Sept. 5, 2011
THE GAME: The Washington football team (1-0) returns to Husky Stadium for a second straight week as the Huskies take on Hawai'i (1-0) in a 12:30 p.m. PT game this Saturday, Sept. 10. Washington opened the 2011 season with a tight, 30-27 win over reigning NCAA FCS champion Eastern Washington last Saturday. The game down to the wire as UW cornerback Desmond Trufant intercepted a pass in the endzone with 29 seconds left to preserve victory. The Warriors opened their season with a relatively comfortable 34-17 win over Pac-12 newcomer Colorado Saturday night at Aloha Stadium. Hawaii held CU to 240 yards while notching seven quarterback sacks. It's just the fourth all-time meeting between the two teams as they squared off in the 1938 Pineapple Bowl and in regular season games in Seattle in 1973 and Honolulu in 2007. The following week, the Huskies take to the road for their third game against Nebraska in a calendar year.
QUICK SNAPS: The UW's current five-game winning streak is the sixth-longest (tied) in the nation ... only Auburn (16), Stanford (9), Nevada & Ohio State (7) and Oklahoma (6) have longer current win streaks ... the UW got four turnovers (without commiting any) in last week's win over Eastern Washington ... the last time that the Huskies forced as many was in a 2009 loss to UCLA (24-23), when the UW got two interceptions and three fumbles (UW threw one INT, meaning they were also plus-four in that game) ... Chris Polk now has 12 career 100-yard rushing games, tied for third-most in UW history (Napoleon Kaufman had 17; Greg Lewis had 15; Polk is tied with Robin Earl) ... six true freshmen appeared in last Saturday's game vs. EWU: S James Sample, TB Bishop Sankey, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DT Danny Shelton, OLB John Timu and WR Kasen Williams ... Seferian-Jenkins and Timu both started ... EWU's Bo Levi Mitchell attempted 69 passes in last week's game, shattering the UW opponent record of 59 (Kevin Feterik, BYU, 1999).
TELEVISION: The Washington-Hawai'i game will air live to a regional audience on ROOT Sports television (formerly FSN Northwest) with Tom Glasgow, former Husky and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon, Jason Stiles and Jen Mueller providing the commentary. 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 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. WARRIORS HISTORY: Washington and Hawai'i have played only three times in the two teams' histories - in the 1938 Pineapple Bowl (sometimes also referred to as the Poi Bowl), in a regular-season game in Seattle in 1973, and in Honolulu in 2007. The '37 Huskies had finished the regular season 5-2-2 and 4-2-2 in the PCC. The team had stored all its gear for the off-season when an invitation to play came from the University of Hawai'i. Coach Jimmy Phelan polled the team, received unanimous approval, and set off by ship from Vancouver, B.C., for a week-long voyage, during which the team practiced on deck. The UW took the lead early on as Jimmy Johnston ran 15 yards around left end before lateralling to center Bud Erickson, who went 32 more yards for a touchdown. Johnston then hit Merle Miller on a 35-yard score, then set up two other TDs with a 69-yard punt return and a 30-yard run to the Hawai'i one. The Huskies led 26-0 before the home team notched a first down. The Huskies' second unit posted two more long scores (a 41-yard run from Everett Austin and a 50-yard play on a ball lateralled from Joe Dubsky to Rich Worthington) in the second quarter for a 39-0 halftime lead. Lloyd Phelps (53 yards) and Don Jones (20) added two more TDs in the third quarter before Hawai'i got two late scores from Akee Choy. A few days later, the Huskies beat a team called "Honolulu Townies," 35-6, before returning to Seattle. The Huskies opened the 1973 season with a 10-7 loss to the Rainbows (as they were known at the time) at Husky Stadium. The Dawgs scored their lone points on their second drive of the game as a one-yard run from Pete Taggares capped an 11-play drive. Later in the first quarter, Hawai'i got a 27-yard field goal from Reinhold Stuprich to make it 7-3. The Huskies had a chance for another score in the second quarter when the UW recovered a fumble on the Hawaii 23, but Taggares lost a yard on a fourth-down run from the one, and then missed a 35-yard field goal in the final minute of the half. Hawaii took the lead for good in the third quarter when Casey Ortez hit Abe Brown with 24-yard pass. In the fourth, the UW squandered chance after chance, fumbling the ball at the Hawaii 23-yard line with 13:05 left and at the Rainbows' eight-yard line with 7:48 remaining. The Dawgs then got the ball back on a fumble, but Denny Fitzpatrick's fourth-down pass from the Hawaii 17 was intercepted. The Rainbows then ran the final 3:37 off of the clock to hang on for the win. The game featured five interceptions (three from UW, two from Hawaii) and 13 fumbles (six lost: two from UW, four from Hawai'i). After the game, Hawai'i coach Dave Holmes called it "the biggest win ever for me." In 2007, the Huskies and Warriors closed out the regular season at Aloha Stadium as Hawai'i capped a perfect 12-0 year with a 35-28, come-from behind win. Washington built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on one TD run from Jake Locker and two from fullback Luke Kravitz. After the first of five TD passes from UH quarterback Colt Brennan cut the lead to 21-7, UW fullback Paul Homer scored on a one-yard run to make it 28-7. From there, Brennan took over, tossing two more TD passes in the second quarter (28-21 at half) and two more in the fourth (including the game-winner with 0:44 remaining) to pull out a remarkable 35-28 win, one of the most important victories in UH football history.
WASHINGTON-UH TIES: Hawai'i head coach Greg McMackin has spent considerable time on various coaching staffs under Dennis Erickson. In 2004, current Husky o-line coach Dan Cozzetto, who's also coached with Erickson for various teams, was on the San Francisco 49ers staff along with McMackin. Cozzetto also played at Idaho when McMackin was on the Vandals' staff. UH offensive line coach Gordon Shaw coached at Idaho on the same staff as Cozzetto and current UW linebackers coach Mike Cox in 1989. Hawai'i assistant head coach Cal Lee was the longtime coach at St. Louis High in Honolulu, which produced several UW players, most notably Olin Kreutz, who played there under Lee. Washington's current roster includes five players from the state of Hawai'i: Micah Hatchie (Haleiwa/Waialua), Hau'oli Jamora (Laie/Kahuku), Lawrence Lagafuaina (Aiea), Taz Stevenson (Mililani) and Semisi Tokolahi (Hilo). There are six Washingtonians on the Warriors' roster: Kendrick Van Ackeren (Bellevue), Lorne Bridgford (Everett/Cascade), Aaron Brown (Puyallup), Drew Loftus (Kennewick), Leroy Lutu (Mercer Island) and Dee Maggitt (Tacoma/Lakes). Lutu is the son of former Husky tight end Leroy Lutu (lettered in 1980, 82-83). Maggitt attended the same school as four Huskies (Jamaal and Jermaine Kearse, Sione Potoa'e and Willis Wilson) while Van Ackeren is a Belleuve grad, like UW long snapper Brendan Lopez. Hawai'i's roster includes five players who attended Kahuku (as did Jamora), two from Hilo (Tokolahi), and one from Mililani (Stevenson). Husky QB Derrick Brown and UH RB John Hardy-Tuliau went to Vista Murrietta (San Diego area) together.
HUSKIES vs. THE WAC: Washington has a history against six of the eight current schools that make up the Western Athletic Conference in football. The UW has never faced Louisiana Tech or New Mexico State. The Huskies are 2-1 vs. Fresno State, 1-2 vs. Hawai'i, 35-2-2 vs. Idaho (a former member of the Pacific Coast Conference along with the UW), 1-1 vs. Nevada, 10-0 vs. San Jose State and 2-0 vs. Utah State. All totaled, the Huskies are 51-6-2 against current WAC members.
2-0?: Much was made of the Huskies' attempt to go 1-0 prior to last week's game vs. Eastern Washington, seeing as the UW hadn't started 1-0 since 2007. That's also the last time that the UW started a season 2-0, having beaten Syracuse (away) and Boise State (home) to open the year. The last time that Washington opened a season with two straight home wins was in 2001, when the Dawgs beat Michigan and Idaho.
HOME vs. NON CONFERENCE: Washington has been very tough to beat in home, non-conference games over the last couple of decades or so. Going back to (and including) the 1981 season, the Huskies have posted a 52-13 record against non-conference foes in Husky Stadium. Those 13 losses have come to Nebraska (2010), LSU (2009), BYU (2008), Oklahoma (2008), Ohio State (2007), Notre Dame (2005), Fresno State (2004), Nevada (2003), Air Force (1999), Nebraska (1997), Notre Dame (1995), Colorado (1989) and Oklahoma State (1985). The wins during that stretch include victories over No. 22 Boise State in 2007, No. 11 Michigan in 2001, No. 4 Miami in 2000, and No. 12 Nebraska in 1992, to name just four. Prior to the 2004 loss to Nevada, Washington hadn't lost a home game to a non-league opponent since falling to Air Force, 31-21, on September 18, 1999. The Huskies had won 10 such games before that Nevada loss.
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
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 174-52-3 (.766) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. So far this year, the Huskies got 125 from Chris Polk in their win over EWU.
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 88 of its last 134 (.660) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (88-45-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 136-56-2 (.706) 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 353-168-21 (.671).
FAMILY TIES: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. The team has one set of brothers in Jermaine (Sr. WR) and Jamaal (RS-Fr. LB) Kearse. Senior TB Johri Fogerson is related to both Nate Robinson (former UW football and basketball player; current NBAer) and former Husky basketball standout Dion Brown. Freshman safety Evan Zeger's father, John, played safety at the UW, lettering in 1980 and 1981, while freshman WR Kasen Williams' dad, Aaron was a four-year letterman (1979-82) wide receiver for the Huskies. Junior linebacker Jordan Wallace is the younger brother of former Husky safety C.J. Wallace. Another junior, Talia Crichton, is a cousin of former DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim. Sophomore quarterback Keith Price is a cousin of former UW tailback Jelani Harrison. Freshman fullback Nick Holt is the son of the UW defensive coordinator of the same name (they are actually Nick Holt V and VI). A little further afield, freshman TE Michael Hartvigson is a cousin to former UW baseball pitchers Chad and Grant Hartvigson. Incidentally, at least three Huskies have close family ties to Washington State. Cooper Pelluer's father played at WSU, as did Husky cornerback Desmond Trufant's brother Marcus. Sophomore safety Nate Fellner is the grandson of former WSU head coach Jim Sweeney. Pelluer's uncle Steve, however, was a UW QB and his father Scott was an assistant coach at UW.