Sept. 26, 1999
THE GAME: Washington (1-2) opens its Pac-10 play this week when the Huskies play host to Oregon (1-0, 3-1) at Husky Stadium Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:15 p.m. The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. The game is Washington's third consecutive home game. A capacity crowd of 72,500 is expected.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game will mark the 93rd meeting in the series. Washington leads the all-time series 55-32-5. The Huskies hold a 29-17-4 advantage in games played in Seattle, including a 25-12-2 record in contests played at Husky Stadium. Washington coach Rick Neuheisel has a 2-0 record against Colorado. Both of those wins were postseason bowl victories while he was the head coach at Colorado. Neuheisel's Buffalo teams defeated the Ducks 38-6 in the 1997 Cotton Bowl and 51-43 in last year's Aloha Bowl. Mike Bellotti owns a 3-1 record against the Huskies, including wins in both of his previous two trips (1995, 1997) to Husky Stadium. The Ducks have held the upper hand in the series over the past five years, winning four times. Prior to that, the Huskies had a five-game winning streak in the series. Oregon's recent victories against Washington marks the Ducks most successful winning period in the series since taking four of six games between 1968-1973. The first game in the series came during the 1900 season when the Ducks won 43-0 in Eugene. The two teams have faced each other every season since 1945.
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 92 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 55-32-5, Washington State 58-27-6 and Oregon State 53-26-4. Combined, Washingon has a 166-85-15 (.652) record against its northwest rivals.
TELEVISION: Saturday's game will be the Huskies fourth consecutive appearance on television and its third nationally-televised contest this season. Fox Sports Net will broadcast the game. Steve Physioc and Tom Ramsey will call the action. The game will also air on tape delay on Fox Sports Net Northwest on Sunday, Oct. 3, 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. Westwood One radio will broadcast the game nationally with Joel Meyers and Jim Wacker calling the action.
THE ANGLE: Washington's Oct. 2 home game against Oregon will mark only the fourth night game in Husky Stadium history. The game was moved to 7:15 p.m. PT to accommodate a national television broadcast by Fox Sports Net. Washington's previous night games were against Oklahoma State (1985), Nebraska (1992) and Arizona (1998).
CLOSE CALLS: If the recent meetings are any indiction, look for another close game between the Huskies and Ducks. Three of the last four games have been decided by less than a touchdown. Of the 87 games in the series not decided by a tie score, the final margin of victory has been seven points or less in 43 games.
THE LAST MEETING: Future first-round NFL draftee Akili Smith quarterbacked Oregon to a 27-22 victory at Autzen Stadium last season. Smith completed 19 of 32 passes for 442 yards and three scores. Smith's passing performance ranks as the third best passing day ever against a Husky squad. His favorite target was Tony Hartley, who had nine catches for 242 yards (26.9 ypr.) to set an Oregon single-game record. That yardage total stands as the best receiving performance versus a UW team. With Oregon leading 17-12 at halftime, the Huskies managed a 40-yard field goal by Joe Jarzynka in the third quarter to cut the deficit to two points. The Ducks added a touchdown and field goal in early in the fourth quarter to widen their lead. Washington took advantage of a fumble by Herman Ho-Ching deep in Duck territory to close the game to 27-22 with 1:47 to play. The Huskies had several players touch the ensuing on-sides kickoff attempt, but Oregon came up with the ball and ran out the clock. Washington quarterback Brock Huard completed 19 of 37 passes for 289 yards, including two touchdowns. Huard was also intercepted twice. Dane Looker led the Huskies with nine catches for 70 yards, including a 10-yard scoring reception. Josh Bidwell had an excellent day punting for the Ducks. He averaged 47.7 yards on six kicks. Neither team broke the 100-yard mark rushing the ball. The Huskies finished with 89 yards on 34 attempts while the Ducks netted 61 yards on 32 carries.
THE HOT HAND: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver so far in the young Husky season. He currently leads the team with 17 catches for 194 yards. Last week 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 against Colorado. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener vs. BYU. Against Air Force, he recorded eight receptions for 96 Juergens set career best for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons is also a career high.
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 12 receptions for 139 yards. Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force two weeks ago and pulled in a 36-yard TD pass from Marques Tuiasosopo in last week's win. 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.
THE GROUND GAME: Washington turned to its running game to grind out its 31-24 victory against Colorado last week. In the process, the Huskies won the clock game by a 36:27 to 23:33 margin. The Huskies rushed the ball 52 times for 205 yards, sparked by Willie Hurst's 85 yards on 19 carries. Hurst came off the bench in the win when starting tailback Braxton Cleman was forced out of the game due to a bruised hip. Washington's 52 carries was the most by a Husky squad since a 1996 win at Washington State when UW rushed the ball 56 times. The Huskies topped the 200-yard rushing mark just once last season (248 vs. UCLA). Two weeks ago, Cleman managed a 100-yard rushing performance in Washington's 31-21 loss to Air Force. He had 11 carries for exactly 100 yards (9.1 avg.), including a career-best 40-yard gain. Cleman's effort vs. Air Force marked only the fourth 100-yard rushing game by a Husky running back over the past two seasons (15 games). Hurst turned in back-to-back (114 and 155) rushing efforts vs. UCLA and Washington State last year. Cleman rushed for 100 yards last season vs. the Bruins.
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: For just the second time since 1989, this season 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 7-2 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 set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's first two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into this year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start. His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998). In three games this year, Tuiasosopo has passed for 642 yards. Last year, in 11 regular-season appearances, he pssed for a total of 484 yards. His current attempts (103) and completions (54) numbers are higher than his totals (79 att./40 comp.) from last season.
TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with an average of 251 yards per game. That total ranks third in the Pac-10 behind Oregon State QB Jonathan Smith (274 ypg.) and A.J. Feeley of Oregon (251.5 ypg.). Tuiasosopo has rushed for 111 yards this year and passed for 642 yards. He is currently averaging 46 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. Tuiasosopo's current rushing yardage total (111 yards) is already the highest by a Husky quarterback since Mark Brunell gained 197 rushing yards in 1992.
STRONG FINISH: Last week's fourth-quarter effort by quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo 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.
COMEBACK KIDS: One trait Washington has displayed this year is heart. In all three games this season the Huskies have found themselves trailing during the second or third quarter 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. Last week 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.
OPPORTUNISTIC DAWGS: Washington has done an excellent job this season of converting opponent turnovers into points. The Huskies have turned six opponent turnovers into four touchdowns. The only two 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 Huskies turned three BYU misques into 21 points in the season opener and converted Air Force's lone turnover with another score.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 1-2 at Washington with a five-year record of 34-16 (.680). 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.
INJURY REPORT: For the Oregon game, RS-freshman ILB/SS Rashad Peters is questionable due to an ankle sprain suffered in fall practice ... sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman is day-to-day with a bruised hip suffered vs. Colorado. Six other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (3-5 more weeks, knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (back) and junior OLB Odell George (anterior cruciate ligament) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force.
COLORADO RECAP: Washington controlled the clock thanks to solid defense and a newfound rushing game to defeat Colorado 31-24 at Husky Stadium. The game marked the 600th victory in Husky history. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst, who came off the bench when starter Braxton Cleman went down with a bruised hip, carried 19 times for 85 yards and two touchdowns. After a scoreless first quarter, Hurst dove over the goalline midway through the second quarter to give the Huskies the lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Colorado's Ben Kelly raced 98 yards for a touchdown to tie the game. The return was the longest ever by a Husky opponent. Both teams traded rushing TDs during the third quarter before Kelly scooped up a fumble and raced 38 yards for his second TD. UW freshman kicker John Anderson booted a career-best 40-yard field goal to close out the third-quarter scoring and bring the score to 21-17 in favor of Colorado. Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo took over in the final period. He completed six of seven passes for 112 yards and a pair of scores to give the Huskies their first win of the season. Tuiasosopo tossed a 36-yard TD pass to Gerald Harris with 13:36 to play. A Buffalo field goal tied the score at 24-24 with 8:54 to play. Tuiasosopo then drove the Huskies down field and converted the winning TD pass, a nine-yard throw to Chris Juergens, with 3:17 to play. Anthony Vontoure intercepted Colorado quarterback Mike Moschetti's fourth-down pass with 1:07 to play in the endzone to secure the UW victory. The Husky defense limited Colorado to 289 yards of total offense, 61 offensive plays, and just four conversions on 13 third-down attempts. The Buffaloes came into the game averaging 84 offensive plays per game and 527.3 offensive yards per contest.
BIG BOOT: Thanks to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently figures 18th nationally in punting with a 43.71-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 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 35 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (35), CB Jermaine Smith (31), ILB Lester Towns (25), DT Jabari Issa (24), OG Chad Ward (23), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (14), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (14), CB Toure Butler (12), FL Gerald Harris (11).
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: Last week'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:
Rank Team Wins 1. Michigan 790 2. Notre Dame 763 3. Nebraska 734 4. Texas 730 5. Penn State 729 6. Alabama 725 7. Ohio State 714 8. Tennessee 692 9. Oklahoma 685 10. USC 669 11. Syracuse 628 Georgia 628 13. Army 615 14. Louisiana State 609 15. Colorado 603 16. Washington 600TWIN 600 WINS: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel becomes the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win (31-24 vs. Colorado) as Washington's head coach was his be the 600th all-time victory for the school. Last season he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.
FIRST-YEAR RESULTS: Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies. Among the coaches listed below, six won their first game as the UW head man: Jim Lambright, Darrell Royal, Ralph Welch, James Phelan, Enoch Bagshaw and Gil Dobie:
Coach Year Record League Bowl Jim Lambright 1993 7-4 5-3 Ineligible Don James 1975 6-5 5-2 None Jim Owens 1957 3-6-1 3-4 None Darrell Royal 1956 5-5 4-4 None John Cherberg 1953 3-6-1 2-4-1 None Howard Odell 1948 2-7-1 2-5-1 None Ralph Welch 1942 4-3-3 3-3-2 None James Phelan 1930 5-4 3-4 None Enoch Bagshaw 1921 3-4-1 0-3-1 None Gil Dobie 1908 6-0-1 n/a None
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.
SCHOOL'S NEARLY OUT: Three Husky seniors - linebackers Lester Towns and Marques Hairston and cornerback Jermaine Smith - have completed the requirements to earn their bachelor's degrees in sociology. All three remain in school this fall and have not yet graduated so as to retain their playing eligibility. All three are fifth-year seniors.
JABARI'S HONORS: Senior defensive tackle Jabari Issa enters the 1999 season as the Huskies' most highly honored player. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman was named to the 1999 Playboy All-America team this summer while also making the Football News second team and Athlon's third team. Last year, the Foster City, Calif., native earned first-team All-Pac-10, making him to the only Husky to make the Pac-10's first-team defense. He also won Washington's L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award at the annual awards banquet.
JUERGENS MAKES MARK AS FROSH: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens got his Husky career off to a fast start as a freshman last season. Now a starter, he backed up last year and finished second on the team with 27 receptions for 414 yards. His yardage total was the best ever by a Husky freshman and his reception total was second only to Husky legend Paul Skansi (31 in 1979). Juergens had a six-yard TD catch vs. UCLA to set the single-season record for the most TD receptions (five) by a freshman. Here is where Juergens figured on the freshman receptions and the reception yardage lists:
Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18
Name Yards 1. Chris Juergens (1998) 414 2. Jason Shelley (1992) 382 3. Paul Skansi (1979) 378 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 369 5. Andre DeSaussure (1995) 277
SUPER JOE: As a junior last year, Washington senior receiver/return man Joe Jarzynka was probably the most versatile player in college football. A two-way player? Last year, Jarzynka was college football's only four-way player. The Pac-10 coaches took note of Jarzynka's abilities by naming him a first-team all-conference pick as a special teams player. On offense, Jarzynka shared time at H-back with Dane Looker and Chris Juergens. As a receiver, Jarzynka had 11 receptions for 92 yards. Jarzynka led the Huskies in punt returns with 45 and was second in kickoff returns with 16. Jarzynka, who has a reputation of never fair-catching a punt, averaged 8.9 yards per return and 20.6 yards on kickoff returns. What really set Jarzynka apart was his role of placekicker, a role he will relinquish this season. Jarzynka made his college kicking debut vs. Utah State and booted 35- and 20-yard field goals in that game. Jarzynka converted 19 of 22 PATs during the season and six of eight field goals, including a 44-yarder at Washington State. A walkon who was awarded a scholarship, Jarzynka is usually the smallest player on the field at 5-7 and 175 pounds. The Oakland Tribune named Jarzynka the Pac-10's top special teams player in its mid-season report card. Sports Illustrated cited him as one of the top 10 special teams players in the nation.
JARZYNKA'S RETURNS: Last season, Joe Jarzynka quickly made a name for himself as one of the best special teams players in UW history. Jarzynka had 45 punt returns in 1998 to set a Husky single-season record. Jarzynka had the same amount, or more punt returns, than eight of the other nine Pac-10 teams, largely because he never once signalled for a fair catch. His 402 return yards were more than five Pac-10 teams and rank as the third best single-season total in UW history. Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:
Single-Season Punt Returns Player No. 1. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 2. Nesby Glasgow (1978) 38 3. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 Andre Riley (1986) 36 5. William Doctor (1988) 35 (Pac-10 Record: 47 by Mike Battle, USC, 1967)
Single-Season Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 560 2. Bill Cahill (1971) 26 421 3. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 402 4. Andre Riley (1986) 36 392 5. Steve Bramwell (1964) 29 314
Career Punt Return Yards Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1989-93) 106 1019 2. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 59 704 3. Bill Cahill (1970-72) 49 668 4. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99) 62 647 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was second on the team in rushing last year with 327 yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell has rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:
Name Yds 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 697 2. Tom Manke (1967) 483 3. Mark Brunell (1990) 444 4. Kermit Jorgensen (1961) 331 5. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 327
Name TDs 1. Mark Brunell (1990) 10 2. Mark Brunell (1992) 8 3. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 7 4. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 6 5. Billy Joe Hobert (1991) 5 Tom Porras (1978) 5
Playing the True Freshmen: During Washington's first six seasons of the decade of the '90s, the Huskies had six freshmen see playing time. Since the 1996 season a total of 25 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, several true freshmen have a strong shot to play early in the season. 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.
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 4
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of eighth-ranked Arizona State in last year's opener marked the 10th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated a top-20 team in 21 of its last 22 seasons. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
Missing the Trojans: For the next two seasons (1999 and 2000), Washington will not play one of its biggest Pac-10 rivals as the Dawgs will "miss" USC. Under the Pac-10 scheduling system, each school plays eight conference games a year and misses the same opponent for two straight seasons. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskies will not play Oregon. This year, the UW renews its series with Stanford after a two-year hiaitus.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 141-34-3 (.801) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington's only 100-yard game this season has been by Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's 31-24 win vs. Colorado marked the 207th 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 303 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 218 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 136 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 207 136 Washington State 169 182 Oregon 161 119 Arizona 94 63 UCLA 57 40 Arizona State 43 30 Stanford 34 71 USC 19 12 Oregon State 15 10 California 1 37
Playing at Home: Washington has won 47 of its last 57 (.819) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (47-10-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 95-22-2 (.807) at home and are 65-15-2 (.805) 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 76-32-1 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 76 32 1 .702 2. UCLA 68 40 0 .630 3. Arizona 68 42 1 .617 4. USC 64 44 3 .590 5. Oregon 64 46 0 .582 6. Arizona State 56 47 0 .544 7. Stanford 55 51 2 .519 8. California 53 53 1 .500 9. Washington State 50 56 0 .472 10. Oregon State 25 76 1 .250
Pac-10 Only Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 52 19 1 .729 2. UCLA 45 29 0 .608 3. USC 42 29 2 .589 4. Arizona 42 33 1 .559 5. Arizona State 38 34 0 .528 6. Oregon 37 36 0 .507 Stanford 38 37 0 .507 8. Washington State 30 44 0 .405 9. California 29 43 1 .404 10. Oregon State 9 60 1 .129
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.
Breaking From Tradition: For just the second time in nine years, Washington did not open the season against a Pac-10 opponent. Last year's season opener at Arizona State marked the third time in four years that the Huskies and Sun Devils opened the season against each other. This year the Huskies will not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visits Husky Stadium on Oct. 2. This year's schedule marks only the second time during the decade of the '90s the Huskies will have played all three non-conference foes before beginning the Pac-10 schedule.
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.