Sept. 27, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (0-3 overall, 0-1 in the Pac-10) return to the road for a second straight Saturday still in search of its first win of 2004. The Huskies travel to face Stanford (2-1, 0-1) at Stanford Stadium, Sat., Oct. 2, at 2:00 p.m. PDT. The Cardinal may still be smarting from a tough, 31-28 loss to No. 1 USC last Saturday in a game that Stanford led much of the way. Washington returns to the road after falling to Notre Dame, 38-3, last weekend in South Bend. The game marks the Huskies' first trip to Stanford Stadium since Oct. 28, 2000, a day that will go down as one of the most famous and tragic days in Washington history. That day, the Huskies used a three-play, 80-yard drive in the final minute to pull out a 31-28 win. However, all celebrations were more than cancelled out by the spinal cord injury suffered by senior safety Curtis Williams (more on that day on page three of this release). After this Saturday's game against the Cardinal, Washington plays two straight home dates the following two weeks. Oct. 9, San Jose State visits Husky Stadium in the final non-conference game of the year. Oct. 16, Washington plays host to Northwest rival Oregon State. Both games are currently slated for 12:30 p.m. kickoffs.
Huskies vs. Cardinal History: Washington holds a relatively close 39-32-4 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 20-2 against the Cardinal. One of those two losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The only other UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. The Huskies 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 2004, the two teams' most recent meeting. One or both of the two teams have been ranked in the AP Top 25 in each of the last 11 meetings and in 19 of the last 21. Also, over the last six seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other three times (1998, 1999 and 2002). 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. As head coach at California, Keith Gilbertson faced Stanford four times, going 2-2, giving him a 3-2 career record against the Cardinal thanks to the Husky win last season. Prior to 2003, Gilbertson was the last Bears coach to beat the Cardinal. Stanford head coach Buddy Teevens had never faced a Washington team as a head coach or assistant coach prior to last year's game and is thus 0-1 vs. the Huskies.
Television: There will be no live telecast of the Washington-Stanford game. However, the game will air on tape delay Sunday, Oct. 3 at 5:00 p.m.on Fox Sports Northwest with Jim Watson and Sonny Sixkiller on the call. During the season, all remaining Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. (the lone exception is the Stanford game). Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The broadcast will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on Pac-10 Channel 185, with pregame starting at 1:30 p.m. PDT.
Washington-Stanford Ties: Two members of Stanford's current coaching staff have served as assistant coaches at Washington in recent years. Offensive line coach Steve Morton served in the same role at the UW under Don James and Jim Lambright from 1992 to 1998. Stanford associate head coach and linebackers coach Tom Williams was the UW linebackers coach for three seasons (1999-2001). While none of the members of UW's current staff have ever worked at Stanford, there is some crossover with some of the SU assistants (other than with the two former UW coaches). Cardinal running backs coach Jay Boulware held that same role at Arizona from 2001 to 2003. While a member of the Wildcats' staff, he worked alongside Husky assistants Charlie Dickey and Scott Pelluer. Stanford defensive coordinator A.J. Christoff is a native of Ritzville, Wash., and played football at the University of Idaho, though his playing career and his stint as an assistant coach at Idaho were both well over before Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson began working there. Stanford's preseason roster listed five players from the state of Washington: guard David Beall (Vancouver/Mountain View), guard Merlin Brittenham (Renton/Lindbergh), offensive lineman Bobby Dockter (Edmonds/Kamiak ... the alma mater of UW freshman cornerback Derrick Bradley), quarterback Ryan Eklund (Federal Way/Decatur), flanker Justin McCullum (Mercer Island). Additionally, Stanford's Taualai Fonoti played at St. Louis High in Honolulu, alma mater of Huskies Wilson Afoa and Joe Lobendahn while SU quarterback Kyle Matter and UW linebacker Dan Howell both attended Hart High in Newhall, Calif.. Washington's roster includes only two players from the Bay Area: cornerback Matt Fountaine (Oakland/Bishop O'Dowd) and offensive lineman Robin Meadow (San Francisco/De La Salle). UW also has two players from Sacramento (Manase Hopoi and C.J. Wallace), one from Carmel (Jon Lyon), one from Sebastopol (Greyson Gunheim) and another from Stockton (Louis Rankin).
Last Year vs. Stanford: Last year at Husky Stadium, the Huskies opened the Pac-10 schedule with a 28-17 win over Stanford. Rich Alexis ran for 128 yards while Cody Pickett threw two touchdown passes to Reggie Williams as No. 18 Washington beat Stanford 28-17 in the league opener for both schools. Stanford had a late chance, taking over at its own 25 and trailing 21-17 with 2:54 remaining. Derrick Johnson sealed Washington's victory by intercepting freshman quarterback Trent Edwards' pass and returning it 36 yards for a touchdown. Jimmy Newell intercepted another pass on Stanford's final series. Edwards was 16-of-32 for 159 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. He threw a 12-yard scoring pass to tight end Alex Smith for an early 7-0 lead, then found Smith for an 18-yard TD to tie it at 14 early in the second period. Alexis broke a 53-yard run for a TD late in the first quarter. The Huskies didn't wait long to make it 14-7. After forcing a punt, Washington needed three plays before Pickett connected with Williams, and the All-American receiver streaked down the left sideline for a 74-yard TD play. Stanford led 17-14 midway through the third quarter after Michael Sgroi kicked a 28-yard field goal, but the Huskies answered on the ensuing possession when Pickett threw to Williams on a six-yard score to cap a 76-yard drive. Pickett completed 20-of-33 passes for 231 yards, but he fumbled twice. His second came inside the Stanford 20 late in the first half, spoiling a chance for Washington to put up more points before the break. Williams had a big day, catching 10 passes for 138 yards. The Cardinal defense, which led the nation after allowing only four net yards rushing in two games, faced a bigger challenge. The Huskies had 92 yards rushing by the end of the first quarter, with Alexis running for 91.
Last Time at Stanford Stadium: Remarkably enough, the Huskies' last visit to Stanford Stadium was Oct. 28, 2000. That day's game will go down as one of the most heroic and also most tragic days in UW football history. While Washington completed an amazing three-play, 80-yard, 36-second drive to pull ahead for a nearly unbelievable 31-28 win, Oct. 28, 2000 will more often than not be remembered as the day that safety Curtis Williams injured his spinal cord, an injury that would lead to paralysis and, eventually, to his death in May, 2003. Washington notched the last-second victory in a downpour as quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo completed three straight passes to lead his team back to a win after the UW had surrendered the lead with 53 seconds left in the game. Tuiasosopo hit Todd Elstrom and Wilbur Hooks on the first two passes of that drive before completing a 22-yard touchdown pass to freshman Justin Robbins. Washington had led 24-6 at one point in the game, but Williams' injury, which occured in the third quarter, sapped the Huskies' spirit, allowing at least in part for the Cardinal to make a comeback. Stanford quarterback Randy Fasani did most of the work, first throwing to DeRonnie Pitts for a four-yard score with only 5:23 remaining before running for a four-yard TD at the 2:33 mark and a two-yard score with 53 seconds left. Tuiasosopo finished the day 15-for-26 for 216 yards and one touchdown while Willie Hurst rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Fasani was 13-for-30 for 166 yards and a touchdown and was also his team's top rusher with 65 yards on 13 tries. Two current Huskies played in that game -- safety Jimmy Newell and cornerback Derrick Johnson, both true freshmen at the time. The game was also the 1,000th in Husky football history.
vs. Bay Area Schools: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 95-66-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 46-34-4 against California, 39-32-4 vs. Stanford, 8-0 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 haven't faced St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, Washington is 47-4-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 19-2 vs. Cal, 21-2 vs. Stanford and 7-0 vs. San Jose State.
Tight End and Quarterback U.: According to report from the NFL, based on opening week rosters, no college team has placed more current tight ends or more current quarterbacks in the NFL than Washington. The Huskies have four former players playing tight end in "the league" while five former Dawgs are playing quarterback at the next level. Only Michigan and Penn State can boast as many tight ends while only Michigan has produced that many quarterbacks. The four tight ends are: Mark Bruener (Houston), Cameron Cleeland (St. Louis), Ernie Conwell (New Orleans) and Jerramy Stevens (Seattle). The five quarterbacks are Mark Brunell (Washington), Chris Chandler (St. Louis), Damon Huard (Kansas City), Cody Pickett (San Francisco) and Marques Tuiasosopo (Oakland). That list does not include Brock Huard, who is on injured reserve for the Seahawks.
Short on Sacks: Washington's offensive line has surrendered only two quarterback sacks this season, and both of those two came in the season opener vs. Fresno State. Neither UCLA nor Notre Dame was able to record a single QB sack the last two Saturdays. The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 in quarterback sacks allowed, with two in three games. Only UCLA has allowed fewer sacks as Washington recorded one the UW-UCLA game on Sept. 18. It's worth noting too that while Washington has allowed only two sacks and made just three, the Dawgs have had 51 more pass attempts (121-70) than their opposition this season. Perhaps only coincidentally, the Huskies and Bruins also rank No. 9 and 10 in the conference in sacks made. The Huskies are ninth with only three sacks on the season while the Bruins have managed only two, placing them 10th.
New Husky Stadium Book: Few football venues in America rival the rich history and gameday pageantry of the University of Washington's Husky Stadium. From its establishment in 1920, the Stadium has hosted UW's hard-nosed brand of exciting football as well as other major spectacles including the International Goodwill Games. Now, as never before, the remarkable history and gameday pageantry of a sports palace are brought to exhilarating life in Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments. Published by Parker Hood Press, the 160-page coffee-table sized book features 160 pages and retails for $45. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Washington athletic department's scholarship endowment fund. W. Thomas Porter and Jim Daves, co-authors of the previous best-seller, The Glory of Washington, chronicle the clashes of great football teams and players that are part of Husky Stadium lore and that heighten the aura of gameday. The Voice of the Huskies, Bob Rondeau, provides a stirring introduction, and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Robin Hood adds richness to the book by capturing the stadium in its wide-ranging moods, from pre-game calm to the howling, heart-pumping fun of fans celebrating a Husky victory. Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments will be available on an exclusive basis at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) from Aug. 16-30 before being released to a wider market. The book can also be ordered online at www.huskyfever.com, and copies of the book will be on sale at Washington's Kickoff Luncheon Sept. 2 at Dempsey Indoor.
Roster Changes: As usual, there have been a number of changes to the UW roster since the release of the 2004 media guide. Please note the following changes: Number changes (listed with new number) -- #1 C.J. Wallace, #3 Chris Hemphill, #3 Craig Chambers, #11 Derrick Bradley, #22 James Sims, #59 Jordan Reffett, #71 Jovon O'Connor, #88 Robert Lewis and #84 Lukas Michener. Position changes (with new position): DE Walter Winter, OG Jordan Reffett, DL Caeser Rayford. Additionally, Robin Meadow (previously "Rob") would like to be called by his full first name and Mike Mapuolesega (formerly "Mapu") has opted to use the traditional, lengthier version of his last name. The pronunciation of Joe Lobendahn's last name is now "LOW-ben-don." Finally, several new players that have been added to the team since the start of fall camp: #13 Michael Book (PK), #13 Josh Lucas (QB), #14 Wade Gurnett (CB), #30 Robert Lukevich (C), #31 Steve Anderson (WR), #32 Jamie Lee (S), #54 Patrick McKillop (DE), #78 Mike Nahl (OG), #86 Michael Gottlieb (TE) and #99 Jared Bronson (TE).
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. Zach Tuiasosopo, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Kim Taylor are all cousins. Zach's older brother, Marques, was a UW quarterback (1997-2000) and his older sister, Leslie, was a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Redshirt freshman Craig Chambers' older brother, Richie, was a starting linebacker for the Dawgs in the 1990s. Sophomore cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Kicker Evan Knudson is a half-brother of former Husky punter Channing Wyles. Outside linebacker Evan Benjamin's older sister, Paige, was an All-America volleyball player for the Huskies while sophomore guard Jason Benn's older brother Kyle, a center for the Dawgs from 1998-2001, is now a graduate assistant coach. Finally, redshirt freshman Chris Rohrbach is the son of former UW linebacker Mike Rohrbach, who was a captain on the Huskies' 1977 Pac-10 champion team.
Upcoming Promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
San Jose State (52nd Annual Band Day)
UWAA Special: UWAA members have the opportunity to purchase a $5 ticket to this game with the purchase of an Arizona or Cal ticket. Go to uwalum.com to purchase.
Junior Husky Day: Junior Husky Club members can purchase a $5 ticket through the Husky Ticket Office in person or by phone.
Take A Kid to Game Day: Purchase a $5 ticket for a child with the purchase of a full price ticket. Purchased only through the ticket office in person or by phone.
UW Faculty/Staff Day: UW Faculty Staff can purchase a ticket for $25 through the Husky Ticket Office, in person or by phone.
Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.