Wolf Pack Stuns Washington 28 - 17

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Andy Heiser threw three touchdown passes, defensive tackle Chris Barry blocked two field-goal attempts and rush end Jorge Cordova had five sacks as Nevada beat Washington 28-17 on Saturday.

The schools met for the first game since Washington's 2-0 victory in 1903. Judging from the way things turned out, the Huskies won't care to see the Wolf Pack (4-2) for another 100 years.

Nevada, a Western Athletic Conference member, outplayed the Huskies (3-3) of the Pac-10 in every facet. It started with Heiser, who completed 19 of 29 passes for 299 yards with one interception.

Maurice Mann caught seven passes for 168 yards, including a 25-yard TD.

At the final gun, Nevada players raised their arms and charged the field as a small section of Wolf Pack fans, who braved a chilly rain for much of the day, stood in the west end zone stands and celebrated.

The victory must have carried a measure of satisfaction to Nevada coach Chris Tormey, a former Huskies assistant who interviewed for the Washington job before Rick Neuheisel was hired in 1999.

Nevada defenders sacked Washington's Cody Pickett eight times, with Cordova doing most of the work in addition to blocking a field goal. Barry had both of his blocked kicks in the first half.

Washington had 19 first downs by halftime but trailed 14-7 after struggling with scoring opportunities for the second straight game. The Huskies were outscored 39-0 in the second half of a 46-16 loss last weekend at UCLA.

It was Washington's first nonconference loss at home since Air Force won 31-21 at Husky Stadium on Sept. 18, 1999, a 10-game streak. Since 1980, the Huskies were 118-24-2 in all home games: an .826 winning percentage.

Pickett completed 19 of 37 passes for 337 yards but threw three interceptions -- one returned 37 yards for a TD by Chris Handy in the first quarter. The loss also spoiled a 120-yard rushing effort by tailback Rich Alexis.

The Wolf Pack led 28-10 late in the third quarter after Heiser's 7-yard TD pass to Talib Wise.

That capped a five-play, 93-yard drive that followed an apparent interception by Washington's Jimmy Newell inside Nevada's 30. The Huskies, though, were penalized for defensive holding.

Washington pulled to 28-17 less than one minute later on a 52-yard scoring play from Pickett to Reggie Williams.

The Huskies then forced a punt and took over with 11:05 on the clock. But just as they drove into field goal range, Cordova sacked Pickett again to force another fumble that was recovered by Nevada's Logan Carter.

Heiser also threw an 8-yard scoring pass to tight end Anthony Pudewell for a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter.

The Wolf Pack had the upset in the bag when Marlon McLaughlin intercepted a deep throw by Pickett at midfield with 3:03 to play.


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