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Pac-10: Washington outlasts Washington State

By Wire services
Published November 23, 2003

SEATTLE - Cody Pickett threw a 21-yard touchdown to freshman Corey Williams with 1:10 left, lifting Washington to a 27-19 victory against Washington State on Saturday in another thrilling Apple Cup.

Pickett was ineffective most of the game, but he came through to direct a 73-yard, fourth-quarter drive that saved the Huskies from their first losing season since 1976.

Washington also denied the rival Cougars a chance for a third consecutive 10-win season. Washington State is assured of a bowl bid, but that only marginally offsets the disappointment of a sixth straight Apple Cup loss.

Marquis Cooper sealed the victory when he intercepted a pass by freshman Josh Swogger and returned it 38 yards for the final touchdown, touching off pandemonium among the crowd of 74,549.

When the game was over, the Huskies staged a lengthy celebration at midfield, and students spilled out of the stands to join in the fun.

The Cougars walked solemnly to the locker room.

Last year in Pullman, the Huskies erased a 20-10 deficit with four minutes left and won 29-26 in overtime.

This time, they trailed 19-14 after Drew Dunning's fourth field goal, a 26-yarder, with 4:43 left.

The loss spoiled a steady 128-yard rushing effort by Washington State's Jonathan Smith, and Dunning's four field goals helped him become the school's career scoring leader.

OREGON 34, OREGON ST. 20: Kellen Clemens passed for three touchdowns and ran for another for the host Ducks in the Civil War. Oregon held the conference's leading rusher, Steven Jackson, to 68 yards on 18 carries. He entered at 126.6 yards per game but caught six passes for 71 yards.

The Beavers ran into trouble late in the first quarter, when holder Carl Tobey tried to run after a poor snap on Kirk Yliniemi's 48-yard field goal. Oregon took over and took advantage of several penalties for a drive that ended with Clemens' 19-yard touchdown to Demetrius Williams. Oregon State was penalized for 40 yards, including a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct, on the drive.

Clemens, who completed 11 of 26 passes for 125 yards, opened the second half by going 3-for-3 and scoring on a 4-yard keeper to give the Ducks a 21-10 lead.

His 15-yard touchdown to Dante Rosario in the third made it a 28-13 lead.

The Beavers scored on Derek Anderson's 1-yard pass to Pat Loney early in the fourth to make it 28-20, but Oregon's Jared Siegel made up for an earlier miss with field goals of 18 and 22 yards to seal it.

After the game, the Oregon players ran to the "O" at the center of Autzen Stadium to celebrate and were quickly engulfed by their fans.

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