Comeback kids Taylor win over Troy
by Malamute, 7 October 2001
Down 14-7 at half and minus their starting quarterback
Pickett for most of the game, the Huskies rode the arm of Taylor Barton,
the running of Willie Hurst and the pass catching of Reggie Williams to post a comeback win over the Trojans in Seattle, 27-24.
In Barton's first major
role of the season, it was a dream come true,
although it's not the way he wanted it to happen, having to replace starting
quarterback Cody Pickett, who suffered a right shoulder sprain in the second quarter.
Kicked around like an old, wet shoe, Barton has been as peripatetic as a
wandering nomad. Out of Beaverton, Oregon, he was recruited by Rick Neuheisel
when he was the head coach at Colorado. After Neuheisel left Colorado, Barton
became disenchanted with the Buffs, and ended up at San Francisco City College,
where he played last year. The Huskies gave up two scholarships to get Barton since they had promised not to recruit former Colorado players when
they hired Neuheisel. As it turned out, it was two scholarships well spent.
Barton threw for 197
yards, completing 11 out of 20 passes, with no interceptions. With the scored
tied at 24, he engineered the final drive, which took the Huskies to Trojan 15, where John Anderson kicked a 32-yard
field goal to win the game, with only 3 seconds remaining on the clock. Earlier, Anderson had
missed from 35 yards out, with the score deadlocked. Oh, for the life of a
Coming off a
hamstring injury, having missed the California game, Willie Hurt's running was
instrumental in the win, especially in the final drive, when he ran for 29 yards on
6 carries. He ended up with 102 yards rushing.
dominated the second half; USC had only one possession in the third quarter and
Palmer did not complete a pass. The only pass he completed in the second half
was to Kareem Kelly, a 58-yard pass for a touchdown, with 3:47 left in the
game. It was somewhat of a fluke, coming off a controversial pass interference
penalty that kept the Trojan drive alive. On the pass to Kelly, there were five
men in the area, three Huskies and two Trojans, all adding to the confusion as
Kelly caught the ball. Omare Lowe gained a half-step or so on Kelly, in his
attempt to catch up with him, but to no avail.
Comments and notes:
Washington’s come-from-behind wins remind me of the days when Jim Owens
coached the Huskies, especially of his teams in the late fifties and early
sixties, when they fourth-quartered their opponents due to better
conditioning. This season, the dawgs have run the ball better than their opponents in the second
half, while their defense has come to the fore. Let’s give Husky strength and
conditioning coach Bill Gillespie some credit here.
Washington obviously misses TE Jerramy Stevens, who is out
with a broken left foot. In its
last two games, Washington has completed only two passes to its tight ends, one
to Kevin Ware in the Cal game and one to Joe Collier in the USC game. The pass to Collier
was deflected at the line of scrimmage. In the second quarter, with second and
nine at his six yard line, Pickett badly overthrew Kevin Ware. Troy Polamalu
gathered the ball in and ran it in untouched, a 22-yard interception
Freshman sensation Reggie Williams is a superstar in the making. He caught
five passes for 101 yards. There are no
cornerbacks in the Pac-10 who can cover him, the picture of him in the Los
Angeles Times hauling in a pass over the outstretched arms of USC cornerback
Kris Richard in the fourth quarter, telling.
Obviously nervous and out of synch with Kyle Benn, the
Washington center, Barton fumbled three snaps from center after he took over
for Pickett in the second quarter. To start the third quarter, the Washington
coaching staff eased him into the game by letting him run two plays from the
shot gun. Before working with the center again, Barton ran the ball twice,
which took away his case of nerves. After that there were no problems with the
|Time of Possession
USC-McCullough 32-132, Palmer 7-1, Landrigan 2-1
Washington-Hurst 19-102, Pickett 3-33, Alexis 8-20, Barton
10-18, Walker 1-1.
Washington-Barton, 11-20-0-197, Pickett 8-14-1-70.
USC-Kelly 3-93, A Holmes 2-24, Colbert 2-14,
Washington-Williams 5-101, Elstrom 3-36,
Arnold 3-30, Hurst 2-45, Hooks Jr 2-31, Wilson 1-9, Collier,
1-6, Walker 1-5, Alexis 1-4.