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Dawgs Open Pac-10 Play At No. 18 USC
Release: 09/27/2010
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Sept. 27, 2010

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THE GAME: The Washington football team (1-2 overall, 0-0 in the Pac-10) return to action this Saturday after a week off. This Saturday, the Huskies hit the road for the first time since week one and open their Pac-10 Conference schedule as well as they take on USC (4-0 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Trojans are ranked No. 18 in this week's Associated Press top-25 poll, but are ineligible in the coaches' poll. Kickoff Saturday is set for 5:00 p.m. and the game will air live nationwide on ESPN2 television. The game will also be broadcast on the Washington ISP Sports radio network and is also available online at espn3.com. After the trip to Los Angeles, the Huskies return home for back-to-back home games vs. Arizona State on Oct. 9 and Oregon State on Oct. 16.

GAME THEMES VS. USC: Washington caps a string of three straight weeks at home (including an off week) by traveling this week to Los Angeles ... with their next two games at home, the Huskies will have spent five out of six weeks at home before hitting the road the next time ... second-year UW head coach Steve Sarkisian and first-year Trojans head man Lane Kiffin spent five seasons together on Pete Carroll's staff at USC ... two other UW assistants, Nick Holt and Demetrice Martin, also came to the UW from USC, as did strength coach Ivan Lewis, football operations director Dennis Slutak and director of player personnel Jared Blank ... LB Mason Foster leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation in tackles (12.67 per game) ... WR Jermaine Kearse leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation in receiving with 112.67 yards per game ... former Husky QBs and brothers Damon and Brock Huard will both be calling the action this weekend - Damon on radio and Brock on television.

TELEVISION: The Washington-USC game will air nationally on ESPN2 television, with Carter Blackburn, former Husky quarterback Brock Huard and former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti providing the commentary. That broadcast will also be shown on espn3.com. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.

RADIO: The Washington ISP Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 17 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Husky broadcast will also air on Sirius and XM satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.

HUSKIES vs. TROJANS HISTORY: Washington and USC have played one another 80 times since the series began in 1923. The Trojans hold a 49-27-4 series advantage, although the Huskies have gone a closer 8-9-1 over the last 18. 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 17-19-4 in the 40 games played in Husky Stadium and 10-29-0 against the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Washington handed No. 3 USC a 16-13 win as Erik Folk connected on a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left to cap the game-winning drive. Two years ago in L.A., USC blanked the Dawgs, 56-0, as then-coordinator Steve Sarkisian's offense racked up 488 yards while then-USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt held the Huskies off the scoreboard. Three seasons ago, the No. 1 Trojans escaped Seattle with a 27-24 win, the second of two straight close matchups. USC overcame three turnovers and 16 penalties. USC out-gained Washington with 460 yards of total offense to the Huskies' 190, but only won the game by three points. In 2006 in L.A., the Huskies dropped a 26-20 heartbreaker to the No. 3 Trojans as time ran out with the Huskies' on the Trojans' 15-yard line. The year before in Seattle, the No. 1 Trojans used a 23-point second quarter to break open a previously close game in a 51-24 win. In 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.

WASHINGTON-USC TIES: Washington's coaching staff ties to USC are obvious as Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian was hired away from the Trojans, where he spent seven of the previous eight seasons (all but 2004). Washington also hired defensive coordinator Nick Holt from Pete Carroll's USC staff and Husky cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin was a former staff member under Carroll at USC. Finally, Husky head strength coach Ivan Lewis, director of football operations Dennis Slutak and director of player personnel Jared Blank all worked for the Trojans before being hired by Sarkisian. Many of Lane Kiffin's current staff at USC (including Kiffin himself) spent time on Carroll's Trojans staff along with Sarkisian and the other UW staff with USC ties. USC o-line coach James Cregg was on the staff when Holt was head coach at Idaho while Trojans WR coach John Morton was on the same staff as Sarkisian with the Oakland Raiders in 2004. As far as players go, there are no current USC players who prepped in the state of Washington. However, as is the case each year, a good deal of UW and USC players have played with or against one another in high school due to the number of Huskies from the L.A. area. The Huskies roster includes 35 players from (somewhat loosely-defined) southern California: TE Marlion Barnett (Corona), CB Anthony Boyles (Compton), LB Victor Burnett (Los Angeles), TB Jesse Callier (Downey), C Greg Christine (Camarillo), TB Deontae Cooper (Perris), DE Talia Crichton (Lakewood), OL Mike Criste (Mission Viejo), CB Gregory Ducre (Los Angeles), OL Skyler Fancher (Costa Mesa), PK Erik Folk (Woodland Hills), LB Princeton Fuimaono (Long Beach), LB Garret Gilliland (Anaheim), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Pacoima), LB Matt Houston (Goleta), DE Andrew Hudson (Redlands), WR James Johnson (Valley Center), OL Erik Kohler (Camarillo), CB Adam Long (Los Angeles), P Will Mahan (Bakersfield), S Ryan McLoughlin (San Diego), QB Nick Montana (Thousand Oaks), S Sean Parker (Los Angeles), CB Marquis Persley (Redlands), TB Chris Polk (Redlands), QB Keith Price (Compton), DT Chris Robinson (Tustin), S Will Shamburger (Compton), DE Josh Shirley (Fontana), WR Kevin Smith (Compton), OL Colin Tanigawa (Pasadena), LB Tim Tucker (Harbor City), S Greg Walker (Bellflower), QB Erik Wilson (Redondo Beach) and OG Nick Wood (Poway).

vs. LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined record of 56-87-6 (.396) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-38-2 vs. UCLA and 27-49-4 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 Cal (59-111-6 (.352) 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 totaled a combined mark of 18-33-1 (.356) against the Bruins and Trojans.

PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: In the BYU game, Washington set a school record by utilizing 13 true freshmen. The largest number of true freshmen every to play in a season at the UW was 12, in 2008. Against Syracuse, a 14th first-year man played. Here's a list of freshmen who have played this year: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OL Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter, DT Sione Potoa'e, WR Kevin Smith and S Taz Stevenson.

CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 27, the four captains for the 2010 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.), senior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.) and senior S Nate Williams (Renton, Wash.). Locker was also voted as a season captain in 2009. Additionally, at each game, two game captains accompany the regular four on to the field for the coin flip. Here's a list of those:
at BYU: Cort Dennison, Nick Montana
vs. Syracuse: Victor Aiyewa, Andrew Hudson
vs. Nebraska: Greg Walker, Josh Shirley

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