Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 7 Washington 35, Arizona 32
SEATTLE -- Marques Tuiasosopo scored on a 2-yard run with 1:10 left to give No. 7 Washington an emotional 35-32 victory over Arizona on Saturday.
The Huskies won the game with some of their attention focused on Curtis Williams, their fallen teammate. Williams injured his spinal cord last week against Stanford, and is hospitalized at the Stanford Medical Center.
The Huskies (8-1, 5-1 Pac-10) drove 57 yards in 11 plays to pull out a victory in the fourth quarter for the second straight week. They won 31-28 in the final minute at Stanford.
Washington's Anthony Vontoure blocked a 51-yard field goal attempt by Sean Keel as time ran out.
Arizona (5-4, 3-3) lost a close game for the third week in a row. The Wildcats grabbed the lead at 32-28 on Leo Mills' 51-yard touchdown run with 4:48 on the clock.
The Wildcats have lost games to Oregon, UCLA and Washington on consecutive weeks by a total of 10 points.
Arizona led 16-10 at halftime when it held an 18-4 edge in first downs and a 22:49-7:11 advantage in time of possession.
The Wildcats led 25-10 in the third quarter after a 60-yard punt return by Bobby Wade for a touchdown and a 38-yard field goal by Keel.
But the Huskies rallied for the next 18 points. John Anderson kicked a 38-yard field goal for Washington in the third quarter. Willie Hurst scored on a 65-yard run on a pitchout from Tuiasosopo with 10:51 left and then put the Huskies ahead for the first time on a 23-yard run with 8:31 to go.
On Washington's winning TD drive, Tuiasosopo had a 25-yard completion to tight end Jerramy Stevens on a third-down play to give his team the ball at the Arizona 37. On a third-and-4 play from the Arizona 6, Hurst took a pitchout and ran 4 yards around left end for a first down.
Hurst led Washington's rushing attack with 116 yards and two TDs on eight carries, while Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 34 passes for 196 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception. Tuiasosopo had 53 yards on 12 carries.
Washington lost two fumbles, two by Tuiasosopo.
Mills rushed 29 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Ortege Jenkins was 13-for-33 for 208 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Jenkins gained 45 yards on 14 carries.
|Washington's Marques Tuiasosopo is hoisted by teammates after scoring the winning touchdown against Arizona.|