Nov. 8, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (1-8 overall, 0-6 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays its final home game of the 2004 season this Saturday, November 13, when No. 5 California visits Husky Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. game. The game will mark the final home appearance for 15 Husky seniors. Prior to losses the last two seasons, Washington had won 19 straight games against California. After the Cal game, the Huskies finish out the season with the annual Apple Cup game vs. Washington State in Pullman. The Washington-Washington State game will kick off at 5:00 p.m. and will air live on ABC-TV to a regional audience. The Huskies have won six consecutive Apple Cups.
Huskies vs. Golden Bears History: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pacific-10 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 45-34-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Prior to a 34-27 UW loss at Husky Stadium in 2003 and a 54-7 Cal rout last season in Berkeley, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2003, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Over the 19-game streak, the Huskies were ranked at the time of the Cal game 12 times, including playing as the No. 1 team in the country three times vs. the Golden Bears. The Bears were ranked on only three occasions. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten head coach Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley. This game will mark Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson's second game against the Bears as head coach. Gilbertson was, of course, California's head coach from 1992 to 1995. Cal coach Jeff Tedford, in his second season in Berkeley, is 2-0 against Washington. Gilbertson and Tedford's only meeting against one another as head coaches was last season, giving Tedford a 1-0 advantage, head-to-head.
Senior Day: This Saturday's game against California will mark the final home game for 14 Husky seniors: OT Khalif Barnes, OT Ryan Brooks, CB Sam Cunningham, PK Ricardo DoValle, WR Charles Frederick, LB Tim Galloway, OG Jens Jellen, CB Derrick Johnson, TE Jon Lyon, LB Mike McEvoy, WR Lukas Michener, DT Will Murphy, SS Jimmy Newell, SS Eric Roy and FB Zach Tuiasosopo. An unfortunate theme of the season is the fact that three of those seniors have been ruled out for the rest of the season due to broken bones and that six of them have missed games due to injury. Among the seniors, only Cunningham has started all nine games.
Television: The Washington-California game will not air on live television. It will, however, be shown on tape delay, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 3:00 p.m., on Fox Sports Net (in the Northwest) with Jim Watson and former Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller calling the action. During the season, all Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (check the listings) during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Furthermore, both remaining UW games will air on XM Satellite Radio (UW-Cal on Channel 184 and UW-WSU on Channel 185).
Washington-California Ties: Washington head coach Keith Gilbertson served four years (1992-95) as head coach at Cal. Until last season, he was still the last Bears head coach to take them to a bowl game and until 2003, he was the last Cal head coach to beat Stanford. A couple the Huskies' new assistant coaches are also former California assistants. UW co-defensive coordinator Phil Snow, who started his career coaching at Berkeley High School, was the Bears' secondary coach for five seasons (1987-91) under Bruce Snyder. Cal's o-line coach, Jim Michalczik is married to former UW volleyball standout Jennifer Stretfeild. Cal secondary coach J.D. Williams is an older brother of late Husky safety Curtis Williams. Cal's special teams and tight ends coach Pete Alamar spent three seasons as an assistant at Eastern Michigan under former UW offensive coordinator Jeff Woodruff, the son-in-law of former Husky head coach Don James. Alamar also coached at Arizona in the 1990s alongside Husky offensive line coach Charlie Dickey. There are no players from the state of Washington on the Bears' roster. Washington's roster includes only two players from the Bay Area: Rob Meadow (San Francisco/De La Salle) and Matt Fountaine (Oakland/Bishop O'Dowd). Additionally, Manase Hopoi and C.J. Wallace are from Sacramento, Jon Lyon is from Carmel, Chad Macklin is from Visalia and Louis Rankin is from Stockton. Meadow played at De La Salle along with Cal's Tosh Lupoi, Tag McCurdy, Anthony Binswanger and Andy Briner. Fountaine was a teammate of Cal's Burl Toler at O'Dowd. UW CB Kim Taylor attended Long Beach Poly, as did Cal's Ray Tago. Husky safety Dashon Goldson and Cal's Marcus O'Keith both attended Narbonne High in Los Angeles while UW freshman Chet Sanders and three players from Cal (Wendell Hunter, Matt Malele and Noris Malele) all went to nearby Carson High. And last but certainly not least, Husky freshman Mesphin Forrester is the younger brother of Cal junior Wale Forrester. They both went to L.A.'s Venice High, as did Husky freshman Erick Lobos.
Last Year vs. California: After breaking the Huskies' long winning streak in the series the previous season at Husky Stadium, California beat the Huskies in Berkeley for the first time in 28 year last Nov. 15. The Bears did it in convincing fashion, amassing a school-record 729 yards of total offensive on their way to a 54-7 win. Washington had won 10 in a row in Berkeley since a Bears win in 1975. Four of the previous five UW-Cal games had been decided by eight or fewer points. Bears receiver Geoff McArthur, who finished the day with six catches for 180 yards, got it started on the game's first play from scrimmage when he was on the receiving end of a 79-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers finished the game 20-for-33 for a career-high 348 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a score. J.J. Arrington carried 14 times for 185 yards in place of starter Adimchinobe Echemandu, the Pac-10's second-leading rusher held out of the game with a sprained ankle, and the Bears averaged nearly 11 yards per carry while rushing for 381 yards. Cal leveled Husky quarterback Cody Pickett several times thanks to an aggressive blitz package that led to three first-half sacks. Pickett was 22-of-39 for 225 yards and threw two interceptions. Zach Tuiasosopo scored the Huskies' lone touchdown on a three-yard run in the second quarter. McArthur, the nation's second-leading receiver at the time, had four catches for 131 yards in the first quarter alone and broke the school's all-time single-season record for receiving yards. Cal punted for the first time midway through the fourth quarter, but Charles Frederick muffed the return to give the Bears the ball back a the 26. Cal's third and fourth-string running backs scored fourth-quarter touchdowns, with Michael Porter capping the blowout with a 51-yard TD run with 2:44 left.
Last Time vs. California At Husky Stadium: The Golden Bears smashed two Husky winning streaks on Oct. 5, 2003, at Husky Stadium with a 34-27 win. The Cal win broke the Huskies' 17-game home winning streak and broke a string of 19 straight UW wins over the Bears. Cal's Kyle Boller was eclipsed by UW's Cody Pickett in all of the passing stats except touchdowns. Boller was 13-for-24 for 266 yards and threw five TDs and no interceptions while Pickett was 35-for-59 for 399 yards and two interceptions with no touchdowns. Pickett's 35 completions marked a school record. Cal opened the scoring in the first quarter on a flea-flicker pass from Boller to Jonathan Makonnen that went for a 40-yard TD. The UW tied the game at 7-7 on a 21-yard run from Braxton Cleman and pulled ahead on the first of four John Anderson field goals. In the second, the Bears got a second TD pass from Boller to Vincent Strang while Anderson's two kicks left the Bears with a 21-16 halftime edge. Boller hit Tom Swoboda with a 23-yard score in the third and, after a Cal safety on a holding penalty in the endzone, Boller and LaShaun Ward hooked up on a two-yard pass to make it 34-18. The Huskies looked like they might work the same kind of fourth-quarter magic they'd come to rely on vs. Cal, but after Pickett's one-yard TD run and the fourth Anderson field goal with 1:54 drew the UW to within a touchdown, the Dawgs were unable to recover an onside kick and Cal ran out the clock.
vs. Bay Area Schools: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 96-67-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 46-34-4 against California, 39-33-4 vs. Stanford, 9-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary's and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven't played Santa Clara since 1935 and haven't faced St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, Washington is 48-5-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 19-2 vs. Cal, 21-3 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
Starters Galore: When redshirt-freshman tight end Robert Lewis earned his first career start in last Saturday's game vs. Arizona, he became the 23rd different Husky player to start on offense this season. Washington has started three different quarterbacks, three different tight ends, seven different wide receivers and offensive linemen, two fullbacks and one tailback. On the other side of the ball, things have been a bit more settled as 16 players have started at least one game on defense. Add in the fact that a total of three players have "started" at kicker and punter, and you could say that 42 different Huskies have started this year in a total of 24 positions. Only six players (plus punter Sean Douglas) have started every game this season.
Tough on Fourth Down: Somewhat remarkably, the Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to convert a fourth-down attempt all year. Washington's defense has seen its opponents go for it on fourth down on 11 occasions this season and have yet to allow a foe to get a first down in that situation. A fourth down attempt has been tried in five of nine games with no success. By contrast, the Huskies have converted on fourth down on eight of 21 tries this season, a percentage of .381. That's an even better mark then the Huskies' success on third-down conversion attempts (.297). The next best opponents' fourth-down conversion percentage in the conference .182 (2-for-11), by Arizona State.
Injury Bug: Washington has had a nearly unprecedented number of players miss games this year due to injury. In fact, all four of the Huskies' senior captains (the fifth captain is junior Joe Lobendahn) have missed at least one game due to injury. Two of those -- fullback Zach Tuiasosopo (broken leg) and tackle Khalif Barnes (broken wrist) -- are out for the rest of the season. The two other senior captains have both missed time as well. Receiver Charles Frederick has sat out four games while cornerback Derrick Johnson has missed one. Furthermore, five players that have started on offense have missed action due to injury (receivers Corey Williams and Quintin Daniels are out for the year while tight end Joe Toledo and quarterbacks Carl Bonnell and Isaiah Stanback have missed games due to less severe injuries). Most recently, senior tight end Jon Lyon broke a bone in his hand during practice on Nov. 2, meaning he'll miss the last three games of the season. Also on offense, tight end Ben Bandel, who started seven games last year, has seen his career come to an end due to injury. On the other side of the ball, two defensive linemen are out for the year after having started this season: tackles Donny Mateaki and Dan Milsten. Additionally, end Mike Mapuolesega missed four games because of a knee problem.
Upcoming Promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
Food drive: For the 25th year, Law Enforcement Explorers throughout Washington will be on hand at the gates of Husky Stadium to collect food and cash donations at the California game Nov. 13. All of the donations will go to Northwest Harvest, which will redistribute them to food banks in 27 counties.
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.