Sept. 18, 2006
The Game: The Washington football team (2-1), fresh off of a scintillating 21-20 home win over Fresno State last weekend, enter the Pac-10 Conference season this Saturday when UCLA (2-0) comes to Husky Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. PDT game. The Bruins, who beat Utah and Rice in their first two games, had last weekend off. The game will be televised nationally on TBS. The Huskies, who beat San Jose State in the season's opening weekend and lost at Oklahoma in week two, have now won three of their last five games, dating back to last season, after having gone just 2-18 in their previous 20 games. UCLA, however, has had the UW's number of late, having won eight of the last nine Husky-Bruin matchups.
Huskies vs. Bruins History: UCLA enjoys a slight edge in the series, with 35 wins, 28 losses and two ties in 65 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead recently, having have won eight of the last nine. Last season in Pasadena, the Bruins needed a fourth-quarter comeback to secure a 21-17 win as the Huskies led 10-0 at half and 17-7 after three quarters. Two years ago in Seattle, Maurice Drew ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns as the Bruins came back from a 24-7 deficit to win, 37-31. In 2003 at the Rose Bowl, 18th-ranked Washington built a 16-7 halftime lead, but the Bruins stormed back to win going away, 46-16. UCLA's 39 second-half points were the most ever against a Husky team in a second half (more on the previous two meetings later in this release). In 2002, the Bruins parlayed a 24-14 halftime lead into a 34-24 win. In 2001, the Bruins won, 35-13, as tailback DeShaun Foster rushed for 301 yards in a game the Huskies played without injured starting quarterback Cody Pickett (the only game Pickett ever missed after separating his right shoulder the previous week vs. USC). In 2000, with a 35-28 win, Washington broke the Bruins' three-game winning streak in the series. UCLA had won games in 1997, 1998 and 1999 to take the series advantage, which, prior to the `97 meeting was tied at 27-27-2. In 12 of the last 14 meetings (all but 2002 and 2004) between Washington and UCLA, one or both of the teams has been ranked. Going by ranking alone, the Bruins have managed to upset the Huskies in four of those games - most notably the 1990 loss at Husky Stadium that knocked aside the UW's national title hopes. In that `90 game, the unranked Bruins handed No. 2 Washington a 25-22 loss. In the next meeting in 1993, 22nd-ranked UCLA beat the 12th-ranked Dawgs, 39-25. Prior to 2004, the most recent "upset" was in 1999, when an unranked UCLA team beat No. 22 Washington, 33-20. The UW-UCLA series first got underway in 1932, when the Huskies posted the first of four straight shutouts against the Bruins. UCLA got its first win in the series in 1938 with a 13-0 win in L.A. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell, in his fourth season as a head coach, is 3-0 vs. Washington, and had never faced Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham head-to-head prior to last year's game. Willingham is 3-5 all-time against UCLA as a head coach, as he compiled a 3-4 record vs. the Bruins during his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford (1995-2001). While coaching the Cardinal, Willingham was 1-2 in three games at the Rose Bowl and 2-2 in games at Stanford Stadium. Among the Cardinal's wins over UCLA during Willingham's tenure was an upset in 2001 when 20th-ranked Stanford beat No. 4 UCLA, 38-28. Willingham also coached an unranked Cardinal team to a 42-32 win over the 18th-ranked Bruins in 1999.
Television: The Washington-UCLA game will air live on TBS this Saturday, with Ron Thulin (play-by-play), Charles Davis (color) and Craig Sager (sidelines) calling the action. Fans can watch a replay of each game this season on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com the Tuesday after the game between 5:00 p.m. and midnight Pacific Time. There is no charge for any Dawg Channel programming this year. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with 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 five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196, and all can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.
Washington-UCLA Ties: The most notable and obvious of the ties between the UW and UCLA football teams is that fact that Bruins head coach Karl Dorrell spent a season as the Huskies' offensive coordinator in 1999 before leaving the college ranks temporarily to coach with the Denver Broncos. Dorrell also previously coached on the same staff as UW defensive coordinator Kent Baer at Arizona State in 1994 and served on the Colorado staff alongside current Husky tight ends/special teams coach Bob Simmons in 1992 and 1993. At least as notable as Dorrell's ties to UW is the fact that first-year UCLA receivers coach D.J. McCarthy played at and graduated from Washington, finishing his career in 1993. McCarthy also worked on UW LBs coach Chris Tormey's staff at Nevada. Lastly, UCLA tighte ends coach John Wristen began his career as a grad assistant at Colorado when Simmons worked for the Buffaloes. UCLA's preseason roster includes two players from the state of Washington. Redshirt freshman receiver Jamil Turner attended Bethel High, the alma mater of current Huskies Johnny Durocher and Caesar Rayford. Bruins' RS-freshman tight end Adam Heater (Snohomish HS) is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Andy Heater. Both are sons of former UW and UCLA assistant coach Chuck Heater. The Huskies roster includes 17 players from the greater Los Angeles area: DE Anthony Atkins (Long Beach), WR Quintin Daniels (Los Angeles), CB Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), LB Joshua Gage (Huntington Beach), CB Dashon Goldson (Carson), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Lancaster), S Chris Hemphill (Gardena), LB Dan Howell (Newhall), LB Darrion Jones (Lynwood), TE Robert Lewis (Los Angeles), CB Roy Lewis (Los Angeles), DT Erick Lobos (Los Angeles), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo), DB Durrell Moss (Orange), DL Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Josh Okeobor (Colton), WR Marcel Reece (Hesperia), OT Morgan Rosborough (Long Beach), WR Sonny Shackelford (Los Angeles) and FS Jason Wells (LaVerne).
Last Year vs. UCLA: For the third consecutive season, Washington jumped out to a sizeable early lead against UCLA, only for the Bruins to come back for a win. This time, last Oct. 1 at the Rose Bowl, Washington took a 10-0 lead in the the first half and held it until late in the fourth, when the Bruins scored to take a 21-17 win. The Huskies opened the scoring with a first-quarter field goal from Evan Knudson. In the second quarter, Kenny James' 20-yard touchdown run made it 10-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Drew Olson threw a four-yard TD to Marcedes Lewis for the Bruins' first score, but a one-yard Isaiah Stanback touchdown run put the Huskies' lead back to 10 points at 17-7. However, in the fourth, Olson completed an 80-yard drive with a one-yard pass to Michael Pitre and Maurice Drew scored on a one-yard run with 1:08 remaining in the game to give UCLA the win. Louis Rankin rushed for 109 yards on 18 carries to lead the Huskies, who out-gained UCLA, 401 yards to 352. The UW defense held UCLA to only 65 rushing yards, including just 33 from Drew, who had run for 322 yards the year before against Washington. However, Olson went 29-for-44 for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
Last Time At Husky Stadium vs. UCLA: The 2004 UCLA-Washington game featured a furious comeback from the visiting Bruins as UCLA rallied from a 24-7 first-quarter deficit to win, 37-31. Bruins sophomore tailback Maurice Drew put on a one-man show, rushing 26 times for 322 yards and five touchdowns, setting school records for both yards and TDs. The Huskies jumped out to the big lead in the first thanks to TD passes from Casey Paus to Anthony Russo and Charles Frederick, a Michael Braunstein field goal and a 12-yard run from Shelton Sampson. Drew, who'd accounted for the Bruin's first-quarter score on a 47-yard run, then finished the first quarter with TD runs of 62 and 58 yards, drawing the Husky lead back to 24-20 at the end of the first. In the second, Drew gave his team the lead for good with a 15-yard run and then scored his fifth TD of the day in the third quarter on a 37-yard scamper. The Huskies' only score of the final three quarters came in the third on a one-yard run from Kenny James. Paus finished the day 13-for-28 for 200 yards, two scores and no interceptions. Drew Olson completed 12-of-17 for 122 yards, no TDs and one pick.
Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State and California will also fall from the ranks when the Bears play Portland State later this month. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 54-81-6 (.404) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 28-35-2 vs. UCLA and 26-46-4 against USC. While that combined record may not sound that successful, it's worth noting that no team in the Pac-10 has a winning record against either one of the two L.A. schools (other than USC's record vs. UCLA). In fact, Washington has more wins against the Trojans and Bruins (combined) than every conference school except California (57-106-6 (.355) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. The next closest is Arizona State, which has totalled a combined mark of 16-27-1 (.375) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Fresno State Recap: Washington's 21-20 win over Fresno State last Saturday, as the score might indicate, went down to the wire. Perhaps the most crucial play came with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter when Fresno State scored on a one-yard run from Dwight Wright to draw within one point. However, 6-foot-7 Husky defensive end Caeser Rayford blocked the point-after to keep the Huskies in front. After punting back to Fresno State with 2:33 left, a Mesphin Forrester interception on the ensuing drive iced the win. Fresno State took the lead on the game's opening drive as Wright capped a 75-yard drive with his first one-yard TD run. The Huskies came back with a 75-yard drive of their own, finished with a five-yard pass from Isaiah Stanback to Johnie Kirton. In the second quarter, Stanback ran another TD in from six yards out to put the Huskies on top. Paul Williams' 38-yard TD pass from Tom Brandstater tied the game at 14-14 before Stanback led a four-quarter drive that culminated in an eight-yard pass to Sonny Shackelford. Stanback finished the game 15-for-26 for 151 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns. He also ran for 91 yards on 12 rushes. Wright led the Bulldogs with 136 yards on 28 carries.
On The Run: Through three games this season, the Huskies' running game has emerged as a strength of team. After gaining 300 yards on the ground vs. San Jose State in the opener, the Dawgs ran for 204 more at Oklahoma, for 128 in the win over Fresno State to total 632 yards through three games. Last year, the UW didn't reach 600 yards until the fifth game. Washington's 210.7 yards per game leads the Pac-10 and ranks 16th in the nation. Additionally, tailback Louis Rankin ranks fifth in the Pac-10 and No. 30 in the NCAA with his 92.0 yards rushing per game. He and senior Kenny James have accounted for three touchdown runs of 34 yards or longer. Last season, the Dawgs had only one TD run that long all season.
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. Now 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: Despite a 10th-place finish in the Pac-10 in 2004 and 2005, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 29 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 162-41-3 (.794) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004 and 2-3 last season. In the 2006 season opener vs. San Jose State, two Huskies (Louis Rankin, 145 yards; Isaiah Stanback, 102) ran for 100 or more in a UW win. Rankin then went for 112 in the loss at Oklahoma.
History Lesson: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 65 times. The Huskies' record stands at 56-8-1 (.869) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 31-5-1 (.851) when rushing for 200 yards. In their season opening win over San Jose State, the Huskies won behind 300 rushing yards in a win, but then ran for 204 in the loss at Oklahoma.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 16 seasons. Washington has won 76 of its last 102 (.750) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (76-25-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 124-36-2 (.772) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 47-18-1 (.720) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 87th 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 340-147-21 (.690).
Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains again this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday before each game. Here's a list of each game's captains:
San Jose State: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Oklahoma: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Fresno State: Tahj Bomar, Kenny James, Louis Rankin, Scott White
Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 14 current Husky football players participated in graduation ceremonies at the UW. While all remain enrolled and none have technically collected their diplomas, all have completed their coursework. Additionally, two former Husky wide receiver greats earned their undergraduate degrees last June: Mario Bailey and Spider Gaines. Here's a list of the 14 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June (the list doesn't include Dan Milsten, who is acting as a student coach after his playing career was cut short by injury): DE Brandon Ala, PK Michael Book, OG Stanley Daniels, CB Matt Fountaine, CB Dashon Goldson, TB Kenny James, DT Donny Mateaki, CB Josh Okoebor, FB Mark Palaita, TB Shelton Sampson, QB Isaiah Stanback, QB Felix Sweetman, OG Clay Walker and OLB Scott White.
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. Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is a first cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo as well as older sister, Leslie, a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Senior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Freshman fullback Paul Homer is a cousin, by marriage, of former Husky offensive lineman Aaron Dalan, who married former Washington women's basketball player Gena Pelz. Senior safety C.J. Wallace is a cousin of former UW wide receiver Ken Conley, who lettered in 1973 and 1974. Freshman defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs, and finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.