October 9, 2000
by Russ Paris
Special to the Weekly
Marques Tuiasosopo engineered 31 first downs against the best rushing defensive team in the Pac-10.
Tuiasosopo rushed 10 times for 39 yards including one touchdown. He also pulverized the Oregon State secondary by passing for 20 completions in 32 attempts, including his 16-yard touchdown toss to Justin Robbins for the Huskies' first score in their 33-30 win over the Beavers.
Tuiasosopo's brilliant play selection using screen passes to Paul Arnold and draw plays up the middle by Rich Alexis racked up 514 total yards against the previously ranked fourth-best defensive team in the nation. The win left the Huskies at 4-1 and still in the hunt for the Rose Bowl berth.
Both teams were able to move the ball offensively.
With the score tied 7-7 at the end of one period, it was Tui's 19-yard pass to Jeremy Stevens that set up a John Anderson field goal and a 10-7 Washington lead.
For Washington's next score, Tuiasosopo rushed for 33 yards and passed for 33 more. On a 3rd down situation, he ran for 20 yards to keep the drive alive for another Anderson field goal and a 20-14 Husky lead.
In the fourth quarter, it was Tuiasosopo's four-yard touchdown run with eight minutes left that give Washington a 33-30 win over the ambitious upset-minded Beavers.
An Oregon State field goal attempt with 12 seconds left to tie, sailed wide right, and the Dogs howled in the night.
Husky Pat Conniff (WHS, '97) was banged up after making a crucial first down for Washington on their first scoring drive.
Conniff's knee twisted as he was hit backwards, but continued to drive forward for a Huskies' first down. Doctors will determine the extent of the senior fullback's injury.
Conniff has played for the UW since he was a freshman, and his rock-solid blue-collar work ethic has made him a Husky fan favorite.