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Huskies End Three Game Losing Streak By Beating Beavers
Release: 11/09/2002
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Nov 9, 2002

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By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer

SEATTLE (AP) - Cody Pickett threw for 262 yards to become Washington's career passing leader, and Derrick Johnson had two of the Huskies' five interceptions in a 41-29 victory Saturday over Oregon State.

Rich Alexis had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, John Anderson kicked field goals of 23 and 52 yards and Washington (5-5, 2-4 Pac-10) avoided the school's first four-game losing streak since 1974.

Johnson returned one interceptions 42 yards for a TD, and Chris Massey took another 25 yards into the end zone. The Beavers (6-4, 2-4) hurt themselves with mistakes and sustained a setback in their bid for a bowl game.

Steven Jackson ran for 135 yards and two TDs, but linebacker Richard Seigler was penalized twice for late hits on third down plays during a third-quarter drive where Washington went ahead 38-29.

Both times, Pickett threw incomplete on third down but the Huskies kept the ball moving on Seigler's penalties. The first came at midfield and the second was for first-and-goal from the 1, setting up Alexis' second TD dive.

The Beavers pulled to 38-29 with 4:07 remaining in the third when Jackson lunged across the goal line from the 1. On that drive, Oregon State's Derek Anderson threw a 26-yard third-down pass to Cole Clasen, moving the ball to Washington's 18.

But Anderson's turnovers ultimately caught up with the Beavers, as the Huskies scored 17 points off the interceptions to send an estimated 12,000 vocal and visible Oregon State fans away disappointed.

With games remaining at Oregon next week and at Washington State, the Huskies remain in contention for a possible bowl bid. The Huskies seemed to fix many of the things that went wrong in last week's loss to UCLA.

A week after Pickett had four interceptions, the Huskies dictated the turnovers and capitalized on them. Derek McLaughlin, who shanked a 4-yard punt last week, boomed a beautiful 57-yarder to pin the Beavers at their own 2 late in the third quarter.

John Anderson, a reliable kicker who missed a late 40-yard field goal against the Bruins, connected on a 52-yarder with room to spare to give Washington a 41-29 lead with 12:29 remaining.

It was a historic day for Picket, who came in 87 yards away from becoming Washington's career passing leader. Early in the second period, a 14-yard strike to Rich Alexis moved Pickett past Brock Huard (5,742 yards) on the list.

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