Sept. 27, 2003
Washington's win over Stanford today marked the Huskies' 11th straight win over the Cardinal at Husky Stadium. The last time that Stanford won at Montlake was 1975, a 24-21 final score. Washington has won 20 of the last 22 overall against the Cardinal.
Rich Alexis' 53-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the Huskies' longest touchdown run since Willie Hurst went 65 yards vs. Arizona on Nov. 4, 2000 at Husky Stadium. The run was the longest by a Husky (scoring or not) since Alexis went 59 yards on a non-scoring carry last season at Michigan on opening day, Aug. 31, 2002.
Alexis rushed for more than 100 yards for the second straight week after gaining 116 last game vs. Idaho. The last time that Alexis gained 100 or more in back-to-back weeks was the final two games of the 2000 seasons, when he went for 127 against UCLA and 134 the following week vs. Washington State.
After today's 100-yard outing by Alexis, the Huskies are now 157-35-3 since 1947 in games in which a UW back has run for 100 or more yards.
Washington has never lost in games in which Alexis has run for 100 or more yards. That's a total of eight games including today's win over Stanford, as well as the win over Idaho last week. Other wins: 2002 vs. Oregon and San Jose State; 2000 vs. Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA and Washington State.
Cody Pickett's 74-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Williams in the second quarter was the longest pass play of the year by the Huskies, eclipsing a 70-yarder from Pickett to Williams vs. Indiana. It was also the eighth 70-plus-yard pass of Pickett's career, increasing his own school record. No other Husky QB has ever thrown more than two. Five of Pickett's eight 70-yarders have been to Williams (74 vs. Michigan in 2001, 89 vs. San Jose State in 2002, 80 vs. Arizona in 2002, 70 vs. Indiana in 2003 and today's 74-yarder).
Today's game was the fifth multiple-TD game by Williams and his 12th 100-yard-plus game.
Pickett moved into 13th place on the Pac-10's career passing yards list with 8,187 career yards. He moved past two former Cal QBs, Kyle Boller and Troy Taylor.
Williams moved into eighth on the Pac-10 career receiving yards list. With 138 today, he now has 2,904 career yards. After entering the game 10th on the list, he moved past USC's Keyshawn Johnson and Arizona State's Shaun McDonald. McDonald, who finished with 2,867 yards had held the Pac-10 career record for most receiving yards in a three-year career, but has now slipped behind Williams in that category only four games into Williams' third season.
With two touchdown passes today, Pickett now has 45 in his career, moving him into a tie for 27th place on the Pac-10's career passing TDs list alongside former Oregon QB Akili Smith.
With 128 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries, Alexis moved up the UW career charts all three of those three categories. His 27 career rushing touchdowns are tied for fourth-most (with Rashaan Shehee), six short of Napoleon Kaufman's record. His 532 carries are fourth all-time. He moved up to in ninth on the UW career rushing yards list with 2,147.
Stanford entered the game leading the nation in rush defense with an average of two yards allowed per game. By the end of the first quarter, Washington had already racked up 92.
Stanford's Alex Smith became the first Cardinal tight end to catch two touchdown passes in a single game since Brad Williams did it against Oregon on November 17, 1973.
Cardinal quarterback Trent Edwards completed his high school career with a 26-0 record and after playing in two Stanford wins this season had been a winner in his last 28 games, dating back to high school.