Nov. 14, 2005
The Game: The 2005 season comes to a close as the Washington football team (1-6 in the Pac-10, 2-8 overall) plays host to cross-state rival Washington State (0-7, 3-7) in the annual Apple Cup game this Saturday, November 19, at Husky Stadium. Kickoff for the game, which will air live on FSN, is slated for 12:15 p.m. The Dawgs come into the game after breaking a six-game losing streak with a 38-14 win last Saturday at Arizona while the Cougars have dropped seven in a row after opening the season with three straight non-conference victories. WSU currently owns the Apple Cup after a win last season that broke a six-game Husky win streak in the series.
Food Drive: This Saturday's game vs. Washington State marks the 26th annual Husky Food Drive. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items and cash donations to the game. Members of the UW Police Department and Explorers will be at collection areas near each stadium gate. All donations will help Northwest Harvest's network of 300 food banks and meal programs across Washington.
Huskies vs. Cougars History: The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor's Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 63-28-6 edge in the 97-game series, including a 31-11 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 36-13-5 against the Cougars in games played in Seattle and 29-11-3 against WSU at Husky Stadium. The Huskies have won six of the last seven Apple Cups, having seen their six-game win streak in the series broken in a 28-25 loss last season at Martin Stadium. The Huskies have won three straight Apple Cups at home, dating back to a loss in 1997. That 1997 loss stands as the only WSU victory in Husky Stadium since 1985. Last year at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Alex Brink, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. The last time these two rivals met in Seattle, Nov. 22, 2003, Washington pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In 2002 in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win. Washington has won 12 of the last 16 vs. WSU and 23 of the last 31. In his seven seasons as head coach at Stanford, Husky head man Tyrone Willingham faced the Cougars seven times, winning five and losing two. In 1995, his Cardinal traveled to Pullman for a 36-24 win. In 1996 in Palo Alto, Stanford beat WSU, 33-17. During the Cougars' 1997 Rose Bowl run, WSU beat Stanford 38-28. Stanford then ran off wins in each of the next three meetings under Willingham, winning 38-28 in 1998, 54-17 in 1999, and 24-10 in 2000. In Willingham's most recent game vs. WSU in 2001, the Cougars edged Stanford, 45-39. Washington State's Bill Doba, in his third season as a college head coach, had obviously never faced Washington in that capacity before 2003, making him 1-1 as a head man against his cross-state rival. However, as an assistant, he was on the winning sideline vs. the UW four times in 15 tries (1-0 as an assistant at Indiana in 1978 and 3-11 as a WSU assistant from 1989 to 2002).
Television: The Apple Cup will air live on FSN at 12:15 p.m. with Steve Physioc and former Husky defensive tackle D'Marco Farr calling the action from the booth along with Cara Capuano on the sidelines. FSN's coverage is part of a day-long rivalry game special broadcast, including a pregame show and, following the Apple Cup, the Oregon-Oregon State game. The UW-WSU will also air on tape delay on FSN Northwest, Sunday at 3:00 p.m. with Brian Davis, Sonny Sixkiller and Mark Rypien on the call. Additionally, "Husky Football All-Access" airs Thursday at 7:00 p.m. on FSN. 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 five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 26 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Most broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196.
The Coach: Tyrone Willingham was named Washington's 22nd head football coach on December 13, 2004. A former head coach at Notre Dame and Stanford, Willingham became the first African-American to serve as the Huskies head coach. While he brings an impressive resume with him to resurrect the Husky program, Willingham has acquitted himself well among his peers for much more than just fielding winning teams. Over the past 28 years Willingham has developed a coaching style that emphasizes toughness, enthusiasm, intelligence, discipline, commitment and unselfish play. The result has provided his players with more than just the opportunity to enjoy victories on the field. His guiding principles have prepared his players to be successful in life. Willingham, who turned 51 on Dec. 30, served as the head coach at Stanford (1995-2001) and Notre Dame (2002-2004) over the past decade. His Stanford teams enjoyed a 44-36-1 record while he was 21-15 with the Fighting Irish, including a 38-3 victory against Washington last season at Notre Dame Stadium. In his inaugural season with the Irish in 2002, he wasted no time reversing the tide of the Irish program, leading Notre Dame to a 10-2 regular-season record and a trip to the 2003 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. He was named Sportsman of the Year by The Sporting News after the 2002 season, while also picking up several national coach of the year awards. Prior to his tenure at Notre Dame, Willingham directed the Stanford program for seven seasons. In 1999, the Cardinal won the Pac-10 and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972, earning Willingham Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors. He also led the Cardinal to the 1995 Liberty Bowl, the 1996 Sun Bowl and the 2001 Seattle Bowl. Willingham, who grew up in Jacksonville, N.C., played both football and baseball at Michigan State, earning three letters in both sports and was awarded the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor as the outstanding scholar-athlete in the league. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater in 1977 and, aside from his two previous head coaching stints, has served as a full-time assistant at Central Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Rice and Stanford, as well as with the Minnesota Vikings.
Coaching Staff: Washington's new coaching staff, under first-year head coach Tyrone Willingham, includes a number of names that might be familiar to more savvy Pac-10 football fans. Willingham, of course, spent seven seasons in charge of Stanford, where he'd previously served as an assistant (1989-91) for three seasons. And, two members of the Husky staff from last season were held over as well, lending more than a little familiarity. Defensive line coach Randy Hart is now working for his fifth different head coach as a member of the Husky staff while linebackers coach Chris Tormey, is beginning his 15th season at the UW, spread over three different stints. Aside from those three, several other UW coaches have experience in or around the Northwest. Defensive coordinator Kent Baer has coached in the Pac-10 at California, Arizona State and Stanford, as well as at Idaho. Spokane native Tim Lappano previously worked at Idaho, Washington State, California, Oregon State and with the Seattle Seahawks. Receivers coach Eric Yarber, an Idaho grad, has spent time at his alma mater, with the Seahawks and at Oregon State while Mike Denbrock (offensive line) and Trent Miles (running backs) both worked one season each at Stanford. Only tight ends/special teams coach Bob Simmons, the former Oklahoma State head coach, and defensive backs coach Steven Wilks can't trace their coaching roots through the Pac-10.
The GAs: Washington's two graduate assistant coaches this season are Kyle Benn (offense) and Joey Hildbold (defense). Benn earned four letters as a center and was a captain on the 2001 team. That season, he was one of only two players named to the All-Pac-10 and Academic All-Pac-10 first teams. He is in his second season as a G.A. at his alma mater. Hildbold, a 2003 graduate of Notre Dame, was a punter for the Irish from 1999 to 2002. He was a two-time finalist for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter.
Washington-WSU Ties: Husky offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who was born in Spokane, Wash., spent five season as an assistant coach at Washington State, serving as running backs coach and/or offensive coordinator from 1987-91. During the last three seasons of that tenure, he was on the same staff as current Cougar head coach Bill Doba. Lappano and WSU offensive line coach George Yarno also overlapped at Washington State in 1991, while Yarno worked under UW linebackers coach Chris Tormey when Tormey was head coach at Idaho. Longtime UW defensive line coach Randy Hart and WSU linebackers coach Leon Burtnett were on the same staff at Purdue in the late 70s and early 80s. From 1997-99, UW running backs coach Trent Miles worked on the same Fresno State staff as Cougars secondary coach Ken Greene. while WSU running backs coach Kelly Skipper was also on that staff in 1997. While there aren't that many Huskies from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. Seniors Brad Vanneman (UW) and Brandon Asuega-Stark (WSU) both graduated from Issaquah High as did Coug freshman Blake Ferguson. WSU senior defensive end Adam West is a graudate of Venice (Calif.) High, same as Huskies Erick Lobos and Mesphin Forrester. WSU d-lineman Sean O'Connor and UW linebacker Evan Benjamin are Redmond High grads while WSU has four Puyallup High alums - Loren Langley, Jonathan Larson, Marty Martin and Jacob McKinney - where Husky WR Cody Ellis and S Steve Horan played. Husky guard Tusi Sa'au and Cougar CB Shelton Danzy are both Rainier Beach products while Huskies Johnny Durocher and Caeser Rayford attended Bethel High, same as WSU LB Steve Dildine while UW's Jasper Henry and WSU's Courtney Williams were teammates at Dorsey High in L.A. Finally, like most Pac-10 schools, both WSU (Lorenzo Bursey) and UW (Kim Taylor) have at least one Long Beach Poly graduate. Only two Husky players come from the eastern part of the state of Washington : sophomore defensive tackle Jordan Reffett (Moses Lake/Moses Lake) and sophomore offensive lineman Juan Garcia (Yakima/Eisenhower).
Last Year vs. Washington State: Washington State broke a string of six straight Apple Cup losses with a 28-25 win over Washington last Nov. 20, 2004, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. The game was the Huskies' last under Quarterback Alex Brink passed for two touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Cougars. The Huskies opened the scoring with a 19-yard field goal from Evan Knudson after the Cougs fumbled the opening kickoff, but it didn't last long as Brink hit Troy Bienemann with a six-yard TD pass to put WSU in front. Still in the first quarter, the Huskies responded with a six-yard TD pass from Casey Paus to Joe Toledo before the Cougars grabbed the lead for good with one-yard run from Brink. In the second quarter, Will Derting fell on a Paus fumble in the endzone to give the Cougars a 21-10 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Brink hit Jason Hill with a 22-yard pass to stretch the WSU edge to 28-10 before the Huskies began to really. Quarterback Isaiah Stanback came off the bench in the third quarter and led a drive that he finished with a one-yard touchdown run. In the fourth quarter, Stanback hooked up with Craig Chambers on a 39-yard TD pass. The ensuing two-point conversion (also to Chambers) drew the Huskies to within three points, but WSU used up all but the final 23 seconds of the game hang on for the win. Brink finished the day 15-for-24 for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Tailback Jerome Harrison led the Cougar ground attack with 150 yards on 29 carries. The Huskies got a solid game from running back James Sims, who carried 23 times for 85 yards, both easily career highs at the time. Stanback went 5-for-8 for 100 yards and a score.
Last Time vs. Washington State at Husky Stadium: Washington continued its string of dramatic upset victories over Washington State with a 27-19 win over the eighth-ranked Cougars on Nov. 22, 2003, at Husky Stadium. Cody Pickett threw a 21-yard strike to true freshman Corey Williams with 1:10 to play to give Washington its first lead in the game at 20-19 and, with 14 seconds remaining linebacker Marquis Cooper returned an interception 38 yards for a score to squelch the Cougars' final drive. The Cougars took a 10-0 lead in the second quarter after Devard Darling hauled in a 17-yard pass from Matt Kegel with 4:46 left in the first. the Huskies got on the board late in the second period when Pickett connected with Charles Frederick from four yards out. Washington State kicker Drew Dunning added a field goal for the Cougars, giving the visitors a 13-7 lead at the half. Dunning then added another three-pointer in the third period to lift his team's edge to 16-7. Shelton Sampson's six-yard score pulled the Huskies within two with 12:01 left in the fourth, but Dunning hit his fourth field goal, this time from 26 yards, with 4:43 left to increase the Cougar lead to 19-14. Pickett found Charles Frederick for a 15-yard gain to Washington State's 39 on fourth-and-four with two minutes to play. Then, he fired a shot to Williams in the right corner of the endzone. Cooper sealed the win for Washington when he picked off a Swogger pass and returned it 38 yards. Pickett finished the day (and his Husky career) with 183 yards on 23-of-45 passing, with two interceptions and two TDs. Reggie Williams was the Huskies' top receiver with 59 yards on seven catches while Kenny James led the rushers with 70 yards on 19 tries. WSU's Jonathan Smith had a solid game with 128 rushing yards on 20 attempts. Kegel, WSU's starting quarterback, benched himself after taking a few hits on his sore throwing shoulder. He finished the game 6-for-12 for 50 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. Swogger came off the bench to complete 10-of-23 for 107 yards, three picks and no TDs.
"Couskies": A number of players throughout history have played football for both Washington and Washington State. Most such players were put in that circumstance by World War II. The first example, however, came more than 100 years ago in Frank Field. Field captained Washington State in 1897 before going on to play at the UW in 1899 and 1900. The World War II-era "Couskies" all played first at WSU before the Navy and Marines transferred them to the UW for officer training in time for the 1943 football season. Their names: Tag Christensen, Wally Kramer, Vern Oliver, Jay Stoves, Bill Ward, Hjalmer "Jelly" Andersen and Jim Thompson. Also Al Akins had played basketball at WSU before appearing on the gridiron for the UW. Additionally, in more recent vintage, placekicker Nick Lentz, who lettered at Washington in 1997, transferred to WSU after that season, but never lettered.
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 97 times, Oregon in 97 games and Oregon State on 90 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-35-5, Washington State 63-28-6 and Oregon State 57-29-4. Combined, Washington has a 178-92-15 (.651) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 76 occasions. Over those 76 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the Husky schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on four occassions (1948, 1968, 1973 and 2004).
Streak Buster: The Huskies' win over Arizona last week generated a number of "first time since ..." notes. The most obvious were that it was the Huskies' first Pac-10 win of the season and first since the 2003 Apple Cup. It was also the Dawgs' first road victory since a 27-22 win over Arizona on Nov. 8, 2003. The Huskies' running game also provided some big highlights. The UW's 333 rushing yards were their most since the 2000 Apple Cup (336). Senior James Sims became the first Husky to rush for 200 yards in a game since Marques Tuiasosopo ran for 207 yards vs. Stanford on Oct. 30, 1999, and Sims is the first running back to break the 200-yard plateau since Corey Dillon rushed for 222 vs. San Jose State on Nov. 16, 1996. Interestingly, both of those performances set NCAA records as Tuiasosopo became the first player ever to rush for 200 and pass for 300 yards in the same game and Dillon set an NCAA mark for rushing yards in a quarter as all 222 of his came in the opening period.
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 161-40-3 (.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 and are 2-3 this season after Louis Rankin rushed for 112 yards in the loss to Air Force, 115 in the win over Idaho, 109 in the loss at UCLA, and James Sims ran for 140 in the loss at Arizona State and 200 in the win at Arizona.
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 63 times. The Huskies' record stands at 55-7-1 (.895) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 30-4-1 (.871) when rushing for 200 yards. However, this year, the Huskies have rushed for 200 yards on three occasions, but have gone only 1-2 in those three (the lone win coming last week at Arizona).
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 15 seasons. Washington has won 74 of its last 99 (.753) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (74-24-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 122-35-2 (.774) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 47-17-1 (.731) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Historic Husky Stadium: The 2005 season marks the 86th 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. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th-largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th-largest on-campus facility in the country. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 339-146-21 (.691).
Movin' On Up: Quarterback Isaiah Stanback is set to climb onto a couple of UW single-season top-10 lists. With 2,283 yards of total offense (passing yards plus rushing yards), he needs only 83 more yards to move into the No. 10 spot on the UW single-season list, past Mark Brunell's 1990 total of 2,365 yards. Stanback's current per-game average of 228.3 yards per game would rank No. 6 in Husky single-season history if the season ended today. The record (328.7) was set by Cody Pickett in 2002. With 1,973 passing yards, Stanback could move onto the top 15 in Husky history. He needs only 96 yards to surpass Sonny Sixkiller (1971) for 15th. A 331-yard day vs. the Cougars would move him to No. 11.
Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday before each game. Here's a list of the captains that have served in each game:
Air Force: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Joe Toledo
Cal: Dashon Goldson, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Brad Vanneman
Idaho: Manase Hopoi, Evan Knudson, Robin Meadow, Scott White
Notre Dame: Dashon Goldson, Manase Hopoi, Isaiah Stanback, Brad Vanneman
UCLA: Tusi Sa'au, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace, Scott White
Oregon: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, Tusi Sa'au, Isaiah Stanback
USC: Dashon Goldson, Donny Mateaki, Casey Paus, James Sims
USC: Tui Alailefaleula, Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims
Oregon State: Evan Benjamin, Joe Lobendahn, James Sims, Brad Vanneman
Arizona: Evan Benjamin, Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, James Sims