Nov. 10, 2008
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The Game: The Washington football team (0-9 overall, 0-6 in the Pac-10) plays its final home game of the 2008 season Saturday night as UCLA (3-6 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10) visits. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. The Bruins are coached by former Husky head man Rick Neuheisel, who spent four seasons (1999-2002) at Montlake. After the UCLA game, the Dawgs close out the season with the Apple Cup vs. Washington State Nov. 22 in Pullman and, after an off week, a trip to California on Dec. 6 for the season finale.
Seniors: Saturday's game vs. UCLA will mark the final home game for 19 seniors: Jared Ballman, Casey Bulyca, Bryon Davenport, Desmond Davis, Mesphin Forrester, Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Darin Harris, Charles Hawkins, Johnie Kirton, Luke Kravitz, Robert Lukevich, Jovon O'Connor, Ryan Perkins, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Jordan White-Frisbee, Walt Winter and Chancellor Young.
Huskies vs. Bruins History: UCLA enjoys a seven-game edge in the series, with 36 wins, 29 losses and two ties in 67 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead relatively recently, having have won nine of the last 11, with many recent games having been comebacks. Last year, 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 (more on the previous two meetings later in this release). 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 ever 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 16 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. UCLA coach head coach Rick Neuheisel is 1-0 vs. Washington as his Colorado team won the 1996 Holiday Bowl, 33-21, over the Huskies. Willingham is 4-6 all-time against UCLA as a head coach, as he compiled a 3-4 record vs. the Bruins during his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford (1995-2001). While coaching the Cardinal, Willingham was 1-2 in three games at the Rose Bowl and 2-2 in games at Stanford Stadium. Among the Cardinal's wins over UCLA during Willingham's tenure was an upset in 2001 when 20th-ranked Stanford beat No. 4 UCLA, 38-28. He also coached an unranked Cardinal team to a 42-32 win over the 18th-ranked Bruins in 1999.
Television: The Washington-UCLA game will air live on to a national audience on FSN television with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday 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 to three different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 21 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
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. Only one current UW assistant worked on Neuheisel's staff at UW: defensive line coach Randy Hart. Among Neuheisel's current UCLA staff are Reggie Moore, who was a graduate assistant at Washington in 2003; and Wayne Moses, who worked at the UW in 1999 and 2000 under Neuheisel. UW receivers coach Charlie Baggett was receivers coach at Michigan State (his alma mater) during the playing career of UCLA linebackers coach Chuck Bullough, who was a linebacker for the Spartans. UW cornerback Byron Davenport attended UCLA before taking a year off from football and transferring to Washington (he played under the last name "Velega" at UCLA). The Bruins' current roster includes three players from the state of Washington. Bruins' junior tight end Adam Heater (Snohomish HS) is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Andy Heater. Both are sons of former UW and UCLA assistant coach Chuck Heater. Also from Washington is freshman QB Tyler Tuiasosopo, younger brother of Husky senior LB Trenton Tuiasosopo (both from Mariner High). Lastly, UCLA freshman DE Justin Mann is a graduate of Woodinville High, alma mater of sHusky enior OG Casey Bulyca. 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 UW roster includes 30 players from southern California: OL Mark Armelin (Canoga Park), P/PK Jared Ballman (San Deigo), WR Anthony Boyles (Compton), C Greg Christine (Camarillo), Byron Davenport (Long Beach), DL Tyrone Duncan (Westlake Village), OL Skyler Fancher (Costa Mesa), PK Erik Folk (Woodland Hills), SS Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), QB Ronnie Fouch (Redlands), TB David Freeman (Inglewood), LB Joshua Gage (Huntington Beach), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Pacoima), PK Kevin Howe (San Juan Capistrano), LB Matt Houston (Goleta), TB Brandon Johnson (Hawthorne), LB Darrion Jones (Lynwood), CB Adam Long (Los Angeles), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo), DT Craig Noble (Los Angeles), DT Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Marquis Persley (Redlands), TB Chris Polk (Redlands), OT Morgan Rosborough (Long Beach), OL Matt Sedillo (Escondido), LB Chris Stevens (Mojave), S Greg Walker (Bellflower), FS Jason Wells (LaVerne), DL Nick Wood (Poway) and DB Warren Woods (Walnut).
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 55-85-6 (.397) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-36-2 vs. UCLA and 26-49-4 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 (58-110-6 (.351) 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 17-31-1 (.357) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Playing the Former Coach: This Saturday, the Huskies will face a former UW head coach for the 13th time in history, and for the first time since 1975. In `75, the Dawgs played the second of two games vs. Texas, coached by Darrell Royal, who was the Husky head man for one season (1956). The Huskies lost to Texas in both 1974 and 1975. In 1946 and 1947, the Huskies face a St. Mary's team coached by Hall of Famer James Phelan, who was the UW head man from 1930 to 1941. The UW lost the first of those two, 24-20, but won the `47 meeting, 26-6. Lastly, the Huskies faced Cal teams coached by Leonard Allison (UW coach in 1920) nine times between 1935 and 1944, going 5-3-1 in those contests. The UW is therefore 6-6-1 in games against teams led by former Washington head coaches.
Playing The Freshmen: Washington has utilized a total of 12 true freshmen this season, most in modern school history. Additionally, nine different true freshmen have started a game. A total of eight true freshman saw action in the Huskies' season opener at Oregon: Devin Aguilar, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete, Kavario Middleton, Chris Polk, Jordan Polk, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson. In the BYU game, freshman tailback David Freeman made his debut, and vs. Oklahoma, Johri Fogerson started at safety, increasing the total to 10 true freshmen. At Arizona, receiver Cody Bruns and tailback Terrence Dailey made their UW debuts. The total of 12 easily surpasses the seven freshmen who saw action in the 2007 season. In 2006, only two true freshmen played. In the Oregon game, two freshman (C. Polk at tailback and Middleton at tight end) started the game. Chris Polk, Kelemete and Middleton all started vs. Brigham Young while, vs. Oklahoma, Freeman, Fogerson, Aguilar, Kearse and Kelemete all started. Ta'amu started at Arizona and Dailey made his first start vs. Oregon State.
Captains: Washington does not have season-long captains as Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains are informed of the honor the Friday night before each game and revealed to the fans, etc., when those four designated players take the field for the coin flip prior to each game. Here are this year's game captains:
Oregon: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
BYU: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oklahoma: Luke Kravitz, Jake Locker, Mesphin Forrester, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Stanford: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Arizona: Casey Bulyca, Michael Gottlieb, D. Te'o-Nesheim, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oregon St.: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Johnie Kirton, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Notre Dame: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
USC: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
ASU: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim