|THE APPLE CUP
Friday, Nov. 23 | 12:30 pm (PT) | Martin Stadium
Gameday Central | TV: FOX| Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
Nov. 19, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team (7-4 overall, 5-3 Pac-12) wraps up the 2012 regular season with a trip across the state for the annual Apple Cup vs. Washington State (2-9, 0-8). This year's game, the 105th meeting between the Dawgs and Cougs, will kick off Friday, Nov. 23, at 12:30 p.m. and will air live to a national audience on FOX television. The Huskies enter the game on a four-game winning streak, a stretch that includes a pair of road wins, at Cal and at Colorado. Washington is receiving votes in both polls and enter the week two spots out of the AP Top 25 and four spots out in the coaches' poll. The UW is No. 25 in the BCS rankings. The Huskies are already bowl-eligible, but will presumably have to wait until the following weekend, after the various conference champion games have been played, to find out where they'll be heading.
QUICK SNAPS: In its current four-game winning streak, the Huskies have out-scored their opponents 113 to 48, or an average of about 28-12 ... a win over WSU would mean that the UW's regular-season win total would have gone up for a fourth straight year (5-7 in 2009, 6-6 in 2010, 7-5 in 2011, 8-4 in 2012) ... sophomore TB Bishop Sankey notched the UW's fourth straight 1,000-yard season, passing that benchmark in the win over Utah ... Sankey is the 11th different Husky to rush for 1,000 yards and his 1,150 yards are ninth-most in UW single-season history ... Sankey's 13 rushing TDS this season are tied for fifth-most in UW history ... only a true sophomore, Austin Seferian-Jenkins already has 99 career receptions for 1,289 yards and 11 touchdowns, all school records ... additionally, Seferian-Jenkins' 58 receptions this year are a school record for the position and are tied for most in the nation among TEs ... Seferian-Jenkins, who played on the UW basketball team as a freshman, also saw action at defensive end in the Huskies' last two games ... the Huskies currently rank No. 9 in the nation (second in the Pac-12) in pass defense with just 174.27 yards allowed per game (Arizona leads at 174.18) ... Washington had seven true freshmen see action in the season-opener: P Korey Durkee, LS Ryan Masel, WR Jaydon Mickens, WR Kendyl Taylor, S Shaq Thompson, DE Pio Vatuvei and TB Erich Wilson II ... two more true freshmen made their debut vs. Portland State: WR Marvin Hall and OG Shane Brostek, who started vs. Stanford ... Cory Littletonbecame the 10th Husky freshman to play when he started at Oregon ... a total of 16 players made their UW debut vs. San Diego State while five more players made their collegiate debut in the game at LSU ... against Portland State, an additional 10 players got on the field for the first time and one more did so at Oregon, meaning that 32 Huskies have played in their first UW games this season.
TELEVISION:The Washington-Washington State game will air live to a national audience on FOX television with Craig Bolerjack (play by play), Joel Klatt (color) and Petros Padapakis (sidelines) providing the commentary.
RADIO:The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 18 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The WSU broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 85 and XM 85 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. COUGARS HISTORY: The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor's Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 67-31-6 edge in the 104-game series, including a 35-14 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 38-15-5 against WSU in games played in Seattle, Washington is 9-6 in games played in WSU's Martin Stadium as the first UW-WSU game wasn't played there until 1982 (WSU's "home" games against UW were played in Spokane from 1950 to 1980 and Martin Stadium opened in 1972). UW is 29-14-1 in away games in the series, including games played in both Spokane and Pullman. The Huskies have won 10 of the last 14 Apple Cups. Last year at CenturyLink Field, the UW won, 38-21, behind 291 yards and three TD passes from Keith Price. In 2010, Washington beat the Cougars, 35-28, in a tightly-contested game in Pullman. The winning score came on a 27-yard pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearsewith 44 seconds remaining. In 2009, the Huskies posted the first Apple Cup shutout since 1964 with a 30-0 win over the Cougars at Husky Stadium, breaking a two-game losing streak in the series. In 2008 in Pullman, the Cougars prevailed, 16-13, in double overtime. Five years ago at Husky Stadium, Alex Brink passed for 399 yards and hit Brandon Gibson with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to lead WSU to a 42-35 win. The Huskies broke another two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman in 2006. In 2005 at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Brink, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. Before that, in 2003, Washington pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In 2002 in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win.
WASHINGTON-WSU TIES: While Johnny Nansen is the only member of the UW coaching staff to have played at Washington State, he's one of a three UW coaches who are familiar with the Palouse thanks to having played or coached at Idaho, located about seven miles east of WSU's campus. UW assistants Dan Cozzetto, Joel Thomas and Nansen all played at and coached for Idaho. WSU running backs coach Jim Mastro was the RBs coach at Idaho when Thomas played the position, setting numerous Vandals records. UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and WSU linebackers coach Jeff Choate worked at Boise State together for several seasons, while WSU special teams coach Eric Russell was on the same staff as Wilcox and UW LBs coach Peter Sirmon at Tennessee last year. Finally, as far as coaches go, Sirmon played for the Tennessee Titans alongside WSU d-line coach Joe Salave'a Only three Husky players comes from the eastern part of the state of Washington: Cody Bruns (Prosser), Bishop Sankey (Gonzaga Prep) and David Butler (Liberty Lake). Husky Desmond Trufant's brother, Marcus, was an All-America corner at WSU while UW linebacker Cooper Pelluer's father, Scott, was a standout linebacker for the Cougs. On the flip side, WSU QB David Gilbertson is the son of former Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson and WSU's Casey Locker is a first cousin of former UW quarterback Jake Locker. Cougar Kyle Lappano is the son of former UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano and brother of former UW player Taylor Lappano. While there aren't that many Huskies from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. The UW's Connor Cree, Pelluer, William Chandler and Kasen Williams attended Skyline High with WSU's Gino Simone. Husky Kevin Smith and Coug Theron West were teammates at Centennial High in Compton, Calif. UW's Keith Price and Will Shamburger were classmates at St. John Bosco in L.A. along with WSU's Leon Brooks (WSU's Tyree Toomer was one year older at the same school). Huskies Stetson Shearer and Cole Sager and Cougar Anthony Furney all went to Burlington-Edison HS in Skagit County while Husky Nate Fellner and WSU's Jeff Tuel are both 2009 graduates of Clovis West HS in Fresno. UW's James Sample and Shaq Thompson and Cougar Darryl Paulo were teammates at Sacramento's Grant High while WSU's Joe Njoko went to Lakes HS, same as Huskies Jamaal and Sione Potoa'e. UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Korey Durkee went to Gig Harbor HS, as did WSU's Beau Glover. Sankey and WSU's Travis Long are both Gonzaga Prep grads. Finally, UW freshmen Marvin Hall and Jaydon Mickens both went to L.A.'s Dorsey High with WSU's Jeremiah Allison while UW's Ben Rivaand WSU's Sam Flor both went to Seattle's O'Dea HS.
DAWGS AND THE NORTHWEST:Washington's most-played rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-12 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 104 times, Oregon in 104 games and Oregon State on 96 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-42-5, Washington State 67-31-6 and Oregon State 58-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 183-107-15 (.625) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 83 prior occasions. Over those 83 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 seven occasions.
WINNING CLOSE:Washington has won a remarkable 11 consecutive games decided by less than 10 points. This streak dates to the 2010 season-opener at BYU, when the Huskies lost 23-17. Since then, the Huskies have won every game that has been decided by single digits, including four such wins this season. Here are those 11 victories: 2010 at USC (32-21), 2010 vs. Oregon State (35-34), 2010 at Cal (16-13), 2010 at WSU (35-28), 2011 vs. Eastern Washington, 2011 vs. Hawai'i (40-32), 2011 vs. Cal (31-23), 2012 vs. San Diego State (21-12), 2012 vs. Stanford (17-13), 2012 vs. Oregon State (20-17), 2012 at Cal (21-13).
1,000-YARD STREAK: Husky sophomore tailback Bishop Sankey breached the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the win over Utah. He currently has 1,1150 yards for the season with one game plus a bowl to go. Sankey is just the 11th different player in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards and his season is the 16th 1,000-yard season in school history. In four years under head coach Steve Sarkisian (as well as running backs coach Joel Thomas and offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto), the UW has produced a 1,000-yard back each year. Chris Polk reached the benchmark each of the last three seasons and Sankey has taken over the streak in 2012.