Nov. 22, 2003
Today's attendance of 74,549 is the third-largest crowd in Husky Stadium history (behind 76,125 vs. Army in 1995 and 74,986 vs. Arizona State in 1997). It is also, obviously, the largest-ever crowd to watch a UW-WSU game. The previous high was in 1997 when 74,268 watched a Cougars win.
WSU kicker Drew Dunning took over the Cougars' record for career scoring with 13 points in today's game. Dunning, with 324 career points, passed fellow kicker Jason Hanson, who posted 328 career points from 1988-91.
Marquis Cooper's interception returned for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was his third career interception, second this season. It was his first career TD and the second interception returned for a touchdown by a Husky this season (Derrick Johnson vs. Stanford on Sept. 27).
Thanks to a fumble (on what would have been a blocked punt) and a short (24-yard) punt, Washington State's two first-quarter scoring drives began at the UW 26 and UW 33-yard line. WSU got a field goal on the first and a TD on the second.
While some of the game's 12 turnovers may have prevented scoring by the team that turned it over, they didn't result in many points. In fact, the first 11 turnovers of the game (not including Marquis Cooper's late interception returned for a TD) resulted in only 17 total points - a Cougar field goal after UW punter Garth Erickson's fumble (on what looked like a blocked punt), a UW touchdown after a Chris Jordan fumble and a UW TD after a Josh Swogger interception (Derrick Johnson). Four of those 12 turnovers resulted in yet another turnover on the ensuing drive.
With 11 career interceptions, UW cornerback Derrick Johnson is tied for sixth on the Husky career list. The record is 18 (Al Worley).
In the last 19 games in which Washington failed to score 30 or more points (dating back to midway through the 2001 season), the Huskies have gone only 4-15. However, three of those four wins have come vs. Washington State (26-14 in 2001 and 29-26 last year and this season). The only other time the UW had won a game since midway through 2001 without scoring at least 30 was in this season's 28-17 win over Stanford.
Husky junior WR Reggie Williams, after 7 catches for 59 yards today, has posted 30 receptions for 431 yards in his three career Apple Cups.
Today's game marked only the second time this season that Cougar quarterback Matt Kegel threw more than one interception. He'd posted four games with no picks and six others with one. His only other multiple interception game was vs. Oregon State, when he was picked off five times in a 36-30 WSU win.
With his four-yard TD toss to Charles Frederick late in the first half, Husky QB Cody Pickett took sole possession of the UW career passing touchdowns record. Heading into the game, he'd shared the record of 51 with Brock Huard.
The official list of Husky seniors playing their last home game (revised from earlier releases, etc.): CB Roc Alexander, TB Rich Alexis, C Todd Bachert, FS Owen Biddle, OG Justin Booker, OLB Greg Carothers, PK Jeffrey Clay, ILB Marquis Cooper, P Garth Erickson, DT Terry Johnson, OLB Tyler Krambrink, CB Chris Massey, OT Nick Newton, OG T.J. Orthmeyer, QB Cody Pickett, FB Adam Seery, OG Jason Simonson, DT Jerome Stevens, C Mike Thompson, OT Francisco Tipoti and P Isaak Woldeit.
Brigham Young was shut out, 3-0, today by Utah. BYU hadn't been held scoreless since September 27, 1975 (by Arizona State) and had compiled the nation's longest shutout streak at 361 games. Their scoreless loss means that Texas, with 276 straight shutout-free games, has the longest current streak while Washington's 265-game streak is the second longest currently running. WSU, incidentally, has the Pac-10's longest streak of scoring in conference games, at 220.