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Pac-10: Cal QB Boller ends Huskies' domination

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October 6, 2002

SEATTLE -- Kyle Boller threw for 266 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as California defeated Washington 34-27 on Saturday, snapping a 19-game losing streak in the series.

"I can honestly say this is the best game I've ever played, high school or college," Boller said. "It was the best feeling to look up in the stands afterward. I saw my mom jumping up and down. It was awesome."

The Golden Bears beat Washington for the first time since Nov. 9, 1976. They also ended a 17-game homefield winning streak by the Huskies.

"We can say, "It's history. It's over,' " Boller said. "People will remember 2002 as the year the Golden Bears came in here, played a good game and won."

Boller was 13-of-24 without an interception. Washington's Cody Pickett, the nation's No. 2 passer, finished 35-of-59 for 399 yards and two interceptions.

"We kind of shot ourselves in the foot," Pickett said. "I threw two picks, and you can't do that in the Pac-10."

The Huskies rallied to beat California the past three years and seemed ready to do it again. Pickett's 1-yard TD run on an option play pulled Washington to 34-24 with 4:03 left.

Greg Carothers recovered a fumble by Joe Igber on Cal's ensuing series, then the Huskies reached the final margin on John Anderson's fourth field goal of the day, a 37-yarder with 1:54 left.

"That was scary, how similar this game was to what's happened before," Boller said. "This time, our defense stepped up. We didn't let anything get to us."

Cal's Geoff McArthur recovered the ensuing onside kick, and the Bears ran out the clock.

"I would have never dreamed in my wildest dreams that I would lose to Cal," guard Elliott Zajac said. "It was horrendous."

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WASH. ST. 30, USC 27 (OT): Drew Dunning kicked a tying 35-yard field goal with 1:50 left in regulation, then made another 35-yarder in overtime for the host Cougars.

Ryan Killeen missed a 52-yard field-goal attempt on USC's overtime possession. He earlier missed an extra point that would have won the game for the Trojans after Carson Palmer threw a 55-yard touchdown to Mike Williams late in the fourth.

Jason Gesser led the Cougars with two TD passes to Mike Bush and Devard Darling, who transferred from Florida State, and Jermaine Green ran 75 yards for another TD. Gesser, playing with a padded flak jacket because of a sore rib, completed 23-of-44 for 315 yards and one interception.

Palmer was 32-of-50 for 381 yards and an interception.

Southern California trailed much of the game, but Jason Leach intercepted a pass by Gesser and returned it to the Trojans 47 to set up Williams' go-ahead score with 4:10 left.

UCLA 43, OREGON ST. 35: Redshirt freshman Tyler Ebell had 29 carries for 203 yards and Cory Paus threw for 378 yards and a touchdown as the visiting Bruins held off a late Beavers rally.

Mike Seidman had eight receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown and Ricky Manning returned an interception 33 yards for another TD in the Pac-10 opener for UCLA.

Derek Anderson could not do much for Oregon State until the fourth, when he connected with James Newson for two touchdowns. Newson finished with nine catches for 120 yards.

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