Sept. 19, 2011
NOTE: The UW-Utah game on Oct. 1 kicks off at 4:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. MT and air on ROOT Sports (in the Northwest) and FSN (nationally).
Listen to the Coach Sarkisian Show Monday afternoon 4:30-5:30 p.m. on KJR 950-AM, broadcasting live from the Don James Center. Public welcome.
THE GAME: The Washington football team (2-1) opens the Pac-12 season this Saturday as California (3-0) travels to Husky Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. game, which will air live on FSN. The Huskies and Golden Bears are the only two schools who have been members of what is now the Pac-12 Conference since its inception in 1915. The Huskies have beaten California in each of the last two seasons, with both games coming in the final two weeks of the season. In 2009, the Dawgs wrapped up the year with a 42-10 victory over the Bears. Last year, in the next-to-last game of the reuglar season, the UW scored on a one-yard run from Chris Polk on the final play of the game for a 16-13 victory. The following Saturday, Oct. 1, Washington travels to Salt Lake City for the first of two straight games against the two new Pac-12 teams. After an off week Oct. 8, Colorado comes to the UW the following Saturday, Oct. 15.
QUICK SNAPS: UW quarterback Keith Price has thrown 11 touchdowns in three games, tying him with Bowling Green's Matt Schilz for the national lead ... Price is the only Husky QB in recorded history to throw for 11 touchdowns over any three consecutive games ... only four more TD passes will place Price in the top 10 in UW single-season history ... if Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 165.91, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997) ... Washington is plus-three in turnover margin so far this season, second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation ... with 120.67 rushing yards per game, Chris Polk is second in the Pac-12 ... having reached the century mark in all three games this season, Polk now has 14 career 100-yard games, third-most in UW history (Napoleon Kaufman had 17; Greg Lewis had 15) ... 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-California game will air live to a national audience on FSN (ROOT Sports in the Northwest). 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.
ENTIRE STAFF RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON: The UW's entire full-time coaching staff returns, in tact, for a third straight season in 2011. Dating back to the mid-1950s, before which records are incomplete, the 2011 season marks the first time in Husky history that the entire coaching staff has remained the same for three straight years. Last year's feat of returning an entire staff for just two straight years marked the first time that had happened at the UW since the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
HUSKIES vs. GOLDEN BEARS HISTORY: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 49-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last season in Berkeley, the Huskies beat the Bears, 16-13, on the final play of the game, a one-yard run from Chris Polk, in the next-to-last week of the season. In 2009, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle. Jake Locker passed for 248 yards and three TDs and rushed for 77 and two more scores. In 2008, Cal won in Berkeley, in another season finale as Jahvid Best ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries in a 48-7 Bears win. In 2007, the 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series. Prior to that five-game losing streak, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley. The Bears, however, then won five straight against the Huskies. In 2002, the Bears beat the Huskies, 34-27, at Husky Stadium to break the Dawgs' 19-game streak in the series. The following year in Berkeley, Cal routed Washington, 54-7, in the next-to-last game of the season. In 2004, the Bears visited Husky Stadium and left with a 42-12 win. The 2005 game was a 56-17 Bears win in Seattle. In 2006 in Berkeley, Carl Bonnell hit Marlon Wood with a 40-yard pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime, but the Bears won in OT, 31-24. In 2007, Louis Rankin rushed for 224 yards and BrandonJohnson ran for 121 as the Huskies never trailed en route to the 37-23 win. Once again, it was Bonnell at the controls as the UW was without Jake Locker due to an injury suffered the previous week at Oregon State.
WASHINGTON-CALIFORNIA TIES: There isn't a lot of crossover between the UW and Cal coaching staffs. Husky offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto worked on the Golden Bears staff for two seasons (1990-91) under Bruce Snyder. Cozzetto and Cal o-line coach Jim Michalczik were on the same staff at Oregon State with one another in 2000 and 2001. Michalczik is also married to former UW volleyball standout Jennifer Streatfeild. Cal's roster lists three players from the state of Washington: P Jed Barnett (Camas/Union), DL Deandre Coleman (Garfield) and DT Trevor Guyton (Redmond). UW freshman TE James Boker attended Redmond, but is four years younger than Guyton. Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, including 11 from Northern California: Travon Brooks (Oakland), DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), Ross Dolbec (Orinda), Ken Egu (San Francisco), Travis Feeney (Richmond), Anthony Gobern (Fair Oaks), Scott Lawyer (San Jose), Marcus Peters (Oakland), James Sample (Sacramento), Ben Teichman (Danville) and Jordan Wallace (Sacramento).
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 101-76-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 49-38-4 against Cal, 40-37-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary's and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven't played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 51-12-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 22-5 vs. Cal, 21-7 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose 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
DECADE AFTER DECADE: Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s when Washington won the berth in 1923 and 1925. In the 1930s, the Dawgs won the `36 title. In the `40s, Washington earned the trip in 1943 and then barely slipped in under the wire in the 1950s, winning the 1959 crown. The Huskies won two Rose Bowl berths in the 1960s -- 1960 and 1963 -- and one in the 1970s (1977). Titles in 1980 and 1982 did it for that decade and three straight trips to Pasadena to begin the 1990s covered that 10-year span. In the 2000s, UW was the first team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC joined the Dawgs in that distinction in 2004 after their New Year's Day appearance in Pasadena.
FINISHING FIRST OR SECOND: UW has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 34 seasons, dating back to a fourth-place finish in 1976. Over that span, Washington has won the championship (outright or shared) eight times - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000 - while finishing second 10 other times.
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 175-53-3 (.764) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the UW is 2-1 in such games (Chris Polk has rushed for 100 in all three).
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 76 times. The Huskies' record stands at 64-12-1 (.838) in those contests. Since 1995, UW is 39-9-1 (.806) 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 89 of its last 135 (.663) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (89-45-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 137-56-2 (.708) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 55-32-1 (.631) 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 354-168-21 (.671).