Oct. 17, 2011
THE GAME: The Washington football team (5-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) squares off with undefeated Pac-12 North rival Stanford (6-0 overall, 4-0 Pac-12) this Saturday at Stanford Stadium. The Huskies moved into the rankings this week for the first time in more than two years, earning the No. 22 spot in the AP ranking and No. 24 in the coaches' poll. The Cardinal are ranked No. 7 by the AP and No. 5 by the coaches. The game kicks off at 5:00 p.m. and will air live to a regional audience on ABC television. After the Stanford game, the Dawgs return to Seattle for the last two games at old Husky Stadium, Oct. 29 vs. Arizona and Nov. 5 vs. Oregon.
QUICK SNAPS: The Huskies are 5-1 for the first time since 2001 and 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997 ... UW quarterback Keith Price remains second in the nation with 21 touchdown passes ... only Baylor's Robert Griffin III has more, with 22 ... Price is tied with Boise State's Kellen Moore for second ... 21 TD passes already ranks No. 4 (tied) in UW single-season history ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 177.9, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .694, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is fifth in the nation in pass efficiency, behind Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), Griffin, Andrew Luck (Stanford) and Moore ... tailback Chris Polk has rushed for 100 yards in five of six games this year and now has 16 career 100-yard games, second-most in school history and just one behind Napoleon Kaufman's record of 17 ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,289 yards ... Washington scored seven touchdowns in last Saturday's win over Colorado ... those TDs came from seven different players ... the UW's 52 points vs. CU were its most since a 2001 win over Idaho (53-3) ... six true freshmen have played this year for the UW: S James Sample, TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Danny Shelton, OLB John Timu and WR Kasen Williams.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Stanford game will air live to a regional audience on ABC television. Sean McDonough, Matt Millen and Heather Cox will provide the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on ROOT Sports. 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 16 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and can be heard over the internet at gohuskies.com. Westwood One will also broadcast the game nationally with Brian Davis and Eddie George on the call.
HUSKIES vs. CARDINAL HISTORY: Washington holds a relatively close 40-37-4 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 21-7 against the Cardinal. One of those seven 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 two seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and last year in Palo Alto (34-14). Last season, Stanford blanked the UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium. 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 14 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. Stanford co-defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and UW offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto were both on the San Francisco 49ers staff in 2004. There are three Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: senior OL David DeCastro (Bellevue), freshman DE Charlie Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep) and junior FB Geoff Meinken (Lynnwood). Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, including 10 from Northern California: Travon Brooks (Oakland), 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) and Ben Teichman (Danville). Only a few Huskies attended the same high school as any Cardinal players. DeCastro went to Bellevue High with Husky long snapper Brendan Lopez. Husky receiver Devin Aguilar and Stanford FB Ryan Hewitt are both graduates of Denver's Mullen High while Stanford's Terrence Brown and UW's Garret Gillliand both went to Orange Lutheran. Cardinal WR Chris Owusu attended Oaks Christian, same as Huskies Erik Kohler and Nick Montana while Stanford's David Green and UW's Mike Criste all went to Mission Viejo HS. Lastly, Stanford safety Delano Howell is the younger brother of former Husky linebacker Dan Howell.
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 102-76-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 50-38-4 against Cal, 40-37-4 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 52-12-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 23-5 vs. Cal, 21-7 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
NINE OUT OF 10: Washington enters this week's game vs. Stanford having won nine out of its last 10 games. The last time the Huskies had won nine out of 10 was during the 2001 season, when Washington began the season 7-1 (they'd also won their last eight in 2000). That year, the Huskies won their first four games of the season (stretching a win streak from the previous season to 12 games) before losing at UCLA on Oct. 13, 2001. After that UCLA loss, Washington reeled off wins over Arizona, ASU and Stanford before falling at Oregon State.
30 AND OVER: Washington has scored 30 or more points in each of its first six games this season, the first time in school history that the UW has accomplished that feat. Only twice before in UW history had a Husky team scored 30 or more in each of the first five games, in 1924 and 1991. In neither of those seasons did Washington extend its 30-point streak to six games. The `24 season schedule started with West Seattle Athletic Club, the USS Maryland, Willamette, Whitman and Montana. A 6-3 win over Oregon State ended the string. The `91 Huskies went 12-0 and won the national title. Their 30-point streak ended in a 21-14 win at Cal in the sixth game.
THE PAC-12: This season, the Pac-10 Conference has added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, will play in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and California. Under current plans, each school will play all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. This year, the Huskies will not face UCLA or Arizona State. The last time that Washington didn't face UCLA in a season was in 1992 (when the Pac-10 schedule was eight games). The UW didn't face Arizona State in 2003 or 2004.
CAPTAINS: At the end of the spring practice season, the four captains for the 2011 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior linebacker Cort Dennison (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.), senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.) and senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.). Kelemete was also voted as a season captain in 2010. The team also names two game captains each game. Here's a list of those:
EWU: Cody Bruns, Greg Walker
Hawai'i: Desmond Trufant, Marlion Barnett
Nebraska: Travis Feeney, Everrette Thompson
California: Kevin Smith, Evan Zeger
Utah: Tim Tucker, Taniela Tupou
Colorado: Jamaal Kearse, Willis Wilson