Oct. 9, 2006
The Game: The Washington football team (2-1 Pac-10, 4-2 overall) returns to Seattle this Saturday, October 14, for a 3:30 p.m. (PDT) game against Northwest rival Oregon State (0-2, 2-3). The game will air live in the Northwest on FSN television. The Huskies garnered nine points in the most recent Associated Press top-25, good for the equivalent of a No. 31 ranking. In the USA Today coaches' poll, Washington notched 13 points, good for the No. 30 spot. Washington comes into the week trying to rebound from a gut-wrenching, 26-20 loss last Saturday at third-ranked USC. That loss snapped the Huskies' three-game winning streak. For the remainder of the season, the Huskies will alternate home and road games each weekend. After the OSU game, the Dawgs travel to face California before returning home to play Arizona State.
Huskies vs. Beavers History: Washington holds a commanding 57-29-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 18 meetings and 25 of the last 29, 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 32-17-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-15-0 mark in Husky Stadium, and 25-12-2 all-time in games played away from Seattle. 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 year in Seattle, the Beavers got six field goals from Alexis Serna in an 18-10 win over Washington. In 2004 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. Serna kicked a then-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. In 2004, 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: The Washington-Oregon State game will air live regionally on FSN Northwest with Brian Davis, Sonny Sixkiller, Steve Preece and Brooke Olzendam calling the action. Fans can watch an delayed internet broadcast of each game this season on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com the Tuesday after the game between 5:00 p.m. and midnight Pacific Time. There is no charge for any Dawg Channel programming this year. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. 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 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196, and all can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-Oregon State Ties: The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Nigel Burton, the Beavers' fourth-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: freshman TE Joe Halahuni (Orting HS), sophomore LS Aaron Carlson (Olympia HS ... same HS as Husky FB Luke Kravitz), freshman OL Alex Linnenkohl (Capital HS) and freshman S Adam Mobley (Vancouver/Skyview HS). Somewhat surprisingly, Washington's roster includes only one player from the state of Oregon: OT Eric Berglund (Beaverton). Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Husky 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. And Husky DE Brandon Ala and OSU C Ryan Pohl are both graduates of Hawaii's Kamehameha High.
Welcome Back To Husky Stadium: This weekend's game vs. Oregon State will mark the Beavers' third straight trip to Husky Stadium, in consecutive seasons. 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. Recent history has featured several such situations for the UW, but the other way around, as the Huskies four straight road games at Arizona State (ending last season), and will play Oregon on the road this year for the fifth time in the last six meetings.
Last Year vs. Oregon State (Nov. 5, Husky Stadium): A year after booting a school-record five field goals in a win at Husky Stadium, Oregon State kicker Alexis Serna did one better in the Beavers' 2005 visit, connecting on six field goals to provide all of OSU's offense in an 18-10 victory over Washington on a rain-soaked day in the Emerald City. Serna got started in the first quarter, connecting on a 46-yarder and concluded the first half with a 28-yard field goal with only six seconds remaining, giving OSU a 6-0 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Serna hit two more, from 18 and 32 yards, stretching the advantage to 12-0. Washington scored its first points early in the fourth on a 32-yard field goal from Evan Knudson before Serna made good from 41 and 25 yards. Washington's only touchdown came in the game's final minute when backup QB Johnny Durocher connected with Craig Chambers on a five-yard TD pass to cap a 13-play drive. Neither team was able to mount much offense as the Beavers out-gained the Huskies just 263 yards to 226. OSU QB Matt Moore threw for 136 yards on 17-of-27 passing while Yvenson Bernard had a solid rushing day, compiling 122 yards on 35 carries. Isaiah Stanback was 5-for-12 for 104 yards while DuRocher went 11-for-30 for 103 and a score. The Husky running game was led by 53 yards on 19 carries from senior James Sims.
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 98 times, Oregon in 97 games and Oregon State on 90 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-35-5, Washington State 63-29-6 and Oregon State 57-29-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-93-15 (.631) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 77 prior occasions. Over those 77 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 four occassions (1948, 1968, 1973, 2004 and 2005).
Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.
USC Recap: Time ran out on the Huskies' bid for a big upset over No. 3 USC last Saturday. The Trojans held on for a 26-20 victory. Washington's final drive for what could have been the winning touchdown (and PAT) fell short as time expired with the Dawgs at the Trojans' 15-yard line. The Huskies, who began their final drive on their own 20 with 1:34 left in the game, traveled 65 yards on 10 plays before the game came to an end. On what ended up as the final play, Isaiah Stanback hit Sonny Shackelford with a 19-yard pass to get the ball to the 15 with two seconds left. After the clock stopped for the first down, the UW argued that more time should remain. After several moments of discussion, two seconds were left on the clock and the Huskies were unable to get the final snap off in time to run a play. The game was relatively close throughout. USC scored the game's first points, capping a 96-yard, 7:22 drive with a touchdown on a fake field goal. Holder Michael McDonald hit Steve Smith with a 20-yard pass for the score. After a UW field goal from Michael Braunstein in the quarter's final seconds, USC pulled out to a 14-3 lead on a 17-yard TD from John David Booty to Patrick Turner. However, the UW socred on a Stanback-to-Kenny James six-yard pass before the Trojans got a field goal to end the half leading, 17-10. In the third period, UW's Braunstein hit one field goal and USC's Mario Danelo nailed two to give the Trojans a 23-13 lead. Washington narrowed the gap on a six-yard pass from Stanback to tight end Johnie Kirton before Danelo converted his fourth field goal of the day on the Trojans' final drive, leaving the UW within striking distance before their ill-fated final drive. Stanback finished 17-for-38 for 212 yards and two touchdowns while Shackelford had his third straight 100-yard receiving day, catching nine passes for 125 yards. USC's Turner led his team with 116 yards on 12 receptions.
Nearly(!) All Or Nothing For O-Line: UW's five starting offensive linemen (LT Ben Ossai, LG Stanley Daniels, C Juan Garcia, RG Clay Walker, RT Chad Macklin) had played every snap of the first five games this season before Eric Berglund started at LT at USC and played the first quarter. Still, only six Huskies have played on the line this season. Garcia and Ossai both entered the season never having played in a game. Aside from Berglund, who'd never played before the USC game, the four backup players on the UW's depth chart have yet to play in college.
Decade After Decade: Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s when Washington won the berth in 1923 and 1925. In the 1930s, the Dawgs won the `36 title. In the `40s, Washington earned the trip in 1943 and then barely slipped in under the wire in the 1950s, winning the 1959 crown. The Huskies won two Rose Bowl berths in the 1960s -- 1960 and 1963 -- and one in the 1970s (1977). Titles in 1980 and 1982 did it for that decade and three straight trips to Pasadena to begin the 1990s covered that 10-year span. Now in the 2000s, UW was the first team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC joined the Dawgs in that distinction in 2004 after their New Year's Day appearance in Pasadena.
Finishing First or Second: Despite a 10th-place finish in the Pac-10 in 2004 and 2005, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 29 seasons, dating back to a fourth-place finish in 1976. Over that span, Washington has won the championship (outright or shared) eight times - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000 - while finishing second 10 other times.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 162-41-3 (.794) 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 2-3 last season. In the 2006 season opener vs. San Jose State, two Huskies (Louis Rankin, 145 yards; Isaiah Stanback, 102) ran for 100 or more in a UW win. Rankin then went for 112 in the loss at Oklahoma.
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 65 times. The Huskies' record stands at 56-8-1 (.869) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 31-5-1 (.851) when rushing for 200 yards. In their season opening win over San Jose State, the Huskies won behind 300 rushing yards in a win, but then ran for 204 in the loss at Oklahoma.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 16 seasons. Washington has won 77 of its last 103 (.752) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (77-25-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 125-36-2 (.773) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-18-1 (.724) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 87th 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. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 341-147-21 (.691).
Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains again 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 night before each game. Here's a list of each game's captains:
San Jose State: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Oklahoma: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Fresno State: Tahj Bomar, Kenny James, Louis Rankin, Scott White
UCLA: Brandon Ala, Sean Douglas, Marc Palaita, C.J. Wallace
Arizona: Michael Braunstein, Roy Lewis, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
USC: Greyson Gunheim, Daniel Howell, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback
Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 14 current Husky football players participated in graduation ceremonies at the UW. While all remain enrolled and none have technically collected their diplomas, all have completed their coursework. Additionally, two former Husky wide receiver greats earned their undergraduate degrees last June: Mario Bailey and Spider Gaines. Here's a list of the 14 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June (the list doesn't include Dan Milsten, who is acting as a student coach after his playing career was cut short by injury): DE Brandon Ala, PK Michael Book, OG Stanley Daniels, CB Matt Fountaine, CB Dashon Goldson, TB Kenny James, DT Donny Mateaki, CB Josh Okoebor, FB Mark Palaita, TB Shelton Sampson, QB Isaiah Stanback, QB Felix Sweetman, OG Clay Walker and OLB Scott White.
Family Ties: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is a first cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo as well as older sister, Leslie, a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Senior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Freshman fullback Paul Homer is a cousin, by marriage, of former Husky offensive lineman Aaron Dalan, who married former Washington women's basketball player Gena Pelz. Senior safety C.J. Wallace is a cousin of former UW wide receiver Ken Conley, who lettered in 1973 and 1974. Freshman defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs, and finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.
Overall Athletic Success: Having firmly established itself as one of the top broad-based Division I intercollegiate athletics programs in the country, the University of Washington once again placed in the top echelon in the annual U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition in the 2005-2006 academic year. Husky athletics finished 18th among all NCAA Division I institutions in the annual standings. The top-20 placing was the seventh for Washington since the program began in 1993-94 and its fifth in the last six seasons. Washington scored a total of 692.25 points in the Director's Cup, which is based solely on NCAA championship competition. The 2005-06 Washington athletic season was highlighted by a number of team and individual successes, including the school's first-ever NCAA volleyball championship last fall. Husky athletics added a total of five national championships to their record books, including a team title for women's volleyball, IRA Championship titles for men's crew in the Freshman eights and open four boats, and individual track and field titles for Amy Lia in the 1,500-meters and Ryan Brown in the 800-meters. In addition, 34 individuals earned All-America honors for their performances in competition.
Graduation Success Rate: The UW football team once again had a good showing in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate report, released at the end of September. In the 2006 ranking (which measures graduation success rates for those who enrolled from 1996 to 1999 and graduated within six years), the UW football team ranked second in Pac-10 Conference at 66 percent, trailing only Stanford (94). Washington had also ranked second in the 2005 rankings at 75 percent. Here are the Pac-10's 2006 NCAA Graduation Success Rate rankings:
1. Stanford 94 2. Washington 66 3. Oregon State 60 4. UCLA 59 5. Oregon 59 6. Washington State 57 7. Arizona State 56 8. USC 55 9. California 44 10. Arizona 39
Academic Success: The UW is no stranger to success in its intercollegiate athletics program. From its national championship volleyball and rowing squads to the 34 student-athletes who earned All-America honors, the UW's athletic profile is among the best in the nation. Just as the bar is set at a high level on the field, Husky student-athletes also are achieving academic success at an impressive rate. The latest graduation rate report, produced by the NCAA and released over the summer, show Washington as having the highest graduation rate among Division IA public institutions on the West Coast and the second-highest among the schools in the Pacific-10 Conference. One-half of the nearly 600 student-athletes at the UW recorded a grade point average surpassing 3.0 during the recently-completed spring quarter. 92 student-athletes were honored as Dean's List recipients and five registered a perfect 4.0 for the quarter. Of UW's 21 sports (indoor/outdoor track and field count as one), 12 registered a team GPA over a 3.0 during the spring. Student-athletes at the University of Washington graduate at the second-highest rate in the Pac-10 Conference and the highest among public Division IA institutions on the West Coast. According to the latest NCAA graduation rate report, the four-class average of student-athletes entering school in 1988-99 graduated at a rate of 68 percent. That eclipses the national Division I average of 62 percent. UW's student-athlete graduation success rate, a recent metric designed by the NCAA that includes all first-time freshmen and transfers, is listed at 84 percent, which ranks as the second-best among all Division I public institutions on the West Coast and is significantly better than the national Division I average of 74 percent.