Oct. 31, 2011
THE GAME: The Washington football team (6-2 overall, 4-1 Pac-12) hosts the final game at the current Husky Stadium this Saturday when Oregon (7-1, 5-0) visits for a 7:30 p.m. game Saturday night. The Ducks are ranked No. 6 in both polls, while Washington sits three spots from the top 25 in both. The game, which will feature a number of special ceremonies to mark the closing of the 92-year old facility for major renovations, will air live on ROOT Sports/FSN. Washington will play the Apple Cup and all of the 2012 season at the Seattle Seahawks' Century Link Field. After the game vs. Oregon, the Dawgs travel to face USC and Oregon State the next two weekends.
QUICK SNAPS: The Huskies are 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference for the first time since 2001 ... tailback Chris Polk has rushed for 100 yards in seven of eight games this year and now has 18 career 100-yard games, a new school record ... last Saturday vs. Arizona, Polk tied the UW modern record by scoring five touchdowns and became the first player in UW history to top 100 yards in both rushing (144) and receiving (100) in the same game ... he also passed the 1,000-yard mark for a third straight season, joining Napoleon Kaufman as one of two Huskies ever to do that ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,577 yards ... Polk ranks fifth in the nation in rushing (127.0 yards per game) ... UW quarterback Keith Price is tied for fifth in the nation with 23 touchdown passes ... 23 TD passes already ranks No. 4 in UW single-season history ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 162.7, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .665, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is eighth in the nation in pass efficiency ... Kevin Smith ranks ninth in the nation in kick returns while Cort Dennison leads the Pac-12 in tackles ... six true freshmen have played this year for the UW: S James Sample, TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Danny Shelton, OLB John Timu and WR Kasen Williams.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a national audience on ROOT Sports (in the Northwest) and FSN (nationally). Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis will provide the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on ROOT Sports. 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 on 16 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and can be heard over the internet at gohuskies.com. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game nationally.
HUSKIES vs. DUCKS HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 40 losses and five ties. While the series of games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoying a 15-12 edge all-time (Oregon's home games vs. the UW were played in Portland for many years), the Huskies are 31-19-4 against their cross-border rivals in games played in Seattle. Washington has been a frequent visitor to Eugene in recent years. The 2009 game in Seattle was just the third in the decade while they've met at Autzen in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010. The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning 12 of the last 16 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won 15 of the last 29 and 21 of the last 36. Last season in Eugene, UW QB Keith Price made his first college start in a 53-16 Husky loss. Oregon led 18-16 in the third quarter before pulling away. Two years at Husky Stadium, Oregon won, 43-19. Three years ago in Eugene in the season-opener for both teams, Jeremiah Masoli came off the bench and led the Ducks to a 44-10 win. In 2007 in Seattle, the Huskies and Ducks were tied at 31-31 after three quarters before Oregon pulled away in the final period for a 55-34 win. The Huskies' last win over Oregon was in 2003, when Shelton Sampson and Kenny James both rushed for over 100 yards in a 42-10 Husky victory. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year.
WASHINGTON-OREGON TIES: While there's barely any crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. On the coaching side, longtime Duck assistant Gary Campbell was on the coaching staff at Pacific for one season when UW defensive coordinator Nick Holt played there. Washington's current roster includes just one player from the state of Oregon: RS-freshman OL James Atoe, from The Dalles. The Ducks' roster lists three Washingtonians: OL Nick Cody (Brush Prairie/Hockinson), DL Nick Morrison (Everett/Cascade) and TE David Paulson (Auburn/Riverside) . A fair number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school, mostly in California: UW kicker Erik Folk and Oregon PK Eric Solis both went to Notre Dame High near Los Angeles (Oregon's Kenjon Barner attended a different Notre Dame HS in southern California). Husky Gregory Ducre and Ducks De'Anthony Thomas and Terrell Turner all played at Crenshaw. Lastly, UW's Erik Kohler and Nick Montana both went to Oaks Christian High, same as Oregon's Anthony Gildon; while UW's Talia Crichton and UO's Rahim Cassell went to Lakewood High in southern California.
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 103 times, Oregon in 102 games and Oregon State on 95 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-40-5, Washington State 66-31-6 and Oregon State 57-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 181-105-15 (.626) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 82 prior occasions. Over those 82 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 seven occasions.
10 OUT OF 12: Washington enters this week's game vs. Oregon having won 10 out of its last 12 games. The last time the Huskies had won 10 out of 12 was during the 2001 season, when Washington began the season 8-2 (they'd also won their last eight in 2000). That year, the Huskies won their first four games of the season (stretching a win streak from the previous season to 12 games) before losing at UCLA on Oct. 13, 2001. After that UCLA loss, Washington reeled off wins over Arizona, ASU and Stanford before falling at Oregon State.
THE PAC-12: This season, the Pac-10 Conference has added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, will play in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and California. Under current plans, each school will play all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. This year, the Huskies will not face UCLA or Arizona State. The last time that Washington didn't face UCLA in a season was in 1992 (when the Pac-10 schedule was eight games). The UW didn't face Arizona State in 2003 or 2004.
CAPTAINS: At the end of the spring practice season, the four captains for the 2011 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior linebacker Cort Dennison (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.), senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.) and senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.). Kelemete was also voted as a season captain in 2010. The team also names two game captains each game. Here's a list of those:
EWU: Cody Bruns, Greg Walker
Hawai'i: Desmond Trufant, Marlion Barnett
Nebraska: Travis Feeney, Everrette Thompson
California: Kevin Smith, Evan Zeger
Utah: Tim Tucker, Taniela Tupou
Colorado: Jamaal Kearse, Willis Wilson
Stanford: Will Shamburger, Corey Waller
Arizona: DiAndre Campbell, Thomas Tutogi
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 178-54-3 (.764) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the UW is 5-2 in such games (Chris Polk has rushed for 100 in every game but vs. Cal).
HISTORY LESSON: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, UW has rushed for 200 yards in a game 77 times. The Huskies' record stands at 65-12-1 (.851) in those contests. Since 1995, UW is 40-9-1 (.810) when rushing for 200 yards.
PLAYING AT HOME: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 21 seasons. UW has won 92 of its last 138 (.670) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (92-45-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 140-56-2 (.712) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 58-32-1 (.643) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10/Pac-12 opponents.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium will undergo a massive renovation following the 2010 season. In fact, in order to aid the project, the Huskies will play this season's Apple Cup vs. Washington State Nov. 26 at CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahaws), meaning the Nov. 5 game vs. Oregon will be the final game in the "old" Husky Stadium. The Seattle icon was first opened in 1920. Upper decks were added in the 1950s (south) and 1980s (north). Renovations will completely remake the lower bowl and the south deck. The stadium track will be removed and an operations center for the football team will be built into the west end. For much more information, including a virtual look from every seat in the new stadium, photo galleries and more, go to huskystadium.com.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2011 season marks the 92nd 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 357-168-21 (.673).