Nov. 11, 2002
The Game: The Washington football team (5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Pac-10 Conference) continues its season-ending trio of games against its three Northwest rivals this Saturday as the Huskies travel to Eugene's Autzen Stadium to face Oregon (7-3, 3-3) in a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday. The Huskies are coming off of border-war win over Oregon State last Saturday in the final Husky Stadium game of the year while the Ducks also faced an area team, dropping a 32-21 decision to Washington State in Pullman. The Ducks are ranked No. 23 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the coaches' ranking. A UW victory would ensure the Huskies of a .500 or better regular season record for the 26th consecutive season. Washington closes out the 2002 regular season the following week when the Huskies head across the state to take on Washington State in the annual Apple Cup game.
Huskies vs. Ducks History: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 56 wins, 33 losses and five ties. While the Huskies are 30-17-4 in games played in Seattle, Oregon holds an 11-10 record in games played in Eugene. However, the Huskies are 9-8 all-time at Autzen Stadium and went 16-5-1 in 22 meetings in Portland's Civic (Multnomah) Stadium for an overall record of 35-24-1 in games played in the state of Oregon. Saturday's game will mark the third time in the last four meetings that the UW-UO game has been played at Autzen as the two teams did not face one another last year, the first time they hadn't played since 1943, when the UW played only military opponents. The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning five of the last seven against the Dawgs. The last Husky win was in Seattle in 1999, when UW QB Marques Tuiasosopo had one of his better career days (17-for-21 for 311 yards, 0 INTs and 3 TDs) and Willie Hurst ran for 161 in a 34-20 Washington win. The last Husky-Duck game came in 2000 in Eugene, when the Ducks handed the UW its only loss of the year (see page three for more). Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings before Oregon has taken five of the last seven. Rick Neuheisel is 1-1 vs. Oregon as Husky head coach and 3-1 vs. the Ducks overall (including two bowl-game wins over the Ducks while at Colorado). Mike Bellotti is 4-2 vs. Washington and 1-3 vs. Neuheisel.
Already No. 1: Junior quarterback Cody Pickett is having an unprecendented season in terms of his passing statistics. Washington, well-known for producing NFL quarterbacks, has never seen the prolific numbers that Pickett is posting this season. Ten games into his junior year, Pickett has already set a new single-season passing yards record with 3,502 this year (surpassing Cary Conklin's 2,569 in 1989). Pickett broke Conklin's mark in the season's seventh game. Last week vs. Oregon State, he took over the No. 1 spot for career passing yards, with 5,927, breaking the old record of 5,742 (Brock Huard). Pickett also has an excellent shot at the Pac-10 single-season passing record, especially with the 12-game schedule this year. Pickett must throw for 136 yards over the final two games to break the conference record of 3,637 yards, set by Washington State's Ryan Leaf in 1997. Pickett's 3,502 passing yards this season already rank No. 3 in Pac-10 history. Three weeks ago vs. ASU, he broke Steve Pelluer's 1983 Husky record of 213 completions. Pickett now has 279, 21 short of Steve Stenstrom's Pac-10 record of 300 (Stanford, 1993). He also ranks No. 27 all-time on the Pac-10 career passing yards list.
Television: The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a regional audience on ABC-TV, with Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Dan Fouts (color) and Todd Harris (sidelines) providing the commentary. The game will also air on tape delay Sunday at 3:00 p.m. on Fox Sports in the Northwest with David Locke and former Husky QB Sonny Sixkiller calling the action. Also, "The Washington Football Experience" airs each Thursday during the season on Fox Sports. The new program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with one-on-one player interviews and sideline photography.
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 on 21 different radio stations. Longtime broadcast team Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) provide the call.
Last Time vs. Oregon: Despite a 13-point, fourth-quarter comeback, Washington could not overcome a 23-3 deficit and lost 23-16 at Oregon, the Huskies' only loss of 2000 season. Washington struggled on offense early, finding it difficult to coordinate signals in the deafening din of Autzen Stadium, where the Ducks had won 17 straight games entering the contest. Ducks' quarterback Joey Harrington marched his team 88 yards on their second drive of the game to go up 7-0. On the ensuing drive, Washington could only muster a 38-yard field goal by John Anderson, bringing the Huskies within four with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter. Maurice Morris's 39-yard burst to the outside set up an Oregon field goal just four plays later, putting the Ducks up by a touchdown. Allan Amundson scurried six yards to the left pylon to cap a 45-yard drive to give Oregon a two-touchdown advantage at the half. In the third, Harrington dove one yard into the endzone to put the Ducks up by 20. The Huskies rallied to open the fourth quarter with a 98-yard drive capped by a seven-yard scramble by UW quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, cutting the deficit to 14. Tuiasosopo tossed a 59-yard bomb to tight end Jerramy Stevens to set up an eight-yard TD completion to junior tailback Willie Hurst with four minutes left to play. A three-and-out by the Oregon offense gave the Huskies one last chance. With 2:10 to go and the ball on the 20-yard line, the Huskies could not manage a first down, however, and the Ducks ran down the clock.
NW Rivals: The 2002 Husky schedule includes a quirk that sees the Dawgs close out the regular season against its three Northwest Pac-10 rivals: Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State (in that order). The Huskies haven't played the other three Northwest teams in order (at the end or any other part of the season) since 1914, when Washington's seven-game schedule finished out in the same order as this year's. The UW also played the three rivals in order in the 1908, 1911 and 1912 seasons.
Dawgs & The Northwest: Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Oregon 94 times, Washington State in 94 games and Oregon State on 86 occasions, including last week. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 56-33-5, Washington State 61-27-6 and Oregon State 56-27-4. Combined, Washington has a 172-87-15 (.655) record against its northwest rivals.
Washington-Oregon Ties: While there isn't much crossover between the UW and UO coaching staffs, many Husky and Duck players have played with or against one another in their high school days. The two teams' defensive coordinators -- UW's Tim Hundley and UO's Nick Aliotti -- worked together on the coaching staff at Oregon State in 1982 and 1983. UO receivers coach Dan Ferrigno and Hundley also worked together at OSU from 1987 to 1989. UO linebackers coach Don Pellum worked as an assistant athletic director at California for the first year of Husky offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson's tenure as the Bears' head coach (1992). Washington's roster includes only one player from the state of Oregon -- senior quarterback Taylor Barton (Beaverton HS). The Ducks' roster includes seven Washingtonians: QB Andy Collins (Zillah), LB Garret Graham (Veradale/Central Valley ... teammate of UW walkon DT Will Murphy), DE Devan Long (Anacortes), LB Jerry Matson (Edmonds/Kamiak), FB Bret Stray (Issaquah/Skyline ... teammate of UW freshman Simi Reynolds), TE Willie Walden (Vancouver/Evergreen) and C Dan Weaver (Redmond ... teammate of UW safety Evan Benjamin). A number of other Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: UW OT Rob Meadow, UO CB Charles Favroth, OLB David Martin and WR Demetrius Williams all played at Northern California powerhouse De La Salle High. Husky tailback Chris Singleton and Duck CB Aaron Gipson both went to Etiwanda (Calif.) High. UW corner Sam Cunningham and Oregon LB Robert Hamilton are both grads of L.A.'s Westchester High. Oregon free safety Keith Lewis went to high school at Sacramento's Valley High with UW DE Manase Hopoi. UW freshman Brandon Ala and UO freshman Enoka Lucas were classmates last year at Honolulu's Kamehameha High. Husky DT Jerome Stevens and UO DE Kevin Mack went to Rio Mesa in Oxnard, Calif. Duck receiver Samie Parker, rover Marley Tucker and UW freshman Kim Taylor attended Long Beach Poly while UW captain Jafar Williams and UO CB Eddie Smith are both grads of St. Mary's in Berkeley, Calif.
Oregon State Redux: Washington's defense led the way with five interceptions, including two returned for TDs, as the Huskies broke a three-game losing streak with a 41-29 win over Oregon State. After falling behind 10-3 on a 60-yard pass from OSU's Derek Anderson to James Newson, the Huskies tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Cody Pickett to Reggie Williams, which came after the first of two interceptions by Derrick Johnson. Johnson then gave the Huskies the lead when he ran back his second pick 42 yards for a score with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. In the second, Chris Massey took a pick back 25 yards for a TD to bump the Husky lead to 24-10. OSU closed the gap to 24-22 thanks to Kirk Yliniemi's second and third field goals of the day and a 13-yard TD run by Steven Jackson, who finished with 135 yards on 35 carries. But two one-yard scoring runs from Rich Alexis stretched the lead to 38-22. Jackson scored from a yard out to cut the gap before John Anderson booted a 52-yard field goal to close out the scoring. OSU entered the game ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 15.9 points per game. Pickett took over the UW career passing yards No. 1 spot with 262 on the day.
Like a broken Record: Washington has put its mark on the school record book this year, particularly in the offense categories and, even more specifically, in the passing department. Here's a list of some team single-season school records that the Huskies have broken this year:
Category Old Record (Year) 2002 Total Pass Attempts 415 (1970) 472 Pass Completions 217 (1983) 286 Passing Yards 3,074 (2001) 3,545 First Downs by Pass 138 (2001) 159 First Downs by Penalty 28 (1998) 30
Pickett On Top: In the season's seventh game, junior quarterback Cody Pickett broke the UW single-season passsing yards record. Last week vs. Oregon State, Pickett, with 14 games left in his UW career, broke the Huskies' career passing yards record. He also ranks on nearly ever other Washington career top-10 list, including No. 1 on several. In the loss at USC, Pickett threw for 350 yards to extend his school record of seven consecutive 300-yard games, a streak that was broken at ASU. He had his third 400-yard game of the year two weeks ago vs. UCLA. Pickett, who has raised his career passing total to 5,927 yards, passed both Huards to the No. 1 spot last week. Pickett, who set a UW single-game record with 34 completions vs. Wyoming then broke it with 35 vs. Cal, now has 441 career completions, putting him second on that list. His career mark of 13.20 yards per completion ranks No. 8 and his 257.7 yards per game are currently a school record. His 19.2 completions per game are No. 1 and his career completion percentage of .582 is No. 3. Pickett boasts a slew of firsts: he is the first UW QB to post more than one career 400-yard game (he has four); the first to post 10 300-yard games; and the first to throw for 300 yards in more than two consecutive games (he had seven straight to start this current season). In just 23 career games Pickett already boasts six of the top eight and nine of Washington's top-16 single-game totals in passing yards. His 16 career 200-yard passing days are tied for most in UW history and his 10 50-plus-yard passes are also a school record. Finally, his 31 career TDs are tied for sixth while his 21 touchdowns this season are third-most in UW history, two short of Brock Huard's 1997 record of 23. Here are a number of UW top-10 lists on which Pickett ranks:
Career Passing Yards PA PC Pct. TD Yds. 1. Cody Pickett (1999-present) 771 449 .582 31 5,927 2. Brock Huard (1996-98) 776 422 .544 51 5,742 3. Damon Huard (1992-95) 764 458 .599 34 5,692 4. Marques Tuiasosopo (1997-2000) 761 418 .549 31 5,501 5. Sonny Sixkiller (1970-72) 811 385 .475 35 5,496 6. Cary Conklin (1986-1989) 747 401 .537 31 4,850 7. Steve Pelluer (1980-83) 755 436 .577 30 4,603 8. Don Heinrich (1949-52) 610 335 .549 33 4,392 9. Chris Chandler (1984-87) 587 326 .546 32 4,161 10. Mark Brunell (1989-92) 498 259 .521 23 3,423
Pickett In the Pac: With 3,502 yards this season, Cody Pickett already ranks No. 3 in Pac-10 history in single-season passing yards. Pickett, with 279 completions, is 21 short of Steve Stenstrom's record of 300 (1993 at Stanford). With 6,321 career passing yards (the Pac-10 counts bowls in career stats), Pickett ranks No. 27 all-time in Pac-10 history, with more than one full season to play. Here are the top-10 single-season passers in Pac-10 Conference history:
1. 3,637 Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997 2. 3,627 Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993 3. 3,502 Cody Pickett, Washington, 2002 4. 3,499 Pat Barnes, California, 1996 5. 3,307 Akili Smith, Oregon, 1998 6. 3,285 Rob Johnson, USC, 1993 7. 3,242 John Elway, Stanford, 1982 8. 3,224 Danny O'Neill, Oregon, 1993 9. 3,130 Cade McNown, UCLA 1998 10. 3,092 Todd Husak, Stanford, 1998
Anderson's Leg: Washington senior placekicker John Anderson entered his final collegiate season as one of the top candidates for the Lou Groza Award, which he also won as a high school senior. Currently, he ranks sixth in the nation (tied) with 1.60 field goals per game. Against Cal on Oct. 5, Anderson tied a UW single-game record with five field goal attempts, the most by any Husky kicker since Jeff Jaeger was a perfect 5-for-5 against Houston in 1985. Anderson converted four of the five kicks -- the second-most field goals made in a game at Washington -- including one from 51 yards. Against Arizona, Anderson booted a 52-yarder, the third-longest (tied) in UW history, and the fifth 50+-yard field goal of the senior's career. He bagged his sixth with a 52-yarder vs. Oregon State. Anderson is 55-for-79 (.696) on field goals in his career, curringly the fifth-best percentage in school history. His .727 percentage this year would rank No. 9 in single-season history and his 16 (out of 22) field goals are tied for eighth in single-season history. As a freshman in 1999, Anderson converted 13 of 18 field goals and 34 of 35 PATs that year and led Washington in scoring with 73 points. Anderson's 50-yard field goal against Oregon State that season was the longest by a UW kicker since Jeff Jaeger converted a 52-yard field goal in 1983 vs. Oregon. Since Jaeger's kick, the Huskies had made 224 field goals over the previous 17 seasons without making one from at least 50 yards. Anderson ended that season with three 50-yard field goals to his credit, including a 56-yarder at UCLA to tie the UW school record. That field goal tied as the 14th longest inPac-10 history, and was the longest by a true freshman in conference history. His kick was the seventh longest in Pac-10 history since 1989, when use of a kicking tee was eliminated. When Anderson booted three 40-plus yard FGs vs. Stanford in 1999, it marked the first time a Husky kicker had converted three 40-yard field goals since Brandy Brownlee made four vs. Texas A&M in 1987. Additionally, as a freshman in 1999, Anderson became only the second true freshman in NCAA history (joining Texas A&M's Tony Franklin) to boot three 50-yard field goals in a single season.
Random Notes: After having opened the season on the road at Michigan, the UW stayed at home for five consecutive games, marking the first time since 1931 that a UW team has played five straight at Husky Stadium in a single season ... in the early part of the last century, it was relatively common for the UW to play much more than half of its games at home and five-game homestands were not rare. However, since the '31 season (the Huskies went 4-1-1 in a six-game home stretch that year), the Huskies have never played more than four in a row at home in any one season ... three times, however, the Huskies have stretched lengthy homestands over two seasons: the UW played its last three of 1969 and the first four of the 1970 season on Montlake and in 1973-74 and 1975-76, the Huskies played six straight home games over two seasons ... last season, Washington led the Pac-10 in attendance for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons, averaging 72,469 fans per game ... not bad, considering that Husky Stadium has a smaller capacity than five of 10 conference schools (ASU, Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC) ... walkon freshman cornerback Simi Reynolds, who's actually at the UW on a baseball scholarship, received a community service award from the Athletes for a Better World organization in a luncheon at Seahawks Stadium on Oct. 29 ... Reynolds, whose older brother Tila is the baseball team's starting shortstop, is being honored for his work mentoring young children with disabilities and for his founding role in Athletes for Kids ... prior to the California contest, Washington had intercepted at least one pass in seven consecutive games, dating back to last season (and counting the Holiday Bowl) ... the last time that the Huskies intercepted a pass in seven straight games was in 1995, when they also went seven straight with at least one pick ... sixth-year senior Patrick Reddick had a career day vs. Cal, setting new personal highs for both receptions (10) and receiving yards (105) ... his 10 catches were the sixth-most ever (tied) in UW single-game history ... two weeks ago vs. UCLA, the Husky secondary played most of the game with one true freshman (CB Nate Robinson), two redshirt fresehmen (safeties James Sims and Evan Benjamin) and a sophomore (CB Derrick Johnson) on the field ... Benjamin had a career-high 11 tackles to lead the team ... Washington has five players with 30 or more catches for the first time ever ... this year, Reggie Williams (63), Patrick Reddick (38), Kevin Ware (38), Charles Frederick (34) and Paul Arnold (30) all have 30 or more receptions ... Washington has committed as many or more turnovers than their opponent in seven of 10 games this year ... in the three games in which the Huskies have won the turnover battle, they've won: Idaho, Arizona and Oregon State.