Oct. 13, 2008
The Game: The Washington football team (0-5 overall, 0-3 in the Pac-10), coming off its second of three bye weeks this season, returns to action with a game vs. Northwest rival Oregon State (3-3, 2-1) this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Husky Stadium. Kickoff for the game, which will be televised live on the Versus network, is set for 4:00 p.m. After the matchup vs. the Beavers, the Dawgs remain at home for their final non-conference game of the season Oct. 25 vs. Notre Dame.
Huskies vs. Beavers History: Washington holds a 57-31-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 20 meetings and 25 of the last 31, dating back to 1975. The series against the Beavers is the second -longest (to Stanford) active series in Washington football history in terms of years and third-longest in terms of total meetings (to Oregon and Washington State). The teams first met on Dec. 4, 1897, with Oregon State earning a 16-0 home win. That game was Washington's second-ever against a major college. The next OSU-UW game didn't come until 1902, a 16-6 UW win . From 1924 to 1964, the annual UW-OSU game was played either at Husky Stadium or Multnomah (Civic) Stadium in Portland (now called PGE Park). The Huskies are 32-18-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-15-0 mark in Husky Stadium, and 25-13-2 all-time in games played away from Seattle. Since 1966, the OSU home games have been played in Corvallis. The Huskies are 15-5 all-time at Reser (Parker) Stadium and 17-8 all-time in Corvallis. Last year's game in Corvallis was memorable for an injury to Husky quarterback Jake Locker, controversial calls from referees and five more Alexis Serna field goals in a 29-23 Beavers win. Two seasons ago in Seattle, quarterback Isaiah Stanback's college career came to an end with a devastaing foot injury and the Huskies' lost, 27-17. In 2005, the Beavers got six field goals from Serna in an 18-10 win over Washington. In 2004 at Husky Stadium, OSU picked up its second win in four seasons against the UW with a 29-14 win, the Beavers first at Husky Stadium since 1985. Serna kicked a then-school-record five field goals to provide the winning margin. In 2003 in Corvallis, Charles Frederick piled up a school-record 371 all-purpose yards, scoring thrre touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win in front of a national TV audience on TBS. The Beavers' next-most recent win (prior to 2004) in the series came in Corvallis on Nov. 10, 2001, when the Beavers broke a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies. That day, an unranked OSU team trounced No. 8 Washington, 49-24, the first Beaver win (home or away) since the 1985 Husky Stadium game. Several recent meetings have come down to the wire. In 2000, Ryan Cesca missed a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds as the Huskies held on for a 33-30 win. In 1998, the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down by Husky safety (and current OSU assistant coach) Nigel Burton and the Huskies won, 35-34. Riley is 3-3 in his four meetings against Washington (45-17 loss in 1997, 35-34 loss in 1998; 38-17 loss in 2003; 29-17 win in 2004; 18-10 win in 2005; 27-17 win in 2006). Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham posted a 3-3 record against the Beavers while at Stanford, including a 1-1 mark head-to-head vs. Mike Riley. Including the last three years' games, he's 3-6 vs. OSU and 1-4 vs. Riley. In 2004, OSU beat Notre Dame, 38-21, in the Insight Bowl. However, at the time of that game, Willingham was no longer in charge of the Irish.
Television: The Washington-Oregon State will air live on to a national audience on Versus television with Joe Beninati, former Seahawks quarterback Kelly Stouffer and Lewis Johnson 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-Oregon State Ties: The most notable connection between the Washington and Oregon State football teams is the fact that Reggie Davis, the Beavers' first-year running backs coach, is a former Husky tight end and UW graduate. Davis, who earned four letters at Washington (1995-98), played under Beavers coach Mike Riley during Riley's tenure as the San Diego Chargers' head coach. Also, as far as coaching staff crossover goes, Beavs defensive line coach Greg Newhouse and Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano both worked on Dennis Erickson's staff at Oregon State. Finally, UW secondary coach J.D. Williams and OSU special teams coordinator Dave Ungerer were on the same staff at Cal in 2002. Oregon State's current roster includes eight players that graduated from Washington high schools: freshman P Johnny Hekker (Bothell), freshman WR Geno Munoz (Tacoma/Mt. Tahoma), freshman DB Brian Watkins and WR Anthony Watkins (both from Burien/Highline), freshman PK Matt Barker (Sprague/Gonzaga Prep), sophomore OL Alex Linnenkohl (Olympia/Capital), freshman OL Colin Kelly (Kelso) and freshman TE Joe Halahuni (Orting). Washington's roster includes only two players from the state of Oregon: freshman WR Jordan Polk (Portland/Lincoln) and RS-freshman OL Scott Shugert (Oregon City). Several Huskies and Beavers attended the same high school somewhere other than Washington or Oregon. Husky Mykenna Ikehara attended Kamehameha High in Honolulu, the same as OSU's Brandon Harmon, David Pa'aluhi, Aaron Nichols, Ryan Pohl and Wilder McAndrews. Husky tailback Brandon Johnson and OSU CB David Ross both attended Dominguez High while Husky Willie Griffin and Beaver Patrick Henderson both went to Oakland's McClymonds HS. UW C Gregory Christine and OSU LB Dwight Roberson were classmates at St. Bonaventure in Oxnard while Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Beavers OL Gregg Peat were teammates at Mission Viejo. Lastly, UW DB Matt Mosley and OSU DT Mitchel Hunt both attended Corona del Sol in the Phoenix area.
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 100 times, Oregon in 101 games and Oregon State on 91 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-38-5, Washington State 64-30-6 and Oregon State 57-31-4. Combined, Washington has a 179-99-15 (.637) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 79 prior occasions. Over those 79 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only six occasions.
Playing The Freshmen: Washington has utilized a total of 12 true freshmen this season. Eight different true freshmen have started a game, which ties Arkansas for the highest such total in the nation (FBS) this season. A total of eight true freshman saw action in the Huskies' season opener at Oregon: Devin Aguilar, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete, Kavario Middleton, Chris Polk, Jordan Polk, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson. In the BYU game, freshman tailback David Freeman made his debut, and vs. Oklahoma, Johri Fogerson started at safety, increasing the total to 10 true freshmen who have played for the Dawgs this season. At Arizona, receiver Cody Bruns and tailback Terrence Dailey made their UW debuts.That surpasses the total of seven that saw action in the 2007 season. In 2006, only two true freshmen played. In the Oregon game, two freshman (C. Polk at tailback and Middleton at tight end) started the game. Additionally vs. Oregon, Jordan Polk was on the field for the start of the game as a kickoff returner and Kelemete was listed as a starter, but the UW opened in a nickel defense, so he wasn't on the field for the first play and therefore did not officially start the game. Chris Polk, Kelemete and Middleton all started vs. Brigham Young while, vs. Oklahoma, Freeman, Fogerson, Aguilar, Kearse and Kelemete all started.
September (and Most of October) In Seattle: With three home games and an off week during the month, the Huskies spent their entire September at home in Seattle this year. They'll also play just one road game during the month of October (Oct. 4 at Arizona). The Dawgs opened Aug. 30 in Eugene, Ore., and won't return to the road until their game in Tucson. With the bye week, that was four straight Saturdays and 35 straight days at home. The 35-day gap between home games is tied for the fifth-longest in the nation (FBS) this season. The Huskies also have a 27-day gap before their next home game, Nov. 1 at USC. Somewhat surprisingly, that's not as unusual as you might think. In 2003, the UW opened on Aug. 30 at Ohio State and, just like this year, had three home games and an off week before playing on Oct. 4 at UCLA. In 2002, the Dawgs played FIVE consecutive home games (with an off week) after opening at Michigan on Aug. 31. That UW team didn't return to the road until Oct. 19. The Huskies also spent four straight Saturdays in October at home (all games; no off weeks) in 1998, just to name one other somewhat recent example.
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