Sept. 6, 2010
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THE GAME: Washington's 2010 home season kicks off this Saturday when Syracuse travels cross country for a 4:00 p.m. PT game at Husky Stadium. The Huskies and Orange squared off in the first game of the 2007 season. Washington, with RS-freshman quarterback Jake Locker making his debut, won that 2007 game, 42-12. The UW enters the week looking to rebound from a 23-17 loss last Saturday at Brigham Young while the Orange opened their year with a 29-3 victory at Akron. The game will air live on FSN-Northwest and will also be available nationwide on Fox College Sports Atlantic. Of course, it will also air live on KJR and the ISP Sports radio network. The Huskies remain at home the following Saturday, Sept. 18, when Nebraska visits Husky Stadium in a 12:30 p.m. game that will air live on ABC.
AT HOME AFTER ROAD LOSS: Over the last three-plus decades, Washington has strung together a solid record in home games following a road loss, the situation that presents itself this week. Dating back to the last part of the 1975 season, the Huskies have gone 35-14 when playing at home the game after a loss on the road. Included in that stretch are winning streaks of 13 and 10 games in this circumstance. Under Coach Steve Sarkisian, the UW is 2-1 at home the week after a road loss. Last season, the Huskies rebounded for a 37-30 overtime loss at Notre Dame with a 36-33 win over Arizona the following game. Later in the year, after a 48-21 loss at Oregon State, the Dawgs blanked Washington State, 30-0 in the Apple Cup. The one time that the UW lost at home after a road loss last season came in a loss at Arizona State followed at home loss to Oregon the next week.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Syracuse game will air live on FSN-Northwest, with Tom Glasgow, Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon and Jason Stiles providing the commentary. Outside of the Northwest, you can also see the game on Fox College Sports-Atlantic. 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 (channel 113) and XM (195) satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
ENTIRE STAFF RETURNS: For the first time in two decades, the entire Husky football coaching staff returns in 2010. The head coach and all nine full-time assistants are back from the 2009 staff. The last time that happened at Washington was in 1990, when head coach Don James' entire staff returned after the 1989 season. Incidentally, both graduate assistants also return in 2010, though that wasn't the case in 1990, when more GAs were allowed on a staff.
HUSKIES vs. ORANGE HISTORY: Not surprisingly for two teams on the other sides of the country from one another, Washington's history vs. Syracuse is relatively brief. Washington is 2-1 vs. the Orange, with the most recent meeting coming in the Carrier Dome in the 2007 season opener, the UW's first game with Jake Locker at quarterback. Washington won that game, 42-12. Tailback Louis Rankin led the way with 147 rushing yards and two TDs while Locker was more than solid in his college debut. The redshirt-freshman went 14-for-19 for 142 yards passing while rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. The two teams also played two games back in the 1970s, one at each team's home field. On Sept. 29, 1973, Syracuse traveled to Husky Stadium, where the UW picked up a 21-7 win. After a scoreless first quarter, the Huskies got on the board in the second when Steve Lipe blocked a punt and scored after a three-yard runback. In the third quarter, Husky QB Denny Fitzpatrick ran in from three yards out and, in the fourth, a 63-yard run from backup quarterback James Anderson made it 21-0. Syracuse QB Robert Sutton scored on a one-yard run about midway through the final periord to account for the visitors' only points. Despite notching 22 first downs to the Huskies' nine, Syracuse was out-gained, 283 yards to 214, in total offense. Four years later, on Sept. 24, 1977, Syracuse evened the series with a 22-20 win at Archbold Stadium. The game was won on a 31-yard field goal by Dave Jacobs with only 23 seconds remaining. The Orange took the early lead with a first-quarter TD run from Jim Sessler and a second-quarter field goal from Jacobs. However, Washington took the lead by halftime as Warren Moon connected with receiver Spider Gaines on a pair of scoring passes (25 and 51 yards) in the second quarter. In the third, Jacobs kicked a second field goal and the Orange went back on top when a Husky punt was blocked and recovered in the endzone. After a two-point attempt failed, Syracuse led, 19-14. Moon put the Huskies back on top with a four-yard run with 3:38 remaining in the game (a two-point attempt also failed), but Bill Hurley led a drive that ended in Jacobs' third field goal of the day to win it. Hurley finished with 113 yards while Art Monk added 83 for the home team. Moon completed 16-of-25 pases for 257 yards and two TDs for the UW while Gaines caught seven passes for 169 yards.
WASHINGTON-SYRACUSE TIES: Not surprisingly, considering the geography, there aren't many ties between players on the Washington and Syracuse rosters. The Orange roster does not include any players from the state of Washington while the Husky roster has, somewhat surprisingly, one New Yorker: senior fullback Dorson Boyce (Queens). Perhaps more surprisingly, there are a handful of Huskies and Orange who attended the same high school somewhere other than New York or Washington. Syracuse QB Jonny Miller and Husky receiver Devin Aguilar both attended Mullen High in Colorado. Husky freshmen Nick Montana and Erik Kohler both went to Oaks Christian in Southern California, the alma mater of SU safety Ryan Ahern. (It's worth noting that UW's Anthony Boyles and SU's Mikhail Marinovich attended different high schools in Southern California, both named Junipero Serra). While there are no direct connections between the members of the UW and Syracuse coaching staffs, it's worth noting that Orange running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley faced the UW in the 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowls. In the first of those two, a 34-14 Husky win the clinched the national title, he ran for 68 yards and a TD on nine carries. The following year, he was the game's MVP after running for 253 yards and three scores on just 15 carries in a 38-31 Michigan win.
HUSKIES vs. THE BIG EAST: Washington has played against only four of the eight current football-playing members of the Big East Conference: Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and, of course, Syracuse. The Huskies are 4-5 all-time against that trio. Aside from their 2-1 record against the Orange (detailed earlier), the Dawgs are 1-0 against UConn (a 21-17 win in Seattle in 1974), and 1-4 against the Panthers. Washington and Pitt first played in the 1937 Rose Bowl (a Panthers win). Pitt also won a 1939 game at Husky Stadium. In slightly more recent times, the Huskies won in Seattle in 1961, lost at Pitt in 1963 and lost in Seattle in 1979.
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. Here's a list of freshmen who played at BYU: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OT Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, 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