Huskies Topple Bruins, 35-28

Nov. 11, 2000

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    SEATTLE - Freshman Rich Alexis ran for 127 yards on 21 carries and No.7 Washington rallied in the third quarter to beat UCLA 35-28 on Saturday forits sixth straight Pac-10 victory.

    The Huskies (9-1, 6-1) beat the Bruins (6-4, 3-4) for the first time in fourseasons. UCLA's victory in Los Angeles last season cost Washington a trip tothe Rose Bowl.

    Trailing 21-14 at halftime, the Huskies dominated the third quarter asAlexis returned after spraining his left shoulder. Alexis had 75 yards on sevencarries in the first quarter.

    This time the Huskies didn't wait until the fourth quarter to score atouchdown to win. Fullback Pat Conniff scored on two short runs and Tuiasosopopassed 2 yards to Todd Elstrom for a score as Washington took a 35-21 lead inthe third period.

    The Huskies had to come from behind in the final period to win againstCalifornia, Stanford and Arizona the past three weeks.

    But the fourth quarter proved interesting anyway.

    UCLA's Cory Paus passed 7 yards to Brian Poli-Dixon for a touchdown with1:57 left to cut Washington's lead to a touchdown.

    Washington's Anthony Kelley recovered the Bruins' onside kick attempt, butthe Bruins got the ball back with 27 seconds on their own 36 when Washingtonfailed to make a first down. On the next play, Kelly sacked Paus and thenrecovered a fumble.

    Conniff's first score on a 4-yard run was set up by Willie Hurst's 62-run onthe first play of the second half. Hurst, who had 99 yards on 11 carries, brokehis right collarbone on the play.

    Conniff's second TD on a 5-yard run came after Tuiasosopo and tight endJerramy Stevens teamed on a 47-yard completion.

    Conniff's second TD came after coach Rick Neuheisel took a 27-yard fieldgoal by John Anderson off the board. UCLA was called for offsides on the play,giving the Huskies first down at the UCLA 5.

    Washington scored touchdowns the first two times it had the ball in theopening quarter on drives of 80 and 79 yards. But the Huskies lost Alexis withhis shoulder injury on the second march for the rest of the first half andtheir offense bogged down after that.

    Tuiasosopo passed 13 yards to Stevens for a touchdown, and Hurst ran 3 yardsfor a score to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead.

    A 48-yard pass from Paus to Poli-Dixon set up UCLA's first touchdown, a5-yard pass from Paus to Ed Ieremia-Stansbury with 1:46 left in the firstquarter.

    The Bruins went ahead 21-14 at halftime with two touchdown runs by DeShaunFoster in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half. UCLA's go-ahead TD, a 1-yardrun by Foster with 43 seconds on the clock in the first half, was set up by a48-yard pass from Paus to Poli-Dixon to the Washington 5.

    UCLA missed out on a TD in the second quarter when free safety GregCarothers of Washington intercepted a short pass by Paus in the end zone on thefirst play of the second quarter.

    AP Sports Writer

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