Oct. 15, 2007
The Game: The Washington football team (2-4 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-10) will face yet another tough opponent as the Oregon Ducks visit Husky Stadium this Saturday for a 4:30 p.m. game. The Ducks (5-1, 2-1) are currently the highest-ranked Pac-10 team at No. 7 in the Associated Press top-25 and No. 6 in the coaches' poll. Oregon will be the fifth ranked team that the Huskies have faced in their first seven weeks of the season. After the Oregon game, the Huskies remain at home for a homecoming game vs. Arizona, Oct. 27 at 12 noon. That's followed by back-to-back road games at Stanford and Oregon State before another pair of home games, against California and Washington State. The 2007 regular season wraps up against Hawaii on Dec. 1 in Honolulu.
Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 36 losses and five ties. While the series of games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoying a 13-12 edge all-time, the Huskies are 31-17-4 against their cross-border rivals in games played in Seattle. This Saturday's game will mark only the second UW-Oregon game at Husky Stadium since 1999. The only other such game since '99 was the Huskies' 42-10 win in 2003. In 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2005, the UW and Oregon met at Autzen Stadium while in 2001, the Ducks and Huskies didn't play each other, the first break in the series since 1943, when Washington played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning eight of the last 12 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won nine of the last 17, 15 of the last 25 and 21 of the last 32. Last year at Autzen, Ducks tailback Jonathan Stewart led the way, rushing for 159 yards and two TDs as Oregon won, 34-14. In the last game at Husky Stadium, Washington trailed 10-0 after a quarter, but then scored 42 unanswered points to win, 42-10. Both Shelton Sampson (131 yards and three TDs) and Kenny James (104) rushed for more than 100 yards while Reggie Williams had seven catches for 130 yards. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings, though Oregon has taken seven of the last 11. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year. Thirteenth-year Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 7-4 vs. Washington. While at Stanford, Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham compiled a 4-1 record against the Ducks. Willingham's Cardinal squads beat the Ducks 28-21 in 1995 at Eugene, 27-24 in 1996 at Stanford and 58-49 in 1997 at Stanford before the Ducks posted their first win over Willingham, a 63-28 victory in 1998 in Eugene. The Cardinal and Ducks didn't play in 1999 or 2000, but Willingham got a 49-42 victory in Eugene in his final season at Stanford. That loss was Oregon's lone defeat in 2001. Combined with two losses to the Ducks while at the UW, Willingham is 4-3 against Oregon. All of Willingham's seven games against Oregon have been head-to-head vs. Bellotti.
Television: The Washington-Oregon game will air live on FSN television in the Northwest with Brian Davis, Brock Huard and Brooke Olzendam providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. during the season on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to three different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 21 different 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 194, 195 or 196 and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-Oregon Ties: While there isn't much crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. As far as coaches go, UO linebackers coach Don Pellum worked as an assistant athletic director at California during some of the time that UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer worked at Cal. Ducks defensive line coach Michael Gray worked at Oregon State along with Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano. Washington's current roster includes just two players from the state of Oregon: senior OT Eric Berglund, from Beaverton, and freshman OL Scott Shugert, from Oregon City. The Ducks' roster, however, includes five Washingtonians: WR Rory Cavaille (Shelton/Shelton), CB Jameel Dowling (Tacoma/Mt. Tahoma), OL C.E. Kaiser (Veradale/Central Valley), HB David Paulson (Auburn/Riverside), RB Jonathan Stewart (Lacey/Timberline), P Josh Syria (Wenatchee/Wenatchee), OL Josh Tschirgi (Vancouver/Skyview). A large of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school, mostly in California: Husky DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Duck Max Unger played together at Hawaii Prep. Husky WR Quintin Daniels and UO DB Chad Peppars both went to L.A.'s Loyola High and Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Oregon DE Nick Reed and DL Dominic Glover all graduated from Mission Viejo HS. UW freshman kicker Erik Folk and Oregon OL Charlie Carmichael were classmates at Notre Dame High near Los Angeles while Ducks Chris and Michael DiVincenzo were a year ahead of both at the same school. Though a year apart (and not related), Husky TB Brandon Johnson and Oregon rover Marvin Johnson played together at Dominguez High. Husky WR D'Andre Goodwin and Duck RB Andre Crenshaw were classmates at Antelope Valley HS in Lancaster while Husky Sir Aaron Mason and Duck Max Forer both attended Santa Monica HS. UW senior corner Roy Lewis and UO LB Kevin Garrett are both products of L.A.'s Narbonne High. Like many Pac-10 teams, both UW (Byron Davenport) and Oregon (Derrick Jones and Kenny Rowe) have Long Beach Poly grads on their rosters. Finally, Husky CB Jordan Murchison and UO FS Matthew Harper both played at CC of San Francisco two seasons ago.
Dawgs and the Northwest: Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 99 times, Oregon in 99 games and Oregon State on 91 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-36-5, Washington State 64-29-6 and Oregon State 57-30-4. Combined, Washington has a 179-95-15 (.645) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 78 prior occasions. Over those 78 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only five occassions (1948, 1968, 1973, 2004 and 2005).
Ducks - A Recent Rarity In Seattle: The Oregon Ducks will play at Husky Stadium this Saturday for just the second time since 1999. In that same time span, the Huskies have played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene five times (the Huskies and Ducks didn't play one another in 2001). The Huskies have played host to the Ducks only three times in the last decade: 1997, 1999 and 2003. Washington traveled to Eugene in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Huskies won that 2003 meeting, 42-10 and also beat the Ducks in the 1999 game, 34-20.
Ranked Opponents in `07: Oregon, currently No. 7 in the Associated Press top 25, will be the fifth Husky opponent this season (in only seven games) to be ranked by the AP. With current rankings, the Huskies have a good shot to play seven AP-ranked teams this season as future opponents include current No. 10 California and current No. 17 Hawaii. The Huskies have never before played seven ranked foes in a regular season. On three occasions, the UW has played a regular-season schedule that included six ranked teams: in 1969, 1986 and 1992.
Random Notes: The Huskies have seven interceptions this year, by seven different players ... the Dawgs hadn't blocked a field goal since 2001 prior to the Boise State game, but now have a blocked FG (both by Jordan Reffett) in two of their last three games (Boise and Ohio State) ... on the other hand, the Huskies have also had a field goal blocked in those same two ... the UW hasn't committed double-digit (i.e., 10 or more) penalties in a game in any of their 29 games under Coach Tyrone Willingham ... with 459 yards (76.5 per game), quarterback Jake Locker is the Huskies' leading rusher ... the last Huskies QB to lead the team in rushing was Denny Fitzpatrick, with 697 yards in 1974 ... Locker rushed for 102 yards vs. Ohio State and is currently seventh in the Pac-10 in rushing.
True Freshmen: Last season, only two true freshman saw game action (LB Donald Butler and FB Paul Homer). However, this season, a much bigger group of first-year players have played - a total of seven thusfar. Cornerback Vonzell McDowell Jr. has started three games, while S Nate Williams, S Victor Aiyewa, LB Mason Foster, LB/FB Austin Sylvester and TBs Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson have all played, with Foster picking up a start at Arizona State.