Oct. 27, 2008
The Game: The Washington football team (0-7 overall, 0-4 in the Pac-10) plays only its second road game in two months this Saturday when the Dawgs travel to Los Angeles to face USC (6-1 overall, 4-1 Pac-10) at the Coliseum. The game, set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. PT, will air live on FSN television. The Trojans represent the fourth ranked team the Huskies have faced this season as USC is No. 7 in the Associated Press top 25 and No. 6 in the coaches' poll. After the USC game, the Dawgs return to Husky Stadium for its final two home games vs. Arizona State and UCLA.
Huskies vs. Trojans History: Washington and USC have played one another 78 times since the series began in 1923. The Trojans hold a 48-26-4 series advantage, although the Huskies have gone 7-8-1 over the last 16. Washington won its first-ever meeting against the Trojans, beating USC, 22-0, in Seattle in 1923. When the series re-started in 1927, USC handed the Huskies six straight defeats before Washington reeled off five in a row. The longest streak either way in the series began in 1965, when the Trojans beat Washington for the first time of 10 straight wins. The Huskies are 16-19-4 in the 39 games played in Husky Stadium and 10-28-0 against the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Last year, the No. 1 Trojans escaped Seattle with a 27-24 win, the second of two straight close matchups. USC overcame three turnovers (one of them an interception returned for a TD by Mesphin Forrester) and 16 penalties. USC out-gained Washington with 460 yards of total offense to the Huskies' 190, but only won the game by three points. In 2006 in L.A., the Huskies dropped a 26-20 heartbreaker to the No. 3 Trojans as time ran out with the Huskies' on the Trojans' 15-yard line. The year before in Seattle, the No. 1 Trojans used a 23-point second quarter to break open a previously close game in a 51-24 win. In 2004, the top-ranked Trojans handed the UW a 38-0 loss, breaking the Huskies' 271-game scoring streak, the longest in Division I-A at the time. The most recent Husky win over the Trojans came in 2001, when Husky kicker John Anderson booted a 32-yard field goal with no time remaining for a 27-24 Husky victory. In that game, backup QB Taylor Barton came on in place of injured starter Cody Pickett to lead the visitors to the win. Sixth-year USC coach Pete Carroll is 6-1 as the Trojan's head man vs. Washington. Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham, who faced the Trojans as head coach at Stanford, Notre Dame and at the UW, is 4-9 against USC - 4-3 while at Stanford, 0-3 while coaching the Irish and 0-3 as the Husky head man.
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 55-84-6 (.400) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-36-2 vs. UCLA and 26-48-4 against USC. While that combined record may not sound that successful, it's worth noting that no team in the Pac-10 has a winning record against either one of the two L.A. schools (other than USC's record vs. UCLA). In fact, Washington has more wins against the Trojans and Bruins (combined) than every conference school except California (58-109-6 (.353) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. The next closest is Arizona State, which has totaled a combined mark of 17-31-1 (.357) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Television: The Washington-USC 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-USC Ties: There are a few relavant connections between the UW and USC coaching staffs. Tyrone Willingham went to work at North Carolina State in 1983, the year after Pete Carroll had just completed three seasons with the Wolfpack. USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt was an assistant at Idaho from 1990 to 1997. For three of those seasons, he worked under Chris Tormey, who's now the Huskies' linebackers coach. As far as players go, long snapper Danny Morovick's father, Dan, played at USC in the late `70s. Conversely, `SC safety Taylor Mays, from Seattle's O'Dea High, is the son of former Husky defensive lineman Stafford Mays, who lettered in 1978 and 1979. Mays is the only player on the USC roster from the state of Washington, and he went to the same high school (O'Dea) as five current Huskies: Johri Fogerson, Ben Hayes, Daniel Kanczugowski, Quinton Richardson and Chancellor Young. As is the case each year, a good deal of UW and USC players have played with or against one another in high school due to the number of Huskies from the L.A. area. The Huskies roster includes 30 players from southern California: OL Mark Armelin (Canoga Park), P/PK Jared Ballman (San Deigo), WR Anthony Boyles (Compton), C Greg Christine (Camarillo), Byron Davenport (Long Beach), DL Tyrone Duncan (Westlake Village), OL Skyler Fancher (Costa Mesa), PK Erik Folk (Woodland Hills), SS Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), QB Ronnie Fouch (Redlands), TB David Freeman (Inglewood), LB Joshua Gage (Huntington Beach), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Pacoima), PK Kevin Howe (San Juan Capistrano), LB Matt Houston (Goleta), TB Brandon Johnson (Hawthorne), LB Darrion Jones (Lynwood), CB Adam Long (Los Angeles), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo), DT Craig Noble (Los Angeles), DT Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Marquis Persley (Redlands), TB Chris Polk (Redlands), OT Morgan Rosborough (Long Beach), OL Matt Sedillo (Escondido), LB Chris Stevens (Mojave), S Greg Walker (Bellflower), FS Jason Wells (LaVerne), DL Nick Wood (Poway) and DB Warren Woods (Walnut).
Playing The Freshmen: Washington has utilized a total of 12 true freshmen this season, its most in modern school history. Additionally, nine different true freshmen have started a game. A total of eight true freshman saw action in the Huskies' season opener at Oregon: Devin Aguilar, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete, Kavario Middleton, Chris Polk, Jordan Polk, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson. In the BYU game, freshman tailback David Freeman made his debut, and vs. Oklahoma, Johri Fogerson started at safety, increasing the total to 10 true freshmen. At Arizona, receiver Cody Bruns and tailback Terrence Dailey made their UW debuts. The total easily surpasses the seven freshmen who saw action in the 2007 season. In 2006, only two true freshmen played. In the Oregon game, two freshman (C. Polk at tailback and Middleton at tight end) started the game. Chris Polk, Kelemete and Middleton all started vs. Brigham Young while, vs. Oklahoma, Freeman, Fogerson, Aguilar, Kearse and Kelemete all started. Ta'amu started at Arizona and Dailey made his first start vs. Oregon State. Here's a list of true freshmen who have seen playing time over the past two decades (note: no true freshmen played in 1993 or 1994; and many of these players went on to redshirt a season at some point during their career):
1987: Eugene Burkhalter, Greg Lewis, Jeff Pahukoa (3)
1988: Mario Bailey, James Clifford, Orlando McKay (3)
1989: Beno Bryant, Marc Jones, Shane Pahukoa, Tommie Smith (4)
1990: Travis Hanson (1)
1991: Mark Bruener, Napoleon Kaufman (2)
1992: Theron Hill, Jason Shelley (2)
1995: Olin Kreutz (1)
1996: Kai Bynum, Dominic Daste, Anthony Hicks, Jabari Issa, Jon Minter, Jeremiah Pharms, Maurice Shaw (7)
1997: Pat Conniff, Derrell Daniels, Ja'Warren Hooker, Ryan Julian, Nick Lentz, Patrick Reddick, Marques Tuiasosopo, Albert Tuipulotu, Chad Ward, John Westra (10)
1998: Hakim Akbar, Scott Ask, Braxton Cleman, Todd Elstrom, Willie Hurst, Chris Juergens, Derek Noble, Jafar Williams (8)
1999: John Anderson, Paul Arnold, Levi Madarieta, Quentin Morgan, Cody Pickett, Kevin Ware (6)
2000: Roc Alexander, Rich Alexis, Greg Carothers, Marquis Cooper, Derrick Johnson, Jimmy Newell, Justin Robbins, Jerome Stevens, Sean Sweat (9)
2001: Tui Alailefaleula, Sam Cunningham, Charles Frederick, Joseph Lobendahn, Derek McLaughlin, Chris Singleton, Reggie Williams (7)
2002: Nate Robinson (1)
2003: Tahj Bomar, Michael Braunstein, Quintin Daniels, Sean Douglas, Sonny Shackelford, Clarence Simpson, Bobby Whithorne, C.J. Wallace, Corey Williams (9)
2004: Greyson Gunheim, Darin Harris, Dan Howell, Erick Lobos, Caesar Rayford, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Jordan White-Frisbee (7)
2005: Darrion Jones, Chris Stevens (2)
2006: Donald Butler, Paul Homer (2)
2007: Victor Aiyewa, Mason Foster, Brandon Johnson, Vonzell McDowell Jr., Curtis Shaw, Austin Sylvester, Nate Williams (7)
2008: Devin Aguilar, Cody Bruns, Terrance Dailey, Johri Fogerson, David Freeman, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete, Kavario Middleton, Chris Polk, Jordan Polk, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson (12)
September (and Most of October) In Seattle: With three home games and an off week during the month, the Huskies spent their entire September at home in Seattle this year. They also played just one road game during the month of October (Oct. 4 at Arizona). The Dawgs opened Aug. 30 in Eugene, Ore., and didn't return to the road until their game in Tucson. With the bye week, that was four straight Saturdays and 35 straight days at home. The 35-day gap between home games is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation (FBS) this season. The Huskies also have a 27-day gap before their next home game, Saturday at USC. Somewhat surprisingly, these long home stretches aren't as unusual as you might think. In 2003, the UW opened on Aug. 30 at Ohio State and, just like this year, had three home games and an off week before playing on Oct. 4 at UCLA. In 2002, the Dawgs played FIVE consecutive home games (with an off week) after opening at Michigan on Aug. 31. That UW team didn't return to the road until Oct. 19. The Huskies also spent four straight Saturdays in October at home (all games; no off weeks) in 1998, just to name one other somewhat recent example.
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