Sept. 10, 2007
The Game: The Washington football team, off to its first 2-0 start since the 2001 season, faces another stiff challenge this week as Ohio State, ranked No. 10 in both polls, visits Husky Stadium for a 12:30 p.m. (PDT) game. ESPN will air Saturday's game to a live, national audience. The Buckeyes, also 2-0, come to Seattle for the first time since 1994. After beating Youngstown State in their season opener, the Bucks beat Akron last Saturday. The Huskies, who followed up a season-opening win over Syracuse with a 24-10 win over then-No. 22 Boise State last week, have started to gain attention in the polls. After getting no votes in either preseason ranking, the Huskies picked up one point each in the AP and coaches' polls last week. This week, they received 95 points in the AP poll and 60 in the coaches', equivalent to a No. 29 ranking in each. After the OSU game, the Huskies' rugged early-season schedule continues with a trip to UCLA on Sept. 22 and a visit from USC on Sept. 29. Three of the UW's first five opponents played in BCS bowl games last year.
Huskies vs. Buckeyes History: Ohio State boasts a 7-3 record in its 10 all-time meetings with Washington. All 10 OSU-UW games have been contested in the regular season (i.e., no bowl matchups). Five of the 10 have been played at Husky Stadium (UW is 2-3 in those games) while the other five have been at Ohio Stadium (UW is 1-4 in those). The series got started in 1957, when Washington hosted the Buckeyes, losing 35-7. OSU went on to win the national title. The following year, the Dawgs visited Columbus and fell to OSU, 12-7. The series picked back up again in the 1960s. In `65, OSU handed the UW a 23-21 loss in Seattle. The following year in Ohio, Washington picked up its first win, 38-22, as Husky halfback Don Moore rushed for 221 yards. Current UW defensive line coach Randy Hart was a (non-playing) freshman on that OSU squad. The series went on hiaitus until 1986, when a 10th-ranked Buckeye team visited Husky Stadium and fell to No. 17 Washington, 40-7. In that game, the UW piled up exactly 204 rushing yards and 204 passing yards and exploded for 24 points in the second quarter after a scoreless first. Chris Chandler threw for 204 yards and two TDs, both to LonZell Hill. In 1993, 12th-ranked UW lost, 21-12, to a No. 16 OSU team in Columbus. The game was 14-12 in the fourth quarter before a 49-yard TD run from OSU's Butler By'not'e put the game away. In 1994, at Husky Stadium, unranked Washington upset No. 16 Ohio State with a 25-16 win. UW tailback Napoleon Kaufman rushed 32 times for 211 yards and totaled 278 all-purpose yards to break Hugh McElhenny's school record. UW led 19-0 after one quarter and 22-0 at half. In 1995 at Columbus, No. 10 OSU, after a 20-day layoff after its season-opener, took a 30-20 decision over the No. 18 Dawgs. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George rushed for 212 yards and two scores while UW tailback Leon Neal ran for 135 yards and also caught seven passes. Most recently, the Huskies opened the 2003 season at defending national champion Ohio State in 2003, falling, 28-9. The Buckeyes led 21-0 before the Huskies got a field goal in the third quarter. Craig Krenzel threw for 203 yards on 15-of-27 passing. The UW's Cody Pickett was 26-of-49 for 255, but the Huskies gained only seven yards on the ground.
Television: The Washington-Ohio State game will air live nationally on ESPN television, with Ron Franklin, former Husky Ed Cunningham and Jack Arute providing the commentary. Additionally, "Husky Football 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 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-Ohio State Ties: Washington's most obvious and notable connection to the Ohio State program comes from longtime defensive line coach Randy Hart. Hart was raised in Cleveland and played at Ohio State from 1967-69, helping the Buckeyes to their 1968 national championship. He also went on to serve as a graduate assistant in Columbus (1970-71) and returned as the d-line coach from 1982-87, his last job before joining the Husky staff for the 1988 season. Hart and current OSU head coach Jim Tressel were on the same staff from 1983-85, under Earle Bruce. The Buckeyes defensive coordinator, Jim Heacock, was an assistant at Washington from 1983-87 (Hart replaced him). Heacock also coached at Bowling Green at the same time as UW receivers coach Charlie Baggett. UW head coach Tyrone Willingham and OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman served as assistant coaches together at North Carolina State from 1983-85. Coach Tressel, and his brother, Dick, the OSU running backs coach, are cousins of Carol James, wife of longtime Husky coach Don James, who was raised in Ohio. Lastly, longtime Husky Marching Band director Brad McDavid is an Ohio State graduate (both B.A. and PhD) and played in the OSU band. While the UW and OSU coaches staffs share some connections, their player rosters do not nearly as much. There are no UW players from Ohio (the closest would probably be Charles Hawkins, from Chicago, Ill.) and no OSU players from the state of Washington, nor from the Pacific Northwest. There are four Buckeyes from California - Larry Grant (went CC of San Francisco, but went to high school in Georgia), Mark Johnson (Los Angeles/Dorsey HS), J.D. Larson (Ventura) and Grant Schwartz (Dana Hills). Washington's roster does not include any players from those high schools.
Huskies vs. The Big Ten: Washington holds a 40-38-1 record all-time vs. Big Ten opponents, a record that includes an 0-2 mark against Penn State, though the Nittany Lions were not members of the Big Ten at the time of their games against the UW. Washington has played all 11 Big Ten teams multiple times. Somewhat surprisingly, the Huskies haven't faced a Big Ten opponent since 2003, when the Dawgs opened at Ohio State and followed that at home vs. Indiana. The UW also played regular-season games vs. Michigan in 2001 and 2002 and played Purdue in bowl games after the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Huskies have played Big Ten teams seven times in bowl games since 1990: Iowa in the 1990 Rose Bowl, Michigan in the 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowls, Iowa in the 1995 Sun Bowl, Michigan State in the 1997 Aloha Bowl, Purdue in the 2001 Rose Bowl and Purdue in the 2002 Sun Bowl. The Huskies went 4-3 in those games. Washington is 8-7 against Big Ten teams since 1990. Here's the UW's all-time record vs. current Big Ten teams: 5-4 vs. Illinois, 1-2 vs. Indiana, 3-3 vs. Iowa, 5-7 vs. Michigan, 2-1 vs. Michigan State, 7-10 vs. Minnesota, 3-0 vs. Northwestern, 3-7 vs. Ohio State, 0-2 vs. Penn State, 7-2-1 vs. Purdue, 4-0 vs. Wisconsin.
Big Win At Syracuse: The Huskies' 42-12 win at Syracuse was something of a milestone win. After all, with a 30-point margin of victory, it was the Dawgs' most-lopsided win over a non-conference opponent since a 34-0 win at Northwestern in the 1983 season-opener. For that matter, Washington hadn't beaten any opponent by 30 or more since a 42-10 over Oregon on Nov. 1, 2003, and was the biggest win over a BCS-conference team on the road (Pac-10 or non-conference) since the 51-3 win over Washington State in the 2000 Apple Cup.
And a Big Win vs. Broncos: The Huskies' 24-10 win over then-No. 22 Boise State had its share of milestones, not unlike the Syracuse game. The win over the Broncos was the Huskies' first win over a ranked team since the UW beat No. 8 Washington State, 27-19, in the 2003 Apple Cup (Nov. 22, 2003). It was the Dawgs' first win over a non-conference ranked team since the UW opened the 2001 season with a 23-18 victory over No. 11 Michigan. The 2001 season was also the last time that Washington has opened a season 2-0. In the meantime, the Huskies broke the Broncos' 14-game winning streak and held BSU to its lowest point total since 2005.
Sack Exchange: In the win at Syracuse, the Huskies notched seven sacks of the Orange quarterbacks while the UW offensive line didn't surrender a single sack. Against Boise State, the Huskies added two more sacks while surrendering their first two of the season. Last season, the Huskies totaled 27 sacks on the season, meaning that the UW is already a third of the way to that total after only two games.
Only The Big Boys: As of Sept. 1, 2007, Washington is one of just five NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978 (the division's names have undergone a change this year, but the setup is still the same). Both Michigan and Ohio State fell of the club as the Wolverines opened the season with Appalachian State and the Buckeyes vs. Youngstown State on Sept. 1. The five remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Washington.
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 lower division finishes in the Pac-10 the last three years, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 30 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 164-41-3 (.796) 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, 2-3 in `05 and 2-1 last season. In this year's season-opener at Syracuse, tailback Louis Rankin rushed for 147 yards in a 42-12 Husky win.
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 66 times. The Huskies' record stands at 57-8-1 (.871) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 32-5-1 (.855) when rushing for 200 yards. Washington's latest such win came at Syracuse, when the Dawgs gained 302 ground yards in a 42-12 win.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 18 seasons. Washington has won 78 of its last 107 (.734) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (78-28-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 126-39-2 (.760) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-21-1 (.693) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 88th 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 343-151-21 (.686).
Captains: Washington does not have season-long captains as Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains are informed of the honor the Friday night before each game and revealed to the fans, etc., when those four designated players take the field for the coin flip prior to each game. Here are this year's game captains:
Syracuse: Juan Garcia, Dan Howell, Louis Rankin, Jordan Reffett
Boise St.: Greyson Gunheim, Marcel Reece, Anthony Russo, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 11 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. Here's a list of the 11 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June: Wilson Afoa (American ethnic studies), Carl Bonnell (history), Cody Ellis (sociology), Robert Lewis (Spanish), Roy Lewis (American ethnic studies), Chad Macklin (general studies), Louis Rankin (American ethnic studies), Jordan Reffett (political science), Anthony Russo (American ethnic studies), Corey Williams (art history) and Sho Yoshinaga (electrical engineering).
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. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Sophomore 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. Sophomore corner Matt Mosley is a cousin to former Husky Luther Carr. Sophomore defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs and, finally, freshman safety LonZell Hill is the son of former standout receiver LonZell Hill.
The UW - Top Of Its Class: Here are some interesting facts about the University of Washington:
For over 30 years, UW faculty have been tops in America in winning federal support for research. Since 1974, the UW has been the number one public university in Amercia in receiving federal funding for its research.
In recent rankings of universities all over the world published in The Economist magazine, the University of Washington was judged to be the 17th best university on earth.
As a measure of the University's commitment to public service, the UW has more of its graduates serving all over the world in the Peace Corps than any other university in the country.
The Hepatitis B vaccine was developed by UW faculty member Ben Hall. Since it became widely available in 1986 , millions of people all over the world have been protected from this debilitating disease.
In a new program called "Husky Promise" announced last year and starting this fall, Washington state students from low income families will be able to attend the UW without ever having to worry about paying tuition--it will be free for them while they earn their bachelor's degree. The UW program is one of the largest in the nation making this commitment to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.