No. 14 Arizona 31, No. 20 Wash. 28
No. 14 Arizona 31, No. 20 Wash. 28
Oct. 04, 1998
SEATTLE (AP) _ Ortege Jenkins saw three defenders in front of him.
``I sure wasn't going through them,'' the Arizona quarterback said. ``So I went over them. ... I used my ability and just hopped.''
Jenkins had the look of an acrobat on his winning 9-yard touchdown run _ somersaulting over Marques Hairston and Brendan Jones _ with four seconds left to give the No. 14 Wildcats a 31-28 victory over No. 20 Washington on Saturday night.
``We need to get him in the gymnastics program back home,'' teammate Marcus Bell said.
Said Arizona coach Dick Tomey: ``He just wanted it more than the guys standing in the end zone.''
The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) won their ninth game in a row over two seasons.
Arizona, winning for the first time since 1988 in Seattle, drove 80 yards for its winning score to ruin Marques Tuiasosopo's big night as Washington's replacement quarterback.
Jenkins, who alternates with Keith Smith as Arizona's quarterback, scored on a second-down play, vaulting into the end zone, and landing on his feet in an amazing play.
``There was no place to go but over,'' said Jenkins, a sophomore from Long Beach, Calif.
Washington dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10 in a game it appeared to have won. The Huskies were beaten 55-7 at Nebraska last week.
Huskies coach Jim Lambright wouldn't let his players talk to the media. He also promised to come up with a replacement for kicker Jim Skurski.
``I'm protecting them from the stupidity of what went on,'' Lambright said in explanation of his gag order.
Of Skurski, who missed a 23-yard field goal attempt with 2:59 left, Lambright said: ``We have a kicking game that needs a kicker.''
On Arizona's last-gasp drive, Jenkins was the quarterback for all but one play. On the fourth play, Smith replaced Jenkins at quarterback and passed 22 yards _ to Jenkins _ for a first down at the Washington 46.
The 80-yard drive took 13 plays and went 2 minutes, 48 seconds.
``That's the most athletic play I've ever seen,'' Smith said of Jenkins' winning TD vault in which he came down on his feet like a cat. ``It showed his will to win. He wasn't going to let us lose. He didn't care about his body.''
Jenkins was 10-for-19 for 111 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions. Smith was 9-for-14 for 146 yards and one TD with no interceptions. Jenkins rushed five times for 13 yards.
Tuiasosopo gave Washington a 28-21 lead with 1:27 left in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chris Juergens and a 2-point conversion run.
He came into the game after starter Brock Huard was knocked out with a badly bruised left shoulder late in the opening half.
Tuiasosopo was 7-for-14 for 77 yards and one touchdown with one interception. He had 70 yards on seven carries.
In the third quarter, Washington's Nigel Burton recovered a fumble _ Burton's second fumble recovery _ by Trung Canidate at the Arizona 9. But the Huskies' drive stalled and Skurski's 19-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Bell.
Arizona's Mark McDonald was wide right with a 38-yard field goal attempt with 7:43 to go.
The game had some scary minutes when Arizona linebacker Bell, who finished with 21 tackles, ran into Wildcats cornerback Leland Gayles in the third quarter. Gayles lay on the Husky Stadium artificial turf for about 15 minutes before being taken off on a stretcher to an ambulance.
But Arizona team officials said Gayles' injury turned out to be a stinger, a bruised neck, that caused his left arm to go numb. He later was able to move his arm, they said.
Gayles was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Arizona led 21-20 at halftime after Peter Hansen blocked Skurski's extra point try after Washington scored with 1:20 left in the second quarter.
Tuiasosopo scored on a 1-yard sneak after replacing Huard.
Huard, a left-hander, was hit defensive tackle Daniel Greer and landed hard on his shoulder on the artificial turf when he attempted to throw a pass from the Arizona 15.
The Wildcats took a 21-14 lead when Canidate scored on a 37-yard run with 5:44 left in the opening half. That came after Jenkins passed 17 yards to Jeremy McDaniel in the end zone for a touchdown for Arizona with 8:59 remaining in the second period. Jenkins passed to Brandon Nash for a 2-point conversion after McDaniel's score.
Washington scored first _ 20 seconds into the game _ after Canidate fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the ball was recovered on the Arizona 13 by Burton. Willie Hurst then scored on a 13-yard run.
With 3:21 to go in the opening quarter, the Wildcats came back to score their first touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Keith Smith to Dennis Northcutt, but McDonald's extra point attempt was wide left.
The Huskies increased their lead to 14-6 on the second play of the second period _ a 2-yard run by Braxton Cleman.
The Wildcats played without star cornerback Chris McAlister, who was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for one game. He took out a bank loan to buy disability insurance, which is legal. But NCAA officials objected to the fact that the loan was $3,000 over the $11,000 premium for the policy, which they said violated NCAA rules.
``Everybody ought to be angry,'' Tomey said of McAlister's penalty. ``It's unfair and a gross abuse of power.''
McAlister, a senior, will be back for Arizona against UCLA next Saturday night.