|BLACKOUT OF THE CENTURY
Thursday, Sept. 27 | 6 pm | CenturyLink Field
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Sept. 24, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team will be the last program in the Pac-12 to open its conference slate this Thursday night when No. 8 Stanford visits CenturyLink Field for a nationally-televised, 6:00 p.m. game. The Huskies (2-1) completed their non-league schedule on Sept. 15 with a 52-13 win over Portland State in the first-ever meeting between the UW and PSU. Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) opened conference play with a 21-14 victory over USC on the same day. The Cardinal are ranked No. 8 in the latest AP Top 25 and No. 9 in the most recent USA Today coaches' poll. Thursday's game will air live on ESPN television. After the game vs. the Cardinal, the Huskies take on two more currently-ranked teams in a row, traveling to No. 3 Oregon and hosting No. 13 USC before heading out to face Arizona.
QUICK SNAPS: Washington had seven true freshmen see action in the season-opener Sept. 1 vs. San Diego State: P Korey Durkey, LS Ryan Masel, WR Jaydon Mickens, WR Kendyl Taylor, S Shaq Thompson, DE Pio Vatuvei and TB Erich Wilson II ... both Mickens and Thompson started the game ... Taylor started the game at LSU (as did Thompson) ... two more true freshmen made their debut vs. Portland State: WR Marvin Hall and OG Shane Brostek ... sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins set a new career-high with nine receptions vs. SDSU while quarterback Keith Price set a new career-high for completions, with 25 ... he remains, statistically, the most accurate passer in UW history ... a total of 16 players made their UW debut vs. San Diego State while five more players made their collegiate debut in the game at LSU ... against Portland State, an additional 10 players got on the field for the first time, meaning that 31 Huskies have played in their first UW games this season, so far ... against Portland State, the UW tied its record for points in a half with 45 and broke its record for points in a quarter with 31 (any quarter) ... against PSU, the Dawgs returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown for the first time since the first game of the 2001 season, vs. Michigan.
TELEVISION:The Washington-Stanford game will air live to a national audience on ESPN with Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack and Samantha Steele providing the commentary. The game will also be available on other ESPN platforms, including (depending on a number of variables particular to each viewer) espn3.com and the Watch ESPN app.
RADIO:The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 18 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The game will also air on Sirius/XM satellite radio and nationally on ESPN Radio, with Bill Rosinski and David Norrie on the call.
HUSKIES vs. CARDINAL HISTORY: Washington holds a relatively close 40-38-4 advantage in the series against Stanford, but has been the dominant team in recent decades. After winning eight straight vs. Stanford from 1959 to 1966, the Huskies lost 10 in a row from 1967 to 1976. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 21-8 against the Cardinal. One of those eight losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The second UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. More recently, the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 27-13, at Palo Alto in 2004. After no game in 2005, Stanford won its second straight over the UW in a 20-3 victory in 2006 at Husky Stadium. The Cardinal also won three seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and in 2010 in Palo Alto (34-14). Two years, Stanford blanked the UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium; and last year, the Cardinal won, 65-21, at Stanford. The most recent UW victory came in 2007, when the Huskies rushed for a total of 388 yards in a 27-9 win over the Cardinal. Louis Rankin led the way with 255 yards on 36 carries. Over the last 15 seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005). Washington and Stanford first played one another in 1893 in a game that marked the first major college opponent for UW. That game, played in West Seattle, resulted in a 40-0 Stanford victory. There wouldn't be another matchup between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal nipped Washington, 3-0, in the last UW home game played somewhere other than Husky Stadium. Three weeks after that game, the UW would open what would eventually come to be known as Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies' first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto.
WASHINGTON-STANFORD TIES: Stanford's coaching staff includesdefensive line coach Randy Hart, who spent 21 seasons (1988-2008) under five different head coaches at the UW. Additionally, Husky WRs coach Jimmie Dougherty was on former SU coach Jim Harbaugh's staff at the University of San Diego when Harbaugh was the Toreros' head coach. Current Stanford head man David Shaw and current assistant Lance Anderson were also on that USD staff. SU special teams coordinator Pete Alamar worked at California from 2003 to 2009, serving on the same staff, at times, with current UW assistants Eric Kiesau and Tosh Lupoi. There are five Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: OL Josh Garnett (Puyallup), DE Charlie Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep), FB Geoff Meinken (Lynnwood), WR Michael Rector (Bellarmine Prep) and OLB Sam Shober (Archbishop Murphy). Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, including 10 from Northern California: Josh Banks (Stockton), DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), Ross Dolbec (Orinda), Ken Egu (San Francisco), Travis Feeney (Richmond), Anthony Gobern (Fair Oaks), Scott Lawyer (San Jose), Marcus Peters (Oakland), James Sample (Sacramento), Ben Teichman (Danville), Shaq Thompson (Sacramento), Cleveland Wallace (San Jose) and Erich Wilson II (East Palo Alto). Only a few Huskies attended the same high school as any Cardinal players. Shober went to Archbishop Murphy High with Husky Taniela Tupou while Hopkins and Husky TB Bishop Sankey attended Gonzaga Prep. Husky QB Cyler Miles and Stanford FB Ryan Hewitt are both graduates of Denver's Mullen High while UW's Kendyl Taylor and SU's Devin Carrington and Drew Terrell all went to Hamilton HS in Chandler, Ariz. Finally, UW guard Colin Tanigawa and SU's Kodi Whitfield both went to L.A.'s Loyola High.
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS:Washington has a combined, all-time record of 102-77-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 50-38-4 against Cal, 40-38-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary's and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven't played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 52-13-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 23-5 vs. Cal, 21-8 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.