Dec. 1, 2008
The Game: The Washington football team (0-11 overall, 0-8 in the Pac-10) wraps up the 2008 season with its final game under out-going head coach Tyrone Willingham this Saturday. The Huskies will take on California (7-3, 5-4) in a 12:00 noon game at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. The game will air live to a national audience on FSN television. The Huskies will attempt to break a season-long losing streak against the last team they beat. On Nov. 17, 2007, the Dawgs beat the Golden Bears, 37-23, at Husky Stadium in the UW's most recent victory.
Huskies vs. Golden Bears History: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pacific-10 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 47-37-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last year's 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series. Prior to that, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley. The Bears, however, then won five straight against the Huskies. In 2002, the Bears beat the Huskies, 34-27, at Husky Stadium to break the Dawgs' 19-game streak in the series. The following year in Berkeley, Cal routed Washington, 54-7, in the next-to-last game of the season. In 2004, the Bears visited Husky Stadium and left with a 42-12 win. The 2005 game, a 56-17 Bears win in Seattle, marked the first head-to-head matchup of Bears coach Jeff Tedford and Tyrone Willingham. In 2006 in Berkeley, Carl Bonnell hit Marlon Wood with a 40-yard pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime, but the Bears won in OT, 31-24. Last season, Louis Rankin rushed for 224 yards and BrandonJohnson ran for 121 as the Huskies never trailed en route to the 37-23 win. Once again, it was Bonnell at the controls as the UW was without Jake Locker due to an injury suffered the previous week at Oregon State. Willingham, who was 7-0 vs. the Bears while coaching Stanford, now hold an 8-2 mark against Cal.
Television: The Washington-California game will air live on to a national audience on FSN television with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday evening on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
Radio: The Washington ISP 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.
Washington-California ties: Two members of the Washington coaching staff have spent time as assistant coaches at California. Prior to the 2006 season, Husky secondary coach J.D. Williams had spent the previous four years in the same role at Cal while Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano was assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Bears from 1992 to 1995. Lappano and Cal assistant head coach and Seattle native Jim Michalczik were all on Dennis Erickson's Oregon State staff in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Additionally, Michalczik is married to former Husky volleyball player Jennifer Streatfeild. Cal's on-line roster lists two players from Washington: senior linebacker Anthony Felder and freshman DT Trevor Guyton. Felder went to O'Dea High, the alma mater of six current Huskies: Johri Fogerson, Ben Hayes, Daniel Kanczugowski, Quinton Richardson, Fred Wiggs and Chancellor Young.Washington's current roster includes numerous Californians, but only six from Northern California: Donald Butler (Sacramento), Allen Carroll (Oakland), Terrance Dailey (Vacaville), Mason Foster (Seaside), Willie Griffin (Oakland) and De'Shon Matthews (Sacramento). Numerous Bears and Huskies attended the same high school: UW's Kurt Mangum and Cal's Marc Anthony and Cameron Jordan (Chandler); UW's Danny Morovick and Cal's Kevin Bemoll (Mission Viejo), UW's Warren Woods and Cal's Chris Conte (Loyola), UW's Erik Folk and Cal's Sam DeMartinis (Notre Dame), UW's Griffin and Carroll and Cal's Derrick Hill (McClymonds), UW's Mykenna Ikehara and Cal's Mika Kane (Kamehameha), and UW's Austin Sylvester and Cal's Ernest Owusu (The Hun School).
Huskies vs. Bay Area Schools: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 99-73-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 47-37-4 against Cal, 40-35-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary's and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven't played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary's since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 49-9-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 20-4 vs. Cal, 21-5 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
Willingham vs. Cal: In his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford (1995-2001), UW head coach Tyrone Willingham posted a perfect 7-0 record against the Cardinal's biggest rival, California. That stretch of games included four contests played at Stanford Stadium and three at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium. Several of the games were close. In Willingham's first "Big Game" in 1995, Stanford won, 29-24. Two years later, the Cardinal snatched a 21-20 win followed by a 10-3 victory in 1998 in Berkeley. The 2000 game in Berkeley was a 36-30 overtime victory and Willingham's most last win over the Bears as Stanford coach, in 2001, came by a touchdown, 35-28. Last season, the Huskies beat the Bears, 37-23. Willingham has gone 1-0 head-to-head vs. Keith Gilbertson, 1-0 vs. Steve Mariucci, 5-0 vs. Tom Holmoe and 1-2 vs. Jeff Tedford. That's good for an overall mark of 8-2 vs. Cal.
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:
Oregon: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
BYU: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oklahoma: Luke Kravitz, Jake Locker, Mesphin Forrester, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Stanford: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Jake Locker, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Arizona: Casey Bulyca, Michael Gottlieb, D. Te'o-Nesheim, Trenton Tuiasosopo
Oregon St.: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Johnie Kirton, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
Notre Dame: Juan Garcia, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
USC: Donald Butler, Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
ASU: Michael Gottlieb, Paul Homer, Chris Stevens, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim
UCLA: Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Chris Stevens, Trenton Tuiasosopo
WSU: Juan Garcia, Michael Gottlieb, Johnie Kirton, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim