Sept. 17, 2007
The Game: The first full-fledged week of Pac-10 action sees the Washington football team (0-0 in the Pac-10, 2-1 overall) hit the road for a Saturday night game vs. UCLA (1-0, 2-1) at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. The Dawgs and Bruins are both coming off of losses last Saturday as the UW fell to Ohio State, 33-14, and the Bruins lost, 44-6 at Utah. Neither team is ranked in either poll, though both continue to receive votes. After the UCLA game, the UW returns home to face No. 1 USC on Sept. 29. The Huskies will honor the 1960 national champion team that day and will wear throw-back jerseys for the game.
Huskies vs. Bruins History: UCLA enjoys a slight edge in the series, with 35 wins, 29 losses and two ties in 66 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead recently, having have won eight of the last 10, with many recent games having been comebacks. The Huskies got the win last season in Seattle, coming back from 16-0 behind to win, 29-19. In 2005, the last meeting 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. In 2004 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 15 meetings (all but 2002, 2004 and 2006) 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 fifth season as a head coach, is 3-1 vs. Washington, and had never faced Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham head-to-head prior to the 2005. Willingham is 4-5 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 nationally on FSN television, with Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson 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-UCLA Ties: The most notable and obvious of the ties between the UW and UCLA coaching staffs is the 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. UW receivers coach Charlie Baggett was receivers coach at Michigan State (his alma mater) during the pklaying career of UCLA linebackers coach Chuck Bullough, who was a two-time All-Big Ten linebacker for the Spartans. Washington cornerback Byron Davenport attended UCLA before taking a year off from football and transferring to Washington (he played under the last name "Velega" at UCLA). The Bruins' media guide roster includes two players from the state of Washington. Sophomore receiver Jamil Turner attended Bethel High, the alma mater of current Husky Caesar Rayford. Bruins' sophomore 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. A good deal of UW and UCLA players have played with or against one another in high school due to the number of Huskies from the L.A. area. The Huskies roster includes 30 players from southern California: OL Mark Armelin (Canoga Park), P/OPK Jared Ballman (San Deigo), C Greg Christine (Camarillo), WR Quintin Daniels (Los Angeles), Davenport (Long Beach), DL Tyrone Duncan (Westlake Village), OL Skyler Fancher (Costa Mesa), PK Erik Folk (Woodland Hills), CB Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), QB Ronnie Fouch (Redlands), LB Joshua Gage (Huntington Beach), PK Zach Gerasin (Irvine), WR D'Andre Goodwin (Lancaster), LB Matt Houston (Goleta), LB Dan Howell (Newhall), RB Brandon Johnson (Hawthorne), LB Darrion Jones (Lynwood), TE Robert Lewis (Los Angeles), CB Roy Lewis (Los Angeles), DT Erick Lobos (Los Angeles), OL Sir Aaron Mason (Santa Monica), LS Danny Morovick (Mission Viejo), DL Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Marquis Persley (Redlands), WR Marcel Reece (Hesperia), OT Morgan Rosborough (Long Beach), OL Matt Sedillo (Escondido), LB Chris Stevens (Mojave), FS Jason Wells (LaVerne) and DL Nick Wood (Poway).
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 55-82-6 (.406) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 29-35-2 vs. UCLA and 26-47-4 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 (58-107-6 (.357) 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 16-29-1 (.359) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Last Year vs. UCLA: One of Washington's most memorable games of the 2006 season came vs. UCLA. The Huskies rallied from 16-0 down to beat the Bruins, 29-19. UCLA jumped out to the lead on three Justin Medlock field goals and a one-yard TD run from Chris Markey. The Huskies scored their first points just before the break when Isaiah Stanback hit Sonny Shackelford with a 23-yard TD pass. That same combination hooked up two minutes after halftime on a 28-yard score to draw the Huskies within two points before another Medlock field goal made it 19-14. In the fourth, Stanback completed a four-yard scoring pass to Johnie Kirton to put the Huskies on top for the first time. Linebacker Dan Howell iced it in emotional fashion with a 33-yard interception return. Howell had missed the UW's previous game to attend his father's funeral. Stanback finished the day 18-for-29 for 200 yards and a career-high three TDs. Markey led the Bruins with 124 rushing yards on 19 carries.
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.
Random Notes: Even without recording a sack vs. Ohio State, the Huskies still have a third (nine) of their 2006 season total (27) despite being only 23% of the way into the season ... the Huskies hadn't blocked a field goal since 2001 prior to the Boise State game, but now have a blocked FG (both by Jordan Reffett) in two straight games ... on the other hand, the Huskies have also had a field goal blocked in the last two ... the UW hasn't committed double-digit (i.e., 10 or more) penalties in a game in any of their 26 games under Coach Tyrone Willingham ... with 269 yards (89.7 per game), quarterback Jake Locker is the Huskies' leading rusher ... the last Huskies to lead the team in rushing was Denny Fitzpatrick, with 697 yards in 1974 ... Locker rushed for 102 yards vs. Ohio State.
True Freshmen: Last season, only two true freshman saw game action (LB Donald Butler and FB Paul Homer). However, this season, a much bigger group of first-year players have played -- a total of seven thusfar. Cornerback Vonzell McDowell Jr. has started all three games, while S Nate Williams, S Victor Aiyewa, LB Mason Foster, LB/FB Austin Sylvester and TBs Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson.
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 164-42-3 (.792) 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. However, the Huskies lost to Ohio State despite 102 yards from Jake Locker.
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 108 (.727) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (78-29-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 126-40-2 (.756) 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 343-152-21 (.685).
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
Ohio St.: Juan Garcia, Roy Lewis, Chad Macklin, Caesar Rayford
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.