Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 9 Washington 36, Cal 24
SEATTLE -- Washington took advantage of three turnovers and a blocked punt to score 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Huskies beat California 36-24 Saturday night.
It was No. 9 Washington's 18th consecutive victory over the Golden Bears, the longest streak in the Pac-10. Cal has not beaten Washington since Nov. 6, 1976, when it won 7-0 in Seattle.
The Huskies (6-1, 3-1 Pac-10) kept their Rose Bowl hopes alive after trailing 24-13 going into the final period. The Bears (2-5, 1-3) then self-destructed, losing two fumbles and having a pass intercepted before Washington blocked Nick Harris' punt.
Washington took the lead 29-24 on freshman Rich Alexis' 16-yard touchdown run with 6:24 left. That came two plays after tailback Joe Igber fumbled after a hit by nose tackle Larry Tripplett and safety Hakim Akbar recovered on the Cal 17.
The Huskies got their insurance touchdown with 4:34 to go when Marques Tuiasosopo passed 7 yards to Todd Elstrom in the end zone. Owen Biddle set up the score when he blocked Harris' punt and recovered the ball on the 9.
Washington began its comeback in the final period after John Anderson missed a 32-yard field goal with 12:37 to go. But Anthony Kelley sacked Kyle Boller and Derrell Daniels recovered the fumble on the Cal 12 before Anderson made a 29-yarder, his third field goal, with 10:35 remaining.
Omare Lowe intercepted a pass by Boller intended for Derek Swafford to give the Huskies the ball at the Cal 31 with 8:30 on the clock. Tuiasosopo passed 10 yards to Jerramy Stevens for a touchdown with 6:49 left, cutting Cal's lead to 24-22. The Huskies missed a 2-point conversion pass.
Boller gave Cal a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run after the teams exchanged field goals in the period. Anderson kicked a 21-yarder to cut the Bears' lead to 14-13 and Mark-Christian Jensen of Cal responded with a 28-yarder.
Cal led 14-10 at halftime, taking a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Boller to Geoff McArthur.
The Huskies tied the score on the first play of the second period on a 1-yard touchdown run by Alexis, who made his first career start.
But Alexis' fumble on a first-and-10 play from the Washington 33 the next time the Huskies had the ball gave Cal its second touchdown and a 14-7 lead. Defensive end Andre Carter hit Alexis, causing the fumble, and linebacker John Klotsche picked up the ball and ran it 34 yards into the end zone.
Anderson kicked a 42-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the first half.