw two of his three touchdown passes toReggie Williams as No. 22 Washington beat Indiana 38-13 Saturday.
Freshman tailback Shelton Sampson ran for two TDs as the Huskies (1-1) gaveKeith Gilbertson his first victory as coach and rebounded from a disappointing28-9 loss at Ohio State last week.
Washington beat Indiana (0-2) with 28 unanswered points in the thirdquarter. The Hoosiers led 13-10 after Bryan Robertson kicked a 39-yard fieldgoal on the first drive of the second half.
Moments later, Pickett threw a 10-yard crossing strike to Williams and theAll-American receiver turned it into a 70-yard touchdown reception.
Williams dodged two tackles as he swept to the right sideline, then got agreat block by Charles Frederick to clear the final 30 yards. He skipped pastanother tackler at the goal line to make it 17-13.
It was the seventh time Pickett has thrown a TD pass of at least 70 yards,with four of those plays to Williams.
One week after opening at Connecticut, Indiana showed no early signs offatigue from the coast-to-coast tour. The Hoosiers, though, wore down in thethird and couldn't avoid their eighth straight loss.
Indiana was driving and seemed poised to erase the 17-13 deficit wheneverything changed on a disputed call.
Matt LoVecchio tossed a swing pass to Chris Taylor that was broken up byGreg Carothers, but officials ruled it a lateral and Graham Lasee recovered forWashington.
That turnover led to a 24-13 lead after Sampson's 6-yard TD run on his firstcollegiate rushing attempt. He added a 4-yard scoring run, and Pickett threw a6-yard TD pass to Williams to make it 38-13 going into the fourth quarter.
Pickett completed 18 of 26 passes for 290 yards with one interception.Williams had four catches for 98 yards and two TDs.
LoVecchio completed 16-of-29 for 199 yards with one interception.
Gilbertson spent most of the day with his hands on his knees, hunched overon the sideline. To commemorate his first home game, the Washington bandspelled out 'GILBY' in a pregame tribute.
Gilbertson had more to cheer about this week. Washington netted 7 yardsrushing last week in Columbus, and the Huskies came out determined to move theball on the ground this time.
They finished with 195 yards rushing on 52 attempts.
Indiana scored twice in the second period to erase Washington's early 7-0lead, built on Pickett's 23-yard TD pass to Frederick.
Taylor's 2-yard touchdown run tied it, and Robertson kicked a 34-yard fieldgoal to put the Hoosiers ahead 10-7. Washington's Evan Knudson answered with a21-yard field goal before halftime.