Oct. 2, 2006
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The Game: The Washington football team (2-0 Pac-10, 4-1 overall), off to its first 4-1 overall start since 2001 and their first 2-0 conference start since 1999, takes to the road for the second consecutive week this Saturday when the Dawgs travel to USC (2-0, 4-0) for a 12:30 p.m. game. The Huskies garnered 28 points in the most recent Associated Press top-25, good for the equivalent of a No. 28 ranking. In the USA Today coaches' poll, Washington notched 14 points, good for the No. 31 spot. The Trojans are ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the coaches'. The game will be televised live on FSN television. After this weekend's game, the Dawgs return to Seattle to host Oregon State on Oct. 14, the start of alternating home and road games that continues through the end of the season.
Huskies vs. Trojans History: Washington and USC have played one another 76 times since the series began in 1923. The Trojans hold a commanding 46-26-4 series advantage, although the Huskies have gone 7-6-1 over the last 14. Washington won its first-ever meeting against the Trojans, beating USC, 22-0, in Seattle in 1923. When the series re-started in 1927, USC handed the Huskies six straight defeats before Washington reeled off five in a row. The longest streak either way in the series began in 1965, when the Trojans beat Washington for the first time of 10 straight wins. The Huskies are 10-27-0 against the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and 16-18-4 in the 38 games played in Husky Stadium. In the Huskies' most recent visit to the Coliseum, on Oct. 23, 2004, the top-ranked Trojans handed the UW a 38-0 loss, breaking the Huskies' 271-game scoring streak, the longest in Division I-A at the time. The most recent Husky win over the Trojans came in 2001, when Husky kicker John Anderson booted a 32-yard field goal with no time remaining for a 27-24 Husky victory. In that game, backup QB Taylor Barton came on in place of injured starter Cody Pickett to lead the visitors to the win. Fifth-year USC coach Pete Carroll is 4-1 as the Trojan's head man vs. Washington. Before taking over at USC prior to the 2001 season, Carroll had never faced Washington as a coach, but did come to Husky Stadium in 1972 as a player for the University of the Pacific as the No. 9 Huskies narrowly beat the Tigers, 13-6. Carroll, a starting safety, made eight tackles that day. Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham, who faced the Trojans as head coach at Stanford, Notre Dame and at the UW, is 4-7 against USC - 4-3 while at Stanford, 0-3 while coaching the Irish and 0-1 as the Husky head man. Willingham is 1-4 head-to-head vs. Carroll (1-0 at Stanford, 0-3 at Notre Dame, 0-1 at UW).
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 55-81-6 (.408) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-35-2 vs. UCLA and 26-46-4 against USC. While that combined record may not sound that successful, it's worth noting that no team in the Pac-10 has a winning record against either one of the two L.A. schools (other than USC's record vs. UCLA). In fact, Washington has more wins against the Trojans and Bruins (combined) than every conference school except California (57-106-6 (.355) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. The next closest is Arizona State, which has totalled a combined mark of 16-27-1 (.375) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Television: The Washington-USC game air live on FSN with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson calling the action. Fans can watch an delayed internet broadcast of each game this season on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com the Tuesday after the game between 5:00 p.m. and midnight Pacific Time. There is no charge for any Dawg Channel programming this year. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196, and all can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-USC Ties: There are a few relavant connections between the UW and USC coaching staffs. Tyrone Willingham went to work at North Carolina State in 1983, the year after Pete Carroll had just completed three seasons with the Wolfpack. Husky running backs coach Trent Miles served on the staff at Fresno State in 1997 and 1998 along with USC offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. First-year UW secondary coach J.D. Williams as a graduate assistant at Fresno State in 1997. USC's first year defensive coordinator Nick Holt was an assistant at Idaho from 1990 to 1997. For three of those seasons, he worked under Chris Tormey, who's now the Huskies' linebackers coach. Husky WR coach Eric Yarber was also on the Vandals staff in 1996. As far as players go, one obvious connection is the fact that UW junior WR Marlon Wood is the son of three-time All-American Richard Wood, who played at USC from 1972-74. Conversely, `SC safety Taylor Mays, from Seattle's O'Dea High, is the son of former Husky defensive lineman Stafford Mays, who lettered in 1978 and 1979. USC's media guide roster lists only two players from the state of Washington: Mays and sophomore punter Taylor Odegard, from Mercer Island. Odegard graduated from Mercer Island High the same year as Husky tight end Michael Gottlieb. The Huskies roster includes 18 players from the greater Los Angeles area: DE Anthony Atkins (Long Beach), WR Quintin Daniels (Los Angeles), CB Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), LB Joshua Gage (Huntington Beach), CB Dashon Goldson (Carson), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Lancaster), S Chris Hemphill (Gardena), LB Dan Howell (Newhall), LB Darrion Jones (Lynwood), TE Robert Lewis (Los Angeles), CB Roy Lewis (Los Angeles), DT Erick Lobos (Los Angeles), OL Aaron Mason (Santa Monica), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo), DB Durrell Moss (Orange), DL Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Josh Okeobor (Colton), WR Marcel Reece (Hesperia), OT Morgan Rosborough (Long Beach), WR Sonny Shackelford (Los Angeles) and FS Jason Wells (LaVerne).
Last Year vs. USC (Oct. 22, Husky Stadium): USC became the first No. 1-ranked team to visit Husky Stadium since 1969 and came away with a 51-24 win over the Huskies. Washington twice led the game in the early going before USC pulled away with a big second quarter. The UW got the scoring started on a 23-yard field goal from Evan Knudson and USC replied with an 8-yard TD pass from Matt Leinart to Steve Smith. Washington went back on top, 10-7, when Isaiah Stanback hit Craig Chambers with an eight-yard score. However, USC took over at that point, scoring the game's next 28 points. Leinart and Dwayne Jarrett hooked up for a 24-yard TD near the end of the first quarter and early in the second, eventual Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush rushed for a six-yard score and then returned a punt 84 yards for another. A second Leinart-to-Jarrett TD paass made it 24-10 before the Huskies' broke the run with a one-yard Stanback touchdown run. The relatively tame second half was highlighted by a third Leinart TD pass to Jarrett as well as a 76-yard interception return touchdown from Husky safety Dashon Goldson in the fourth quarter. Leinart finished the game 20-for-26 for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Stanback had a solid afternoon, completing 14-of-18 for 201 yards and one TD while rushing for another.
A Few Random Notes: Washington won four games in the month of September this season for the first time since 1984 ... the Huskies notched six sacks in the Arizona game, more than the Huskies have allowed all season (five) ... the last time the Huskies opened a season 4-1 overall was in 2001, when they finished 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Pac-10 ... the last time the UW opened conference play 2-0 was also in 2001, with wins at California and at home vs. USC ... the Huskies are knocking on the door of the top-25 rankings; the last time that the UW appeared in the AP top-25 wasprior to the Oct. 4, 2003, UCLA game, when the Dawgs were ranked 18, but lost to the Bruins in Pasadena ... the Huskies have a chance to win road games on back-to-back weekends this Saturday; last time they did that was to close out the 2002 regular season, when Washington beat Oregon and Washington State (in triple overtime) on back-to-back Saturdays.
Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.
Arizona Recap: Three touchdowns over the course of just five minutes, 45 seconds in the second quarter were all it took for Washington to notch its third straight victory with a 21-10 win over Arizona. The Huskies' defense harried the Wildcats' offense all game, compiling six sacks and holding the home team to minus-7 yards rushing. And the UW took advantage of a hot stretch from quarterback Isaiah Stanback to take home a win. Arizona got on the board first with a 52-yard field goal from Nick Holt with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter. The Huskies replied to that score with one of their own, driving 80 yards on seven plays for a three-yard scoring reception from Sonny Shackelford. Stanback, who had opened the game going 0-for-4 with an interception, hit Shackelford with passes of 50 and 16 yards during that drive. After an Arizona punt, Washington went on the attack again, driving 63 yards on five plays. After a 44-yard pass to Anthony Russo got the Huskies' downfield, tailback Kenny James capped the drive with a four-yard TD run. After holding the `Cats once again, the UW got the ball back with only 0:54 remaining in the half. Two plays later, the Huskies were on the board once more. After a 25-yard pass to Shackelford, Stanback hit Quintin Daniels, who beat the Arizona secondary and ran in for a 55-yard touchdown. Including a completion on his first throw of the third quarter, Stanback completed 11 straight after starting 0-for-4. Despite a third-quarter touchdown pass from U of A quarterback Willie Tuitama to Syndric Steptoe, the Husky defense held on in the final two periods. Stanback finished the game with 293 yards and two TDs on 14-of-25 passing. He also rushed for 47 yards. Shackelford caught five passes for 105 yards and a TD. Tuitama passed for 308 yards, but rushed for a loss of 62 yards.\
All Or Nothing For O-Line: UW's five starting offensive linemen (LT Ben Ossai, LG Stanley Daniels, C Juan Garcia, RG Clay Walker, RT Chad Macklin) have played every snap of all five games this season. Garcia and Ossai both entered the season never having played in a game. All five backup players on the UW's depth chart have yet to play a single down in college.
Decade After Decade: Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s when Washington won the berth in 1923 and 1925. In the 1930s, the Dawgs won the `36 title. In the `40s, Washington earned the trip in 1943 and then barely slipped in under the wire in the 1950s, winning the 1959 crown. The Huskies won two Rose Bowl berths in the 1960s -- 1960 and 1963 -- and one in the 1970s (1977). Titles in 1980 and 1982 did it for that decade and three straight trips to Pasadena to begin the 1990s covered that 10-year span. Now in the 2000s, UW was the first team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC joined the Dawgs in that distinction in 2004 after their New Year's Day appearance in Pasadena.
Finishing First or Second: Despite a 10th-place finish in the Pac-10 in 2004 and 2005, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 29 seasons, dating back to a fourth-place finish in 1976. Over that span, Washington has won the championship (outright or shared) eight times - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000 - while finishing second 10 other times.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 162-41-3 (.794) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004 and 2-3 last season. In the 2006 season opener vs. San Jose State, two Huskies (Louis Rankin, 145 yards; Isaiah Stanback, 102) ran for 100 or more in a UW win. Rankin then went for 112 in the loss at Oklahoma.
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 65 times. The Huskies' record stands at 56-8-1 (.869) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 31-5-1 (.851) when rushing for 200 yards. In their season opening win over San Jose State, the Huskies won behind 300 rushing yards in a win, but then ran for 204 in the loss at Oklahoma.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 16 seasons. Washington has won 77 of its last 103 (.752) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (77-25-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 125-36-2 (.773) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-18-1 (.724) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 87th season of play in Husky Stadium. Original 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. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 341-147-21 (.691).
Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains again this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday night before each game. Here's a list of each game's captains:
San Jose State: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Oklahoma: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Fresno State: Tahj Bomar, Kenny James, Louis Rankin, Scott White
UCLA: Brandon Ala, Sean Douglas, Marc Palaita, C.J. Wallace
Arizona: Michael Braunstein, Roy Lewis, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 14 current Husky football players participated in graduation ceremonies at the UW. While all remain enrolled and none have technically collected their diplomas, all have completed their coursework. Additionally, two former Husky wide receiver greats earned their undergraduate degrees last June: Mario Bailey and Spider Gaines. Here's a list of the 14 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June (the list doesn't include Dan Milsten, who is acting as a student coach after his playing career was cut short by injury): DE Brandon Ala, PK Michael Book, OG Stanley Daniels, CB Matt Fountaine, CB Dashon Goldson, TB Kenny James, DT Donny Mateaki, CB Josh Okoebor, FB Mark Palaita, TB Shelton Sampson, QB Isaiah Stanback, QB Felix Sweetman, OG Clay Walker and OLB Scott White.
Family Ties: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is a first cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo as well as older sister, Leslie, a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Senior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Freshman fullback Paul Homer is a cousin, by marriage, of former Husky offensive lineman Aaron Dalan, who married former Washington women's basketball player Gena Pelz. Senior safety C.J. Wallace is a cousin of former UW wide receiver Ken Conley, who lettered in 1973 and 1974. Freshman defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs, and finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.