No. 13 Washington Football Gets A Scare

Sept 29, 2001

AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cody Pickett completed 18 of 33 passes for 291 yardsand two touchdowns as No. 13 Washington held off California 31-28 on Saturday.

Washington (3-0, 1-0) has won 11 straight games and eight consecutivePacific-10 Conference games.

California (0-4, (0-2) has lost 19 straight games to Washington, dating toNov. 6, 1976, in Seattle.

Paul Arnold caught five passes for 116 yards, including two TD passes fromPickett, as Washington overcome a 21-7 first-half deficit and two missed fieldgoals. Rich Alexis had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.

Kyle Boller completed 21 of 36 passes for 265 yards and four touchdowns forthe Golden Bears, who have squandered early leads against Washington for thepast three years.

The Huskies trailed 21-17, but scored on Alexis' 1-yard dive on fourth-and-1early in the fourth quarter to go up 24-21. Alexis added another 1-yard runwith 5:26 to go.

Cal made it close with Boller's 20-yard touchdown pass to Chase Lyman with3:23 left.

Cal struck on its first possession with a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bollerto Sean Currin. The score followed a trick 15-yard pass from fullback MarcusFields to Boller.

On their next possession, the Bears extended their lead to 14-0 on Boller's19-yard pass to tailback Joe Igber, who played only sparingly last weekendbecause of a sprained right ankle.

The Huskies recovered a fumble on Cal's 42, and Pickett hit Arnold for a42-yard touchdown on the ensuing play, narrowing the gap to 14-7. It wasPickett's first career TD pass.

Cal rebounded on the next series with Boller's 14-yard TD pass to tight endJordon Hunter.

John Anderson hit a 42-yard field goal midway through the second quarter tomake it 21-10. Anderson missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with 3:11 to gobefore halftime.

Hampered by another bad snap, Anderson missed a 21-yard field goal in thethird quarter. But Washington recouped the damage with a 62-yard touchdown passfrom Pickett to Arnold, making it 21-17 with 4:43 left in the quarter.

The Huskies have a recent history of come-from-behind victories over Cal.

Last year, the Bears built a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter, butWashington scored 23 points over a six-minute span to win 36-24.

The year before, Washington pulled off a 31-27 win after the Bears led 24-17in the fourth quarter.

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