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Dawgs, Bears Set To Battle For Bowl Game Life
Release: 11/22/2010
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Nov. 22, 2010

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TV: FSN-NW Radio: Washington ISP Sports Network

THE GAME: The Washington football team (4-6 overall, 3-4 in the Pac-10) heads to Berkeley to face California (5-6, 3-5 Pac-10) this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in what amounts to an elimination game for bowl game consideration. Cal, playing its last game of the season, must win to get to 6-6 while the Huskies, who will have one game remaining the following Saturday at Washington State, needs to win both of its remaining games to get to 6-6 (of course, there is a slight possibility that teams with 5-7 records could be given bowl invitations). The game, which will air in the Northwest on FSN, will be the final game at Cal's Memorial Stadium before major renovations begin. The Bears will play next season at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park.

QUICK HITTERS VS. CAL: Senior LB Mason Foster, who led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2008, continues to sit atop the league in that stat again in 2010 with 12.8 tackles per game (more than four tackles per game ahead of second), good for second in the nation ... he leads the nation in solo stops (8.60 per game) ... Washington has three of the top four tacklers in the conference as Nate Williams is second with 9.0 per game and Cort Dennison is fourth with 8.1 ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, ranks No. 31 in the nation in punting with an average of 43.2 yards per boot, on pace to set a school record for punting average ... senior LB Victor Aiyewa leads the Pac-10 and ranks No. 5 in the nation in tackles for loss with 1.70 per game ... sophomore TB Chris Polk now has nine career 100-yard rushing games, which includes four this year ... with 25 scores in 27 trips, the Huskies rank No. 3 (tied) in the nation in red-zone offense ... Washington has given up only 12 turnovers, sixth-fewest (tied) in the nation.

TELEVISION: The Washington-Cal game will air in the Northwest on FSN, with Greg Papa, Mike Pawlawski and Dan Dibley providing the call. Fans in Northern California can also watch that same broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on FSN. 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 17 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Husky broadcast will also air on Sirius and XM satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.

HUSKIES vs. GOLDEN BEARS HISTORY: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pacific-10 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 48-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last year, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle. Jake Locker passed for 248 yards and three TDs and rushed for 77 and two more scores. Cal won the most recent meeting in Berkeley, in 2008, in another season finale as Jahvid Best ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries in a 48-7 Bears win. In 2007, the 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series. Prior to that five-game losing streak, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley. The Bears, however, then won five straight against the Huskies. In 2002, the Bears beat the Huskies, 34-27, at Husky Stadium to break the Dawgs' 19-game streak in the series. The following year in Berkeley, Cal routed Washington, 54-7, in the next-to-last game of the season. In 2004, the Bears visited Husky Stadium and left with a 42-12 win. The 2005 game was a 56-17 Bears win in Seattle. In 2006 in Berkeley, Carl Bonnell hit Marlon Wood with a 40-yard pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime, but the Bears won in OT, 31-24. In 2007, Louis Rankin rushed for 224 yards and BrandonJohnson ran for 121 as the Huskies never trailed en route to the 37-23 win. Once again, it was Bonnell at the controls as the UW was without Jake Locker due to an injury suffered the previous week at Oregon State.

WASHINGTON-CALIFORNIA TIES: There isn't a lot of crossover between the UW and Cal coaching staffs. Husky offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto worked on the Golden Bears staff for two seasons (1990-91) under Bruce Snyder. Cozzetto and Cal defensive backs coach Al Simmons were on the same staff at Oregon State with one another in 2001 and 2002 and with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, all under head coach Dennis Erickson. Cal's roster lists two players from the state of Washington: freshman P/PK Jed Barnett (Camas/Union), RS-freshman Deandre Coleman (Garfield) and junior DT Trevor Guyton (Redmond), both defensive linemen. However, no current Huskies attended those high schools. Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, but only six from Northern California: DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), Ken Egu (San Francisco), Mason Foster (Seaside), Anthony Gobern (Fair Oaks), De'Shon Matthews (Sacramento) and Jordan Wallace (Sacramento). Cal RS-freshman DB Alex Logan is the younger brother of Husky student coach (and former player) Alvin Logan while UW safety Nate Fellner and Cal QB Beau Sweeney (who both went to Clovis West HS) are cousins as both are the grandson of Jim Sweeney, former Washington State head coach. Numerous Bears and Huskies attended the same high school, mostly in California: UW's Erik Folk and Cal's Sam DeMartinis (Notre Dame), UW's Will Mahan and Cal's Justin Cheadle (Bakersfield); UW's Matthews and Cal's Jeremy Ross (Laguna Creek); UW's Devin Aguilar and Cal's Chris Guarnero and Logan (Mullen in Colorado); UW's Mike Criste and Cal's Allan Bridgford and Cary Kriegsman (Mission Viejo); UW's Colin Tanigawa and Cal's Chris Conte (Loyola); UW's Gregory Ducre and Cal's Darian Hagan (Crenshaw); and UW's Austin Sylvester and Cal's Ernest Owusu (The Hun School in New Jersey).

HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 100-76-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 48-38-4 against Cal, 40-37-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 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 St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 50-12-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 21-5 vs. Cal, 21-7 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.

PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: In the BYU game, Washington set a school record by utilizing 13 true freshmen. The largest number of true freshmen every to play in a season at the UW was 12, in 2008. Against Syracuse, a 14th first-year man played. Here's a list of freshmen who have played this year: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OL Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter, DT Sione Potoa'e, WR Kevin Smith and S Taz Stevenson. Additionally, eight true freshmen have started at least one game this season: Callier, Fuimaono, Gilliland, Jamora, Kohler, Porter, Potoa'e and Smith.

CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 27, the four captains for the 2010 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.), senior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.) and senior S Nate Williams (Renton, Wash.). Locker was also voted as a season captain in 2009. Additionally, at each game, two game captains accompany the regular four on to the field for the coin flip. Here's a list of those:

at BYU: Cort Dennison, Nick Montana
vs. Syracuse: Victor Aiyewa, Andrew Hudson
vs. Nebraska: Greg Walker, Josh Shirley
at USC: Chris Robinson, Princeton Fuimaono
vs. Arizona State: Jesse Callier, Micah Hatchie
vs. Oregon State: Victor Aiyewa, Colin Tanigawa
at Arizona: Justin Glenn, Josh Shirley
vs. Stanford: J. Atoe, M. Criste, M. Hatchie, S. Parker, B. Riva, C. Tanigawa
at Oregon: Adam Long, Willis Wilson
vs. UCLA: Victor Aiyewa, Peter Follmer

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