SEATTLE (AP) -- It was a huge win for the Nevada Wolf Pack -- and
an even bigger victory for coach Chris Tormey.
Andy Heiser threw three touchdown passes, defensive tackle Chris
Barry blocked two field-goal attempts and rush end Jorge Cordova
had five sacks as Nevada stunned Washington 28-17 on Saturday.
The win brought a measure of satisfaction for Tormey, a former
Huskies assistant credited with recruiting Mark Brunell and
Napoleon Kaufman to Seattle. He interviewed for the Washington job
before Rick Neuheisel was hired in 1999.
"There were a lot of mixed emotions for me coming back to Husky
Stadium," Tormey said. "But I was focused on my team and what was
going on between the lines. I guess the magnitude of this victory
really hasn't sunk in yet."
He knew it was a grand experience, though, arguably the biggest
win ever for the Wolf Pack and certainly the school's biggest since
Nevada moved up from Division I-AA to I-A for the 1992 season.
"This is by far our biggest win at Nevada and one of the
highlights of my career," Tormey said.
The schools met for the first game since Washington's 2-0
victory in 1903.
Judging from the outcome, the Huskies won't care to see the Wolf
Pack (4-2) for another 100 years. Nevada of the Western Athletic
Conference outplayed the Huskies (3-3) of the Pac-10 in every
"We got beat in every phase of the game -- offense, defense and
special teams," Huskies coach Keith Gilbertson said. "Nevada
outplayed us and they won the game. We played poorly in every
Washington's problems started with Heiser, who completed 19 of
29 passes for 299 yards with one interception.
"In the last 10 or 20 years, this is probably one of our
biggest wins," Heiser said. "We knew we could do it the whole
time, too. One of the keys was that we felt confident we could
Maurice Mann caught seven passes for 168 yards, including a
At the final gun, Nevada players raised their arms and charged
the field while a small section of Wolf Pack fans, who braved a
chilly rain for much of the day, stood in the west end zone stands
Nevada defenders sacked Washington's Cody Pickett eight times,
with Cordova doing most of the work while also blocking a field
goal and forcing a fumble. Barry had both of his blocked kicks in
the first half.
"The three blocked kicks were huge," Tormey said.
Washington had 19 first downs by halftime but trailed 14-7 after
struggling with scoring opportunities for the second straight game.
The Huskies were outscored 39-0 in the second half of a 46-16 loss
last weekend at UCLA.
"Great four-man pass rush, great coverage in the secondary,"
Cordova said, explaining how Nevada kept Pickett on the run. "Just
two things that every team has. Nothing special."
It was Washington's first nonconference loss at home since Air
Force won 31-21 at Husky Stadium on Sept. 18, 1999, a 10-game
streak. Since 1980, the Huskies are 45-6 at home against
Pickett completed 19 of 37 passes for 337 yards but threw three
interceptions -- one returned 37 yards for a TD by Chris Handy in
the first quarter. The loss also spoiled a 120-yard rushing effort
by tailback Rich Alexis.
"We all need to take a look in the mirror, everybody as an
individual," Alexis said. "You can't point out certain people. We
all need to look at what we each need to do to get things rolling
The Wolf Pack led 28-10 late in the third quarter after Heiser's
7-yard TD pass to Talib Wise.
That capped a five-play, 93-yard drive that followed an apparent
interception by Washington's Jimmy Newell inside Nevada's 30. The
Huskies, though, were penalized for defensive holding.
"We stunk out there today," linebacker Greg Carothers said.
"You can't say much else."
Washington pulled to 28-17 less than a minute later on a 52-yard
scoring play from Pickett to Reggie Williams.
The Huskies then forced a punt and took over with 11:05 on the
clock. Just as they reached field goal range, Cordova sacked
Pickett again to force another fumble that was recovered by
Nevada's Logan Carter.
Heiser also threw an 8-yard scoring pass to tight end Anthony
Pudewell for a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter.
The Wolf Pack had the upset in hand when Marlon McLaughlin
intercepted a deep throw by Pickett at midfield with 3:03 to play.
McLaughlin held All-America receiver Reggie Williams to three
catches for 77 yards.
"I have to give credit to my coaching staff," McLaughlin said.
"We defended him real well, and at times we sent double coverage
to him. Once things started going bad for him, I could see the
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