A Heisman Kind Of Afternoon -- Kaufman Sets Record As UW Stops Buckeyes
Good exposure is three touchdowns in the game's first 10 minutes on network television. Exposure is 11 stark-raving mad Huskies rendering their foes immobile for three plays at the Washington 1-yard line.
Exposure is Napoleon Kaufman setting a school record for career all-purpose yardage, prompting an ABC reporter to hold up one of the school's Kaufman-for-Heisman postcards for the country to see.
This is the purple-and-gold vision of Husky football Coach Jim Lambright wants people to see, the one witnessed by a gallery of rubber-necking high school recruits on the field for the game's final minutes.
The sun appeared in the morning, dispelling the Sunless-in-Seattle myth. Yesterday afternoon, most of it shined on the 25th-ranked Washington Huskies, who beat the 18th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 25-16 at Husky Stadium. It was exactly the kind of game Lambright plotted for, in shaking those probation blues.
That meant going for and recovering an onside kick after the team's first touchdown. It meant going for two points after Washington (1-1) scored its second touchdown, lining up in some sort of eye-grabbing formation that made you think perhaps Lambright, along with his team, had truly gone mad.
It was a calculated sort of insanity.
"It was a fun game," Kaufman said. "Physically, I'm worn down."
Which, for Kaufman to admit, means it must have been quite a game. The tailback strengthened his Heisman Trophy campaign by
rushing 32 times for 211 yards, the second-most in school history and the most in 20 years. He gained 29 yards catching passes, 26 returning a kickoff and 12 returning a punt for 278 all-purpose yards.
With a 19-yard run in the second quarter, he replaced Hugh McElhenny as Washington's all-purpose yardage leader. He has 4,354.
"I didn't have to do hardly anything," Kaufman said, referring to the ease with which space seemed to clear in front of him. "I didn't have to do anything but run, run fast. Their offense just wasn't on the field."
Indeed, the Buckeyes (1-1) went into a trance after the second play of the game. Tailback Eddie George had gained 17 yards in two plays before quarterback Bobby Hoying unexpectedly dropped back to pass and was sacked.
The Buckeyes' first eight drives ended on downs, punts or fumbles; they were shut out in the first half and almost all of the third quarter.
Hoying's passes often landed short or long. His best pass, a bomb over the middle to Chris Sanders, was misplayed. The Buckeyes, who uncharacteristically threw 38 passes, clearly missed their Heisman candidate Joey Galloway, who is serving a two-game suspension.
In contrast, the Husky defense hardly seemed to suffer from the loss of several key starters. Defensive linemen Donovan Schmidt (twisted ankle), David Richie (knee infection) and linebacker Ink Aleaga (tight hamstring) missed the game.
Yet, the Huskies matched last week's output of six sacks, caused two fumbles and intercepted a pass. Linebacker Richie Chambers led the team with 14 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Safety Lawyer Milloy was his usual punishing self, acting as Washington's insurance policy. In tackling tight end D.J. Jones near the goal line, Milloy knocked the ball loose. Jones, who did not appear to have control of a ball thrown by Hoying, bobbled it into the end zone, where it was recovered by Reggie Reser.
The turnover ended the Buckeyes' best series (70 yards) of the first half, which ended with the Huskies ahead 22-0.
Most remarkable was backup linebacker John Fiala, the former walk-on who subbed for Aleaga and finished with 10 tackles, including a solo that stopped George a yard from the end zone on fourth down.
That goal-line stand - the Buckeyes had second down and goal inside the 1 - was a straight shot of inspiration and made up for the Husky offense's only mistake, a fumble by quarterback Damon Huard at the UW 20 that might have been caused by the ground.
Fiala also recovered a fumble caused by Chambers on OSU's third drive. Chambers stripped George at Ohio State's 25, setting up the Huskies' one-play drive - a 25-yard catch by Eric Bjornson.
The Huskies also slayed a nemesis - the run - against a team that lives by it. George was mostly contained by the Huskies though he rushed for 108 yards and 24 carries, including a 24-yard touchdown run.
"Last night at the hotel we put on videotape of last week's game," defensive coordinator Chris Tormey said. "We showed them every run over 10 yards to show them how close we were (to stopping USC) if we made a few little corrections."
The true measure of the Huskies' success against the run was the frequency with which the Buckeyes passed.
"They were mandated to throw the ball," said Tormey, who anticipated the run and the play-action pass, spending very little time this week rehearsing his players against the drop-back pass.
No need to really. The Huskies' defensive forte is defending against the drop-back passer - a must if you play in the Pac-10. Ironically, it was the Buckeyes who passed for 288 yards and rushed for 94. The Huskies rushed for 244 and passed for 134.
Huard did not have a standout game statistically, completing 12 for 20 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. But his success could be gauged in the 10 checks he made at the line of scrimmage - one giving Kaufman a preferable route, which he took for a 38-yard touchdown run. It also showed in the perfect pitches to Kaufman - one of which resulted in a 19-yard gain - and in Huard's poise after a three-interception game against USC.
Last year at Ohio State, Kaufman rushed for 51 yards. This time, he had 144 by halftime, more than any back had in a game against the Buckeyes in 1993.
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