Nov. 9, 2009
THE GAME: The Washington football team (3-6 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10 Conference) returns to the road for a second straight week this Saturday when the Huskies travel to Corvallis to face Oregon State (6-3, 4-2) in a 12:30 p.m. game at Reser Stadium. The game will air live in the Northwest on FSN television. The Huskies suffered a heart-breaking, 24-23 loss last Saturday at UCLA, their fifth game of the year decided in the final minute or in overtime. Meanwhile the Beavers beat Cal, 31-14, at Berkeley. Oregon State now finds itself just three spots out of both top-25 polls. After the Huskies face the Beavers, they'll have an off week before closing out the season with two straight home games: Nov. 28 vs. Washington State and Dec. 5 vs. California.
GAME THEMES vs. THE BEAVERS: Saturdays' game will be the Huskies' final road game of the season ... last week at UCLA, the Huskies got five turnovers from the Bruins, the most takeaways by the UW since a 2005 game vs. Arizona ... with three games left to play, RS-freshman tailback Chris Polk needs 227 rushing yards to post the 13th 1,000-yard season in Husky history ... Washington has had 10 true freshmen play this year, including five who have started at least one game: wide receiver James Johnson, defensive end Talia Crichton, cornerback Desmond Trufant, safety Nathan Fellner and defensive end Andru Pulu ... four redshirt freshmen have also made at least one start while only eight seniors have started a game and, of those, only five are "regular" starters ... due to multiple injuries, senior safety Jason Wells hadn't played for the UW since getting hurt during a game vs. USC on Sept. 29, 2007, before starting last Saturday at UCLA ... he marked his return to the field with six tackles and an interception ... Washington's schedule to date ranks fifth-toughest in the nation, according to the NCAA ... the Huskies' nine opponents to date are 48-24 (discounting their result vs. UW) ... Jake Locker ranks No. 13 in UW history with 2,203 passing yards this season ... he'd move into 10th with only 117 more yards and would move to sixth with 261 yards.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Oregon State game will air live in the Pacific Northwest on FSN television. Tom Glasgow, Steve Preece, Rashad Floyd and Angie Mentink will provide the call. 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 16 Northwest 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 193, 194 or 195 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
HUSKIES vs. BEAVERS HISTORY: Washington holds a 57-32-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 21 meetings and 25 of the last 32, dating back to 1975. The series against the Beavers is the second -longest (to Stanford) active series in Washington football history in terms of years and third-longest in terms of total meetings (to Oregon and Washington State). The teams first met on Dec. 4, 1897, with Oregon State earning a 16-0 home win. That game was Washington's second-ever against a major college. The next OSU-UW game didn't come until 1902, a 16-6 UW win . From 1924 to 1964, the annual UW-OSU game was played either at Husky Stadium or Multnomah (Civic) Stadium in Portland (now called PGE Park). The Huskies are 32-19-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-16-0 mark in Husky Stadium, and 25-13-2 all-time in games played away from Seattle. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 15-5 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-8 all-time in Corvallis. Last season in Seattle, James Rodgers rushed for 110 yards on only three carries and Lyle Moevao was 18-for-22 for 191 yards to lead OSU past the UW, 34-13. The 2007 game in Corvallis was memorable for an injury to Husky quarterback Jake Locker, controversial calls from referees and five more Alexis Serna field goals in a 29-23 Beavers win. Three seasons ago in Seattle, quarterback Isaiah Stanback's college career came to an end with a devastaing foot injury and the Huskies' lost, 27-17. In 2005, the Beavers got six field goals from Serna in an 18-10 win over Washington. In 2004 at Husky Stadium, OSU picked up its second win in four seasons against the UW with a 29-14 win, the Beavers first at Husky Stadium since 1985. Serna kicked a then-school-record five field goals to provide the winning margin. In 2003 in Corvallis, Charles Frederick piled up a school-record 371 all-purpose yards, scoring thrre touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win in front of a national TV audience on TBS. The Beavers' next-most recent win (prior to 2004) in the series came in Corvallis on Nov. 10, 2001, when the Beavers broke a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies. That day, an unranked OSU team trounced No. 8 Washington, 49-24, the first Beaver win (home or away) since the 1985 Husky Stadium game. Several recent meetings have come down to the wire. In 2000, Ryan Cesca missed a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds as the Huskies held on for a 33-30 win. In 1998, the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down by Husky safety (and former OSU assistant coach) Nigel Burton and the Huskies won, 35-34. Riley is 5-3 in his four meetings against Washington (45-17 loss in 1997, 35-34 loss in 1998; 38-17 loss in 2003; 29-17 win in 2004; 18-10 win in 2005; 27-17 win in 2006; 29-23 win in 2007; 34-13 win in 2008).
WASHINGTON-OREGON STATE TIES: The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Reggie Davis, the Beavers' first-year running backs coach, is a former Husky tight end and UW graduate. Davis, who earned four letters at Washington (1995-98), played under Beavers coach Mike Riley during Riley's tenure as the San Diego Chargers' head coach. Husky o-line coach Dan Cozzetto spent three seasons (2000-02) in Corvallis while OSU video operations director Mike Ortiz worked in the video department at the UW for six years. Oregon State's current roster includes 11 players that graduated from Washington high schools: PK Matt Barker (Sprague/Gonzaga Prep), OL Grant Enger (Seattle/O'Dea), TE Joe Halahuni (Orting), WR Garett Hall (Olympia), P Johnny Hekker (Bothell), OL, Colin Kelly (Kelso), C Alex Linnenkohl (Olympia/Capital), WR Geno Munoz (Tacoma/Mt. Tahoma), RB Dylan Parsons (Olympia), S Anthony Watkins (Burien/Highline) and CB Brian Watkins (Burien/Highline). Washington's roster includes only two players from the state of Oregon: sophomore WR Jordan Polk (Portland/Lincoln) and sophomore OL Scott Shugert (Oregon City). Polk attended the same high school as OSU's Taylor Kavanaugh while OSU's Enger went to O'Dea, the same school as Huskies Johri Fogerson, Ben Hayes, Daniel Kanczugowski, Quinton Richardson and Fred Wiggs. Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Husky Mykenna Ikehara attended Kamehameha High in Honolulu, the same as OSU's Brandon Harmon, Aaron Nichols, Ryan Pohl and Wilder McAndrews. Husky Willie Griffin and Beaver Patrick Henderson both went to Oakland's McClymonds HS. UW C Gregory Christine and OSU LB Dwight Roberson were classmates at St. Bonaventure in Oxnard while Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Beavers OL Gregg Peat and LS Tyler Bills all attended Mission Viejo HS. Husky LB Donald Butler and OSU's Colin Lyons both went to Del Campo High in Sacramento and Husky Kurt Mangum and Beaver Markus Wheaton both attended Chandler (Ariz.) HS. Lastly, UW DB Matt Mosley and OSU DT Mitchel Hunt both attended Corona del Sol in the Phoenix area while UW's Semisi Tokolahi and OSU's Devon Kell were classmates last year at Hilo (Hawai'i) HS.
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 101 times, Oregon in 102 games and Oregon State on 92 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-39-5, Washington State 64-31-6 and Oregon State 57-32-4. Combined, Washington has a 179-102-15 (.630) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 80 prior occasions. Over those 80 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 seven occasions.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: In five of their last seven games, the Huskies have gone down to the final minute, or overtime. Washington has won two of those games (USC and Arizona) and lost three (Notre Dame, ASU, UCLA). Notably, the two wins were at home and losses were all on the road. Here's a look at those five games:
Sept. 19 USC W, 16-13 UW kicked field goal with 0:03 remaining Oct. 3 at Notre Dame L, 37-30 UW kicked FG with 0:06 to send game to OT Oct. 10 Arizona W, 36-33 Foster INT return for TD with 2:37 left; Trufant INT ends Ariz. drive with 0:26 left Oct. 17 at ASU L, 24-17 ASU throws TD pass with 0:05 left in game Nov. 7 at UCLA L, 24-23 UW's drive ends with INT at UCLA 20 with 0:54 left
THIRD-DOWN & RED-ZONE SUCCESS: One hallmark of the current season for the UW has been its success on third down and in the red zone. The Huskies currently rank sixth in the nation with a third-down conversion rate of 49.63 percent (67-of-135). In the red zone, Washington has scored 27 of 32 times this season, with only a missed field goal, lost fumble, two interceptions and a loss of downs marring a perfect record. On defense, the Huskies have had remarkable red-zone success. While opponents have scored in 34 of 42 attempts, they've been held to a field goal on 16 of those 34 scores, meaning that opponents have scored a touchdown on only 18 of 42 (.429) trips inside the UW 20-yard line.