Nov. 8, 1999
SEATTLE - Washington (6-3, 5-1) plays its final road game of the season when the Huskies travel to UCLA (3-6, 1-5) to face the Bruins at 12:30 p.m. PST in The Rose Bowl. The game will be televised to a regional audience by ABC Sports.
TELEVISION: ABC Sports will televise the game. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action from the booth while Todd Harris will provide sideline reports. Fox Sports Net Northwest will air a replay of the game on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett and Sonny Sixkiller will call the action.
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 SERIES: Saturday's game will be the 59th meeting in the series. UCLA leads the overall series 29-27-2 including a 4-2 advantage in games played at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have a two-game win streak in the series. Prior to that, the Huskies won three games in a row between 1994-96. Washington's last victory in the Rose Bowl was a 38-14 decision in 1995. UCLA leads the series 18-10-1 in all games played in Los Angeles. Bob Toledo owns a 2-1 record against the Huskies. This is Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's first game against his alma mater.
THE LAST MEETING: UCLA used a 36-24 victory against Washington in Husky Stadium to clinch the 1998 Pac-10 Championship. The victory was the 19th straight by the Bruins. Special teams play by kick returner Ryan Roques and placekicker Chris Sailer keyed UCLA's win. With UCLA leading 7-3, Roques returned a kickoff 81 yards to set up the first of Sailer's five field goals. After Braxton Cleman's 22-yard TD run brought the Huskies to within 13-10, Roques started a run of 13 straight points when he returned a punt 77 yards for a score with 41 seconds remaining in the half. Bruin quarterback Cade McNown completed 12 of 24 passes for 233 yards, but failed to throw a TD pass. Washington signalcaller Brock Huard, playing in his final game at Husky Stadium, completed 17 of 34 passes for 203 yards and one score. The Huskies had their best rushing game of the year against the Bruins, gaining 248 yards. Washington's true freshman running back duo of Willie Hurst (114) and Braxton Cleman (100), both rushed for 100 yards.
INJURY REPORT: After staying relatively healthy for the first half of the season, the Huskies have suffered some substantial injuries during their last four games. Senior wide receiver Gerald Harris is questionable with a sore thigh he aggravated vs. Arizona. Senior offensive tackle Kurth Connell is questionable with a sprained ankle vs. Stanford. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst is probable with a strained abdominal muscle vs. Stanford. Sophomore outside linebacker Jafar Williams is questionable with a strained abdominal muscle vs. Stanford & Arizona. Freshman quarterback Cody Pickett is questionable with a sore back. Backup free safety Renard Edwards is probable with a sprained ankle vs. California. Sophomore backup tailback Braxton Cleman is probable after suffering a partially collapsed lung vs. Arizona State. Several other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (nerve/back) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force ... junior DE Ryan Julian is out with tendentious in a knee.
THE POLLS: For the first time this season Washington is ranked in both the Associated Press (23rd) and USA Today/ESPN Coaches (22nd) polls. The last time the Huskies were ranked was the first week of October during the 1998 when. The Huskies were ranked 20th before losing to Arizona 31-28. The Huskies won their next three games, but did not return to the polls.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 4-3 at Washington with a five-year record of 39-17 (.696). 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, Wis., 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.
BRUIN TIES: There are plenty of ties with the current Husky coaching staff and UCLA. No less than six members of the Husky staff have ties with the Bruins' program. The most obvious starts with UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, who graduated with a BA in political science in 1984. He quarterbacked the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 title and the 1984 Rose Bowl championship. He finished his UCLA with 2,480 passing yards and 15 TDs. He still owns Bruins passing records for completion percentage for both a single season (.693) and career (.683). He also set UCLA's single-game accuracy mark by completing 25 of 27 (.926) passes vs. Washington in Husky Stadium. Neuheisel began his collegiate coaching career at UCLA in 1986 as a volunteer coach. He worked as an assistant coach for the Bruins from 1988-93. Washington offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell graduated form UCLA in 1986 with a degree in business. During his four-year career, he caught 108 passes for 1,517 yards and nine TDs. Dorrell was a graduate assistant at UCLA in 1988. Husky defensive coordinator Tim Hundley coached linebackers at UCLA from 1990-95. Washington quarterbacks coach Steve Axman was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Bruins during the 1987-88 seasons. Washington safeties/special teams coach Bobby Hauck was a grad assistant at UCLA from 1990-91 and a full-time assistant coach in 1992. Husky running backs coach Wayne Moses held the same position at UCLA from 1990-95. Husky graduate assistant coach Brent Brennan was a three-year letterman for the Bruins and graduated from UCLA in 1996.
ARIZONA RECAP: Washington took over first place in the Pac-10 race with a 33-25 victory at Arizona. The Huskies relied on its ball-control offense to grind out the win and keep Arizona's high-powered offense off the field. The Wildcats entered the contest after posting five consecutive 500-yard games, a Pac-10 record. The Husky defense allowed a pair of long scoring plays, a 74-yard run by Trung Candidate and a 55-yard TD pass from Ortege Jenkins to Marvin Brown, but otherwise Washington controlled the game. Arizona managed 417 yards of total offense, but 80-yards came on the Wildcats' final scoring drive after Washington had taken a 33-17 lead with 3:50 left to play. The Husky offense was sparked by the gutty play of quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, who was questionable due to a bruised hip, right up until gametime. Tuiasosopo completed 16 of 28 passes for 208 yards and a pair of scores. Due to his injury, Washington limited its option running attack and relied on Maurice Shaw and Paul Arnold the carry the load. Shaw carried a career high 29 times for 75 yards. Arnold recorded his first rushing TD with a 27-yard carry with 39 seconds left in the 2nd quarter to lift the Huskies to a 19-10 lead. After Brown's TD catch cut UW's lead to 19-17, the Huskies put the game away in the fourth quarter. Washington put together a 17-play, 80-yard drive to take a 26-17 lead with 4:14 to play. Tuiasosopo was spectacular during the final drive. He completed four third-down pass attempts and hit TE Jerramy Stevens for a six-yard score to end the drive. Husky cornerback Anthony Vontoure put the ball away when he intercepted a pass from Jenkins and returned it 29 yards for a score. The Huskies, for the third time this season, did not turn the ball over.
DRIVE TIME: With two 80-yard scoring drives against Arizona, the Huskies now have 22 scoring drives of 70-plus yards this season. A total of 12 of those drives have been for more than 80-yards, while two (both vs. Stanford), were more than 90 yards. Last year, through 12 games, the Huskies totaled just 12 scoring drives of 70-plus yards, five of 80-plus yards and no scoring drives of 90-plus yards. During the decade of the 1990s, only the 1997 team had more than 22 scoring drives cover 70-plus yards. That squad scored 23 times on drives of 70-plus yards. Only the 1996 team has more drives (13) of 80-plus yards. The Huskies' 99-yard scoring drive vs. Stanford is the longest during the decade. The next longest was a 98-yard march at Nebraska in 1991.
CLOSING IN ON 1000: Several Husky players are closing in on 1000-yard marks in a variety of areas:
- Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has 918 career rushing yards.
- Wide receiver Chris Juergens has 907 career receiving yards.
- Wide receiver Gerald Harris has 935 career receiving yards.
- Wide receiver Dane Looker has 938 career receiving yards.
THE COMEBACKS: Three times this season the Huskies have trailed at the start of the fourth quarter, only to rally for a win. Washington trailed Colorado 21-17 before posting a 31-24 win. The Huskies found themselves down 21-17 to California before winning 31-27. Stanford held a 23-22 lead over the Huskies before Washington rallied for a 35-30 victory.
TOTALLY TUIASOSOPO: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo put on one of the most remarkable performances in the history of college football in Washington's 35-30 victory against Stanford. He passed for a career high 302 yards and rushed for a career high 207 yards to become the first Division I player to ever pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game. There have only been three other Division I players to rush and pass for 200 yards in a game. There have only been six other times when a quarterback has passed for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. His 509 yards of total offense broke Washington's old school record of 419 yards set by Cary Conklin in 1989 vs. Arizona State. His 207 rushing yards ranks as the 12th best rushing performance in UW history. Tuiasosopo became only the third Husky quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. He was the first since Dennis Fitzpatrick gained 249 rushing yards vs. Washington State in 1974. Tuiasosopo's total offense figure ranks as the fourth best game in Pac-10 history.
Tuiasosopo's Career Total Offense
100-Yard Rushing Games by UW Quaterbacks
|Dennis Fitzpatrick||1974||Washington State||249|
|Bob Schloredt||1959||Washington State||111|
|Dennis Fitzpatrick||1974||Iowa State||102|
|James Anderson||1975||Oregon State||102|
Pac-10 Single-Game Total Offense Bests
1. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst, Arizona State vs. Florida State, 1984
2. 515 Cade McNown, UCLA vs. Miami (FL), 1998
3. 512 Paul Justin, Arizona State vs. Washington State, 1989
4. 509 Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington vs. Stanford, 1999
5. 503 Pat Barnes, California vs. Arizona, 1996 (4 OTs)
QBs Who Have Passed & Rushed for 200 Yards in a Game
|Player, Team||Year & Opponent||Pass||Rush|
|Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington||1999 vs. Stanford||302||207|
|Brian Mitchell, SW Louisiana||1987 vs. Colorado State||205||271|
|Steve Gage, Tulsa||1986 vs. New Mexico||209||212|
|Reds Bagnell, Pennsylvania||1950 vs. Dartmouth||276||214|
QBs Who Have Passed for 300 Yards & Rushed for 100 Yards in a Game
|Player, Team||Year & Opponent||Pass||Rush|
|Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington||1999 vs. Stanford||302||207|
|Michael Bishop, Kansas State||1998 vs. Texas A&M||341||101|
|Michael Bishop, Kansas State||1998 vs. Nebraska||306||140|
|Shaun King, Tulane||1998 vs. Army||332||133|
|Donald Douglas, Houston||1991 vs. SMU||319||103|
|Randy Welniak, Wyoming||1988 vs. Air Force||359||108|
|Ned James, New Mexico||1986 vs. Wyoming||406||118|
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 seven contests, including Washington's last four games. His seven 200-yard passing games this year is just one short of the Huskies' single-season record of eight set by Cary Conklin in 1980. Tuiasosopo is coming off a career-high passing effort, with 302 yards vs. Stanford. A week earlier, at California, Tuiasosopo came up with the best "big play" day of his career to lead the Huskies past the Bears. He completed passes of 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards. He finished with 300 passing yards on just 10 completions. Thanks to those passing totals, he becomes the first UW quarterback to post back-to-back 300-yard passing games since Sonny Sixkiller did it in 1970. Tuiasosopo had the most accurate passing 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's Career Numbers
Single-Season Passing Bests
(Based on passing yards)
|1.||Cary Conklin (1989)||365||208||.570||16||2569|
|2.||Damon Huard (1995)||287||184||.641||11||2415|
|3.||Sonny Sixkiller (1970)||362||186||.514||15||2303|
|4.||Billy Joe Hobert (1991)||285||173||.607||22||2271|
|5.||Steve Pelluer (1983)||317||213||.672||11||2212|
|6.||Tom Flick (1980)||280||168||.600||15||2178|
|7.||Brock Huard (1997)||244||146||.598||23||2140|
|8.||Sonny Sixkiller (1971)||297||126||.424||13||2068|
|9.||Chris Chandler (1986)||275||160||.582||20||1994|
|10.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1999)||248||146||.589||10||1962|
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 (at the time). In Washington's victory against Oregon, Tuiasosopo was 4-4 passing in the final quarter for 66 yards, including two TD tosses.
Tuiasosopo's Fourth Quarter Breakdown
TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been involved in all but nine of Washington's offensive plays this season. He has taken part of 640 of the team's 649 plays. Tuiasosopo's only break this year came when backup true freshman quarterback Cody Pickett replaced him in the third quarter of Washington's 47-21 win vs. the Beavers. Prior to that, Tuiasosopo took Washington's first 335 offensive snaps this year. Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with 2441 yards, an average of 271.2 yards per game. That ranks him first in the Pac-10 in that category and 18th nationally. Tuiasosopo has rushed for 479 yards this year and passed for 1962 yards. He is currently averaging 40.0 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.
Single-Season Total Offense Leaders
(Based on total yards)
|1.||Cary Conklin (1989)||-67||2569||2502|
|2.||Damon Huard (1995)||55||2415||2470|
|3.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1999)||479||1962||2441|
|4.||Steve Pelluer (1983)||164||2212||2376|
|5.||Billy Joe Hobert (1991)||56||2271||2327|
|6.||Sonny Sixkiller (1970)||-35||2303||2268|
|7.||Mark Brunell (1990)||440||1732||2176|
|8.||Chris Chandler (1986)||113||1994||2107|
|9.||Tom Flick (1980)||-87||2178||2091|
|10.||Brock Huard (1997)||-82||2140||2058|
Career Total Offense Leaders
|1.||Damon Huard (1992-95)||121||5692||5813|
|9.||Brock Huard (1996-98)||-39||5742||5703|
|2.||Sonny Sixkiller (1970-72)||-208||5496||5288|
|3.||Steve Pelluer (1980-83)||342||4603||4945|
|4.||Cary Conklin (1986-89)||93||4850||4943|
|5.||Chris Chandler (1984-87)||261||4161||4422|
|6.||Don Heinrich (1949-52)||-62||4392||4330|
|7.||Mark Brunell (1989-92)||678||3423||4101|
|8.||Napoleon Kaufman (1991-94)||4041||0||4041|
|10.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1997-99)||918||3096||4014|
BIG PLAY EXPLOSION: In its last three games, Washington's offense has reversed a trend of not being able to produce big plays (25+ yards) this season. Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo tossed passes for 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards in Washington's victory at California. Tuiasosopo averaged 30 yards per reception on his 10 completions vs. the Bears. The Huskies accumulated 320 yards of their total offense vs. Cal on just 10 of the 62 plays they ran during the game. Against Stanford, during his record-setting performance, Tuiasosopo once again sparked the Huskies' big-play efforts. A pair of his passes went for 30 and 27 yards and he turned in a 30-yard TD run and non-scoring rushes for 28 and 29 yards. Maurice Shaw also added to the big plays, recording a 48-yard scoring run. The four rushing plays of over 25 yards equaled the team's total for the first seven games of the season. This season the Huskies have nine rushing plays this year over 25 yards and 16 passing plays that have covered that distance. Last year's team totaled 23 plays of at least 25 yards. Defensively, the Huskies have allowed just seven rushes of over 25 yards. Opponents have managed to complete 22 passes for at least 25 yards.
DAWGS ON THE RUN: Washington capitalized on a solid rushing attack during a three-game win streak against Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State to help establish its identity this year. Over the last seven games, the Huskies have averaged 48.9 rushing attempts per game, roughly 67 percent of the offensive plays during that stretch. With junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo capable of running an option-oriented offense, the Huskies were 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. Against Oregon State, the Huskies turned in a 254-yard rushing effort with 52 carries. Washington ran for 368 yards against Stanford. In that game, the Huskies averaged 6.9 yards per carry to produce their best day running the football since the 1996 team rushed for 560 yards vs. San Jose State. Here's a breakdown of the Huskies offensive picture this year:
Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' rushing game.
- Washington is currently ranked 23rd in the nation in rushing, averaging 192.8 yards per game.
- The Huskies have had four players rush for 100 yards in a game this season. Braxton Cleman gained 100 yards vs. Air Force. Willie Hurst ran for 161 yards vs. Oregon and 108 at Oregon State. Marques Tuiasosopo rushed for 207 yards vs. Stanford. Maurice Shaw rushed for 113 yards vs. Stanford.
- The Huskies have won the time of possession statistic five times this year, all victories. The only win where they did not control the clock more than the opponent was against California.
- Washington's best time of possession was 41:17 vs. Oregon State.
- Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst had career highs with 30 carries and 161 yards vs. Oregon.
- Running back Maurice Shaw set a career mark with 29 carries (75 yards) vs. Arizona.
- 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.
- UW has rushed for 1735 yards, bettering last year's total of 1501 yards.
- 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.
- Washington's 368 rushing yards vs. Stanford were the most by a Husky squad since the 1996 San Jose State game when the team ran 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.
STEVENS THE NEXT?: Last year, when Sports Illustrated released a poll of the best colleges for each position, it selected Washington as the top program for tight ends. Redshirt freshman Jerramy Stevens is certainly making a case to join that very elite group. Stevens is currently fourth on the team with 13 receptions for 194 yards and four touchdowns. Against Stanford, he turned in the best game of his career with five receptions for 88 yards, both career highs. His four TD catches are a UW record for freshmen tight ends. To put that in perspective, the best scoring seasons of such former standout UW tight ends as Mark Bruener (3 TDs in 1993), Cameron Cleeland (3 TDs in 1996) and Ernie Conwell (2 TDs in 1994, '95).
VONTOURE HEADS UP IMPROVED SECONDARY PLAY: Washington's defense has 13 interceptions this year, more than double the number the Huskies had for the 1998 season (five). Included in that total are three interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Sophomore cornerback Anthony Vontoure leads the Husky secondary with six interceptions. That total ranks him tied for third in the nation (.75) and second in the Pac-10 Conference. Vontoure's six interceptions rank as the second highest total by a UW player during the decade of the 1990s. Only Walter's Bailey seven picks in 1991 ranks higher. Vontoure's current ties him for the eighth best season in UW history.
SECONDARY HELP: Anthony Vontoure has had plenty of help on defense helping Washington improve its interception total. Senior cornerback Jermaine Smith (two), junior free safety Curtis Williams sophomore cornerback Omare Lowe and linebacker Derrell Daniels and Jamaun Willis each pass interceptions this year. Vontoure and inside linebacker 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. Vontoure also ran a pick back for a score (29 yards) to secure Washington's 33-25 victory at Arizona. Last season's interception total (five) is the lowest in the history of the Washington program.
SAD SACKS: After leading the Pac-10 and finishing second nationally with 51 sacks last season, the Huskies are finding tackling the opponent quarterback a stiffer challenge this year. Washington enters the UCLA game with just 10 QB sacks this season. The Huskies are last in the Pac-10 in that category. Jeremiah Pharms and Derrell Daniels lead the team with two sacks apiece.
HURST TOPS 1000: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst reached the 1000-yard rushing mark in his career in Washington's win at California. Here's a look at his career numbers:
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 66 tackles, including 31 solo stops. He has three tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He has also been credited with breaking up four passes and recorded an interception vs. Arizona. 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 39 catches for 493 yards and is averaging 61.6 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in six of nine games this year. Juergens missed most of the California game and the Stanford game due to a sprained ankle. 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 was also a career high until he bettered that mark with 105 yards vs. Arizona State (eight receptions). 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 were also a freshman record.
Juergens' Great Start
(UW Freshman Receiving Marks)
|1.||Paul Skansi (1979)||31|
|2.||Chris Juergens (1998)||27|
|3.||Jason Shelley (1992)||20|
|4.||Scott Phillips (1973)||18|
|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 Comparison
LESTER'S BACK IN FORM: After playing last season with a nagging foot injury, Husky senior linebacker Lester Towns has returned to his old form this year. Towns is currently third on the team with 54 tackles and leads the defense with eight tackles for loss. Towns led Washington against Arizona State with 10 tackles. He has looked much quicker this season and he attributes that to overcoming some early-season apprehension about his foot injury. It was during the spring of 1998 that Towns dropped a 45-pound weight plate on his foot. He had surgery that spring and again following the 1998 season.
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 37 receptions for 571 yards. He is coming off a gutsy four-catch, 71-yard effort vs. Stanford and a five-catch 92-yard outing vs. Arizona. He played both of that game with a bothersome thigh bruise. He did not start or play in the first quarter vs. Stanford due to a deep thigh bruise. He came off the bench in the second quarter and pulled in a 13-yard TD pass from Marques Tuiasosopo. Against California, he had the best game of his career, a 111-yard effort that included a season-best 55-yard reception. Earlier this year, Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force. He has recorded TD receptions vs. Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona to share the team lead with Jerramy Stevens in that category. 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 for a sixth year of eligibility following the 1999 season.
Harris' Career Stats
DAWGHOUSE DOMINANCE: Husky Stadium has been a tough place for Pac-10 teams to win this decade. Since 1990, UW owns an impressive 33-6-1 (.838) 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.
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 made the last 50-yard field goal. This year Anderson has converted 10 of 13 field goal attempts, including his last six attempts. He has missed just one PAT in 31 attempts, but did have one other one blocked. He leads Washington in scoring with 59 points. When Anderson booted three FGs vs. Stanford, it marked the first time a Husky kicker has done that since John Wales vs. California in 1994. It was the first time a Husky kicker had converted three 40-yard field goals since Brandy Brownlee made three (47, 48, 49 and 30) vs. Texas A&M in 1987.
Playing at Home: Washington has won 49 of its last 61 (.812) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (49-11-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 97-23-2 (.803) at home and are 67-16-2 (.800) 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.
THE RED ZONE: The Huskies have done a very good job of putting points on the scoreboard when they penetrate the opponent's 20-yard line this season. Washington has converted 24 of 28 trips inside the Red Zone into points. The Husky defense, on the other hand, has done a nice job of making it tough on opponents inside the Red Zone. Washington has allowed opponents only 21 touchdowns on 40 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 28 40 Scores 24 29 Touchdowns 19 21 Field Goals 5 8 Missed FGs - 3 Blocked FGs - - Lost Fumbles 1 3 Interceptions - - Loss of Downs 3 4 Time Expired - 1 Punt - -
GETTING HIS KICKS: Washington punter Ryan Fleming is coming off one of the top performances of his two-year Husky career. Fleming averaged 44.3 yards per punt on seven kicks in UW's 31-27 victory at California. He outdueled Cal's standout Nick Harris, who entered the game ranked second nationally in punting. Harris averaged just 39.1 yards on eight kicks. Fleming's current punting average (41.3) has him in line to be the first UW punter to average better than 40-yards per punt since John Werdel averaged 41.0 in 1991. Fleming's current average is the best by a Husky punter since Jeff Partridge averaged 42.1 yards in 1982. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against BYU. 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 11 of his 40 punts this year. Fleming's 40 punts this year is the lowest number among the Pac-10's starting punters.
RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: Of the Pac-10's 27 statistical categories, the Huskies lead the conference in just two areas, fourth down conversions (9 of 14) and time of possession (33:05). The Oregon State game marked the first time in senior wide receiver Dane Looker's career (17 games at the time) that he did not record a reception ... Washington tied a school record with 33 first downs vs. Stanford. The mark was originally set in 1956 vs. Idaho ... Maurice Shaw's 48-yard TD run vs. Stanford was the team's longest rush this season ... Washington's 670 yards of total offense vs. Stanford are the most since the Huskies posted 734 yards of total offense vs. San Jose State in 1996 ... Washington's total offense (670) total was the best mark by a UW team vs. a Pac-10 opponent since piling up 675 yards vs. Washington State in 1950 ... junior fullback Pat Conniff recorded his first receiving touchdown vs. Oregon State ... of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's 37 all-time wins, 23 have been by more than 10 points ... 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 ... Ryan 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. ... 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. ? the Huskies have scored 90 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." ... Marques Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom vs. California ties as the second-longest completion in UW history.
STARTING 0-2: History indicates that Husky teams do not typically post a strong record when they get off to a 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.
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.
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 has 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 quarterback's 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.
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 38 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (38), CB Jermaine Smith (35), ILB Lester Towns (31), DT Jabari Issa (30), OG Chad Ward (29), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (20), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (20), FL Gerald Harris (15).
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 whom have also achieved that mark:
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.
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 an 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.
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:
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 signaled 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 27 of the Huskies' punt returns plus five 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
|1.||Beno Bryant (1989-93)||106||1019|
|2.||Joe Jarzynka (1996-99)||80||801|
|3.||Steve Bramwell (1963-65)||59||704|
|4.||Bill Cahill (1970-72)||49||668|
|5.||Calvin Jones (1970-72)||47||596|
|Nesby Glasgow (1975-78)||86||579|
Single-Season Punt Returns
|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
|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|
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, six true freshmen ? tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, and quarterback Cody Pickett ? have already seen playing time.
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is currently second on the team in rushing with 479 yards on 112 carries and five 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
|1.||Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974)||697|
|2.||Tom Manke (1967)||483|
|3.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1999)||479|
|4.||Mark Brunell (1990)||444|
|5.||Kermit Jorgensen (1961)||331|
|6.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1998)||327|
Single-Season Quarterback Rushing TDs
|1.||Mark Brunell (1990)||10|
|2.||Mark Brunell (1992)||8|
|3.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1998)||7|
|4.||Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974)||6|
|5.||Marques Tuiasosopo (1999)||5|
|Billy Joe Hobert (1991)||5|
|Tom Porras (1978)||5|
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 47 times. The Huskies' record stands at 42-4-1 (.904) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 17-1-1 when rushing for 200 yards.
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.
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.
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.
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), TE Anthony Mizin (Oregon State), SB Dane Looker (Arizona State), NT Toalei Mulitauaopele (California), Joe Jarzynka (Stanford) and Marques Hairston (Arizona).
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 144-34-3 (.804) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has five 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force, Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State, Marques Tuiasosopo (207 yards) vs. Stanford and Maurice Shaw (113 yards) vs. Stanford.
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:
|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
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 an AP-ranked 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 Shutout Streak: Washington's 33-25 win vs. Arizona marked the 213th 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 309 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 223 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|
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 81-33-1 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:
If Everyone WinsOverall
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 concentrate 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.
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.
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 decades 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 314-133-21.
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 Schedules1998
|3. Florida State||74-43||.632|
|9. Texas A&M||79-51||.608|
|10. Michigan State||73-49||.598|
|8. Bowling Green||67-43||.609|
|9. South Carolina||66-44||.600|
|10. Iowa State||59-42||.584|
|1. Notre Dame||67-37-5||.638|
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 fourth 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: OREGON: Seattle (flagship) KOMO 1000 AM Astoria KKEE 94.3 FM Aberdeen KBKW 1450 AM Hillsboro KUIK 1360 AM Bellingham KPUG 1170 AM Portland KOTK 1080 AM Centralia KELA 1470 AM Forks KVAC 1490 AM ALASKA: Grand Coulee KEYG 98.5 FM Fairbanks KCBF 820 AM Kelso KLOG 1490 AM Haines KRSA 94.9 FM Moses Lake KWIQ 1020 AM Juneau KSUP 106.3 FM Mt. Vernon KBRC 1430 AM Petersburg KRSA 580 AM Olympia KGY 96.9 FM Sitka KRSA 94.9 FM Omak KOMW 680 AM Wrangle KRSA 94.9 FM Port Angeles KONP 1450 AM Shelton KMAS 1030 AM NEVADA: Spokane KTRW 970 AM Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM Tri-Cities KTCR 1340 AM Wenatchee KPQ 560 AM Yakima KMWX 1460 AM