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Washington 34, Purdue 24
Associated Press


PASADENA, Calif. -- Washington didn't need another fourth-quarter comeback to win the Rose Bowl.

Todd Elstrom
Todd Elstrom's 8-yard touchdown catch was the game-winning score.

Marques Tuiasosopo ran for one touchdown and passed for another as the fourth-ranked Huskies beat No. 14 Purdue 34-24 Monday to finish the season with eight straight wins.

Washington (11-1), which rallied for eight of its victories and outscored the opposition 144-68 in the fourth quarter during the regular season, held a 20-17 lead entering the last 15 minutes of this game.

The Huskies gave the Pac-10 champion its first Rose Bowl victory in five years and just its second in the last nine games. Washington was playing in its first Rose Bowl in eight years.

Paralyzed Washington safety Curtis Williams was transported to the Rose Bowl from his rehabilitation center in San Jose, Calif., and watched the game from a suite in the press box.

Williams, wearing his game jersey while sitting in a wheelchair, spent about 10 minutes with his teammates in an emotional locker room before the game. The Huskies wore his initials on their jerseys.

A fifth-year senior from Fresno, Calif., Williams was paralyzed from the neck down during Washington's 31-28 victory at Stanford on Oct. 28. Carothers, a redshirt freshman, replaced him as a starter.

The Boilermakers (8-4), playing in their first Rose Bowl in 34 years and second ever, got off to a disastrous start, falling behind 14-0 before the game was 11 minutes old. They contributed to their problems by committing six first-quarter penalties.

But Purdue was within 20-17 as the third quarter ended and Washington was without Tuiasosopo, who missed the last three plays of the period with an apparent shoulder injury.

Tuiasosopo, who was voted the player of the game, was back for the fourth quarter which the Huskies started with a 3-yard run by Rich Alexis on fourth-and-1 from the Purdue 35. Six plays later, Tuiasosopo threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom, extending the lead to 10 points.

A little over a minute after that, Greg Carothers forced and recovered a fumble by Montrell Lowe -- the game's first turnover -- at the Washington 34. Lowe, who gained 79 yards on 20 carries, was injured on the play and didn't return.

The Huskies then moved 66 yards on seven plays, scoring on an 8-yard run by Willie Hurst, to make it 34-17 with 7:25 left.

The Boilermakers drew within 10 points on a 42-yard run by Sedrick Brown on a fourth-and-1 play with 6:37 to play, and got the ball back a little over a minute later when Tuiasosopo threw a lateral Elstrom couldn't handle at the end of a 26-yard run and Ashante Woodyard recovered at the Purdue 49.

However, Travis Dorsch was wide left on a 42-yard field goal with 4:54 to play, and the Huskies then ran out the clock.

Tuiasosopo gained five yards on a fourth-and-1 play from the Washington 45 with a little less than three minutes left.

Tuiasosopo was 16-of-22 for 138 yards, and rushed for 75 yards on 15 carries. Purdue's Drew Brees, like Tuiasosopo playing in his final game, was 23-of-39 for 275 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Vinny Sutherland.

Brees slipped on the game's first play for an 8-yard loss, and was sacked two plays later -- just the ninth sack allowed by Purdue all season. The Boilermakers punted, and Washington drove 64 yards to take a 7-0 lead, scoring on a 1-yard run by Braxton Cleman.

Purdue then moved into Washington territory before having to punt, but Tim Stratton's snap sailed over Scott Kurz's head for a 30-yard loss, and the Huskies needed only three plays to move 25 yards, scoring on a 5-yard run by Tuiasosopo.

The Boilermakers responded with a 90-yard, 16-play drive, scoring on a 5-yard pass from Brees to Sutherland early in the second quarter.

Dorsch kicked a 26-yard field goal with 26 seconds left before halftime to cut Washington's lead to 14-10. The Boilermakers had to settle for three points because John Standeford dropped a potential 27-yard touchdown pass from Brees 27 seconds earlier.

Alexis, who gained 78 yards on 10 carries, ran 50 yards on the first play of the second half to set up a 47-yard field goal by John Anderson, but the Boilermakers tied the game 17-all a little over a minute later on a 24-yard pass from Brees to Sutherland five plays after Sutherland's 51-yard kickoff return.

Anderson's 42-yard field goal with 6:55 left in the third period put Washington on top to stay.

The game was played before a sellout crowd of 94,392. It was 72 degrees and sunny at kickoff time.

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