October 4, 1999
Woodinville's Pat Conniff, WHS class of '97, rests on the sideline after scoring the touchdown that gave UW a 20-10 lead.
Photo by Russ Paris.
by Russ Paris, special to the Weekly
The Washington Huskies were led by two former Woodinville Falcons football players in their 34-20 win over the Oregon Ducks last Saturday in a night game at Husky Stadium. Marques Tuiasosopo and Pat Conniff scored four of the five Washington touchdowns.
Pat Conniff was the Huskies' second-best runner, gaining 37 tough yards on six carries up the middle. The powerful Conniff, at 6-feet tall and 250 lbs., gained most of his yards with Ducks hanging on him. In the third period, he blasted his way up the middle after taking a handoff from Tuiasosopo for a 9-yard touchdown that gave the Huskies a 20-10 lead.
"Pat Conniff is becoming a bigger part of our offense," Coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He is an important ingredient."
Marques Tuiasosopo, playing his finest game as a Husky, completed 17 of 21 passes for 211 yards and rushed for 35 yards, giving him 246 total yards for the night.
"Marques was magnificent. He is maturing into a premier quarterback," an obviously elated Neuheisel said. "My assistants and I like to drop back and throw the ball, so we had to learn how to run the option."
It is fortunate for Neuheisel and the Huskies that Conniff and Tuiasosopo learned to run the option to perfection in their years at Woodinville High School under Terry Agnew, Mike Bertrum, and Mark Leander.
The Huskies are now 2-2 overall, but are 1-0 in conference play and in the hunt for the Rose Bowl.