NOTE: An earlier version of this story included an error regarding television coverage of this game. The UW-Colorado game will air on the Pac-12 Networks. Apologies for any confusion resulting from this mistake.
THE GAME: The Washington football team (5-3 overall, 2-3 Pac-12) opens up its November schedule with a home date vs. Colorado (3-5, 0-5) Saturday at 5:00 p.m. PT at Husky Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The game is the first of four in the month for the Dawgs, who head into this Saturday off of a bye week. After the Colorado game, the UW heads out on the road for its next two games: at UCLA on Friday, Nov. 15 and at Oregon State on Nov. 23. The regular season comes to an end with the annual Apple Cup vs. Washington State the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29) at Husky Stadium.
QUICK SNAPS: Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 145.3 yards per game ... his last time out, he rushed for a career-best 241 yards vs. California ... Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 12 ... his 29 career rushing TDs are tied for third in UW history ... Sankey’s 2,788 career rush yards are good for 6th in UW history ... Keith Price moved into the No. 2 spot in UW career passing yards in ASU game ... he now has 8,122 career yards, having moved past Jake Locker (7,639) on the career chart ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 17 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also tied for fourth-most in Husky history among all players ... the UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in seven of eight games this season ... the Huskies have turned the ball over nine times this year, and have allowed only one of those turnovers to be converted into a touchdown ... conversely, the UW has converted seven of 11 takeaways into touchdowns ... 10 true freshmen played this season: WR Darrell Daniels, DB Kevin King, DE Joe Mathis, WR John Ross, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, PK Cameron Van Winkle, DB Trevor Walker, DE Marcus Farria, WR Taelon Parson, DB Kaleb Taylor ... not counting specialists (kickers, punter, snappers, holders, returners) the UW has 36 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... however, only 26 different players have started a game this season.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Colorado game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks, with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Jill Savage (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Network will also air condensed, one-hour replays of the game during the following week.
RADIO: The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 19 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (135) and XM (198) satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. BUFFS HISTORY: Washington and Colorado have squared off 13 times in their history and the Huskies hold a slight edge with seven wins, five losses and one tie. The series began way back in 1915 when a Gil Dobie-coached UW team wrapped up a 7-0 season with a 46-0 win over the Buffs at Washington's Denny Field. Nearly 40 years later, the Huskies opened the 1953 season with a narrow 21-20 loss at Husky Stadium. Jim Owens' first game as Husky head coach, on Sept. 21, 1957, came against Colorado and that game ended in a 6-6 tie in Seattle. Two seasons later, the Huskies made their first trip to Boulder for yet another season-opener and beat the Buffaloes, 21-12. The next meeting didn't come until 1976 in Seattle when Colorado beat Don James' second Husky squad, 21-7. The two teams next met in the 1985 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim. Current Colorado head coach Jon Embree scored the game's final TD on a 31-yard reception, but the Huskies won, 20-17, behind sophomore QB Chris Chandler. In 1989, shortly after the death of their former quarterback Sal Aunese, Colorado handed the Huskies a 45-28 win at Husky Stadium. The Buffs rushed for 420 yards despite not having a single back over 100 yards. Colorado made it two wins in as many seasons the following year at Folsom Field, handing a 12th-ranked UW team a 20-14 loss. Eric Bieniemy ran for 143 yards and Darian Hagan scored a pair of TDs in the win. Colorado picked up a third straight win over the Huskies in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, winning 33-21. Corey Dillon rushed for 140 yards and two TDs, but CU quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 371 yards and three TDs in the win. In 1999, first-year UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, who'd left Colorado for Seattle during the offseason, got his first win at Washington in week three of the season. Marques Tuiasosopo hit Chris Juergens with a nine-yard TD pass with 3:17 remaining to break a tie and forge a 31-24 win. The following year in Boulder, a Rose Bowl-bound Husky team won, 17-14. Washington scored 14 in the final quarter on a TD run from Willie Hurst and a pass from Tuiasosopo to Wilbur Hooks. In 2011, in the two teams' first meeting as Pac-12 rivals, the Huskies won 52-24 in Seattle. Keith Price led the way for the UW, completing 21-of-28 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. Last year, Price had another big game in a 38-3 win in Boulder, throwing for a school-record-tying five TDs. Price was 22-for-29 for 248 yards and the five scores while Bishop Sankey rushed for 139 yards in a game the UW led just 7-0 at half. The UW held Colorado to just 141 yards in total offense.
WASHINGTON-COLORADO TIES: Washington offensive coordinator, Eric Kiesau, spent the 2006-10 seasons on the coaching staff at Colorado, while the Buffs defensive coordinator, Kent Baer, held that same position at the UW from 2005 to 2007. Additionally, CU RBs/TEs coach Klayton Adams worked briefly as a grad assistant at the UW. As for players, there’s just one Washingtonian on the Colorado roster: QB Sefo Liufau, from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Washington’s roster included Denver Mullen grad Cyler Miles as well as senior punter Zach Grossnickle, who spent the last four seasons on the CU roster before transferring to the UW this year, having earned his degree. Grossnickle attended East High in Denver. The CU roster includes four other Mullen products: Timothy Coleman, Brady Daigh, Josh Ford and Tyler Henington. Other UW and CU players who attended the same high school: UW’s Mike Criste and CU’s Eric Richter (Mission Viejo); UW’s Sean Parker, Troy Williams and Keishawn Bierria and CU’s Josh Moten (Narbonne); UW’s Joe Mathis and CU’s Donta Abron, Christian Powell and Marques Mosley (Upland); UW’s Cleveland Wallace and CU’s Chidobe Awuzie (Oak Grove); UW’s Kevin King and CU’s Brandan Brisco (Bishop O’Dowd); UW’s Azeem Victor and CU’s Gerrad Kough (Pomona).