Oct. 30, 2006
The Game: The Washington football team (2-4 Pac-10, 4-5 overall) travels to face Oregon (3-2 Pac-10, 6-2 overall) for the fifth road game vs. the Ducks in the last six meetings between the two Northwest rivals. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will air live to a national audience on TBS. Washington has lost its last four games since opening the season 4-1. Included in those four losses are a pair of overtime losses the last two weeks, at California and at home vs. Arizona State. Those, along with a close loss at USC four weeks ago, means that three of the four losses haven't truly been decided until the game's final play. At Cal, the Bears, having scored on their possession, intercepted a pass in the UW's overtime to put the game away. Against ASU, the Huskies kicked a field goal in OT, but the Devils scored a touchdown in reply. At USC on Oct. 7, the Huskies were driving for a possible go-ahead touchdown, but time controversially ran out. After the Oregon game, the Huskies play their final home game of the year vs. Stanford Nov. 11 before closing out the 2006 regular season in the Apple Cup at Washington State Nov. 18.
Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 35 losses and five ties. While the series of games playing in Eugene dead-locked with the Ducks enjoying a 12-12 edge all-time, the Huskies are 31-17-4 in games played in Seattle. The Huskies are 10-10 all-time at Autzen Stadium and went 16-5-1 in 22 meetings in Portland's Multnomah Stadium (now PGE Park) for an overall record of 36-26-1 in games played in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game will the Huskies' sixth trip to Autzen Stadium in the series' last eighth games. In 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005, the UW and Oregon met at Autzen Stadium while in 2001, the Ducks and Huskies didn't play each other, the first break in the series since 1943, when Washington played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning seven of the last 11 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won three of the last six, nine of the last 16, 15 of the last 24 and 21 of the last 31. Washington last won a game at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 in 2002. That day, Oregon took a 14-0 lead before the Dawgs posted 42 unanswered points to run away with a 42-14 win. The Dawgs followed that victory with a 42-10 win in 2003 at Husky Stadium. 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, though Oregon has taken six of the last 10. 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. Tenth-year Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 6-4 vs. Washington. While at Stanford, Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham compiled a 4-1 record against the Ducks. Willingham's Cardinal squads beat the Ducks 28-21 in 1995 at Eugene, 27-24 in 1996 at Stanford and 58-49 in 1997 at Stanford before the Ducks posted their first win over Willingham, a 63-28 victory in 1998 in Eugene. The Cardinal and Ducks didn't play in 1999 or 2000, but Willingham got a 49-42 victory in Eugene in his final season at Stanford. That loss was Oregon's lone defeat in 2001. Combined with last years' UW loss at Oregon, Willingham is 4-2 against Oregon. All of Willingham's six games against Oregon have been head-to-head vs. Bellotti. Willingham is 2-2 in games at Autzen Stadium.
Television: The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a nationwide audience on TBS with Chip Caray, Tom Ramsey and David Aldridge 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.
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 Ties: While there isn't much 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. As far as coaches go, UO linebackers coach Don Pellum worked as an assistant athletic director at California during some of the time that UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer worked at Cal. Ducks defensive line coach Michael Gray worked at Oregon State along with Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano and receivers coach Eric Yarber. Somewhat surprisingly, Washington's current roster includes just one player from the state of Oregon (OT Eric Berglund, from Beaverton), although UW quarterback Johnny Durocher did originally attend UO before transferring to the UW. The Ducks' roster, however, includes five Washingtonians: WR Rory Cavaille (Shelton/Shelton), CB Jameel Dowling (Tacoma/Mt. Tahoma), OL C.E. Kaiser (Veradale/Central Valley), TB Jonathan Stewart (Lacey/Timberline), OL Josh Tschirgi (Vancouver/Skyview). A number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: UW defensive end Brandon Ala and UO center Enoka Lucas were classmates at Honolulu's Kamehameha High. Husky freshman LB Darrion Jones and Oregon's Darius Sanders and Kyle Weatherspoon all graduated from Lynwood High in L.A. while Husky Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Duck Max Unger played together at Hawaii Prep. Oregon's Kevin Garrett and Huskies Dashon Goldson and Roy Lewis all attended Narbonne High while UW receiver Sonny Shackelford and Duck Spencer Paysinger are both Beverly Hills High grads. Husky WR Quintin Daniels and UO DB Chad Peppars both went to L.A.'s Loyola High and Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Oregon DE Nick Reed both graduated from Mission Viejo HS. Finally, Husky CB Jordan Murchison and UO FS Matthew Harper both played at CC of San Francisco last season.
Last Year vs. Oregon (Oct. 15, Autzen Stadium): In only three quarters, Oregon quarterback Kellen Clemens threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns as the 20th-ranked Ducks beat Washington, 45-21, last season at Autzen Stadium. The day got off to a good start for the Huskies as Oregon fumbled on their first two plays of the game. One of those fumbles led to a 26-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Stanback to Anthony Russo to give Washington a 7-0 lead about three minutes into the game. However, the Ducks replied with five touchdowns and a field goal before the Dawgs could get back on the scoreboard. Clemens threw two TD passes in the first quarter: a one-yard strike to Demetrius Williams and an eight-yarder to Jaison Williams. In the second, Clemens hooked up again with Demetrius Williams on a 30-yarder and then opened the third quarter with an 11-yard pass to Terrence Whitehead. After a field goal, the Ducks capped their hot streak with a 17-yard run from Jonathan Steward, giving the Ducks a 38-7 lead with five minutes left in the third quarter. Washington got a five-yard pass from Stanback to tight end Robert Lewis and a one-yard run from Ty Eriks before Brian Paysinger scored on a one-yard run late in the fourth for the Ducks. Oregon compiled 570 yards and 30 first downs. Clemens went 36-for-48 for 425 yards while Stanback was just 13-for-26 for 111.
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 91 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 57-30-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-94-15 (.646) 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).
Autzen Again?: Saturday's trip to Eugene will mark the Huskies' fifth trip to Autzen Stadium in the last six meetings between the Dawgs and Ducks. The Huskies have played host to the Ducks only three times in the last decade: 1997, 1999 and 2003. Washington traveled to Eugene in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005 while playing the Ducks at Husky Stadium in 2003. In 2001, the two Northwest rivals didn't play one another. Washington is 11-10 all-time at Autzen Stadium, which opened in 1967. From 1926 to 1955, Oregon played all of its home games vs. Washington at Multnomah Stadium (now PGE Park) in Portland.
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.
Arizona State Recap: Despite rallying to force overtime for the second straight week, the Washington football team came up short in the extra period once again, falling to Arizona State, 26-23, in the the first overtime game in Husky Stadium history. A week after scoring on a 40-yard, Hail Mary pass on the final play of regulation vs. California the previous Saturday in Berkeley, the UW drove for the tying score on the arm of previously-third-string quarterback Johnny Durocher, who came off the bench with 7:35 left in the fourth quarter to replace Carl Bonnell, who was forced out after a late hit that was ruled a roughing the passer penalty. Down 20-13, DuRocher capped the 11-play, 63-yard drive with four-yard TD pass to Sonny Shackelford, knotting the score at 20-20. In the Huskies' OT possession, the Huskies were held without a first down and got a 47-yard field goal from Michael Braunstein. However, ASU answered quickly. On the second play, Rudy Carpenter hit tight end Brent Miller with a 25-yard TD to give the Devils the win. After no scoring in the first quarter, Carpenter put the visitors on top with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jamaal Lewis. After a Braunstein field goal, Keegan Herring scored on a 19-yard run to give the Sun Devils a 14-3 lead at hte half. After another Braunstein field goal late in the third quarter, Herring scored on a 65-yard run to stretch ASU's lead to 20-6 (thanks to a failed PAT). However, Washington answered first with a trick play as Shackelford hit fellow receiver Anthony Russo with a 41-yard touchdown pass. After an ASU punt, the Dawgs got the long drive capped with DuRocher's TD pass to send the game to overtime.
NEARLY All Or Nothing For O-Line: With the exception of one player playing one quarter, 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. Still, only six Huskies have played on the line this season and four have played every snap (all but Ossai) in all nine games. 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 other four 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
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.