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Big-play Dawgs tree the Tree
Alexis, Pickett, Williams highlight offense
By: Malamute, 27 September 2003

On a big-play-Dawg-day-afternoon, the Washington Huskies (3,1) beat the Stanford Cardinal (2,1) at Husky Stadium, 28-17. TB Rich Alexis burst up the middle on a 53-yard touchdown run, and Cody Pickett connected with Reggie Williams on a 74-yard TD pass to highlight the Huskies' win over Stanford.

The teams slugged it out in the first quarter, trading touchdowns. Stanford scored first when QB Trent Edwards hit Alex Smith across the middle for a 12-yard touchdown pass, capping a 53-yard touchdown drive. At 3:30 left in the first quarter, rejuvenated TB Rich Alexis raced up the middle on a 53-yard burst to tie the score 7-7.

Pickett and Edwards traded touchdown passes in the second quarter, and the teams went into halftime tied 14-14. In that quarter, Washington's Pickett connected with Reggie Williams on a 74-yard TD pass, but Edwards returned the favor, connecting with Smith again, this time for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Washington had a chance to take a half-time lead, driving from its own 32 to the Stanford 18. However, Pickett fumbled the ball on an eight-yard scamper and the Tree's Babatunde Oshinowo recovered the ball on the 10.

At 8:02 in the third quarter, Michael Segroi booted a 28-yard field goal to give Stanford a 17-14 lead. Capping an 80-yard touchdown drive, Pickett hit Williams for six yards and a touchdown, giving the Dawgs a 4 point lead, 21-17. 

Late in the fourth quarter, on a big play for the special teams, Charles Frederick returned a Stanford punt 47 yards to the Cardinal 34. With fourth and 1 on the Stanford 25, Rich Alexis was stopped for a two-yard loss and Stanford had the ball. On third and ten on the Stanford 27, Trent Edwards was intercepted by Derrick Johnson, who ran it back 36 yards for a Washington touchdown, giving the Dawgs a 28-17 lead.

The UW has owned Stanford of late. It is 20-2 since 1976 in the series and hasn't lost in Husky Stadium since 1975.

Going into the game, both teams had posted some impressive defensive numbers. Stanford led the nation in rushing defense, having surrendered a stingy two-yards per game. Washington led the Pac-10 in three categories (Pass Defense; Total Defense; Third-Down Conversions), and the Tree led the conference in eight categories (Scoring Defense; Rushing Defense; Kickoff Returns; Pass Defense Efficiency; Opponent First Downs; Opponent Penalties; Kickoff Coverage; Red Zone Defense).

"Coach Teevens has come out and said our defense will be easier to find and easier to throw against than that one (against BYU)," Gilbertson said prior to the game, in hopes of creating some bulletin-board material.

The Huskies lead the series 38-32-4. The UW has not allowed a point in the fourth quarter this season.

Team 1 2 3 4 Tot
Stanford 7 7 3 0 17
Washington 7 7 7 7 28


Time Team How Player(s) Score
1st Q
11:04 S TD Edwards 12-yard TD pass to Smith; Silvas kick. S, 7-0
3:30 UW TD Alexis 53-yard run; Knudson kick 7-7
2nd Q        
14:50 UW TD Pickett 74-yard TD pass to Reggie Williams; Knudson kick UW 14-7
11:42 S TD Edwards TD pass to Smith, 18 yards; Silvas kick 14-14
3rd Q        
8:02 S FG Michael Segroi 28-yard field goal S 17-14
2:36 UW TD Pickett pass to R. Williams for 6-yard TD pass. UW 21-17
4th Q        
2:32 UW TD Edwards pass intercepted by Derrick Johnson for 36 yard TD. UW 28-17


Statistic Stanford UW
Total First Downs 19 21
  Passing 10 13
  Rushing 5 6
  Penalty 4 2
Total Net Yards 288 396
Net Yards Rushing 129 165
Net Yards Passing 159 231
Completions-attempted-int 16-32-2 20-34-0
Punts Average 47.3 43.8
Sacks by 2-13 1-8
Return Yardage    
  Punts Yards 5-26 4-77
  Kickoff Yards 4-70 3-53
  Interceptions Yards 0-0 2-37
Penalties Yards 9-90 5-61
Fumbles, Lost 0-0 5-2
Time of Possession  30:10 29:50

Passing cmp att yds tds int
Idaho          
Trent Edwards 16 32 159 2 2
           
Washington          
Cody Pickett 20 33 231 2 0
           
Rushing att yds tds long  
Stanford          
Kenneth Tolon 29 87 0 9  
Trent Edwards 6 18 0 9  
J. R. Lemon 3 7 0 4  
David Morrero 1 8 0 8  
Mark Bradford 1 9 0 9  
         
Washington Rushing att yds tds long
Rich Alexis 24 128 1 53  
Shelton Sampson 2 10 0 11  
Z. Tuiasosopo 4 2 0 2  
Kenny James 2 11 0 6  
Cody Pickett 8 14 0 9  
           
Pass Receiving rec yds tds long
Stanford
Kenneth Tolon 5 22 0 19
Alex Smith 3 24 2 18
Mark Bradford 2 31 0 20
Gerren Crotchet 2 24 0 17
Luke Powell 2 29 0 20  
Brett Pierce 1 5 0 6  
J. R. Lemon 1 14 0 14  
           
Washington Pass Rec. rec yds tds long
Reggie Williams 10 138 2 74
Charles Frederick 4 33 0 16
Ben Bandel 1 6 0 6
Shelton Sampson 1 2 0 2  
Justin Robbins 1 11 0 11  
John Lyon 3 41 0 15  
           
Punting punts yds long Avg
Stanford
Eric Johnson 8 378 66 47.25  
Washington          
Garth Erickson 5 219 53 43.8  
Attendance 71,875          

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