Sept. 13, 2004
The Game: After getting last weekend off, the Washington football team (0-1) returns to action, opening the Pac-10 season this Sat., Sept. 18, vs. UCLA (1-1) at Husky Stadium. Kickoff for the game, which will air live on the West Coast on ABC-TV, is 4:00 p.m. The Huskies will try to rebound from a 35-16 opening day loss to now No. 19 Fresno State. UCLA lost to Oklahoma State, 31-20, in its opener but beat Illinois, 35-17, last Saturday. After the game against the Bruins, the Huskies hit the road, with trips to Notre Dame (Sept. 25) and Stanford (Oct. 2). Washington returns to Husky Stadium Oct. 9 to play San Jose State.
Huskies vs. Bruins History: UCLA enjoys a slight edge in the series, with 33 wins, 28 losses and two ties in 63 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead recently, having have won six of the last seven. Last season at the Rose Bowl, 18th-ranked Washington built a 16-7 halftime lead, but the Bruins stormed back to win going away, 46-16. UCLA's 39 second-half points were the most ever against a Husky team in a second half. Last time the teams met at Husky Stadium, in 2002, the Bruins parlayed a 24-14 halftime lead into a 34-24 win (more on page three). In 2001, the Bruins won, 35-13, as tailback DeShaun Foster rushed for 301 yards in a game the Huskies played without injured starting quarterback Cody Pickett (the only game Pickett ever missed after separating his right shoulder the previous week vs. USC). In 2000, with a 35-28 win, Washington broke the Bruins' three-game winning streak in the series. UCLA had won games in 1997, 1998 and 1999 to take the series advantage, which, prior to the '97 meeting was tied at 27-27-2. In 11 of the last 12 meetings (all but 2002) between Washington and UCLA, one or both of the teams has been ranked. Going by ranking alone, the Bruins have managed to upset the Huskies in four of those games -- most notably the 1990 loss at Husky Stadium that knocked aside the UW's national title hopes. In that '90 game, the unranked Bruins handed No. 2 Washington a 25-22 loss. In the next meeting in 1993, 22nd-ranked UCLA beat the 12th-ranked Dawgs, 39-25. Prior to last season, the most recent "upset" was in 1999, when an unranked UCLA team beat No. 22 Washington, 33-20. The UW-UCLA series first got underway in 1932, when the Huskies posted the first of four straight shutouts against the Bruins. UCLA got its first win in the series in 1938 with a 13-0 win in L.A. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell, in his second season as a head coach, is 1-0 vs. Washington. Husky coach Keith Gilbertson, in his four seasons at head coach at California, posted a 3-1 record against the Bears' sister-school to the south and is 0-1 as UW coach. Gilbertson's Cal teams beat the Bruins in 1992 (48-12 at Berkeley), 1993 (27-25 at Pasadena) and 1994 (26-7 at Berkeley) before falling in 1995 (33-16 at Pasadena). The '92 Cal win was the widest winning margin ever by a Cal team over UCLA.
vs. Los Angeles Schools: Washington has a combined record of 54-80-6 (.407) against the two Pac-10 schools from Los Angeles: 28-33-2 vs. UCLA and 26-44-4 against USC. While that combined record may not sound that successful, it's worth noting that no team in the Pac-10 has a winning record against either one of the two L.A. schools. In fact, Washington has more wins against the Trojans and Bruins (combined) than every conference school except California (56-103-6 (.358) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. The next closest is Arizona State, which has totalled a combined mark of 15-24-1 (.387) against the Bruins and Trojans.
Television: The Washington-UCLA game will air live on ABC-TV to a regional audience with Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts and Todd Harris calling the action. The game will also re-air Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3:00 p.m.on Fox Sports Northwest with Jim Watson and Sonny Sixkiller on the call. During the season, all Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. The lone exception is the Stanford game, which will be shown at 5:00 p.m on Oct. 3. Additionally, "Husky Football Experience" airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The broadcast will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on Pac-10 Channel 183, with pregame starting at 3:00 p.m. PDT.
Washington-UCLA Ties: The most notable and obvious of the ties between the UW and UCLA football teams is that fact that Bruins head coach Karl Dorrell spent a season as the Huskies' offensive coordinator in 1999 before leaving the college ranks temporarily to coach with the Denver Broncos. Keith Gilberson coached Tom Cable, the Bruins' o-line coach, at Idaho and Cable also worked under Gilbertson at both Idaho and Cal. The Huskies' defensive coordinator, Phil Snow, was coordinator at UCLA for two seasons (2000-01) under head coach Bob Toledo. Snow also coached with Bruins d-line coach Don Johnson. UCLA receivers coach Dino Babers and Husky offensive line coach Charlie Dickey both coached at Arizona under Dick Tomey and Babers worked on Steve Axman's staff at Northern Arizona. Axman, Husky receivers coach was on Dorrell's staff at UCLA last year. He'd spent the previous four seasons as quarterbacks coach at the UW, mentoring Marques Tuiasosopo and Cody Pickett. The UCLA preseason roster didn't include a single player from the state of Washington. The Huskies roster includes 19 players from the greater Los Angeles area: TE Ben Bandel (Murrieta), TE Dash Crutchley (Temecula), CB Sam Cunningham (Los Angeles), WR Quintin Daniels (Los Angeles), CB Mesphin Forrester (Los Angeles), S Chris Hemphill (Gardena), DT Jasper Henry (Los Angeles), ILB Dan Howell (Newhall), CB Derrick Johnson (Riverside), TE Robert Lewis (Van Nuys), DT Erick Lobos (Los Angeles), SS Durrell Moss (Orange), OL Jovon O'Connor (Los Angeles), CB Josh Okeobor (Colton), S Chet Sanders (Carson), WR Sonny Shackelford (Beverly Hills), CB Clarence Simpson (Sylmar), TB Chris Singleton (Etiwanda) and CB Kim Taylor (Long Beach).
Last Year vs. UCLA: Last season at the Rose Bowl, 18th-ranked Washington built a 16-7 halftime lead, but the Bruins stormed back to win going away, 46-16. UCLA's 39 second-half points were the most ever against a Husky team in a second half. Bruins defensive lineman Rodney Leisle, who sat out the first half due to suspension, got the comeback started, pouncing on a Cody Pickett fumble in the endzone for a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. Manuel White then capped a 14-play, 91-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to put the Bruins on top, 22-16. The Bruins would go on to convert four second-half UW turnovers into 25 points. One of those turnovers was an interception from Leisle at the Bruins' 12-yard line as the Huskies were driving to try and re-take the lead after White's TD. Bruins QB Drew Olson finished the game 16-for-24 for 258 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. White was his team's leading rusher with 83 yards and a score on 19 crries. Craig Bragg caught eight passes for 142 yards. The Huskies got 78 yards rushing on 18 carries from Rich Alexis while Pickett completed 26-of-42 for 281 yards, two interceptions and one TD, a nine-yard pass to Reggie Williams in the first quarter. Williams caught 10 passes for 105 yards and Evan Knudson provided all the Huskies' remaining points with three field goals and a PAT.
Last Time at Husky Stadium vs. UCLA: Two years ago at Husky Stadium, the Huskies dropped their third straight game despite a late comeback bid as UCLA came away from Husky Stadium with a 34-24 win. Trailing nearly the entire game, the Huskies got back to within a field goal when quarterback Cody Pickett hit Paul Arnold with a 66-yard TD pass with 8:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, Pickett was intercepted by Spencer Havner on the next drive and Havner returned the pick 42 yards for a score to put the game away. The game was mostly close throughout. After Nate Fikse hit his first of two field goals in the first quarter, the Huskies responded when Pickett connected with Reggie Williams on a 13-yard score. UCLA went back in front on the first of three Tyler Ebell one-yard TD runs. Ebell scored again in the second quarter, taking advantage of the first of four Pickett interceptions. After Pickett hit tight end Kevin Ware with a 20-yard score to draw the Huskies to within three point again at 17-14, Ebell sent the Bruins to the lockerroom with a 24-14 after his third first-half score. Fikse and John Anderson traded field goals in the second half before Arnold's long catch and run closed the gap. UCLA freshman QB Drew Olson, in his first career start, went 13-for-27 for 189 yards while classmate Ebell ran for 102 yards on 31 carries. The Huskies, who out-gained the Bruins 498-316 in terms of total offense, got 92 yards rushing from sophomore Chris Singleton, who was also starting for the first time. Pickett went 29-for-60 for 429 yars and three TDs, but threw a season-high four interceptions.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's loss to Fresno State marked the 266th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU had its NCAA-record streak snapped at 361 games in 2003, meaning that Texas has the longest current streak with 280 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 176 Pac-10 Conference games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 266 176 Washington State 226 220 Oregon 220 158 Arizona State 101 67 USC 77 54 California 57 75 UCLA 30 18 Oregon State 23 15 Stanford 7 4 Arizona 3 1
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 158-36-3 (.810) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies are 3-1 thusfar in 2003 in such games as Rich Alexis has topped the century mark three times -- wins over Idaho and Stanford and a loss to Nevada -- and both Kenny James (104) and Shelton Sampson (131) went over 100 in the win over Oregon. The Nevada game broke a streak of eight straight Husky wins in games in which Alexis ran for 100 or more.
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 58 times. The Huskies' record stands at 53-4-1 (.922) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 28-1-1 (.950) when rushing for 200 yards.
Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 13 seasons. Washington has won 72 of its last 89 (.815) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (72-16-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 120-27-2 (.810) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 46-10-1 (.816) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.
Captains: In a vote of their teammates, five Husky players were named captains during last spring's practice season. The three UW players honored by their teammates were senior offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, senior wide receiver Charles Frederick, senior cornerback Derrick Johnson, junior linebacker Joe Lobendahn and senior fullback Zach Tuiasosopo. All five are serving as captain for the first time in their career. For the first time on record, the Huskies have voted to have five captains. In years past, the team has mostly had three or four.
New Husky Stadium Book: Few football venues in America rival the rich history and gameday pageantry of the University of Washington's Husky Stadium. From its establishment in 1920, the Stadium has hosted UW's hard-nosed brand of exciting football as well as other major spectacles including the International Goodwill Games. Now, as never before, the remarkable history and gameday pageantry of a sports palace are brought to exhilarating life in Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments. Published by Parker Hood Press, the 160-page coffee-table sized book features 160 pages and retails for $45. Proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit the Washington athletic department's scholarship endowment fund. W. Thomas Porter and Jim Daves, co-authors of the previous best-seller, The Glory of Washington, chronicle the clashes of great football teams and players that are part of Husky Stadium lore and that heighten the aura of gameday. The Voice of the Huskies, Bob Rondeau, provides a stirring introduction, and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Robin Hood adds richness to the book by capturing the stadium in its wide-ranging moods, from pre-game calm to the howling, heart-pumping fun of fans celebrating a Husky victory. Husky Stadium: Great Games and Golden Moments will be available on an exclusive basis at the University Bookstore (4326 University Way NE) from Aug. 16-30 before being released to a wider market. The book can also be ordered online at www.huskyfever.com, and copies of the book will be on sale at Washington's Kickoff Luncheon Sept. 2 at Dempsey Indoor.
Family Ties: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. Zach Tuiasosopo, Trenton Tuiasosopo and Kim Taylor are all cousins. Zach's older brother, Marques, was a UW quarterback (1997-2000) and his older sister, Leslie, was a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Redshirt freshman Craig Chambers' older brother, Richie, was a starting linebacker for the Dawgs in the 1990s. Sophomore cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Kicker Evan Knudson is a half-brother of former Husky punter Channing Wyles. Outside linebacker Evan Benjamin's older sister, Paige, was an All-America volleyball player for the Huskies while sophomore guard Jason Benn's older brother Kyle, a center for the Dawgs from 1998-2001, is now a graduate assistant coach. Finally, redshirt freshman Chris Rohrbach is the son of former UW linebacker Mike Rohrbach, who was a captain on the Huskies' 1977 Pac-10 champion team.
Band's 75th Anniversary: This year, the Husky Marching Band celebrates its 75th anniverary. An official weekend of celebration will take place Sept. 17 and 18 and will be centered around that weekend's game vs. UCLA (Sept. 18, 4:00 p.m.). The band is inviting all former band and cheer squad members back to join in the celebration and festivities. The weekend-ong celebration will kick off on Friday, Sept. 17 with a golf tournament at Trilogy Golf Course in Redmond. That evening, alumni will gather at the Gala Celebration Banquet to be held at the Seattle Sheraton Downtown Seattle. Saturday will give all alumni one more chance to take the field as all attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the pregame and halftime show when the Huskies take on UCLA. The day's events will conclude with a post-game reception in the Founder's Club of the Husky Hall of Fame located in the Bank of America Arena. Accomodation, ticket and transporation packages are available by calling (206) 543-7557.
Curtis Williams Tribute: When the Washington football team kicked off its 2004 season opener against Fresno State last Sunday at Husky Stadium, the Huskies displayed a new tribute to former player Curtis Williams. Before the team's final workout of the preseason, a purple circle and Williams' number 25 was painted on the white boundary adjacent to the 25-yard line closest to the stadium's tunnel where the team's enter and exit the stadium. Husky senior fullback James Sims will be the recipient of the Curtis Williams Endowed Scholarship for the second year in a row. This season, Sims will not wear 25, Williams number, Instead, he has switched to number 22 for the season. "We wanted to do something to honor Curtis and last year it was having James wear his jersey," said Husky coach Keith Gilbertson. "This year I wanted to include his number on the field and so we had it painted near our bench. Curtis always loved playing in Husky Stadium and this is a fitting tribute." During the 2000 season, Williams, a senior strong safety, suffered a spinal cord injury during the Huskies' October 28 football game at Stanford that left him paralyzed below the neck. Williams died in May, 2002. More than $400,000 has been raised for the Curtis Williams Fund.
Upcoming Promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky game:
UWAA Day: All UW Alumni Association members can purchase game ticket for $25 and a Husky Huddle ticket for $15. Go to uwalum.com to purchase.
10,000 sets of Husky beads given away pregame, sponsored by Husky Fever.
75th Anniversary of Husky Marching Band and Cheer Squad - special halftime performance.
Starbucks and Partners in the Community Grant Program will award 10 $1,000 grants to local elementary schools during the first and second quarter break.
San Jose State (52nd Annual Band Day)
UWAA Special: UWAA members have the opportunity to purchase a $5 ticket to this game with the purchase of an Arizona or Cal ticket. Go to uwalum.com to purchase.
Junior Husky Day: Junior Husky Club members can purchase a $5 ticket through the Husky Ticket Office in person or by phone.
Take A Kid to Game Day: Purchase a $5 ticket for a child with the purchase of a full price ticket. Purchased only through the ticket office in person or by phone.
UW Faculty/Staff Day: UW Faculty Staff can purchase a ticket for $25 through the Husky Ticket Office, in person or by phone.
Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.