UW-Oregon Postgame Notes
Nov. 1, 2003
Husky redshirt freshman Kenny James' 56-yard run early in the third quarter was the longest rush of the season by a Husky back and the longest of James' career. The previous long run of the year by a Husky back was a 53-yarder by Rich Alexis vs. Stanford. James previous long was 26 yards.
James also set a new career and season high for rushing yards in a game with 104. His previous high was 58 yards last week vs. USC.
Redshirt freshman Shelton Sampson also had the longest run of his career with a 37-yarder in the third quarter. He followed that with a 77-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter. Sampson's previous career best for a game was 38 yards earlier this year vs. Indiana. Tonight, he rushed for 131 on six carries.
Washington had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since the 2000 Apple Cup vs. Washington State when Rich Alexis rushed for 134 and Braxton Cleman for 104. The last time the UW had a player rush for three TDs in a single game (as Sampson did tonight) was Nov. 11, 2001, when Willie Hurst had three vs. Stanford.
Casey Paus' 10-yard touchdown pass to Charles Frederick in the third quarter was the first TD pass of Paus' career. Paus entered the game having attempted eight career passes. He was 3-for-8 for 24 yards with one interception. He saw action in two games last year (but didn't throw a pass) and in four games this year.
Cody Pickett moved into fifth place on the Pac-10's career passing yards list. With 9,461, he moved past Oregon State's Erik Wilhelm (9,393 from 1985-88). Next on the list is another Beaver - Jonathan Smith (9,680 from 1998-2001), who currently ranks No. 4
Pickett has also worked his way on to the UW single-season passing yards list. With 2,284 yards, he now ranks No. 6 this season. He already has the No. 1 (4,458 in 2002) and No. 4 (2,403 in 2001) seasons on that list.
Pickett's 97 yards passing marked his lowest single-game total since he threw for 70 in a game vs. USC in 2001. He left that game in the second quarter with a separated right (throwing) shoulder.
Reggie Williams moved into the No. 2 spot on the Pac-10 career receiving yards list, surpassing Arizona's Bobby Wade (3,351 yards from 1999-2002). Williams now has 3,395 career yards. Williams also caught a pass in his 34th consecutive game (every game of his career).
Williams also has moved onto the single-season top-10 list for receiving yards and receptions. His 906 yards this year are good for No. 6 and his 65 receptions are good for No. 3. He already boasts the Nos. 1 and 5 seasons in terms of both receptions and yards (55 for 973 in 2001 and 94 for 1,454 in 2002).
Washington had only two penalties in the game, and the first didn't come until about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Only twice in school history have the Huskies finished without a penalty: in 1960 vs. Washington State and in 1948 vs. Stanford. Washington had finished with one penalty a total of 14 times, most recently last season against Wyoming. (Penalties that were declined or that offset one another do not count as penalties.)
In the decisive third quarter, the Huskies started their three drives at their own 20, their own 37 and the Oregon 47 while the Ducks started their's on their own 19, 19 and seven.
Demetrius Williams' 85-yard reception from Kellen Clemens ties for the eighth longest pass play in Oregon history. Earlier this season, Williams caught an 86-yard pass from Clemens in the Ducks' season-opening win at Mississippi State. It was the third longest pass play by an opponent in UW history.
Washington's 17-play scoring drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and the start of the second tied for the 7th-longest scoring drive in Husky history in terms of total plays.
With the win, the Huskies avoided their first three-game home losing streak since a streak that covered the final two home games of the 1976 season and the first game of the 1977 season.
The win represented the largest margin of victory for a Husky team over Oregon since 1986, when the Dawgs won, 38-3.
Tonight's game was the first home Husky night game ever in the month of November. The Huskies have also played very few home games in colder weather. Today's high at Sea-Tac Airport was 46 degrees. Washington has played 11 games all-time on days on which the high was 44 or lower (and none of those games were played at night when the temperature was surely much lower than the daytime high). By that standard, tonight's game doesn't qualify as one of the 10 or 11 coldest in UW history as actual gametime temperatures were unavailable from the old days. In those previous 44-degrees-or-lower games, UW went 7-4. See page 194 of the UW media guide for more.
Oregon notes: Kyle Weatherspoon's first-quarter reception was the longest of his career at 32 yards. He came into the game with two catches for 20 yards on the year ... Kellen Clemens' first-quarter TD pass was his first scoring throw in four games. ... Demetrius Williams had his fourth 100-yard receiving game this year. He's the first Oregon player to record four 100-yard games sicne 2000 (Marshawn Tucker) ... the last player to rush for 100 yards vs. the Ducks was Oregon State's Steven Jackson (11/23/03) ... the last time two players reached 100 yards rushing in the same game vs. the Ducks was in 1997, when Arizona State did it.