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Oct. 11, 1999

THE GAME: Washington (3-2, 2-0) returns to Husky Stadium for an important Pac-10 matchup against Arizona State (2-3, 1-1). Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports. A capacity crowd of 72,500 is expected at Husky Stadium on Band Day.

THE SERIES: Washington leads the series with Arizona State 13-7. The Huskies have a two-game win streak in the series and have won seven of the last nine meetings. The Dawgs hold a 7-2 advantage in games played at Husky Stadium. Washington has won the last four games played in Seattle. The Sun Devils' last victory at Husky Stadium was a 34-32 decision in 1989. This is Washington coach Rick Neuheisel's first game against the Sun Devils. Arizona State head coach Bruce Snyder owns a 2-9 record against the Huskies, including a 2-5 mark with his current team. Snyder was 0-4 against Washington while he was head coach at California.

THE LAST MEETING: It is known in Seattle as "The Miracle in the Desert." Last year's 42-38 Husky victory in Sun Devil Stadium will go down as one of the most dramatic games in Washington history. The 18th-ranked Huskies used a stunning, fourth-and-17, 63-yard touchdown pass with 28 seconds to play to upset the eighth-ranked Sun Devils. Brock Huard threw the pass, and tight end Reggie Davis made the catch, as Washington capped a spectacular offensive outing. Huard completed 27 of 47 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Dane Looker, playing his first collegiate game, sparked the Huskies with 11 receptions (tied school record) for 108 yards and two scores. Davis finished the game with five catches for 110 yards and two scores. After Arizona State had taken a 28-14 lead with 5:30 left in the second quarter, the Huskies reeled off 21 unanswered points to take a 35-28 lead after three quarters. The Sun Devils used a field goal and an eight-yard scoring pass from quarterback Ryan Kealy to Tariq McDonald with 2:00 to play to regain the lead. J.R. Redmond set up the go-ahead score with a 61-yard punt return. Kealy finished the game with 20 completions on 35 attempts for 305 yards. Redmond rushed for 108 yards on 22 carries, totaled 68 receiving yards on four catches and piled up 73 yards on kick returns.

DAWGS VS. THE NORTHWEST: Washington is off to a 2-0 start this year in its quest to claim the Pacific Northwest Championship. The Huskies have scored victories against Oregon (34-20) and Oregon State (47-21) and will face Washington State Nov. 20 in Husky Stadium. Some of Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Oregon 93 times, Washington State in 91 games and Oregon State on 84 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 56-32-5, Washington State 58-27-6 and Oregon State 54-26-4. Combined, Washington has a 168-85-15 (.655) record against its northwest rivals.

INJURY REPORT: The Huskies are relatively healthy heading into the Arizona State game. Sophomore strong safety suffered a pinched nerve (stinger) vs. Oregon State, but is not expected to miss any playing time in practice this week. Reserve OLB Ryan Julian is out with tendentious in his knees ... backup defensive tackle Nick Feigner is probable with a sore back. Five other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (2-4 more weeks, knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (back) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force.

TELEVISION: Saturday's game will be the Huskies sixth consecutive television appearance this year. The game will by broadcast by ABC Sports to a regional television audience. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action. Todd Harris will provide sideline reports. The game will also air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 4 p.m. PDT.

RADIO: KOMO AM-1000 broadcasts 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.

THE ANGLE: The Arizona State game takes on special meaning for Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. Born in Madison, Wisc., Neuheisel grew up in Tempe where he attended McClintock High School. His senior year (1978-79), he was named the school's most outstanding athlete. He lettered in football (quarterback), basketball (guard) and baseball (shortstop, outfield, pitcher). He is a member of McClintock's Hall of Fame. Neuheisel's father, Dick, was one of the original Tempe Diablos, a group which helped the Fiesta Bowl get off the ground.

THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 3-2 at Washington with a five-year record of 36-16 (.692). He is the 23rd coach in Washington's history and just the fourth Husky head coach in the past 42 years. Before coming to Washington, Neuheisel compiled a 33-14 (.702) record during his four years as head coach at Colorado (1995-98), including postseason victories in the Cotton, Holiday and Aloha Bowls. Prior to his first head coaching opportunity, Neuheisel worked as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 1994 campaign at Colorado. A 1984 graduate of UCLA, Neuheisel served as an assistant at UCLA (1986-93) under Terry Donahue. The 38-year-old Neuheisel was born in Madison, Wisc., and grew up in Tempe, Ariz., where he attended McClintock High School. Originally a walkon at UCLA, Neuheisel won the starting quarterback position as a senior and led the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 Championship. His collegiate career was highlighted by the 1984 Rose Bowl where he led UCLA to a 45-9 victory against Illinois. This past year he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. 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.

ONCE A DEVIL: Washington offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell worked for Arizona State coach Bruce Snyder during the 1994 season. Dorrell served as the Sun Devils' wide receivers coach.

DAWGHOUSE DOMINANCE: Husky Stadium has been a tough place for Pac-10 teams to win this decade. Since 1990, UW owns an impressive 32-5-1 (.855) record at home against Pac-10 opponents. The 1997 (2-2) season marks the only time the Huskies have lost more than one conference matchup at home.

STARTING 0-2: History indicates that Husky teams do not typically post a strong record when they get off to an 0-2 start, like this year's team did. Washington has started 0-2 12 times during its history, including eight times since the 1945 season. Only the 1965 (Rose Bowl) and 1985 (Freedom Bowl) team managed to qualify for a bowl game. The 1975 team posted a 6-5 record, but did not qualify for a bowl game. The '85 squad managed the best comeback after a slow start. That season the Huskies finished 7-5, including a 20-17 win vs. Colorado in the Freedom Bowl.

STARTING 2-0: Starting 2-0 in Pac-10 play has been a good sign for Husky teams in the past. Since 1977, when Washington starts 2-0 in the league, the Huskies have played in a bowl game every season (13 times), except for the 1993 season when the team was on probation and ineligible for a postseason contest.

PLAYING AT HOME: Washington has won 48 of its last 58 (.822) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (48-10-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 96-22-2 (.808) at home and are 66-15-2 (.807) 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.

PICK TOTALS UP: Washington's secondary has five interceptions so far this year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. That's good news after the 1998 defense managed only five interceptions. Sophomore cornerback Anthony Vontoure has three interceptions while senior cornerback Jermaine Smith has one pass theft. Vontoure and inside linebacker Jamaun Willis both ran back interceptions for scores against Oregon State. Vontoure's return went for 44 yards while Willis' covered 24 yards. Those scores marked the first time since the 1997 Aloha Bowl that the Huskies have returned an interception for a score. Ironically, Washington ran back two interceptions for scores in the bowl appearance vs. Michigan State. Last season's interception total (five) is the lowest in the history of the Washington program.

DAWGS ON THE RUN: Washington has capitalized on a solid rushing attack the last three weeks to reel off consecutive victories against Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State. With junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo capable of running an option-oriented offense, the Huskies have been superb grinding out yards on the ground and controlling the game clock. The UW offensive line, considered a "weak link" by preseason pundits, has gelled into a cohesive unit. In the Huskies' win vs. Colorado, the Huskies rushed the ball 52 times for 205 yards and controlled the clock for 36:27. Washington upped all of those numbers vs. Oregon by running the ball 57 times for 256 yards and managing the clock for 38:26. Last week the Huskies turned in a 254-yard rushing effort with 52 carries. Washington controlled the clock a season-high 41:17 vs. the Beavers. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst came off the bench to rush for 85 yards and two scores on 19 carries against Colorado and set career highs with 30 carries for 161 yards and one score against Oregon. Last week he gained 108 yards and two scores on 17 carries vs. Oregon State. Here's a breakdown of the Huskies offensive picture in their first two games (losses) vs. their last three contests:

                Rushing	       Passing   Time of
Game         Att.   Yds.   Att.   Yds   Possession
BYU           28     86     36    237   25:17	
Air Force     26    138     44    195   29:06
Colorado      52    205     23    210   36:27
Oregon        57    256     21    211   38:26
Oregon State  52    254     20     93   41:17
Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' newfound rushing game.
  • Sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman, who missed the Oregon game due to a bruised hip, rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries (9.1 avg.) in UW's 31-21 loss to Air Force.
  • After five games this season, the Huskies have rushed for 939 yards. Last year Washington did not reach that total until the eighth game of the season.
  • Since switching to an option-oriented rushing game, the Huskies have averaged 54 rushes and 238 rushing yards in their last three games.
  • Washington has three consecutive 200-yard regular-season rushing performances for the first time since final three games of the 1996 season when the Huskies gained 211 vs. Oregon State, 560 vs. San Jose State and 225 vs. Washington State.
  • Washington's 57 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky squad since the 1996 San Jose State game when the team carried the ball 62 times for a school record 560 yards.
  • Willie Hurst's 30 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky back since Corey Dillon had 30 rushes vs. Washington State during the 1996 Apple Cup.

    HISTORY LESSON: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 46 times. The Huskies' record stands at 41-4-1 (.902) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 16-1-1 when rushing for 200 yards.

    HURST'S BURSTS: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst has been the hammer in Washington's newfound rushing game. In his last three games, Hurst has piled up 354 rushing yards (118.0 ypg.) on 66 carries. He has rushed for five scores during that span. Last season Hurst managed just four rushing TDs all season. He has been thrown for a loss just three times on those 66 carries. Hurst has done a nice job protecting the ball this season. He has not fumbled once during 78 carries.

    HURST NEARS 1000: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst needs 77 more rushing yards to top the 1000-yard mark in his career. Here's a look at his career numbers:

    Year	    G-S   TC    Yds. Lost  Net  Avg.  TD   LG   AVG/G
    1998       10-6   149   576   38   538  3.6    4   45   53.8
    1999        5-4    78   394    9   385  4.9    5   41   77.0
    Totals    15-10   227   970   47   923  4.1    9   45   61.5
    

    AKBAR AT 'EM AGAIN: Washington sophomore strong safety Hakim Akbar is not showing any signs of experiencing a "sophomore slump." Tabbed a Freshman All-American last season by The Sporting News, Akbar is once again a key figure in the Husky defense. He leads Washington with 46 tackles, including 20 solo stops. He has two tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He has also been credited with breaking up two passes. Akbar led the Huskies with a career-high 16 tackles against Air Force and the Falcons' option-oriented rushing game. Akbar was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the week after leading the team with 10 tackles in the Huskies' 31-24 victory against Colorado. Washington held the Buffaloes to 289 yards of total offense after CU entered the game averaging 527 yards per contest.

    THE HOT HAND: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver this season for the Huskies. UW coach Rick Neuheisel calls him a "young Danny Farmer." Juergens leads the team with 25 catches for 328 yards and is averaging 65.6 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in four of five games this year. Against Colorado, it was his nine-yard reception for a touchdown with 5:37 to play that proved to be the winning score in UW's 31-24 win. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener at BYU. Against Air Force, he recorded eight receptions for 96 yards. Juergens set career best marks for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons is also a career high. Against Oregon, he had six catches for 91 yards. Last season, as a true freshman, Juergens set several rookie records, while finishing 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' five touchdown receptions was also a freshman record.

    Juergens' Great Start (UW Freshman Receiving Marks)
        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
    
    Juergens Freshman vs. Sophomore Year Comparision
    Year   G-S  Rec.  Yds.  Avg.  TD   LG  YPG
    1998  10-3  27    414   15.3   5   66  41.4
    1999   5-4  25    328   13.1   1   29  65.6
    

    THE FRESHMAN KICKER: When Washington freshman kicker John Anderson booted a 50-yard field goal against Oregon State, it ended a 16-year stretch where the Huskies had not recorded a 50-yard kick. Anderson's boot was the longest by a UW kicker since Jeff Jaeger converted a 52-yard field goal in 1983 vs. Oregon. Jaeger was also a freshman that season. Since Jaeger's, the Huskies have made 224 field goals over the last 17 seasons without making one at least 50 yards. Anderson was two-years old when Jaeger his the last 50-yard field goal.

    TUI'S PASSING MARKS: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has made a nice transition into the starting quarterback's role this season. Prior to this season, he had made three regular-season starts in his first 20 games. He has passed for more than 200 yards in three contests and just missed (195) vs. Air Force. He had the best game of his career in Washington's 34-20 victory against Oregon. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 21 (.809) of his passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns to help defeat the Ducks. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes:

  • Tuiasosopo set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's first two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into this year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start.
  • His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998).
  • In his first four games this year, Tuiasosopo passed for 853 yards. Last year, in 11 regular-season appearances, he passed for a total of 484 yards.
  • Tuiasosopo's current attempts (140) and completions (82) numbers are higher than his totals (79 att./40 comp.) from last season.

    Tuiasosopo's Career Numbers
    Season    G-S   Att.  Comp.  Int.  Yds.  Pct.  TD  LG   Avg.
    1997      9-1    64    37     1    650   .578   3  54   72.2
    1998     11-2    79    40     5    484   .506   2  51   44.0
    1999      5-5   140    82     5    946   .586   7  36  189.2
    Totals   25-8   283   159    11   2080   .561  12  54   83.2
    
    FANTASTIC FOURTHS: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been at his best late in games. His fourth-quarter effort vs. Colorado was a classic. The Husky junior quarterback guided the Huskies to a pair of touchdowns and rallied the team from a 21-17 deficit to a 31-24 victory. In the final 15 minutes, Tuiasosopo completed six of seven passes for 112 yards and the two scores. He did not have a rushing attempt in the final quarter. Tuiasosopo's 36-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Harris was the longest scoring toss of his career. In Washington's victory against Oregon, Tuiasosopo was 4-4 passing in the final quarter for 66 yards, including two TD tosses. He added three rushes for 12 yards.

                    Passing           Rushing       Total
    Game          A-C-I   Yds  TD   Att.  Yds  TD   Off.
    BYU          20-13-0  116   0    6    24    2   140
    Air Force     7-3-1    27   0    3     1    0    27
    Colorado      7-6-0   112   2    0     0    0   112
    Oregon        4-4-0    66   2    4    12    0    78
    Oregon State  2-2-0    17   0    3    25    0    42
    Totals       40-28-1  338   4   16    62    2   400
    

    TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo finally got a break from the action in Washington's fifth game of the season. Tuiasosopo took Washington's first 335 offensive snaps this year before true freshman quarterback Cody Pickett replaced him in the third quarter of Washington's 47-21 win vs. the Beavers. Tuiasosop currently tops the Huskies in total offense with an average of 225.8 yards per game. Tuiasosopo has rushed for 183 yards this year and passed for 946 yards. He is currently averaging 39.8 offensive plays (pass or rush) per game, which puts him on a pace to set break Cary Conklin's single-season record of 433 attempts. Conklin also owns the record for total offense yards (2,502) he set in 1989.

    HARRIS BACK TO FORM: Husky fans are delighted to see wide receiver Gerald Harris return to top form after being slowed by injuries the past two seasons. Harris is currently second on the team with 18 receptions for 231 yards. Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force and has recorded TD receptions from Marques Tuiasosopo in the Huskies' last two games. He had a 36-yard score vs. Colorado and a 24-yard TD against Oregon. Last season he caught 25 passes while appearing in just eight games. After suffering a bruised kidney while making a reception vs. Nebraska, Harris missed a three-game stretch vs. Arizona, Utah State and California. Harris sat out the 1997 season after suffering a devastating preseason knee injury. Currently a fifth-year player, Harris plans on applying to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility following the 1999 season.

    RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: Washington's three-game win streak is the longest in the Pac-10 ... the Oregon State game marked the first time in senior wide receiver Dane Looker's 17-game career that he did not record a reception ... junior fullback Pat Conniff recorded his first receiving touchdown vs. Oregon State ... of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's 36 all-time wins, 23 have been by more than 10 points ... Willie Hurst's 41-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State is the longest rush of the season by a Husky ... when Anthony Vontoure and Jamaun Willis returned interceptions for touchdowns against Oregon State, it marked the first time a Husky player had run back a pick for a score since the 1997 Aloha Bowl, which also marked the last time two UW players (Lester Towns and Tony Parrish) returned interceptions for scores ... Washington's 45-0 halftime lead vs. Oregon State marked the first time the Huskies had scored 45 points in the first two quarters since a 45-3 lead against Kansas State during the 1991 season ... redshirt freshman Ben Mahdavi scored Washington's first touchdown of the season when he recovered a fumbled punt for a score at BYU. The play was only the second during Mahdavi's career. Ironically, Mahdavi came to Washington after originally enrolling at Utah, BYU's arch rival. ... Washington's defense has surrendered only 14 points during the first quarter this year. ... Washington's top three tacklers (Hakim Akbar, Curtis Williams and Jermaine Smith) are all from the defensive secondary ... the Huskies have scored 49 points in the fourth quarter this year after totaling just 31 fourth-quarter points all of last year ... What do starting UW junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and walkon sophomore free safety Nick Olszewski have in common? More than you might think. The two players are cousins ... Washington coach Rick Neuheisel on his team's penchant for running the ball "We (coaching staff) are going to get thrown out of the Drop Back Passing Club."

    THE RED ZONE: The Huskies have done a very good job of putting points on the scoreboard when the penetrate the opponent's 20-yard line this season. Washington has converted 15 of 16 trips inside the Red Zone into points. The only time the Huskies did not come away with a score was their last drive at BYU when they failed to convert on fourth down on the last play of the game. The Husky defense, on the other hand, has done a nice job of making it tough on opponents insde the Red Zone. Washington has allowed opponents only 15 scores on 22 opportunities. Here's the breakdown of Washington and the Huskies' opponents when they penetrate the Red Zone (20-yard line):

                          UW   Opp.
    Inside the Red Zone   16   22
    Scores                15   15
    Touchdowns            13   13
    Field Goals            2    2
    Missed FGs             -    1
    Blocked FGs            -    -
    Lost Fumbles           -    2
    Interceptions          -    -
    Loss of Downs          1    4
    Time Expired           -    -
    Punt                   -    -
    
    COMEBACK KIDS: One trait Washington has displayed this year is heart. In the Huskies' first four games, Washington found itself trailing, but managed to rally to tie the game up or take the lead. After falling behind 21-3 at BYU, the Huskies managed to take a 28-27 lead with 5:04 to play before the Cougars rallied for the winning score with 1:16 left. Against Air Force, Washington fell behind 14-3 but managed to tie the game at 14-14 in the second quarter before losing 31-21. The Huskies trailed Colorado 21-17 in the third quarter before outscoring the Buffaloes 14-3 in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 victory. Last week Oregon drove 74 yards on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead.

    BIG BOOT: Thanks in part to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently figures 23rd nationally in punting with a 42.5-yard average. 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. Fleming has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on six of his 22 punts this year.

    FULLBACKS ARE BACK: One position that has not been featured in the Husky offensive scheme the past few years has been the fullback. That has all changed this year. Junior Pat Conniff and senior Maurice Shaw have combined for 23 carries totaling 122 yards (5.3 avg.) this season. Last season, Conniff as the primary fullback, recorded 18 carries all season for 60 yards. Conniff has caught seven passes this year after recording just two receptions all of last season.

    ARNOLD'S RUNBACK: True freshman running back Paul Arnold set a Washington record when he returned an Air Force kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. For his efforts, he was named a Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. The previous long kickoff return record of 99 yards was jointly held by Anthony Allen (1979) and Jim Krieg (1971). Arnold's runback actually began seven yards deep in the endzone. His return was the first kickoff return of his career and only the sixth time he had touched the ball during his career. Arnold is the 17th player in Pac-10 history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a score.

    NO MORE KO DROUGHTS: When Jerome Pathon returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, it marked the first since 1979 a Husky player had run a kickoff back for a score. Since then, Washington has managed a kickoff return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons. In 1997, Ja'Warren Hooker ran back a kickoff 89 yards for a score in Washington's 58-28 win at Arizona. Last season, Toure Butler kept the streak alive with a 98-yard return for a score vs. BYU. This year, Paul Arnold accomplished the feat with a school-record 100-yard return vs. Air Force.

    CONFERENCE OPENERS: This season, for just the second time since 1989, Washington played all three of its non-conference games before facing a Pac-10 opponent. The only other time that has happened during the previous 10 years was the 1997 season. Since 1990, the Huskies are 8-2 in Pac-10 openers.

    NO TIME OFF: Washington plays 11 straight games this year without the benefit of a bye week. The Huskies started the regular season one week later than most teams. The last time Washington played 11 consecutive weeks in a row came during the 1990 season.

    OPPORTUNISTIC DAWGS: Washington has done an excellent job this season of converting opponent turnovers into points. The Huskies have turned 14 opponent turnovers into seven touchdowns and one field goal. Three of the other five times Washington did not score came when the Huskies ran the clock out during a half. The other two times UW failed to score was due to a missed field goal attempt and a turnover on downs. The Huskies are currently +4 on turnovers (14 for, 10 against).

    ON THE OTHER HAND: Washington's defense has been up to the challenge when the opponent gains the ball by turnover. The Huskies have allowed only three scores following the 10 times opponents have gained the ball by turnover. One of those turnovers was a fumble run back for a score and another left the ball on the Huskies' one-yard line. Three times the UW defense has forced a punt, twice it has forced the opponent to turn the ball over on downs and once it caused a fumble.

    OREGON STATE RECAP: Washington took advantage of seven Oregon State turnovers to post a 47-21 victory in Corvallis. The Huskies took the opening kickoff and drove 81 yards on four plays to take a 7-0 lead. Tailback Willie Hurst grabbed an option toss, behind his body with his left hand, and raced 41 yards for the score. Three plays into the Beavers' opening drive, Husky cornerback Anthony Vontoure intercepted Jonathan Smith's pass and raced 44 yards to up UW's lead to 14-0. After forcing OSU to punt, Joe Jarzynka set up the Huskies' next score thanks to his 47-yard punt return. Four plays later Marques Tuiasosopo connected with fullback Pat Conniff for a six-yard scoring toss to push the Huskies' lead to 21-0. After intercepting a Tuiasosopo pass later in the quarter, the Beavers were on Washington's one-yard line before backup tailback Eric Mobley fumbled the ball away. Later, UW's fourth score was set up by another Beaver fumble. Hurst capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive to make it 28-0. The Huskies used still another turnover, a 24-yard interception runback by Jamaun Willis, to increase the score to 35-0. Jarzynka returned a punt 30 yards to set up another UW score when Maurice Shaw ended a five-play, 28-yard drive with a one-yard score. The Huskies closed out the half when freshman kicker John Anderson booted a 50-yard field goal. The Huskes final score came on a safety early in the third quarter when the Beavers' Ken Simonton tripped and fell in the endzone on a sweep. Oregon State closed the game by scoring 21 unanswered points. The Husky offense was keyed by Hurst running. He had 108 rushing yards to top Simonton's total of 106. Simonton entered the game as the nation's second -leading rusher, averaging 171 yards per game. The Huskies totaled 254 rushing yards and controlled the clock for 41:17 of the game. The win was Washington's 22 in the last 23 meetings between the two teams.

    CLUTCH TIME: One area Washington is much improved in this year is third-down conversions. The Huskies have made 27 of 72 (38 percent) after posting a success rate of just 34 percent (56 of 166) last season. Even better, the Huskies have converted on six of eight fourth-down opportunities. Combined, the Huskies are 33-80 (41 percent) on third-and fourth-down conversions. Against Oregon, the Huskies were 9-15 (.600) on third down conversions and one-for-one on fourth-down.

    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.

    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 senior starters. 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.

    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 37 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (37), CB Jermaine Smith (33), ILB Lester Towns (27), DT Jabari Issa (26), OG Chad Ward (25), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (16), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (16), FL Gerald Harris (13).

    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.

    THE 600TH WIN: Washington's 31-24 victory against Colorado marked the 600th win in Washington's history. Here's a look at the other 15 Division I schools who have also achieved that mark:

         Team         Wins
     1.  Michigan     791
     2.  Notre Dame   765
     3.  Nebraska     736
     4.  Texas        731
     5.  Penn State   730
     6.  Alabama      726
     7.  Ohio State   715
     8.  Tennessee    693
     9.  Oklahoma     685
    10.  USC          670
    11.  Syracuse     630
         Georgia      629
    13.  Army         616
    14.  LSU          609
    15.  Colorado     604
    16.  Washington   602
    
    TWIN 600 WINS: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel becomes the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win (31-24 vs. Colorado) as Washington's head coach was his 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.

    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     None
    

    NO TIME OFF: Washington plays 11 straight games this year without the benefit of a bye week. The Huskies started the regular season one week later than most teams. The last time Washington played 11 consecutive weeks in a row came during the 1990 season.

    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.This season, Jarzynka has all 13 of the Huskies' punt returns plus three kickoff runbacks. His best day this season came against Oregon State when he returned four punts for 96 yards, including 47- and 30-yard runbacks that set up Husky touchdowns. Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:

    Career Punt Return Yards
       Player                   No.  Yds.
    1. Beno Bryant (1989-93)   106  1019
    2. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 66   743
    3. Bill Cahill (1970-72)    49   668
    4. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99)   62   647
    5. Calvin Jones (1970-72)   47   596
       Nesby Glasgow (1975-78)  86   579
    

    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

    THE RUNNING QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is currently second on the team in rushing with 183 yards on 59 carries and two scores. Last year he finished second on the team with 327 rushing yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell 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:

    Single-Season Quarterback Rushing
       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
    

    Single-Season Quarterback Rushing TDs 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 33 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, seven true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, offensive tackle Wes Call and quarterback Cody Pickett - have already seen playing time.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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. 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. Later in the season, at USC, he had 12 receptions to set a Washington single-season record. Looker finished his junior season 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:

    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
    

    Looker's Career Numbers
    Year      	G-S   Rec.  Yds   	Avg.  TD  LG
    1998     10-6    64   662   10.3   5  51
    1999      5-2     9    94   10.4   0  29
    Totals   15-8    73   756   10.4   5  51
    

    CAPTAINS: 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. Washington also names a game captain each week. Those players have been: None (BYU), Renard Edwards (Air Force), CB Jermaine Smith (Colorado), OT Kurth Connell (Oregon) and TE Anthony Mizin (Oregon State).

    RANKED WINS STREAK GROWS: Washington's upset of 25th-ranked Oregon on Oct. 2 marked the 11th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated a top-20 team in 22 of its last 23 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.

    THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 143-34-3 (.803) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has three 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force and Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State.

    THE SHUTOUT STREAK: Washington's 47-21 win vs. Oregon State marked the 209th 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 305 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 220 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 137 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.

    Team              All Games   Pac-10 Games
    Washington           209           138
    Washington State     171           183
    Oregon               163           121
    Arizona               95            64
    UCLA                  59            42
    Arizona State         45            31
    Stanford              35            71
    USC                   21            14
    Oregon State          17            12
    California             2            38
    

    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 hiatus.

    WINNING IN THE '90S: Washington's 78-32-1 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        78  32  1  .707
     2.  UCLA              69  41  0  .627
     3.  Arizona           69  42  1  .621
     4.  USC               65  45  3  .589
     5.  Oregon            64  48  0  .571
     6.  Arizona State     57  48  0  .543
     7.  Stanford          55  52  2  .514
     8.  California        53  55  1  .491
     9.  Washington State  52  56  0  .482
    10.  Oregon State      25  78  1  .245
    

    Pac-10 Only Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 54 19 1 .737 2. UCLA 46 30 0 .605 3. USC 43 30 2 .567 4. Arizona 43 33 1 .565 5. Arizona State 39 34 0 .534 Stanford 38 37 0 .507 6. Oregon 37 38 0 .493 8. Washington State 31 44 0 .413 9. California 29 44 1 .399 10. Oregon State 9 62 1 .132

    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 did not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visited 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.

    HOOKER'S ON TRACK: Washington wide receiver Ja'Warren Hooker has taken the year off as a member of the Husky football team to concentrate on his bid to earn a spot on the 2000 United States Olympic Track and Field Team. Hooker intends on using the 1999 season as a redshirt year and plans to return to the football field next season. Hooker won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 55 meters in 1997 and finished third in the 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet in 1998. Hooker will concentrating on the 200-meters during his Olympic bid.

    THE WINNING TRADITION: Washington entered the 1999 season with an all-time winning percentage of 63.7 percent. That figure is good enough to rank the Huskies' program as the 14th most successful among all Division I institutions. Washington began the season with an all-time record of 599-331-50 (.637). Among Pac-10 schools, only USC has a better winning mark (.697).

    1000 IN 2000: Washington will play its 1000th all-time game sometime next season. The Huskies began the 1999 season having played 980 games during their previous 109 years of competition. If the Huskies participate in a bowl game this season, the 1000th game will take place Oct. 28 at Stanford. If Washington does not qualify for a bowl game this year, the 1000th game will occur one week later when the Huskies play host to Arizona on Nov. 4 at Husky Stadium. The Huskies will be the 44th Division I team to reach the 1000-game mark in their history.

    ELITE COMPANY: Did you know that Washington is one of six programs to be ranked among the 15th winningest in the nation for both the decade of the '80 and '90s? The Huskies put together an 83-33-1 (.714) from 1980-89 to rank as the 14th most successful program for that decade. During the '90s (prior to the start of this year), Washington's record was 75-30-1 (.712) to rank 15th in the Division I ranks. Here's a look at the six programs:

    Team        '80s Record & Rank   '90s Record & Rank
    Florida State     87-28-3, 8th          97-13-0, 1st
    Nebraska         103-20-0, 1st          96-15-1, 2nd
    Penn State        89-27-2, 6th          87-23-0, 6th
    Miami (Fla.)      98-20-0, 2nd          83-23-0, 7th
    Michigan          89-29-2, 8th          83-24-3, 10th
    Washington        83-33-1, 14th         75-30-1, 15th
    
    HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 1999 season marks the 80th season of play in Husky Stadium. Originally construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th largest on-campus facility in the country. Washington's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 312-132-21.

    THE SCHEDULE: In its preseason college football 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.

    TOUGH SCHEDULES NOTHING NEW: While the NCAA will not release its list of the toughest Division I schedules until the end of the season, Sports Illustrated tabbed the Huskies' 1999 slate as the toughest in the nation. Playing one of the nation's most challenging schedules is nothing new for the Huskies. Last season, the NCAA rated Washington's schedule the seventh toughest in the nation. In 1997 the Huskies finished sixth in the poll by the NCAA. Washington's 1996 slate was deemed the fourth hardest for that season. In 1995 Washington's schedule ranked as the seventh most difficult. During that four-year stretch (1995-98), the Huskies were the only program to be ranked every year by the NCAA as having one of the nation's 10 toughest schedules.

    NCAA Toughest Schedules
    1998
     1. Auburn            74-34  .685
     2. Missouri          66-36  .647
     3. Florida State     74-43  .632
     4. USC               76-46  .623
     5. LSU               65-41  .613
     6. Baylor            68-43  .613
     7. Washington        69-44  .611
     8. Alabama           67-43  .609
     9. Texas A&M         79-51  .608
    10. Michigan State    73-49  .598
    

    1997 1. Colorado 76-37 .673 2. Auburn 80-39 .672 3. Florida 72-40 .643 4. Arkansas 71-40 .640 5. Tennessee 77-44 .636 6. Washington 70-42 .625 7. Mississippi 68-43 .613 8. Bowling Green 67-43 .609 9. South Carolina 66-44 .600 10. Alabama 67-45 .598

    1996 1. Florida 70-41 .631 2. UCLA 66-41 .617 3. Purdue 68-44 .607 4. Washington 68-46 .596 5. Arkansas 62-42 .596 6. Tulane 63-43 .594 7. Minnesota 63-44 .589 8. Nebraska 70-49 .588 9. Rutgers 57-40 .588 10. Iowa State 59-42 .584

    1995 1. Notre Dame 67-37-5 .638 2. Illinois 69-40-2 .631 3. Minnesota 64-38-5 .621 4. Cincinnati 66-40-2 .620 5. Vanderbilt 68-42-1 .617 6. Indiana 66-41-3 .614 7. Washington 64-40-2 .613 8. Purdue 67-42-2 .613 9. Houston 66-42-3 .608 Northwestern 65-41-5 .608

    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.

    HUSKY QBS LEAD THE WAY: Washington has six former quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. That's the highest total among all colleges. That group includes: Mark Brunell (Jacksonville), Chris Chandler (Atlanta), Billy Joe Hobert (New Orleans), Brock Huard (Seattle), Damon Huard (Miami) and Warren Moon (Kansas City).

    DAWGS IN THE PROS: Washington ranked 4th this year among colleges with players on NFL opening day rosters. At the start of the season, there were 33 former Huskies playing for NFL teams. Notre Dame tops the list with 42 players followed by Florida State with 39 and North Carolina with 36. Penn State also has 33 players currently in the NFL. The next highest Pac-10 team is USC, which comes in 14th with 26 players. Here's a breakdown of the former UW players and the teams the played for at the beginning of the season: Ink Aleaga (New Orleans Saints)Eric Bjornson (Dallas Cowboys), Jeremy Brigham (Oakland Raiders), Mark Bruener (Pittsburgh Steelers), Mark Brunell (Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Chandler (Atlanta Falcons), Cameron Cleeland (New Orleans Saints), Tony Coats (Cincinnati Bengals), Reggie Davis (San Diego Chargers), Corey Dillon (Cincinnati Bengals), D'Marco Farr (St. Louis Rams), John Fiala (Pittsburgh Steelers), Frank Garcia (Carolina Panthers), Kevin Gogan (Miami Dolphins), Brian Habib (Seattle Seahawks), Martin Harrison (Minnesota Vikings), Harald Hasselbach (Denver Broncos), Billy Joe Hobert (New Orleans Saints), Brock Huard (Seattle Seahawks), Damon Huard (Miami Dolphins), Napoleon Kaufman (Oakland Raiders), Lincoln Kennedy (Oakland Raiders), Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears), Lawyer Milloy (New England Patriots), Charles Mincy (Oakland Raiders), Warren Moon (Kansas City Chiefs), Benji Olson (Tennessee Titans), Tony Parrish (Chicago Bears), Jerome Pathon (Indianapolis Colts), Aaron Pierce (Baltimore Ravens), Pete Pierson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), David Richie (San Francisco 49ers) and Rashaan Shehee (Kansas City Chiefs).

    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 
    Seattle        KOMO  1000 AM(flagship)
    Aberdeen       KBKW  1450 AM
    Bellingham     KPUG  1170 AM
    Centralia      KELA  1470 AM
    Forks          KVAC  1490 AM
    Grand Coulee   KEYG  98.5 FM
    Kelso          KLOG  1490 AM
    Moses Lake     KWIQ  1020 AM
    Mt. Vernon     KBRC  1430 AM
    Olympia        KGY   96.9 FM
    Omak           KOMW   680 AM
    Port Angeles   KONP  1450 AM
    Shelton        KMAS  1030 AM
    Spokane        KTRW   970 AM
    Tri-Cities     KTCR  1340 AM
    Wenatchee      KPQ    560 AM
    Yakima         KMWX  1460 AM
    

    OREGON Astoria KKEE 94.3 FM Hillsboro KUIK 1360 AM Portland KOTK 1080 AM

    ALASKA Fairbanks KCBF 820 AM Haines KRSA 94.9 FM Juneau KSUP 106.3 FM Petersburg KRSA 580 AM Sitka KRSA 94.9 FM Wrangle KRSA 94.9 FM

    NEVADA Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM

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