Nov. 5, 2007
The Game: The Washington football team (3-6 overall, 1-5 in the Pac-10) returns to the road for a second consecutive Saturday as the Dawgs travel south down Interstate 5 to face Oregon State (5-4 overall, 3-3 in the Pac-10) in a night game at Reser Stadium. Kickoff for the game, which will be televised live on FSN television, is slated for 7:15 p.m. The Dawgs come into the contest fresh from a 27-9 win at Stanford last Saturday in Palo Alto. In that game, tailback Louis Rankin racked up 255 rushing yards (fourth-most in UW history) while the Husky defense held the Cardinal to only nine points, fewest by a UW opponent in Pac-10 game since the final game of the 2000 season. After the OSU game, the Dawgs return to Husky Stadium to face California (Nov. 17) and Washington State (Nov. 24) before closing out the regular season at Hawaii on Dec. 1.
Huskies vs. Beavers History: Washington holds a 57-30-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 19 meetings and 25 of the last 30, 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 32-18-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-15-0 mark in Husky Stadium, and 25-12-2 all-time in games played away from Seattle. 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. The last three games were played in Seattle. Last year, quarterback Isaiah Stanback's college career came to an end with a devastaing foot injury and the Huskies' lost, 27-17. In 2005, the Beavers got six field goals from Alexis Serna in an 18-10 win over Washington. In 2004 at Husky Stadium, OSU picked up its second win in four seasons against the UW with a 29-14 win, the Beavers first at Husky Stadium since 1985. Serna kicked a then-school-record five field goals to provide the winning margin. In 2003 in Corvallis, Charles Frederick piled up a school-record 371 all-purpose yards, scoring thrre touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win in front of a national TV audience on TBS. The Beavers' next-most recent win (prior to 2004) 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. Several recent meetings have come 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 Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down by Husky safety (and current OSU assistant coach) Nigel Burton and the Huskies won, 35-34. Riley is 3-3 in his four meetings against Washington (45-17 loss in 1997, 35-34 loss in 1998; 38-17 loss in 2003; 29-17 win in 2004; 18-10 win in 2005; 27-17 win in 2006). Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham posted a 3-3 record against the Beavers while at Stanford, including a 1-1 mark head-to-head vs. Mike Riley. Including the last two years' games, he's 3-5 vs. OSU and 1-3 vs. Riley. In 2004, OSU beat Notre Dame, 38-21, in the Insight Bowl. However, at the time of that game, Willingham was no longer in charge of the Irish.
Television: The Washington-Oregon State game will air live on FSN with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson providing the 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-Oregon State Ties: The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Nigel Burton, the Beavers' fifth-year cornerbacks coach, graduated from the UW in 1999 after having spent three seasons playing for the Huskies after having transferred from Pacific. One of Burton's most memorable on-field highlights came against the Beavers in 1998 when the batted down a two-point conversion pass attempt to secure a Husky win. Also, as far as coaching staff crossover goes, Beavs defensive line coach Greg Newhouse and Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano both worked on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. Finally, OSU defensive coordinator Mark Banker and Huskies running backs coach Trent Miles served on the same coaching staff at Hawaii in 1995 while UW secondary coach J.D. Williams and OSU special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer were on the same staff at Cal in 2002. Oregon State's current roster includes only four players that graduated from Washington high schools: RS-freshman TE Joe Halahuni (Orting HS), RS-freshman OL Alex Linnenkohl (Capital HS) and sophomore S Adam Mobley (Vancouver/Skyview HS). Washington's roster includes only two players from the state of Oregon: senior OT Eric Berglund (Beaverton ... the same high school as OSU's Greg Laybourn and Casey Noack) and freshman OL Scott Shugert (Oregon City). Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Husky Wilson Afoa attended Saint Louis High in Honolulu, the same as OSU's Tavita Thompson. Husky tailback Brandon Johnson and OSU receiver Anthony Brown and CB David Ross all attended Dominguez High while Husky lineman Sir Aaron Mason and OSU safety Cameron Collins are both Santa Monica HS grads. De'Shon Matthews of the UW and Alan Darlin are both from Laguna Creek High in the Sacramento area and Husky Willie Griffin and Beaver Patrick Henderson both went to Oakland's McClymonds HS. Lastly, UW C Gregory Christine and OSU LB Dwight Roberson were classmates at St. Bonaventure in Oxnard while Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Beavers OL Gregg Peat were teammates at Mission Viejo.
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).
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 seven AP-ranked teams this season as future opponents include current current No. 14 Hawaii and No. 24 California. The Huskies have never before played seven ranked foes in a regular season. On three occasions, the UW has played a regular-season schedule that included six ranked teams: 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.
Random Notes: The Huskies have nine interceptions this year, by eight different players ... the Dawgs hadn't blocked a field goal since 2001 prior to the Boise State game, but now had a blocked FG (both by Jordan Reffett) in two straight games (Boise State and Ohio State) ... on the other hand, the Huskies also had a field goal blocked in those same two ... the UW hasn't committed double-digit (i.e., 10 or more) penalties in a game in any of their 32 games under Coach Tyrone Willingham.
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 at Arizona State and vs. Arizona.
Locker On The Run: With four games yet to play, Jake Locker has already broken Dennis Fitzpatrick's UW record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback. Locker's 791 yards this season passed Fitzpatrick's 697 (1974), while his 791 yards are already fourth-most in a career by a Husky QB. Locker's 157-yard rushing day vs. Arizona was ranked No. 3 on the UW's single-game, QB rushing list, behind Fitzpatrick's 249 (vs. WSU, 1974) and Marques Tuiasosopo's 207 (vs. Stanford, 1999). Here are the top single-season, career and single-game rushing totals by quarterback in Washington history:
Single Game 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. WSU 249 2. Marques Tuiasosopo, `99 vs. Stan. 207 3. Jake Locker, `07 vs. Ariz. 157 4. Tom Manke, `67 vs. Stan. 120 5. Bob Schloredt, `59 vs. WSU 111 6. Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. Oregon 105 7. Jake Locker, `07 vs. Ohio St. 102 James Anderson, `75 vs. Ore. St. 102 Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. Iowa St. 102
Single Season 1. Jake Locker, 2007 791 2. Dennis Fitzpatrick, 1974 697 3. Marques Tuiasosopo, 1999 571 4. Tom Manke, 1967 483 5. Mark Brunell, 1990 472 6. Marques Tuiasosopo, 2000 469 7. Isaiah Stanback, 2005 353 8. Isaiah Stanback, 2006 350 9. Marques Tuiasosopo, 1998 338 10. Bob Schloredt, 1958 336