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Release: 10/18/1999
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Oct. 18, 1999

SEATTLE - Washington (3-3, 2-1) hits the road to face California (2-1, 3-3) at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, CA. A crowd of 45,000 is expected for the game. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. There is no live television of the contest.

TELEVISION: There is no live television for the Washington-California game. Fox Sports Net Northwest will air an replay of the game on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett and Sonny Sixkiller will call the action.

WATCH IT LIVE: Washington's road football game at California on Oct. 23 is not scheduled for a network broadcast but, thanks to the efforts of Fox Sports Net Northwest, the game will be shown live in Husky Stadium on the HuskyTron video board. The broadcast will begin at 12:30 p.m. There will be no admission charge to watch the game in Husky Stadium. The game between Washington and California was not selected for a live broadcast by either ABC Sports or Fox Sports Net. A provision in the Pacific-10 Conference's television agreements with ABC Sports and Fox Sports Net allows for an on-campus broadcast of a game that has not been selected by either of the league's television partners. The game will be relayed to Husky Stadium by a fiber optic transmission line where it will appear on the HuskyTron video board. The last time Washington held a closed-circuit broadcast on campus was during the 1982 season when the Huskies traveled to Arizona State for a crucial late-season contest. At the time, ASU was on probation and the came could not be carried on network television. The special broadcast was shown in a sold-out Hec Edmundson Pavilion and to an overflow crowd in Husky Stadium. After the seventh-ranked Huskies defeated the third-ranked Sun Devils 17-13, the fans in Husky Stadium stormed the field and tore down the goal posts.

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: This is the 79th time California and Washington have met. The Huskies hold a 42-32-4 advantage in the series. This is Washington coach Rick Neuheisel's first game against the Golden Bears as a head coach. California head coach Tom Holmoe is 0-2 against Washington. The Huskies have a 16-game winning streak in the series. Cal's last victory was a 7-0 shutout in 1976 at Husky Stadium. Washington holds the advantage in all games played in Berkeley (21-18-1) and in Memorial Stadium (8-1). California's last win at Memorial Stadium came in 1975 (27-24).

THE LAST MEETING: Washington scored the first 21 points of the game and held on for a 21-13 victory against California in Husky Stadium. Marques Tuiasosopo, substituting for the injured Brock Huard, rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter to give the Huskies the early lead. Joe Jarzynka put the Bears deeper in the hole when he returned a punt 91 yards for a score in the second quarter. Jarzynka would go on to set a Pac-10 record with 166 yards on seven punt returns. The Husky defense also had a record-setting day, sacking Cal quarterback Justin Vedder 13 times. Washington's defense also came up with a fourth-down stop on its own one-yard line during the fourth quarter when Vedder fumbled the ball and Todd Johnson came up with the turnover. The Bears cut the game to 21-13 with 1:14 to play, but did not recover an onsides kickoff attempt that would have given them a final chance at tying the game. Neither team manged impressive offensive numbers. Washington totaled 246 yards of offense on 69 plays while the Bears gained 288 yards on 76 plays. Tuiasosopo completed 15 of 27 passes for 165 and he also ran for 32 yards. Vedder completed 22 of 42 passes for 283 yards. The Bears managed only five rushing yards after giving up 77 lost yards due to sacks. Jabari Issa led the defense with three sacks.

INJURY REPORT: After staying relatively healthy for most of the season, the Huskies limp into the California matchup with several injuries. Senior DE Mac Tuiaea is out with a sprained knee he suffered against Arizona State. Sophomore backup tailback Braxton Cleman is out after suffering a partially collapsed lung vs. Arizona State. He is expected back at practice next week. Sophomore offensive guard Rock Nelson is probable after suffering a pinched nerve in his neck vs. Arizona State. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst is probable after suffering a mild concussion vs. Arizona State. Senior cornerback Jermaine Smith is questionable with a sprained ankle suffered in practice prior to the Arizona State game. Reserve OLB Ryan Julian is out with tendentious in his knees. Five other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (one to two more weeks, knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (back) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force.

THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 3-3 at Washington with a five-year record of 36-17 (.679). 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.

OLD BEARS: A pair of current Husky assistant coaches have coached at California. Associated head coach Keith Gilbertson was the head coach at Cal from 1992-95, compiling a 20-26 record. His 1993 team defeated Iowa 37-3 in the Alamo Bowl, the Bears last bowl victory. Washington running backs coach Wayne Moses held the same position at California in 1996.

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

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 California game with just five QB sacks this season. Jeremiah Pharms leads the team with two sacks.

THE BIG PLAYS LOG: For the second year in a row, Washington is having difficulties producing big plays on offense. The Huskies have four rushing plays this year over 25 yards and seven passing plays that have covered that distance. Last year's team totaled just 23 plays of at least 25 yards. Defensively, the Huskies have allowed just three rushes of over 25 yards. Opponents have managed to complete 15 passes for at least 25 yards.

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 second on the team with 43 tackles and leads the defense with six tackles for loss. Towns led Washington last week with 10 tackles. He has looked much quicker this season and he attributes that to overcoming some early-season apprehension about his foot. 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.

DAWGS ON THE RUN: Washington capitalized on a solid rushing attack during its three-game win streak against Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State. 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. Last week the Huskies turned in a 254-yard rushing effort with 52 carries. Washington controlled the clock a season-high 41:17 vs. the Beavers. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst came off the bench to rush for 85 yards and two scores on 19 carries against Colorado and set career highs with 30 carries for 161 yards and one score against Oregon. At Oregon State, he gained 108 yards and two scores on 17 carries vs. the Beavers. Here's a breakdown of the Huskies offensive picture this year:

               Rushing     Passing    Time of
Game           Att.  Yds.  Att.  Yds  Possession
BYU            28     86   36    237  25:17    
Air Force      26    138   44    195  29:06
Colorado       52    205   23    210  36:27
Oregon         57    256   21    211  38:26
Oregon State   52    254   20     93  41:17
Arizona State  42    153   26    206  28:56

Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' rushing game.

  • Sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman, who missed the Oregon game due to a bruised hip, rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries (9.1 avg.) in UW's 31-21 loss to Air Force.

  • After five games this season, the Huskies have rushed for 939 yards. Last year Washington did not reach that total until the eighth game of the season.

  • Since switching to an option-oriented rushing game, the Huskies have averaged 54 rushes and 238 rushing yards in their last three games.

  • Washington has three consecutive 200-yard regular-season rushing performances for the first time since final three games of the 1996 season when the Huskies gained 211 vs. Oregon State, 560 vs. San Jose State and 225 vs. Washington State.

  • Washington's 57 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky squad since the 1996 San Jose State game when the team carried the ball 62 times for a school record 560 yards.

  • Willie Hurst's 30 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky back since Corey Dillon had 30 rushes vs. Washington State during the 1996 Apple Cup.

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

    HURST'S BURSTS: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst has been the hammer in Washington's rushing game this year. During Washington's three-game winning streak, Hurst piled up 354 rushing yards (118.0 ypg.) on 66 carries. He rushed for five scores during that span. Last season Hurst managed just four rushing TDs all season.

    HURST NEARS 1000: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst needs 11 more rushing yards to top the 1000-yard mark in his career. Here's a look at his career numbers:

    Year    G-S    TC  Yds.  Lost  Net  Avg.  TD  LG  AVG/G
    1998   10-6   149   576   38   538  3.6    4  45  53.8
    1999    6-5    97   480   29   451  4.6    5  41  75.2
    Totals 16-11  246  1056   67   989  4.0    9  45  61.8

    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 53 tackles, including 23 solo stops. He has two tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He has also been credited with breaking up two passes. Akbar led the Huskies with a career-high 16 tackles against Air Force and the Falcons' option-oriented rushing game. Akbar was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the week after leading the team with 10 tackles in the Huskies' 31-24 victory against Colorado. Washington held the Buffaloes to 289 yards of total offense after CU entered the game averaging 527 yards per contest.

    THE HOT HAND: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver this season for the Huskies. UW coach Rick Neuheisel calls him a "young Danny Farmer." Juergens leads the team with 33 catches for 433 yards and is averaging 72.2 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in five of six games this year. Against Colorado, it was his nine-yard reception for a touchdown with 5:37 to play that proved to be the winning score in UW's 31-24 win. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener at BYU. Against Air Force, he recorded eight receptions for 96 yards. Juergens set career best marks for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons 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)
    Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18

    Name Yards 1. Chris Juergens (1998) 414 2. Jason Shelley (1992) 382 3. Paul Skansi (1979) 378 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 369 5. Andre DeSaussure (1995) 277

    Juergens Freshman vs. Sophomore Year Comparison

    Year     G-S  Rec.  Yds.  Avg.  TD  LG  YPG
    1998    10-3   27   414   15.3   5  66  41.4
    1999     6-5   33   433   13.1   1  34  72.2
    Totals  16-8   60   847   14.1   6  66  52.9

    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.

    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 four contests and just missed (195) vs. Air Force. He had the best game of his career in Washington's 34-20 victory against Oregon. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 21 (.809) of his passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns to help defeat the Ducks. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes:

  • Tuiasosopo set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's first two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into this year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start.

  • His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998).

  • In his first six games this year, Tuiasosopo passed for 1152 yards. Last year, in 11 regular-season appearances, he passed for a total of 484 yards.

    Tuiasosopo's Career Numbers

    Season  G-S  Att.  Comp.  Int.  Yds.  Pct. TD  LG  Avg.
    1997    9-1   64    37     1     650 .578   3  54   72.2
    1998   11-2   79    40     5     484 .506   2  51   44.0
    1999    6-6  166   101     5    1152 .608   7  36  192.0
    Totals 26-9  309   178    11    2286 .576  12  54   87.9

    FANTASTIC FOURTHS: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been at his best late in games. His fourth-quarter effort vs. Colorado was a classic. The Husky junior quarterback guided the Huskies to a pair of touchdowns and rallied the team from a 21-17 deficit to a 31-24 victory. In the final 15 minutes, Tuiasosopo completed six of seven passes for 112 yards and the two scores. He did not have a rushing attempt in the final quarter. Tuiasosopo's 36-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Harris was the longest scoring toss of his career. In Washington's victory against Oregon, Tuiasosopo was 4-4 passing in the final quarter for 66 yards, including two TD tosses. He added three rushes for 12 yards.

    Tuiasosopo's Fourth Quarter Breakdown

                Passing           Rushing         Total
    Game        A-C-I   Yds  TD   Att.  Yds  TD   Off.
    BYU        20-13-0  116   0    6    24    2   140
    Air Force   7-3-1    27   0    3     1    0    27
    Colorado    7-6-0   112   2    0     0    0   112
    Oregon      4-4-0    66   2    4    12    0    78
    Oregon St   2-2-0    17   0    3    25    0    42
    Arizona St 10-8-0    69   0    2    21    0    90
    Totals     50-36-1  407   4   18    83    2   490

    TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo finally got a break from the action in Washington's fifth game of the season. Tuiasosopo took Washington's first 335 offensive snaps this year before true freshman quarterback Cody Pickett replaced him in the third quarter of Washington's 47-21 win vs. the Beavers. Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with an average of 230.5 yards per game. Tuiasosopo has rushed for 231 yards this year and passed for 1152 yards. He is currently averaging 39.7 offensive plays (pass or rush) per game, which puts him on a pace to set break Cary Conklin's single-season record of 433 attempts. Conklin also owns the record for total offense yards (2,502) he set in 1989.

    HARRIS BACK TO FORM: Husky fans are delighted to see wide receiver Gerald Harris return to top form after being slowed by injuries the past two seasons. Harris is currently second on the team with 23 receptions for 297 yards. Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force and has recorded TD receptions vs. Colorado and Oregon. Last season he caught 25 passes while appearing in just eight games. After suffering a bruised kidney while making a reception vs. Nebraska, Harris missed a three-game stretch vs. Arizona, Utah State and California. Harris sat out the 1997 season after suffering a devastating preseason knee injury. Currently a fifth-year player, Harris plans on applying to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility following the 1999 season.

    Harris' Career Stats

    Year    G-S   Rec.  Yds.  Avg.  TD  LG  YPG
    1996   11-2    6    107   17.8   2  67   9.7
    1998    8-6   25    257   10.3   2  35  32.1
    1999    6-4   23    297   12.9   2  36  49.5
    Totals 25-12  54    661   12.2   6  67  26.4

    DAWGHOUSE DOMINANCE: Husky Stadium has been a tough place for Pac-10 teams to win this decade. Since 1990, UW owns an impressive 32-6-1 (.833) record at home against Pac-10 opponents. The 1997 (2-2) season marks the only time the Huskies have lost more than one conference matchup at home.

    STARTING 0-2: History indicates that Husky teams do not typically post a strong record when they get off to 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.

    Playing at Home: Washington has won 48 of its last 60 (.808) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (48-11-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 96-23-2 (.802) at home and are 66-16-2 (.798) 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.

    RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: 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 ... junior fullback Pat Conniff recorded his first receiving touchdown vs. Oregon State ... of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's 36 all-time wins, 23 have been by more than 10 points ... Willie Hurst's 41-yard touchdown run vs. Oregon State is the longest rush of the season by a Husky ... when Anthony Vontoure and Jamaun Willis returned interceptions for touchdowns against Oregon State, it marked the first time a Husky player had run back a pick for a score since the 1997 Aloha Bowl, which also marked the last time two UW players (Lester Towns and Tony Parrish) returned interceptions for scores ... Washington's 45-0 halftime lead vs. Oregon State marked the first time the Huskies had scored 45 points in the first two quarters since a 45-3 lead against Kansas State during the 1991 season ... 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. ... Washington's defense has surrendered only 14 points during the first quarter this year. ... the Huskies have scored 49 points in the fourth quarter this year after totaling just 31 fourth-quarter points all of last year ... What do starting UW junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and walkon sophomore free safety Nick Olszewski have in common? More than you might think. The two players are cousins ... Washington coach Rick Neuheisel on his team's penchant for running the ball "We (coaching staff) are going to get thrown out of the Drop Back Passing Club."

    THE RED ZONE: The Huskies have done a very good job of putting points on the scoreboard when they penetrate the opponent's 20-yard line this season. Washington has converted 15 of 18 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 15 touchdowns on 27 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  18   27
    Scores               15   19
    Touchdowns           13   15
    Field Goals           2    4
    Missed FGs            -    1
    Blocked FGs           -    -
    Lost Fumbles          -    2
    Interceptions         -    -
    Loss of Downs         3    4
    Time Expired          -    1
    Punt                 -     -

    BIG BOOT: Thanks in part to his outstanding kicking during the BYU game, Husky junior Ryan Fleming currently figures 23rd nationally in punting with a 42.5-yard average. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against the Cougars. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975. Fleming has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on six of his 22 punts this year.

    FULLBACKS ARE BACK: One position that has not been featured in the Husky offensive scheme the past few years has been the fullback. That has all changed this year. Junior Pat Conniff and senior Maurice Shaw have combined for 26 carries totaling 135 yards (5.2 avg.) this season. Last season, Conniff as the primary fullback, recorded 18 carries all season for 60 yards. Conniff has caught seven passes this year after recording just two receptions all of last season.

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

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

    ON THE OTHER HAND: Washington's defense has been up to the challenge when the opponent gains the ball by turnover. The Huskies have allowed only six scores following the 16 times opponents have gained the ball by turnover. One of those turnovers was a fumble run back for a score and another left the ball on the Huskies' one-yard line. Four times the UW defense has forced a punt, twice it has forced the opponent to turn the ball over on downs and twice it has caused a turnover.

    ARIZONA STATE RECAP: A week after benefiting from seven Oregon State turnovers, the Huskies found themselves giving the ball away in a 28-7 loss to Arizona State in Husky Stadium. The Huskies fumbled the ball seven times, and tied a school record with six lost fumbles. The Sun Devils took advantage of UW's miscues by scoring 13 points following a turnover. The Huskies got off to a good start, driving 87 yards on eight plays on their first drive to take a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo capped the drive with a 23-yard scoring run. The Sun Devils evened the score early in the second quarter on a Terrelle Smith 10-yard touchdown run. Arizona State produced a field goal following Washington's first fumble to take a 10-7 lead into halftime. After Joe Jarzynka fumbled a punt return early in the third quarter, the Sun Devils expanded the lead to 13-7 on their second field goal. Washington responded with a 71-yard drive to the ASU one-yard line, but Willie Hurst was stopped on a fourth down rushing attempt. After forcing the Sun Devils to punt, the Huskies got the ball back on the ASU 30-yard line, but had a 46-yard field goal attempt blocked. Washington's running game was held in check to the tune of 153 yards while Tuiasosopo managed just 206 passing yards on a 19-for-26 performance. The Husky defense did a nice job, holding ASU to 158 rushing yards and 215 passing yards. Curtis Williams and Derrell Daniels both came up with interceptions for Washington. Sophomore wide receiver Chris Juergens set a career mark with 105 receiving yards for Washington.

    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. The Huskies current depth chart is made up of 11 seniors, 14 juniors, 14 sophomores, five redshirt freshmen and two true freshmen.

    Career STARTS: Senior defensive end Mac Tuiaea holds the distinction of having the most career starts on this year's Husky team. Tuiaea enters this week's game with 37 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (38), CB Jermaine Smith (33), ILB Lester Towns (28), DT Jabari Issa (27), OG Chad Ward (26), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (17), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (17), FL Gerald Harris (13).

    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.

    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:

    Rk  Team
     1. Michigan         791
     2. Notre Dame       766
     3. Nebraska         736
     4. Texas            731
        Penn State       731
     6. Alabama          727
     7. Ohio State       715
     8. Tennessee        693
     9. Oklahoma         685
    10. USC              670
    11. Syracuse         630
        Georgia          630
    13. Army             616
    14. Louisiana State  609
    15. Colorado         604
    16. Washington       602

    TWIN 600 WINS: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel becomes the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win (31-24 vs. Colorado) as Washington's head coach was his be the 600th all-time victory for the school. Last season he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.

    First-Year Results: Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies. Among the coaches listed below, six won their first game as the UW head man: Jim Lambright, Darrell Royal, Ralph Welch, James Phelan, Enoch Bagshaw and Gil Dobie:

    Coach          Year  Record  League  Bowl
    Jim Lambright  1993  7-4     5-3     Ineligible
    Don James      1975  6-5     5-2     None
    Jim Owens      1957  3-6-1   3-4     None
    Darrell Royal  1956  5-5     4-4     None
    John Cherberg  1953  3-6-1   2-4-1   None
    Howard Odell   1948  2-7-1   2-5-1   None
    Ralph Welch    1942  4-3-3   3-3-2   None
    James Phelan   1930  5-4     3-4     None
    Enoch Bagshaw  1921  3-4-1   0-3-1   None
    Gil Dobie      1908  6-0-1   n/a     None

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

    Career Punt Return Yards

       Player                   No.  Yds.
    1. Beno Bryant (1989-93)    106  1019
    2. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99)    71  777
    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

       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

    Playing the True Freshmen: During Washington's first six seasons of the decade of the '90s, the Huskies had six freshmen see playing time. Since the 1996 season a total of 33 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, seven true freshmen - tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, offensive tackle Wes Call and quarterback Cody Pickett - have already seen playing time.

    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.

    The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is currently second on the team in rushing with 231 yards on 72 carries and two scores. Last year he finished second on the team with 327 rushing yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:

    Single-Season Quarterback Rushing

       Name                       Yds
    1. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974)  697
    2. Tom Manke (1967)           483
    3. Mark Brunell (1990)        444
    4. Kermit Jorgensen (1961)    331
    5. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998)  327

    Single-Season Quarterback Rushing TDs

       Name                      TDs
    1. Mark Brunell (1990)       10
    2. Mark Brunell (1992)        8
    3. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998)  7
    4. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974)  6
    5. Billy Joe Hobert (1991)    5
       Tom Porras (1978)          5

    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.

    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:

       Player                No.  Yds. TD
    1. Jerome Pathon (1997)  69   1245  8
    2. Dane Looker (1998)    64    662  5
    3. Mario Bailey (1991)   62   1037  2
    4. Jim Krieg (1970)      54    738  2
    5. Andre Riley (1987)    53   1039  4

    Looker's Career Numbers

    Year     G-S  Rec.  Yds. Avg.  TD  LG
    1998    10-6  64    662  10.3   5  51
    1999     6-3  11    114  10.4   0  29
    Totals  16-9  75    776  10.3   5  51

    CAPTAINS: In a vote of teammates, senior defensive lineman Jabari Issa, senior inside linebacker Lester Towns and junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo have been named captains of the 1999 Husky team. For Towns, it is a rare feat in that he is serving as captain for the second straight season, something that hasn't been done since Ray Pinney earned the post in 1974 (Coach Jim Owens' first season) and again in 1975 (Coach Don James' first year). Besides Pinney and Towns, only four other Washington football players - Frank Griffiths (1889-90), Jack Lindsay (1896-97), Ray Eckmann (1921-22) and Sonny Sixkiller (1971-72) - have spent two seasons as a team captain. Washington also names a game captain each week. Those players have been: None (BYU), Renard Edwards (Air Force), CB Jermaine Smith (Colorado), OT Kurth Connell (Oregon) and TE Anthony Mizin (Oregon State).

    Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of 25th-ranked Oregon On Oct. 2 marked the 11th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated 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 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 143-34-3 (.803) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has three 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force and Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State.

    The Shutout Streak: Washington's 28-7 loss to Arizona State marked the 210th 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 306 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 220 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 137 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.

    Team              All Games   Pac-10 Games
    Washington        210         139
    Washington State  171         183
    Oregon            163         121
    Arizona            96          64
    Arizona State      46          32
    Stanford           36          72
    USC                22          15
    Oregon State       18          13
    California          4          39
    UCLA                0           0

    Missing the Trojans: For the next two seasons (1999 and 2000), Washington will not play one of its biggest Pac-10 rivals as the Dawgs will "miss" USC. Under the Pac-10 scheduling system, each school plays eight conference games a year and misses the same opponent for two straight seasons. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskies will not play Oregon. This year, the UW renews its series with Stanford after a two-year hiatus.

    Winning in the '90s: Washington's 78-33-1 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:


        Team              W   L   T  PCT
     1. Washington        78  33  1  .701
     2. Arizona           70  42  1  .624
     3. UCLA              69  42  0  .622
     4. USC               65  46  3  .583
     5. Oregon            64  48  0  .571
     6. Arizona State     58  48  0  .547
     7. Stanford          56  52  2  .518
     8. California        54  55  1  .495
     9. Washington State  52  56  0  .482
    10. Oregon State      25  79  1  .243

    Pac-10 Only

        Team              W   L   T  PCT
     1. Washington        54  20  1  .727
     2. UCLA              46  31  0  .597
     3. USC               43  30  2  .567
     4. Arizona           43  33  1  .565
     5. Arizona State     40  34  0  .541
     6. Stanford          39  37  0  .513
     6. Oregon            37  38  0  .493
     8. Washington State  31  44  0  .413
     9. California        30  44  1  .407
    10. Oregon State       9  63  1  .128

    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 313-133-21.

    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 Schedules


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


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


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


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

    Huskies in the NFL: Washington had 41 of its former players listed on NFL preseason rosters in 1999. That list includes eight Huskies who were drafted from 1997's squad, and two from the 1998 Huskies. A total of 10 Washington players were drafted in 1997 to lead all colleges, and two others signed free agent contracts. Washington had six quarterbacks (Mark Brunell - Jacksonville, Chris Chandler - Atlanta, Billy Joe Hobert - New Orleans, Damon Huard - Miami, Warren Moon - Kansas City and Brock Huard - Seattle) listed on NFL teams. All but the two Huards are expected to enter the season as a starter.

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

    DAWGS IN THE PROS: Washington ranked 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 To listen, you'll need a RealPlayer. Go to 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

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