Nov. 17, 2008
The Game: The Washington football team (0-10 overall, 0-7 in the Pac-10) plays in the 101st renewal of the annual Apple Cup game, presented by Boeing, vs. cross-state rival Washington State (1-10 overall, 0-8 Pac-10) this Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Kickoff is slated for 12:00 noon and the game will air live on FSN television. After the Apple Cup, the Huskies will still have two weeks and one game left in the 2008 season. After a bye on Nov. 29, the Dawgs close out the schedule with a Dec. 6 vs. California in Berkeley.
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 64-30-6 edge in the 100-game series, including a 32-13 record in Apple Cup games. Washington is 8-5 in games played in WSU's Martin Stadium as the first UW-WSU game wasn't played there until 1982 (WSU's "home" games against UW were played in Spokane from 1950 to 1980 and Martin Stadium opened in 1972). UW is 28-14-1 in away games in the series, including games played in both Spokane and Pullman. The Huskies have won seven of the last 10 Apple Cups, having seen their six-game win streak in the series broken in a 28-25 loss in 2004 at Martin Stadium. The Huskies broke a two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman in 2006. Three seasons ago at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Alex Brink, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Before that, in 2003, 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 2002 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. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win. In his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford, Husky head man Tyrone Willingham faced the Cougars seven times, winning five and losing two. In 1995, his Cardinal traveled to Pullman for a 36-24 win. In 1996 in Palo Alto, Stanford beat WSU, 33-17. During the Cougars' 1997 Rose Bowl run, WSU beat Stanford 38-28. Stanford then ran off wins in each of the next three meetings under Willingham, winning 38-28 in 1998, 54-17 in 1999, and 24-10 in 2000. In 2001, the Cougars edged Stanford, 45-39. Together with his 1-2 record vs. WSU as UW coach, Willingham is 6-4 all-time vs. the Cougars. First-year WSU head coach Paul Wulff will be participating in his first Apple Cup as a coach this year. However, as a player at Washington State, the four-year starting center was 3-2 (1985-1989) against the Huskies, including his redshirt season.
Television: The Washington-Washington State game will air live on to a national audience on FSN television with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday evening on FSN. 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 to three different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 21 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
Washington-WSU Ties: Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who was born in Spokane, Wash., spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State, serving as running backs coach and/or offensive coordinator from 1987-91. During the first three seasons of that tenure, current WSU head coach Paul Wulff was the Cougars' starting center and current Cougar running backs coach Steve Broussard was Lappano's prize pupil, as Lappano was his position coach during his sophomore and junior seasons. Lappano also coached Broussard for one season with the Seattle Seahawks. Additionally, Lappano, who moved from running backs coach to wide receivers coach between 1988 and 1989, mentored WSU co-defensive coordinator Jody Sears, who was a receiver at WSU then. Defensive line coach Malik Roberson also played for the Cougars when Lappano was an assistant and Cougar secondary coach Chris Ball was a graduate assistant at WSU during Lappano's time there. Only four Husky players come from the eastern part of the state of Washington: WR Cody Bruns (Prosser) C Juan Garcia (Yakima/Eisenhower), OG Ryan Tolar (Pasco) and DT Cameron Elisara (Spokane/Ferris), whose father Matt lettered for the Cougars from 1979 to 1981. 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. Elisara attended Ferris, as did WSU's Jared Karstetter while Husky DT Craig Noble and WSU WR Jeshua Anderson are both products of Taft High in the L.A. area. Husky OG Casey Bulyca and WSU QB Peter Roberts both went to Woodinville. UW's Morgan Rosborough and WSU's Jesse Feagin are both Long Beach Jordan grads while Husky safety Nate Williams and WSU lineman Kevin Freitag went to Kennedy High. UW TE Chris Izbicki and WSU's Darrin Friberg teamed together at Lake Washington. The UW's Cody Habben, Tony Chidiac and Riley Gervais attended Skyline High with WSU's Zach Enyeart. Cougar Brandon Jones went to Seattle's O'Dea High, same as Huskies Quinton Richardson, Fred Wiggs, Ben Hayes and Chancellor Young. UW linebacker T.J. Poe and WSU lineman Nick LaBorde both went to Enumclaw High while freshmen Drew Schaefer and Taylor Lappano of UW and Cory Mackay of WSU were classmates at Eastlake High last year. UW freshman Justin Glenn went to Kamiak, as did WSU's Gary Rogers and Skylar Stormo. Lastly, Coug WR Keith Parr, Jr. and DB Eric Block and Husky LS Brendan Lopez are all Bellevue High products.
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 100 times, Oregon in 101 games and Oregon State on 92 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-38-5, Washington State 64-30-6 and Oregon State 57-32-4. Combined, Washington has a 179-100-15 (.634) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 79 prior occasions. Over those 79 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 six occasions.
Captains: Washington does not have season-long captains as Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains are informed of the honor the Friday night before each game and revealed to the fans, etc., when those four designated players take the field for the coin flip prior to each game. Here are this year's game captains:
Oregon: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
BYU: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oklahoma: Luke Kravitz, Jake Locker, Mesphin Forrester, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Stanford: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Arizona: Casey Bulyca, Michael Gottlieb, D. Te'o-Nesheim, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oregon St.: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Johnie Kirton, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Notre Dame: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
USC: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
ASU: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
UCLA: Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo