Oct. 29, 2007
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The Game: The Washington football team (2-6 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-10), after two straight Saturdays at home, return to the road this weekend to face Stanford (3-5 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10) Saturday in Palo Alto. The 3:30 p.m. game will mark the Huskies' first trip to the newly-renovated Stanford Stadium, where third-year Husky coach Tyrone Willingham spent seven years in charge of the Cardinal program. The game will air live in the Northwest on FSN. After the Stanford game, the Huskies return to the road for a second straight week when they take on Oregon State Nov. 10 in Corvallis. Game time is 7:15 at Reser Stadium. The kickoff time for the Huskies' two remaining home dates - Nov. 17 vs. California and Nov. 24 vs. Washington State - have yet to be determined. The Huskies close out the 2007 regular season Dec. 1 at Hawaii.
Huskies vs. Cardinal History: Washington holds a relatively close 39-34-4 advantage in the series against Stanford, but has been the dominant team lately. After winning eight straight vs. Stanford from 1959 to 1966, the Huskies lost 10 in a row from 1967 to 1976. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 20-4 against the Cardinal. One of those four losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The second UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. More recently, the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 27-13, at Palo Alto in 2004. After no game in 2005, Stanford won its second straight over the UW in a 20-3 victory last season at Husky Stadium. Over the last seven seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005). Washington and Stanford first played one another in 1893 in a game that marked the first major college opponent for UW. That game, played in West Seattle, resulted in a 40-0 Stanford victory. There wouldn't be another matchup between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal nipped Washington, 3-0, in the last UW home game played somewhere other than Husky Stadium. Three weeks after that game, the UW would open what would eventually come to be known as Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies' first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto. Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham, who spent seven years as the head coach at Stanford, is 3-1 vs. the Cardinal. The three wins came as Notre Dame's head coach while his one loss was last season. Willingham and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh have never faced one another as head coaches.
Huskies vs. Bay Area Schools: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 97-72-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 46-37-4 against Cal, 39-34-4 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 47-8-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 19-4 vs. Cal, 20-4 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
Television: The Washington-Stanford game will air live on FSN in the Northwest with Ted Robinson, former Husky quarterback Brock Huard and former Stanford QB Todd Husak providing the commentary. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, 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-Stanford Ties: Clearly, the most obvious connection between the UW and Stanford coaching staffs and rosters is the fact that Husky head coach Tyrone Willingham spent seven seasons (1995-2001) as the Cardinal's head coach. He also had previously worked three years (1989-91) on the Stanford staff as running backs coach. Three Husky assistant coaches also worked at Stanford under Willingham: defensive coordinator Kent Baer, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and running backs coach Trent Miles. New Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh hasn't ever spent time on the same team or staff as any Husky coach, but his time as Michigan quarterback did overlap with Willingham and assistant coach Charlie Baggett's tenures as assistant coaches at Michigan State, which is also Willingham and Baggett's alma mater. The only Stanford assistant who has ever worked with a current member of the UW staff is D.J. Durkin (defensive ends/special teams). He was a grad assistant at Notre Dame in 2003 and 2004, working on Willingham's staff. Additionally, two Cardinal assistants - Chris Dalman and David Shaw - played at Stanford during Willingham's tenure as running backs coach under Denny Green. There are four Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: junior OG Bobby Dockter (Edmonds/Kamiak), freshman TE Kellen Kiilsgaard (Auburn), sophomore QB Tavita Pritchard (Tacoma/Clover Park) and RS-freshman WR Marcus Rance (Yakima/Davis). Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, but only nine from Northern California: Donald Butler (Sacramento), Mason Foster (Seaside), Willie Griffin (Oakland), Greyson Gunheim (Santa Rosa), Chad Macklin (Visalia), De'Shon Matthews (Sacramento), Jordan Murchison (Oakland), Louis Rankin (Stockton) and Curtis Shaw (Stockton). Only a few Huskies attended the same high school as any Cardinal players. UW sophomore DB Matt Mosley and Stanford OT Allen Smith and CB Blaise Johnson all graduated from Tempe's Corona del Sol. Stanford QB Nicholas Ruhl and Husky TBs Louis Rankin and Curtis Shaw all attended Lincoln High in Stockton, Calif., while Husky long snapper Danny Morovick and Stanford kicker David Green both went to Mission Viejo High. Lastly, Stanford receiver Richard Sherman and Husky TB Brandon Johnson both went to L.A.'s Dominguez High while Husky DL Kalani Aldrich and Stanford kicker Leon Peralto both attended Kamehameha on Hawaii's Big Island.
Ranked Opponents in `07: Oregon, ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press top 25 when the Ducks faced the UW, was the fifth Husky opponent this season (in only seven games) to be ranked by the AP. With current rankings, the Huskies have a good shot to play seven AP-ranked teams this season as future opponents include current current No. 12 Hawaii and California (just out of the top 25). The Huskies have never before played seven ranked foes in a regular season. On three occasions, the UW has played a regular-season schedule that included six ranked teams: in 1969, 1986 and 1992.
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: The Huskies have nine interceptions this year, by eight different players ... the Dawgs 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 of their last three games (Boise and Ohio State) ... on the other hand, the Huskies also had a field goal blocked in those same two ... the UW hasn't committed double-digit (i.e., 10 or more) penalties in a game in any of their 31 games under Coach Tyrone Willingham ... with 694 yards (86.8 per game), quarterback Jake Locker is the Huskies' leading rusher ... the last Huskies QB to lead the team in rushing was Denny Fitzpatrick, with 697 yards in 1974 ... Locker rushed for 102 yards vs. Ohio State and 157 vs. Arizona and is currently sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing.
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 three games, while S Nate Williams, S Victor Aiyewa, LB Mason Foster, LB/FB Austin Sylvester and TBs Curtis Shaw and Brandon Johnson have all played, with Foster picking up starts at Arizona State and vs. Arizona.
Locker On The Run: With five games yet to play, Jake Locker is only three yards shy of Dennis Fitzpatrick's UW record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback. Locker's 694 yards this season are just behind Fitzpatrick's 697 (1974). Locker's 157-yard rushing day vs. Arizona was ranked No. 3 on the UW's single-game, QB rushing list, behind Fitzpatrick's 249 (vs. WSU, 1974) and Marques Tuiasosopo's 207 (vs. Stanford, 1999). Here are the top single-season and single-game rushing totals by quarterback in Washington history:
Single Season 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick, 1974 697 2. Jake Locker, 2007 694 3. Marques Tuiasosopo, 1999 571 4. Tom Manke, 1967 483 5. Mark Brunell, 1990 472 6. Marques Tuiasosopo, 2000 469 7. Isaiah Stanback, 2005 353 8. Isaiah Stanback, 2006 350 9. Marques Tuiasosopo, 1998 338 10. Bob Schloredt, 1958 336
Single Game 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. WSU 249 2. Marques Tuiasosopo, `99 vs. Stan. 207 3. Jake Locker, `07 vs. Ariz. 157 4. Tom Manke, `67 vs. Stan. 120 5. Bob Schloredt, `59 vs. WSU 111 6. Dennis Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. Ore. 105 7. Jake Locker, `07 vs. Ohio St. 102 James Anderson, `75 vs. Ore. St. 102 D. Fitzpatrick, `74 vs. Iowa St. 102