Oct. 4, 1999
THE GAME: Washington (2-2, 1-0) plays its second road game of the season when the Huskies travel to Corvallis, OR to face Oregon State (3-1, 0-1) in a Pac-10 matchup on Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on the Pac-10 Syndicated Network (see list in release). A capacity crowd of 35,362 in expected at Reser Stadium.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game will mark the 84th meeting in the series. Washington leads the all-time series 53-26-4. The Huskies hold a 16-6 advantage in games played in Corvallis, including a 13-3 record in contests played at Reser (Parker) Stadium. Washington coach Rick Neuheisel has never coached against the Beavers. Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson owns a 1-2 record against Washington. The Beavers are the third different team he has coached against the Huskies. Erickson went 1-1 vs. Washington while coaching at Washington State (L 34-19 in 1987, W 32-31 in 1988) and he was 0-1 while at Miami (L 38-20 in 1994). Washington has an 11-game winning streak in the series and has won 21 of the last 22 games. In the last 22 meetings during the season, Oregon State has managed to score 21 points only three times (1993, 1995, 1998).
THE LAST MEETING: With no time remaining on the clock, Oregon State's two-point conversion pass was batted down in the back of the endzone as Washington held off a late Beaver rally for a 35-34 victory in Husky Stadium. The Huskies jumped out to a 28-7 lead at the start of the third quarter on a 41-yard touchdown run by backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. The Beavers scored two touchdowns in a 2:44 gap during the quarter to close the Huskies' lead to 28-21. Gerald Harris' four-yard TD catch at the start of the fourth quarter put UW back up by two scores, 35-21. Oregon State answered with a 90-yard TD pass from Jonathan Smith to Ronnie Tompkins with 8:02 to play. The Beavers blocked a UW punt and recovered the ball on the Huskies' seven-yard line with 4:54 to play, but they saw their bid to tie the game vanish when Omare Lowe intercepted Smith in the endzone. Following another UW punt, the Beavers drove 78 yards in 30 seconds, capped by Smith's TD toss to Tim Alexander for a 33-yard score as time expired to bring the Beavers to within a point. Smith's two-point conversion pass to Tompkins was broken up by UW roverback Nigel Burton. The game was a wide-open offensive affair. The two teams combined for 999 yards of total offense (OSU-582, UW-417). The Beavers passed for 508 yards, including 469 yards by Smith. At the time, Smith's passing total was the most ever by a Husky opponent. Oregon State had three receivers top the 100-yard receiving mark. Tompkins caught nine passes for 210 yards, Alexander had five catches for 130 and Greg Ainsworth caught three passes for 127 yards, including an 80-yard score from Smith. Washington was led by quarterback Brock Huard, who tossed a career-best four touchdown passes. He completed 20 of 40 passes for 160 yards. Senior wide receiver Andre DeSaussure had a career-best day, catching seven passes for 167 yards and a pair of scores.
DAWGS VS. THE NORTHWEST: 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 83 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 53-26-4. Combined, Washingon has a 167-85-15 (.654) record against its northwest rivals.
INJURY REPORT: The Huskies are relatively healthy heading into the Oregon State game. Sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman is probable after missing the Oregon game with a bruised hip suffered vs. Colorado. 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 fifth consecutive appearance on television. The game will by broadcast by Fox Sports on the Pac-10 Syndicated Network (see cities list below). Barry Tompkins and David Norrie will call the action. The game will also air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 10, 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.
T.V. COVERAGE: Here's the list of stations that will broadast the Pac-10's syndicated package of five football games this season:
Los Angeles/KCAL/Independent/Channel 9
San Diego/KUSI/Independent/Channel 51
San Francisco/KICU/Independent/Channel 36
Santa Barbara/KKFX/Fox/Channel 11
Santa Rosa/KFTY/Independent/Channel 50
Medford-Klamath Falls/KOBI/NBC/Channel 5
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico/KWBQ/WB/Channel 19
Colorado Springs, Colorado/KWHS/Independent/Channel 51
Denver, Colorado/KWHD/Channel 53
Honolulu, Hawaii/KWHE/Independent/Channel 14
Las Vegas, Nevada/KVWB/Independent/Channel 33
Reno, Nevada/KREN/Independent/Channel 27
Salt Lake City, Utah/KUMB/WB/Channel 30
Sioux Falls-Mitchell, South Dakota/Independent/Channel 26
THE ANGLE: Washington's defense must find a way to contain the Beaver's high-powered offense, averaging 491.5 yards per game, and OSU running back Ken Simonton, who is second nationally in rushing at 171 ypg. The Husky defense ranks 8th in the Pac-10, allowing 409.3 yards per game.
FAMILY TIES: Oregon State football coach Dennis Erickson is a cousin of Husky Hall of Famer Dick Erickson, Washington's retired men's crew coach, who currently works as the events manager for athletic facilities. Dick guided the Washington rowers for 20 seasons (1968-87) and coached the Huskies to 15 Pacific Coast titles.
EVERETT TIES: Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson and Washington assistant head coach/offensive line coach Keith Gilbertson grew up at the same time in the Everett area. Gilbertson graduated from Snohomish High School in 1966 and Erickson graduated from Everett High School in 1965. The two have coached together twice. During the 1982 season, Erickson was the head coach at Idaho and Gilbertson served as the offensive coordinator. From 1996-98, while Erickson was the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Gilbertson was an assistant coach.
NO SLUMP FOR AKBAR: 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 42 tackles, including 16 solo stops. He has two tackles for loss, recovered one fumbled 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 so far for the Huskies. UW coach Rick Neuheisel calls him a "young Danny Farmer." Juergens leads the Huskies with 23 catches for 285 yards and is averaging 71.3 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in three of four 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. Last week, 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 4-3 23 285 12.4 1 21 71.3HARRIS 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 16 receptions for 218 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 eligiblity following the 1999 season.
Harris' Career Statistics Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG YPG 1996, 98-99 23-11 47 582 12.4 6 67 25.3BIG BOOT: Thanks in part to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently figures 17th nationally in punting with a 43.3-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.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 2-2 at Washington with a five-year record of 35-16 (.686). 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.
RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: 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.
THE RED ZONE: 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 13 15 Scores 12 12 Touchdowns 10 10 Field Goals 2 2 Missed FGs - 1 Blocked FGs - - Lost Fumbles - 1 Interceptions - - Loss of Downs 1 1 Time Expired - - Punt - -COMEBACK KIDS: One trait Washington has displayed this year is heart. In all four games this season the Huskies have found themselves and 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 posession to take a 7-0 lead.
THE GROUND GAME: Washington has cranked up its rushing attack the past two weeks to produce victories against Colorado and Oregon. 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 presason 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 last week vs. Oregon by running the ball 57 times for 256 yards and managing the clock for 38:26. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst came off the bench to rush for 85 yards and two scores on 19 carries against Colorado. Last week he set career highs with 30 carries for 161 yards and one score. Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' newfound rushing game.
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 18 carries totaling 108 yards (6.0 avg.) this season. Last season, Conniff as the primary fullback, recorded 18 carries all season for 60 yards. Conniff has caught six 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.
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 is averaging 213.3 passing yards per game and is coming off the finest performance of his career. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 21 (.809) of his passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns vs. Oregon. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes:
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 4-4 124 71 4 853 .573 6 36 213.3 Totals 24-7 267 148 10 1987 .554 11 54 82.8FANTASTIC 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. Tuiasosopo's Fourth Quarter Breakdown
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 Totals 38-26-1 321 4 13 37 2 358OPPORTUNISTIC DAWGS: Washington has done an excellent job this season of converting opponent turnovers into points. The Huskies have turned seven opponent turnovers into four touchdowns. The two of the three times Washington did not score came when the Huskies ran the clock out at the end of the first half and at the conclusion of the game vs. Colorado. The other was a missed field goal attempt. The Huskies turned three BYU misques into 21 points in the season opener and converted Air Force's lone turnover with another score.
TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with an average of 46.8 yards per game. That should come as no surprise since he has not missed a single offensive play this season. His total ranks third in the Pac-10 behind Oregon's A.J. Feeley (277.2 ypg.) and Oregon State's Jonathan Smith (246.8 ypg.). Tuiasosopo has rushed for 134 yards this year and passed for 853 yards. He is currently averaging 43.5 offensive plays (pass or rush) per game, which puts him on a pace to set a UW single-season record. Tuiasosopo will probably threaten Cary Conklin's single-season total offense record of 2,502 yards he set in 1989.
OREGON RECAP: After watching Oregon take the opening kickoff and drive 74 yards in four plays to take a 7-0 lead, the Huskies showed off a newfound rushing attack to grind down the Ducks in a 34-20 victory at Husky Stadium. The win was Washington's first against Oregon in Husky Stadium since the 1993 season. The Huskies tied the game at the 8:11 mark of the first quarter when junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo tossed the first of his three scoring passes, a three-yarder to Jerramy Stevens. The Huskies' scoring drive encompassed 10 plays and covered 74 yards. It was a trait they would repeat often as Washington managed to control the clock for 38:26 of the contest. Thanks to the outstanding play of the offensive line, and sophomore tailback Willie Hurst, the Huskies limited Oregon to just one third-quarter drive and three drives in the fourth quarter. Hurst carried the ball a career-high 30 times to set a personal mark with 161 rushing yards. All five of the UW's scoring drives took at least nine plays and the quickest took 4:54 off the clock. The Huskies' five scoring drives totaled 28:01 of game time. Tuiasosopo was outstanding throwing the ball. He completed 17 of 21 passes for 211 yards. He threw two fourth-quarter TD passes (24 yards to Gerald Harris and eight yards to Jerramy Stevens) to secure the win. Chris Juergens led the Husky receivers with six catches for 91 yards. Oregon quarterback A.J. Feeley had an outstanding day, when he was on the field. He completed 24 of 32 passes for 371 yards and one score. Tony Hartley had seven receptions for 96 yards. The Ducks running game was held to just 62 yards on 20 carries.
CLUTCH TIME: One area Washington is much improved in this year is third-down conversions. The Huskies have made 23 of 56 (41.4 percent) after posting a success rate of just 34 percent (56 of 166) last season. Even better, the Huskies have converted on six of seven fourth-down opportunities. The only failure came on the final play of the game vs. BYU, an incomplete pass into the endzone. Combined, the Huskies are 29-63 (46 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.
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 36 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (36), CB Jermaine Smith (32), ILB Lester Towns (26), DT Jabari Issa (25), OG Chad Ward (24), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (15), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (15), CB Toure Butler (12), FL Gerald Harris (12).
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.
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 764 3. Nebraska 735 4. Texas 730 5. Penn State 729 6. Alabama 726 7. Ohio State 714 8. Tennessee 692 9. Oklahoma 685 10. USC 670 11. Syracuse 629 Georgia 629 13. Army 615 14. LSU 609 15. Colorado 603 16. Washington 601TWIN 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 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. Washington also names a game captain each week. Those players have been: None (BYU), Renard Edwards (Air Force), CB Jermaine Smith (Colorado) and OT Kurth Connell (Oregon).
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.
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)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:
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) 62 647 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
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) 327PLAYING 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. This year, five true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan and safety Levi Madarieta - have already seen playing time.
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
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.
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 4RANKED 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 142-34-3 (.802) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has two 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force and Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon.
THE SHUTOUT STREAK: Washington's 34-20 win vs. Oregon marked the 208th 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 304 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 219 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 208 137 Washington State 170 183 Oregon 162 120 Arizona 94 63 UCLA 58 41 Arizona State 44 31 Stanford 35 71 USC 20 13 Oregon State 16 11 California 2 38MISSING 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.
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.
WINNING IN THE '90S: Washington's 77-32-1 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 77 32 1 .704 2. UCLA 68 41 0 .623 3. Arizona 68 42 1 .617 4. USC 65 44 3 .594 5. Oregon 64 47 0 .577 6. Arizona State 57 47 0 .548 7. Stanford 55 52 2 .514 8. California 53 54 1 .495 9. Washington State 51 56 0 .477 10. Oregon State 25 77 1 .248BREAKING 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.
Pac-10 Only Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 53 19 1 .733 2. UCLA 45 30 0 .600 3. USC 43 29 2 .595 4. Arizona 42 33 1 .559 5. Arizona State 39 34 0 .534 Stanford 38 37 0 .507 6. Oregon 37 37 0 .500 8. Washington State 31 44 0 .413 9. California 29 44 1 .399 10. Oregon State 9 61 1 .134
PICK TOTALS UP: Washington's secondary has three interceptions so far this year. That's good news after the 1998 defense managed only five interceptions. Sophomore cornerback Anthony Vonture has two interceptions while senior cornerback Jermaine Smith has one pass theft. Last season's interception total is the smallest in the history of the Washington program.
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, 15thHISTORIC 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.
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 .598HUSKIES 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.
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
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