Oct. 10, 2011
NOTE: The 520 bridge will close in both directions at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday (after the UW-Colorado game).
QUICK SNAPS: Even after a bye week, UW quarterback Keith Price remains second in the nation with 17 touchdown passes ... only Baylor's Robert Griffin III has more, with 19 ... Price is tied with three others for second ... 17 TD passes already ranks No. 7 (tied) in UW single-season history ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 173.7, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .683, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is seventh in the nation in pass efficiency ... tailback Chris Polk has rushed for 100 yards in four of five games this year and now has 15 career 100-yard games, tied for second-most in school history (tied with Greg Lewis; record is 17, set by Napoleon Kaufman) ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,172 yards ... Washington ranks No. 15 in the nation in turnover margin at plus-1.00 per game (plus-five total) ... that's good for No. 2 in the Pac-12 ... six true freshmen have played this year for the UW: S James Sample, TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Danny Shelton, OLB John Timu and WR Kasen Williams.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Colorado game will air live to a regional audience on ROOT Sports (both in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions) and FCS-Atlantic. Tom Glasgow, Jason Stiles, Jen Mueller and Alanna Rizzo will provide the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on ROOT Sports. 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 Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and can be heard over the internet at gohuskies.com.
HUSKIES vs. BUFFALOES HISTORY: Washington and Colorado have squared off 11 times in their history and have split those 11 meetings with five wins, five losses and a tie for each team. The series begin way back in 1915 when a Gil Dobie-coached UW team wrapped up a 7-0 season with a 46-0 win over the Buffs at Washington's Denny Field. Nearly 40 years later, the Huskies opened the 1953 season with a narrow 21-20 loss at Husky Stadium. Jim Owens' first game as Husky head coach, on Sept. 21, 1957, came against Colorado and that game ended in a 6-6 tie in Seattle. Two seasons later, the Huskies made their first trip to Boulder for yet another season-opener and beat the Buffaloes, 21-12. The next meeting didn't come until 1976 in Seattle when Colorado beat Don James' second Husky squad, 21-7. The two teams next met in the 1985 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim. Current Colorado head coach Jon Embree scored the game's final TD on a 31-yard reception, but the Huskies won, 20-17, behind sophomore QB Chris Chandler. In 1989, shortly after the death of their former quarterback Sal Aunese, Colorado handed the Huskies a 45-28 win at Husky Stadium. The Buffs rushed for 420 yards despite not having a single back over 100 yards. Colorado made it two wins in as many seasons the following year at Folsom Field, handing a 12th-ranked UW team a 20-14 loss. Eric Bieniemy ran for 143 yards and Darian Hagan scored a pair of TDs in the win. Colorado picked up a third straight win over the Huskies in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, winning 33-21. Corey Dillon rushed for 140 yards and two TDs, but CU quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 371 yards and three TDs in the win. In 1999, first-year UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, who'd left Colorado for Seattle during the offseason, got his first win at Washington in week three of the season. Marques Tuiasosopo hit Chris Juergens with a nine-yard TD pass with 3:17 remaining to break a tie and forge a 31-24 win. The following year in Boulder, a Rose Bowl-bound Husky team won, 17-14. Washington scored 14 in the final quarter on a TD run from Willie Hurst and a pass from Tuiasosopo to Wilbur Hooks.
WASHINGTON-COLORADO TIES: Colorado's coaching staff includes one member, receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, who worked at Washington. Kennedy was a member of the UW staff under Rick Neuheisel. CU defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo, a longtime assistant at Arizona, is an uncle to former Husky football players Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo. Three members of the Colorado staff - Jon Embree, Eric Bieniemy and Kanavis McGhee - all played against the Huskies in the 1980s. As for players, there are no Washingtonians on the Colorado roster and just one Colorado native on the Husky roster: senior WR Devin Aguilar. Aguilar went to Mullen High School in Denver, as did Buffs Brady Daigh, Shawn Daniels and Josh Ford. Other UW and CU players who attended the same high school: UW's Mike Criste and CU's Matthew Bahr and Brian Lockridge (Mission Viejo); UW's Nick Wood and CU's Ryan Deehan (Poway); UWs' Wil Smith and CU's Clayton Jones (St. Francis); UW's Sean Parker and Tim Tucker and CU's Josh Moten (Narbonne); UW's Erik Folk and CU's Daniel Munyer (Notre Dame);
EIGHT OUT OF NINE: Washington enters this week's game vs. Colorado having won seven out of eight games. The last time the Huskies had won seven out of eight was during the 2001 season, when Washington began the season 7-1 (they'd also won their last eight in 2000). That year, the Huskies won their first four games of the season (stretching a win streak from the previous season to 12 games) before losing at UCLA on Oct. 13, 2001. After that UCLA loss, Washington reeled off wins over Arizona, ASU and Stanford before falling at Oregon State.
30 AND OVER: Washington has scored 30 or more points in each of its first five games this season. Only twice before in UW history has a Husky team scored 30 or more in each of the first five games, in 1924 and 1991. In neither of those seasons did Washington extend its 30-point streak to six games. The `24 season schedule started with West Seattle Athletic Club, the USS Maryland, Willamette, Whitman and Montana. A 6-3 win over Oregon State ended the string. The `91 Huskies went 12-0 and won the national title. Their 30-point streak ended in a 21-14 win at Cal in the sixth game.
THE PAC-12: This season, the Pac-10 Conference has added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, will play in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and California. Under current plans, each school will play all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. This year, the Huskies will not face UCLA or Arizona State. The last time that Washington didn't face UCLA in a season was in 1992 (when the Pac-10 schedule was eight games). The UW didn't face Arizona State in 2003 or 2004.
CAPTAINS: At the end of the spring practice season, the four captains for the 2011 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior linebacker Cort Dennison (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.), senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.) and senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.). Kelemete was also voted as a season captain in 2010. The team also names two game captains each game. Here's a list of those:
EWU: Cody Bruns, Greg Walker
Hawai'i: Desmond Trufant, Marlion Barnett
Nebraska: Travis Feeney, Everrette Thompson
California: Kevin Smith, Evan Zeger
Utah: Tim Tucker, Taniela Tupou
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 176-53-3 (.765) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the UW is 3-1 in such games (Chris Polk has rushed for 100 in every game but vs. Cal).
HISTORY LESSON: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, UW has rushed for 200 yards in a game 76 times. The Huskies' record stands at 64-12-1 (.838) in those contests. Since 1995, UW is 39-9-1 (.806) when rushing for 200 yards.
PLAYING AT HOME: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 21 seasons. UW has won 90 of its last 136 (.665) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (90-45-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 138-56-2 (.709) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 56-32-1 (.635) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10/Pac-12 opponents.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium will undergo a massive renovation following the 2010 season. In fact, in order to aid the project, the Huskies will play this season's Apple Cup vs. Washington State Nov. 26 at CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahaws), meaning the Nov. 5 game vs. Oregon will be the final game in the "old" Husky Stadium. The Seattle icon was first opened in 1920. Upper decks were added in the 1950s (south) and 1980s (north). Renovations will completely remake the lower bowl and the south deck. The stadium track will be removed and an operations center for the football team will be built into the west end. For much more information, including a virtual look from every seat in the new stadium, photo galleries and more, go to huskystadium.com.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2011 season marks the 92nd 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 355-168-21 (.672).