4:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Husky Stadium, SEATTLE, WA
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."
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-17||10-16|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||1-2|
|TD||4:09||CHARLES FREDERICK 23 YD PASS FROM CODY PICKETT (EVAN KNUDSON KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 86 yards.
|TD||14:19||CHRIS TAYLOR 2 YD RUN (BRYAN ROBERTSON KICK)|
Drive info: 13 plays, 76 yards.
|FG||7:12||BRYAN ROBERTSON 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||1:59||EVAN KNUDSON 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 59 yards.
|FG||11:07||BRYAN ROBERTSON 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yards.
|TD||9:23||REGGIE WILLIAMS 70 YD PASS FROM CODY PICKETT (EVAN KNUDSON KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||5:21||SHELTON SAMPSON 6 YD RUN (EVAN KNUDSON KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||1:54||SHELTON SAMPSON 4 YD RUN (EVAN KNUDSON KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 41 yards.
|TD||0:02||REGGIE WILLIAMS 6 YD PASS FROM CODY PICKETT (EVAN KNUDSON KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards.