10:00 PM ET, November 1, 2003
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
SEATTLE (AP) -- For the second straight year, it was the Washington Huskies who danced at midfield.
Reserve quarterback Casey Paus threw two second-half touchdown passes and redshirt freshman tailbacks Kenny James and Shelton Sampson combined for 235 yards rushing in Washington's 42-10 win over Oregon on Saturday night.
Sampson carried for 131 yards and three touchdowns on only six carries, highlighted by a 77-yard TD scamper midway through the fourth quarter that put the Huskies (5-4, 3-2 Pac-10) ahead 42-10. James ran for 104 yards on 18 carries.
"Good blocking," Washington coach Keith Gilbertson said. "And we handed it off to two good backs."
Oregon safety Keith Lewis had predicted a victory and vowed to dance on the "W" at midfield -- payback for Washington's 30-minute celebration at midfield after a 42-14 win last year in Eugene.
There was no victory party for the Ducks (5-4, 2-3), who have lost four of their last five after a 4-0 start.
In fact, the Huskies sprinted to the "W" and woofed at the Ducks as they walked with slumped shoulders off the field.
"They said they wanted to come out and celebrate on our field," said Washington tackle Khalif Barnes. "I kind of took that as a challenge, that they were calling us out. We felt good. We wanted to go celebrate on our own field."
Several Oregon players insisted afterward that they wouldn't have danced on the "W" if they'd won.
"That whole thing was overplayed," Ducks coach Mike Bellotti said. "Everybody made a lot more of it than we did."
Still, it fired up the Huskies. All week long, they stewed. Then they channeled it into their play.
"We didn't want to get into a war of words. We wanted to play with our helmets," Barnes said."
Paus, the younger brother of former UCLA quarterback Cory Paus, was 5-of-8 for 117 yards. He opened the third quarter after Cody Pickett was sidelined by a blow to the head in the first half.
"I felt calm," Paus said. "The guys picked me up on every play and rallied around me. From that aspect, I felt pretty good -- just another day on the field."
James and Sampson played for regular starter Rich Alexis, out for the second straight week with a bruised thigh.
Lewis got a different payback when Washington tackle Khalif Barnes flattened him on a blindside block in the back midway through the fourth quarter. They came up pointing fingers, and a pushing match between several players ensued.
"I told him it was all within the game," Barnes said. "He shouldn't be mad. He tried to take a swing. After that, I was cool about it."
On the next play, Sampson got free on his 77-yard TD run.
Lewis wasn't available to respond. Oregon officials said he won't be speaking to reporters for the rest of the season.
Oregon led 10-0 after the first quarter after a 36-yard field goal by Jared Siegel and an 85-yard scoring pass from Kellen Clemens to Demetrius Williams, but that was it for the Ducks.
Oregon had the Pac-10's No. 2 rushing offense, averaging 151.0 yards, but were held to 73 yards rushing on 34 attempts. Terrence Whitehead, coming off a career-high 172-yard effort against Stanford, had 54 yards on 19 runs.
"We played very poorly," Bellotti said. "We turned the ball over. We gave them the big plays. We broke ourselves down. It was very horrible."
Paus sparked the Huskies to 15 straight points in the third quarter. On the first series of the second half, James broke a 56-yard run to set up an 8-yard TD carry by Sampson.
Just like that, Washington led 13-10 and never trailed again.
"Once I got that first throw in and watched Kenny break that run, everything went away and I just focused on the game," Paus said.
Washington's Charles Frederick made it 22-10 on a 10-yard TD pass from Paus. Frederick was a surprise starter after missing much of last week's practice with a bruised chest in last week's loss to USC.
"I'm still sore and it hurt a little bit," Frederick said. "But I felt good in warmups and I told coach I was going to go."
Washington wasn't penalized until 10 minutes remained, while the Ducks committed 10 penalties for 75 yards. The Huskies had seven sacks. Evan Benjamin intercepted a pass and Terry Johnson forced a fumble.
Soon, the big plays were piling up.
Paus found Reggie Williams for a 63-yard TD play. Linebacker Greg Carothers forced a fumble with a hard hit on Clemens, snagged the ball and returned it 55 yards for another score.
"The bad plays snowballed on us in the second half," Bellotti said.