Oct. 2, 1999
Washington vs Oregon Game Notes
Saturday, October 2, 1999
Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Oregon's 59-yard touchdown pass longest of the season as well as longest of career for A.J. Feeley.
Keenan Howry's TD catch was 1st of his career as a collegian.
Oregon's Tony Hartley has now caught a pass in 19 consecutive appearances since he was last shutout in Seattle in 1997.
Keenan Howry's touchdown catch was the longest reception against the Huskies this season.
Junior cornerback Roderick Green recorded his first career start as a Husky in today's game.
Washington redshirt freshman tight end Jerramy Stevens caught his first touchdown pass tonight. His first-quarter scoring reception was just the fourth reception of his career. He finished the game with two touchdowns.
Tonight's game marked the 208th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shutout. The Huskies' streak is the longest among Pac-10 schools and dates back to a 31-0 loss to UCLA on Nov. 7, 1981. It was Washington's 137th consecutive Pac-10 contest without a shutout.
Washington freshman kicker John Anderson experienced his first missed kick in tonight's game. Anderson missed his PAT attempt on Washington's second score. Prior to the miss, Anderson had made his first 10 PATs of the season and all three field goal attempts.
Tonight's attendance of 72,581 is the fourth largest crowd in the history of the Washington-Oregon series. The previous high marks, all set at Husky Stadium, were: 74,054 (1995), 73,775 (1997) and 73,498 (1990).
Oregon became only the second team to score on Washington during the first quarter of a game this season. The Huskies have surrendered just 14 first-quarter points this year in four contests.
Willie Hurst set new career highs for both rushing and rushing yards by carrying 30 times for 161 yards. His previous highs were both last year: 29 carries vs. Arizona and 155 yards at WSU.
Washinton fullback Pat Conniff set a career high tonight with 37 yards. His previous best was 23 yards vs. Oregon State last season.
Tonight's win marks the 11th straight year the Huskies have defeated a team ranked in the Associated Press poll. It also marks the 22nd time in the last 23 seasons the Huskies have defeated a ranked team. The only break in the streak came in 1988.
Washington possessed the ball for 38:26 tonight. That's the Huskies' highest TOP since the 1996 Washington State game (a 31-24 overtime UW win). In that game, the Huskies held the ball for 38:42.
Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel
GENERAL REMARKS: "Congratulations to Oregon for a hard-fought game. It was a classic matchup between two great teams and we're excited to get the win."
"It was a hard fought game. I was pleased with the way our offensive line was able to control the line of scrimmage. Willie Hurst, Maurice Shaw and Paul Arnold did a great job slashing up there as well as Pat Conniff, our fullback. Marques did some nifty things on the option. Everybody caught the ball really well. I think we had only one dropped ball.
"I thought it was a complete team effort on offense. We did some silly things from a penalty standpoint that we have to eliminate if we're going to be the team we want to be. It was a no-turnover game, which is always pleasing."
"Our young kicker experienced missing. It was bound to happen. I'm glad it happened when it didn't cost us. I'm a little disappointed in our special teams. We've got to go back to concentrating on it and making sure they don't fail us in tight games because I'm anticipating a lot of tight games."
WIDE RECEIVER CHRIS JUERGENS
ON PAC-10 RACE: "It's huge. It's wide open. We've just got to be excited about the position we're in."
ON UO-UW RIVALRY: "After the first quarter, you could see they weren't the same. The cockiness wasn't there. But it was a nice football game. They just can't talk about us as much now. They've been talking a lot of stuff. We just did it with our helmets and our pads.
QUARTERBACK MARQUES TUIASOSOPO
"At the end of the third quarter, going into the fourth quarter, our O-line put on the pressure. Our O-line is having fun right now. I'm so proud of them."
ON OREGON: "They've had our number. They are a good team. They brought it to us."
TAILBACK WILLIE HURST
"The O-line did a complete 180. They've been working so hard in practice and it's showing on the field. The intensity level was so high on the field. You could see it on their faces. They weren't going to take 'no' for an answer. As soon as they tell me to punch it in, I'm going to the endzone."
"I've turned my intensity level up about three notches. We have to bring the running game back to Washington."
Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti
On Quarterback A.J. Feeley: "Feeley's performance tonight was okay. It is hard for me to say because we had so many limited opportunities. I think A.J. is a great quarterback and he is getting better and better every game. He is such a competitor, I would have liked to see him get a few more looks, especially at the end."
On Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo: "As I have said before I knew that we would have to find a way to contain Marques and I was concerned about that matchup. I thought he did a great job tonight, with great help from his offensive line and his running backs. They created a game that kept the ball out of our hands offensively. Marques is getting better and better with each game."
On Roughing Penalty in Third Quarter: "I don't know what that was, to be honest with you. We don't coach that, that just came out of nowhere. Cook is from Washington, he was excited and he wanted to make a play. It is legal to block, the punter's feet were on the ground. He did not hit him, he blocked him. I will look at the tape very closely."
QB A.J. Feeley
(On Washington): "We were not able to stop the run when we needed to. We are going to have to go back and regroup, because we have a big game next week."
(On loss of key starters): "It hurts us as a team. It forces us to have other guys step up and make big plays. Latimer got hurt in the first half and then came back in the second half and did a good job. Reuben (Droughns) and (Herman)Ho-Ching will be back next week, but we need the guys that are in the game to make plays."
(On the pressure of not having a running game): "It does not add any extra pressure because I like to throw the ball. If it was up to me I would throw the ball every down. It does make the offense easier for us when we run the ball, but we had play with the players that we had this week."
(On pace of game): "I did not think that it was going to be a track meet today. I knew that they wanted to run the ball, and kill time off the clock. I knew that it was imperitive for us to put the ball in the endzone when we got the chance."
ROV Michael Fletcher
(General comments): "Washington kept us off balance today. They did a great job of running the ball today. They had almost 300 yards against us. They came out inspired today and we came out flat. We did not give our offense a chance today. The time of possession was overwhelming in Washingon's favor especially in the second half. They just played better than us today."
(On Washington's long drives): "It was frustrating. We would have them second and 15, and then they would hit us on the draw for 13 yards to give them third and short. Then they would put us in a situation where they could hit the boom, the draw or the option. Basically whatever they wanted against us. They did an excellant job of executing their offense today."
(On Washington's offense): "Washington came out with more fire today. They came out on first down and ran the ball, and kept putting us in second and short situations. They kept us off balance. With their quarterback they can run the option, or go play action against us. They broke our backs today. Tuiasosopo really showed that he was a great quarterback today." TB Derien Latimer
(general comments): "We made to many mistakes. We shot ourselves in the foot with to many penalties. Basically we just were not executing. We were dropping balls and missing blocks. I do not know how focused we were today."