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Pac-10: Huskies humble Ducks

©Associated Press
November 17, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. -- Cody Pickett's record-breaking day assured the Huskies of at least a break-even season and some bragging rights.

Pickett threw for 316 yards and four touchdowns and set the Pac-10 record for single-season passing yardage in Washington's 42-14 victory over Oregon on Saturday.

Pickett increased his total to 3,818 yards to surpass Ryan Leaf, who threw for 3,637 yards for Washington State in 1997.

Pickett also has 305 completions this season to top Steve Stenstrom's Pac-10 mark of 300 for Stanford in 1993.

"I'm proud of him," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "But I think he'd trade it all in for an unblemished record."

With one game left, the win helped the Huskies avoid their first losing season since 1976. They play conference leader Washington State next.

The Ducks were ranked sixth after a 6-0 start, but they have lost four of the past five. Oregon had not lost its home finale in its past nine seasons.

"That was humbling," center Dan Weaver said.

Though Washington has had a disappointing season, the Huskies retained some dignity with the victory over the Ducks, their Northwest rival for a century.

The series between the teams, which took a hiatus last season, has been contentious at times. Two seasons ago the Ducks handed the Rose Bowl-bound Huskies their only loss of the season.

This year, the team celebrated with fans in Autzen Stadium long after the game.

"We earned this win and we had fun doing it," defensive tackle Terry Johnson said.

Pickett also set a school record with 467 career completions, surpassing Damon Huard's mark of 458 (1992-95). Pickett's 25 touchdowns this season pass Huard's school record of 23 in 1997.

"We came in here, played in a hostile environment and got a win," Pickett said. "It's a great feeling."

Jason Fife completed 10-of-29 for 170 yards and two touchdowns.

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USC 34, ARIZ. ST. 13: Carson Palmer threw two touchdowns and rushed for another, and Justin Fargas rushed for 125 yards and a TD for the host Trojans.

The Trojans defense limited Andrew Walter and the high-scoring Sun Devils to one second-quarter touchdown and a pair of field goals. Palmer completed 20-of-34 for 214 yards.

Walter was 24-of-49 for 297 yards for the Sun Devils, but he threw two interceptions. He also lost a fumble that led to an early touchdown that put the Trojans ahead to stay.

Fargas carried 26 times and topped the 100-yard mark for the second time at USC.

ARIZONA 52, CAL 41: Jason Johnson passed for a school-record 492 yards and threw two of his four touchdowns to Justin Levasseur as the visiting Wildcats snapped a six-game losing streak. Bobby Wade caught 11 passes for a career-high 222 yards.

Nobody was sure what to expect from Arizona after 40 players met with university president Peter Likins to express distaste for coach John Mackovic's abrasive verbal style and other concerns. Instead of resigning, Mackovic apologized for several mistakes during a tearful news conference.

Levasseur, a backup tight end and one of Mackovic's biggest detractors, caught his first two TD passes of the season, including the go-ahead score with 12:37 left. Mackovic apologized to Levasseur last week for calling him "a disgrace to his family."

Cal's Kyle Boller was 22-of-45 for 298 yards and two INTs.

OREGON ST. 31, STANFORD 21: Steven Jackson rushed for 230 yards and a TD for the visiting Beavers. Derek Anderson's 46-yard pass to James Newson with 9:36 left put Oregon State ahead to stay. Oregon State's Dennis Erickson coached his 200th game. Erickson, who also coached at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State and Miami, is 143-56-1.

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