Oct. 19, 2001
With an unsettled quarterback situation heading into Saturday's Pac-10 contest against Arizona, No. 15 Washington will look to its rushing attack as it tries to extend an 11-game home winning streak.
Washington (4-1, 2-1) had a 12-game winning streak snapped Saturday with a 35-13 loss to fellow Pac-10 power UCLA.
The game was clearly won on the ground, as the Bruins rushed for 351 yards while holding the Huskies to just eight. Washington had not allowed a rushing touchdown in its first four games before UCLA's DeShaun Foster ran for four TDs on Saturday.
"We are disappointed about the way things went over the weekend. Give credit to where credit is due, they played a fired (up) ballgame, but we live to jump back on the horse as they say and ride again," Washington coach Rick Neuheisel said.
"We had a wonderful 12-game winning streak come to an end, and it's important now that we refocus our attention to the rest of our season beginning with this week with Arizona."
Quarterback Taylor Barton started against UCLA in place of the injured Cody Pickett and completed 22 of 44 passes for 316 yards with one interception while under heavy pressure all day. Barton was woozy afterward and was taken to a hospital, where a CT scan and other tests were normal.
"Doctors did not say there was a concussion, they just wanted to make sure they were on the conscious side of things," Barton said. "I got some medical treatment, and I will be ready for this week."
Pickett separated his right shoulder during the second quarter of a 27-24 victory over Southern California on Oct. 6. His status against Arizona is uncertain.
"It remains to be seen. We've got two quarterbacks, both have played well, both are a little beat up. We will see who is the most healthy for this week," Neuheisel said.
"If Cody is healthy than we will go with Cody, he was our starter. But if not I feel we can win with Barton."
The Huskies' rushing attack was nonexistent against UCLA after combining for 289 yards in the two previous games, but should improve dramatically against the Wildcats.
Arizona (3-3, 0-3) has allowed 621 yards rushing the last three weeks in losses to Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State.
Last Saturday's 38-3 loss to Oregon State was another disappointing performance by the Wildcats under first-year coach John Mackovic.
The offense managed just 46 yards rushing and had just three first downs in the first half, while the defense gave up 415 yards. Only a 28-yard field goal by Sean Keel late in the third quarter prevented Arizona from being shut out for the first time since 1991.
"This game really hurts," Mackovic said. "We made a series of mistakes. (Quarterback) Jason Johnson was under pressure the entire night. They neutralized anything that we hoped to do at the line of scrimmage."
Washington has won five of the last six meetings with Arizona, and leads the all-time series, 12-4-1.