Sept. 5, 2004
Today's game marked the first Sunday game in Washington football history. The Huskies have now played at least one game on every day of the week, though most of the previous non-Saturday games have been in bowl games. Fullback Zach Tuiasosopo's 50-yard carry in the second quarter was, by far, the longest of his career . His previous long was a 13-yarder last year vs. Nevada. In fact, Tuiasosopo came into the game with only 123 career rushing yards. Prior to Tuiasosopo's run, the last time a UW non-tailback ran for that many yards on a single carry was when quarterback Billy Joe Hobert rushed for a 60-yard score vs. Wisconsin on Sept. 12, 1992, that season's opening game. Tuiasosopo also set new career highs for receptions and receiving yards with five catches for 47 yards. His previous highs were three receptions (last year vs. Washington State) and 43 yards (last year vs. Indiana). Isaiah Stanback's eight-yard rushing TD run in the second quarter was the third touchdown of his career in any form (rushing, receiving or passing). The following Huskies saw their first-ever game action today: sophomore Brian Tawney, RS-freshman Anthony Russo, junior Mike Mapuolesega, junior Dashon Goldson, RS-freshman Chris Hemphill, freshman Dan Howell, tight end Dash Crutchley, RS-freshman Cody Ellis, senior Lukas Michener, RS-freshman Kyle Trew, freshman Greyson Gunheim, freshman Jordan White-Frisbee, RS-freshman Carl Bonnell. Today's game marked the first loss for Washington at home in a season opener since 1985. That year, UW fell to Oklahoma State at Husky Stadium, 31-17. After being held to 100 yards of total offense in the first half, Fresno State marched 80 yards on 10 plays on the first drive of the second half and, thanks to a five-yard penalty, racked up 85 yards of total offense on that one possession. Redshirt freshman kicker Michael Braunstein kicked his first career field goal in the third quarter. He also made a PAT on Washington's first touchdown. Despite having redshirted last season, he did actually appear in the Indiana and Idaho games and kicked an extra point vs. the Vandals. Linebacker Joe Lobendahn's 16 total tackles marked the first time a Husky racked up 15 or more tackles since Ben Mahdavi had 15 vs. USC, Oct. 6, 2001. Each of Fresno State's first three touchdowns were the first of each player's career. James Sanders (interception return for TD), Joe Fernandez (TD reception) and Brian Morris (fumble returned for TD) each reached the endzone for their first time. Sanders' interception for a TD marked the second year in a row that Fresno State has returned an interception for a score in the season opener. Richard Marshall did it last year at Tennessee. Until today, that was the Bulldogs' last INT returned for a touchdown. Today marked the fifth year in a row that Fresno State opened on the road. The Bulldogs entered today's game 1-3 in their last four openers: a win at Colorado (2001) and losses at Ohio State (2000), Wisconsin (2003) and Tennessee (2003). Fresno's Logan Mankins returned to the starting lineup after missing all of 2003 with a knee injury. He had played in 28 straight games before the injury. Paul Pinegar moved into seventh place on Fresno State's career total offense list. Kevin Sweeney (10,421) is first. Fresno State had two defensive touchdowns for the first time since Nov. 16, 2002, a 38-30 win over Nevada. Fresno State's win was its third straight vs. Pac-10 teams (Oregon State, UCLA, UW). The Bulldogs are 4-2 over their last six vs. Pac-10 teams and 18-15 vs. the Pac-10 since 1980.