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Dawgs To Face Cougars In 103rd Apple Cup
Release: 11/29/2010
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Nov. 29, 2010

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TV: Versus Radio: Washington ISP Sports Network

THE GAME: The Washington football team (5-6 overall, 4-4 in the Pac-10) wraps up the 2010 regular season with the 103rd Apple Cup vs. Washington State. The Huskies, having won their last two games vs. UCLA and at Cal, must beat the Cougars (2-9 overall, 1-7 Pac-10) to ensure their first bowl berth since 2002 as a victory would make the UW bowl-eligible at 6-6. Depending on results from other games (Oregon-Oregon State and Arizona-Arizona State) and the BCS selections, a win could send the Dawgs to the Alamo, Holiday or Sun Bowls. Kickoff this Saturday at Martin Stadium in Pullman is 4:00 p.m. and the game will air on Versus television.

QUICK HITTERS VS. WSU: Sophomore tailback Chris Polk needs 46 rushing yards vs. WSU to reach the 1,000-yard mark for a second straight year ... Polk rushed for 1,113 yards in 2009, the 14th 1,000-yard season in UW history ... only two Huskies (Greg Lewis and Napoleon Kaufman) have ever rushed for 1,000 yards in two separate seasons ... LB Mason Foster, who led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2008, continues to sit atop the league in that stat again in 2010 with 12.45 tackles per game (nearly four tackles per game ahead of second), good for second in the nation ... Washington has three of the top five tacklers in the conference as Nate Williams is second with 8.73 per game and Cort Dennison is fifth with 7.90 ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, ranks No. 24 in the nation in punting with an average of 43.9 yards per boot, on pace to set a school record for punting average ... senior LB Victor Aiyewa leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 10 in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.55 per game ... with 27 scores in 29 trips, the Huskies rank No. 3 (tied) in the nation in red-zone offense.

TELEVISION: The Washington-Washington State game will air nationally on Versus television, with Ron Thulin, Glenn Parker, Lewis Johnson and Charissa Thompson providing the commentary. Versus is channel 34/626 (HD) on most Seattle-area cable systems. Check your local channel lineup. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday 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 on 17 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Husky broadcast will also air on Sirius and XM satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at

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 65-31-6 edge in the 102-game series, including a 33-14 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 37-15-5 against WSU in games played in Seattle, Washington is 8-6 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 eight of the last 12 Apple Cups. Last season, the Huskies posted the first Apple Cup shutout since 1964 with a 30-0 win over the Cougars at Husky Stadium, breaking a two-game losing streak in the series. Two seasons ago in Pullman, the Cougars prevailed, 16-13, in double overtime. Three years ago at Husky Stadium, Alex Brink passed for 399 yards and hit Brandon Gibson with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to lead WSU to a 42-35 win. The Huskies broke another two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman in 2006. In 2005 at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from 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.

WASHINGTON-WSU TIES: While Johnny Nansen is the only member of the UW coaching staff to have played at Washington State, he's one of a number of Cougars who are familiar with the Palouse thanks to having played or coached at Idaho, located about seven miles east of WSU's campus. UW assistants Nick Holt, Mike Cox, Doug Nussmeier, Dan Cozzetto, Joel Thomas, Jeff Mills and Nansen all either worked at and/or played for Idaho. Nansen earned three letters (1994-96) as a linebacker for Washington State. None of the members of the UW and WSU coaching staffs have worked together. However, Nansen played at WSU during the tenure of current WSU wide receivers coach Mike Levenseller. Only three Husky players come from the eastern part of the state of Washington: WR Cody Bruns (Prosser), OG Ryan Tolar (Pasco) and DT Cameron Elisara (Spokane/Ferris), whose father Matt lettered for the Cougars from 1979 to 1981. Husky sophomore Desmond Trufant's brother, Marcus, was an All-America corner at WSU. On the flip side, WSU RS-freshman David Gilbertson is the son of former Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson and WSU's Casey Locker is a first cousin of UW quarterback Jake Locker. 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, Connor Halliday and Elliott Bosch. Husky safety Nate Williams and WSU's Nolan Washington both went to Kennedy High. The UW's Cody Habben, Cooper Pelluer and William Chandler attended Skyline High with WSU's Zach Enyeart and Gino Simone. UW safety Justin Glenn went to Kamiak, as did WSU's Skylar Stormo. Coug Jamal Atofau and Eric Block and Husky Brendan Lopez are both Bellevue High products while UW's Keith Price and Will Shamburger were classmates at St. John Bosco in L.A. along with WSU's Leon Brooks (WSU's Tyree Toomer was one year older at the same school). Husky Cole Sager and Cougar Anthony Furney both went to Burlington-Edison HS in Skagit County while UW senior Brandon Huppert and WSU's Kyle McCartney and Casey Hamlett all went to Edmonds-Woodway. Husky safety Nate Fellner and WSU QB Jeff Tuel are both 2009 graduates of Clovis West HS in Fresno. Lastly, Huskies Senio Kelemete, Luther Leonard and Tobias Togi all went to Seattle's Evergreen High, as did WSU's Corey Laufasa.

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 102 times, Oregon in 103 games and Oregon State on 94 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-40-5, Washington State 65-31-6 and Oregon State 57-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 180-105-15 (.625) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 81 prior occasions. Over those 81 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.

PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: In the BYU game, Washington set a school record by utilizing 13 true freshmen. The largest number of true freshmen every to play in a season at the UW was 12, in 2008. Against Syracuse, a 14th first-year man played. Here's a list of freshmen who have played this year: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OL Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter, DT Sione Potoa'e, WR Kevin Smith and S Taz Stevenson. Additionally, eight true freshmen have started at least one game this season: Callier, Fuimaono, Gilliland, Jamora, Kohler, Porter, Potoa'e and Smith.

CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 27, the four captains for the 2010 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.), senior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.) and senior S Nate Williams (Renton, Wash.). Locker was also voted as a season captain in 2009. Additionally, at each game, two game captains accompany the regular four on to the field for the coin flip. Here's a list of those:

at BYU: Cort Dennison, Nick Montana
vs. Syracuse: Victor Aiyewa, Andrew Hudson
vs. Nebraska: Greg Walker, Josh Shirley
at USC: Chris Robinson, Princeton Fuimaono
vs. Arizona State: Jesse Callier, Micah Hatchie
vs. Oregon State: Victor Aiyewa, Colin Tanigawa
at Arizona: Justin Glenn, Josh Shirley
vs. Stanford: J. Atoe, M. Criste, M. Hatchie, S. Parker, B. Riva, C. Tanigawa
at Oregon: Adam Long, Willis Wilson
vs. UCLA: Victor Aiyewa, Peter Follmer
at California: Taz Stevenson, Lawrence Lagafuaina

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