Nov. 3, 2008
The Game: The Washington football team (0-8 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-10) returns to Seattle for the first of two straight games at Husky Stadium to end the home schedule. This Saturday at 4:00 p.m., the Dawgs play host to Arizona State (2-6 overall, 1-4 in the Pac-10). The game will air on FSN-Northwest television. The following Saturday, Nov. 15, the Huskies wrap up the home slate with a date vs. UCLA before traveling for their final two games of 2008: the Apple Cup Nov. 22 at Washington State and, after an off week, the season finale Dec. 6 at California.
Huskies vs. Devils History: The Huskies hold a 15-12 record all-time against Arizona State in a series that only dates back to 1975. That `75 game marked the only time that the two teams ever played one another prior to the Sun Devils joining the Pac-10 Conference prior to the 1978 season. Since then, the two have played one another every year between 1978 and now except for the 1983 and 1984 seasons and the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Huskies lost that first-ever meeting at Tempe in 1975, 35-12, but routed the 12th-ranked Devils in the next matchup, winning 41-7 at Husky Stadium in 1978. One of the two teams (or both) has been ranked in 13 of the last 16 meetings, the only exceptions the 1999 game when the Devils came to Husky Stadium and beat Washington, 28-7, and the 2005 and 2006 games, both ASU wins. Some of the Huskies' most memorable games in recent history have come vs. ASU. In the 1995 season-opener, tailback Rashaan Shehee hit receiver Fred Coleman with a 30-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give Washington a 23-20 win. The following year at Tempe, Washington trailed 42-21 before backup QB Brock Huard came on to lead the Huskies to three fourth-quarter TDs, but Robert Nycz kicked a 38-yard field goal with 0:02 left to win, 45-42. In 1998 at Sun Devil Stadium, the Huskies pulled off the "Miracle in the Desert" as Huard hit tight end Reggie Davis with a 63-yard pass on fourth-and-17 with 0:28 left in the game to pull out a 42-38 Washington win. In 2001, the Huskies capped a seven-minute, 12-second drive with a 30-yard field goal with no time remaining to edge the Devils, 33-31. In 2005 in Tempe, ASU QB Rudy Carpenter passed for 401 yards and three TDs as the Devils pulled away in the second half of a 44-20 win. The 2006 game was another tight contest as the Devils pulled out a 26-23 overtime win at Husky Stadium. The UW trailed 20-6 before receiver Sonny Shackelford threw a TD pass to Anthony Russo and then caught a touchdown from backup QB Johnny Durocher to send the game into OT. After a UW field goal, Rudy Carpenter hit Brent Miller with a 25-yard TD pass for the win. Last season, 14th-ranked ASU came back from a halftime deficit to win, 44-20. In his seven years at Stanford, Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham compiled a 4-3 record against the Sun Devils. Adding in his three games as the Husky head man, Willingham is 4-6 against ASU. Dennis Erickson, as former head coach at Washington State, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon State, is 3-6 all-time against Washington. He went 1-1 vs. the UW while at WSU (lost in 1987, won in 1988), 0-1 at Miami (lost in 1994 - the famous "Whammy in Miami"), and 1-3 at Oregon State (losses in 1999, 2000 and 2002 and a win in 2001).
Television: The Washington-Arizona State game will air live on to a national audience on FSN television with Kevin Calabro, Jason Stiles and Nicole Zaloumis 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-Arizona State Ties: While there are a numerous connections between the coaching staffs at Arizona State and Washington, there's very little crossover between UW's roster and ASU's - probably as little as the UW and any Pac-10 team. New Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson is a native of Everett, Wash., and graduated from Everett High in 1965. UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano has a long association with Erickson, having worked on his staff at Washington State and Oregon State as well as with the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. Lappano has also worked alongside a number of members of the current Sun Devil coaching staff (Rich Olson, Craig Bray, Jamie Christian, Dan Cozzetto, Matt Lubick, Gregg Smith and Eric Yarber). Both Cozzetto and Yarber have previously worked as assistant coaches at UW (Yarber worked with the Huskies in 2005 and 2006). Husky linebackers coach Chris Tormey worked on Erickson's staff at Idaho in the early 1980s. As far as players go, Arizona State's roster includes only one player from the state of Washington: junior DB Cameron Harkey. The Huskies' roster includes only two players from the state of Arizona - cornerback Matt Mosley (Chandler/Corona del Sol HS) and linebacker Kurt Mangum (Chandler). ASU's roster, however, doesn't include any players from either of those two high schools. Outside of the states of Arizona and Washington, other Huskies and Devils who attended the same high school in California and Hawai'i include ASU's Rudy Carpenter and UW's Tyrone Duncan (Westlake); ASU's Kamron Brown and Huskies Greg Walker and Adam Long (St. Bernard's); ASU's Paul `Unga and UW's Jason Wells (Mt. San Antonio College); ASU's Brian Matsumoto and UW's Gavin Silva (Punahou); and ASU's Thomas Weber and UW's Warren Woods (Loyola).
Playing The Freshmen: Washington has utilized a total of 12 true freshmen this season, most in modern school history. Additionally, nine different true freshmen have started a game. 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. At Arizona, receiver Cody Bruns and tailback Terrence Dailey made their UW debuts. The total of 12 easily surpasses the seven freshmen who 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. Chris Polk, Kelemete and Middleton all started vs. Brigham Young while, vs. Oklahoma, Freeman, Fogerson, Aguilar, Kearse and Kelemete all started. Ta'amu started at Arizona and Dailey made his first start vs. Oregon State. Here's a list of true freshmen who have seen playing time over the past two decades (note: no true freshmen played in 1993 or 1994; and many of these players went on to redshirt a season at some point during their career):
1987: Eugene Burkhalter, Greg Lewis, Jeff Pahukoa (3)
1988: Mario Bailey, James Clifford, Orlando McKay (3)
1989: Beno Bryant, Marc Jones, Shane Pahukoa, Tommie Smith (4)
1990: Travis Hanson (1)
1991: Mark Bruener, Napoleon Kaufman (2)
1992: Theron Hill, Jason Shelley (2)
1995: Olin Kreutz (1)
1996: Kai Bynum, Dominic Daste, Anthony Hicks, Jabari Issa, Jon Minter, Jeremiah Pharms, Maurice Shaw (7)
1997: Pat Conniff, Derrell Daniels, Ja'Warren Hooker, Ryan Julian, Nick Lentz, Patrick Reddick, Marques Tuiasosopo, Albert Tuipulotu, Chad Ward, John Westra (10)
1998: Hakim Akbar, Scott Ask, Braxton Cleman, Todd Elstrom, Willie Hurst, Chris Juergens, Derek Noble, Jafar Williams (8)
1999: John Anderson, Paul Arnold, Levi Madarieta, Quentin Morgan, Cody Pickett, Kevin Ware (6)
2000: Roc Alexander, Rich Alexis, Greg Carothers, Marquis Cooper, Derrick Johnson, Jimmy Newell, Justin Robbins, Jerome Stevens, Sean Sweat (9)
2001: Tui Alailefaleula, Sam Cunningham, Charles Frederick, Joseph Lobendahn, Derek McLaughlin, Chris Singleton, Reggie Williams (7)
2002: Nate Robinson (1)
2003: Tahj Bomar, Michael Braunstein, Quintin Daniels, Sean Douglas, Sonny Shackelford, Clarence Simpson, Bobby Whithorne, C.J. Wallace, Corey Williams (9)
2004: Greyson Gunheim, Darin Harris, Dan Howell, Erick Lobos, Caesar Rayford, Trenton Tuiasosopo, Jordan White-Frisbee (7)
2005: Darrion Jones, Chris Stevens (2)
2006: Donald Butler, Paul Homer (2)
2007: Victor Aiyewa, Mason Foster, Brandon Johnson, Vonzell McDowell Jr., Curtis Shaw, Austin Sylvester, Nate Williams (7)
2008: Devin Aguilar, Cody Bruns, Terrance Dailey, Johri Fogerson, David Freeman, Jermaine Kearse, Senio Kelemete, Kavario Middleton, Chris Polk, Jordan Polk, Alameda Ta'amu, Everrette Thompson (12)
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 also played just one road game during the month of October (Oct. 4 at Arizona). The Dawgs opened Aug. 30 in Eugene, Ore., and didn'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 had a 27-day gap before their next home game, last Saturday at USC. Somewhat surprisingly, these long home stretches aren't 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
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