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Washington Is Sent Packing

Nevada, with a former Husky assistant as its coach, scores a 28-17 victory at Seattle.

October 12, 2003|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — 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 Husky 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, possibly 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 Pacific 10 Conference, in every facet.

"We got beat in every phase of the game -- offense, defense and special teams," Husky Coach Keith Gilbertson said. "Nevada outplayed us and they won the game. We played poorly in every department."

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 and celebrated.

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 to UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

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