No. 18 Washington Downs Stanford 28-17
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE - Cody Pickett threw two touchdown passes to Reggie Williamsand Rich Alexis ran for 128 yards and a score as No. 18 Washington beatStanford 28-17 in the Pac-10 opener for both schools Saturday.
The Huskies (3-1) improved to 20-2 against the Cardinal (2-1) since 1976.Stanford hasn't won in Seattle since 1975, an 11-game streak.
Stanford, though, had a chance, taking over at its own 25 down by four with2:54 remaining. Derrick Johnson sealed Washington's victory by interceptingfreshman quarterback Trent Edwards' pass and returning it 36 yards for atouchdown.
Jimmy Newell intercepted another pass on Stanford's final series.
Stanford led 17-14 midway through the third quarter after Michael Sgroikicked a 28-yard field goal, but the Huskies answered on the ensuing possessionwhen Pickett threw to Williams on a 6-yard score to cap a 76-yard drive.
Pickett completed 20 of 33 passes for 231 yards, but he fumbled twice. Hissecond came inside the 20 late in the first half, spoiling a chance forWashington to put up a more points before the break.
Williams had a big day, catching 10 passes for 138 yards.
The Cardinal defense, which led the nation after allowing only 4 net yardsrushing in two games, faced a bigger challenge this time. The Huskies had 92yards rushing by the end of the first quarter, with Alexis running for 91.
He broke a 53-yard run for a TD late in the first quarter. Alexis startedright, then raced into a gaping open space at midfield and sprinted up theright hash mark to tie it at 7.
The Huskies didn't wait long to make it 14-7. After forcing a punt,Washington needed only three plays before Pickett connected with Williamsagain, and the All-American receiver streaked down the left sideline for a74-yard play.
Last season, Pickett and Williams were Washington's main offensive threats,but the Huskies have established a good ground game this fall. They gained 165yards on 40 carries, with Alexis carrying 24 times.
Last week, Alexis had 116 yards rushing in a 45-14 win over Idaho. He postedconsecutive 100-yard games for the first time since he gained 127 yards againstUCLA and 134 against Washington State as a freshman in 2000.
Since 1947, the Huskies are 157-35-3 with a 100-yard rusher.
Edwards was 16-of-32 for 159 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. Hethrew a 12-yard scoring pass to tight end Alex Smith for an early 7-0 lead,then found Smith for an 18-yard TD to tie it at 14 early in the second period.