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Oct. 4, 2004

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The Game: The Washington football team (0-4 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays its final non-conference game of the season this Saturday, October 9, when San Jose State (2-2 overall, 1-1 in the Western Athletic Conference) visits Husky Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. game. The Huskies return home after two weeks on the road while San Jose State travels a week after having beaten WAC rival Rice, 70-63, in a regulation game, the highest-scoring non-overtime game in NCAA Division I-A history. The Spartans trailed by 27 points before pulling out the spectacular victory. The Huskies remain at home the following weekend as Oregon State visits Seattle. Following the game against the Beavers, it's another two straight road games for the Dawgs as they head to Los Angeles to face No. 1 USC on Oct. 23 before going to Eugene for a game against Oregon on Oct. 30.

Huskies vs. Spartans History: Washington has won all eight of its games vs. San Jose State in a series that dates back to the 1958 season. All eight UW-SJSU games have taken place at Husky Stadium. In '58, the Huskies handed the Spartans a 14-6 loss. The two teams wouldn't face each other again until 1977, when a Rose Bowl-bound Husky team beat SJSU, 24-3. In 1988, the Huskies took a 28-0 lead before Johnny Johnson and the Spartans roared back to go in front, 31-28 in the fourth quarter. However, UW tailback Tony Covington scored from two yards out with 1:31 remaining to win the game 35-31. Johnson rushed for 217 yards, including a 64-yard TD, and also caught a 27-yard scoring pass. San Jose State put another scare into the Huskies in 1990's season opener. The Spartans tied the game at 10-10 in the third quarter before a Mike Dodd field goal and a Beno Bryant 52-yard punt return put the Huskies in front. Bobby Blackmon's 19-yard TD reception drew San Jose State within three for the final score of 20-17. In 1993, the Huskies posted their 16th straight home victory, cruising to a 52-17 win over quarterback Jeff Garcia and the Spartans. Washington rushed for 268 yards, including 118 from Napoleon Kaufman. Kaufman was at it again the following year when he rushed for a career-best 254 yards, including a 91-yard TD on the UW's first offensive play of the game. That run was the second longest in UW history. The game was nonetheless tied at 14-14 at half, but a late TD catch by Eric Bjornson and a 76-yard Kaufman TD closed it out with a 34-20 final score. In 1996, Husky Corey Dillon had perhaps the best offensive quarter by a tailback in college football history when he rushed for 222 yards and caught an 83-yard TD pass, all in the opening period. The 222 rush yards in a quarter and 305 all-purpose yards in a quarter are still NCAA records. The Huskies won the game, 53-10, and finished with a school-record 559 rushing yards. Three Huskies -- Dillon (222 yards), Terry Hollimon (148) and Maurice Shaw (101) -- rushed for 100 yards in the game. The Huskies' most recent game against the Spartans came in 2002, when the Huskies went into the locker room at halftime trailing 10-0, but rebounded with 34 unanswered points after the break for a 34-10 win.

At Home After Road Loss: Over the last two and a half decades, Washington has been very tough to beat at Husky Stadium after a road loss the previous game. Since 1980, the Huskies have posted a 25-8 record in home games that followed a road loss in the preceeding game. And, when the home opponent following a loss away from Seattle is not ranked, the Dawgs' record shoots up to 20-3 over that same span. Since 1980, the only three times that the Huskies have lost at home to an unranked team the game after losing on the road was last year (a 28-17 loss to Nevada following a loss at UCLA), 2002 (a 34-24 loss to UCLA following a loss at Arizona State) and 1999 (a 31-21 loss to Air Force following a loss at Brigham Young).

Television: There will be no live telecast of the Washington-San Jose State game. However, the game will air on tape delay Sunday, Oct. 10 at 3:00 p.m.on Fox Sports Northwest with Jim Watson and Sonny Sixkiller on the call. During the season, all remaining Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. 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 184, with pregame starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT.

Washington-San Jose State Ties: Ties between the San Jose State coaches and players and those at Washington are very limited. None of the full-time coaches on the two staffs have ever worked alongside one another during their careers. In fact, the only ties between the Spartans' coaches and the UW are that SJSU running backs coach Charles Nash and graduate assistant Donald Paysinger both coached at Beverly Hill High School, the alma mater of UW sophomore receiver Sonny Shackelford. Only one SJSU assistant has ever coached in the Pac-10 -- defensive coordinator Keith Burns, who spent five seasons during the 1990s at USC. There are no San Jose State players from the state of Washington and the Husky roster doesn't include any players from what would be considered the San Jose area and only two from the Bay Area: cornerback Matt Fountaine (Oakland/Bishop O'Dowd) and offensive lineman Robin Meadow (San Francisco/De La Salle). However, Shackelford attended Beverly Hills High along with a pair of San Jose State players: sophomore safety Donald Richardson and freshman center Justin Paysinger. Husky placekicker Michael Braunstein and SJSU wide receiver Julius Thomas both graduated from Gilbert (Ariz.) High. Spartans cornerback Trevore Archie and UW freshman offensive lineman Jovon O'Connor both went to Los Angeles High School while Husky freshman Dan Howell and San Jose State linebacker Brian Elledge were classmates at Hart High in Newhall, Calif. SJSU's roster includes four players (TB Derrell Hutsona, S Damaja Jones, C Ryan Simone and DT Melvin Johnson) from Helix High in San Diego, alma mater of UW receiver Charles Smith. Finally, Husky safety Chris Hemphill and SJSU safety Jason Evans were in the same class at Serra High in the Los Angeles area and San Jose LB Demetrius Jones and CB Christopher Owens and Husky freshman Jasper Henry are both graduates of Dorsey High in L.A.

Last Time vs. San Jose State: Washington and San Jose State met most recently on September 7, 2002, in front of 70,147 at Husky Stadium. After a sluggish start, the Huskies rebounded in the second half to hand San Jose State a 34-10 loss in the UW's home opener. The Spartans out-gained Washington, 242 yards to 179, in total offense in the first half and went to the locker room at halftime with a 10-0 lead. Ezekiel Staples capped a 15-play, 85 yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run and Nick Gilliam hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Spartans their lead. The 10-0 score at the half marked the first time since 1995 that Washington had been shut out at home in a first half. However, the Huskies marched 80 yards on 15 plays, using six minutes, 11 seconds, to open the third quarter with a touchdown -- a 22-yard pass from Cody Pickett to Wilbur Hooks. After holding the Spartans to a three-an-out on the ensuing drive, Washington went 46 yards on five plays, culminating with a 21-yard TD pass from Pickett to Reggie Williams, to move in front. Kicker John Anderson capped the third-quarter scoring with a 29-yard field goal to up the Washington lead to 17-10. Pickett opened the fourth quarter with an 89-yard touchdown pass to Williams, the longest pass play in Washington history and defensive tackle Terry Johnson batted and then intercepted a Marcus Arroyo pass in the endzone for another score. Anderson's second field goal of the day meant the game ended in a 34-10 Husky win. In a reverse of the first half, Washington held San Jose State to 29 total yards (including minus-14 rushing) in the second half, while piling up 320 second-half yards themselves. Pickett completed 22-of-35 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Williams' six catches were good for 160 yards and two TDs while tailback Rich Alexis posted a solid outing with 125 yards on 24 carries. SJSU quarterback Scott Rislov hit 16-of-23 passes for 177 yards and receiver Charles Pauley had eight catches for 122 yards.

Dillon's Big Day (1996 vs. SJSU): Probably the most memorable moment of the Huskies' all-time series vs. San Jose State came in the game on Nov. 16, 1996, when junior tailback Corey Dillon ran for 222 yards in the first quarter. That day, Dillon set new NCAA records for rushing yards in a quarter and all-purpose yards (305) in a quarter. Both marks still stand today. Dillon, who took himself out of the game after the opening period, also broke UW single-season records for rushing yards, all-purpose yards, rushing TDs and total TDs that year. In the first quarter, he rushed for touchdowns of four, 48 and 78 yards before catching a screen pass from Brock Huard and running it in from 83 yards out. That day, the Huskies broke school records for total offense (734 yards), rushing yards (559), most rushing yards per attempt (9.0) and had three 100-yard rushers for the only time in school history. Dillon, now in his eighth NFL season and his first with the New England Patriots this year, also once held the NFL single-game rushing record (278 yards) and still holds the NFL rookie single-game rushing mark (246).

Huskies vs. WAC Teams: The Huskies have played as many games against San Jose State (eight games) as against the other nine current members of the Western Athletic Conference, combined. Washington has never played against current WAC members Boise State, Louisiana Tech, Southern Methodist or Tulsa and have seven games against the remaining WAC teams. The Huskies are 8-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. Fresno State (49-14 in 1979; 16-35 in 2004), 1-1 vs. Hawaii (1938 win and 1973 loss), 1-1 vs. Nevada (2-0 in 1903; 17-28 loss in 2003), 0-0-1 vs. Rice (35-35 tie in 1968) and 1-0 vs. Texas-El Paso (55-0 in 1982). Combined, Washington boasts a 12-3-1 all-time record vs. the current members of the Western Athletic Conference.

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 ... since released), Cody Pickett (San Francisco) and Marques Tuiasosopo (Oakland). That list does not include Brock Huard, who is on injured reserve for the Seahawks.

Playing The Freshmen: Washington's true freshmen have been called in to action a fair amount so far. Three true freshmen have seen action in all four games: inside linebacker Dan Howell (mostly on special teams), defensive end Greyson Gunheim and defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee, who started at Notre Dame. Additionally, safety Darin Harris and outside linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo have seen action in three and two games respectively (again, mostly on special teams) and defensive tackle Erick Lobos saw extensive playing time during the Notre Dame game and again at Stanford. Additionally, numerous redshirt freshmen have seen significant playing time: DT Wilson Afoa, QB Carl Bonnell, PK Michael Braunstein, CB Cody Ellis, S Chris Hemphill, FB Durrell Moss, TB Louis Rankin, WR Anthony Russo, OLB Kyle Trew and WR Bobby Whithorne.

The Shutout Streak: Washington's loss at Notre Dame marked the 269th 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 (as a Division I-A team) with 282 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. UW has played 178 Pac-10 Conference games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.

Team         All Games  Pac-10 Games
Washington        269     178
Washington State  231     221
Oregon            223     159
Arizona State     104      69
USC                79      55
California         58      76
UCLA               32      19
Oregon State       26      17
Stanford           10       6
Arizona             5       2

Here are the nation's 10 longest current shutout streaks (Nevada built the first 142 games of its streak as a Division I-AA team):

Team    Games since last shutout
Nevada            285  (includes I-AA prior to 1992)
Texas             282
Washington        269
Michigan          253
Washington State  231
Oregon            223
Florida State     202
Florida           196
Colorado          188
Texas Christian   146

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.

Oregon State
• Toy Drive

Arizona (Homecoming)
• 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.
• Blanket drive
• 15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)

California
• Food drive
• 10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.

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