Sept. 20, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (0-2) takes to the road for the first time this season while also in search of its first win. The Huskies travel to face Notre Dame (2-1) this Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium, the Dawgs' first trip to South Bend since 1996 and only third trip there ever. Washington is coming off consecutive losses at home to Fresno State and UCLA while the Fighting Irish have beaten Michigan and Michigan State in back-to-back weekends after opening the year with a loss to Brigham Young. After the Notre Dame game, the Huskies remain on the road to face Pac-10 foe Stanford Oct. 2 in Palo Alto. The trip to Northern California is followed by another pair of home games vs. San Jose State and Oregon State.
Huskies vs. Irish History: Washington and Notre Dame have played one another only four times and the Fighting Irish have won all four. In the four games combined, Notre Dame has outscored the UW, 156-48, or by an average score of 39-12. The first UW-ND game was played Nov. 27, 1948, as the Dawgs, under first-year head coach Howie O'Dell, wrapped up a rough season with a trip to Notre Dame. The second-ranked Irish, who had won the national championship the year before and would so so again in '49, handed the visitors a 46-0 defeat, the third-most lop-sided in Husky history to that point. The Huskies managed only 149 yards of total offense while Notre Dame, behind three touchdown passes from Frank Tripucka, totaled 444 yards, 337 on the ground. The following year, the Irish traveled to Seattle for an Oct. 1 game and returned to South Bend with a 27-7 win en route to a 10-0 season and a fourth national title of the 1940s. Washington led the game, 7-0, after the first quarter thanks to a 55-yard touchdown pass from Don Heinrich to Roland Kirkby. After a pass from Bob Williams to eventual Heisman Trophy winner Leon Hart tied the game at 7-7, the Irish took the lead for good in the third quarter on an six-yard end-around TD from Hart and a 30-yard run from Larry Coutre. Jack Landry completed the scoring with a two-yard run in the waning seconds of the game. For the day, the Irish out-gained Washington, 404 yards to 153. The two teams would wait nearly half a century before playing again as the Irish paid a visit to Seattle once again in 1995. Mistakes down the stretch cost the Huskies a chance at their first win over the Irish and Lou Holtz returned home with a 29-21 win over a Husky team that would go on to share the Pac-10 title. That game was played in front of 74,023 fans, then the third-largest crowd in Husky Stadium history. The following year, 1996, the 16th-ranked Dawgs traveled to face No. 11 Notre Dame and were beaten, 54-20, thanks to a powerful Irish running game. That UW team went on to finish 9-3 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-10. The Irish, in Holtz's final season, went 8-3. Much more information on the 1995 and 1996 games on page three of this press release. During his seven seasons as Stanford head coach, Tyrone Williamham lost all five meetings against Washington (1995-96-99-2000-01). In his lone head-to-head meeting vs. Keith Gilbertson, William's Cardinal beat Gilbertson's California team, 29-24, in 1995.
Starting 0-2: The UW has gotten the 2004 season off to an 0-2 start. However, it's worth noting that the last three times that Washington has started 0-2, it's gone on to a winning season, and in the last two cases, made a bowl game. In 1975, the Dawgs went 0-2 (at Arizona State, vs. Texas) in Coach Don James' first year. That team went on to post a 6-5 mark. In 1985, the UW opened 0-2 (vs. Oklahoma State, at BYU) and then finished the year 7-5 with a win in the Freedom Bowl. Most recently in 1999, the Huskies lost at BYU and at home to Air Force, but finished the year 7-5 despite a loss to Kansas State in the Holiday Bowl.
Television: The Washington-Notre Dame game will air live to a national audience on NBC-TV with Tom Hammond (play-by-play), Pat Haden (color) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action. The game will also re-air Sunday, Sept. 26 at 3:00 p.m.on Fox Sports Northwest with Jim Watson and Sonny Sixkiller on the call. During the season, all Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The lone exception is the Stanford game, which will be shown at 5:00 p.m on Oct. 3. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The broadcast will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on Pac-10 Channel 183, with pregame starting at 11:30 p.m. PDT.
Washington-Notre Dame Ties: Much of the crossover between the UW and Notre Dame coaching staff is rooted in a longtime relationship between current Irish offensive coordinator Bill Diedrick and both the UW and Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson. Diedrick was a graduate assistant on the coaching staff at Hawaii in 1970, when Gilbertson played for the Rainbows. In 1986, Gilbertson hired Diedrick as his offensive coordinator when Gilbertson took over the head job at Idaho. The two of them helped the Vandals to three straight NCAA Division I-AA playoff trips. Diedrick then went on to join the UW staff for four seasons (1994-97) and was actually a Husky coach for both of the Dawgs' last two games vs. Notre Dame. While Gilbertson wasn't working at the UW then, current defensive line coach Randy Hart was. Gilbertson also worked on the same staff as Irish defensive coordinator Kent Baer at Utah State (1977-81) and Baer was Gilbertson's defensive coordinator at Idaho in 1986. Baer and current Husky defensive coordinator Phil Snow both worked on Bruce Snyder's staffs at both California and Arizona State. Finally, as far as coaches go, Notre Dame running backs/special teams coach Buzz Preston was a UW graduate assistant coach under Don James in 1983. Additonally, with regard to the non-coaching staff, Husky assistant athletic director for media relations Jim Daves was an SID at Notre Dame from 1986 to 1992. According to its preseason media guide roster, Notre Dame has only one player from the state of Washington: junior wide receiver Michael O'Hara, who graduated from Newport High in Bellevue. No Huskies hail from Indiana. However, Notre Dame linebacker Dwight Stevenson, Jr. attended Pope John Paul II High in Florida, the alma mater of Husky senior receiver Charles Frederick. Irish junior defensive end Chris Frome went to Hart High School in Newhall, Calif., the same alma mater as Husky freshman linebacker Dan Howell. Notre Dame nose guard Derek Landri and linebacker Anthony Salvador went to powerhouse De La Salle High in Concord, Calif., as did Husky offensive tackle Robin Meadow. Husky safety Kim Taylor and Irish DB Freddie Parish IV both played for another West Coast power, Long Beach Poly.
Oct. 12, 1996, UW at Notre Dame, Notre Dame Stadium: In the most recent meeting between Washington and Notre Dame, the 11th-ranked Irish amassed 650 yards of total offense (still third-most by an opponent in Husky history) and 397 rushing yards (still eighth most) en route to a relatively easy 54-20 win over the No. 16 Huskies, Oct. 12, 1996, at Notre Dame Stadium. The solid rushing attack helped the Irish sprint to a 26-0 second-quarter lead as Notre Dame got four rushing touchdowns from four different backs. After converting a short drive after a long punt return for the first score, the Irish marched 86, 87 and 85 yards for touchdowns before the Huskies got on the scoreboard. The Huskies did manage, however, to get back into the game. Still in the second quarter, Washington got rushing touchdowns from tailbacks Corey Dillon (11 yards) and Rashaan Shehee (1 yard) to draw within 12 points at 26-14. The Dawgs had a chance to narrow the margin even more after recovering a fumble with 2:06 left before halftime. But that momentum swing went for naught after the UW drove to the Irish three-yard line before being stopped and having a field goal attempt blocked. The Irish tacked on three more TDs to put the game out of reach before Dillon ran in from 15 yards out in the fourth quarter for the UW's final score. Dillon finished the game with 87 yards and two TDs on 18 carries while Brock Huard was 8-for-26 for 99 yards and an interception. Autry Denson led the Irish runners with 137 yards on 14 carries while Ron Powlus completed 8-of-12 for 194 yards and three TDs.
Oct. 7, 1995, Notre Dame at UW, Husky Stadium: The next-to-last Washington-Notre Dame game was played Oct. 7, 1995, at Husky Stadium. In that game, the 15th-ranked Huskies committed three critical errors in the final thre minutes and 23rd-ranked Notre Dame capitalized to win, 29-21. The backbreaker was cornerback Allen Rossum's 76-yard interception return for the clinching touchdown as the Irish were clinging to a 22-21 lead in the final minute. The UW was threatening late in the game. The play before Rossum's return, Husky quarterback Damon Huard scrambled 27 yards to the Irish 33-yard line with 44 seconds to play. Notre Dame, trailing 21-14, blew one chance to draw even when Derrick Mayes fumbled at the UW 20 after a 15-yard reception with 3:43 remaining. But the Irish got a second chance when, on fourth down, punter John Wales bobbled a snap and Notre Dame took over at the Husky 20. On first-and-goal from the seven, Autry Denson broke three tackles on the way to the end zone. Mayes, uncovered when the play began, then caught the two-point conversion pass from Ron Powlus that gave the visitors the lead. After Notre Dame opened the scoring with a 10-yard pass from Powlus to Mayes in the first quarter, the UW built a 14-7 lead on a one-yard run from Rashaan Shehee and a 13-yard pass from Huard to Andre DeSaussure. After another Powlus-to-Mayes pass tied it at 14-14, Shehee broke a 22-yard TD run to give the Huskies their last lead. Shehee ran for 171 yards on 32 carries while Huard completed 10-of-13 passes for 109 yards, one interception and one TD. Powlus was 12-for-28 for 197 yards, two touchdowns and a pick while Mayes finished the day with seven catches for 132 yards and two scores. Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz watched the game from the press box due to a neck injury.
Tight End and Quarterback U.: According to report from the NFL, based on opening week rosters, no college team has placed more current tight ends or more current quarterbacks in the NFL than Washington. The Huskies have four former players playing tight end in "the league" while five former Dawgs are playing quarterback at the next level. Only Michigan and Penn State can boast as many tight ends while only Michigan has produced that many quarterbacks. The four tight ends are: Mark Bruener (Houston), Cameron Cleeland (St. Louis), Ernie Conwell (New Orleans) and Jerramy Stevens (Seattle). The five quarterbacks are Mark Brunell (Washington), Chris Chandler (St. Louis), Damon Huard (Kansas City), Cody Pickett (San Francisco) and Marques Tuiasosopo (Oakland). That list does not include Brock Huard, who is on injured reserve for the Seahawks.
Beaten By The Big Play: In its two losses to open the 2004 season, the Huskies have been victims of opponents' big plays. In the opener vs. Fresno State, it was big plays off turnovers. The Bulldogs returned two interceptions for scores (19 and 75 yards) and also returned a fumble to the endzone (18 yards). Additionally, Fresno State scored on a 28-yard run, which was set up by an interception. The UW defense allowed only one lengthy scoring drive in that game (10 plays, 80 yards, culminated by a 12-yard TD pass). Against UCLA, the Huskies fell victim to long plays from Bruins tailback Maurice Drew, whose five touchdown runs included scores from 47, 62, 58 and 37 yards out. UCLA had only one scoring drive (field goal) longer than three minutes, 50 seconds, and three of the Bruins' six scoring drives took three plays or fewer.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's loss to UCLA marked the 267th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU had its NCAA-record streak snapped at 361 games in 2003, meaning that Texas has the longest current streak with 280 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 177 Pac-10 Conference games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 158-37-3 (.806) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003 and are 0-1 in 2004 after Kenny James rushed for 133 yards in the 37-31 loss to UCLA.
History Lesson: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 59 times. The Huskies' record stands at 53-5-1 (.907) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 28-2-1 (.919) when rushing for 200 yards. Against UCLA on Sept. 18, the Dawgs compiled 219 yards on the ground, but lost the game, 37-31.
Career Starts: (2004 starts/career starts) OFFENSE - WR: Charles Frederick (2/23), Quintin Daniels (1/2), Corey Williams (1/1), Sonny Shackelford (0/1). QB: Casey Paus (2/2), Isaiah Stanback (0/3 ... 3 starts at WR). OL: Khalif Barnes (2/39), Tusi Sa'au (0/6), Robin Meadow (1/4), Clay Walker (2/8), Brad Vanneman (2/4), Ryan Brooks (1/1), Stanley Daniels (2/2), Tui Alailefaleula (0/1). TE: Joe Toledo (1/8), Ben Bandel (0/7), Jon Lyon (2/4). TB: Kenny James (2/7), Chris Singleton (0/2). FB: Zach Tuiasosopo (1/14), James Sims (0/7). DEFENSE - LB: Evan Benjamin (2/14), Tim Galloway (0/10), Joe Lobendahn (2/6), Scott White (2/2). DL: Manase Hopoi (2/27), Ty Eriks (0/3), Donny Mateaki (0/4), Brandon Ala (2/3), Mike Mapuolesega (2/2), Dan Milsten (2/2). S: Jimmy Newell (2/18), Dashon Goldson (2/2). CB: Derrick Johnson (2/29), Sam Cunningham (2/8), Matt Fountaine (1/1).
Captains: In a vote of their teammates, five Husky players were named captains during last spring's practice season. The three UW players honored by their teammates were senior offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, senior wide receiver Charles Frederick, senior cornerback Derrick Johnson, junior linebacker Joe Lobendahn and senior fullback Zach Tuiasosopo. All five are serving as captain for the first time in their career. For the first time on record, the Huskies have voted to have five captains. In years past, the team has mostly had three or four.
New Husky Stadium Book: Few football venues in America rival the rich history and gameday pageantry of the University of Washington's Husky Stadium. From its establishment in 1920, the Stadium has hosted UW's hard-nosed brand of exciting football as well as other major spectacles including the International Goodwill Games. Now, as never before, the remarkable history and gameday pageantry of a sports palace are brought to exhilarating life in Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments. Published by Parker Hood Press, the 160-page coffee-table sized book features 160 pages and retails for $45. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Washington athletic department's scholarship endowment fund. W. Thomas Porter and Jim Daves, co-authors of the previous best-seller, The Glory of Washington, chronicle the clashes of great football teams and players that are part of Husky Stadium lore and that heighten the aura of gameday. The Voice of the Huskies, Bob Rondeau, provides a stirring introduction, and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Robin Hood adds richness to the book by capturing the stadium in its wide-ranging moods, from pre-game calm to the howling, heart-pumping fun of fans celebrating a Husky victory. Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments will be available on an exclusive basis at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) from Aug. 16-30 before being released to a wider market. The book can also be ordered online at www.huskyfever.com, and copies of the book will be on sale at Washington's Kickoff Luncheon Sept. 2 at Dempsey Indoor.
Roster Changes: As usual, there have been a number of changes to the UW roster since the release of the 2004 media guide. Please note the following changes: Number changes (listed with new number) -- #1 C.J. Wallace, #3 Chris Hemphill, #3 Craig Chambers, #11 Derrick Bradley, #22 James Sims, #59 Jordan Reffett, #71 Jovon O'Connor, #88 Robert Lewis and #84 Lukas Michener. Position changes (with new position): DE Walter Winter, OG Jordan Reffett, DL Caeser Rayford. Additionally, Robin Meadow (previously "Rob") would like to be called by his full first name and Mike Mapuolesega (formerly "Mapu") has opted to use the traditional, lengthier version of his last name. The pronunciation of Joe Lobendahn's last name is now "LOW-ben-don." Finally, several new players that have been added to the team since the start of fall camp: #13 Michael Book (PK), #13 Josh Lucas (QB), #14 Wade Gurnett (CB), #30 Robert Lukevich (C), #31 Steve Anderson (WR), #32 Jamie Lee (S), #54 Patrick McKillop (DE), #78 Mike Nahl (OG), #86 Michael Gottlieb (TE) and #99 Jared Bronson (TE).
Curtis Williams Tribute: When the Washington football team kicked off its 2004 season opener against Fresno State last Sunday at Husky Stadium, the Huskies displayed a new tribute to former player Curtis Williams. Before the team's final workout of the preseason, a purple circle and Williams' number 25 was painted on the white boundary adjacent to the 25-yard line closest to the stadium's tunnel where the team's enter and exit the stadium. Husky senior fullback James Sims will be the recipient of the Curtis Williams Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row. This season, Sims will not wear 25, Williams number, Instead, he has switched to number 22 for the season. "We wanted to do something to honor Curtis and last year it was having James wear his jersey," said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "This year I wanted to include his number on the field and so we had it painted near our bench. Curtis always loved playing in Husky Stadium and this is a fitting tribute." During the 2000 season, Williams, a senior strong safety, suffered a spinal cord injury during the Huskies' October 28 football game at Stanford that left him paralyzed below the neck. Williams died in May, 2002. More than $400,000 has been raised for the Curtis Williams Fund.
Looking For Something To Do In South Bend?: Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung, Notre Dame football superstars and a performance by the Washington Husky Marching Band will headline the upcoming Football Friday events at the College Football Hall of Fame on September 24. Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer legend Paul Hornung will sign copies of his new autobiography entitled Golden Boy inside the Hall of Fame at 3:00 p.m. (EST). A limited number of copies will be available at the book signing for $25. Joining Hornung's Golden Boy signing on Friday will be another book signing for the recent release of the Notre Dame Greatest Players volume, What it Means to be Fighting Irish. What it Means to be Fighting Irish is a first-person account of some of the greatest players in the storied history of the Irish. Notre Dame greats Johnny Lattner, John Huarte, Tony Rice and Bob Gladieux are some of the notable players who are featured in the book and will be at the Hall of Fame to sign their respective chapters. The book signing will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a limited number of copies will be available for $27.95. Fans are permitted to get either the book or one alternative item signed per Irish legend with a book purchase. It's not just the sports celebrities that will be featured on Football Friday. The Washington Husky Marching Band will perform on the Hall of Fame's Gridiron Plaza at noon. Washington's Marching Band is renown throughout the country and they are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year. Get in the spirit of college football and watch the Husky band's debut at the Hall of Fame. Special events and great promotions aren't the only reason to come out to the Hall of Fame on football weekends. Taking in the history of college football and experiencing all that the museum has to offer is the perfect way to get revved up for a college football game. The Hall of Fame has extended hours on Notre Dame home football weekends: 8am - 8pm on Friday; 8am - 8pm on Saturday; 8am - 5pm on Sunday. A free shuttle from Notre Dame's Eck Visitor Center to the Hall of Fame is available on Friday from 9:30am - 6:30pm.
Upcoming promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
San Jose State (52nd Annual Band Day)
UWAA Special: UWAA members have the opportunity to purchase a $5 ticket to this game with the purchase of an Arizona or Cal ticket. Go to uwalum.com to purchase.
Junior Husky Day: Junior Husky Club members can purchase a $5 ticket through the Husky Ticket Office in person or by phone.
Take A Kid to Game Day: Purchase a $5 ticket for a child with the purchase of a full price ticket. Purchased only through the ticket office in person or by phone.
UW Faculty/Staff Day: UW Faculty Staff can purchase a ticket for $25 through the Husky Ticket Office, in person or by phone.
Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.