Oct. 4, 2010
REMINDER: The Coach Sarkisian Show airs live on 950-KJR AM today at 4:30 p.m. from the Founder's Club. Public is welcome.
THE GAME: The Washington football team (2-2 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10) will attempt to build on the momentum of last Saturday's thrilling, 32-31 win over No. 18 USC this Saturday when they play host to Arizona State (2-3 overall, 0-2 in th Pac-10). Kickoff at Husky Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on FSN-Northwest and FSN-Arizona. The Huskies return home after Erik Folk's 32-yard field goal on the game's final play beat USC. It was the second straight year that Folk beat the Trojans on a last-second field goal as the Dawgs also beat USC, 16-13, the year before. Arizona State comes to the Northwest for the second straight weekend. Last Saturday, ASU head coach Dennis Erickson returned to face one of his former teams, Oregon State, and fell to the Beavers, 31-28. ASU opened its Pac-10 season with a 42-31 loss to Oregon in Tempe. The Huskies remain at home for another week as they host Oregon State for homecoming on Oct. 16. Then, the Dawgs travel to Arizona on Oct. 23 before returning home once again for an Oct. 30 game vs. Stanford.
QUICK HITTERS VS. ASU: QB Jake Locker passed for over 300 yards and rushed for over 100 for the second time in his career last Saturday at USC ... he threw for 310 and rushed for 110 ... UW is one of only five teams left in the FBS that has converted every red-zone opportunity this season as the Huskies are 13-for-13 (8 TDs, 5 FGs) ... only East Carolina (15-for-15) has done better ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, is 12th in the nation in punting with a 45.31-yard average ... Jermaine Kearse leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards (107.50 per game) while Mason Foster is the conference's top tackler (12.00 per game).
TELEVISION: The Washington-Arizona State game will air regionally on FSN-Northwest television, with Tom Glasgow, former Husky and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, Jason Stiles and Brad Adam providing the commentary. 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. DEVILS HISTORY: The Huskies hold a slight 15-14 record all-time against Arizona State in a series that only dates back to 1975. That `75 game marked the only time that the two teams ever played one another prior to the Sun Devils joining the Pac-10 Conference prior to the 1978 season. Since then, the two have played one another every year between 1978 and now except for the 1983 and 1984 seasons and the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Huskies lost that first-ever meeting at Tempe in 1975, 35-12, but routed the 12th-ranked Devils in the next matchup, winning 41-7 at Husky Stadium in 1978. One of the two teams (or both) has been ranked in 13 of the last 17 meetings, the only exceptions the 1999 game when the Devils came to Husky Stadium and beat Washington, 28-7, and the 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009 games, all ASU wins. Some of the Huskies' most memorable games in recent history have come vs. ASU. In the 1995 season-opener, tailback Rashaan Shehee hit receiver Fred Coleman with a 30-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give Washington a 23-20 win. The following year at Tempe, Washington trailed 42-21 before backup QB Brock Huard came on to lead the Huskies to three fourth-quarter TDs, but Robert Nycz kicked a 38-yard field goal with 0:02 left to win, 45-42. In 1998 at Sun Devil Stadium, the Huskies pulled off the "Miracle in the Desert" as Huard hit tight end Reggie Davis with a 63-yard pass on fourth-and-17 with 0:28 left in the game to pull out a 42-38 Washington win. In 2001, the Huskies capped a seven-minute, 12-second drive with a 30-yard field goal with no time remaining to edge the Devils, 33-31. In 2005 in Tempe, ASU QB Rudy Carpenter passed for 401 yards and three TDs as the Devils pulled away in the second half of a 44-20 win. The 2006 game was another tight contest as the Devils pulled out a 26-23 overtime win at Husky Stadium. The UW trailed 20-6 before receiver Sonny Shackelford threw a TD pass to Anthony Russo and then caught a touchdown from backup QB Johnny Durocher to send the game into OT. After a UW field goal, Rudy Carpenter hit Brent Miller with a 25-yard TD pass for the win. In 2007, 14th-ranked ASU came back from a halftime deficit to win, 44-20. In 2008, the Devils led 16-13 at half, but pulled away for a 39-19 victory. Carpenter threw for 218 yards and two TDs while Keegan Herring rushed for 144 yards and one score. Last season was another tight contest as Danny Sullivan hit Chris McGaha with a 50-yard pass with five secons left to beat the Huskies, 24-17. Dennis Erickson, as ASU head coach, and former head coach at Washington State, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon State, is 5-6 all-time against Washington. He went 1-1 vs. the UW while at WSU (lost in 1987, won in 1988), 0-1 at Miami (lost in 1994 - the famous "Whammy in Miami"), 1-3 at Oregon State (losses in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and a win in 2001) and 2-0 at ASU.
WASHINGTON-ARIZONA STATE TIES: Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson is a native of Everett, Wash., and graduated from Everett High in 1965. Erickson was also the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, is a childhood friend of former Husky head coaches Jim Lambright and Keith Gilbertson and is the cousin of legendary former UW rowing coach Dick Erickson. UW offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto has a relatively long association with Erickson, having worked on his staff at Arizona State, Oregon State and Idaho, as well as with the San Francisco 49ers. Cozzetto and current ASU offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone worked on Erickson's staff at OSU in 2002. UW linebackers coach Mike Cox played for Erickson at Idaho while Johnny Nansen was on Erickson's staff at Idaho in 2006. As far as players go, Arizona State's roster doesn't include any players from the state of Washington, nor does the UW roster have any players from Arizona. Players from ASU and UW players who attended the same high school: Husky DE Talia Crichton and ASU WR Kevin Anderson (Lakewood); UW QB Nick Montana and OL Erik Kohler and ASU TE Christopher Coyle (Oaks Christian); UW CB Gregory Ducre and ASU S Clint Floyd (Crenshaw); UW LB Garret Gilliland and ASU PK Parker Flynn (Orange Lutheran); UW WR Devin Aguilar and ASU DE/LB Junior Onyeali (Mullen); UW TB Deontae Cooper and ASU DE Gregory Smith (Citrus Hill); UW CB Anthony Boyles and ASU CB Devan Spann (Junipero Serra); UW PK Erik Folk and ASU OL Tyler Sulka (Notre Dame); and UW OL Colin Tanigawa and ASU PK Thomas Weber (Loyola).
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.
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