Nov. 6, 2006
The Game: The Washington football team (2-5 Pac-10, 4-6 overall) plays its final home game of the 2006 season this Saturday, November 11, 2006, when Stanford (0-6 Pac-10, 0-9 overall) visits Husky Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. game. The game will mark the first meeting between the Cardinal and UW coach Tyrone Willingham as a Husky coach as Washington and Stanford did not play one another last season. Willingham spent seven seasons (1995-2001) as the Cardinal's head coach and also spent three earlier seasons as an assistant on the Farm under head coach Denny Green. The Huskies then close out the regular season the following Saturday, November 18, with the annual Apple Cup vs. Washington State. This year's Apple Cup kicks off at 3:45 p.m. and will be televised on FSN.
Team Walk: In a new tradition, started in the Huskies' last home game against Arizona State, the Washington team will now be dropped off in the Husky Stadium parking lot each home game and walk through the tailgate area before heading to the locker room. For the Stanford game, the team should arrive around 10:15 a.m., barring heavy rain, and will get off of the buses near the Waterfront Activities Center in the southeast corner of the south lot. From there, the players and coaches will walk to the southeast gate of Husky Stadium and proceed across the field, up the tunnel and to the locker room. Fans are encouraged to line the way.
Huskies vs. Cardinal History: Washington holds a relatively close 39-33-4 advantage in the series against Stanford, but has been the dominant team lately. After winning eight straight vs. Stanford from 1959 to 1966, the Huskies lost 10 in a row from 1967 to 1976. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 20-3 against the Cardinal. One of those three losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The second UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. Most recently, the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 27-13, at Palo Alto in 2004, the most recent Husky-Cardinal game. The Dawgs have not lost to the Cardinal at home since 1975, a 24-21 Stanford victory. That home win streak in the series ran to 11 games following a 28-17 win at Husky Stadium in 2003, the two teams' most recent meeting in Seattle. Over the last six seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005). Washington and Stanford first played one another in 1893 in a game that marked the first major college opponent for UW. That game, played in West Seattle, resulted in a 40-0 Stanford victory. There wouldn't be another matchup between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal nipped Washington, 3-0, in the last UW home game played somewhere other than Husky Stadium. Three weeks after that game, the UW would open what would eventually come to be known as Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies' first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto. Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham, who spent seven years as the head coach at Stanford, is 3-0 vs. the Cardinal, all in games as Notre Dame head coach. Willingham and Stanford coach Walt Harris have faced off three times, all in Notre Dame-Pittsburgh games in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Willingham's Irish won the first two (14-6 and 20-14) while Pitt won in 2004 (41-38).
Television: There will be no live or tape-delayed television broadcast of the Washington-Stanford game. Fans can, however, 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.
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-Stanford Ties: Clearly, the most obvious connection between the UW and Stanford coaching staffs and rosters is the fact that Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham spent seven seasons (1995-2001) as the Cardinal's head coach. He also had previously worked three years (1989-91) on the Stanford staff as running backs coach. Three Husky assistant coaches also worked at Stanford under Willingham: defensive coordinator Kent Baer, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and running backs coach Trent Miles. Willingham and Stanford head coach Walt Harris narrowly missed one another at the start of both of their careers. Willingham was a grad assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State, in 1977 and an assistant there from 1980 to 1982 while Harris was linebackers coach for the Spartans in 1978 and 1979. Stanford RB coach Buzz Preston was a graduate assistant at Washington and worked on Willingham's staff at Stanford and at Notre Dame. Longtime Stanford defensive line coach Dave Tipton also worked both alongside and under Willingham at Stanford. There are three Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: junior OG Bobby Dockter (Edmonds/Kamiak), sophomore QB Tavita Pritchard (Tacoma/Clover Park) and freshman WR Marcus Rance (Yakima/Davis). Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, but only seven from Northern California: Donald Butler (Sacramento), Matt Fountaine (Oakland), Greyson Gunheim (Sebastopol), Chad Macklin (Visalia), Jordan Murchison (Oakland), Louis Rankin (Stockton) and C.J. Wallace (Sacramento). Only a few Huskies attended the same high school as any Cardinal players. Stanford's Pritchard and UW's Shelton Sampson both went to Clover Park High in Tacoma. UW freshman DB Matt Mosley and Stanford OT Allen Smith and CB Blaise Johnson all graduated from Tempe's Corona del Sol. Stanford QB Nicholas Ruhl and Husky TB Louis Rankin both attended Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif., while UW's Brandon Ala and SU's Leon Peralto are both products of Hawaii's Kamehameha High. Husky TE Jon Shapiro and Stanford LS Brent Newhouse both went to Harvard-Westlake High in the L.A. area and UW LB Josh Gage and Cardinal FL Marcus McCutcheon both went to Edison High in Huntington Beach. Lastly, Husky WR Quintin Daniels and Card TE Michael Horgan graduated from L.A.'s Loyola High.
Last Time vs. Stanford (Oct. 2, 2004, Stanford Stadium): Stanford tailback J.R. Lemon has a superb day as the Cardinal beat the Huskies for just the third time since 1976. Lemon scored three touchdowns and gained 162 yards on just 19 carries as Stanford earned a 27-13 win, Oct. 2, 2004, at Stanford Stadium. The game marked the first career start for Husky quarterback Carl Bonnell. Stanford got off to a quick start in the opening quarter, taking a 14-0 lead on the strength of two Lemon touchdowns. His first was a three-yarder that capped a 13-play, 93-yard drive. Then, on the final play of the period, he scored on a 58-yard run. The Huskies got one score back in the second quarter when Kenny James capped a long drive with a one-yard scoring run, but in the third quarter, Lemon's one-yard run was the crowning play on a 92-yard drive. After a failed PAT, the Cardinal led 20-7. On the final play of the third quarter, Nick Sanchez ran in a blocked punt for a touchdown, making it 27-7. Washington's last score came in the fourth quarter when backup QB Casey Paus threw a 28-yard TD pass to Sonny Shackelford. Stanford's Trent Edwards finished the day 23-for-33 for 254 yards, no touchdowns and three interception as the Cardinal racked up 456 yards of total offense. Bonnell completed 9-of-25 for 118 yards, one interception and no TDs. Linebacker Scott White had a career day with 15 tackles, including three for loss, a sack and two pass breakups.
Huskies vs. Bay Area Schools: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 97-71-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 46-37-4 against Cal, 39-33-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary's and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven't played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 47-7-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 19-4 vs. Cal, 20-3 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
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.
Oregon Recap: Oregon used a strong rushing game, both offensively and defensively to hand Washington a 34-14 loss at Autzen Stadium in the Huskies' sixth visit to Eugene in the last seven UW-UO games. Ducks tailback Jonathan Stewart led the way with 159 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while Oregon as a team ran for 316 yards and three scores. In the meantime, the Ducks held the Huskies to just 13 rushing yards and led the time of possession battle by more than 10 minutes. After missing a field goal earlier, Oregon opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when Patrick Chung returned a punt 59 yards for a touchdown. However, the Huskies took advantage of a C.J. Wallace interception to tie the game at 7-7 when Carl Bonnell and Sonny Shackelford connnected on a nine-yard touchdown pass in the secon quarter. Later in the second, Oregon got a got a five-yard TD run from Stewart and a 43-yard field goal to take a 17-7 lead to the locker room. Both teams posted the same number of points in the second half. Washington pulled within three at 17-14 early in the third. After a Chris Hemphill interception deep in Oregon territory, the Huskies scored on an 11-yard pass from Bonnell to Quintin Daniels. However, that was it for the UW offense in terms of points. Jeremiah Johnson and Stewart both rushed for third-quarter TDs and Martinez kicked another field goal to close it out. Bonnell finished the game 15-for-34 for 125 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Ducks QB Dennis Dixon was 14-for-25 for 109 passing while also rushing for 53 yards.,
NEARLY All Or Nothing For O-Line: With the exception of one player playing one quarter and another seeing limited action in another, 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 this year. Backup Eric Berglund started at LT at USC and played the first quarter while RG Casey Bulyca played in the second half of the Oregon game due to an injury to Walker. Still, only seven Huskies have played on the line this season and three have played every snap (all but Ossai and Walker) in all 10 games. Garcia and Ossai both entered the season never having played in a game. Aside from Berglund and Bulyca, who have played in just one game each, the other three backup players on the UW's depth 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 105 (.738) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (77-27-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 125-38-2 (.764) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-20-1 (.703) 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 341-149-21 (.688).
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
Oregon State: Matt Fountaine, Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
California: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Jordan Reffett, Scott White
Arizona State: Juan Garcia, Dashon Goldson, Dan Howell, Mark Palaita
Oregon: Sean Douglas, Mark Palaita, Jordan Reffett, C.J. Wallace
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.