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Washington 38, Indiana 13

9/6/2003

SEATTLE (AP) -- Give Reggie Williams the ball with some open
space at midfield, and it's usually six points for the Washington
Huskies.

Cody Pickett threw two of his three touchdown passes to Williams
as No. 22 Washington beat Indiana 38-13 Saturday, handing Keith
Gilbertson his first victory as coach of the Huskies.

Pickett and Williams combined on a big 70-yard TD play that
ignited a 28-0 burst in the third quarter. The Huskies tied a
school record for points in a single period, done three times
previously.

"If you give me an open field like that, I feel I'm going to
score every time," Williams said.

Freshman tailback Shelton Sampson ran for two TDs for the
Huskies (1-1), including a 6-yard run on his first collegiate
rushing attempt.

"I was just blessed," Sampson said. "I saw it and went with
it. I told myself the whole time on the sideline to just run with
faith, to have faith that the holes are going to open."

Washington beat Indiana (0-2) with 28 unanswered points in the
third quarter. The Hoosiers led 13-10 after Bryan Robertson kicked
a 39-yard field goal on the first drive of the second half.

Moments later, Pickett threw a 10-yard crossing strike to
Williams and the All-American receiver turned it into a 70-yard
touchdown reception.

"I just waited for that backer to clear out, then when Reggie
came open I put it on his chest," Pickett said.

Williams dodged two tackles as he swept to the right sideline,
then got a great block by Charles Frederick to clear the final 30
yards. He skipped past another tackler at the goal line to make it
17-13.

"There was nothing but space, so I just tried to get to the end
zone as fast as I could," Williams said.

It was the seventh time Pickett has thrown a TD pass of at least
70 yards, with four of those plays to Williams.

One week after opening with a loss at Connecticut, Indiana
showed no early signs of fatigue from the coast-to-coast tour. The
Hoosiers, though, wore down in the third and couldn't avoid their
eighth straight loss.

Indiana was driving and seemed poised to erase the 17-13 deficit
when Matt LoVecchio tossed a swing pass to Chris Taylor. It was
broken up by Greg Carothers, but officials ruled it a lateral and
Graham Lasee recovered for Washington.

"Coaches tell us all the time, 'Never let the official make the
call. Don't hesitate," Lasee said. "Honestly, I didn't see if it
was a fumble. I was just trying to come off my block."

Afterward, Indiana coach Gerry DiNardo complained at length
about having a Pac-10 officiating crew working the game. He also
accused the Huskies of "intent to deceive" when Gilbertson sent
the punt team out after lining up for a field goal.

The switch came in the third quarter, just after a timeout for
an injured player.

"I was paying attention to the wind, and I felt it was going to
be difficult to kick into the wind," Gilbertson said. "So I
changed my mind to punt. It was not a move to deceive anyone."

But DiNardo didn't object to the way the officials saw the key
play -- the lateral that was recovered by Lasee.

"I thought it was a good call," DiNardo said. "I think it was
a lateral. I felt we could have responded a little better and
jumped on the ball."

That turnover led to a 24-13 lead after Sampson's 6-yard run. He
added a 4-yard scoring run, and Pickett threw a 6-yard TD pass to
Williams to make it 38-13 going into the fourth quarter.

"We definitely got discouraged," Indiana linebacker Kyle
Killion said. "I don't know what else to say."

Pickett completed 18 of 26 passes for 290 yards with one
interception. Williams had four catches for 98 yards and two TDs.

LoVecchio completed 16-of-29 for 199 yards with one
interception.

Gilbertson spent most of the day with his hands on his knees,
hunched over on the sideline. To commemorate his first home game,
the Washington band spelled out "GILBY" in a pregame tribute.

"I am thrilled to win a game," Gilbertson said.

Gilbertson had more to cheer about this week. Washington netted
7 yards rushing last week in Columbus, and the Huskies came out
determined to move the ball on the ground this time.

They finished with 195 yards rushing on 52 attempts.

"We were on the same page with our backs," Huskies tackle
Khalif Barnes said. "We made the holes and they ran through
them."