Huskies Win Close One Over Wildcats
Oct 12, 2002
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
Williams was spectacular, catching eight passes for 184 yards as the Huskies(4-2, 1-1 Pac-10) came back from a loss last week to California that endedtheir 17-game home winning streak.
Cody Pickett completed 25 of 35 passes for 345 yards without aninterception, leading Washington in a shootout against Arizona's Jason Johnson,who was 29-of-41 for 443 yards and three TDs.
It was a highlight-reel display by standout receivers for both teams.
The Wildcats (3-3, 0-2) got 10 catches for 155 yards from Bobby Wade andnine catches for 142 yards by Andrae Thurman. But that couldn't prevent Arizonafrom losing to Washington for the seventh time in eight games.
Wade gave the Wildcats a 28-21 lead early in the fourth quarter when hecaught a pass from Johnson at Washington's 22, then dodged tackles by MarquisCooper and Chris Massey and sprinted into the end zone for a 28-yard TD play.
That drive, the first of the fourth quarter, was set up by Washington'sfirst punt of the day.
Earlier in the game, an interception bounced off Massey's fingers and intoThurman's arms. The 20-yard TD pass from Johnson pulled the Wildcats to 26-21with 58 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Williams matched Wade's effort.
The Huskies forced a punt and took over at their own 20 with 2:20 remaining.Williams slipped under the Arizona defense, caught a pass from Pickett andoutran Clay Hardt and Sean Keel down the left sideline.
Pickett couldn't connect with Williams on the ensuing 2-point conversionpass, but the 32-28 lead didn't require any more points.
The Wildcats lined up in a five-wideout set on their final series, andWashington sent five linemen rushing on every snap.
Under pressure, Johnson threw two incompletions. Then on fourth-and-6 fromArizona's 39-yard line, his pass to Lance Relford down the right sideline wasbroken up by Jimmy Newell.
The Wildcats got their own big play earlier in the fourth, temporarilyprotecting the 28-26 lead. Washington's John Anderson set up for a 28-yardfield goal attempt, but the Wildcats got a good surge and Mike Schwertleyblocked the kick.
Pickett and Williams also combined for a 26-yard scoring play and a 23-14lead almost four minutes into the second half. Williams made the catch at the15, then bounced free and went untouched the rest of the way.
They also had a 10-yard scoring play in the second quarter for a 16-7 lead.
Anderson hit a 52-yard field goal, the third-longest in Washington history,to put the Huskies ahead 26-14 with 2:50 remaining in the third.