Nov. 15, 2010
|Gametracker||Live Audio||Gameday Central|
|TV: ESPN||Radio: Washington ISP Sports Network|
THE GAME: The Washington football team (3-6 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10) hosts its first-ever Thursday night home game this week as UCLA (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10) visits for a 5:00 p.m. game. The contest will air live nationwide on ESPN television. The game also marks the final home game of the season and thus the final Husky Stadium appearance for 17 UW seniors: Victor Aiyewa, Dorson Boyce, Gregory Christine, Cameron Elisara, Peter Follmer, Mason Foster, D'Andre Goodwin, Cody Habben, Matt Houston, Brandon Huppert, Jake Locker, Alvin Logan, De'Shon Matthews, Vonzell McDowell Jr., Austin Sylvester, Ryan Tolar and Nate Williams. After the UCLA game, the UW finishes the season on the road at Cal on Nov. 27 and at Washington State on Dec. 4.
QUICK HITTERS VS. UCLA: Senior LB Mason Foster, who led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2008, continues to sit atop the league in that stat again in 2010 with 12.7 tackles per game (more than four tackles per game ahead of secon), good for second in the nation ... he leads the nation in solo stops (8.67 per game) ... Washington has three of the top four tacklers in the conference as Nate Williams is third with 8.6 per game and Cort Dennison is fourth with 8.5 ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, ranks No. 29 in the nation in punting with an average of 43.5 yards per boot, on pace to set a school record for punting average ... senior LB Victor Aiyewa leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 5 in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.78 per game ... sophomore TB Chris Polk now has eight career 100-yard rushing games, which includes three this year ... with 22 scores in 24trips, the Huskies rank No. 6 (tied) in the nation in red-zone offense ... Washington has given up only 11 turnovers, ninth-fewest (tied) in the nation.
TELEVISION: The Washington-UCLA game will air national on ESPN television, with Rece Davis, Craig James, Jesse Palmer and Jenn Brown providing the call. You can also watch the broadcast at 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. The game will also air nationally on ESPN Radio with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad on the call.
HUSKIES vs. BRUINS HISTORY: UCLA enjoys a nine-game edge in the series, with 38 wins, 29 losses and two ties in 69 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead relatively recently, having have won 11 of the last 13, with many recent games having been comebacks. Last year in Pasadena, the Bruins held off the Huskies' comeback attempt for a 24-23 victory. Two seasons ago, UCLA pulled away late for a 27-7 win. But in 2007 in Pasadena, the Bruins beat the Huskies, 44-31, in a game that featured 41 combined points scored in the fourth quarter after a 10-10 tie at the half. The Huskies got the win in 2006 in Seattle, coming back from 16-0 behind to win, 29-19. In 2005, the Bruins needed a fourth-quarter comeback to secure a 21-17 win as the Huskies led 10-0 at half and 17-7 after three quarters. In 2004 in Seattle, Maurice Drew ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns as the Bruins came back from a 24-7 deficit to win, 37-31. In 2003 at the Rose Bowl, 18th-ranked Washington built a 16-7 halftime lead, but the Bruins stormed back to win going away, 46-16. UCLA's 39 second-half points were the most ever against a Husky team in a second half. In 2002, the Bruins parlayed a 24-14 halftime lead into a 34-24 win. In 2001, the Bruins won, 35-13, as tailback DeShaun Foster rushed for 301 yards in a game the Huskies played without injured starting quarterback Cody Pickett (the only game Pickett missed after separating his right shoulder the previous week vs. USC). In 2000, with a 35-28 win, Washington broke the Bruins' three-game winning streak in the series. UCLA had won games in 1997, 1998 and 1999 to take the series advantage, which, prior to the `97 meeting was tied at 27-27-2. In 12 of the last 17 meetings (all but 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007) between Washington and UCLA, one or both of the teams has been ranked. Going by ranking alone, the Bruins managed to upset the Huskies in four of those games - most notably the 1990 loss at Husky Stadium that knocked aside the UW's national title hopes. In that `90 game, the unranked Bruins handed No. 2 Washington a 25-22 loss. In the next meeting in 1993, 22nd-ranked UCLA beat the 12th-ranked Dawgs, 39-25. Prior to 2004, the most recent "upset" was in 1999, when an unranked UCLA team beat No. 22 Washington, 33-20. The UW-UCLA series first got underway in 1932, when the Huskies posted the first of four straight shutouts against the Bruins. UCLA got its first win in the series in 1938 with a 13-0 win in Los Angeles.
WASHINGTON-UCLA TIES: The most notable and obvious of the ties between the UW and UCLA teams is the fact that Bruins first-year head coach Rick Neuheisel was the Husky head coach from 1999 through 2002. Also on the Bruins staff are three former UW assistant coaches: Tim Hundley, Wayne Moses and Reggie Moore (who was a GA at Washington). Additionally, several UW coaches (notably, Steve Sarkisian) have an association with UCLA offensive coordinator Norm Chow. Sarkisian played under him at BYU and spent time on USC's coaching staff working with Chow. The Bruins' current roster includes just two players from the state of Washington: Blake Bentz and Ryan Sublett, both from Bellevue. A good deal of UW and UCLA 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 57-87-6 (.400) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-38-2 vs. UCLA and 28-49-4 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 (60-112-6 (.354) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. Cal is the next closest.
THURSDAY FOOTBALL: Washington hasn't played a home football game on a weekday in the post-World War II era. Prior to the war, games on days other than Saturday weren't rare, but since that time, Washington has only played road or neutral-site games (including bowls, of course) on days other than Saturday. As far as the regular season goes, the Huskies played a Thursday night game at BYU to open the 1999 season and traveled to Syracuse on for a Friday game in the 2007 season-opener. In 2004, Washington played a home game on a Sunday vs. Fresno State to open the year.
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. Additionally, seven true freshmen have started at least one game this season: Callier, Fuimaono, Gilliland, Jamora, Kohler, Porter and Potoa'e.
= 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
at USC: Chris Robinson, Princeton Fuimaono
vs. Arizona State: Jesse Callier, Micah Hatchie
vs. Oregon State: Victor Aiyewa, Colin Tanigawa
at Arizona: Justin Glenn, Josh Shirley
vs. Stanford: J. Atoe, M. Criste, M. Hatchie, S. Parker, B. Riva, C. Tanigawa
at Oregon: Adam Long, Willis Wilson