Washington 31, Arizona 28

Oct. 20, 2001 at 10:44 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Sophomore Cody Pickett capped a 55-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds left Saturday to rally No. 12 Washington to a thrilling 31-28 Pac-10 Conference victory over Arizona.

The win was the 17th in which Washington (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) has rallied in the fourth quarter in 22 games under coach Rick Neuheisel. The Huskies staged fourth-quarter comebacks earlier this season against Michigan, California and Southern California.

Pickett overcame four interceptions and completed 29 of 49 passes for a school-record 455 yards and two touchdowns. He surpassed Cary Conklin's 428 yards against Arizona State in a 34-32 loss on Nov. 4, 1989.

Pickett returned to the lineup after missing last week's 35-13 loss at UCLA with a right shoulder injury.

Arizona (3-4, 0-4) took its first lead, 28-21, on Clarence Farmer's 16-yard touchdown run with 5:19 remaining. But Washington intercepted Wildcats quarterback John Rattay to set up a 39-yard field goal by John Anderson with just over four minutes left to slice the deficit to four points.

Farmer carried 21 times for 147 yards, but Arizona suffered a blow when starting quarterback Jason Johnson left with a concussion late in the first half. Johnson completed seven of 10 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns before leaving.

Washington owned a 21-14 lead after a wild opening 15 minutes. The Huskies posted their 12th straight home victory.

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