Nov. 15, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (1-9 overall, 0-6 in the Pac-10 Conference) closes out the 2004 season with its traditional rivalry game -- the Apple Cup vs. Washington State. Saturday's game, Nov. 20 at 4:00 p.m. PST, will take place at Martin Stadium in Pullman and will air live on ABC-TV to a regional audience (see below for more on TV coverage). Neither the Huskies or the Cougars (4-5 overall, 2-5 Pac-10) can earn a bowl-game berth this season. In fact, this is the first Apple Cup since 1976 in which both teams entered the game with losing records. That year, a 4-6 (going into the game) Husky team beat a 3-7 Cougar club, 51-32, in a game played in Spokane. Saturday's game is also the Huskies' final contest under head coach Keith Gilbertson, who will step down from his post following the season. The Huskies have won six consecutive Apple Cups, dating back to a loss in 1997, and eight of the last nine.
Huskies vs. Cougars History: The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor's Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 63-27-6 edge in the 96-game series, including a 31-10 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 14-11-1 in games played in Pullman and 7-4-0 in games at Martin Stadium. Washington also holds a 13-3-0 mark in Spokane, where the Cougars hosted many of their home Apple Cups in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The Huskies have won the last six Apple Cup games overall and have emerged victorious in Martin Stadium in each of their last four visits. Last year, Washington pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In the last Apple Cup played in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. Three seasons ago, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win. Washington has won 12 of the last 15 vs. WSU and 23 of the last 30. Despite being only seven miles or so down the road from Pullman during his three-year tenure as head coach at Idaho, Husky coach Keith Gilbertson never faced the Cougars as a Vandal. However, Gilbertson did square off vs. WSU three times during his four seasons in charge at California. The Bears went 1-2 in those three games: a 34-7 loss at Pullman in 1993, a 26-23 loss at Berkeley in 1994, and a 27-11 win at Berkeley in 1995. With UW's win last year, Gilbertson holds a 2-2 record against the Cougars as a head coach. Washington State's Bill Doba, in his second season as a college head coach, had obviously never faced Washington in that capacity before last season, making him 0-1 as a head man against his cross-state rival. However, as an assistant, he has been on the winning sideline vs. the UW four times in 15 tries (1-0 as an assistant at Indiana in 1978 and 3-11 as a WSU assistant from 1989 to 2002).
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 96 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 63-27-6 and Oregon State 57-28-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-89-15 (.658) record against its northwest rivals, including a sweep of all three in both 2002 and 2003.
Television: The Washington-Washington State game will air live to a regional audience on ABC-TV with Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts and Todd Harris on the call. KOMO-TV in Seattle will carry a one-hour pregame and one-hour postgame show while Fox Sports will also have a post-game show. The game will also air on tape delay, Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m., on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson, Sonny Sixkiller and Mark Rypien calling the action. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" will air the following Thursday, Nov. 25, at 10:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 26, at 4:00 p.m. on Fox Sports Net.
Apple Cup TV Coverage: The following television stations will broadcast the Washington-Washington State game this Saturday:
KOMO -- Seattle, Wash.
KXLY -- Spokane, Wash.
KAPP -- Yakima, Wash.
KATU -- Portland, Ore.
KEZI -- Eugene, Ore.
KDRV -- Medford, Ore.
KABC -- Los Angeles, Calif.
KGO -- San Francisco, Calif.
KXTV -- Sacramento, Calif.
KGTV -- San Diego, Calif.
KFSN -- Fresno, Calif.
KABC -- Monterey, Calif.
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, the Apple Cup will air on XM Satellite Radio on Pac-10 Channel 185.
Washington-WSU Ties: While there's not much history between the coaching staffs at Washington and Washington State, there's plenty between the players. On the coaching side, very few Husky coaches have ever worked with members of WSU's staff. UW co-defensive coordinator Phil Snow and offensive coordinator John Pettas both spent some time on Bruce Snyder's staff at Arizona, where they worked with WSU assistant head coach Robin Pflugrad and offensive line coach George Yarno. Snow also worked at UCLA on Bob Toledo's coaching staff with WSU running backs coach Kelly Skipper. While there aren't that many Huskies from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. UW OT Ryan Brooks, PK Ricardo DoValle and WSU SS Jeremy Bohannon (all seniors) were teammates at Richland High. Husky receiver Bobby Whithorne and Cougar offensive lineman Spencer Hollison attended Santa Margarita Catholic High in southern California. WSU junior defensive end Adam West is a graudate of Venice (Calif.) High, same as Husky freshmen Erick Lobos and Mesphin Forrester. Shelton Sampson, a freshman TB at Washington, went to Clover Park with two current Cougs: LB Paul Stevens and DL Ropati Pitoitua. WSU d-lineman Sean O'Connor and UW safety Evan Benjamin are Redmond High grads while WSU has four Puyallup High alums -- Loren Langley, Jonathan Larson, Marty Martin and Jacob McKinney -- where Husky WR/CB Cody Ellis and S Steve Horan played. Husky freshman offensive lineman Tyler Ashby and Cougar freshman RB J.T. Diederichs were classmates at Ballard High in Seattle last year. UW LB Tim Galloway and WSU TE Bryant Claudon both went o Auburn High while Husky senior WR Lukas Michener and Cougar Will Bennett are both Spanaway Lake grads. Finally, Husky RS-freshman guard Juan Garcia and WSU's John Rasmussen both went to Yakima's Eisenhower High. There are two other Huskies from Eastern Washington: RS-freshman freshman defensive tackle Jordan Reffett (Moses Lake/Moses Lake) and senior defensive end Will Murphy (Spokane/Central Valley).
Last Year vs. Washington State: Washington continued its string of dramatic upset victories over Washington State with a 27-19 win over the eighth-ranked Cougars last season (Nov. 22) at Husky Stadium. Cody Pickett threw a 21-yard strike to true freshman Corey Williams with 1:10 to play to give Washington its first lead in the game at 20-19 and, with 14 seconds remaining linebacker Marquis Cooper returned an interception 38 yards for a score to squelch the Cougars' final drive. The Cougars took a 10-0 leadin the second quarter after Devard Darling hauled in a 17-yard pass from Matt Kegel with 4:46 left in the first. the Huskies got on the board late in the second period when Pickett connected with Charles Frederick from four yards out. Washington State kicker Drew Dunning added a field goal for the Cougars, giving the visitors a 13-7 lead at hte half. Dunning then added another three-pointer in the third period to lift his team's edge to 16-7. Shelton Sampson's six-yard score pulled the Huskies within two with 12:01 left in the fourth, but Dunning hit his fourth field goal, this time from 26 yards, with 4:43 left to increase the Cougar lead to 19-14. Pickett found Charles Frederick for a 15-yard gain to Washington State's 39 on fourth-and-four with two minutes to play. Then, he fired a shot to Williams in the right corner of the endzone. Cooper sealed the win for Washington when he picked off a Swogger pass and returned it 38 years, touching off pandemonium among most of the 74,549 spectators at Husky Stadium. Pickett finished the day (and his Husky career) with 183 yards on 23-of-45 passing, with two interceptions and two touchdowns. Reggie Williams was the Huskies' top receiver with 59 yards on seven catches while Kenny James led the rushers with 70 yards on 19 tries. WSU's Jonathan Smith had a solid game with 128 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Kegel, WSU's starting quarterback, benched himself after taking a few hits on his sore throwing shoulder. He finished the game 6-for-12 for 50 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. Swogger came off the bench to complete 10-of-23 for 107 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns.
Last Time vs. WSU at Martin Stadium: Down 20-10 with 4:30 to go, Washington emerged with a three-overtime, 29-26 upset win over No. 3 Washington State in one of the most memorble Apple Cups ever in the Huskies' last visit to Pullman, Nov. 3, 2002. Trailing by 10 points late in the fourth quarter, the UW drove 92 yards in only six plays and 1:28. Paul Arnold scored on a seven-yard pass from Cody Pickett to draw the UW to within a field goal. On the ensuing drive, Husky freshman CB Nate Robinson intercepted a pass from backup QB Matt Kegel on the second play of the Cougars' drive and John Anderson hit a 25-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Kegel was in the game after WSU starter Jason Gesser suffered a leg injury on a third-quarter sack by Husky DT Terry Johnson, one of six sacks on the day. Neither team's offense was able to do much in overtime as Anderson and WSU kicker Drew Dunning exchanged field goals in the first two extra frames. After Anderson hit a 49-yarder to open the third OT, the Huskies won the game when, on WSU's second play, defensive end Kai Ellis batted down and recovered what was ruled a backwards pass from Kegel. Pickett completed 35-of-57 passes for 368 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Husky sophomore Reggie Williams notched 169 yards on 12 receptions to break his own Apple Cup record of 11, set the previous year. Anderson tied a school record with five field goals.
"Couskies": A number of players throughout history have played football for both Washington and Washington State. Most such players were put in that circumstance by World War II. The first example, however, came more than 100 years ago in Frank Field. Field captained Washington State in 1897 before going on to play at the UW in 1899 and 1900. The World War II-era "Couskies" all played first at WSU before the Navy and Marines transferred them to the UW for officer training in time for the 1943 football season. Their names: Tag Christensen, Wally Kramer, Vern Oliver, Jay Stoves, Bill Ward, Hjalmer "Jelly" Andersen and Jim Thompson. Also Al Akins had played basketball at WSU before appearing on the gridiron for the UW. Additionally, in more recent vintage, placekicker Nick Lentz, who lettered at Washington in 1997, transferred to WSU after that season, but never lettered for the Cougars.
Recently vs. Northwest Foes: Prior to this season's losses to Oregon State and Oregon, the Huskies had won seven consecutive games against its three Northwest rivals -- Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. The Huskies had beaten each team at least twice in a row despite the fact that the Huskies were unranked in all but one of those games and their opponent was ranked in five of them (No. 9 WSU in 2001, No. 23 Oregon and No. 3 WSU in 2002 and No. 22 Oregon State and No. 8 Washington State in 2003).
Starters Galore: When redshirt-freshman tight end Robert Lewis earned his first career start in the Arizona game, 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.
Pass Defense Tops Pac-10: Washington enters the final week of its season rated No. 1 in the Pac-10 Conference in pass defense with 180.40 yards per game allowed. That number also ranks the Huskies No. 13 in NCAA Division I-A (Alabama leads at 105.80 per game). The UW is one of only two teams in the Pac-10 allowing less than 200 passing yards per game. USC is the other at 197.2. The Huskies have yet to allow an opposing receiver to gain 100 yards in a game this year and have held teams under 200 yards in six of 10 games this season. The last time that Washington held opponents to 200 or fewer yards per game in a season was 1993 (192.6).
Playing The Freshmen: Washington's true freshmen have been called in to action a fair amount in 2004. Two true freshmen have seen action in all 10 games -- defensive end Greyson Gunheim (started five) and defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee (started six), while inside linebacker Dan Howell has played in nine of 10, mostly on special teams. Safety Darin Harris has played in all but one game (all on special teams). More recently, two more first-year defensive linemen were called into action as tackle Erick Lobos as seen extensive playing time in the last eight games. Defensive end Caesar Rayford was the latest youngster to see action, playing for the first time vs. Oregon State. True freshman outside linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo played in two games earlier this season (vs. UCLA and at Notre Dame), but injured a knee and will redshirt the season. Additionally, numerous redshirt freshmen have seen significant playing time: DT Wilson Afoa, QB Carl Bonnell, PK Michael Braunstein, WR Craig Chambers, CB/WR Cody Ellis, S Chris Hemphill, TE Robert Lewis, TB/KR Louis Rankin, WR Anthony Russo, OLB Kyle Trew and WR Bobby Whithorne.