Oct. 20, 2000
SEATTLE (AP) - First the offense bailed out the Washington Huskies, then their defense did the job. Now coach Rick Neuheisel would like to see his team put it all together.
Ninth-ranked Washington hopes to finally give a solid all-around performance against a Pac-10 Conference foe when California visits Husky Stadium on Saturday.
"Hopefully we can find ways to get both sides of the ball to play well, along with the kicking game and put a full game together," Neuheisel said. "That is the goal against California."
Neuheisel's offense certainly was the weak link last week, committing six turnovers and getting called for a safety, but the Huskies escaped with a 21-15 victory over Arizona State.
Washington's defense forced six turnovers of its own, held the Sun Devils to 60 yards rushing on 38 carries and allowed their quarterbacks to complete just 32.6 percent of their passes (15-of-46).
Ironically, the Huskies (5-2, 2-1 Pac-10) won in spite of their defense one week earlier. They gave up four touchdowns and 474 yards to Oregon State, but hung on for a 33-30 win as Washington's offense gained a season-high 504 yards.
Star quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo completed 20 of 32 passes for 223 yards in that win, but hit just 13-of-30 for 110 yards with an interception in the victory over Arizona State.
"We have got to give Marques more support, schematically as well as individually, so that he can play within himself and not force himself to be successful," Neuheisel said.
Success against California has been commonplace for the Huskies. They have won 17 straight meetings in this series since 1976, including a 31-27 win last year as Tuiasosopo overcame five turnovers to lead a pair of fourth-quarter TD drives.
Golden Bears tailback Joe Igber rushed for 182 yards in that contest before leaving in the fourth quarter with a sprained shoulder, but was around until the very end last week for California.
Igber had what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown Saturday, running for a three-yard score in the third overtime as California upset then-No. 13 UCLA, 36-28. He was held to 49 yards on 21 carries, but also caught five passes for 126 yards and two TDs.
Last week's win in Berkeley snapped their four-game losing streak, but the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2) have been a different team away from home this season. They have managed just 28 points in losing all three of their road games, while scoring 87 points at home to go 2-1.