Nov. 21, 2011
The Coach Sarkisian Show will air live from the Founders' Club in Alaska Airlines Arena live at 4:30 p.m. Monday on KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM. King Country Metro has asked us to remind fans attending the Apple Cup that there is no free park & ride service, nor free Metro Bus service, to the UW-WSU game this Saturday. Regular bus service to and from CenturyLink Field will be running. For more information on transportation to the Apple Cup, click here.
THE GAME:The Washington football team (6-5 overall, 4-4 Pac-12) closes out the 2011 regular season with its 104th all-time meeting vs. cross-state rival Washington State (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) in the annual Apple Cup. Due to the current renovations being made to Husky Stadium, this year's contest will be played at CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle, home to the Seahawks. Washington has played one other game at CenturyLink (2005 vs. Air Force) while WSU hosts a game there each season. Washington is trying to rebound from a stretch of four losses in its last five games. The Huskies, one of seven bowl-eligible teams in the Pac-12 (none of the other five remaining teams can still qualify) will find out their postseason fate on or around Dec. 4.
QUICK SNAPS: Chris Polk now owns three of the top nine seasons in school history in terms of rushing yards ... his 1,415 last season ranks No. 2; this year's 1,241 ranks No. 7 and his 2009 total of 1,113 is ninth-best ... Polk has rushed for 100 yards in eight of 11 games this year and now has 19 career 100-yard games, a new school record ... last week at OSU, he surpassed the school record for career rushing attempts and now holds the mark at 747 ... Oct. 29 vs. Arizona, Polk tied the UW modern record by scoring five touchdowns and became the first player in UW history to top 100 yards in both rushing (144) and receiving (100) in the same game ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,802 yards ... Polk ranks 16th in the nation in rushing (112.8 yards per game) ... UW quarterback Keith Price is tied for 10th in the nation with 26 touchdown passes ... 26 TD passes ranks No. 2 in UW single-season history, two shy of Cody Pickett's record of 28 ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 154.7, he would surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .669, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is 15th in the nation in pass efficiency ... senior linebacker Cort Dennison leads the Pac-12 in tackles ... 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-Washington State game will air live to a national audience on Versus television. Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila 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/102.9 FM, 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.
HUSKIES vs. COUGARS HISTORY: The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor's Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 66-31-6 edge in the 103-game series, including a 34-14 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 37-15-5 against WSU in games played in Seattle, Washington is 9-6 in games played in WSU's Martin Stadium as the first UW-WSU game wasn't played there until 1982 (WSU's "home" games against UW were played in Spokane from 1950 to 1980 and Martin Stadium opened in 1972). UW is 29-14-1 in away games in the series, including games played in both Spokane and Pullman. The Huskies have won nine of the last 13 Apple Cups. Last season, Washington beat the Cougars, 35-28, in a tightly-contested game in Pullman. The winning score came on a 27-yard pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearsewith 44 seconds remaining. In 2009, the Huskies posted the first Apple Cup shutout since 1964 with a 30-0 win over the Cougars at Husky Stadium, breaking a two-game losing streak in the series. Three seasons ago in Pullman, the Cougars prevailed, 16-13, in double overtime. Four years ago at Husky Stadium, Alex Brink passed for 399 yards and hit Brandon Gibson with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to lead WSU to a 42-35 win. The Huskies broke another two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman in 2006. In 2005 at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Brink, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Before that, in 2003, Washington pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In 2002 in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win.
WASHINGTON-WSU TIES: While Johnny Nansen is the only member of the UW coaching staff to have played at Washington State, he's one of a number of Cougars who are familiar with the Palouse thanks to having played or coached at Idaho, located about seven miles east of WSU's campus. UW assistants Nick Holt, Mike Cox, Doug Nussmeier, Dan Cozzetto, Joel Thomas, Jeff Mills and Nansen all either worked at and/or played for Idaho. Nansen earned three letters (1994-96) as a linebacker for Washington State. None of the members of the UW and WSU coaching staffs have worked together. However, Nansen played at WSU during the tenure of current WSU wide receivers coach Mike Levenseller. Only one Husky player comes from the eastern part of the state of Washington: senior WR Cody Bruns (Prosser). Husky Desmond Trufant's brother, Marcus, was an All-America corner at WSU while UW linebacker Cooper Pelluer's father, Scott, was a standout linebacker for the Cougs. On the flip side, WSU RS-freshman David Gilbertson is the son of former Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson and WSU's Casey Locker is a first cousin of former UW quarterback Jake Locker. Cougar freshman Kyle Lappano is the son of former UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano and brother of former UW player Taylor Lappano. While there aren't that many Huskies from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. The UW's Pelluer, William Chandler and Kasen Williams attended Skyline High with WSU's Jordan and Gino Simone. UW safety Justin Glenn went to Kamiak, as did WSU's Skylar Stormo. UW's Keith Price and Will Shamburger were classmates at St. John Bosco in L.A. along with WSU's Leon Brooks (WSU's Tyree Toomer was one year older at the same school). Husky Cole Sager and Cougar Anthony Furney both went to Burlington-Edison HS in Skagit County while Husky safety Nate Fellner and WSU QB Jeff Tuel are both 2009 graduates of Clovis West HS in Fresno. Husky James Sample and Cougar Darryl Paulo were classmates at Sacramento's Grant High last year while WSU's Eddie Releford went to Lakes HS, same as Huskies Jamaal and Jermain Kearse, Sione Potoa'e and Willis Wilson. Freshmen Jarett Finau (UW) and Sam Shirley (WSU) are both 2011 graduates of Kirkland's Juanita High. Lastly, Huskies Senio Kelemete and Luther Leonardboth went to Seattle's Evergreen High, as did WSU's Corey Laufasa.
DAWGS AND THE NORTHWEST:Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 103 times, Oregon in 103 games and Oregon State on 96 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-41-5, Washington State 66-31-6 and Oregon State 58-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 182-106-15 (.625) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 82 prior occasions. Over those 82 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only seven occasions.
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: Greg Walker, Cody Bruns
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
Stanford: Will Shamburger, Corey Waller
Arizona: DiAndre Campbell, Thomas Tutogi
Oregon: Will Shamburger, Marcus Peters
USC: Greg Walker, Corey Waller
Oregon State: Kiel Rasp, Travis Feeney