Huskies party at Ducks' expense.
For a few moments after the game late Saturday afternoon, the Washington Huskies celebrated on the field at Autzen Stadium
They danced to their band's version of "Louie, Louie," hopping and jumping and generally reveling in their 42-14 victory before retreating into their locker room under the stands in the west end zone.
Then they came back out.
This time, led by coach Rick Neuheisel, they gathered at midfield, right in the middle of the big, yellow O. There they celebrated some more, took pictures and shared hugs and high fives.
Oh yeah, they also chanted.
"Whose house is it?" asked the crowd of Washington fans gathering around them. "The Dawgs' house," answered the jubilant players.
Finally, 20 minutes after the game had ended, everyone was back in the locker room, where they celebrated some more.
"You can't just into the locker room after that win," defensive tackle Terry Johnson said. "A celebration like that is automatic."
And apparently not as spontaneous as it first appeared to be.
"That celebration was planned from the beginning," receiver Paul Arnold said. "We knew coming in that we were going to win, so we had something planned out."
It was the first win away from Husky Stadium for Washington in seven games and the first win at Autzen Stadium since 1996.
It was also the Huskies' second win in a row after losing three straight and four of their previous five.
"It means a lot to win here," said sophomore receiver Reggie Williams, who set a stadium record with 14 catches that went for 198 yards and three touchdowns. "I watched these games all through the years growing up in Washington, and I'd heard a lot about it, too. I was just excited to get my chance to play."
The win was particularly sweet for a handful of Husky players, most notably quarterback Cody Pickett, who was called "overrated" by Oregon safety Keith Lewis earlier in the week on a Seattle sports radio talk show.
Pickett finished the game with 316 yards and four touchdowns. He also set the Pac-10 Conference single-season passing yards and completions records when he upped his season totals to 3,818 and 305, respectively.
He even tried to engage Lewis in some banter during the game, but said Lewis rarely responded.
"We talked a little," Pickett said. "I asked him a question or two, but he didn't have anything to say. They all wanted to talk early, but at the end they had nothing to say."
Neither did the Oregon fans, who quickly funneled out of the stadium after Washington took a big lead in the fourth quarter.
"We had been hearing from them pretty much the whole game, so we were asking them where they were all going," Pickett said.
"There was no noise, no fans," Williams said. "I guess everyone was going back out to tailgate."
Probably not. But wherever the Duck fans went after the game, it left the field free for the Huskies.
Washington quarterback Cody Pickett and the Huskies had the last word Saturday.
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|Title Annotation:||Happy Huskies: UW finds satisfaction in first win at Autzen since 1996.; Sports|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Nov 17, 2002|
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