Oct. 24, 2011
THE GAME: The Washington football team (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) returns home for the first of two straight home games, beginning Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PT vs. Arizona (2-5 overall, 1-4 Pac-12). The Huskies, who suffered their first Pac-12 loss of the year last Saturday at Stanford, continue to receive votes in both polls. Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak with a Thursday night victory over UCLA last week. The following Saturday, Nov. 5, the Huskies play their final game at Husky Stadium before major renovations when Oregon visits. Washington will play this season's Apple Cup (Nov. 26) and all of the 2012 home schedule at the Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field.
QUICK SNAPS: The Huskies are 5-2 overall and 3-1 in conference for the first time since 2001 ... UW quarterback Keith Price is tied for fourth in the nation with 22 touchdown passes ... Boise State's Kellen Moore and Clemson's Tahj Boyd have 24 and Houston's Case Keenum has 23 ... 22 TD passes already ranks No. 4 in UW single-season history ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 168.7, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... at .685, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983) ... Price is sixth in the nation in pass efficiency, behind Robert Griffin III (Baylor), Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), Case Keenum (Houston), Moore, and Andrew Luck (Stanford) ... tailback Chris Polk has rushed for 100 yards in six of seven games this year and now has 17 career 100-yard games, which ties Napoleon Kaufman for the school record ... Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,433 yards ... with 872 rushing yards this year, Polk needs just 128 more to join Kaufman as the only Huskies ever to rush for 1,000 yards in three different seasons ... Polk ranks sixth in the nation in rushing (124.6 yards per game) ... Kevin Smith ranks 10th in the nation in kick returns ... six true freshmen have played this year for the UW: S James Sample, TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Danny Shelton, OLB John Timu and WR Kasen Williams.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Arizona game will air live to a national audience on ROOT Sports (in the Northwest) and FSN (nationally). Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis will provide the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on ROOT Sports. 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 16 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and can be heard over the internet at gohuskies.com. ESPN Radio will also broadcast the game nationally.
HUSKIES vs. WILDCATS HISTORY: Washington holds a 17-9-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 10 of the last 16. Last year in Tucson, Wildcats backup QB Matt Scott led his team to a 44-14 win, completing 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and two TDs. Two seasons ago in Seattle resulted in a stunning Husky win as linebacker Mason Foster intercepted a Nick Foles pass that deflected off the foot of an Arizona receiver and returend it 37 yards for a score with only 2:37 left. Washington won, 36-33, as the `Cats' final drive was cut short by a Desmond Trufant interception. Three years ago in Tucson, Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski tied a school record with three touchdown receptions as the Wildcats won, 49-19. In 2007 in Seattle, the Wildcats, behind quarterback Willie Tuitama, completed an impressive comeback and beat the UW 48-41 despite Jake Locker rushing for 157 yards and passing for 336. In 2006 in Tucson, the Huskies took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and won, 21-10. In 2005, also in Tucson, Isaiah Stanback's dramatic, 69-yard bomb on the last play of the first half and 200 rushing yards from James Sims led the Huskies to a 38-14 win. In recent years, the series has been marked by very close games recently. In fact, the six UW-Arizona games prior to 2005 were decided by a total of 31 points, with the most lopsided result (a 31-21 Arizona win) coming in 2004. That year, the Wildcats overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit, out-scoring the Huskies, 14-0, in the second half for the win. In 2003, Arizona snapped a string of 13 straight home losses in conference play by pulling out a late, 27-22 victory. In 2002, it was the Huskies who rallied late when Reggie Williams scored on an 80-yard reception with only 2:03 remaining in the game. In 2001, Cody Pickett ran in from three yards out with 13 seconds left to cap an amazing day. Only two weeks after separating his right (throwing) vs. USC, Pickett broke the UW record with 455 passing yards as the Huskies won, 31-28. Also included in the recent close contests are Washington's come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle (Marques Tuiasosopo scored with 1:10 left for the win a week after Curtis Williams was injured at Stanford), and the 1998 31-28 `Cats win, which may be the most memorable game in the series' history. Trailing 28-24 to Washington with under a minute to play, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins flipped head over heels over three Husky defenders, landing on his feet in the end zone for the winning score.
WASHINGTON-ARIZONA TIES: The Washington and Arizona coaching staffs share no direct ties in that none of the members of the two staffs have ever worked together. As for players, Washington linebacker Thomas Tutogi is the brother of Arizona fullback/H-back Taimi Tutogi. They both attended Chula Vista High School in California. Thomas also went to Southwestern JC with Arizona's Elliott Taylor last year. The UW's current roster does not include any players from Arizona. The Wildcats have only one player from the state of Washington on its roster: freshman linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson from O'Dea High School. The Huskies have three O'Dea grads: Johri Fogerson, Quinton Richardson and Ben Riva. Additionally, Huskies Sean Parker and Tim Tucker, and Arizona OL Eric Bender-Ramsay were classmates last year at L.A.'s Narbonne High while Huskies Erik Kohler and Nick Montana both attended Oaks Christian HS in California, same as Arizona's Trace Biskin. Husky freshman safety Evan Zeger and Arizona running back Keola Antolin both went to Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman, while UW's Colin Tanigawa and Arizona's Jared Baker both graduated from Loyola High in L.A.The UW's Ken Egu and UA's Kylan Butler were teammates at De La Salle HS in northern California. Lastly, Husky kicker Erik Folk's older brother, Nick, was a standout punter at placekicker at Arizona, finishing his college career in 2006.
NINE OUT OF 11: Washington enters this week's game vs. Arizona having won nine out of its last 11 games. The last time the Huskies had won nine out of 1 was during the 2001 season, when Washington began the season 8-2 (they'd also won their last eight in 2000). That year, the Huskies won their first four games of the season (stretching a win streak from the previous season to 12 games) before losing at UCLA on Oct. 13, 2001. After that UCLA loss, Washington reeled off wins over Arizona, ASU and Stanford before falling at Oregon State.
THE PAC-12: This season, the Pac-10 Conference has added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, will play in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and California. Under current plans, each school will play all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. This year, the Huskies will not face UCLA or Arizona State. The last time that Washington didn't face UCLA in a season was in 1992 (when the Pac-10 schedule was eight games). The UW didn't face Arizona State in 2003 or 2004.
CAPTAINS: At the end of the spring practice season, the four captains for the 2011 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior linebacker Cort Dennison (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior wide receiver Jermaine Kearse (Lakewood, Wash.), senior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.) and senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu (Kent, Wash.). Kelemete was also voted as a season captain in 2010. The team also names two game captains each game. Here's a list of those:
EWU: Cody Bruns, Greg Walker
Hawai'i: Desmond Trufant, Marlion Barnett
Nebraska: Travis Feeney, Everrette Thompson
California: Kevin Smith, Evan Zeger
Utah: Tim Tucker, Taniela Tupou
Colorado: Jamaal Kearse, Willis Wilson
Stanford: Will Shamburger, Corey Waller
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 177-54-3 (.763) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the UW is 4-2 in such games (Chris Polk has rushed for 100 in every game but vs. Cal).
HISTORY LESSON: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, UW has rushed for 200 yards in a game 77 times. The Huskies' record stands at 65-12-1 (.851) in those contests. Since 1995, UW is 40-9-1 (.810) when rushing for 200 yards.
PLAYING AT HOME: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 21 seasons. UW has won 91 of its last 137 (.668) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (91-45-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 139-56-2 (.711) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 57-32-1 (.639) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10/Pac-12 opponents.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium will undergo a massive renovation following the 2010 season. In fact, in order to aid the project, the Huskies will play this season's Apple Cup vs. Washington State Nov. 26 at CenturyLink Field (home of the Seahaws), meaning the Nov. 5 game vs. Oregon will be the final game in the "old" Husky Stadium. The Seattle icon was first opened in 1920. Upper decks were added in the 1950s (south) and 1980s (north). Renovations will completely remake the lower bowl and the south deck. The stadium track will be removed and an operations center for the football team will be built into the west end. For much more information, including a virtual look from every seat in the new stadium, photo galleries and more, go to huskystadium.com.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2011 season marks the 92nd season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 356-168-21 (.672).