Oct. 31, 2005
The Game: The Washington football team (0-5 in the Pac-10, 1-7 overall) enters the final month of the 2005 season with is homecoming game this Saturday, November 5, vs. Oregon State (2-3, 4-4), as the Beavers visit Montlake for the second straight season. The game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. PST with live television coverage on FSN Northwest. The Huskies enter the season's final month with two home games and one road contest left on the schedule. After the Beavers visit Husky Stadium this Saturday, the Dawgs travel to Tucson to face Arizona on November 12. The season wraps up with the annual Apple Cup game vs. Washington State, November 19 at Husky Stadium. While the Arizona game (at 3:00 p.m. PST/4:00 p.m. MST) is not slated to be televised, the Apple Cup will be shown live on FSN, beginning at 12:15 p.m.
Huskies vs. Beavers History: Washington holds a commanding 57-28-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 17 meetings and 25 of the last 28, 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 PGE Park). The Huskies are 32-16-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-14-0 mark in Husky Stadium. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 15-4 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-7 all-time in Corvallis. Last season 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. Alexis Serna kicked a 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 thrre touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win in front of a national TV audience on TBS. 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. Prior to last season's relatively comfortable victory, both of the the previous two games at Husky Stadium went 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 current OSU assistant coach) Nigel Burton and the Huskies won, 35-34. Riley is 1-3 in his four meetings against Washington (45-17 loss in 1997, 35-34 loss in 1998; 38-17 loss in 2003; 29-17 win in 2004). Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham posted a 3-3 record against the Beavers while at Stanford, including a 1-1 mark head-to-head vs. Mike Riley. Last year, OSU beat Notre Dame, 38-21, in the Insight Bowl. However, at the time of that game, Willingham was no longer in charge of the Irish.
Television: FSN Northwest will air the UW-Oregon State game to a live audience in the Northwest only, with Brian Davis, Sonny Sixkiller and Steve Preece in the booth and Todd Mansfield on the sidelines, providing the commentary. The game will also air on tape delay on FSN Northwest Sunday at 3:00 p.m. All remaining Husky games will air on FSN on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, "Husky Football All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 26 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Steve Sandmeyer. Most broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196.
The Coach: Tyrone Willingham was named Washington's 22nd head football coach on December 13, 2004. A former head coach at Notre Dame and Stanford, Willingham became the first African-American to serve as the Huskies head coach. While he brings an impressive resume with him to resurrect the Husky program, Willingham has acquitted himself well among his peers for much more than just fielding winning teams. Over the past 28 years Willingham has developed a coaching style that emphasizes toughness, enthusiasm, intelligence, discipline, commitment and unselfish play. The result has provided his players with more than just the opportunity to enjoy victories on the field. His guiding principles have prepared his players to be successful in life. Willingham, who turned 51 on Dec. 30, served as the head coach at Stanford (1995-2001) and Notre Dame (2002-2004) over the past decade. His Stanford teams enjoyed a 44-36-1 record while he was 21-15 with the Fighting Irish, including a 38-3 victory against Washington last season at Notre Dame Stadium. In his inaugural season with the Irish in 2002, he wasted no time reversing the tide of the Irish program, leading Notre Dame to a 10-2 regular-season record and a trip to the 2003 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. He was named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News after the 2002 season, while also picking up several national coach of the year awards. Prior to his tenure at Notre Dame, Willingham directed the Stanford program for seven seasons. In 1999, the Cardinal won the Pac-10 and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972, earning Willingham Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Cardinal to the 1995 Liberty Bowl, the 1996 Sun Bowl and the 2001 Seattle Bowl. Willingham, who grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., played both football and baseball at Michigan State, earning three letters in both sports and was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as the outstanding scholar-athlete in the league. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1977 and, aside from his two previous head coaching stints, has served as a full-time assistant at Central Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Rice and Stanford, as well as with the Minnesota Vikings.
Willingham vs. The Pac-10: Thanks mostly to his time at Stanford, but also via frequent games vs. western teams while at Notre Dame, Tyrone Willingham has amassed a lengthy record against Pac-10 teams. Overall, Willingham is 47-31 against Pac-10 teams. Interestingly, his teams have struggled the most against Washington, as he's gone 1-6 against his new charges. Here's Willingham's record against each Pac-10 team (including this season): Arizona (2-3), Arizona State (4-4), California (7-1), Oregon (4-2), Oregon State (3-3), Stanford (3-0), UCLA (3-5), USC (4-7), Washington (1-5), Washington State (6-2).
Coaching Staff: Washington's new coaching staff, under first-year head coach Tyrone Willingham, includes a number of names that might be familiar to more savvy Pac-10 football fans. Willingham, of course, spent seven seasons in charge of Stanford, where he'd previously served as an assistant (1989-91) for three seasons. And, two members of the Husky staff from last season were held over as well, lending more than a little familiarity. Defensive line coach Randy Hart is now working for his fifth different head coach as a member of the Husky staff while linebackers coach Chris Tormey, is beginning his 15th season at the UW, spread over three different stints. Aside from those three, several other UW coaches have experience in or around the Northwest. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer has coached in the Pac-10 at California, Arizona State and Stanford, as well as at Idaho. Spokane native Tim Lappano previously worked at Idaho, Washington State, California, Oregon State and with the Seattle Seahawks. Receivers coach Eric Yarber, an Idaho grad, has spent time at his alma mater, with the Seahawks and at Oregon State while Mike Denbrock (offensive line) and Trent Miles (running backs) both worked one season each at Stanford. Only tight ends/special teams coach Bob Simmons, the former Oklahoma State head coach, and defensive backs coach Steven Wilks can't trace their coaching roots through the Pac-10.
The GAs: Washington's two graduate assistant coaches this season are Kyle Benn (offense) and Joey Hildbold (defense). Benn earned four letters as a center and was a captain on the 2001 team. That season, he was one of only two players named to the All-Pac-10 and Academic All-Pac-10 first teams. He is in his second season as a G.A. at his alma mater. Hildbold, a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame, was a punter for the Irish from 1999 to 2002. He was a two-time finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter.
Washington-Oregon State Ties: The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Nigel Burton, the Beavers' third-year cornerbacks coach, graduated from the UW in 1999 after having spent three seasons playing for the Huskies after having transferred from Pacific. One of Burton's most memorable on-field highlights came against the Beavers in 1998 when the batted down a two-point conversion pass attempt to secure a Husky win. Also, as far as coaching staff crossover goes, Beavs defensive line coach Greg Newhouse, Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano and UW wide receivers coach Eric Yarber all worked on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. Finally, OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Huskies running backs coach Trent Miles served on the same coaching staff at Hawaii in 1995. Oregon State's current roster includes only four players that graduated from Washington high schools: senior LB Trent Bray (Pullman HS), freshman LS Aaron Carlson (Olympia HS ... same HS as Husky FB Luke Kravitz), freshman DT Wilson Holman (Moses Lake HS ... same HS as Husky DT Jordan Reffett) and freshman S Adam Mobley (Vancouver/Skyview HS). Incredibly enough, Washington's roster doesn't include a single player from the state of Oregon. Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Huskies Joe Lobendahn and Wilson Afoa attended Saint Louis High in Honolulu, the same as OSU's Tavita Thompson. Beavers QB Matt Moore prepped at Hart High in Valencia, Calif., the same as Huskies linebacker Dan Howell. Finally, as is the case with most Pac-10 schools, both the Beavers and Huskies have a player from Long Beach Poly: UW's Kim Taylor and OSU's Josh Hawkins.
Welcome Back To Husky Stadium: This weekend's game vs. Oregon State will mark the Beavers' second straight trip to Husky Stadium, in back-to-back years. The Beavers haven't played road games against the Huskies in consecutive seasons since 1940, when they traveled to Seattle for the last of five straight seasons. From 1902 to 1940, all but six of 27 UW-OSU games were played in Seattle, with four in Corvallis, one in Portland and one in Albany, Ore. This season has featured several such situations, but the other way around, as the Huskies played their fourth straight road game at Arizona State last week and their fourth road game in five meetings at Oregon. Currently, OSU is scheduled to travel to Seattle again in 2006.
Scoring First: Incredibly enough for a team with a 1-7 record, the Huskies have posted the first score of the game in seven of eight contests this season. Only against Notre Dame on September 24 has the UW's opponent scored first in a game this year. In the seven games in which the Huskies have scored first, they've opened with a touchdown four times and a field goal on three occasions. In all but the win over Idaho, that opening tally came in the first quarter. Despite the early leads, however, the Huskies have led in the fourth quarter of only three games this year: the win over Idaho and losses to Air Force and UCLA.
Last Year vs. Oregon State: Oregon State posted its first win over Washington at Husky Stadium since 1985 last season when the Beavers left Seattle with a 29-14 victory. Beavers kicker Alexis Serna booted a school-record five field goals, including a 55-yarder on the final play of the first half that sent OSU to the locker room with a 9-7 edge. OSU took a 6-0 lead on field goals from 23 and 36 yards, both in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Husky QB Isaiah Stanback, who came on in relief of starter Casey Paus, threw a 23-yard pass to Quintin Daniels and, with the PAT, the Huskies went in front, 7-6. After Serna hit the 55-yarder right before the break, Washington went back in front on a 24-yard pass from Stanback to then-tight end Joe Toledo. However, OSU got a 55-yard TD frun from Dwight Wright and an 11-yard TD pass from Derek Anderson to Marcel Love to take a lead. Two late field goals - from 31 and 27 yards - put the game away. Washington fumbled twice deep in Oregon State territory and both of the Beavers' last two field goals came after Husky fumbles. Washington turned the ball over a total of seven times on the day, with four fumbles lost and two interceptions. Stanback finished 11-for-29 for 219 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the first significant action of his career. He also led the UW with 51 rushing yards on 12 carries. Anderson completed 26-of-40 passes for 286 yards and a score while Wright finished one yard short of 100 yards rushing, carrying the ball 22 times for 99 yards. Beavers WR Mike Hass led all receivers with eight catches for 98 yards.
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 97 times, Oregon in 97 games and Oregon State on 89 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-35-5, Washington State 63-28-6 and Oregon State 57-28-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-91-15 (.653) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 76 occasions. Over those 76 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the Husky 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 four occassions (1948, 1968, 1973 and 2004).
Improved? Here's Some Proof: While the Huskies' record (1-7) after eight games this season is the same as it was last season, it's worth noting that the UW has shown marked improvement in a number of key statistics. The Huskies are doing demonstrably better in both the passing and rushing games, they're scoring more and they've cut down significantly on turnovers. What's more is that the Huskies played only one ranked opponent in their first eight games last year (No. 1 USC in the seventh game) while the Dawgs have faced five ranked opponents through eight games in 2005. Here's a look at some key statistics, with the current number compared to last year's total through eight games:
2004 thru 8 games 2005 thru 8 games Points (avg. per game) 104 (13.0) 167 (20.9) Rushing Yards Allowed (avg.) 1,476 (184.5) 1,139 (142.5) Pass Efficiency Rating 76.39 127.90 Pass Completion Percentage 39.5% 55.3% Interceptions Thrown 16 6 Fumbles Lost 14 9 Total Turnovers 30 15
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 160-40-3 (.796) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004 and are 1-3 this season after Louis Rankin rushed for 112 yards in the loss to Air Force, 115 in the win over Idaho, 109 in the loss at UCLA, and James Sims ran for 140 in the loss at Arizona State.
History Lesson: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 62 times. The Huskies' record stands at 54-7-1 (.879) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 29-4-1 (.868) when rushing for 200 yards. However, this year, the Huskies have rushed for 200 yards twice, but lost both games.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 15 seasons. Washington has won 74 of its last 98 (.760) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (74-23-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 122-34-2 (.778) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 47-16-1 (.742) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2005 season marks the 86th season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th-largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th-largest on-campus facility in the country. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 339-145-21 (.692).
Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday before each game. Here's a list of the captains that have served in each game:
Air Force: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Joe Toledo
Cal: Dashon Goldson, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Brad Vanneman
Idaho: Manase Hopoi, Evan Knudson, Robin Meadow, Scott White
Notre Dame: Dashon Goldson, Manase Hopoi, Isaiah Stanback, Brad Vanneman
UCLA: Tusi Sa'au, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace, Scott White
Oregon: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, Tusi Sa'au, Isaiah Stanback
USC: Dashon Goldson, Donny Mateaki, Casey Paus, James Sims
USC: Tui Alailefaleula, Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims