Another close one in Seattle

It has been a crazy series of late between the Cats and the Huskies. This edition is nothing new. For the fourth straight time in Seattle the game was decided in the final 2:00. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, for the third straight year the Cats lost a close one when Washington came away with a 32-28 win.

Cody Pickett continued his late game heroics and found Reggie Williams for an 80-yard score with just under 1:30 to play.

Jason Johnson set a school record passing for 443-yards on 29-of-41 passing, with three touchdowns.

Mike Bell rushed for 54 yards on 19 carries, but five sacks on Johnson gave just 25 net yards rushing.

The Wildcats led 28-26, when Mike Schwertley blocked a Washington field goal attempt. The Cats marched down field but stalled at the Husky 39 and were forced to punt. Danny Baugher's punt landed in the endzone giving Washington the ball at the 20, setting up the game winning score.

The Cats wanted to start fast and did so, despite committing what could have been three costly penalties on their first drive. Johnson found Wade four times during the 5:45 drive, and hit Bell on a key third down conversion. Sean Jones got the Cats down to the two-yard line and Beau Carr carried twice down low, the second leading to the true freshman's first career touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Washington answered by marching right down the field ont he it's first possession. After driving to the Wildcat 20, Pickett felt the pressure on third and eight and was unable to get the first down. The Huskies settled for a 37-yard John Anderson field goal.

Washington looked just as impressive on their next drive. The Huskies had little trouble moving the ball against the Cats' 3-4 defense. The Cats stiffened inside their own ten, forcing a fourth and short, but Washington converted and Rich Alexispunched it in two plays later for a 10-7 lead.

The Cats moved the ball, as Johnson found Andrae Thurman twice for long gains, but the drive ended when Chris Massey picked off a Johnson pass in UW territory. The Huskies moved the ball, converting successive third downs. Pickett converted on a third and long after twice being sacked. Not only did he complete a 31-yard strike, but Clay Hardt was whistled for a flagrant facemask. The Huskies capped the drive when Pickett found Reggie Williams in the endzone with exactly 2:00 to play in the first half. Three penalties forced Washington into a 45-yard extra point attempt that sailed wide right.

The Cats tried to get back on the board before the half and went to Wade to get it done. Johnson hit his senior receiver, who proceeded to juke three Washington defenders and scampered 34 yards to the Washington 34. Mike Bell scampered for 12 more and Thurman caught a quick hitter at the six. Following another good Bell run, the Cats had first and goal at the two yard line with just a minute left. The Cats eschewed a time out and Johnson found Wade on first down for the score.

Washington scored the next ten points, but the Cats kept fighting. After a long Anderson field goal, the Cats took the ball and marched down field with long passes to Justin Levasseur, Thurman and Wade. With a heavy pass rush coming Johnson got rid of the ball and the deflected ball found its way into the awaiting arms of Thurman for the score. Despite struggling on defense, the Cats only trailed 26-21.

Arizona scored again as Bobby Wade broke a series of tackles and scampered for 28-yards and a 28-26 Wildcat lead.

The Huskies held the Wildcats in their own territory and got the ball back with just under 3:00 to play. Pickett found Williams and the big Husky rolled 80-yards to regains the lead. A missed two-point conversion made it 32-28 in the home team's favor.

Following the Williams' score Arizona came up short on a fourth and six on their own 39 yard line. On the next drive they had one last shot at it, but a last second catch by Juan Valentine was way too short.

The Wildcats fell to 3-3 on the season (0-2 in Pac-10), and take on Stanford next Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.


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