Sept. 24, 2005
Today's attendance of 71,473 was the largest at Husky Stadium since the 2003 Apple Cup vs. Washington State, Nov. 22, 2003, when there were 74,549 fans. Washington had played eight home games in between those two.
Washington's 408 yards passing were seventh-most in Husky history. The 408 yards were also most since the UW passed for 429 vs. UCLA on Nov. 2, 2002.
Husky quarterback Isaiah Stanback set a new career high with 353 yards passing, surpassing his previous best of 301 vs. California two games ago.
Notre Dame's punt on the final play of the game was their first punt of the contest. The Irish faced just four fourth downs in the game, botching a field-goal attempt on the first and failing to convert their next two fourth-down attempts.
UW receiver Anthony Russo's 39-yard reception in the first quarter was the longest reception of his career.
Prior to their field goal late in the first quarter, Notre Dame had gone 11-for-14 inside their opponents' red zone this season (including a previous drive today when the Irish had a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt), with all 11 of those scores coming in the form of touchdowns. Notre Dame's fumbled snap on that early field-goal try marked the first time this season that the Huskies had kept an opponent from scoring in a red zone situation. In fact, the Irish reached the red zone on all four of their first-half drives, but scored just one touchdown, and two field goals.
Washington's red-zone stop in the first quarter, on a botched Irish field goal, was its first of the season. Prior to the stop, the Huskies had allowed opponents to score on all eight red zone possessions this season.
Notre Dame's first two drives, which resulted in a botched field-goal snap on fourth down and a made field goal late in the first quarter -- good for three points -- used up 24 plays and 10 minutes total. The Irish had just four drives, total, in the first half, going for 13, 11, 10 and 9 plays, respectively.
After having gone 0-for-9 on third-down conversions last week vs. Idaho, Washington successfully converted its first two third downs today, but were then 0-for-8 the rest of the way.
Last season at Notre Dame, Washington threw for a total of 223 yards all game long. Today, the Huskies had passed for 238 yards at halftime and totaled 408 for the game.
Notre Dame running back Darius Walker rushed for 128 yards, marking his fourth-straight 100-yard performance to open the 2005 season. The sophomore is the first Notre Dame player since Randy Kinder in 1995 to string together four-straight 100-yard games and first ever to do so in the first four games of a season.
Notre Dame's 12 points at halftime was its lowest halftime total of the year. The Irish entered today's game averaging 22 points per game in the first half, with a previous low of 14 at Michigan.
Big plays were the norm in the first half. Washington converted 10 first-half plays of 10 yards or more, while Notre Dame had 15 such plays before halftime. The Huskies finished with 18 such plays in the game, while Notre Dame had 25.