Nov. 14, 2011
NOTE: The Coach Sarkisian Show will air live at 4:30 p.m. PT Monday, originating from the concourse of Alaska Airlines Arena (southwest corner, near Husky Team Shop).
THE GAME: The Washington football team (6-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) takes on Oregon State (2-8, 2-5) in the first of back-to-back Northwest rivalry games. The Dawgs and Beavers square off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT at Reser Stadium in a game that will air live in the Northwest on ROOT Sports. The following week, Washington hosts Washington State in the annual Apple Cup at the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle. That game, which closes out the regular season, kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and will air live on Versus television. Like the rest of the conference's bowl-eligible teams, the UW will then have to wait until after the conference championship games to learn its bowl fate. Washington is one of six Pac-12 teams so far to have attained bowl eligibility.
QUICK SNAPS: The UW has won its final two games of the regular season in each of the previous two seasons under coach Steve Sarkisian ... Chris Polk now owns three of the top nine seasons in school history in terms of rushing yards ... his 1,415 last season ranks No. 2; this year's 1,132 ranks No. 8 and his 2009 total of 1,113 is ninth-best ... Polk has rushed for 100 yards in seven of 10 games this year and now has 18 career 100-yard games, a new school record ... Oct. 29 vs. Arizona, Polk tied the UW modern record by scoring five touchdowns and became the first player in UW history to top 100 yards in both rushing (144) and receiving (100) in the same game ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,693 yards ... Polk ranks 14th in the nation in rushing (113.2 yards per game) ... UW quarterback Keith Price is tied for 10th in the nation with 25 touchdown passes ... 25 TD passes ranks tied for No. 2 in UW single-season history, three shy of Cody Pickett's record of 28 ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 155.1, he would surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .673, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is 16th in the nation in pass efficiency ... senior linebacker Cort Dennison leads the Pac-12 in tackles ... 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-Oregon State game will air live to a regional audience on ROOT Sports television. Tom Glasgow, Steve Preece and Jason Stiles 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/102.9 FM, 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. BEAVERS HISTORY: Washington holds a 58-33-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 16 of the last 23 meetings and 26 of the last 34, 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 JELD-WEN Field). The Huskies are 33-19-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-16-0 mark in Husky Stadium, and 25-14-2 all-time in games played away from Seattle. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 15-6 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-9 all-time in Corvallis. Last year in Seattle, Washington won 35-34 in two overtimes, denying a two-point conversion for the winning play. Jake Locker tied a school record with five TD passes, including four to Jermaine Kearse. Two years ago at OSU, the Beavers got 159 rushing yards from Jacquizz Rodgers to roll to a 48-21 win over the Huskies. In 2008 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 Locker, controversial calls from referees and five more Alexis Serna field goals in a 29-23 Beavers win. In 2006 in Seattle, QB Isaiah Stanback's college career came to an end with a devastating 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 three touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win. 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 other 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.
WASHINGTON-OREGON STATE TIES: 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. Additionally, first-year OSU receiv ers coach Brent Brennan was a graduate assistant at the UW in 1999. Oregon State's current roster includes 14 players that graduated from Washington high schools: TE Kellen Clute (Spokane/Mt. Spokane), DE Scott Crichton (Tacoma/Foss), OL Grant Enger (Seattle/O'Dea), WR Kramer Ferrell (Ellensburg), LB Charlie Gilmur (Tacoma/Curtis), TE Joe Halahuni (Orting), WR Garett Hall (Olympia), TE Connor Hamlett (Edmonds/Meadowdale), P Johnny Hekker (Bothell), OL, Colin Kelly (Kelso), WR Geno Munoz (Tacoma/Mt. Tahoma), S Anthony Watkins (Burien/Highline), CB Brian Watkins (Burien/Highline) and OL Jake Welch (Longview/Mark Morris). Washington's roster includes just one player from the state of Oregon: RS-freshman OL James Atoe (The Dalles/The Dalles-Wahtonka). OSU's Enger went to O'Dea, the same school as Huskies Johri Fogerson, Quinton Richardson and Ben Riva. Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. UW's Semisi Tokolahi and OSU's Devon Kell were classmates at Hilo (Hawai'i) HS. Huskies Evan Hudson, Colin Porter and Michael Hartvigson went to Bothell, same as Hekker. Husky WR DiAndre Campbell and Beaver S Ryan Murphy both graduated from Oakland Tech together while Husky Ken Egu and Beavers Tyler Anderson, Troy Whalen and Dylan Wynn were all teammates at De La Salle. Husky linema58n Mike Criste and OSU DT Dominic Glover went to Mission Viejo. UW's Drew Schultz and OSU's Parsons both went to Olympia and, lastly, UW's Hau'oli Jamora went to Kahuku HS in Hawai'i, the same as two Beavers players, Shiloah Te'o and Feti Unga.
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 103 times, Oregon in 103 games and Oregon State on 95 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-41-5, Washington State 66-31-6 and Oregon State 58-33-4. Combined, Washington has a 182-105-15 (.627) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 82 prior occasions. Over those 82 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.
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: Greg Walker, Cody Bruns
Hawai'i: Desmond Trufant, Marlion Barnett
Nebraska: Travis Feeney, Everrette Thompson
California: Kevin Smith, Evan Zeger
Utah: Tim Tucker, Taniela Tupou
Colorado: Jamaal Kearse, Willis Wilson
Stanford: Will Shamburger, Corey Waller
Arizona: DiAndre Campbell, Thomas Tutogi
Oregon: Will Shamburger, Marcus Peters
USC: Greg Walker, Corey Waller
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 178-54-3 (.764) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the UW is 5-2 in such games (Chris Polk has rushed for 100 in every game but Cal, Oregon and USC).
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 77 times. The Huskies' record stands at 65-12-1 (.851) in those contests. Since 1995, UW is 40-9-1 (.810) 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 92 of its last 139 (.665) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (92-46-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 140-57-2 (.709) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 58-33-1 (.636) 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 was 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.