Huskies End Three Game Losing Streak By Beating Beavers

Nov 9, 2002

AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - Cody Pickett threw for 262 yards to become Washington'scareer passing leader, and Derrick Johnson had two of the Huskies' fiveinterceptions in a 41-29 victory Saturday over Oregon State.

Rich Alexis had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, John Anderson kicked fieldgoals of 23 and 52 yards and Washington (5-5, 2-4 Pac-10) avoided the school'sfirst four-game losing streak since 1974.

Johnson returned one interceptions 42 yards for a TD, and Chris Massey tookanother 25 yards into the end zone. The Beavers (6-4, 2-4) hurt themselves withmistakes and sustained a setback in their bid for a bowl game.

Steven Jackson ran for 135 yards and two TDs, but linebacker Richard Seiglerwas penalized twice for late hits on third down plays during a third-quarterdrive where Washington went ahead 38-29.

Both times, Pickett threw incomplete on third down but the Huskies kept theball moving on Seigler's penalties. The first came at midfield and the secondwas for first-and-goal from the 1, setting up Alexis' second TD dive.

The Beavers pulled to 38-29 with 4:07 remaining in the third when Jacksonlunged across the goal line from the 1. On that drive, Oregon State's DerekAnderson threw a 26-yard third-down pass to Cole Clasen, moving the ball toWashington's 18.

But Anderson's turnovers ultimately caught up with the Beavers, as theHuskies scored 17 points off the interceptions to send an estimated 12,000vocal and visible Oregon State fans away disappointed.

With games remaining at Oregon next week and at Washington State, theHuskies remain in contention for a possible bowl bid. The Huskies seemed to fixmany of the things that went wrong in last week's loss to UCLA.

A week after Pickett had four interceptions, the Huskies dictated theturnovers and capitalized on them. Derek McLaughlin, who shanked a 4-yard puntlast week, boomed a beautiful 57-yarder to pin the Beavers at their own 2 latein the third quarter.

John Anderson, a reliable kicker who missed a late 40-yard field goalagainst the Bruins, connected on a 52-yarder with room to spare to giveWashington a 41-29 lead with 12:29 remaining.

It was a historic day for Picket, who came in 87 yards away from becomingWashington's career passing leader. Early in the second period, a 14-yardstrike to Rich Alexis moved Pickett past Brock Huard (5,742 yards) on the list.

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