Nov. 19, 2007
Monday Press Conference: Jake Locker | Tyrone Willingham
The Game: Washington (4-7 overall, 2-6 in the Pac-10 Conference) and Washington State (4-7 overall, 2-6 Pac-10) meet for the 100th time this Saturday in the annual renewal of the Apple Cup, presented this year by Boeing. The Dawgs and Cougs will kick off at 4:00 p.m. PST in a game that will be televised on FSN television. Friday, Nov. 23, the two teams - as well as coaches, bands, cheer squads and mascots - will appear at a rally at the Qwest Field Events Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Advance admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under (children under two admitted free). Fans can register online at gohuskies.com. After the WSU game, the Huskies play a 13th regular-season game when they travel to Hawaii for a Dec. 1 game at Aloha Stadium. That game will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 8:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. HST).
The Seniors: The following 21 seniors will be making their final Husky Stadium appearance this Saturday: Wilson Afoa, Erik Berglund, Carl Bonnell, Linus Chou, Quintin Daniels, Cody Ellis, Greyson Gunheim, Tim Harris, Dan Howell, Robert Lewis, Roy Lewis, Erick Lobos, Chad Macklin, Louis Rankin, Caesar Rayford, Marcel Reece, Jordan Reffett, Anthony Russo, Kyle Trew, Corey Williams and Sho Yoshinaga.
Huskies vs. Cougars History: The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor's Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 64-29-6 edge in the 99-game series, including a 32-12 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 36-15-5 against the Cougars in games played in Seattle (and venue) and 30-13-3 against WSU at Husky Stadium (since 1920). The Huskies have won seven of the last nine Apple Cups, having seen their six-game win streak in the series broken in a 28-25 loss in 2004 at Martin Stadium. The Huskies broke a two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman last season. Prior to a 26-22 loss at Husky Stadium in 2005, the Huskies had won three straight Apple Cups at home, dating back to a loss in 1997. Three seasons ago at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Alex Brink, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Before that, in 2003, Washington pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In 2002 in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win. Washington has won 13 of the last 18 vs. WSU and 24 of the last 33. In his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford, Husky head man Tyrone Willingham faced the Cougars seven times, winning five and losing two. In 1995, his Cardinal traveled to Pullman for a 36-24 win. In 1996 in Palo Alto, Stanford beat WSU, 33-17. During the Cougars' 1997 Rose Bowl run, WSU beat Stanford 38-28. Stanford then ran off wins in each of the next three meetings under Willingham, winning 38-28 in 1998, 54-17 in 1999, and 24-10 in 2000. In 2001, the Cougars edged Stanford, 45-39. Together with his 1-1 record vs. WSU as UW coach, Willingham is 6-3 all-time vs. the Cougars. Washington State's Bill Doba, in his fifth season as a college head coach, had obviously never faced Washington in that capacity before 2003, making him 2-2 as a head man against his cross-state rival. Additionally, as an assistant, he was on the winning sideline vs. the UW four times in 15 tries (1-0 as an assistant at Indiana in 1978 and 3-11 as a WSU assistant from 1989 to 2002).
Television: The Apple Cup will air live on FSN television with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson providing commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, 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 three different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 21 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-WSU Ties: Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who was born in Spokane, Wash., spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Washington State, serving as running backs coach and/or offensive coordinator from 1987-91. During the last three seasons of that tenure, he was on the same staff as current Cougar head coach Bill Doba. Lappano and WSU offensive line coach George Yarno also overlapped at Washington State in 1991, while Yarno worked under UW linebackers coach Chris Tormey when Tormey was head coach at Idaho. Longtime UW defensive line coach Randy Hart and WSU linebackers coach Leon Burtnett were on the same staff at Purdue in the late 70s and early 80s. While there aren't that many Huskies from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. WSU has two Puyallup High alums - Loren Langley and Jacob McKinney - where Husky WR Cody Ellis played. Huskies Erick Lobos and Mesphin Forrester both attended Venice High in L.A., same as WSU's Asly Jean-Jacques. Husky LS Danny Morovick and WSU TE Jed Collins both prepped at Mission Viejo High while UW's Morgan Rosborough and WSU's Jesse Feagin are both Long Beach Jordan grads. Husky freshman safety Nate Williams and WSU lineman Kevin Freitag were teammates at Kenney High last year while UW TE Chris Izbicki and WSU's Darrin and Scott Friberg teamed together at Lake Washington. Husky senior Jordan Reffett and WSU freshman B.J. Guerra both attended Moses Lake while Husky TB Brandon Johnson and WSU DB Terry Mixon both went to L.A.'s Dominguez High. The UW's Cody Habben and Tony Chidiac attended Skyline High with WSU's Carlin Birrell and Zach Enyeart. Lastly, Coug WR Keith Rosenberg and DB Eric Block and Huskies J.R. Hasty and E.J. Savannah are all Bellevue High products. Only four Husky players come from the eastern part of the state of Washington: DT Jordan Reffett (Moses Lake), C Juan Garcia (Yakima/Eisenhower), OG Ryan Tolar (Pasco) and DT Cameron Elisara (Spokane/Ferris), whose father Matt lettered for the Cougars from 1979 to 1981.
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 99 times, Oregon in 100 games and Oregon State on 91 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-37-5, Washington State 64-29-6 and Oregon State 57-30-4. Combined, Washington has a 179-96-15 (.643) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 78 prior occasions. Over those 78 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 five occassions (1948, 1968, 1973, 2004 and 2005).
On The Run: The UW currently ranks 26th in the nation and 2nd in the Pac-10 in rushing offense with 195.82 yards per game. If that pace continues, it would be the Huskies' best rushing average since 2000 (211.7), when the Huskies won the Rose Bowl. Additionally, the Dawgs are averaging 4.929 yards per carry. The school record for yards per carry is 4.868 yards, set by the 1991 national championship team.
Ranked Opponents in `07: Oregon, ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press top 25 when the Ducks faced the UW, was the fifth Husky opponent this season (in only seven games) to be ranked by the AP. With current rankings, the Huskies have a good shot to play six AP-ranked teams this season as the UW's Dec. 1 opponent, Hawaii, is ranked No. 13. UW has played a regular-season schedule that included six ranked teams on only three occasions: in 1969, 1986 and 1992.
About The Win At Syracuse: The Huskies' 42-12 win at Syracuse was something of a milestone win. After all, with a 30-point margin of victory, it was the Dawgs' most-lopsided win over a non-conference opponent since a 34-0 win at Northwestern in the 1983 season-opener. For that matter, Washington hadn't beaten any opponent by 30 or more since a 42-10 over Oregon on Nov. 1, 2003, and was the biggest win over a BCS-conference team on the road (Pac-10 or non-conference) since the 51-3 win over Washington State in the 2000 Apple Cup.
About The Win vs. Boise State: The Huskies' 24-10 win over then-No. 22 Boise State had its share of milestones, not unlike the Syracuse game. The win over the Broncos was the Huskies' first win over a ranked team since the UW beat No. 8 Washington State, 27-19, in the 2003 Apple Cup (Nov. 22, 2003). It was the Dawgs' first win over a non-conference ranked team since the UW opened the 2001 season with a 23-18 victory over No. 11 Michigan. The 2001 season was also the last time that Washington has opened a season 2-0. In the meantime, the Huskies broke the Broncos' 14-game winning streak and held BSU to its lowest point total since 2005.
About The Win At Stanford: Washington's 27-9 win at Stanford on Nov. 3 had its share of historical points. For one, senior tailback Louis Rankin had a career day with 255 yards on 36 carries, both shattering previous career highs (23 and 147 were the old highs). His 255 yards were fourth most in UW history and his 36 carries tied for fourth-most. The Huskies' 31 total first downs tied for fifth-most in school history and their 23 first downs by rush also tied for fifth. Lastly, the Dawgs' 388 rushing yards were ninth-most in school history, their most since the 1996 San Jose State and their most in a conference game since a 1990 win over California. Lastly, the Cardinal's nine points were fewest by a Husky opponent in a Pac-10 game since the 51-3 win at Washington State in 2000.
About The Win Vs. Cal: The Huskies' fourth win of the season came last week vs. Cal, 37-23. The Huskies' 28 points in the first half tied for their highest first-half total of the season. The UW defense held the Golden Bears to only three points in the second half. Without starting QB Jake Locker, the Huskies relied on their ground game, compiling 334 yards rushing. Louis Rankin ran for 224 on 21 carries before leaving in the third quarter with an injury. Freshman Brandon Johnson took up the slack, running for 121 yards on 23 carries. The Huskies also won the turnover battle, 3-0, to wrap up their best all-around game of the season.
True Freshmen: Last season, only two true freshman saw game action (LB Donald Butler and FB Paul Homer). However, this season, a much bigger group of first-year players have played - a total of seven thusfar. Cornerback Vonzell McDowell Jr. has started three games, while S Nate Williams, S Victor Aiyewa, LB Mason Foster, LB/FB Austin Sylvester and TBs Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson have all played, with Foster picking up starts in three games.
Rankin's Ranks: Louis Rankin has put his name on the UW single-game, and single-season top-10 lists and is knocking on the door of the the career list. Here's a look at those:
Single Game 1. Hugh McElhenny, `50 vs WSU 294 2. Corey Dillon, `96 vs. Oregon 259 3. Credell Green, `55 vs. WSU 258 4. Louis Rankin, `07 vs Stan. 255 5. Nap. Kaufman, `94 vs. SJSU 254 6. Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs WSU 249 7. Nap. Kaufman, `94 vs. UCLA 227 8. Louis Rankin, `07 vs. Cal 224 9. Corey Dillon, `96 vs. SJSU 222 10. Don Moore, `66 vs. Ohio St. 221
Single Season (inc. all 1,000-yd.) 1. Corey Dillon, 1996 1,695 2. Greg Lewis, 1990 1,407 3. Napoleon Kaufman, 1994 1,390 4. Napoleon Kaufman, 1993 1,299 5. Greg Lewis, 1989 1,197 6. Joe Steele, 1978 1,111 7. Hugh McElhenny, 1950 1,107 8. Napoleon Kaufman, 1992 1,084 9. Louis Rankin, 2007 1,077 10. Rashaan Shehee, 1997 1,055 11. Jacque Robinson, 1984 1,036 12. Ron Rowland, 1976 1,002
Career 1. Napoleon Kaufman (1991-94) 4,106 2. Joe Steele (1976-79) 3,168 3. Greg Lewis (1987-90) 2,903 4. Vince Weathersby (1985-88) 2,811 5. Jacque Robinson (1981-84) 2,636 6. Hugh McElhenny (1949-51) 2,499 7. Rich Alexis (2000-03) 2,455 8. Rashaan Shehee (1994-97) 2,381 9. Robin Earl (1973-76) 2,351 10. Willie Hurst (1998-2001) 2,334 11. Louis Rankin (2004-07) 2,263