Oct. 9, 2004
Today's game marked the 270th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. Thanks to Oklahoma's 12-0 win over Texas today, which snapped the Longhorns' shutout streak at 282 games, the Huskies now have the longest active streak in NCAA Division I-A. Last year, BYU had its NCAA-record scoring streak of 361 games broken. (Nevada has played 285 games without being shut out. However, the first 142 of those games were played in Division I-AA. The Wolfpack plays Hawaii tonight at 9 p.m. in Honolulu.)
The last time that Washington kept a team from scoring a touchdown in a game was in the 2001 Idaho game, when the Huskies beat the Vandals, 53-3, surrendering only two field goals.
Kenny James' third-quarter touchdown run of 52 yards was the longest scoring run of his career and the longest run (scoring or not) of the season by a Husky.
James' run capped a 99-yard scoring drive, marking only the second time on record (since 1987) that the Huskies have driven 99 yards for a score. The other time was in the Huskies' 1999 game vs. Stanford (the game in which Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo rushed for 200 and passed for 300).
James' 189 rushing yards marked a new career high. His previous high was 137 yards in the UCLA game earlier this year. Today was the third 100-yard rushing day of his career and marked the first game in which he has scored two touchdowns.
Since 1947, the Huskies are 159-37-3 in games in which a UW player has rushed for 100 or more yards. Since 1999, the UW is 54-5-1 when the Huskies have rushed for 200 or more yards as a team. The Huskies are also 29-2-1 since 1995 when rushing for 200 as a team.
San Jose State converted a pair of second-quarter interceptions into a field goal and a missed field goal. In both cases, the Spartans began their drive on the Huskies' 19-yard line and managed to net zero yards before the field goal tries (the first was good, the second missed). In the third period, SJSU recovered a fumble on the Huskies' three-yard line. The Spartans gained only two yards to the Husky one before failing to convert on fourth down and goal from the one-yard line.
In five trips inside the Husky redzone, the UW held the Spartans to only two field goals. The Huskies also got a missed field goal and turned the ball over on downs twice in those five trips inside the Husky 20. The UW entered the game tied for first in the Pac-10 in red zone defense (66.7 percent scoring).
Washington's game-opening, 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive consisted completely of running plays. Quarterback Carl Bonnell ran for 65 yards on six carries, including a one-yard touchdown, on that drive alone. The Huskies actually threw a pass on the game's first play, and it was intercepted. However, pass interference was called on San Jose State, negating the play altogether.
Today's game was the 100th of UW coach Keith Gilbertson's head coaching career. He previously served as the head man at Idaho and California before taking over at Washington prior to last season.
A week after coming off the bench to pass for 359 yards and five touchdowns in San Jose State's 70-63 win over Rice, Spartans quarterback Dale Rogers was held to only 22 passing yards today. At halftime, he'd completed three of his four attempts for five yards. With less than two minutes to go in the third quarter, he had compiled minus-9 yards passing before a couple of completions got him back into positive territory.
Washington held San Jose State to only 22 yards passing. Twice in its history, the Huskies have held a team to zero passing yards (Oregon State, 1991; Indiana, 1978). Washington has held an opponent under 10 yards passing on 11 occassions, most recently against Oregon State in 1992 (9 passing yards).