Oct. 25, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (1-6 overall, 0-4 in the Pac-10 Conference) plays its second consecutive road game this Saturday, Oct. 30, when the Dawgs travel to face third-place Oregon (4-3, 3-1) in a 4:00 p.m. PDT game at Autzen Stadium. The gametime was moved to 4:00 p.m. to accomodate a Northwest-only television broadcast on Fox Sports Net. The Huskies head to Eugene in search of their first Pac-10 win of the season and their third straight victory over the Ducks. Neither team has won three straight games in the series since the Huskies won five straight between 1989 and 1993. While Oregon has won five of the last nine in the series against the UW, Washington has nonetheless been the victor in 15 of the last 22 UW-UO games. After the Oregon game, the Dawgs return to Seattle for back-to-back home games against Arizona (Nov. 6) and California (Nov. 13). Washington wraps up the 2004 schedule with a trip to Pullman to face Washington State in the annual Apple Cup game.
Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 33 losses and five ties. While the series of games playing in Eugene is tied at 11-11 all-time, the Huskies are 31-17-4 in games played in Seattle. The Huskies are 10-8 all-time at Autzen Stadium and went 16-5-1 in 22 meetings in Portland's Civic (Multnomah) Stadium for an overall record of 36-24-1 in games played in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game will the Huskies' fourth trip to Autzen Stadium in the series' last six games. In 2000 and 2002, 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. Last season's 42-10 Washington win was the Ducks' first visit to Seattle since 1999. The Ducks have had the slight edge of late, winning five of the last nine against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won three of the last four, nine of the last 14, 15 of the last 22 and 21 of the last 29. Washington won in its most recent visit to Autzen Stadium on Nov. 16 in 2002. That day, Oregon took a 14-0 lead before the Dawgs posted 42 unanswered points to run away with a 42-14 win. The Dawgs followed that victory with a 42-10 win lsat season at Husky Stadium (more on both of those games on page three of this release). 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 five of the last nine. 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. Ninth-year Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti is 4-4 vs. Washington. While at California, current Husky head man Keith Gilbertson beat the Ducks only once in four tries. That one win, however, was dramatic as, on October 2, 1993 in Berkeley, the Golden Bears overcame a 30-0 deficit (the third-biggest in NCAA history at the time) to beat the Ducks, 42-41. In 1995, Bellotti's first as UO head coach, he and Gilbertson squared off as head coaches for their only time prior to last season. Oregon won that game, 52-30. Counting games as coach at Cal and at UW, Gilbertson is 2-3 against the Ducks and 1-1 vs. Bellotti.
Television: The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a Northwest-only audience on Fox Sports Net with Jim Watson and former Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller calling the action. The game will also air on tape delay Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m.on Fox Sports Northwest. During the season, all remaining Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. While the UW-Oregon game will not air on XM Satellite Radio (the only game not to air this season), the three remaining games after this week will be carried by XM.
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 for the first year of Husky offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson's tenure as the Bears' head coach (1992). Somewhat surprisingly, Washington's current roster does not include a single player from the state of Oregon. The Ducks' roster, however, includes six Washingtonians: WR Jordan Carey (Olympia/Capital), LB Joe Isaac (Federal Way/Decatur ... teammate of UW S Darin Harris), OL Adam Klovas (Graham/Bethel ... classmate of UW freshman DE Caesar Rayford), DE Devan Long (Anacortes), LB Jerry Matson (Edmonds/Kamiak ... teammate of UW CB Derrick Bradley) and OL Josh Tschirgi (Vancouver/Skyview). A number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: UW OT Rob Meadow, UO CB Charles Favroth, CB Jackie Bates, CB Willie Glasper, WR Cameron Colvin and WR Demetrius Williams all played at Northern California powerhouse De La Salle High. Husky tailback Chris Singleton and Duck CB Aaron Gipson both went to Etiwanda (Calif.) High. UW corner Sam Cunningham and Oregon LB Rob Hamilton are both grads of L.A.'s Westchester High. UW freshman Brandon Ala and UO freshman Enoka Lucas were classmates at Honolulu's Kamehameha High. Duck rover Marley Tucker and UW freshman Kim Taylor attended Long Beach Poly. Oregon CB Marques Binns, S Jerome Boyd, FB Jerome Johnson and Husky freshman Jasper Henry are all graduates of Dorsey High in Los Angeles. Finally, Husky safety Chris Hemphill and Ducks tackle Jermaine Randolph both attended Junipero Serra High in southern California.
Hot of Late vs. Northwest Foes: Prior to this season's loss to Oregon State, the Huskies had won seven consecutive games against its three Northwest rivals -- Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. The Huskies had beaten each team at least twice in a row despite the fact that the Huskies were unranked in all but one of those games and their opponent was ranked in five of them (No. 9 WSU in 2001, No. 23 Oregon and No. 3 WSU in 2002 and No. 22 Oregon State and No. 8 Washington State in 2003).
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 96 times, Oregon in 95 games and Oregon State on 89 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-33-5, Washington State 63-27-6 and Oregon State 57-28-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-88-15 (.660) record against its northwest rivals, including a sweep of all three in both 2002 and 2003.
Last Year vs. Oregon: For the second straight season, Washington came back froma first-quarter deficit to post a big win over Oregon. In front of 72,450 fans at Husky Stadium last Nov. 1, the Ducks grabbed a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and held a 10-7 edge at halftime before Washington stormed back to win going away, 42-10. The Ducks took the lead on a Jared Siegel field goal and an 85-yard pass from Kellen Clemens to Demetrius Williams. However, a big day from backup tailback Shelton Sampson and off-the-bench heroics from reserve QB Casey Paus saved the day. Sampson rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns only six carries while starter Kenny James ran for 104 and 18 attempts. Paus was 5-for-8 for 117 yards. He opened the third quarter behind center after starter Cody Pickett was sidelined by a blow to the head in the first half. Sampson's one-yard score narrowed the Oregon lead before halftime. On the first series of the second half, James broke a 56-yard run to set up an eight-yard TD carry from Sampson. Despite a missed PAT, the UW led 13-10 and would never again fall behind in the game. After a Knudson field goal, Paus hit Charles Frederick with a 10-yard TD pass to close out the third quarter with the Dawgs on top, 22-10. In the fourth, Paus connected with Reggie Williams on a 63-yard touchdown pass, linebacker Greg Carothers scored on a 55-yard fumble return and Sampson capped the day with a 77-yard scoring run. Terrance Whitehead led the Oregon rushers with 54 yards on 19 carries. Clemens finished the game 14-for-24 for 230 yards, one interception and one touchdown. Demetrius Williams had 110 receiving yards on five catches while the UW's Reggie Williams made seven reception for 130 yards.
Last Time At Autzen Stadium: After falling behind, 14-0 with 6:09 left in the first quarter, Washington dominated the 23rd-ranked Ducks the rest of the way, cruising to a 42-14 win in front of a then-Autzen Stadium-record 57,112 fans on Nov. 16, 2002. The Husky defense allowed only 122 yards over the final three and a half quarters and held the Ducks to no yards in the fourth quarter. Cody Pickett, who broke the Pac-10 season passing yards record that day, threw for 316 yards and four TDs on 26-of-37 passing while Reggie Williams had a career day with 14 catches for 198 yards and three scores. Only a sophomore at the time, Williams broke the school's single-season receptions record and career receiving yards mark. Down 14-0, the UW drove 67 yards and scored late in the first on a five-yard Rich Alexis run. The scored was tied at 14-14 at half after Pickett hit Williams with a 23-yard scoring pass in the second. After the break, Derrick Johnson recorded his second interception of the day and, on the ensuing play, Alexis scored on an option play from 13 yards out. After a UW fumble recovery on a punt, Pickett threw to Patrick Reddick on a six-yard score. Williams then scored on 47 and 41-yard passes in the fourth to put the game away. UW rushed for a season-high 163 yards on the day, with Alexis gaining 122 on 30 carries. The UW also possessed the ball for 40:09 of the game's 60 minutes and punter Derek McLaughlin broke his own school record with an 80-yard punt.
Tough on Fourth Down: Somewhat remarkably, the Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to convert a fourth-down attempt all year. Washington's defense has seen its opponents go for it on fourth down on 11 occasions this season and have yet to allow a foe to get a first down in that situation. A fourth down attempt has been tried in five of seven games with no success. By contrast, the Huskies have converted on fourth down on six of 16 tries this season, a percentage of .375. That's an even better mark then the Huskies' success on third-down conversion attempts (.322).
Injury Bug: Washington has had a nearly unprecedented number of players miss games this year due to injury. In fact, all four of the Huskies' senior captains (the fifth captain is junior Joe Lobendahn) have missed at least one game due to injury. Two of those -- fullback Zach Tuiasosopo (broken leg) and tackle Khalif Barnes (broken wrist) -- are likely out for the rest of the season. The two other senior captains have both missed time as well. Receiver Charles Frederick has sat out two games while cornerback Derrick Johnson has missed one. Furthermore, five players that have started on offense have missed action due to injury (receivers Corey Williams and Quintin Daniels are out for the year while tight end Joe Toledo and quarterbacks Carl Bonnell and Isaiah Stanback have missed games due to less severe injuries). Also on offense, tight end Ben Bandel, who started seven games last year, has seen his career come to an end due to injury. On the other side of the ball, two defensive linemen are out for the year after having started this season: tackles Donny Mateaki and Dan Milsten. Additionally, end Mike Mapuolesega missed four games because of a knee problem.
Upcoming Promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
UW Faculty/Staff Day: UW Faculty Staff can purchase a ticket for $25 through the Husky Ticket Office, in person or by phone.
Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.