The Aloha Bowl

1997

 

Washington 51
Michigan State 23

Washington Fight Song

 

Rashaan Shehee rushed for an Aloha Bowl record 193 yards and two touchdowns and the Huskies defense returned two interceptions for scores as Washington destroyed Michigan State, 51-23, in Honolulu.

 

Shehee broke the Aloha Bowl record of 179 rushing yards set by Michigan State's Blake Ezor in 1989 and eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in the process. Despite missing the final three games of the season- all Washington losses- Shehee finished with 1,055 yards and 10 touchdowns.

 

Shehee opened the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown run 67 seconds into the game as the Huskies (8-4) capitalized on a Michigan State fumble on the first play from scrimmage. Shehee later scored from 15 yards out, giving Washington a 38-10 lead 5:50 into the second half.

 

The Huskies carried the ball 43 times for 298 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run on a fake punt by Mike Reed (video), and outgained Michigan State, 298-47, on the ground. They also held a better than 12-minute edge in time of possession.

 

Washington dominated the game throughout, coming up with five turnovers, including two fumbles. The Spartans fumbled a total of six times but were able to fall on four of them.

 

With the Huskies holding a 24-10 advantage in the third quarter, Tony Parrish came up with his second interception of the game and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds left in the period (video).

 

Lester Towns picked off Michigan State's Todd Schultz and ran 66 yards for a score, giving the Huskies a 51-17 lead with 10:02 to play, equaling the most points scored by a team in an Aloha Bowl. Kansas set the record by defeating UCLA, 51-30, in 1995.

 

Washington quarterback Brock Huard threw a pair of touchdown passes to Fred Coleman, including a 22-yarder 44 seconds into the third quarter which gave the Huskies a 21-7 lead. Huard completed 18-of-30 passes for 179 yards and Coleman finished with five catches for 68 yards.

 

Schultz completed 14-of-24 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions for the Spartans. He connected with Gary Scott on a pair of scores, the first of which cut the Huskie lead to 14-7 with 5:19 left in the first quarter. Scott had five receptions for 114 yards.

 

Washington snapped a three-game losing streak in bowl games, claiming its first victory since downing Michigan, 34-14, in the 1992 Rose Bowl, the last of four straight bowl wins.

 

Michigan State (7-5) has lost four straight bowl games by a combined score of 152-50 and two in a row to a Pac-10 school, falling to 5-9 all-time in bowls. Stanford blanked Michigan State, 38-0, in last year's Sun Bowl.

 

The Huskies, who improved to 2-1 all-time against Michigan State, played in a bowl for the 16th time in 19 seasons and for the 25th time overall, improving their record to 14-10-1.

 

Washington quarterback Brock Huard (7) is tackled by Michigan State's Ike Reese.

 

Reese (44) brings down Cameron Cleeland

Washington's Bryan Pittman scores in first quarter

 

Husky media guide

 

Attendance- 34,419

 

Scoring Summary

 

First Quarter

UW- Shehee 33 run (Lentz kick)
UW- Coleman 15 yard pass from Huard (Lentz kick)
MSU- Scott 12 yard pass from Schultz (Edinger kick)

 

Second Quarter

UW- Coleman 22 yard pass from Huard (Lentz kick)
UW- FG Lentz 41
MSU- FG Edinger 43
UW- Parrish 56 interception return (Lentz kick)

 

Third Quarter

UW- Shehee 15 run (Lentz kick)
MSU- Scott 28 yard pass from Schultz (Edinger kick)
UW- Reed 64 run (kick failed)

 

Fourth Quarter

UW- Towns 66 interception return (Lentz kick)
MSU- Richardson 21 pass from Burke (kick failed)

 

Individual Statistics 

 

Rushing

UW- Shehee 29-193, Reed 2-70, Shaw 6-34

MSU- Irvin 15-59, McFadden 2-10

 

Passing

UW- Huard 18-30-179

MSU- Schultz 14-24-220, Burke 6-10-76

 

Receiving

UW- Coleman 5-68, Shehee 5-8, Pathon 4-54, , Cleeland 3-46

MSU- Scott 5-114, Richardson 3-42, Long 3-36, Renaud 2-24, Rance 2-33

 

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