Dec. 10, 2002
The Game: The Washington football team (7-5 overall and 4-4 in the Pac-10 Conference) will close out the 2002 season with a trip to the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Huskies will take on Purdue (6-6, 4-4 in the Big Ten) in a rematch of the 2001 Rose Bowl, which the Huskies won, 34-24. Game time is Tuesday, December 31, at noon MT/11:00 a.m. PT, and CBS will air the game to a live, nationwide audience. The team will leave for El Paso, Thu., Dec. 26. The Huskies, who got 10 points in the latest ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, which would rank them in a tie for 32nd, closed out the year by beating their three Northwest rivals. The UW beat Oregon State, 41-29, at Husky Stadium before going on the road to handle Oregon, 42-14, and edge No. 3 Washington State, 29-26 in triple overtime.
HUSKIES' BOWL PRACTICE & TRAVEL SCHEDULE
Fri, Dec. 13, practice, 4 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14, practice, 11:30 a.m. Wed., Dec. 18, practice, 6 p.m. Thu., Dec. 19, practice, 4 p.m. Fri., Dec. 20, practice, 12:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 21, practice, 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 22, practice, time TBD Mon., Dec. 23, practice, 9 a.m. Thu., Dec. 26, depart for El Paso Fri., Dec. 27, practice, time TBD Sat., Dec. 28, practice, time TBD Sun., Dec. 29, practice, time TBD Mon., Dec. 30, practice, time TBD Tue., Dec. 31, Sun Bowl, noon MT
* practices Dec. 13-23 at either Husky Stadium or Dempsey Indoor; practices generally run one-and-a-half to two hours
Huskies' Bowl History: The 2002 season will mark the eighth straight season that the Huskies have received a bowl berth and the 12th straight season they've gone bowling when eligible. The UW has been to a bowl game in 20 of its last 23 seasons (1988, 1993, 1994 the only exceptions) and 20 of the last 21 when eligible. Washington is 15-13-1 all-time in bowl games, 1-2 under coach Rick Neuheisel. Here's a look at the UW's all-time bowl performances:
1924 Rose Navy T, 14-14 1926 Rose Alabama L, 19-20 1937 Rose Pittsburgh L, 0-21 1938 Pineapple Hawaii W, 53-13 1944 Rose USC L, 0-29 1960 Rose Wisconsin W, 44-8 1961 Rose Minnesota W, 17-7 1964 Rose Illlinois L, 7-17 1978 Rose Michigan W, 27-20 1979 Sun Texas W, 14-7 1981 Rose Michigan L, 6-23 1982 Rose Iowa W, 28-0 1982 Aloha Maryland W, 21-20 1983 Aloha Penn State L, 10-13 1985 Orange Oklahoma W, 28-17 1985 Freedom Colorado W, 20-17 1986 Sun Alabama L, 6-28 1987 Independence Tulane W, 24-12 1989 Freedom Florida W, 34-7 1991 Rose Iowa W, 46-34 1992 Rose Michigan W, 34-14 1993 Rose Michigan L, 31-38 1995 Sun Iowa L, 18-38 1996 Holiday Colorado L, 21-33 1997 Aloha Michigan St. W, 51-23 1998 Oahu Air Force L, 25-45 1999 Holiday Kansas St. L, 20-24 2001 Rose Purdue W, 34-24 2001 Holiday Texas L, 43-47
Pickett Atop the Pac: Junior quarterback Cody Pickett had an unprecendented season in terms of his passing statistics. Washington, well-known for producing NFL quarterbacks, has never seen anything close to the prolific numbers that Pickett posted in 2002. With one game remaining in his junior year (bowl games now count), Pickett has already set a new single-season passing yards record with 4,186 this year (surpassing Cary Conklin's 2,569 in 1989). Pickett broke Conklin's mark in the season's seventh game. Three weeks ago vs. Oregon State, he took over the No. 1 spot for career passing yards, and now has 6,661, breaking the old record of 5,742 (Brock Huard). November 16 at Oregon, Pickett broke the Pac-10 single-season yardage record, surpassing Ryan Leaf's 1997 mark of 3,637, as well as Steve Stenstrom's Pac-10 record of 300 completions. Pickett now has 340. Pickett's 4,186 yards are currently second-most in Division I this season. Pickett now owns the following UW passing records: game, season and career passing yards; game and season completions; season attempts; season touchdown passes; season and career passing yards per game; season and career completions per game; season and career attempts per game; season 50-plus yard passes; season and career 200-yard games; season and career 300-yard games; season and career 400-yard games and consecutive 300-yard games.
TV: CBS Sports will broadcast the Wells Fargo Sun Bowl live to a nationwide audience, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color) and Jill Arrington (sidelines) calling the action.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of the Huskies' bowl game to five different states on 21 different radio stations. Longtime broadcast team Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) provide the call. CBS Radio, with Tony Roberts, will carry the national broadcast.
Old-Time Purdue Connections: Two former Washington head football coaches had strong ties with Purdue. James Phelan, who coached at UW from 1930 to 1941, served as coach at Purdue from 1922 to 1929. He led the Boilers to an 8-0-0 record in 1929, winning Purdue its only outright conference title to this day. Also, former UW head man Ralph "Pest" Welch, who coached at Montlake from 1942-47, was an All-America halfback at Purdue in 1929, playing for Phelan.
Washington-Purdue Ties: There hasn't been a great deal of crossover between the Washington and Purdue staffs and teams. One notable exception is Husky defensive line coach Randy Hart, who spent five seasons as an assistant coach in West Lafayette. Hart coached the D-line for the Boilermakers under Jim Young. While Purdue head man Joe Tiller never coached at Washington, he has been a visitor at Husky Stadium as offensive coordinator at Washington State in 1989 and 1990, and also as a WSU assistant from 1971-73. Purdue's defensive ends coach Gary Emanuel and tight ends coach Greg Olson have also served as WSU assistants. Olson, who is married to former UW assistant track coach Lissa Olson, also coached at Central Washington from 1990 to 1993. UW has no players on its roster from anywhere nearer to Purdue or the state of Indiana than a player each from Ohio and Colorado. Purdue, however, has one player from the state of Washington: sophomore wide receiver Taylor Stubblefield, from Yakima's Davis High. Purdue tailback Joey Harris and Husky tight end Kevin Ware were teammates at Klein Oak High in Houston, Texas.
Series History: Washington is 7-1-1 all-time against Purdue in a series that dates back to the 1961 season. The Huskies are 3-1-1 against Purdue at Husky Stadium, 3-0-0 at Ross-Ade Stadium and 1-0-0 in the Rose Bowl, Rick Neuheisel and Joe Tiller's only head-to-head meeting. Neuheisel's 1997 Colorado team beat Wyoming, but that was the year that Tiller began coaching at Purdue after six seasons at Wyoming. Neuheisel is 3-3 against Big Ten teams with a 1995 win over Wisconsin, a pair of losses to Michigan (1996 and 1997) while at Colorado, a 1-1 mark vs. Michigan as the UW coach and the Rose Bowl win over Purdue. Tiller is 0-5 all-time against Pac-10 opponents with two losses to Oregon State while at Wyoming (1993 and 1994), a 1998 loss to USC, the Rose Bowl loss to UW and a loss to Washington State in last year's Sun Bowl. The Huskies are 16-5 in their last 21 games against Big Ten opponents, dating back to the 1981 Rose Bowl (a win over Iowa). That mark doesn't count a 13-10 loss to Penn State in the 1983 Aloha Bowl, as Penn State was independent at the time. Here's a game-by-game recap of the nine all-time UW-Purdue games:
Sept. 23, 1961 o Purdue 13, UW 6 o Husky Stadium
In both teams' season opener, Purdue used a varied ground attack to win what was primarily a defensive struggle. The Boilermakers rushed for 251 yards, though no individual ran for more than 69. Nine different Purdue players rushed the ball more than once with Roy Walker leading the way with 69 yards. Purdue scored 10 points in the first quarter on a 14-yard field goal from Skip Ohl and a 30-yard run from Dave Miller. Ohl added a 23-yarder in the second quarter to close out the scoring for the visitors. The UW scored its only points early in the fourth quarter when backup QB Bill Siler hit Kim Stiger for a 15-yard TD pass. The Huskies would have three more drives after the touchdown, but never advanced into Purdue territory again.
Sept. 22, 1962 o No. 10 UW 7, No. 7 Purdue 7 o Husky Stadium
The Boilermakers returned to Seattle for the 1962 season opener in a clash of two top-10 teams and came away with a tie in another defensive struggle. Washington out-gained Purdue on the ground, 234 yards to 109 and neither team did much through the air, but the Huskies lost three fumbles and threw one interception while visitors turned it over only twice. All-conference halfback Charlie Mitchell led the Huskies with 70 rushing yards on 14 carries while 11 different Purdue players carried the ball at least once. UW opened the game with an 11-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard TD run by Bob Monroe. Purdue scored after the Huskies fumbled on their own three-yard line. Two plays later, Tom Yakubowski ran it in from two yards out to tie it at 7-7. In the final minute, UW kicker Jim Norton missed a 32-yard field goal, his third miss of the day.
Sept. 18, 1971 o UW 38, Purdue 35 o Husky Stadium
Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller had his most prolific passing day ever in leading Washington to a see-saw 38-35 win. Sixkiller broke his own school record with 387 passing yards on 24-of-48 passing. The game featured an amazing eight lead changes as the two teams traded touchdowns throughout the second half. Sixkiller threw a 33-yard pass to Tom Scott with 2:29 left in the game to provide the Dawgs with the winning score. That came after Purdue QB Gary Danielson had hit Darryl Stingley with an 80-yard pass to give the Boilermakers their fourth lead of the game. The Huskies hung on for the win when Rick Huget picked off Danielson on the final drive of the game. Scott scored three TDs in the game, two on passes from Sixkiller and one on a 60-yard rushing play. Jerry Ingalls also scored on two one-yard runs for Washington. Danielson completed 11-of-23 for 183 yards and Otis Armstrong rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries to lead Purdue.
Sept. 23, 1972 o No. 15 UW 22, Purdue 21 o Ross-Ade Stadium
In the UW's first trip to West Lafayette, the Huskies came away with a 22-21 win after trailing 21-0 at halftime. Steve Wiezbowski booted a 25-yard field goal with 2:04 left in the game to provide the winning score after Pete Taggares and Sonny Sixkiller led the Husky comeback. Purdue went ahead on two TD runs from Bill Pedhorestzky and another from Bo Bobrowski. But in the third , Taggares ran for a seven-yard score to get the Huskies on the board. In the fourth, Sixkiller ran for a three-yard TD before hitting Taggares with a 14-yard pass. Two-point tries on the second and third TDs both failed, leading to the necessity of Wiezbowski's field goal. Tony Bonwell intercepted Danielson on Purdue's final drive to preserve the victory. Sixkiller threw for 222 yards on 17-of-30 passing, but also tossed four interceptions. Gary Danielson completed only one of his nine pass attempts, but rushed for 213 yards on 16 carries.
Sept. 12, 1987 o No. 12 UW 28, Purdue 10 o Husky Stadium
Chris Chandler overcame a sluggish start (2-of-13 passing for only 19 yards midway through the second quarter) to hit 11 of his next 18 for 181 yards and three touchdowns as Washington downed Purdue 28-10. Chandler threw two TD strikes in the second quarter, hitting Brian Slater with a 30-yard pass and Darryl Franklin from 16 yards out. In the third quarter, Chandler and Slater hooked up again, this time from 41 yards. David Toy capped the UW scoring, intercepting a fumble and running it in from 26 yards out. Other than a second-quarter field goal, Purdue's only score came in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Darren Miles. Purdue was held to only 39 rushing yards while Doug Downing threw for 237 yards, but was intercepted four times. Slater caught eight passes for 142 yards to lead the Huskies while Chandler finished 13-for-31 for 200 yards.
Sept. 10, 1988 o No. 20 UW 20, Purdue 6 o Ross-Ade Stadium
Husky fullback Aaron Jenkins rushed for a career-high 162 yards on 24 carries to lift Washington to a 20-6 win in the season opener at West Lafayette. Jenkins single-handedly out-gained Purdue on the ground, 162 yards to 107. His big run was a 67-yarder in the second quarter that set up the Huskies' first score, a 39-yard John McCallum field goal. After a Darren Myles TD run in the second quarter gave Purdue a 6-3 lead (the two-point PAT try failed), Cary Conklin threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brian Slater to give the Huskies a 10-6 lead at the half. In the fourth quarter, another McCallum field goal and a one-yard run by Donald Jones capped the scoring. Conklin, in his first start at the UW, completed only 5-of-18 passes for 57 yards and three interceptions. Shawn McCarthy, the Purdue QB, was 18-for-40 for 172 yards, but was also picked off three times.
Sept. 16, 1989 o No. 15 UW 38, Purdue 9 o Husky Stadium
Washington tailback Greg Lewis rushed for 165 yards on 20 carries as the Huskies scored early and often in a 38-9 win. The UW scored 17 in the first quarter and led 24-0 at half. The Dawgs stretched their lead to 38-0 before Purdue got a fourth-quarter touchdown, followed by a safety on a snap out of the end zone. For the second time in three seasons, the Huskies held the Purdue rushing game to only 39 yards. Cary Conklin had a good day for the home team, throwing for 215 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-27 passing. Purdue QB Steve Letnich completed 15-of-40 for 249 yards and one score.
Sept. 15, 1990 o No. 22 UW 20, Purdue 14 o Ross-Ade Stadium
UW's defense struggled early with Purdue's new run-and-shoot offense, giving up 14 first-quarter points. But the Huskies shut the Boilermakers out the rest of the way and rallied to improve to 2-0 on the year. For the day, the Dawgs stuffed the Purdue running game for zero net yards while tailback Greg Lewis led the visiting Huskies to 197 rushing yards. Eric Hunter connected with Tony Vinson on an 11-yard pass to give the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead before Husky quarterback Mark Brunell scored on a 47-yard run to tie it. Still in the first, Hunter hit Rodney Dennis with a 54-yard TD pass to give the home side a 14-7 halftime lead. Two Mike Dodd field goals in the third quarter closed the gap to 14-13, and in the fourth, Brunell connected with Orlando McKay on a 35-yard pass to give the Dawgs their first lead. Lewis posted 101 yards on 28 carries while Brunell was 11-for-24 for 150 yards passing while also picking up 76 yards on 16 carries.
Jan. 1, 2001 o No. 4 UW 34, No. 14 Purdue 24 o The Rose Bowl
The UW returned to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1993 and claimed a 34-24 win over 14th-ranked Purdue to finish the year 11-1 and ranked No. 3 in both polls. The Huskies dedicated the game to paralyzed teammate Curtis Williams, who watched from the press box. The UW defense grabbed the momentum early, sacking Drew Brees twice and recovering a muffed punt snap to set up two quick scores. Braxton Cleman scored from one yard out and Marques Tuiasosopo began his stellar day with a six-yard TD run to put the Huskies in front 14-0 after one quarter. Brees led the Boilermakers back, converting five third-down chances in a single second-quarter drive, the last a five-yard TD pass to Vinny Sutherland. With one more chance before halftime, Purdue drove inside the 10-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal. Rich Alexis took back the momentum with a 50-yard carry on the first play of the second half and a John Anderson field goal put Washington back up by seven. Purdue tied it on a seven-yard pass from Brees to Sutherland, but the UW running game took over, helping the Huskies score 17 unanswered points before the Boilers tacked on a late score. Tuiasosopo, the game's MVP, completed 16 of 22 passes for 138 yards while also rushing for 75 yards.
Rose Bowl Leftovers: Washington's roster includes seven players that started in the 2001 Rose Bowl vs. Purdue -- TB Braxton Cleman, ILB Ben Mahdavi, CB Derrick Johnson, CB Chris Massey, SS Owen Biddle, FS Greg Carothers and PK John Anderson. Additionally, there are a total of 19 current Huskies that played in that game, including QB Cody Pickett, who briefly replaced injured QB Marques Tuiasosopo and completed both of his pass attempts for 11 yards, the first 11 passing yards of his career.
Sun Bowls Past: Washington will be making its fourth-ever Sun Bowl game appearance. Washington beat Texas, 14-7, in the 1979 game, then lost to Alabama (28-6) in 1986 and to Iowa (38-18) in 1995. Here's a brief recap of each of the Huskies' three previous Sun Bowl games:
December 22, 1979 o No. 13 Washington 14, No. 6 Texas 7
Washington emerged from a defensive struggle with a 14-7 victory as both teams scored all of their points in the second quarter. After a UW defensive goal-line stand in the first quarter and then a UW fumble recovery on the UT 42, Tom Flick hit Paul Skansi with an 18-yard TD pass in the opening seconds of the second period. Two plays later, the Huskies recovered an errant option pitch on the Horns' 23, which led to Texas native Willis Ray Mackey scoring the Huskies' second TD on a four-yard run. The Longhorns scored their only TD after a Flick fumble when Donnie Little threw a five-yard TD pass to running back Brad Beck.
December 25, 1986 o No. 13 Alabama 28, No. 12 Washington 6
A close game at halftime (7-6) turned into a blowout as Alabama rolled to a 28-6 win. Bobby Humphrey's 64-yard TD run in the second quarter was answered by a pair of Jeff Jaeger field goals. In the second half, Bama QB Mike Shula hit Al Richardson with 32-yard TD pass and Humphrey with an 18-yard scoring toss. Humphrey scored his third TD on a three-yard run in the fourth. Crimson Tide All-America linebacker was named the game's MVP
December 29, 1995 o Iowa 38, No. 20 Washington 18
Iowa rolled to an easy win, thanks to a fast start fueled by Husky miscues. The Hawkeyes jumped to a 21-0 lead on a Sedrick Shaw 58-yard TD run (the first play after a UW fumble), five field goals and a safety when a UW punt snap went out of the endzone. The UW's first score came on a 30-yard pass from Shane Fortney to Jerome Pathon, but Iowa's Michael Burger scored on two TD runs before two more TD passes from Brock Huard closed the gap. Iowa rushed for 286 yards, led by 135 from Shaw and 122 from Tavian Banks.
Postseason Quickies: UW senior receiver Patrick Reddick has 48 receptions to rank10th on the Huskies single-season list ... Washington coach Rick Neuheisel is now 9-2 against the other three Pac-10 schools from the Northwest during his tenure on Montlake ... the last time the Huskies defeated two ranked teams on the road in the same regular season was 1991 when Washington downed No. 9 Nebraska (36-21) and No. 7 California (24-17) ... UW's 16 interceptions are the most by a Husky team since 1996 (also 16).
Apple Cup Notes: Washington's victory marked the first time the Huskies have defeated a team ranked in the top three in the AP poll since the 1984 season. That year, Washington beat third-ranked Michigan 20-11 in Ann Arbor. Washington's 29-26 victory in triple overtime marked the first multiple-overtime game in Husky history. UW is now 2-1 all-time in overtime games. The Huskies beat Washington State, 31-24, in the 1996 Apple Cup in one overtime. The Huskies lost to UCLA, 23-20, in one overtime during the 1999 season. Washington's victory gives the Huskies a five-game winning streak in the Apple Cup series. It marks the fourth time in the 95-game series the Huskies have won at least five consecutive games in the series. The Huskies own a pair of eight-game win streaks in the series (1959-1966 and 1974-1981). The Huskies now lead the series 62-27-6.
.500 or Better Seasons: With the Apple Cup win over WSU, Washington secured its 26th consecutive non-losing season. The last time that Washington finished below .500 was 1976, when the Dawgs went 5-6. Since then, the Huskies are 214-86-3 (.711) overall. The Huskies' 25-season streak of non-losing seasons is the 14th longest in NCAA history (tied with Florida State's current streak) and the third longest current streak. BYU's 27-season streak was broken this season with the Cougars finishing the year 5-7. Here are the longest streaks currently running:
41 seasons Nebraska 1962-2002 35 seasons Michigan 1968-2002 26 seasons Washington 1977-2002 26 seasons Florida State 1977-2002
.500 or Better Seasons -- In Pac-10 play: While Washington's string of 26 straight non-losing seasons is easily the best in the Pac-10, their stretch of .500-or-better marks in Pac-10 play is even more dominant compared to the rest of the league. The Huskies last finished under .500 in Pac-10 play in 1988 (3-5), a streak of 14 straight non-losing league seasons. By contrast, every other team in the Pac-10 has had a losing league season at least once in the last three seasons (2000-2002). Only WSU, USC and UCLA have two-year streaks.
Pickett Shatters Marks: In the season's seventh game, junior quarterback Cody Pickett broke the UW single-season passsing yards record. Three weeks ago vs. Oregon State, Pickett, with 14 games left in his UW career, broke the Huskies' career passing yards record. Two weeks ago at Oregon, he broke the Pac-10's single-season yards record and last week at WSU, he became the first 4,000-yard passer in Pac-10 history. He also ranks on nearly every other Washington career top-10 list, including No. 1 on many. In the loss at USC, Pickett threw for 350 yards to extend his school record of seven consecutive 300-yard games, a streak that was broken at ASU. He had his third 400-yard game of the year three weeks ago vs. UCLA. Pickett, who has raised his career passing total to 6,661 yards, passed both Huards to the No. 1 spot vs. OSU. Pickett, who set a UW single-game record with 34 completions vs. Wyoming then broke it with 35 vs. Cal and tied that with 35 at WSU, now has 510 career completions, putting him first on that list. His career mark of 12.96 yards per completion ranks No. 10 and his 264.4 yards per game are currently a school record. His 20.4 completions per game are No. 1 and his career completion percentage of .590 is No. 3. Pickett boasts a slew of firsts: he is the first UW QB to post more than one career 400-yard game (he has four); the first to post 12 300-yard games; and the first to throw for 300 yards in more than two consecutive games (he had seven straight to start this current season). In just 25 career games Pickett already boasts seven of the top 10 and 10 of Washington's top-17 single-game totals in passing yards. His 18 career 200-yard passing days are most in UW history and his 10 50-plus-yard passes are also a school record. Finally, his 36 career TDs are second while his 26 touchdowns this season are most in UW history, three better than Brock Huard's old 1997 record of 23.
Pickett In the Pac: With 4,186 yards this season, Cody Pickett is the first 4,000-yard passer in Pac-10 history. November 16 at Oregon, he passed Stanford's Steve Stenstrom (1993) and WSU's Ryan Leaf (1997) to take over the top spot. He also surpassed Stenstrom's single-season completions record (300 in 1993) with 340 this season. With 7,005 career passing yards (the Pac-10 counts bowls in career stats), Pickett ranks No. 24 all-time in Pac-10 history, with more than one full season to play. Here are the top-10 single-season passers in Pac-10 Conference history:
1. 4,186 Cody Pickett, Washington, 2002 2. 3,637 Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997 3. 3,627 Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993 4. 3,499 Pat Barnes, California, 1996 5. 3,307 Akili Smith, Oregon, 1998 6. 3,285 Rob Johnson, USC, 1993 7. 3,242 John Elway, Stanford, 1982 8. 3,224 Danny O'Neill, Oregon, 1993 9. 3,130 Cade McNown, UCLA 1998 10. 3,092 Todd Husak, Stanford, 1998
Pickett Among Nation's Elite: With his outstanding junior season, junior quarterback Cody Pickett has placed himself among the nation's top signalcallers. Pickett ranks No. 26 in the nation in passing efficiency, but his raw totals are even more outstanding. His 332.8 yards per game of total offense ranks No. 4 in the nation (trailing leader Byron Leftwich Marshall at 378.1) and his 28.3 pass completions per game rank No. 2, trailing Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury (34.4). His 4,186 yards are second in the nation (Kingsbury, 4,642) and his 26 TD passes are tied for eighth in the country. As a team, the Huskies rank No. 4 in passing offense and No. 16 in total offense in Division I-A.
Williams Breaks all Marks: Sophomore wide receiver Reggie Williams was only one game into his sophomore season when he passed the 1,000-yard mark for career receiving. In the loss at USC, he had his third straight 100-yard receiving game (tying a school record) and his eighth career 100-yard day (breaking the school record). Williams, who ranks No. 5 in the NCAA in yards per game and No. 8 in receptions per game, made it to the top of the UW career receiving yards with his 198-yard performance at Oregon in week 11. With 2,363 career yards, he's beaten Mario Bailey's old record by 270 yards. With 14 catches in the Oregon game (most ever by a UW receiver), Williams broke Jerome Pathon's single-season record of 69. Williams now has 89, the fourth-highest total in Pac-10 history. His 1,390 receiving yards this season are also a school record, beating Jerome Pathon's 1,245 in 1997 and also mark the third-highest total ever in the Pac-10. At WSU (where he had 12 catches), he passed Paul Skansi on the UW career receptions chart and now tops the list with 144. Williams now ranks No. 1 on the UW career yards-per-game list by a large margin. With his average of 102.7 yards per game during his career thus far, he's nearly 37 yards per game better than Brian Slater's former mark of 65.9.
Reggie's Record season: In the season's 10th game vs. Oregon State, sophomore receiver Reggie Williams became only the fourth wideout in UW history to post a 1,000-yard season in receiving yards. With his 169-yard game at Washington State, Williams passed Jerome Pathon to take over the No. 1 single-season spot in UW history and the No. 3 spot in Pac-10 history. With is 973 yards as a freshman last year, Williams is the only Husky with two of the top-10 receiving yardage seasons in school history.
Mr. November: During Washington's season-ending, three-game winning streak (Oregon State, Oregon, Washington), Reggie Williams caught 35 passes for 461 yards (153.7 yards per game) and four touchdowns. In the WSU win, Williams set an Apple Cup record with 12 receptions bettering his own mark of 11 he set as a freshman last year. In two career games vs. Washington State, Williams has 23 receptions for 372 yards.
How Good Is Reggie?: Sophomore receiver Reggie Williams, a first-team All-Pac-10 selection and an FWAA first-team All-America, has had, statistically, one of the best two-year runs in Pac-10 receiving history. This year, Williams' 89 receptions were the fourth-most in Pac-10 history and his 1,390 yards were fourth on the all-time conference list. In two years, Williams has caught 144 balls for 2,365 yards and 14 touchdowns. No receiver in Pac-10 history has ever posted that many receiving yards over a two-year span, and the only three players with than many receptions over two seasons -- USC's Keyshawn Johnson, Arizona's Dennis Northcutt and Arizona's Bobby Wade -- all did it during their junior and senior seasons. Incidentally, Williams would need 99 receptions and 1,620 more receiving yards to reach the Pac-10 records of 248 and 4,047 yards, both held by Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99). Here are the top-four, two-year receiving performances in Pac-10 history:
Player (Team, Years) Rec. Yards TDs Reggie Williams (UW, 2001-02) 144 3,365 14 Keyshawn Johnson (USC, 1994-95) 148 2,358 12 Dennis Northcutt (Arizona, 1998-99) 151 2,344 14 Bobby Wade (Arizona, 2001-02) 155 2,271 16