Nov. 30, 2009
Coach Sarkisian's Monday Press Conference Video (paid subscription)
THE GAME: The Washington football team (4-7 overall, 3-5 in the Pac-10 Conference) closes out the 2009 season with a home date against old foe California (8-3 overall, 5-3 in the Pac-10). Game time is set for 3:30 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 5, at Husky Stadium. Both teams enter the regular-season finale off of a victory in their tradition rivaly games. The Golden Bears beat Stanford, 34-28, in The Big Game on Nov. 21 and had a week off last Saturday. The Huskies blanked Washington State, 30-0, last Saturday in the Apple Cup. Cal and Washington are the only two programs that have been a member of what is now the Pac-10 Conference in each and every years since the league was established in 1916 and will be playing one another for the 90th time.
GAME THEMES vs. THE BEARS: It's Senior Day at Husky Stadium this Saturday as 15 Washington seniors will be playing their final game ... those seniors are: LB Donald Butler, P Paul Dickey, LB Joshua Gage, FB Paul Homer, S Tripper Johnson, DE Darrion Jones, LS Danny Morovick, OL Ben Ossai, LB T.J. Poe, OG Morgan Rosborough, LB E.J. Savannah, OT Nick Scott, DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, LB Trenton Tuiasosopo and S Jason Wells ... Washington has already posted four wins one year after an 0-12 campaign ... dating back to the 1946 season, current members of the NCAA FBS (Division I-A) have posted a winless season 80 times ... of those, only 10 have recorded five wins or more the following season, while just six have posted a .500 or better record and only three qualified for a bowl game ... Washington can't get to .500 or qualify for a bowl, but could become just the 11th team to get five wins after going 0-fer ... Chris Polk is the first freshman in UW history to rush for 1,000 or more yards ... he has 1,019 going into the season finale ... Jake Locker's 2,552 passing yards this season rank sixth on the UW all-time list ... he needs 145 this week to move into fourth on that list and 235 would place him third all-time ... Locker currently leads the Pac-10 in total offense with 260.27 yards per game.
TELEVISION: The Washington-California game will air live in the Pacific Northwest on FSN-NW television. Tom Glasgow, Mack Strong, Jason Stiles and Jen Mueller will provide the call. 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 16 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many game broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 193, 194 or 195 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
HUSKIES vs. GOLDEN BEARS HISTORY: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pacific-10 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 47-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Cal won the most recent meeting, in 2008 in Berkeley, in another season finale as 311 yards and four touchdown 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 Brandon Johnson 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 also attended the same high school (Gonzaga Prep) as Bears defensive coordinator Bob Gregory, though not at the same time. Cozzetto and Cal defensive backs coach were on the same staff at Oregon State with one another in 2001 and 2002 and with the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, all under head coach Dennis Erickson. Cal's roster lists two players from the state of Washington: freshman Deandre Coleman (Garfield) and sophomore DT Trevor Guyton (Redmond), both defensive linemen. However, no current Huskies attended those high schools. Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, but only seven from Northern California: Donald Butler (Sacramento), Mason Foster (Seaside), Anthony Gobern (Fair Oaks), Willie Griffin (Oakland), De'Shon Matthews (Sacramento), Curtis Shaw (Stockton) and Jordan Wallace (Sacramento). Cal freshman DB Alex Logan is the younger brother of Husky linebacker Alvin Logan. Numerous Bears and Huskies attended the same high school, mostly in California: UW's Kurt Mangum and Cal's Marc Anthony and Cameron Jordan (Chandler in Arizona); UW's Danny Morovick and Cal's Kevin Bemoll (Mission Viejo), UW's Erik Folk and Cal's Sam DeMartinis (Notre Dame), UW's Griffin and Cal's Derrick Hill (McClymonds); UW's Will Mahan and Cal's Justin Cheadle (Bakersfield); UW's Matthews and Cal's Jeremy Ross (Laguna Creek); UW's Darrion Jones and Cal's Vachel Samuels (Lynwood); UW's Nathan Fellner and Cal's Beau Sweeney (Clovis West); UW's Wallace and Cal's Syd'Quan Thompson (Grant); UW's Devin Aguilar and Cal's Chris Guarnero, Charles Ragland and Logan (Mullen in Colorado); and UW's Austin Sylvester and Cal's Ernest Owusu (The Hun School in New Jersey).
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 99-75-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 47-38-4 against Cal, 40-36-4 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 49-11-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 20-5 vs. Cal, 21-6 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
IMPROVEMENTS IN 2009: Washington's 4-7 record is proof enough of improvement over last year's 0-12 team. But here's a look at a few key stats and the change from the 2008 season to the 2009 campaign:
2008 2009 Improvement from 2008 to 2009 Scoring Offense 13.2 24.6 improved 11.4 points per game Scoring Defense 38.6 28.2 improved 10.4 points per game Scoring Margin -25.4 -3.6 improved 21.8 points per game Rushing Offense 99.3 135.5 improved 36.2 yards per game Rushing Defense 240.6 155.0 improved 95.6 yards per game Passing Offense 163.8 232.0 improved 68.2 yards per game Total Offense 263.2 367.5 improved 104.3 yards per game Total Defense 451.8 398.0 improved 53.8 yards per game
THIRD-DOWN & RED-ZONE SUCCESS: One hallmark of the current season for the UW has been its success on third down and in the red zone. The Huskies currently rank 12th in the nation with a third-down conversion rate of 47.80 percent (76-of-159). In the red zone, Washington has scored 32 of 37 times this season, with only a missed field goal, lost fumble, two interceptions and a loss of downs marring a perfect record. On defense, the Huskies have had remarkable red-zone success. While opponents have scored in 40 of 48 attempts, they've been held to a field goal on 16 of those 40 scores, meaning that opponents have scored a touchdown on only 24 of 48 (.500) trips inside the UW 20-yard line.
PLAYING THE FRESHMEN: Washington has utilized a total of 10 true freshmen this season as TB Demitrius Bronson, DE Talia Crichton, S Nate Fellner, CB Anthony Gobern, WR James Johnson, DE Andru Pulu, TB Cole Sager, DT Semisi Tokolahi, CB Desmond Trufant and LB Jordan Wallace have all seen action this year. Among that group, Crichton, Johnson, Trufant, Fellner and Pulu have all started. Last season, a school-record 12 true freshman played for the Huskies, with nine of them starting at least one game. This season's total of 10 betters the total number of nine true freshmen who played in 2003 and in 2000 and matches the second-highest total in school history - 1997, when the UW also utilized 10 freshmen.
CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 28, the four captains for the 2009 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Donald Butler (Sacramento, Calif.), junior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.), senior DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Waikoloa, Hawai'i) and junior C Ryan Tolar (Pasco, Wash.). Te'o-Nesheim was also voted as a season captain in 2008.
THE 100-YARD FACTOR: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 167-51-3 (.762) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004, 2-3 in 2005, 2-1 in 2006; 3-4 in 2007 and went 0-2 last year. This year, however, the UW is 1-4 in such games as Chris Polk's four 100-yard efforts have come at Notre Dame, vs. Oregon, at UCLA, at OSU and vs. WSU.
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 73 times. The Huskies' record stands at 60-12-1 (.829) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 35-9-1 (.789) 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 20 seasons. Washington has won 83 of its last 126 (.663) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (83-42-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 131-53-2 (.710) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 52-30-1 (.633) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 2009 season marks the 90th 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 348-165-21 (.671).
POLK GOES OVER 1,000: Chris Polk is the first freshman and the 10th player in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark with his 130-yard outing in the 30-0 win over WSU in the Apple Cup. That was his fourth straight 100-yard game, tying him for third-most consecutive 100-yard games in Husky history. Here's a look at the 1,000-yard rushing seasons in UW history, plus the list of leaders for consecutive 100-yard games:
Single-Season Rushing Car. Yards Ypc. 1. Corey Dillon (1996) 301 1,695 5.6 2. Greg Lewis (1990) 248 1,407 5.7 3. Napoleon Kaufman (1994) 255 1,390 5.5 4. Napoleon Kaufman (1993) 226 1,299 5.7 5. Louis Rankin (2007) 233 1,294 5.6 6. Greg Lewis (1989) 266 1,197 4.5 7. Joe Steele (1978) 237 1,111 4.7 8. Hugh McElhenny (1950) 179 1,107 6.2 9. Napoleon Kaufman (1992) 182 1,084 6.0 10. Rashaan Shehee (1997) 168 1,055 6.3 11. Jacque Robinson (1984) 223 1,036 4.6 12. Chris Polk (2009) 204 1,019 5.0 13. Ron Rowland (1976) 203 1,002 4.9