Oct. 30, 2000
SEATTLE (AP) - The eighth-ranked Washington Huskies will have more than a football game on their minds when they host the Arizona Wildcats this weekend.
Washington (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive with a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over Stanford last Saturday. Quarterback Marques Tuisasosopo directed an 80-yard scoring drive in the final 53 seconds, capped by a 17-yard pass to Justin Robbins with 17 seconds remaining.
The Huskies' fourth straight victory kept them tied with Oregon State for second in the conference, one game behind Oregon.
Any joy Washington may have felt afterwards was dampened by a serious neck injury suffered by safety Curtis Williams in the third quarter. Williams remains in intensive care at Stanford Medical Center.
"The good news is that there is not a break, but the doctors are very, very careful to do anything except to offer uncertainty," Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said. "It is just a very, very middle of the road, let's wait and see."
Neuheisel knows his team could have trouble focusing on Arizona.
"I don't think there is any question that it is going to be difficult," he said. "I know for a fact old number 25 would want it that way. We've got to find a way to get up and play and to play with the kind of intensity he brought to the game."
To win the conference, Washington needs to win its remaining three games, against Arizona, UCLA and Washington State, and hope Oregon somehow loses two of its final three games. The Ducks beat the Huskies 23-16 on Sept. 30.
The Huskies have won five games by a touchdown or less, and have trailed in six of their seven victories.
Arizona (5-3, 3-2) suffered its second straight close loss last Saturday, falling to UCLA 27-24.
Quarterback Ortege Jenkins rushed for a career-high 104 yards on 11 carries, but also threw four interceptions.
"We had them on so many plays," Arizona coach Dick Tomey said. "We needed one play today, and last week we needed one play (in a 14-10 loss to Oregon). Every game we need one play."
Freshman running back Clarence Farmer got back on track last week, rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns after totaling just 20 yards on nine carries the previous week against Oregon.
Washington is 11-4-1 all-time against Arizona, including wins in four of the last five meetings.