Sept. 13, 1999
THE GAME: Washington (0-1) returns to Seattle for its season home opener at Husky Stadium when the Huskies play host to Air Force (1-0) Saturday, Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. A capacity crowd of 72,500 is expected.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game will mark the seventh meeting between Washington and Air Force. The Falcons lead the overall series 4-2. The Falcons have a 2-1 edge in games played at Husky Stadium. Saturday's game is the first regular-season contest between the two teams since the 1980 season wien the 19th-ranked Huskies defeated the Falcons 50-7 at Husky Stadium in the most lopsided score in the series. Last year Air Force defeated Washington 45-25 at the inaugural Jeep O'ahu Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas day. The Falcons won the first three meetings in the series (1963, 1964, 1966) before the Huskies picked up wins in 1967 and 1980. Air Force head coach Fisher DeBerry owns a 1-0 record against Washington. This will be the first time a Rick Neuheisel-coached team has faced Air Force.Washington is 15-7 against the eight current members of the new Mountain West Conference: 2-5 vs. Air Force, 4-2 vs. Brigham Young, 2-0 vs. San Diego State, 6-0 vs. Utah and 1-0 vs. Wyoming. The Huskies have never played Colorado State, New Mexico or UNLV.
TELEVISION: Thursday's game will air live nationwide on Fox Sports Net. Barry Tompkins will call the action while David Norrie provides the color commentary. The game will also air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net Northwest on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett (play-by-play) and former Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller (color) will call the game for Fox Sports.
RADIO: Once again in 1999, KOMO AM-1000 will broadcast all of the Husky games, serving as the flagship of the 27-station Husky Football Radio Network. The network covers nearly all of Washington as well as parts of Alaska, Oregon and Nevada. Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) return to provide the call. Elmore Sports will also air the game on its nationwide network with Joel Meyers (Don Poier) and James Lofton (Paul Sorenson) calling the action.
THE ANGLE: Washington's game with Air Force on Saturday marks the 80th season of play at Husky Stadium. Washington played its first game in the stadium, originally known as Washington Field, on Nov. 27, 1920. The Sundodgers fell to Dartmouth 28-7. It was the only game the team played in the arena that season. Since that time the Huskies have compiled a 311-131-21 record at Husky Stadium and the facility has expanded from its original capacity of 30,000 to its current seating total of 72,500.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program this past January. He is 0-1 at Washington with a five-year record of 33-15 (.688). The 38-year old coach compiled a 33-14-0 (.702) record during his four years as head coach at Colorado (1995-98). A 1984 graduate of UCLA, Neuheisel served as an assistant at UCLA (1986-93) and at Colorado (1994) before taking over the Buffaloes' reins in 1995. Neuheisel has never faced BYU as a head coach, but did find himself on the field against the Cougars five other times. As a player at UCLA in 1983, Neuheisel's Bruins fell to BYU, 37-35, in Pasadena. In 1986 in Provo, he was a volunteer coach at UCLA when the Bruins beat the Cougars, 31-10, in the Freedom Bowl. During his stint as a full-time Bruins assistant, UCLA prevailed over BYU three times: 27-23 at Pasadena in 1991, 17-10 at Provo in 1992, and 68-14 in Pasadena in 1993.
INJURY REPORT: For the Air Force game, RS-freshman ILB/SS Rashad Peters is out due to an ankle sprain suffered in fall practice ... senior TB Maurice Shaw is probable due to a hamstring pull suffered in fall practice. Four other notable players are out for an extended period of time: junior CB Toure Butler (both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (knee - to have surgery soon), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (back) and junior OLB Odell George (anterior cruciate ligament).
BYU RECAP: Washington opened its 1999 season with a 35-28 road loss at BYU. The Cougars relied on senior quarterback Kevin Feterik and a revamped passing game to blitz the Huskies for 575 yards of total offense. Feterik completed 39 of 59 passes for 500 yards and three scores. His passing totals (attempts, completions and yards) were all single-game opponent records against Washington. Feterik's totals included a 38-yard scoring toss to Chris Hale with 1:16 to play to give the Cougars' their final margin of victory. Feterik engineered the game-winning drive after Washington had mounted a valient comeback effort. Trailing 20-7 during the third quarter, the Huskies rallied to take a 28-27 lead with 5:04 to play on a fourth-down, three-yard run by junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. An interception by Anthony Vonture set up Washington's go ahead score. Tuiasosopo, who got off to a slow start, finished the game with 237 passing yards, completing 22 of 36 attempts. He also led Washington with 35 rushing yards on 13 carries, including two rushing TDs. Chris Jurgens was Tuiasosopo's top target. The sophomore receiver set a personal best with seven receptions, totaling 75 yards. After BYU's final score, Tuiasosopo drove the Huskies to BYU's 11-yard line, but could not manage a potential game-tying or game-winning touchdown. BYU managed to control the game, holding the ball for 34:43 and piling up 36 first downs. The Huskies did not suffer any turnovers during the game and turned three Cougar miscues into 21 total points.
RECORD DAY: Thanks to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently leads the nation in punting with a 51.17-yard average. The Huskies also lead in net punting at 50.2 yards per kick. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against the Cougars. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975.
HOME OPENERS: Washington has won its last 13 home openers, including a 20-10 decision vs. BYU last season. The Huskies own an all-time record of 57-17-4 (.756) in home openers at Husky Stadium (Note: Washington did not play its first home game in the Stadium during the building's inaugural season). Oklahoma State was the last team to defeat the Huskies in a hom opener. The 16th-ranked Cowboys handed 12th-ranked Washington a 31-17 defeat in 1985. Thurman Thomas led the Cowboys with 237 rushing yards on 40 carries.
More on Neuheisel: Rick Neuheisel accepted the position of head football coach on Jan. 9, 1999. He is the 23rd coach in the program's history and only the fourth Husky head coach in the past 42 years. Washington is the second head coaching position for the 38-year-old. From 1995-98 Neuheisel guided Colorado to a 33-14 (.702) record that included a 3-0 mark in postseason bowl games. Neuheisel worked for six years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UCLA, before joining Bill McCartney's Colorado staff in 1994 as the quarterbacks coach. Originally a walkon at UCLA, Neuheisel won the starting quarterback position as a senior and led the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 Championship. He was named the MVP of the 1984 Rose Bowl that saw UCLA defeat Illinois 45-9. Washington fans remember Neuheisel's memorable performance at the Rose Bowl when he completed 25 of 27 passes (including 18 straight at one point) to set an NCAA record that was broken only last season by Tennessee's Tee Martin. Neuheisel still holds the Bruins' single-season (69.3) and career (68.3) completion percentage records.
The Coaching Staff: Experience abounds amongst Washington's nine assistant coaches. Eight of the nine coaches have been a coordinator on the collegiate level and two, Keith Gilbertson and Steve Axman, have been head coaches. Gilbertson guided the Idaho program from 1986-88 and was the head coach at California from 1992-95. Axman was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97. Most of the current staff have a previous coaching connection with Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. Offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell was the offensive coordinator at Colorado from 1995-98. He was also a teammate of Neuheisel's at UCLA, catching two touchdown passes from him during the Bruins' 1984 Rose Bowl victory against Illinois. Defensive coordinator Tim Hundley coached defensive tackles at Colorado from 1996-98 and was a member of the UCLA staff from 1990-95. Axman, the quarterbacks coach, was the offensive coordinator at UCLA from 1987-88. Safeties coach Bobby Hauck was at Colorado from 1995-98 and coached with Neuheisel at UCLA from 1990-92. Cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater was a member of the Colorado staff from 1993-98. Running backs coach Wayne Moses coached with Neuheisel at UCLA while he was the Bruins' running backs coach from 1990-95. Heater is the only coach on the Washington staff who had not coached or played in the Pac-10 Conference prior to this season. Both Randy Hart and Tom Williams have served as defensive coordinators - Hart at Washington and Williams at Hawai'i.
Breaking From Tradition: For just the second time in nine years, Washington did not open the season against a Pac-10 opponent. Last year's season opener at Arizona State marked the third time in four years that the Huskies and Sun Devils opened the season against each other. This year the Huskies will not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visits Husky Stadium on Oct. 2. This year's schedule marks only the second time during the decade of the '90s the Huskies will have played all three non-conference foes before beginning the Pac-10 schedule.
SENIOR SHORTAGE: Football coaches are fond of saying that you win with your seniors. First-year Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel does not have many seniors on the current Washington roster he can turn to. The current depth chart features just six seniors. Slotback Dane Looker and offensive tackle Kurth Connell are the lone senior starters on the Husky offense. Defensive end Mac Tuiaea, defensive tackle Jabari Issa, inside linebacker Lester Towns and cornerback Jermaine Smith are the only seniors on the defense. The Huskies current depth chart is made up of 11 seniors, 14 juniors, 14 sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.
FIRST TIMERS: Seven Washington players recorded their first career start in the Huskies' season opener at BYU. That list includes OG Rock Nelson, C Kyle Benn, TE Jerramy Stevens, NT Larry Tripplett, OLB Jafar Williams, ILB Derrell Daniels and FS Curtis Williams.
Career STARTS: Senior defensive end Mac Tuiaea holds the distinction of having the most career starts on this year's Husky team. Tuiaea enters this week's game with 32 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (33), CB Jermaine Smith (29), ILB Lester Towns (23), DT Jabari Issa (22), OG Chad Ward (21), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (12), CB Toure Butler (12), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (12), FL Gerald Harris (9).
TV Schedule: Several of Washington's games have already been selected for television this season. The Huskies' season opener at BYU was televised by ESPN. Washington's home opener vs. Air Force has been moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate Fox Sports Net. The Huskies' Oct. 2 home game with Oregon will be televised by Fox Sports Net. It will mark only the fourth night game in Husky Stadium history. Washington's matchup with Arizona State on Oct. 16 at Husky Stadium will be broadcast by ABC Sports. Additional games are expected to be televised and will be announced either 12 or six days prior to kickoff.
THE SCHEDULE: In its preseason edition, Sports Illustrated named Washington's schedule the toughest in the nation. The Huskies' slate includes six games against teams that played in bowl games last year. The 11 Husky opponents combined to post a 80-47 (.630) record last season. Of the five teams that did not make a bowl trip, three (Oregon State, Arizona State, California) finished narrowly out of contention with 5-6 records. Three UW foes posted 10 or more wins last season (Air Force, UCLA, Arizona). Five UW opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and USC) were preseason top-25 teams in 1999 while BYU topped the list of others receiving votes in both major polls.
GOING FOR 600: The Washington football team enters the Air Force game in search of its 600th all-time victory. Heading into this week's game with the Falcons, the Huskies hold an all-time record of 599-332-50, good for a winning percentage of .638. The University of Washington's first recognized football game was November 28, 1889, a 20-0 loss to the Eastern College Alumni. The first-ever UW win was a 14-0 defeat of the Seattle Athletic Club on December 17, 1892. Among Pacific-10 Conference schools, only USC has surpassed the 600-victory mark, with 667 heading into the 1999 season. Only 15 Division I schools have posted 600 or more all-time victories. Here's a look at those programs (number of victories reflects total prior to the 1999 season):
Rank Team Wins Rank Team Wins 1. Michigan 786 9. Oklahoma 682 2. Notre Dame 762 10. USC 667 3. Nebraska 731 11. Syracuse .625 4. Alabama 722 Georgia 625 5. Texas 726 13. Army 614 6. Penn State 724 14. Louisiana State 607 7. Ohio State 711 15. Colorado 601 8. Tennessee 690 16. Washington 599The Night Game: Washington's Oct. 2 home game against Oregon will mark only the fourth night game in Husky Stadium history. The game was moved to 7:15 p.m. PT to accommodate a national television broadcast by Fox Sports Net. Washington's previous night games were against Oklahoma State (1985), Nebraska (1992) and Arizona (1998).
A Rare Opportunity: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel could become the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win as Washington's head coach will be the 600th all-time victory for the school. Last season he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.
Let There Be Lights: Thanks to a $750,000 gift from Fox Sports Net, Husky Stadium was outfitted with permanent television quality lights this summer. In the past, television networks had to rent temporary lighting systems for late afternoon or evening broadcasts. Husky Stadium did feature a basic lighting system that could be used for practices or non-televised events. Washington is one of five Pac-10 schools Fox Sports Net is working with to improve their stadium lighting systems.
First-Year Results: Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies. Among the coaches listed below, six won their first game as the UW head man: Jim Lambright, Darrell Royal, Ralph Welch, James Phelan, Enoch Bagshaw and Gil Dobie:
Coach Year Record League Bowl Jim Lambright 1993 7-4 5-3 Ineligible Don James 1975 6-5 5-2 None Jim Owens 1957 3-6-1 3-4 None Darrell Royal 1956 5-5 4-4 None John Cherberg 1953 3-6-1 2-4-1 None Howard Odell 1948 2-7-1 2-5-1 None Ralph Welch 1942 4-3-3 3-3-2 None James Phelan 1930 5-4 3-4 None Enoch Bagshaw 1921 3-4-1 0-3-1 None Gil Dobie 1908 6-0-1 n/a NoneCAPTAINS: In a vote of teammates, senior defensive lineman Jabari Issa, senior inside linebacker Lester Towns and junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo have been named captains of the 1999 Husky team. For Towns, it is a rare feat in that he is serving as captain for the second straight season, something that hasn't been done since Ray Pinney earned the post in 1974 (Coach Jim Owens' first season) and again in 1975 (Coach Don James' first year). Besides Pinney and Towns, only four other Washington football players - Frank Griffiths (1889-90), Jack Lindsay (1896-97), Ray Eckmann (1921-22) and Sonny Sixkiller (1971-72) - have spent two seasons as a team captain.
Pacific Sack Exchange: Washington finished the 1998 season second among all NCAA Division I teams with 51 sacks. Southern Mississippi edged the Huskies out with 52 total sacks. Washington's total was good enough to lead the Pac-10 in sacks. The next closest Pac-10 schools were Arizona (46 in 12 games) and California (37). Washington easily bettered1997's sack total of 40 and just missed tying its all-time single-season record of 52 set in 1990. Twice during the season (California and Utah State) the Huskies set a school record with 13 sacks. Washington's previous school record for sacks was 10 set vs. BYU in 1986. Sack records are only available since 1982. Here's a look at UW's top sack seasons:
Year Sacks 1. 1990 52 2. 1998 51 3. 1991 48 4. 1982 47 5. 1996 46
SCHOOL'S NEARLY OUT: Three Husky seniors - linebackers Lester Towns and Marques Hairston and cornerback Jermaine Smith - have completed the requirements to earn their bachelor's degrees in sociology. All three remain in school this fall and have not yet graduated so as to retain their playing eligibility. All three are fifth-year seniors.
jabari's honors: Senior defensive tackle Jabari Issa enters the 1999 season as the Huskies' most highly honored player. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman was named to the 1999 Playboy All-America team this summer while also making the Football News second team and Athlon's third team. Last year, the Foster City, Calif., native earned first-team All-Pac-10, making him to the only Husky to make the Pac-10's first-team defense. He also won Washington's L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award at the annual awards banquet.
Juergens Makes Mark as Frosh: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens got his Husky career off to a fast start as a freshman last season. Now a starter, he backed up last year and finished second on the team with 27 receptions for 414 yards. His yardage total was the best ever by a Husky freshman and his reception total was second only to Husky legend Paul Skansi (31 in 1979). Juergens had a 6-yard TD catch vs. UCLA to set the single-season record for the most TD receptions (five) by a freshman. Here is where Juergens figured on the freshman receptions and the reception yardage lists:
Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18
Name Yards 1. Chris Juergens (1998) 414 2. Jason Shelley (1992) 382 3. Paul Skansi (1979) 378 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 369 5. Andre DeSaussure (1995) 277
Super Joe: As a junior last year, Washington senior receiver/return man Joe Jarzynka was probably the most versatile player in college football. A two-way player? Last year, Jarzynka was college football's only four-way player. The Pac-10 coaches took note of Jarzynka's abilities by naming him a first-team all-conference pick as a special teams player. On offense, Jarzynka shared time at H-back with Dane Looker and Chris Juergens. As a receiver, Jarzynka had 11 receptions for 92 yards. Jarzynka led the Huskies in punt returns with 45 and was second in kickoff returns with 16. Jarzynka, who has a reputation of never fair-catching a punt, averaged 8.9 yards per return and 20.6 yards on kickoff returns. What really set Jarzynka apart was his role of placekicker, a role he will relinquish this season. Jarzynka made his college kicking debut vs. Utah State and booted 35- and 20-yard field goals in that game. Jarzynka converted 19 of 22 PATs during the season and six of eight field goals, including a 44-yarder at Washington State. A walkon who was awarded a scholarship, Jarzynka is usually the smallest player on the field at 5-7 and 175 pounds. The Oakland Tribune named Jarzynka the Pac-10's top special teams player in its mid-season report card. Sports Illustrated cited him as one of the top 10 special teams players in the nation.
Jarzynka's Returns: Last season, Joe Jarzynka quickly made a name for himself as one of the best special teams players in UW history. Jarzynka had 45 punt returns in 1998 to set a Husky single-season record. Jarzynka had the same amount or more punt returns than eight of the other nine Pac-10 teams, largely because he never once signalled for a fair catch. His 402 return yards were more than five Pac-10 teams and rank as the third best single-season total in UW history. Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:
Single-Season Punt Returns Player No. 1. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 2. Nesby Glasgow (1978) 38 3. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 Andre Riley (1986) 36 5. William Doctor (1988) 35 (Pac-10 Record: 47 by Mike Battle, USC, 1967)
Single-Season Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 560 2. Bill Cahill (1971) 26 421 3. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 402 4. Andre Riley (1986) 36 392 5. Steve Bramwell (1964) 29 314
Career Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1989-93) 106 1019 2. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 59 704 3. Bill Cahill (1970-72) 49 668 4. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99) 54 608 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
Marques in Charge: After two seasons as Brock Huard's understudy and as an occasional starter, junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo will be handed the reins to the Husky team in 1999. Last season, Tuiasosopo played in all 11 games, completing 40-of-79 passes (50.6 percent) for two touchdowns and 484 yards. He was also the team's second-leading rusher with 327 yards on 43 carries (an outstanding per-rush average of 7.6 yards). Tuiasosopo enters the Air Force game having played in 21 games and having started four. His is 2-2 as a starter with wins over Utah State and California last year and a loss to Oregon in 1997, when he became the first true freshman ever to start at quarterback for the Huskies.
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was second on the team in rushing last year with 327 yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell has rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:
Name Yds 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 697 2. Tom Manke (1967) 483 3. Mark Brunell (1990) 444 4. Kermit Jorgensen (1961) 331 5. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 327
Name TDs 1. Mark Brunell (1990) 10 2. Mark Brunell (1992) 8 3. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 7 4. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 6 5. Billy Joe Hobert (1991) 5 Tom Porras (1978) 5
Playing the True Freshmen: During Washington's first six seasons of the decade of the '90s, the Huskies had six freshmen see playing time. Since the 1996 season a total of 25 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, several true freshmen have a strong shot to play early in the season. In the season opener at BYU, four true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware and safety Levi Madarieta - saw their first playing time.
Productive Debut: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst set the Washington record for rushing yards by a freshman with 538 yards in 1998. Hurst bettered the old mark of 421 yards set by Husky Hall of Famer Joe Steele in 1976. Hurst also recorded the best rushing day ever by a true freshman making his first start. Against Arizona, Hurst carried 29 times for 93 yards and recorded his first touchdown on Washington's first offensive play of the game. The only other true freshmen running backs to start at Washington were Greg Martin (vs. Arizona State, 1975), Joe Steele (vs. Stanford, 1976) and Greg Lewis (vs. UCLA, 1987). Steele had the best debut of that trio, rushing for 41 yards on eight carries and one score.
Fleming's Kicks: Junior punter Ryan Fleming, a transfer from St. Olaf's (Minn.), provided Washington with a solid figure on its special teams last year, averaging 38.7 yards per punt on 69 kicks during the season. While that average ranked only ninth in the Pac-10 statistics, Fleming had 23 punts inside the 20-yard line, had 13 punts not returned and had only six punts go for touchbacks.
Looker's Coming Out: Considering his story, Washington senior wide receiver Dane Looker had a most impressive college debut in the Huskies' 42-38 win last season at Arizona State. Coming out of Puyallup High School, he was considered too small (159 pounds at the time) to play receiver at the major college level. He enrolled at Western Washington and played point guard on the basketball team for two seasons. In 1997 Looker transferred to Washington and redshirted the season as a transfer. He participated in spring drills, but missed the final week and the spring game due to a strained hamstring. Playing his first college game ever at ASU last September, Looker caught 11 passes (including eight in the first half) to tie a 28-year-old UW school record. He totaled 108 receiving yards and pulled in two TD passes, including one on a deflection. This year, Looker is slated as the Huskies' starting slotback. As a senior at Puyallup High School, he was quarterback Brock Huard's top receiver.
Looker Hits the Charts: Thanks to a pair of record-setting performances last year, senior Dane Looker had one of the top pass catching seasons in UW history. Against USC, Looker pulled in 12 catches to set Washington's single-game record. He had tied the old record of 11 receptions in the season opener vs. Arizona State. Looker led UW with 64 catches for 662 yards. His 6.4 receptions per game average ranked third in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation, and he led the Huskies in receiving in eight of the 10 games in which he played. Here's where he ranked on the UW single-season receptions list:
Player No. Yds. TD 1. Jerome Pathon (1997) 69 1245 8 2. Dane Looker (1998) 64 662 5 3. Mario Bailey (1991) 62 1037 2 4. Jim Krieg (1970) 54 738 2 5. Andre Riley (1987) 53 1039 4
The New Veterans: While sophomore center Brian Combs is a relative newcomer to the Husky roster - he joined the team last spring after transferring to Washington from Bellevue (Wash.) CC - he has already drawn a great deal of attention. Combs is several years older than most of his teammates. In fact, his birthdate of Aug. 19, 1972, makes him the fifth oldest Division I player in the nation. Combs got a late start on attending college after serving five years in the Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Somalia. Incidentally, sophomore linebacker Houdini Jackson, a relative youngster at 22 years old, spent three years aboard a submarine in the U.S. Navy. He played at Hawai'i last year before transferring to the UW in the off-season. He'll be required to sit out this season due to transfer rules. Here's a look at the six oldest Division I players:
Name School Birthdate Obligation Rick Slater Penn State 8/8/69 Navy SEAL Chris Lane Nevada 4/8/70 Marine Corps Chris Weinke Florida State 7/31/72 Minor League Baseball Kenney Ketchen Pittsburgh 8/8/72 Brian Combs Washington 8/19/72 Marine Corps Jeremiah Danielson Akron 8/28/72 Navy, Presidential Honor Guard
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of eighth-ranked Arizona State in last year's opener marked the 10th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated a top-20 team in 21 of its last 22 seasons. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
Missing the Trojans: For the next two seasons (1999 and 2000), Washington will not play one of its biggest Pac-10 rivals as the Dawgs will "miss" USC. Under the Pac-10 scheduling system, each school plays eight conference games a year and misses the same opponent for two straight seasons. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskies will not play Oregon. This year, the UW renews its series with Stanford after a two-year hiaitus.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 141-33-3 (.809) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington's only 100-yard backs last season came against UCLA when both Willie Hurst (114) and Braxton Cleman (100) hit the mark and vs. Washington State when Hurst turned in a season-best 155-yard performance. Both Hurst and Cleman were true freshmen last year.
Playing at Home: Washington has won 46 of its last 56 (.830) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (46-9-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 94-21-2 (.812) at home and are 64-14-2 (.813) since 1986. Washington piled up a perfect 6-0 record at home during the 1996 season. That marked the Huskies' 11th perfect season in Husky Stadium. It was also the fourth perfect home slate in the 1990s, having won every home contest in 1991, 1992 and 1994.
Winning in the '90s: Washington's 75-31-1 record in the 1990s is the best among Pac-10 schools and figures as the best for Pac-10 play. Here's a look, broken down by overall games and Pac-10 games:
Overall Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 75 31 1 .706 2. UCLA 67 39 0 .632 3. Arizona 67 41 1 .619 4. USC 63 43 3 .592 5. Oregon 62 46 0 .574 6. Arizona State 56 45 0 .554 7. Stanford 53 51 2 .509 8. California 52 53 1 .495 9. Washington State 50 54 0 .481 10. Oregon State 24 76 1 .243
Pac-10 Only Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 52 19 1 .729 2. UCLA 45 28 0 .616 3. USC 42 28 2 .597 4. Arizona 41 32 1 .561 5. Arizona State 38 33 0 .535 6. Oregon 36 36 0 .500 7. Stanford 36 37 0 .493 8. Washington State 30 43 0 .411 9. California 28 43 1 .396 10. Oregon State 9 60 1 .129
The Shutout Streak: Washington's 35-28 loss to BYU marked the 205th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shutout. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU has the nation's longest streak at 300 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 216 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 136 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 205 136 Washington State 167 181 Oregon 159 118 Arizona 92 61 UCLA 55 39 California 0 36 Arizona State 41 29 Stanford 32 69 USC 17 11 Oregon State 14 10
Huskies in the NFL: Washington had 41 of its former players listed on NFL preseason rosters in 1999. That list includes eight Huskies who were drafted from 1997's squad, and two from the 1998 Huskies. A total of 10 Washington players were drafted in 1997 to lead all colleges, and two others signed free agent contracts. Washington had six quarterbacks (Mark Brunell - Jacksonville, Chris Chandler - Atlanta, Billy Joe Hobert - New Orleans, Damon Huard - Miami, Warren Moon - Kansas City and Brock Huard - Seattle) listed on NFL teams. All but the two Huards are expected to enter the season as a starter.
Hot Ticket: Just how big is Washington's home game with Colorado on Sept. 25, when first-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel faces his old team? This summer Neuheisel worked the 15th annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon and Auction in Seattle to raise money to fund leukemia research. At the fundraiser he offered up a package that included attending the pregame talk with the team, running down the tunnel at Husky Stadium during the team entrance and sideline guest passes. The winning bid was $30,000.
More Ticket News: No more tickets to the Colorado game are currently available to the public. After student ticket sales are completed, any leftover general admission tickets will be made available to the public on Sept. 20 at 8:30 a.m. About 2,700 view-obstructed (lower rows) reserved tickets remain for the Air Force game. Also, all of Washington's allotment of tickets for the game at Oregon State have been sold. The ticket office phone number is (206) 543-2200.
MORE MEDIA: In addition to radio and television, there are several other ways to follow the Huskies this season:
Radio on the Internet: KOMO's radio broadcasts are available on the internet via broadcast.com. To listen, you'll need a RealPlayer. Go to www.gohuskies.com and follow the links to find the broadcast.
Teamline: Fans can pay to listen to radio broadcasts of all Husky games by calling (800) 846-4700 and entering access code 5939. A Visa or MasterCard is required. To contact Teamline regarding special rates, call (800) 225-5321.
Coaches Show: Husky Talk with KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau and head coach Rick Neuheisel will air every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Husky Football Radio Network: The following stations make up the 27-station KOMO Radio Network:
WASHINGTON: OREGON: Seattle (flagship) KOMO 1000 AM Astoria KKEE 94.3 FM Aberdeen KBKW 1450 AM Hillsboro KUIK 1360 AM Bellingham KPUG 1170 AM Portland KOTK 1080 AM Centralia KELA 1470 AM Forks KVAC 1490 AM ALASKA: Grand Coulee KEYG 98.5 FM Fairbanks KCBF 820 AM Kelso KLOG 1490 AM Haines KRSA 94.9 FM Moses Lake KWIQ 1020 AM Juneau KSUP 106.3 FM Mt. Vernon KBRC 1430 AM Petersburg KRSA 580 AM Olympia KGY 96.9 FM Sitka KRSA 94.9 FM Omak KOMW 680 AM Wrangle KRSA 94.9 FM Port Angeles KONP 1450 AM Shelton KMAS 1030 AM NEVADA: Spokane KTRW 970 AM Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM Tri-Cities KTCR 1340 AM Wenatchee KPQ 560 AM Yakima KMWX 1460 AM
1999 Washington Schedule/Results at Brigham Young (ESPN) L, 35-28 Sept. 18 AIR FORCE (Fox Sports Net) 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 COLORADO 12:30 p.m. Oct. 2 OREGON (Fox Sports Net) 7:15 p.m. Oct. 9 at Oregon State 3:30 p.m. Oct. 16 ARIZONA STATE (ABC) 4:00 p.m. Oct. 23 at California 12:30 p.m. Oct. 30 STANFORD 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Arizona 6:00 p.m. Nov. 13 at UCLA 12:30 p.m. Nov. 20 WASHINGTON STATE 12:30 p.m. all times are Pacific and subject to change
PAC-10 STANDINGS Team Pac-10 Overall Stanford 1-0 1-1 Oregon State 0-0 2-0 Arizona State 0-0 1-0 USC 0-0 1-0 Arizona 0-0 2-1 California 0-0 1-1 Oregon 0-0 1-1 UCLA 0-0 1-1 Washington 0-0 0-1 Washington State 0-1 0-2
THIS WEEK'S GAMES Air Force at Washington Stanford at Arizona Georgia Southern at Oregon State New Mexico State at Arizona State San Diego State at USC Nevada at Oregon Fresno State at UCLA Idaho at Washington State
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS BYU 35, Washington 28 (Sept. 9) Stanford 54, Washington State 17 Oregon State 46, Fresno State 23 Arizona 34, Middle Tennessee State 19 Nebraska 45, California 0 Oregon 47, UTEP 28 Ohio State 42, UCLA 20