Nov 1, 2003
By TIM KORTE
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) - Reserve quarterback Casey Paus threw two second-half touchdown passes and redshirt freshman tailbacks Kenny James and Shelton Sampson combined for 235 yards rushing in Washington's 42-10 win over Oregon on Saturday night.
Sampson carried for 131 yards and three touchdowns on only six carries, highlighted by a 77-yard TD scamper midway through the fourth quarter that put the Huskies (5-4, 3-2 Pac-10) ahead 42-10.
James ran for 104 yards on 18 carries.
Paus, the younger brother of former UCLA quarterback Cory Paus, was 5-of-8 for 117 yards. He opened the third quarter after Cody Pickett was sidelined by a blow to the head in the first half.
James and Sampson played for regular starter Rich Alexis, out for the second straight week with a bruised thigh.
Oregon safety Keith Lewis had predicted a victory and vowed to dance on the "W" at midfield - payback for Washington's 30-minute victory celebration at midfield after a 42-14 win last year in Eugene.
There was no victory party for the Ducks (5-4, 2-3), who have lost four of their last five after a 4-0 start.
In fact, it was the Huskies who sprinted to the "W" and woofed at the Ducks as they walked dejected off the field.
Lewis got a different payback when Washington tackle Khalif Barnes flattened him on a late blindside block in the back midway through the fourth quarter. They came up pointing fingers, and a pushing match between several players ensued.
On the next play, Sampson got free on his 77-yard TD run.
The Northwest rivals played classic Northwest-style football, with a 40-degree temperature at kickoff and a steady, cold rain falling all night after the start of the second quarter.
Oregon led 10-0 after the first quarter after a 36-yard field goal by Jared Siegel and an 85-yard scoring pass from Kellen Clemens to Demetrius Williams, but that was it for the Ducks.
Oregon's offense put up four touchdowns in last week's 35-0 win over Stanford, apparently recharged after getting two or less in four previous games. But it was more frustration this time.
The Ducks had the Pac-10's No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 151.0 yards, but were held to 73 yards rushing on 34 attempts. Terrence Whitehead, coming off a career-high 172-yard effort against Stanford, had 54 yards on 19 runs.
Paus sparked the Huskies to 15 straight points in the third quarter. On the first series of the second half, James broke a 56-yard run to set up an 8-yard TD carry by Sampson. Just like that, Washington led 13-10 and never trailed again.
Washington's Charles Frederick made it 22-10 on a 10-yard TD pass from Paus. Frederick was a surprise starter after missing much of last week's practice with a bruised chest in last week's loss to USC.
Washington wasn't penalized until 10 minutes remained, while the Ducks committed 10 penalties for 75 yards.