Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

Sports

Tuiasosopo is standout in Huskies' 600th win

Marques Tuiasosopo

Woodinville's Marques Tuiasosopo (#11) runs the option in the Huskies' 31-24 defeat of Colorado.
Photo by Russ Paris.

Zach Tuiasosopo to join his brother at the UW

by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly

   The University of Washington won its 600th game, led by Marques Tuiasosopo's 266 total yards, in the Huskies' 31-24 win over Colorado last Saturday under sunny skies at Husky Stadium.

   Tuiasosopo's 12 completions for 23 attempts produced 210 yards by air. He gained confidence and grew stronger as the game progressed. His superb fourth quarter effort, going 6 for 7 with two touchdowns, brought the UW from behind and earned Tuiasosopo the Player of the Game award.

   Tuiasosopo's option play, rolling right with a pass to wide receiver Chris Juergens with three minutes gone in the fourth quarter, put the Huskies ahead for good.

   It appeared the Huskies moved the ball better with Marques running the option, as he did when playing for Woodinville High School. On the option, when Tuiasosopo rolls down the line, Colorado had to respect both running and passing ability, thus stretching the Colorado defense across the field. This allowed Husky tailback Willie Hurst to gain 85 yards on 19 plays.

   Pat Coniff (WHS class of '97) rushed for 18 yards on four carries. Coniff was used primarily as the lead blocker for Hurst.

   The Huskies got more good news when Zach Tuiasosopo (WHS class of '99 and running back and defensive end for the Falcons) announced he will join his brother at the UW when he gave the Huskies an oral commitment to their program next year, following his graduation.