Nov. 13, 2006
The Game: The Washington football team (2-6 Pac-10, 4-7 overall) brings the 2006 season to a close in the traditional manner, taking on cross-state rival Washington State (4-4 Pac-10, 6-5 overall) in the annual Apple Cup game. This edition, the 99th gridiron meeting between the two schools and the 45th "Apple Cup" (since the game was so dubbed prior to the 1962 contest) takes place at WSU's Martin Stadium in Pullman. Kickoff is slated for 3:45 p.m. and the game will air nationally on FSN television. The Dawgs are trying to break a six-game losing streak that has been marked by two overtime defeats (at California, vs. Arizona State) and one other game that came down to the final play (USC). Washington State has won the last two Apple Cups after the Huskies had won the previous six in a row.
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 63-29-6 edge in the 98-game series, including a 31-12 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 36-14-5 against the Cougars in games played in Seattle and 29-11-3 against WSU at Husky Stadium. The Huskies have won six of the last eight Apple Cups, having seen their six-game win streak in the series broken in a 28-25 loss in 2004 at Martin Stadium. Prior to a 26-22 loss at Husky Stadium last season, the Huskies had won three straight Apple Cups at home, dating back to a loss in 1997. Two seasons ago at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Alex 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 has won 12 of the last 17 vs. WSU and 23 of the last 32. In his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford, Husky head man Tyrone Willingham faced the Cougars seven times, winning five and losing two. In 1995, his Cardinal traveled to Pullman for a 36-24 win. In 1996 in Palo Alto, Stanford beat WSU, 33-17. During the Cougars' 1997 Rose Bowl run, WSU beat Stanford 38-28. Stanford then ran off wins in each of the next three meetings under Willingham, winning 38-28 in 1998, 54-17 in 1999, and 24-10 in 2000. In 2001, the Cougars edged Stanford, 45-39. Together with last season's Husky loss, Willingham is 5-3 all-time vs. the Cougars. Washington State's Bill Doba, in his fourth season as a college head coach, had obviously never faced Washington in that capacity before 2003, making him 2-1 as a head man against his cross-state rival. Additionally, as an assistant, he was on the winning sideline vs. the UW four times in 15 tries (1-0 as an assistant at Indiana in 1978 and 3-11 as a WSU assistant from 1989 to 2002).
Television: The Apple Cup will air live on FSN with Brian Davis, Mark Rypien and Cara Capuano calling the action. Fans can also watch an delayed internet broadcast of each game this season on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com the Tuesday after the game between 5:00 p.m. and midnight Pacific Time. There is no charge for any Dawg Channel programming this year. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196, and all can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-WSU Ties: Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who was born in Spokane, Wash., spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State, serving as running backs coach and/or offensive coordinator from 1987-91. During the last three seasons of that tenure, he was on the same staff as current Cougar head coach Bill Doba. Lappano and WSU offensive line coach George Yarno also overlapped at Washington State in 1991, while Yarno worked under UW linebackers coach Chris Tormey when Tormey was head coach at Idaho. Longtime UW defensive line coach Randy Hart and WSU linebackers coach Leon Burtnett were on the same staff at Purdue in the late 70s and early 80s. From 1997-99, UW running backs coach Trent Miles worked on the same Fresno State staff as Cougars secondary coach Ken Greene, while WSU running backs coach Kelly Skipper was also on that staff in 1997. 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. WSU has two Puyallup High alums - Loren Langley and Jacob McKinney - where Husky WR Cody Ellis played. WSU's Cody Boyd and UW's Jake Locker both played at Ferndale High while Husky Linus Chou and Cougars J.T. Deiderichs, Cole Morgan, Tony Thompson and Jimmy Magee are all Ballard High grads. Husky TB Shelton Sampson and Cougs DT Ropati Pitoitua and DE Paul Stevens each went to Clover Park High while Huskies Erick Lobos and Mesphin Forrester both attended Venice High in L.A., same as WSU's Asly Jean-Jacques. Huskies Johnny Durocher and Caesar Rayford attended Bethel High, same as WSU LB Steve Dildine. Lastly, Coug WR Keith Rosenberg and Huskies J.R. Hasty, E.J. Savannah and Mark Farney are all Bellevue High products. Only four Husky players come from the eastern part of the state of Washington: junior DT Jordan Reffett (Moses Lake), junior C Juan Garcia (Yakima/Eisenhower), freshman OG Ryan Tolar (Pasco) and freshman DT Cameron Elisara (Spokane/Ferris), whose father Matt lettered for the Cougars from 1979 to 1981.
Last Year vs. Washington State: The Huskies and Cougars continued a string of tightly-contested Apple Cups last season as the Cougars pulled out a late victory, beating the Dawgs, 26-22, Nov. 19, 2005, at Husky Stadium. Washington State led 13-7 at halftime, having scored on a 30-yard pass from Alex Brink to Greg Prator and on a pair of Loren Langley field goals. Washington's lone first-half score was a 65-yard pass from tailback Kenny James to Sonny Shackelford. In the third quarter, quarterback Isaiah Stanback threw a 65-yard TD to Craig Chambers to give Washington it's first lead in the game, but Jerome Harrison's 19-yard run put the visitors back in front, 19-14. Then, early in the fourth quarter, Washington capped an 80-yard drive with a three-yard run from James Sims to move on top, 22-19. However, with just 1:20 left in the game, Trandon Harvey ran in a Brink pass from 39 yards out to deliver the Cougars their second straight Apple Cup victory. Brink (21-for-35, 283 yards, 0 INTs, 2 TDs) and Harrison (36 carries for 207 yards) led the Cougar attack, which out-gained the UW, 507 to 327 yards. Stanback was 12-for-26 for 163 yards and score for Washington.
Last Time vs. Washington State At Martin Stadium (2004): Washington State broke a string of six straight Apple Cup losses with a 28-25 win over Washington last Nov. 20, 2004, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Quarterback Alex Brink passed for two touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Cougars. The Huskies opened the scoring with a 19-yard field goal from Evan Knudson after the Cougs fumbled the opening kickoff, but it didn't last long as Brink hit Troy Bienemann with a six-yard TD pass to put WSU in front. Still in the first quarter, the Huskies responded with a six-yard TD pass from Casey Paus to Joe Toledo before the Cougars grabbed the lead for good with one-yard run from Brink. In the second quarter, Will Derting fell on a Paus fumble in the endzone to give the Cougars a 21-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Brink hit Jason Hill with a 22-yard pass to stretch the WSU edge to 28-10 before the Huskies began to really. Quarterback Isaiah Stanback came off the bench in the third quarter and led a drive that he finished with a one-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Stanback hooked up with Craig Chambers on a 39-yard TD pass. The ensuing two-point conversion (also to Chambers) drew the Huskies to within three points, but WSU used up all but the final 23 seconds of the game hang on for the win.
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 98 times, Oregon in 98 games and Oregon State on 91 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-36-5, Washington State 63-29-6 and Oregon State 57-30-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-95-15 (.644) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 77 prior occasions. Over those 77 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 five occassions (1948, 1968, 1973, 2004 and 2005).
"Couskies": A number of players throughout history have played football for both Washington and Washington State. Most such players were put in that circumstance by World War II. The first example, however, came more than 100 years ago in Frank Field. Field captained Washington State in 1897 before going on to play at the UW in 1899 and 1900. The World War II-era "Couskies" all played first at WSU before the Navy and Marines transferred them to the UW for officer training in time for the 1943 football season. Their names: Tag Christensen, Wally Kramer, Vern Oliver, Jay Stoves, Bill Ward, Hjalmer "Jelly" Andersen and Jim Thompson. Also Al Akins had played basketball at WSU before appearing on the gridiron for the UW. Additionally, in more recent vintage, placekicker Nick Lentz, who lettered at Washington in 1997, transferred to WSU after that season, but never lettered. Current Husky QB Carl Bonnell signed at WSU, but was never on the Cougars' roster or enrolled as a full-time student before coming to UW.
Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.
Decade After Decade: Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s when Washington won the berth in 1923 and 1925. In the 1930s, the Dawgs won the `36 title. In the `40s, Washington earned the trip in 1943 and then barely slipped in under the wire in the 1950s, winning the 1959 crown. The Huskies won two Rose Bowl berths in the 1960s -- 1960 and 1963 -- and one in the 1970s (1977). Titles in 1980 and 1982 did it for that decade and three straight trips to Pasadena to begin the 1990s covered that 10-year span. Now in the 2000s, UW was the first team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC joined the Dawgs in that distinction in 2004 after their New Year's Day appearance in Pasadena.
Finishing First or Second: Despite a 10th-place finish in the Pac-10 in 2004 and 2005, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 29 seasons, dating back to a fourth-place finish in 1976. Over that span, Washington has won the championship (outright or shared) eight times - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000 - while finishing second 10 other times.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 162-41-3 (.794) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004 and 2-3 last season. In the 2006 season opener vs. San Jose State, two Huskies (Louis Rankin, 145 yards; Isaiah Stanback, 102) ran for 100 or more in a UW win. Rankin then went for 112 in the loss at Oklahoma.
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 65 times. The Huskies' record stands at 56-8-1 (.869) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 31-5-1 (.851) when rushing for 200 yards. In their season opening win over San Jose State, the Huskies won behind 300 rushing yards in a win, but then ran for 204 in the loss at Oklahoma.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 17 seasons. Washington has won 77 of its last 106 (.731) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (77-28-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 125-39-2 (.759) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-21-1 (.693) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 87th season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 341-150-21 (.687).
Captains: Washington does not have season-long captains as Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains were informed of the honor the Friday night before each game. However, for the final home game last week vs. Stanford, four season captains were named: Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Isaiah Stanback and C.J. Wallace. Here's a list of each game's captains:
San Jose State: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Oklahoma: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Fresno State: Tahj Bomar, Kenny James, Louis Rankin, Scott White
UCLA: Brandon Ala, Sean Douglas, Marc Palaita, C.J. Wallace
Arizona: Michael Braunstein, Roy Lewis, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
USC: Greyson Gunheim, Daniel Howell, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback
Oregon State: Matt Fountaine, Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
California: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Jordan Reffett, Scott White
Arizona State: Juan Garcia, Dashon Goldson, Dan Howell, Mark Palaita
Oregon: Sean Douglas, Mark Palaita, Jordan Reffett, C.J. Wallace
Stanford: Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 14 current Husky football players participated in graduation ceremonies at the UW. While all remain enrolled and none have technically collected their diplomas, all have completed their coursework. Additionally, two former Husky wide receiver greats earned their undergraduate degrees last June: Mario Bailey and Spider Gaines. Here's a list of the 14 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June (the list doesn't include Dan Milsten, who is acting as a student coach after his playing career was cut short by injury): DE Brandon Ala, PK Michael Book, OG Stanley Daniels, CB Matt Fountaine, CB Dashon Goldson, TB Kenny James, DT Donny Mateaki, CB Josh Okoebor, FB Mark Palaita, TB Shelton Sampson, QB Isaiah Stanback, QB Felix Sweetman, OG Clay Walker and OLB Scott White.
Family Ties: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is a first cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo as well as older sister, Leslie, a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Senior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Freshman fullback Paul Homer is a cousin, by marriage, of former Husky offensive lineman Aaron Dalan, who married former Washington women's basketball player Gena Pelz. Senior safety C.J. Wallace is a cousin of former UW wide receiver Ken Conley, who lettered in 1973 and 1974. Freshman defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs, and finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.