|WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA
Friday, Nov. 2 | 6 pm | Memorial Stadium
Gameday Central | TV: ESPN2 | Radio: KJR (Affiliates)
Oct. 29, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team (4-4 overall, 2-3 Pac-12) heads into the final third of the regular season with a trip Berkeley to face California (3-6, 2-4) in a Friday night game at newly renovated Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2. While weekday games (and even those on Friday) are not terribly unusual (the Huskies will play three non-Saturday games and two on Friday this year), the UW playing two games in a span of less than a week is unprecedented in modern history. The last time that Washington played two games in a span of six or fewer days, as they will this Friday, was in 1944, when the UW played USC in a game in Fresno, Calif., on a Monday (Oct. 23) and then Cal the following Saturday in Berkeley. After the Cal game, the Huskies wrap up their home season Nov. 10 vs. Utah before facing Colorado (Nov. 17) and WSU (Nov. 23) on the road to end the regular season.
QUICK SNAPS: According to the NCAA, the UW has played the second-toughest schedule in the nation to date ... the UW's first eight opponents are 47-17 (.734) while the remaining four foes are 9-24 (.273) ... the UW's first five Pac-12 opponents are 31-8 (.795), with two of those losses to the UW ...only a true sophomore, Austin Seferian-Jenkins already has 81 career receptions for 1,016 yards ... the 81 receptions are tied for third-most in UW history by a tight end and the 1,016 yards rank fifth ... his 9 TD receptions also rank third by a TE ... Seferian-Jenkins' 40 receptions this year are most in the nation among TEs ... Bishop Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in three games and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rushing ... Kasen Williams had 10 catches vs. Stanford, the first time a UW receiver had made double-digit catches in a game since Reggie Williams caught 13 vs. Arizona in 2003 ... Washington had seven true freshmen see action in the season-opener Sept. 1 vs. San Diego State: P Korey Durkee, LS Ryan Masel, WR Jaydon Mickens, WR Kendyl Taylor, S Shaq Thompson, DE Pio Vatuvei and TB Erich Wilson II ... both Mickens and Thompson started the game ... Taylor started the game at LSU (as did Thompson) ... two more true freshmen made their debut vs. Portland State: WR Marvin Hall and OG Shane Brostek, who started vs. Stanford ... Cory Littletonbecame the 10th Husky freshman to play when he started at Oregon ... a total of 16 players made their UW debut vs. San Diego State while five more players made their collegiate debut in the game at LSU ... against Portland State, an additional 10 players got on the field for the first time and one more did so at Oregon, meaning that 32 Huskies have played in their first UW games this season, so far.
TELEVISION:The Washington-California game will air live to a national audience on the ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn, Rod Gilmore and Jemelle Hill providing the commentary. The game will also be available on other ESPN platforms, including (depending on a number of variables particular to each viewer) espn3.com and the Watch ESPN app.
RADIO:The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 18 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Cal broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 91 and XM 91 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. GOLDEN BEARS HISTORY: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 50-38-4 record in the all-time series, which began in 1904. Last year in Seattle, the Huskies held on a late goalline stand to preserve a 31-23 victory as Keith Price threw for three TDs in the Pac-12 opener. In 2010 in Berkeley, the Huskies beat the Bears, 16-13, on the final play of the game, a one-yard run from Chris Polk, in the next-to-last week of the season. In 2009, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle. Jake Locker passed for 248 yards and three TDs and rushed for 77 and two more scores. In 2008, Cal won in Berkeley, in another season finale as Jahvid Best ran for 311 yards and four touchdowns on only 19 carries in a 48-7 Bears win. In 2007, the 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series. Prior to that five-game losing streak, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley. The Bears, however, then won five straight against the Huskies. In 2002, the Bears beat the Huskies, 34-27, at Husky Stadium to break the Dawgs' 19-game streak in the series. The following year in Berkeley, Cal routed Washington, 54-7, in the next-to-last game of the season. In 2004, the Bears visited Husky Stadium and left with a 42-12 win. The 2005 game was a 56-17 Bears win in Seattle. In 2006 in Berkeley, Carl Bonnell hit Marlon Wood with a 40-yard pass on the final play of regulation to force overtime, but the Bears won in OT, 31-24. In 2007, Louis Rankin rushed for 224 yards and BrandonJohnson ran for 121 as the Huskies never trailed en route to the 37-23 win. Once again, it was Bonnell at the controls as the UW was without Jake Lockerdue to an injury suffered the previous week at Oregon State.
WASHINGTON-CALIFORNIA TIES: Washington has three former California assistant coaches on its current staff. UW offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau was on the staff at Cal from 2002 to 2005 and again last season. First-year Husky defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi played and coached in Berkeley, beginning his playing career in 2000. Husky offensive line coach and run game coordinator Dan Cozzetto worked on the Golden Bears staff for two seasons (1990-91) under Bruce Snyder. Cozzetto and Cal o-line coach Jim Michalczik were on the same staff at Oregon State with one another in 2000 and 2001. Michalczik is also married to former UW volleyball standout Jennifer Streatfeild. Cal's roster lists just one player from the state of Washington: DL Deandre Coleman (Garfield). Washington's roster includes numerous Californians, including 11 from Northern California: Josh Banks (Stockton), DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), Ross Dolbec (Orinda), Ken Egu (San Francisco), Travis Feeney (Richmond), Anthony Gobern (Fair Oaks), Scott Lawyer (San Jose), Marcus Peters (Oakland), James Sample (Sacramento), Ben Teichman (Danville), Shaq Thompson (Sacramento), Cleveland Wallace (San Jose) and Erich Wilson II(East Palo Alto).
LANDMARK VICTORY: Washington's win over seventh-ranked and previously unbeaten Oregon State last Saturday was historically significant in several ways. Prior to that 20-17 win, the last time the Huskies had beaten an undefeated team later than the sixth week of the season was in 1982, when Washington beat a 9-0 and third-ranked Arizona State team in Tempe. The OSU win was also the Huskies' second this season over a top-10 team as the Huskies beat then-No. 8 Stanford earlier in the year. Only four previous times in Husky history had the UW beaten two top-10 teams in a season: 2001, 1991, 1984 and 1982 (the 1991 team beat three top-10 teams)