Nov. 9, 2002
Washington QB Cody Pickett became the school's career passing yards leader today, passing both of the Huard brothers. Brock Huard (5,742 yards from 1996-98) and Damon Huard (5,692 yards from 1992-95) had held the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. Pickett, with 5,917 yards now holds the No. 1 position.
Pickett also moved further up the Pac-10 single-season passing yards list, moving by Stanford's John Elway, USC's Rob Johnson, Oregon's Akili Smith and Cal's Pat Barnes.With 3,502 yards, Pickett currently ranks No. 3 on the Pac-10's single-season list, only 135 yards behind Ryan Leaf's record of 3,637, set at WSU in 1997.
Pickett's 21 touchdown passes this season are third-most in UW history (Brock Huard's 23 in 1997 are the record), while Pickett's 31 career TD tosses are tied for sixth-most all-time, alowing with Marques Tuiasosopo and Cary Conklin. Huard holds that record as well, with 51.
Washington's win over Oregon State was its seventh straight over the Beavers at Husky Stadium dating back to a 1985 loss. Overall, the UW has beaten OSU 14 of the last 15 (home or away) and 24 of the last 26 with the losses last year at OSU and in Seattle in '85 the only losses.
OSU entered the game with the best scoring defense in the Pac-10, allowing an average of 15.9 points per game. Washington's 41 points tied its highest point total of the season. UW scored 41 points against Idaho Sept. 28.
The win allowed the Huskies to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 1974.
Reggie Williams moved past Scott Phillips into the No. 5 spot on the UW career receptions list with 118. With 1,996 yards, he still ranks No. 3 on the career receiving yards list, but is only 97 yards shy of Mario Bailey's school record of 2,093 yards.
John Anderson's 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was the sixth 50-plus yard field goal and the third-longest (tied) in UW history. Anderson's six 50-plus yarders are a school record, well ahead of two each from Jeff Jaeger and Chuck Nelson. It was also Anderson's third 50-yarder of the season, tying his own single-season mark of three, set in 1999.
Pickett's 11-yard TD pass in the final minute of the first quarter was the first TD scored against the Oregon State defense in the opening period this year. Coming into the game, OSU had allowed only 19 first-quarter points all year (while scoring 89). Washington, which had an earlier field goal and a interception return for a TD later in the first, scored 17 today.
UW corner Derrick Johnson had two interceptions today (both in the first quarter, incidentally). He became the first Husky to record two interceptions in a game since Anthony Vontoure had two against Stanford, Oct. 30, 1999. The last time a UW player had returned an interception for a TD (as Johnson did with his second) was Sept. 7, 2002, vs. San Jose State, when Terry Johnson picked off a pass in the endzone.
The last time the Huskies had two interception returns for a TD in the same game was in 1999 at Oregon State (Jamaun Willis & Anthony Vontoure). Aside from today, the UW has had two interceptions for TDs only four times ever: 1999 at Oregon State, 1997 (Aloha Bowl) vs. Michigan State (Tony Parrish & Lester Towns), 1978 at Stanford and 1959 vs. Utah. The last time the UW had five or more interceptions in a game (returned or not) was in the 1993 game vs. Oregon, when the Huskies had six picks.
Today's game marked the third time this year that the Huskies compiled more takeaways than their opponents. In the other two such games - vs. Idaho and vs. Arizona - the Huskies won the turnover battle, 2-1.
Rich Alexis' two TD runs today give him 22 for his career, tied for sixth-most in Husky history. The record (Napoleon Kaufman, 1991-94) is 33. It was the third two-TD game of the season for Alexis.
Washington committed zero turnovers in a game for the first time since Sept. 29, 2001 at California, a span of 19 games.
Charles Frederick's 59-yard kickoff return in the first quarter was the longest kickoff return of his career. His previous long this year was 45 yards.
OSU kicker Kirk Yliniemi's 50-yard field goal in the first quarter was the longest of his career, as well as the longest he'd attempted. His previous long made field goal was a 47-yarder earlier this year at ASU. His longest attempt was from 49 vs. UCLA this year.
Derek Anderson moved into second place on the OSU single-season touchdowns list with his 19th of the season. He trails Jonathan Smith's school record of 20, set two seasons ago in 2000.
Prior to a second-quarter miss (which came after a 15-yard penalty), Oregon State had made 77 straight PATs (not counting 2-pointers).