Oct. 11, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10 Conference), fresh from a 21-6 win over San Jose State last Saturday, remains at home this week to take on Oregon State (also 1-4 overall, 0-2 in the Pac-10). The Beavers enjoyed a Saturday off last weekend. This Saturday's game, Oct. 16, will kick off at 12:30 p.m. Last Saturday, the Huskies, behind a stout defensive effort, picked up their first win of 2004 against the Spartans. San Jose State made five trips inside the UW's 20-yard line, three times thanks to turnovers, but managed only a pair of field goals in those five situations. Meanwhile, Husky tailback Kenny James ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns, both career highs. Following the game against the Beavers, it's another two straight road games for the Dawgs as they head to Los Angeles to face No. 1 USC on Oct. 23 before going to Eugene for a game against Oregon on Oct. 30.
Huskies vs. Beavers History: Washington holds a commanding 57-27-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 16 meetings and 25 of the last 27, dating back to 1975. The series against the Beavers is the second -longest (to Stanford) active series in Washington football history in terms of years and third-longest in terms of total meetings (to Oregon and Washington State). The teams first met on Dec. 4, 1897, with Oregon State earning a 16-0 home win. That game was Washington's second-ever against a major college. The next OSU-UW game didn't come until 1902, a 16-6 UW win . From 1924 to 1964, the annual UW-OSU game was played either at Husky Stadium or Multnomah (Civic) Stadium in Portland (now called PGE Park). The Huskies are 32-15-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-13-0 mark in Husky Stadium. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 15-4 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-7 all-time in Corvallis. Last year in Corvallis, Charles Frederick piled up a school-record 371 all-purpose yards, scoring thre touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win in front of a national TV audience on TV. The Beavers' most recent win in the series came in Corvallis on Nov. 10, 2001, when the Beavers broke a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies. That day, an unranked OSU team trounced No. 8 Washington, 49-24, the first Beaver win (home or away) since the 1985 Husky Stadium game. While the last three games vs. OSU in Corvallis been comfortable wins one way or the other (the 1999 and 2003 games going UW's way and the 2001 contest in favor of Oregon State), both of the the last two games at Husky Stadium have gone down to the wire. In 2000, Ryan Cesca missed a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds as the Huskies held on for a 33-30 win. In 1998 (the last time a Mike Riley-led OSU team played at Washington), the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down and the Huskies won, 35-34. Riley is 0-3 in his two meetings against Washington (45-17 in 1997, 35-34 in 1998; 38-17 in 2003). Husky coach Keith Gilbertson, in his four years as head coach at California, went 2-0 against the Beavers (OSU and Cal didn't play in 1993 and 1994) and then picked up a third win over the Beavs last season. In 1992, the Bears shut out OSU, 42-0, in Berkeley. In 1995, Cal nipped the Beavs, 13-12, in Corvallis. Prior to last season's game, Riley and Gilbertson had never faced one another as head coaches
Television: There will be no live telecast of the Washington-Oregon State game. However, the game will air on tape delay Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 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. 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 184, with pregame starting at 11:30 a.m. PDT.
Washington-Oregon State Ties: Oregon State secondary coach Nigel Burton, in his second season on Coach Mike Riley's Beavers staff, was a three-year letterman safety at Washington (1996-98). A transfer from Pacific, Burton came to Washington after the Tigers dropped their program after the 1995 season and ended up as Husky team captain and District 8 Academic All-America in 1998. OSU linebackers coach Charlie Camp was on the same coaching staff as Husky tight ends coach Scott Pelluer in 2002 at Arizona. The Beavers' preseason roster included six players from the state of Washington: So. OG J.C. Ronnfeldt (Federal Way/Decatur), Sr. TE Pat Loney (Mukilteo/Kamiak), So. TB Ryan Cole (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), Jr. LB Trent Bray (Pullman), RS-Fr. WR Scott Lawson (Tacoma/Lakes) and Fr. DL Ryan Rainwater (Olympia/Capital). Lawson was a teammate of two current Huskies while at Lakes: Anthony Russo and Felix Sweetman. Loney and Husky freshman Derrick Bradley attended the same high school, as did Cole and Husky safety Jimmy Newell. Decatur grade Ronnfeldt and Husky freshman Darin Harris went to the same high school.There are no Oregonians on the Washington roster. However, OSU junior receiver Josh Hawkins and Husky safety Kim Taylor both attended Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High while Husky receiver Corey Williams and OSU LB Jonathan Pollard both graduated from Las Vegas (Nev.) High. Lastly, Huskies Joe Lobendahn and Wilson Afoa both attended Saint Louis High in Hawaii, same as Beavers freshman OL Tavita Thompson.
Streaking vs. Northwest Foes: Washington's wins over its three Northwest Pac-10 rivals (Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State) last year means that the Huskies have won their last seven straight games against their three most local opponents. The Huskies have beaten each team at least twice in a row despite the fact that the Huskies have been unranked in all but one of those games and their opponent has been ranked in five of them (No. 9 WSU in 2001, No. 23 Oregon and No. 3 WSU in 2002 and No. 22 Oregon State and No. 8 Washington State in 2003).
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 96 times, Oregon in 95 games and Oregon State on 88 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-33-5, Washington State 63-27-6 and Oregon State 57-27-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-87-15 (.663) record against its northwest rivals, including a sweep of all three in both 2002 and 2003.
Last Year vs. Oregon State: Last Oct. 18, Charles Frederick put on a show as the Huskies handed Oregon State a 38-17 loss in a night game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Frederick broke the Husky legend Hugh McElhenny's 53-year old school record for all-purpose yards with 371 in the game, scoring three touchdowns in spectacular fashion to lead the UW to the win. Frederick caught nine passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns while also returning three kickoffs for 54 yards and four punts for 101 yards and a score. Frederick got it started with 8:32 remaining in the opening quarter, breaking free for an 86-yard punt return to put the Dawgs on top. Early in the second quarter, tailback Kenny James scored from two yards out to cap a 12-play, 72-yard drive that made the score 14-10. OSU came back on a Derek Anderson touchdown run and a 39-yard field goal from Kirk Yliniemi to go to the halftime break trailing, 14-10. In the third quarter, Frederick caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cody Pickett. On the next series, Marquis Cooper intercepted an Anderson pass and the Huskies scored one play later on a 1-yard pass from Pickett to tight end Ben Bandel. After a fourth-quarter, 43-yard field goal from Evan Knudson upped the Husky advantage to 31-10, Pickett hit Frederick with an 87-yard pass with 7:32 left in the game to close out the Husky scoring. Anderson threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to George Gillett for the Beavers' final score. Pickett finished the game having completed 19 of 40 passes for 285 yards, one interception and three touchdowns. Receiver Reggie Williams caught eight passes for 64 yards and Cooper, Derrick Johnson and Cooper all recorded interceptions. Anderson was 21-for-48 for 344 yards, three interceptions and a score and James Newson led the Beaver receivers with 128 yards on eight catches.
Last Time at Husky Stadium vs. Oregon State: November 9, 2002, the Huskies began their season-ending stretch of games vs. Northwest rivals with a 31-29 win over Oregon State at Husky Stadium. The Huskies, who entered the game 4-5, on the verge of not qualifying for a bowl game and in danger of breaking its streak of 25 straight .500-or-better seasons, would finish the year with consecutive wins over Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State. The game against the Beavers was close through much of the game. After an exchange of field goals, Oregon State took a 10-3 lead when Derek Anderson hit James Newson with a 60-yard pass. The Huskies, however, tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Cody Pickett to Reggie Williams and then took the lead for good on a pair of interception returns for scores. Late in the first, Derrick Johnson's 42-yard runback gave the UW a 17-10 lead before Chris Massey, early in the second, took another pick back 25 yards to make it 24-1. OSU closed the gap to 24-22 on two Kirk Yliniemi field goals and a 13-yard run from Steven Jackson. Washington answered with a apir of long drives, both capped by one-yard, Rich Alexis touchdown runs. After another Jackson TD late in the third drew OSU two within nine points at 38-29, John Anderson's 52-yard field goal accounted for the only fourth-quarter points for either team. Pickett finished the game 22-for-43 for 262 yards, no interceptions and one TD. Williams caught nine passes for 94 yards and a score. Jackson led the Beavs with 135 yards an two touchdowns on 25 carries while Anderson was 15-for-40 for 250 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. Johnson finished with two of those interceptions while Massey, Nate Robinson and Ben Mahdavi had one each.
Playing The Freshmen: Washington's true freshmen have been called in to action a fair amount so far. Three true freshmen have seen action in all five games: inside linebacker Dan Howell (mostly on special teams), defensive end Greyson Gunheim (started vs. San Jose State) and defensive tackle Jordan White-Frisbee (started at Notre Dame and vs. San Jose State). Additionally, safety Darin Harris and outside linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo have seen action in four and two games respectively (again, mostly on special teams) and defensive tackle Erick Lobos saw extensive playing time in the last three games. Additionally, numerous redshirt freshmen have seen significant playing time: DT Wilson Afoa, QB Carl Bonnell, PK Michael Braunstein, CB Cody Ellis, S Chris Hemphill, FB Durrell Moss, TB Louis Rankin, WR Anthony Russo, OLB Kyle Trew and WR Bobby Whithorne.
Tough Against the Pass: Washington is surrendering an average of only 157.8 passing yards per game this season. That total ranks the Huskies first in the Pac-10 and 11th in NCAA Division I in pass defense. If that average were to hold up over the course of the entire season, the Huskies would have their best season of pass defense since 1988, when the UW allowed an average of 143.6 passing yards per game.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's win over San Jose State marked the 270th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools, and thanks to Texas having been shut out by Oklahoma Oct. 9, the longest active streak among Division I-A teams (Nevada's 286-game streak includes 142 games as a Division I-AA member). BYU had its NCAA-record streak snapped at 361 games in 2003. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. UW has played 178 Pac-10 Conference games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 270 178 Washington State 232 222 Oregon 224 160 Arizona State 104 69 USC 80 56 California 59 77 UCLA 33 20 Oregon State 26 17 Stanford 11 6 Arizona 6 3
Here are the nation's 10 longest current shutout streaks (Nevada built the first 142 games of its streak as a Division I-AA team):
Team Games since last shutout Nevada 286 (includes I-AA prior to 1992; 144 since I-A) Washington 270 Michigan 254 Washington State 232 Oregon 224 Florida State 203 Florida 197 Colorado 189 Texas Christian 146 Air Force 141
Upcoming promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
Toy Drive -- fans are asked to bring a new, safe and unwrapped toy to benefit kids at Children's Hospital. Cash donations also gladly accepted.
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.