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Release: 10/10/2005
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Oct. 10, 2005

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The Game: The Washington football team (0-2 in the Pac-10, 1-4 overall), fresh from a bye week, travel to Eugene to take on Oregon this Saturday, Oct. 15. Game time is 12:30 p.m. and, while there will be no live TV broadcast, the game will air on FSN Northwest on a same-day delay Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The Ducks (2-1 in the Pac-10, 5-1 overall) are ranked No. 20 in this week's Associated Press rankings and No. 21 in the USA Today coaches' poll. Oregon traveled to the desert last week and knocked off Arizona State, 31-17. After the Oregon game, the Huskies return home for their only home game of the month of October. Sat., Oct. 22, the Dawgs will play host to No. 1 USC and then hit the road once again to face Arizona State in Tempe on Oct. 29. November brings two home games - Nov. 5 vs. Oregon State, Nov. 19 vs. Washington State - sandwiched around a Nov. 12 game at Arizona. With Oregon ranked in the AP Top 25, Washington will have faced four currently ranked teams after this Saturday's game. Only Michigan, which will play its fifth ranked opponent this Saturday in Penn State, can claim more current top-25 foes so far this season.

Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 34 losses and five ties. While the series of games playing in Eugene is close with the Ducks enjoying a 12-11 edge all-time, the Huskies are 31-17-4 in games played in Seattle. The Huskies are 10-9 all-time at Autzen Stadium and went 16-5-1 in 22 meetings in Portland's Multnomah Stadium (now PGE Park) for an overall record of 36-25-1 in games played in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game will the Huskies' fifth trip to Autzen Stadium in the series' last seven games. In 2000, 2002 and 2004, the UW and Oregon met at Autzen Stadium while in 2001, the Ducks and Huskies didn't play each other, the first break in the series since 1943, when Washington played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the slight edge of late, winning six of the last 10 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won three of the last five, nine of the last 15, 15 of the last 23 and 21 of the last 30. Prior to a 31-6 loss last season in Eugene, Washington had won in its previous visit to Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 in 2002. That day, Oregon took a 14-0 lead before the Dawgs posted 42 unanswered points to run away with a 42-14 win. The Dawgs followed that victory with a 42-10 win in 2003 at Husky Stadium . Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings, though Oregon has taken six of the last 10. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year. Tenth-year Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 5-4 vs. Washington. While at Stanford, Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham compiled a 4-1 record against the Ducks. Willingham's Cardinal squads beat the Ducks 28-21 in 1995 at Eugene, 27-24 in 1996 at Stanford and 58-49 in 1997 at Stanford before the Ducks posted their first win over Willingham, a 63-28 victory in 1998 in Eugene. The Cardinal and Ducks didn't play in 1999 or 2000, but Willingham got a 49-42 victory in Eugene in his final season at Stanford. That loss was Oregon's lone defeat in 2001. All of Willingham's five games against Oregon were head-to-head vs. Bellotti. Willingham was 2-1 in games at Autzen Stadium.

Television: There will be no live television broadcast of the Washington-Oregon game. However, the game will air on FSN Northwest on a same-day delay at 7:00 p.m. Saturday night. Brian Davis and Sonny Sixkiller will call the action. With the replay Saturday night, there will be no replay on Sunday, as is usually the case. For the rest of the season, all remaining Husky games will air on FSN on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, "Husky Football All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with one-on-one interviews and sideline video.

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 26 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Most broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196.

The Coach: Tyrone Willingham was named Washington's 22nd head football coach on December 13, 2004. A former head coach at Notre Dame and Stanford, Willingham became the first African-American to serve as the Huskies head coach. While he brings an impressive resume with him to resurrect the Husky program, Willingham has acquitted himself well among his peers for much more than just fielding winning teams. Over the past 28 years Willingham has developed a coaching style that emphasizes toughness, enthusiasm, intelligence, discipline, commitment and unselfish play. The result has provided his players with more than just the opportunity to enjoy victories on the field. His guiding principles have prepared his players to be successful in life. Willingham, who turned 51 on Dec. 30, served as the head coach at Stanford (1995-2001) and Notre Dame (2002-2004) over the past decade. His Stanford teams enjoyed a 44-36-1 record while he was 21-15 with the Fighting Irish, including a 38-3 victory against Washington last season at Notre Dame Stadium. In his inaugural season with the Irish in 2002, he wasted no time reversing the tide of the Irish program, leading Notre Dame to a 10-2 regular-season record and a trip to the 2003 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. He was named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News after the 2002 season, while also picking up several national coach of the year awards. Prior to his tenure at Notre Dame, Willingham directed the Stanford program for seven seasons. In 1999, the Cardinal won the Pac-10 and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972, earning Willingham Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Cardinal to the 1995 Liberty Bowl, the 1996 Sun Bowl and the 2001 Seattle Bowl. Willingham, who grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., played both football and baseball at Michigan State, earning three letters in both sports and was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as the outstanding scholar-athlete in the league. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1977 and, aside from his two previous head coaching stints, has served as a full-time assistant at Central Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Rice and Stanford, as well as with the Minnesota Vikings

Willingham vs. The Pac-10: Thanks mostly to his time at Stanford, but also via frequent games vs. western teams while at Notre Dame, Tyrone Willingham has amassed a lengthy record against Pac-10 teams. Overall, Willingham is 47-30against Pac-10 teams. Interestingly, his teams have struggled the most against Washington, as he's gone 1-6 against his new charges. Here's Willingham's record against each Pac-10 team: Arizona (2-3), Arizona State (4-3), California (7-1), Oregon (4-1), Oregon State (3-4), Stanford (3-0), UCLA (3-5), USC (4-6), Washington (1-5), Washington State (6-2).

Coaching Staff: Washington's new coaching staff, under first-year head coach Tyrone Willingham, includes a number of names that might be familiar to more savvy Pac-10 football fans. Willingham, of course, spent seven seasons in charge of Stanford, where he'd previously served as an assistant (1989-91) for three seasons. And, two members of the Husky staff from last season were held over as well, lending more than a little familiarity. Defensive line coach Randy Hart is now working for his fifth different head coach as a member of the Husky staff while linebackers coach Chris Tormey, is beginning his 15th season at the UW, spread over three different stints. Aside from those three, several other UW coaches have experience in or around the Northwest. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer has coached in the Pac-10 at California, Arizona State and Stanford, as well as at Idaho. Spokane native Tim Lappano previously worked at Idaho, Washington State, California, Oregon State and with the Seattle Seahawks. Receivers coach Eric Yarber, an Idaho grad, has spent time at his alma mater, with the Seahawks and at Oregon State while Mike Denbrock (offensive line) and Trent Miles (running backs) both worked one season each at Stanford. Only tight ends/special teams coach Bob Simmons, the former Oklahoma State head coach, and defensive backs coach Steven Wilks can't trace their coaching roots through the Pac-10.

The GAs: Washington's two graduate assistant coaches this season are Kyle Benn (offense) and Joey Hildbold (defense). Benn earned four letters as a center and was a captain on the 2001 team. That season, he was one of only two players named to the All-Pac-10 and Academic All-Pac-10 first teams. He is in his second season as a G.A. at his alma mater. Hildbold, a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame, was a punter for the Irish from 1999 to 2002. He was a two-time finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter.

Washington-Oregon Ties: While there isn't much crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. As far as coaches go, UO linebackers coach Don Pellum worked as an assistant athletic director at California during some of the time that UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer worked at Cal. Somewhat surprisingly, Washington's current roster does not include a single player from the state of Oregon, although UW quarterback Johnny Durocher did originally attend UO before transferring to the UW. The Ducks' roster, however, includes six Washingtonians: TE Levi Horn (Spokane/Rogers), OL Adam Klovas (Graham/Bethel ... classmate of UW DE Caesar Rayford and QB Johnny Durocher), DE Devan Long (Anacortes), TB Jonathan Stewart (Lacey/Timberline), OL Josh Tschirgi (Vancouver/Skyview) and OL Matt Webb (Vancouver/Heritage). A number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: UW OT Rob Meadow, UO CB Jackie Bates, CB Willie Glasper, LB Chris Mulvanny, WR Cameron Colvin and WR Demetrius Williams all played at Northern California powerhouse De La Salle High. Husky tailback Chris Singleton and Duck CB Aaron Gipson both went to Etiwanda (Calif.) High. UW defensive end Brandon Ala and UO center Enoka Lucas were classmates at Honolulu's Kamehameha High. Duck receiver Derrick Johnson and UW DB Kim Taylor attended Long Beach Poly. Oregon S Jerome Boyd, FB Jerome Johnson and Husky freshman Jasper Henry are all graduates of Dorsey High in Los Angeles. Husky freshman LB Darrion Jones and Oregon's Darius Sanders and Kyle Weatherspoon all graduated from Lynwood High in L.A. while Husky Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Duck Max Unger played together at Hawaii Prep. Oregon's Kevin Garrett and Huskies Dashon Goldson and Roy Lewis all attended Narbonne High. Finally, Husky safety Chris Hemphill and Ducks tackle Jermaine Randolph both attended Junipero Serra High in southern California.

Last Year at Oregon: Last Oct. 30 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon stifled the Husky offense as the Ducks rolled to a 31-6 win over the Huskies. The Huskies totaled only 256 yards of total offense while the Ducks weren't that much better, with 292 yards. However, Washington lost three fumbles and threw four interceptions while Oregon turned the ball over only twice, to make the difference in the game. Oregon took a lead on the game's opening drive, using 14 plays to go 80 yards. A 16-yard pass from Kellen Clemens to Cameron Colvin capped the drive. After each team kicked a field goal, Oregon took a 17-3 lead into the break when Clemens and Colvin connected on a seven-yard TD pass in the waning seconds of the first half. In the second half, after a second Evan Knudson field goal in the third quarter accounted for the Huskies' last three points, Chris Solomona ran back a 10-yard interception return for a score and Terrance Whitehead rushed for a 30-yard score as the Ducks rolled to the win. Clemens finished 21-for-34 for 134 yards, one interception and two TDs while Whitehead rushed 25 times for 122 yards. Casey Paus completed 14-of-36 for 211 yards, but threw four interceptions. Husky receiver Craig Chambers, seeing the first significant action of his career, caught four pases for a game-high 106 yards.

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 97 times, Oregon in 96 games and Oregon State on 89 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-34-5, Washington State 63-28-6 and Oregon State 57-28-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-90-15 (.655) record against its northwest rivals, including a sweep of all three in both 2002 and 2003.

Bye Week: For whatever reason, Washington generally has had its bye week scheduled during the first few weeks of the season during the last few decades. In fact, with last Saturday, Oct. 8, off, the Huskies had their latest bye week since 1987, when the Dawgs had a Saturday off on Oct. 24, after their seventh game of the season. Since then, in the years in which the Huskies have scheduled an off week, it has always fallen in September. Dating back to 1987, the Huskies have posted an 11-3 record in games played after a bye week, with the three losses coming at Ohio State in 1995, at Oregon in 2000 and vs. UCLA last year.

Autzen Again?: Saturday's trip to Eugene will mark the Huskies' fourth trip to Autzen Stadium in the last five meetings between the Dawgs and Ducks. The Huskies have played host to the Ducks only three times in the last decade: 1997, 1999 and 2003. Washington traveled to Eugene in 2000, 2002 and 2004 while playing the Ducks at Husky Stadium in 2003. In 2001, the two Northwest rivals didn't play one another. Washington is 11-9 all-time at Autzen Stadium, which opened in 1967. From 1926 to 1955, Oregon played all of its home games vs. Washington at Multnomah Stadium (now PGE Park) in Portland.

The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 160-39-3 (.803) 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 are 1-2 this season after Louis Rankin rushed for 112 yards in the loss to Air Force, 115 in the win over Idaho and 109 in the loss at 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 61 times. The Huskies' record stands at 54-6-1 (.893) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 29-3-1 (.894) when rushing for 200 yards.

Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday before each game. Here's a list of the captains that have served in each game:

Air Force: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Joe Toledo
Cal: Dashon Goldson, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Brad Vanneman
Idaho: Manase Hopoi, Evan Knudson, Robin Meadow, Scott White
Notre Dame: Dashon Goldson, Manase Hopoi, Isaiah Stanback, Brad Vanneman
UCLA: Tusi Sa'au, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace, 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. Trenton Tuiasosopo and Kim Taylor are cousins, and are also cousins 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. Sophomore Craig Chambers' older brother, Richie, was a starting linebacker for the Dawgs in the 1990s. Junior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Kicker Evan Knudson is a half-brother of former Husky punter Channing Wyles. Linebacker Evan Benjamin's older sister, Paige, was an All-America volleyball player for the Huskies while sophomore guard Jason Benn's older brother Kyle, a center for the Dawgs from 1998-2001, is now a graduate assistant coach. Redshirt freshman Chris Rohrbach is the son of former UW linebacker Mike Rohrbach, who was a captain on the Huskies' 1977 Pac-10 champion team. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Defensive tackle Andy Heater's father, Chuck, was a Husky assistant coach from 1999 to 2003. Linebacker Brian Tawney's sister, Traci, played softball at the UW. Finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.

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