Huskies travel to Arizona for key Pac-10 contest.
Marques Tuiasosopo the first
Division I player to ever pass
for 300 yards and rush for
200 yards in one game.
Nov. 1, 1999
SEATTLE, Wash. - THE GAME: Washington (5-3, 4-1) begins the month of November on the road when the Huskies travel to Arizona (6-3, 3-2) to face the Wildcats at 12:30 p.m. PST (1:30 MST) in Arizona Stadium. The game will be televised to a regional audience by ABC Sports. The game is Homecoming for the Wildcats.
TELEVISION: ABC Sports will televise the game. Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action from the booth while Todd Harris will provide sideline reports. Fox Sports Net Northwest will air a replay of the game on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. PDT. Tod Pickett and Sonny Sixkiller will call the action.
RADIO: KOMO AM-1000 broadcasts all of the Husky games, serving as the flagship of the 27-station Husky Football Radio Network. The network covers nearly all of Washington as well as parts of Alaska, Oregon and Nevada. Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) return to provide the call.
THE SERIES: Saturday's game will be the 16th meeting in the series. Washington leads the series 10-4-1 and holds a 4-2-1 advantage in games played in Tucson. Washington has won three of the last four and five of the last seven games in the series. The Wildcats last win in Tucson was a 16-3 decision during the 1992 seasons. Arizona head coach Dick Tomey stands 4-5-1 against the Huskies. This is Washington coach Rick Neuheisel's first game against Arizona.
THE LAST MEETING: Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins ended a nine-yard run by somersaulting over three Husky defenders into the endzone with four second left to play to give the Wildcats a dramatic 31-28 victory against Washington in Husky Stadium. The victory raised the Wildcat's record to 5-0 while the Huskies dropped to 2-2. Arizona entered the game ranked 14th in the polls while the Huskies were ranked 20th. Arizona's winning score came at the end of an 80-yard, 13-play drive. Jenkins' play ruined an otherwise stellar night by Washington backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo, who entered the game late in the first half when Husky starting quarterback Brock Huard was forced out with a shoulder injury. Tuiasosopo completed seven of 14 passes for 77 yards and also rushed for 70 yards on one carry. Willie Hurst, who rushed for 93 yards on 29 carries, got Washington on the scoreboard first with a 13-yard TD run immediately after Arizona's Trung Candidate had fumbled on the Wildcats first play. Dennis Northcutt caught a 25-yard scoring pass from Arizona QB Keith Smith with 3:21 left in the first period to cut the Huskies' lead to 7-6. The two teams traded a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter and the Wildcats led at the half 21-20. Tuiasosopo connected with Chris Juergens for a 15-yard TD pass with 1:27 left in the third quarter to put UW back up 28-21. UA's Mark McDonald cut the Huskies' lead to 28-21 with a 37-yard field goal with 14:50 to play. Washington had two chances to score in the final minutes. First, Tuiasosopo had a long TD run wiped out by a penalty and then UW kicker Jim Skurski missed a 23-yard field goal attempt with 2:59 left to play. That led to Arizona's winning drive. Candidate finished the game with 87 yards on 15 carries while Jenkins and Smith combined for 25 rushing yards. Smith completed nine of 14 passes for 146 yards while Jenkins hit on 10 of 19 attempts for 111 yards. Northcutt led Arizona with eight catches for 92 yards.
INJURY REPORT: After staying relatively healthy for the first half of the season, the Huskies have suffered some substantial injuries during their last three games. Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is questionable with a bruised hip suffered vs. Stanford. Senior offensive tackle Kurth Connell is questionable with a sprained ankle vs. Stanford. Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst is probable with a strained abdominal muscle vs. Stanford. Sophomore outside linebacker Jafar Williams is probable with a strained abdominal muscle vs. Stanford. Freshman quarterback Cody Pickett is questionable with a sore back. Sophomore split end Chris Juergens is questionable with a sprained ankle vs. California. Backup free safety Renard Edwards is doubtful with a sprained ankle vs. California. Senior DE Mac Tuiaea is questionable with a sprained knee he suffered against Arizona State. Sophomore backup tailback Braxton Cleman is doubtful after suffering a partially collapsed lung vs. Arizona State. Several other notable players are out for an extended period of time: Sophomore DT Joe Collier (knee), junior CB Toure Butler (season, both knees), sophomore WR Patrick Reddick (season, knee), RS-freshman TB Jelani Harrison (nerve/back) ... junior TE John Westra is out with a knee injury (ACL & MCL) suffered vs. Air Force ... junior DE Ryan Julian is out with tendentious in a knee.
THE COACH: Rick Neuheisel is in his first season as the head coach at Washington after taking over the program January 9. He is 4-3 at Washington with a five-year record of 38-17 (.691). He is the 23rd coach in Washington's history and just the fourth Husky head coach in the past 42 years. Before coming to Washington, Neuheisel compiled a 33-14 (.702) record during his four years as head coach at Colorado (1995-98), including postseason victories in the Cotton, Holiday and Aloha Bowls. Prior to his first head coaching opportunity, Neuheisel worked as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 1994 campaign at Colorado. A 1984 graduate of UCLA, Neuheisel served as an assistant at UCLA (1986-93) under Terry Donahue. The 38-year-old Neuheisel was born in Madison, Wis., and grew up in Tempe, Ariz., where he attended McClintock High School. Originally a walkon at UCLA, Neuheisel won the starting quarterback position as a senior and led the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 Championship. His collegiate career was highlighted by the 1984 Rose Bowl where he led UCLA to a 45-9 victory against Illinois. This past year he was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. Washington fans remember Neuheisel's memorable performance at the Rose Bowl when he completed 25 of 27 passes (including 18 straight at one point) to set an NCAA record that was broken only last season by Tennessee's Tee Martin. Neuheisel still holds the Bruins' single-season (69.3) and career (68.3) completion percentage records.
DAWG AND CAT TIES: Washington quarterbacks coach Steve Axman was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arizona from 1980-84. He later went on to be the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97, compiling a 48-41 record. Husky graduate assistant coach Brent Brennan has a younger brother, Brad, who is a wide receiver for Arizona. Brad is redshirted the 1999 season due to an injury. Last season he had 15 receptions for 314 yards and three scores. Arizona running backs coach Jeff Woodruff was an assistant coach at Washington from 1983-93 and is the son-in-law of former UW head coach Don James. Arizona associate head coach Duane Akina was a three-time (1976-78) letterwinner for the UW football team under Don James and earned one letter playing for Marv Harshman for the basketball squad. He worked as a graduate assistant at Washington during the 1979 and 1980 seasons.
STANFORD RECAP: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo etched his named into the college football record books and in the process led Washington to a 35-30 victory against Stanford in Husky Stadium. The loss was the first for the Cardinal in Pac-10 play this year. Tuiasosopo became the first player in NCAA Division I history to pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game. He set career highs with 302 passing yards and 207 passing yards. Tuiasosopo keyed the Huskies to 670 yards of total offense against the Cardinal, ranked 25th in the Coaches' Poll heading into the contest. The statistics don't show the story of the game. Tuiasosopo was injured on Washington's second play from scrimmage, a bruised hip, and walked with a considerable limp at times during the game. The Huskies also had to overcome a 23-12 third-quarter lead by Stanford to gain the win. The Cardinal took a 17-12 lead into halftime and expanded on that with Todd Husak tossed the second of his three TD passes, a 26-yarder to DeRonnie Pitts, early in the third quarter. Tuiasosopo then sandwiched TD runs around John Anderson's third field goal of the game to give UW a 28-23 lead. Maurice Shaw put the game away with a 48-yard TD run with 1:30 to play to build Washington's lead to 35-30. Shaw finished the game with 113 rushing yards on 19 carries. Husak, who passed for 300 yards, threw his final TD pass with no time left to play. Stanford's Troy Walters caught five passes during the game to become the Pac-10's all-time receiving leader. Washington cornerback Anthony Vontoure came up with two critical interceptions during the gam.
THE COMEBACKS: Three times this season the Huskies have trailed at the start of the fourth quarter, only to rally for a win. Washington trailed Colorado 21-17 before posting a 31-24 win. The Huskies found themselves down 21-17 to California before winning 31-27. Stanford held a 23-22 lead over the Huskies before Washington rallied for a 35-30 victory.
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 47 times. The Huskies' record stands at 42-4-1 (.904) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 17-1-1 when rushing for 200 yards.
TOTALLY TUIASOSOPO: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo put on one of the most remarkable performances in the history of college football in Washington's 35-30 victory against Stanford. He passed for a career high 302 yards and rushed for a career high 207 yards to become the first Division I player to ever pass for 300 yards and rush for 200 yards in a game. There have only been three other Division I players to rush and pass for 200 yards in a game. There have only been six other times when a quarterback has passed for 300 yards and rushed for 100 yards. His 509 yards of total offense broke Washington's old school record of 419 yards set by Cary Conklin in 1989 vs. Arizona State. His 207 rushing yards ranks as the 12th best rushing performance in UW history. Tuiasosopo became only the third Husky quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game. He was the first since Dennis Fitzpatrick gained 249 rushing yards vs. Washington State in 1974. Tuiasosopo's total offense figure ranks as the fourth best game in Pac-10 history.
Tuiasosopo's Career Total Offense
Year Games Rush Pass Total Avg. 1997 9 112 650 762 84.7 1998 11 327 484 811 73.7 1999 8 463 1754 2217 277.1 Totals 28 902 2888 3790 135.4
100-Yard Rushing Games by UW Quaterbacks
Quarterback Year Opponent Yards Dennis Fitzpatrick 1974 Washington State 249 Marques Tuiasosopo 1999 Stanford 207 Tom Manke 1967 Stanford 120 Dennis Fitzpatrick 1974 Oregon 105 Dennis Fitzpatrick 1974 Iowa State 102
Pac-10 Single-Game Total Offense Bests
1.532 Jeff Van Raaphorst, Arizona State vs. Florida State, 1984 2.515 Cade McNown, UCLA vs. Miami (FL), 1998 3.512 Paul Justin, Arizona State vs. Washington State, 1989 4.509 Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington vs. Stanford, 1999 5.503 Pat Barnes, California vs. Arizona, (4 OTs) 1996
QBs Who Have Passed & Rushed for 200 Yards in a Game
Player, Team Year & Opponent Pass Rush Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington 1999 vs. Stanford 302 207 Brian Mitchell, SW Louisiana 1987 vs. Colorado State 205 271 Steve Gage, Tulsa 1986 vs. New Mexico 209 212 Reds Bagnell, Pennsylvania 1950 vs. Dartmouth 276 214
QBs Who Have Passed for 300 Yards & Rushed for 100 Yards in a Game
Player, Team Year & Opponent Pass Rush Marques Tuiasosopo, Washington 1999 vs. Stanford 302 207 Michael Bishop, Kansas State 1998 vs. Texas A&M 341 101 Michael Bishop, Kansas State 1998 vs. Nebraska 306 140 Shaun King, Tulane 1998 vs. Army 332 133 Donald Douglas, Houston 1991 vs. SMU 319 103 Randy Welniak, Wyoming 1988 vs. Air Force 359 108 Ned James, New Mexico 1986 vs. Wyoming 406 118
TUI'S PASSING MARKS: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has made a nice transition into the starting quarterback's role this season. Prior to this season, he had made three regular-season starts in his first 20 games. He has passed for more than 200 yards in six contests and just missed (195) vs. Air Force. Tuiasosopo is coming off a career-high passing effort, with 302 yards vs. Stanford. A week earlier, at California, Tuiasosopo came up with the best "big play" day of his career to lead the Huskies past the Bears. He completed passes of 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards. He finished with 300 passing yards on just 10 completions. Thanks to those passing totals, he becomes the first UW quarterback to post back-to-back 300-yard passing games since Sonny Sixkiller did it in 1970. Tuiasosopo had the most accurate passing game of his career in Washington's 34-20 victory against Oregon. Tuiasosopo completed 17 of 21 (.809) of his passes for 211 yards and three touchdowns to help defeat the Ducks. Here's a few more of Tui's passing notes:
- Tuiasosopo set career highs for passing attempts in Washington's first two games. He threw 43 passes vs. Air Force after opening the season with 36 tosses at BYU. Tuiasosopo's previous high coming into this year was 30 vs. Oregon in 1997, his first career start.
- His 22 completions vs. BYU bettered his previous high of 15 vs. Oregon (1997) and California (1998).
- He registered back-to-back career highs in passing yards with 300 vs. California and 302 vs. Stanford.
- Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom ties as the second longest in UW history.
- During a three-game stretch that covered the Oregon, Oregon State and Arizona State games, Tuiasosopo completed 75% (47 of 63) of his passes.
- Tuiasosopo has six 200-yard passing games. The Husky single-season record is seven games set by Cary Conklin (1989) and Billy Joe Hobert (1991).
Tuiasosopo's Career Numbers
Season G-S Att. Comp. Int. Yds. Pct. TD LG Avg. 1997 9-1 64 37 1 650 .578 3 54 72.2 1998 11-2 79 40 5 484 .506 2 51 44.0 1999 8-8 220 130 10 1754 .591 10 83 219.3 Totals 28-11 363 207 16 2888 .570 15 83 103.1
FANTASTIC FOURTHS: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been at his best late in games. His fourth-quarter effort vs. Colorado was a classic. The Husky junior quarterback guided the Huskies to a pair of touchdowns and rallied the team from a 21-17 deficit to a 31-24 victory. In the final 15 minutes, Tuiasosopo completed six of seven passes for 112 yards and the two scores. He did not have a rushing attempt in the final quarter. Tuiasosopo's 36-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Harris was the longest scoring toss of his career (at the time). In Washington's victory against Oregon, Tuiasosopo was 4-4 passing in the final quarter for 66 yards, including two TD tosses.
Tuiasosopo's Fourth Quarter Breakdown
Passing Rushing Total Game A-C-I Yds TD Att. Yds TD Off. BYU 20-13-0 116 0 6 24 2 140 Air Force 7-3-1 27 0 3 1 0 27 Colorado 7-6-0 112 2 0 0 0 112 Oregon 4-4-0 66 2 4 12 0 78 Oregon State 2-2-0 17 0 3 25 0 42 Arizona State 10-8-0 69 0 2 21 0 90 California 7-3-1 87 0 4 21 0 108 Stanford 5-3-1 62 0 5 40 1 102 Totals 62-42-3 556 4 27 144 3 700
TOTALLY OFFENSIVE: Junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo has been involved in all but nine of Washington's offensive plays this season. He has taken part of 566 of the team's 575 plays. Tuiasosopo's only break this year came when backup true freshman quarterback Cody Pickett replaced him in the third quarter of Washington's 47-21 win vs. the Beavers. Prior to that, Tuiasosopo took Washington's first 335 offensive snaps this year. Tuiasosopo currently tops the Huskies in total offense with 2217 yards, an average of 277.1 yards per game. That ranks him first in the Pac-10 in that category and 18th nationally. Tuiasosopo has rushed for 463 yards this year and passed for 1754 yards. He is currently averaging 40.6 offensive plays (pass or rush) per game, which puts him on a pace to set break Cary Conklin's single-season record of 433 attempts. Conklin also owns the record for total offense yards (2,502) he set in 1989.
Single-Season Total Offense Leaders
(Based on total yards) RUSH PASS TOT 1. Cary Conklin (1989) -67 2569 2502 2. Damon Huard (1995) 55 2415 2470 3. Steve Pelluer (1983) 164 2212 2376 4. Billy Joe Hobert (1991) 56 2271 2327 5. Sonny Sixkiller (1970) -35 2303 2268 6. Marques Tuiasosopo(1999) 463 1754 2217 6. Mark Brunell (1990) 440 1732 2176 7. Chris Chandler (1986) 113 1994 2107 8. Tom Flick (1980) -87 2178 2091 9. Brock Huard (1997) -82 2140 2058 10.Sonny Sixkiller (1971) -102 2068 1966
Career Total Offense Leaders
Player (Years) RUSH PASS TOT 1. Damon Huard (1992-95) 121 5692 5813 9. Brock Huard (1996-98) -39 5742 5703 2. Sonny Sixkiller (1970-72) -208 5496 5288 3. Steve Pelluer (1980-83) 342 4603 4945 4. Cary Conklin (1986-89) 93 4850 4943 5. Chris Chandler (1984-87) 261 4161 4422 6. Don Heinrich (1949-52) -62 4392 4330 7. Mark Brunell (1989-92) 678 3423 4101 8. Napoleon Kaufman (1991-94) 4041 0 4041 10.Marques Tuiasosopo(1997-99) 902 2888 3790
BIG PLAY EXPLOSION: In its last two games, Washington's offense has reversed a trend of not being able to produce big plays (25+ yards) this season. Husky quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo tossed passes for 55, 83, 39 and 36 yards in Washington's victory at California. Tuiasosopo averaged 30 yards per reception on his 10 completions vs. the Bears. The Huskies accumulated 320 yards of their total offense on just 10 of the 62 plays they ran during the game. Last week against Stanford, during his record-setting performance, Tuiasosopo once again sparked the Huskies' big-play efforts. A pair of his passes went for 30 and 27 yards and he turned in a 30-yard TD run and non-scoring rushes for 28 and 29 yards. Maurice Shaw also added to the big plays, recording a 48-yard scoring run. The four rushing plays of over 25 yards equaled the team's total for the first seven games of the season. This season the Huskies have eight rushing plays this year over 25 yards and 14 passing plays that have covered that distance. Last year's team totaled 23 plays of at least 25 yards. Defensively, the Huskies have allowed just six rushes of over 25 yards. Opponents have managed to complete 18 passes for at least 25 yards.
DAWGS ON THE RUN: Washington capitalized on a solid rushing attack during a three-game win streak against Colorado, Oregon and Oregon State to help establish its identity this year. Over the last six games, the Huskies have averaged 49.3 rushing attempts per game, roughly 67 percent of the offensive plays during that stretch. With junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo capable of running an option-oriented offense, the Huskies were superb grinding out yards on the ground and controlling the game clock. The UW offensive line, considered a "weak link" by preseason pundits, has gelled into a cohesive unit. In the Huskies' win vs. Colorado, the Huskies rushed the ball 52 times for 205 yards and controlled the clock for 36:27. Washington upped all of those numbers vs. Oregon by running the ball 57 times for 256 yards and managing the clock for 38:26. Against Oregon State, the Huskies turned in a 254-yard rushing effort with 52 carries. Last week Washington ran for 368 yards against Stanford. The Huskies averaged 6.9 yards per carry to produce their best day running the football since the 1996 team rushed for 560 yards vs. San Jose State. Here's a breakdown of the Huskies offensive picture this year:
Rushing Passing Time of Game Att. Yds. Att. Yds Possession BYU 28 86 36 237 25:17 Air Force 26 138 44 195 29:06 Colorado 52 205 23 210 36:27 Oregon 57 256 21 211 38:26 Oregon State 52 254 20 93 41:17 Arizona State 42 153 26 206 28:56 California 40 133 22 300 26:59 Stanford 53 368 32 302 36:31
Here are some more interesting aspects of the Huskies' rushing game.
- Washington is currently ranked 19th in the nation in rushing, averaging 199.1 yards per game.
- The Huskies have had four players rush for 100 yards in a game this season. Braxton Cleman gained 100 yards vs. Air Force. Willie Hurst ran for 161 yards vs. Oregon and 108 at Oregon State. Marques Tuiasosopo rushed for 207 yards vs. Stanford. Maurice Shaw rushed for 113 yards vs. Stanford.
- The Huskies have won the time of possession statistic four times this year, all victories. The only win where they did not control the clock more than the opponent was against California.
- Washington's best time of possession was 41:17 vs. Oregon State.
- Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst had career highs with 30 carries and 161 yards vs. Oregon.
- Sophomore tailback Braxton Cleman, who missed the Oregon game due to a bruised hip, rushed for 100 yards on 11 carries (9.1 avg.) in UW's 31-21 loss to Air Force.
- UW has rushed for 1593 yards, bettering last year's total of 1501 yards.
- Washington has three consecutive 200-yard regular-season rushing performances for the first time since final three games of the 1996 season when the Huskies gained 211 vs. Oregon State, 560 vs. San Jose State and 225 vs. Washington State.
- Washington's 57 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky squad since the 1996 San Jose State game when the team carried the ball 62 times for a school record 560 yards.
- Washington's 368 rushing yards were the most by a Husky squad since the 1996 San Jose State game when the team ran for a school record 560 yards.
- Willie Hurst's 30 rushing attempts vs. Oregon were the most by a Husky back since Corey Dillon had 30 rushes vs. Washington State during the 1996 Apple Cup.
STEVENS THE NEXT?: Last year, when Sports Illustrated released a poll of the best colleges for each position, it selected Washington as the top program for tight ends. Redshirt freshman Jerramy Stevens is certainly making a case to join that very elite group. Stevens is currently fourth on the team with 12 receptions for 188 yards and three touchdowns. Against Stanford, he turned in the best game of his career with five receptions for 88 yards, both career highs. His three TD catches equals the best scoring seasons of such former standout UW tight ends as Mark Bruener (3 TDs in 1993), Cameron Cleeland (3 TDs in 1996) and Ernie Conwell (2 TDs in 1994, '95).
VONTOURE HEADS UP IMPROVED SECONDARY PLAY: Washington's defense has 10 interceptions this year, double the number the Huskies had for the 1998 season. Included in that total are two interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. Sophomore cornerback Anthony Vontoure leads the Husky secondary with five interceptions. That total ranks him seventh in the nation (.71) and third in the Pac-10 Conference. Vontoure's five interceptions rank as the second highest total by a UW player during the decade of the 1990s. Only Walter's Bailey seven picks in 1991 and Eric Briscoe's six interceptions in 1990 rank higher. Vontoure's current ties him for the 12th best season in UW history.
SECONDARY HELP: Anthony Vontoure has had plenty of help on defense helping Washington improve its interception total. Senior cornerback Jermaine Smith, junior free safety Curtis Williams sophomore cornerback Omare Lowe and linebacker Derrell Daniels and Jamaun Willis each have one pass theft. Vontoure and inside linebacker Willis both ran back interceptions for scores against Oregon State. Vontoure's return went for 44 yards while Willis' covered 24 yards. Those scores marked the first time since the 1997 Aloha Bowl that the Huskies have returned an interception for a score. Ironically, Washington ran back two interceptions for scores in the bowl appearance vs. Michigan State. Last season's interception total (five) is the lowest in the history of the Washington program.
SAD SACKS: After leading the Pac-10 and finishing second nationally with 51 sacks last season, the Huskies are finding tackling the opponent quarterback a stiffer challenge this year. Washington enters the Arizona game with just nine QB sacks this season. The Huskies are last in the Pac-10 in that category. Jeremiah Pharms and Derrell Daniels lead the team with two sacks apiece.
HURST TOPS 1000: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst reached the 1000-yard rushing mark in his career in Washington's win at California. Here's a look at his career numbers:
Year G-S TC Yds. Lost Net Avg. TD LG AVG/G 1998 10-6 149 576 38 538 3.6 4 45 53.8 1999 8-7 119 556 34 522 4.5 5 41 71.9 Totals 18-13 268 1132 72 1060 4.0 9 45 58.8
AKBAR AT 'EM AGAIN: Washington sophomore strong safety Hakim Akbar is not showing any signs of experiencing a "sophomore slump." Tabbed a Freshman All-American last season by The Sporting News, Akbar is once again a key figure in the Husky defense. He leads Washington with 64 tackles, including 30 solo stops. He has three tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles and caused one fumble. He has also been credited with breaking up four passes. Akbar led the Huskies with a career-high 16 tackles against Air Force and the Falcons' option-oriented rushing game. Akbar was named the Pac-10 defensive player of the week after leading the team with 10 tackles in the Huskies' 31-24 victory against Colorado. Washington held the Buffaloes to 289 yards of total offense after CU entered the game averaging 527 yards per contest.
THE HOT HAND: Washington sophomore Chris Juergens has been the hot receiver this season for the Huskies. UW coach Rick Neuheisel calls him a "young Danny Farmer." Juergens leads the team with 33 catches for 433 yards and is averaging 61.9 receiving yards per game. He has topped the team in receiving in five of eight games this year. Juergens missed most of the California game and the Stanford game due to a sprained ankle. Against Colorado, it was his nine-yard reception for a touchdown with 5:37 to play that proved to be the winning score in UW's 31-24 win. Juergens led the Huskies with seven catches for 75 yards in the season opener at BYU. Against Air Force, he recorded eight receptions for 96 yards. Juergens set career best marks for receptions in both games and his yardage mark vs. the Falcons was also a career high until he bettered that mark with 105 yards vs. Arizona State (eight receptions). Against Oregon, he had six catches for 91 yards. Last season, as a true freshman, Juergens set several rookie records, while finishing second on the team with 27 receptions for 414 yards. His yardage total was the best ever by a Husky freshman and his reception total was second only to Husky legend Paul Skansi (31 in 1979). Juergens' five touchdown receptions were also a freshman record.
Juergens' Great Start (UW Freshman Receiving Marks)
Name Receptions 1. Paul Skansi (1979) 31 2. Chris Juergens (1998) 27 3. Jason Shelley (1992) 20 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 18
Name Yards 1. Chris Juergens (1998) 414 2. Jason Shelley (1992) 382 3. Paul Skansi (1979) 378 4. Scott Phillips (1973) 369 5. Andre DeSaussure(1995) 277
Juergens Freshman vs. Sophomore Year Comparison
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG YPG 1998 10-3 27 414 15.3 5 66 41.4 1999 7-6 33 433 13.1 1 34 61.8 Totals 17-9 60 847 14.1 6 66 49.8
LESTER'S BACK IN FORM: After playing last season with a nagging foot injury, Husky senior linebacker Lester Towns has returned to his old form this year. Towns is currently tied for second on the team with 51 tackles and leads the defense with eight tackles for loss. Towns led Washington against Arizona State with 10 tackles. He has looked much quicker this season and he attributes that to overcoming some early-season apprehension about his foot injury. It was during the spring of 1998 that Towns dropped a 45-pound weight plate on his foot. He had surgery that spring and again following the 1998 season.
HARRIS BACK TO FORM: Husky fans are delighted to see wide receiver Gerald Harris return to top form after being slowed by injuries the past two seasons. Harris is currently second on the team with 32 receptions for 479 yards. He is coming off a gutsy four-catch, 71-yard effort vs. Stanford. He did not start the game or play in the first quarter due to a deep thigh bruise. He came off the bench in the second quarter and pulled in a 13-yard TD pass from Marques Tuiasosopo. Against California, he had the best game of his career, a 111-yard effort that included a season-best 55-yard reception. Earlier this year, Harris set a career high with nine receptions against Air Force. He has recorded TD receptions vs. Colorado, Oregon and Stanford. Last season he caught 25 passes while appearing in just eight games. After suffering a bruised kidney while making a reception vs. Nebraska, Harris missed a three-game stretch vs. Arizona, Utah State and California. Harris sat out the 1997 season after suffering a devastating preseason knee injury. Currently a fifth-year player, Harris plans on applying to the NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility following the 1999 season.
Harris' Career Stats
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG YPG 1996 11-2 6 107 17.8 2 67 9.7 1998 8-6 25 257 10.3 2 35 32.1 1999 8-5 32 479 15.0 3 55 59.9 Totals 27-13 63 843 13.4 7 67 31.2
DAWGHOUSE DOMINANCE: Husky Stadium has been a tough place for Pac-10 teams to win this decade. Since 1990, UW owns an impressive 33-6-1 (.838) record at home against Pac-10 opponents. The 1997 (2-2) season marks the only time the Huskies have lost more than one conference matchup at home.
THE FRESHMAN KICKER: When Washington freshman kicker John Anderson booted a 50-yard field goal against Oregon State, it ended a 16-year stretch where the Huskies had not recorded a 50-yard kick. Anderson's boot was the longest by a UW kicker since Jeff Jaeger converted a 52-yard field goal in 1983 vs. Oregon. Jaeger was also a freshman that season. Since Jaeger's, the Huskies have made 224 field goals over the last 17 seasons without making one at least 50 yards. Anderson was two-years old when Jaeger made the last 50-yard field goal. This year Anderson has converted eight of 11 field goal attempts and 26 of 27 PATs to lead Washington in scoring with 50 points. When Anderson booted three FGs vs. Stanford, it marked the first time a Husky kicker has done that since John Wales vs. California in 1994. It was the first time a Husky kicker had converted three 40-yard field goals since Brandy Brownlee made three (47, 48, 49 and 30) vs. Texas A&M in 1987.
Playing at Home: Washington has won 49 of its last 61 (.812) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (49-11-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 97-23-2 (.803) at home and are 67-16-2 (.800) since 1986. Washington piled up a perfect 6-0 record at home during the 1996 season. That marked the Huskies' 11th perfect season in Husky Stadium. It was also the fourth perfect home slate in the 1990s, having won every home contest in 1991, 1992 and 1994.
THE RED ZONE: The Huskies have done a very good job of putting points on the scoreboard when they penetrate the opponent's 20-yard line this season. Washington has converted 21 of 25 trips inside the Red Zone into points. The Husky defense, on the other hand, has done a nice job of making it tough on opponents inside the Red Zone. Washington has allowed opponents only 20 touchdowns on 36 opportunities. Here's the breakdown of Washington and the Huskies' opponents when they penetrate the Red Zone (20-yard line):
UW Opp. Inside the Red Zone 25 36 Scores 21 27 Touchdowns 18 20 Field Goals 3 7 Missed FGs - 1 Blocked FGs - - Lost Fumbles 1 3 Interceptions - - Loss of Downs 3 4 Time Expired - 1 Punt - -
GETTING HIS KICKS: Washington punter Ryan Fleming is coming off one of the top performances of his two-year Husky career. Fleming averaged 44.3 yards per punt on seven kicks in UW's 31-27 victory at California. He outdueled Cal's standout Nick Harris, who entered the game ranked second nationally in punting. Harris averaged just 39.1 yards on eight kicks. Fleming's current punting average (41.6) has him in line to be the first UW punter to average better than 40-yards per punt since John Werdel averaged 41.0 in 1991. Fleming's current average is the best by a Husky punter since Jeff Partridge averaged 42.1 yards in 1982. Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against BYU. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975. Fleming has pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line on 10 of his 35 punts this year.
RANDOM HUSKY NOTES: The Oregon State game marked the first time in senior wide receiver Dane Looker's career (17 games at the time) that he did not record a reception ... Washington tied a school record with 33 first downs vs. Stanford. The mark was originally set in 1956 vs. Idaho ... Maurice Shaw's 48-yard TD run vs. Stanford was the team's longest rush this season ... Washington's 670 yards of total offense vs. Stanford are the most since the Huskies posted 734 yards of total offense vs. San Jose State in 1996 ... Washington's total offense (670) total was the best mark by a UW team vs. a Pac-10 opponent since piling up 675 yards vs. Washington State in 1950 ... junior fullback Pat Conniff recorded his first receiving touchdown vs. Oregon State ... of Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel's 37 all-time wins, 23 have been by more than 10 points ... when Anthony Vontoure and Jamaun Willis returned interceptions for touchdowns against Oregon State, it marked the first time a Husky player had run back a pick for a score since the 1997 Aloha Bowl, which also marked the last time two UW players (Lester Towns and Tony Parrish) returned interceptions for scores ... Washington's 45-0 halftime lead vs. Oregon State marked the first time the Huskies had scored 45 points in the first two quarters since a 45-3 lead against Kansas State during the 1991 season ... Ryan Fleming tied the Washington school record for longest punt with a 73-yard effort against the Cougars. Fleming now shares the mark with Don Feleay, who had a 73-yard punt vs. Navy in 1975. ... redshirt freshman Ben Mahdavi scored Washington's first touchdown of the season when he recovered a fumbled punt for a score at BYU. The play was only the second during Mahdavi's career. Ironically, Mahdavi came to Washington after originally enrolling at Utah, BYU's arch rival. ? Washington's defense went into the California game having surrendered just 14 points during the first quarter this year. The Golden Bears scored 14 points in the first quarter themselves and Stanford repeated the feat last week . ? the Huskies have scored 76 points in the fourth quarter this year after totaling just 31 fourth-quarter points all of last year ... What do starting UW junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo and walkon sophomore free safety Nick Olszewski have in common? More than you might think. The two players are cousins ... Washington coach Rick Neuheisel on his team's penchant for running the ball "We (coaching staff) are going to get thrown out of the Drop Back Passing Club." ... Marques Tuiasosopo's 83-yard touchdown pass to Todd Elstrom vs. California ties as the second-longest completion in UW history.
STARTING 0-2: History indicates that Husky teams do not typically post a strong record when they get off to a 0-2 start, like this year's team did. Washington has started 0-2 12 times during its history, including eight times since the 1945 season. Only the 1965 (Rose Bowl) and 1985 (Freedom Bowl) team managed to qualify for a bowl game. The 1975 team posted a 6-5 record, but did not qualify for a bowl game. The '85 squad managed the best comeback after a slow start. That season the Huskies finished 7-5, including a 20-17 win vs. Colorado in the Freedom Bowl.
STARTING 2-0: Starting 2-0 in Pac-10 play has been a good sign for Husky teams in the past. Since 1977, when Washington starts 2-0 in the league, the Huskies have played in a bowl game every season (13 times), except for the 1993 season when the team was on probation and ineligible for a postseason contest.
ARNOLD'S RUNBACK: True freshman running back Paul Arnold set a Washington record when he returned an Air Force kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. For his efforts, he was named a Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week. The previous long kickoff return record of 99 yards was jointly held by Anthony Allen (1979) and Jim Krieg (1971). Arnold's runback actually began seven yards deep in the endzone. His return was the first kickoff return of his career and only the sixth time he had touched the ball during his career. Arnold is the 17th player in Pac-10 history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a score.
NO MORE KO DROUGHTS: When Jerome Pathon returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, it marked the first since 1979 a Husky player had run a kickoff back for a score. Since then, Washington has managed a kickoff return for a touchdown in each of the last three seasons. In 1997, Ja'Warren Hooker ran back a kickoff 89 yards for a score in Washington's 58-28 win at Arizona. Last season, Toure Butler kept the streak alive with a 98-yard return for a score vs. BYU. This year, Paul Arnold accomplished the feat with a school-record 100-yard return vs. Air Force.
The Coaching Staff: Experience abounds amongst Washington's nine assistant coaches. Eight of the nine coaches have been a coordinator on the collegiate level and two, Keith Gilbertson and Steve Axman, have been head coaches. Gilbertson guided the Idaho program from 1986-88 and was the head coach at California from 1992-95. Axman was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97. Most of the current staff has a previous coaching connection with Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel. Offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell was the offensive coordinator at Colorado from 1995-98. He was also a teammate of Neuheisel's at UCLA, catching two touchdown passes from him during the Bruins' 1984 Rose Bowl victory against Illinois. Defensive coordinator Tim Hundley coached defensive tackles at Colorado from 1996-98 and was a member of the UCLA staff from 1990-95. Axman, the quarterback's coach, was the offensive coordinator at UCLA from 1987-88. Safeties coach Bobby Hauck was at Colorado from 1995-98 and coached with Neuheisel at UCLA from 1990-92. Cornerbacks coach Chuck Heater was a member of the Colorado staff from 1993-98. Running backs coach Wayne Moses coached with Neuheisel at UCLA while he was the Bruins' running backs coach from 1990-95. Heater is the only coach on the Washington staff who had not coached or played in the Pac-10 Conference prior to this season. Both Randy Hart and Tom Williams have served as defensive coordinators ? Hart at Washington and Williams at Hawai'i.
SENIOR SHORTAGE: Football coaches are fond of saying that you win with your seniors. First-year Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel does not have many seniors on the current Washington roster he can turn to. The current depth chart features just six senior starters. Slotback Dane Looker and offensive tackle Kurth Connell are the lone senior starters on the Husky offense. Defensive end Mac Tuiaea, defensive tackle Jabari Issa, inside linebacker Lester Towns and cornerback Jermaine Smith are the only seniors on the defense.
Career STARTS: Senior defensive end Mac Tuiaea holds the distinction of having the most career starts on this year's Husky team. Tuiaea enters this week's game with 38 career starts. Here's a breakdown of the top career starts leaders among Husky players: DE Mac Tuiaea (38), CB Jermaine Smith (34), ILB Lester Towns (30), DT Jabari Issa (29), OG Chad Ward (28), ILB Marques Hairston (20), OT Elliot Silvers (19), OLB Jeremiah Pharms (19), FL Gerald Harris (14).
Let There Be Lights: Thanks to a $750,000 gift from Fox Sports Net, Husky Stadium was outfitted with permanent television quality lights this summer. In the past, television networks had to rent temporary lighting systems for late afternoon or evening broadcasts. Husky Stadium did feature a basic lighting system that could be used for practices or non-televised events. Washington is one of five Pac-10 schools Fox Sports Net is working with to improve their stadium lighting systems.
THE 600TH WIN: Washington's 31-24 victory against Colorado marked the 600th win in Washington's history. Here's a look at the other 15 Division I schools whom have also achieved that mark:
Rank Team 1. Michigan 792 2. Notre Dame 767 3. Nebraska 737 4. Texas 733 Penn State 733 6. Alabama 728 7. Ohio State 717 8. Tennessee 695 9. Oklahoma 686 10.USC 670 11.Syracuse 630 Georgia 631 13.Army 617 14.Louisiana State 609 15.Colorado 606 16.Washington 604
TWIN 600 WINS: First-year Husky coach Rick Neuheisel becomes the first Division I coach to guide two programs to their 600th all-time victory. Neuheisel's first win (31-24 vs. Colorado) as Washington's head coach was his be the 600th all-time victory for the school. Last season he was the head coach at Colorado when the Buffaloes recorded their 600th win in a game against Iowa State.
THE SCHEDULE: In its preseason college football edition, Sports Illustrated named Washington's schedule the toughest in the nation. The Huskies' slate includes six games against teams that played in bowl games last year. The 11 Husky opponents combined to post an 80-47 (.630) record last season. Of the five teams that did not make a bowl trip, three (Oregon State, Arizona State, California) finished narrowly out of contention with 5-6 records. Three UW foes posted 10 or more wins last season (Air Force, UCLA, Arizona). Five UW opponents (Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA and USC) were preseason top-25 teams in 1999 while BYU topped the list of others receiving votes in both major polls.
First-Year Results: Here's a look at what some of the most notable UW football coaches did in their first season with the Huskies. Among the coaches listed below, six won their first game as the UW head man: Jim Lambright, Darrell Royal, Ralph Welch, James Phelan, Enoch Bagshaw and Gil Dobie:
Coach Year Record League Bowl Jim Lambright 1993 7-4 5-3 Ineligible Don James 1975 6-5 5-2 None Jim Owens 1957 3-6-1 3-4 None Darrell Royal 1956 5-5 4-4 None John Cherberg 1953 3-6-1 2-4-1 None Howard Odell 1948 2-7-1 2-5-1 None Ralph Welch 1942 4-3-3 3-3-2 None James Phelan 1930 5-4 3-4 None Enoch Bagshaw 1921 3-4-1 0-3-1 None Gil Dobie 1908 6-0-1 n/a None
Super Joe: As a junior last year, Washington senior receiver/return man Joe Jarzynka was probably the most versatile player in college football. A two-way player? Last year, Jarzynka was college football's only four-way player. The Pac-10 coaches took note of Jarzynka's abilities by naming him a first-team all-conference pick as a special teams player. On offense, Jarzynka shared time at H-back with Dane Looker and Chris Juergens. As a receiver, Jarzynka had 11 receptions for 92 yards. Jarzynka led the Huskies in punt returns with 45 and was second in kickoff returns with 16. Jarzynka, who has a reputation of never fair-catching a punt, averaged 8.9 yards per return and 20.6 yards on kickoff returns. What really set Jarzynka apart was his role of placekicker, a role he will relinquish this season. Jarzynka made his college kicking debut vs. Utah State and booted 35- and 20-yard field goals in that game. Jarzynka converted 19 of 22 PATs during the season and six of eight field goals, including a 44-yarder at Washington State. A walkon who was awarded a scholarship; Jarzynka is usually the smallest player on the field at 5-7 and 175 pounds. The Oakland Tribune named Jarzynka the Pac-10's top special teams player in its mid-season report card. Sports Illustrated cited him as one of the top 10 special teams players in the nation.
Jarzynka's Returns: Last season, Joe Jarzynka quickly made a name for himself as one of the best special teams players in UW history. Jarzynka had 45 punt returns in 1998 to set a Husky single-season record. Jarzynka had the same amount, or more punt returns, than eight of the other nine Pac-10 teams, largely because he never once signaled for a fair catch. His 402 return yards were more than five Pac-10 teams and rank as the third best single-season total in UW history. This season, Jarzynka has all 25 of the Huskies' punt returns plus five kickoff runbacks. His best day this season came against Oregon State when he returned four punts for 96 yards, including 47- and 30-yard runbacks that set up Husky touchdowns. Here's a look at Jarzynka on several special teams' lists:
Career Punt Return Yards
Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1989-93) 106 1019 2. Joe Jarzynka (1996-99) 78 799 3. Steve Bramwell (1963-65) 59 704 4. Bill Cahill (1970-72) 49 668 5. Calvin Jones (1970-72) 47 596 Nesby Glasgow (1975-78) 86 579
Single-Season Punt Returns
Player No. 1. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 2. Nesby Glasgow (1978) 38 3. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 Andre Riley (1986) 36 5. William Doctor (1988) 35
(Pac-10 Record: 47 by Mike Battle, USC, 1967)
Single-Season Punt Return Yards
Player No. Yds. 1. Beno Bryant (1990) 36 560 2. Bill Cahill (1971) 26 421 3. Joe Jarzynka (1998) 45 402 4. Andre Riley (1986) 36 392 5. Steve Bramwell(1964) 29 314
Playing the True Freshmen: During Washington's first six seasons of the decade of the '90s, the Huskies had six freshmen see playing time. Since the 1996 season a total of 33 freshmen have played, including 10 in 1997 and eight in 1998. This year, seven true freshmen ? tailback Paul Arnold, placekicker John Anderson, tight end Kevin Ware, wide receiver Quentin Morgan, safety Levi Madarieta, offensive tackle Wes Call and quarterback Cody Pickett ? have already seen playing time.
The Running QB: Washington quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is currently second on the team in rushing with 463 yards on 105 carries and five scores. Last year he finished second on the team with 327 rushing yards on 43 carries, and in rushing TDs with seven. Only current Jacksonville Jaguar quarterback Mark Brunell rushed for more TDs in a season as a Husky quarterback. Brunell had 10 rushing TDs in 1990 and eight in 1992. Here's where Tuiasosopo ranks on UW's single-season lists for rushing yards by a QB and rushing TDs by a QB:
Single-Season Quarterback Rushing
Name Yds 1. Dennis Fitzpatrick(1974) 697 2. Tom Manke (1967) 483 3. Marques Tuiasosopo(1999) 463 4. Mark Brunell (1990) 444 5. Kermit Jorgensen (1961) 331 6. Marques Tuiasosopo(1998) 327
Single-Season Quarterback Rushing TDs
Name TDs 1. Mark Brunell (1990) 10 2. Mark Brunell (1992) 8 3. Marques Tuiasosopo (1998) 7 4. Dennis Fitzpatrick (1974) 6 5. Marques Tuiasosopo (1999) 5 Billy Joe Hobert (1991) 5 Tom Porras (1978) 5
CONFERENCE OPENERS: This season, for just the second time since 1989, Washington played all three of its non-conference games before facing a Pac-10 opponent. The only other time that has happened during the previous 10 years was the 1997 season. Since 1990, the Huskies are 8-2 in Pac-10 openers.
SCHOOL'S NEARLY OUT: Three Husky seniors ? linebackers Lester Towns and Marques Hairston and cornerback Jermaine Smith ? have completed the requirements to earn their bachelor's degrees in sociology. All three remain in school this fall and have not yet graduated so as to retain their playing eligibility. All three are fifth-year seniors.
Productive Debut: Sophomore tailback Willie Hurst set the Washington record for rushing yards by a freshman with 538 yards in 1998. Hurst bettered the old mark of 421 yards set by Husky Hall of Famer Joe Steele in 1976. Hurst also recorded the best rushing day ever by a true freshman making his first start. Against Arizona, Hurst carried 29 times for 93 yards and recorded his first touchdown on Washington's first offensive play of the game. The only other true freshmen running backs to start at Washington were Greg Martin (vs. Arizona State, 1975); Joe Steele (vs. Stanford, 1976) and Greg Lewis (vs. UCLA, 1987). Steele had the best debut of that trio, rushing for 41 yards on eight carries and one score.
jabari's honors: Senior defensive tackle Jabari Issa enters the 1999 season as the Huskies' most highly honored player. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman was named to the 1999 Playboy All-America team this summer while also making the Football News second team and Athlon's third team. Last year, the Foster City, Calif., native earned first-team All-Pac-10, making him to the only Husky to make the Pac-10's first-team defense. He also won Washington's L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year Award at the annual awards banquet.
NO TIME OFF: Washington plays 11 straight games this year without the benefit of a bye week. The Huskies started the regular season one week later than most teams. The last time Washington played 11 consecutive weeks in a row came during the 1990 season.
CAPTAINS: In a vote of teammates, senior defensive lineman Jabari Issa, senior inside linebacker Lester Towns and junior quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo have been named captains of the 1999 Husky team. For Towns, it is a rare feat in that he is serving as captain for the second straight season, something that hasn't been done since Ray Pinney earned the post in 1974 (Coach Jim Owens' first season) and again in 1975 (Coach Don James' first year). Besides Pinney and Towns, only four other Washington football players ? Frank Griffiths (1889-90), Jack Lindsay (1896-97), Ray Eckmann (1921-22) and Sonny Sixkiller (1971-72) ? have spent two seasons as a team captain. Washington also names a game captain each week. Those players have been: None (BYU), Renard Edwards (Air Force), CB Jermaine Smith (Colorado), OT Kurth Connell (Oregon), TE Anthony Mizin (Oregon State), SB Dane Looker (Arizona State), NT Toalei Mulitauaopele (California) and Joe Jarzynka (Stanford).
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 144-34-3 (.804) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Washington has five 100-yard game performances this season: Braxton Cleman (100 yards) vs. Air Force, Willie Hurst (161 yards) vs. Oregon and (108 yards) vs. Oregon State, Marques Tuiasosopo (207 yards) vs. Stanford and Maurice Shaw (113 yards) vs. Stanford.
Looker's Coming Out: Considering his story, Washington senior wide receiver Dane Looker had a most impressive college debut in the Huskies' 42-38 win last season at Arizona State. Coming out of Puyallup High School, he was considered too small (159 pounds at the time) to play receiver at the major college level. He enrolled at Western Washington and played point guard on the basketball team for two seasons. In 1997 Looker transferred to Washington and redshirted the season as a transfer. Playing his first college game ever at ASU last September, Looker caught 11 passes (including eight in the first half) to tie a 28-year-old UW school record. He totaled 108 receiving yards and pulled in two TD passes, including one on a deflection. Later in the season, at USC, he had 12 receptions to set a Washington single-season record. Looker finished his junior season with 64 catches for 662 yards. His 6.4 receptions per game average ranked third in the Pac-10 and 15th in the nation, and he led the Huskies in receiving in eight of the 10 games in which he played. Here's where he ranked on the UW single-season receptions list:
Player No. Yds. TD 1. Jerome Pathon(1997) 69 1245 8 2. Dane Looker (1998) 64 662 5 3. Mario Bailey (1991) 62 1037 2 4. Jim Krieg (1970) 54 738 2 5. Andre Riley (1987) 53 1039 4
Looker's Career Numbers
Year G-S Rec. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1998 10-6 64 662 10.3 5 51 1999 8-4 16 235 14.7 0 39 Totals 18-10 80 897 11.2 5 51
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of 25th-ranked Oregon On Oct. 2 marked the 11th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated an AP-ranked team in 22 of its last 23 seasons. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
The Shutout Streak: Washington's 35-30 victory vs. Stanford marked the 212th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shutout. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU has the nation's longest streak at 308 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 222 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 137 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout ? the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 Games Washington 212 141 Washington State 173 185 Oregon 165 123 Arizona 98 66 Arizona State 48 34 Stanford 38 74 USC 24 17 Oregon State 20 15 California 6 41 UCLA 2 2
Missing the Trojans: For the next two seasons (1999 and 2000), Washington will not play one of its biggest Pac-10 rivals as the Dawgs will "miss" USC. Under the Pac-10 scheduling system, each school plays eight conference games a year and misses the same opponent for two straight seasons. In 2001 and 2002, the Huskies will not play Oregon. This year, the UW renews its series with Stanford after a two-year hiatus.
Winning in the '90s: Washington's 80-33-1 record in the 1990s is the best among Pac-10 schools and figures as the best for Pac-10 play. Here's a look, broken down by overall games and Pac-10 games: Overall
Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 80 33 1 .706 2. Arizona 71 43 1 .622 3. UCLA 69 44 0 .611 4. Oregon 66 48 0 .579 5. USC 65 48 3 .573 6. Arizona State 59 49 0 .546 7. Stanford 57 53 2 .518 8. California 55 56 1 .496 9. Washington State 52 58 0 .473 10.Oregon State 27 79 1 .257
Team W L T PCT 1. Washington 56 20 1 .733 2. UCLA 46 33 0 .582 3. USC 43 32 2 .571 4. Arizona 44 34 1 .563 5. Arizona State 41 35 0 .539 6. Stanford 40 38 0 .513 6. Oregon 39 38 0 .507 8. Washington State 31 46 0 .403 9. California 31 45 1 .409 10.Oregon State 11 63 1 .153
Breaking From Tradition: For just the second time in nine years, Washington did not open the season against a Pac-10 opponent. Last year's season opener at Arizona State marked the third time in four years that the Huskies and Sun Devils opened the season against each other. This year the Huskies did not face a Pac-10 opponent until Oregon visited Husky Stadium on Oct. 2. This year's schedule marks only the second time during the decade of the '90s the Huskies will have played all three non-conference foes before beginning the Pac-10 schedule.
HOOKER'S ON TRACK: Washington wide receiver Ja'Warren Hooker has taken the year off as a member of the Husky football team to concentrate on his bid to earn a spot on the 2000 United States Olympic Track and Field Team. Hooker intends on using the 1999 season as a redshirt year and plans to return to the football field next season. Hooker won the NCAA Indoor Championship in the 55 meters in 1997 and finished third in the 100 meters at the NCAA outdoor meet in 1998. Hooker will concentrate on the 200-meters during his Olympic bid.
THE WINNING TRADITION: Washington entered the 1999 season with an all-time winning percentage of 63.7 percent. That figure is good enough to rank the Huskies' program as the 14th most successful among all Division I institutions. Washington began the season with an all-time record of 599-331-50 (.637). Among Pac-10 schools, only USC has a better winning mark (.697).
1000 IN 2000: Washington will play its 1000th all-time game sometime next season. The Huskies began the 1999 season having played 980 games during their previous 109 years of competition. If the Huskies participate in a bowl game this season, the 1000th game will take place Oct. 28 at Stanford. If Washington does not qualify for a bowl game this year, the 1000th game will occur one week later when the Huskies play host to Arizona on Nov. 4 at Husky Stadium. The Huskies will be the 44th Division I team to reach the 1000-game mark in their history.
DAWGS VS. THE NORTHWEST: Washington is off to a 2-0 start this year in its quest to claim the Pacific Northwest Championship. The Huskies have scored victories against Oregon (34-20) and Oregon State (47-21) and will face Washington State Nov. 20 in Husky Stadium. Some of Washington's oldest and longest rivalries are against the other three northwest Pac-10 schools. The Huskies have faced Oregon 93 times, Washington State in 91 games and Oregon State on 84 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 56-32-5, Washington State 58-27-6 and Oregon State 54-26-4. Combined, Washington has a 168-85-15 (.655) record against its northwest rivals.
ELITE COMPANY: Did you know that Washington is one of six programs to be ranked among the 15th winningest in the nation for both the decades of the '80 and '90s? The Huskies put together an 83-33-1 (.714) from 1980-89 to rank as the 14th most successful program for that decade. During the '90s (prior to the start of this year), Washington's record was 75-30-1 (.712) to rank 15th in the Division I ranks. Here's a look at the six programs:
Team '80s Record & Rank '90s Record & Rank Florida State 87-28-3, 8th 97-13-0, 1st Nebraska 103-20-0, 1st 96-15-1, 2nd Penn State 89-27-2, 6th 87-23-0, 6th Miami (Fla.) 98-20-0, 2nd 83-23-0, 7th Michigan 89-29-2, 8th 83-24-3, 10th Washington 83-33-1, 14th 75-30-1, 15th
HISTORIC HUSKY STADIUM: The 1999 season marks the 80th season of play in Husky Stadium. Originally construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th largest on-campus facility in the country. Washington's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 314-133-21.
TOUGH SCHEDULES NOTHING NEW: While the NCAA will not release its list of the toughest Division I schedules until the end of the season, Sports Illustrated tabbed the Huskies' 1999 slate as the toughest in the nation. Playing one of the nation's most challenging schedules is nothing new for the Huskies. Last season, the NCAA rated Washington's schedule the seventh toughest in the nation. In 1997 the Huskies finished sixth in the poll by the NCAA. Washington's 1996 slate was deemed the fourth hardest for that season. In 1995 Washington's schedule ranked as the seventh most difficult. During that four-year stretch (1995-98), the Huskies were the only program to be ranked every year by the NCAA as having one of the nation's 10 toughest schedules.
NCAA Toughest Schedules 1998 1. Auburn 74-34 .685 2. Missouri 66-36 .647 3. Florida State 74-43 .632 4. USC 76-46 .623 5. LSU 65-41 .613 6. Baylor 68-43 .613 7. Washington 69-44 .611 8. Alabama 67-43 .609 9. Texas A&M 79-51 .608 10. Michigan State 73-49 .598
1. Colorado 76-37 .673 2. Auburn 80-39 .672 3. Florida 72-40 .643 4. Arkansas 71-40 .640 5. Tennessee 77-44 .636 6. Washington 70-42 .625 7. Mississippi 68-43 .613 8. Bowling Green 67-43 .609 9. South Carolina 66-44 .600 10. Alabama 67-45 .598
1996 1. Florida 70-41 .631 2. UCLA 66-41 .617 3. Purdue 68-44 .607 4. Washington 68-46 .596 5. Arkansas 62-42 .596 6. Tulane 63-43 .594 7. Minnesota 63-44 .589 8. Nebraska 70-49 .588 9. Rutgers 57-40 .588 10. Iowa State 59-42 .584
1995 1. Notre Dame 67-37-5 .638 2. Illinois 69-40-2 .631 3. Minnesota 64-38-5 .621 4. Cincinnati 66-40-2 .620 5. Vanderbilt 68-42-1 .617 6. Indiana 66-41-3 .614 7. Washington 64-40-2 .613 8. Purdue 67-42-2 .613 9. Houston 66-42-3 .608 Northwestern 65-41-5 .608
Huskies in the NFL: Washington had 41 of its former players listed on NFL preseason rosters in 1999. That list includes eight Huskies who were drafted from 1997's squad, and two from the 1998 Huskies. A total of 10 Washington players were drafted in 1997 to lead all colleges, and two others signed free agent contracts. Washington had six quarterbacks (Mark Brunell - Jacksonville; Chris Chandler - Atlanta; Billy Joe Hobert - New Orleans; Damon Huard - Miami, Warren Moon - Kansas City and Brock Huard - Seattle) listed on NFL teams. All but the two Huards are expected to enter the season as a starter.
HUSKY QBS LEAD THE WAY: Washington has six former quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. That's the highest total among all colleges. That group includes: Mark Brunell (Jacksonville); Chris Chandler (Atlanta); Billy Joe Hobert (New Orleans); Brock Huard (Seattle); Damon Huard (Miami) and Warren Moon (Kansas City).
DAWGS IN THE PROS: Washington ranked fourth this year among colleges with players on NFL opening day rosters. At the start of the season, there were 33 former Huskies playing for NFL teams. Notre Dame tops the list with 42 players followed by Florida State with 39 and North Carolina with 36. Penn State also has 33 players currently in the NFL. The next highest Pac-10 team is USC, which comes in 14th with 26 players. Here's a breakdown of the former UW players and the teams the played for at the beginning of the season: Ink Aleaga (New Orleans Saints) Eric Bjornson (Dallas Cowboys), Jeremy Brigham (Oakland Raiders), Mark Bruener (Pittsburgh Steelers), Mark Brunell (Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Chandler (Atlanta Falcons), Cameron Cleeland (New Orleans Saints), Tony Coats (Cincinnati Bengals), Reggie Davis (San Diego Chargers), Corey Dillon (Cincinnati Bengals), D'Marco Farr (St. Louis Rams), John Fiala (Pittsburgh Steelers), Frank Garcia (Carolina Panthers), Kevin Gogan (Miami Dolphins), Brian Habib (Seattle Seahawks), Martin Harrison (Minnesota Vikings), Harald Hasselbach (Denver Broncos), Billy Joe Hobert (New Orleans Saints), Brock Huard (Seattle Seahawks), Damon Huard (Miami Dolphins), Napoleon Kaufman (Oakland Raiders), Lincoln Kennedy (Oakland Raiders), Olin Kreutz (Chicago Bears), Lawyer Milloy (New England Patriots), Charles Mincy (Oakland Raiders), Warren Moon (Kansas City Chiefs), Benji Olson (Tennessee Titans), Tony Parrish (Chicago Bears), Jerome Pathon (Indianapolis Colts), Aaron Pierce (Baltimore Ravens), Pete Pierson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), David Richie (San Francisco 49ers) and Rashaan Shehee (Kansas City Chiefs).
MORE MEDIA: In addition to radio and television, there are several other ways to follow the Huskies this season:
RADIO ON THE INTERNET: KOMO's radio broadcasts are available on the internet via broadcast.com. To listen, you'll need a RealPlayer. Go to www.gohuskies.com and follow the links to find the broadcast.
TEAMLINE: Fans can pay to listen to radio broadcasts of all Husky games by calling (800) 846-4700 and entering access code 5939. A Visa or MasterCard is required. To contact Teamline regarding special rates, call (800) 225-5321.
COACHES SHOW: Husky Talk with KOMO Radio's Bob Rondeau and head coach Rick Neuheisel will air every Monday evening from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
HUSKY FOOTBALL RADIO NETWORK: The following stations make up the 27-station KOMO Radio Network:
WASHINGTON: OREGON: Seattle (flagship)KOMO 1000 AM Astoria KKEE 94.3 FM Aberdeen KBKW 1450 AM Hillsboro KUIK 1360 AM Bellingham KPUG 1170 AM Portland KOTK 1080 AM Centralia KELA 1470 AM Forks KVAC 1490 AM ALASKA: Grand Coulee KEYG 98.5 FM Fairbanks KCBF 820 AM Kelso KLOG 1490 AM Haines KRSA 94.9 FM Moses Lake KWIQ 1020 AM Juneau KSUP 106.3 FM Mt. Vernon KBRC 1430 AM Petersburg KRSA 580 AM Olympia KGY 96.9 FM Sitka KRSA 94.9 FM Omak KOMW 680 AM Wrangle KRSA 94.9 FM Port Angeles KONP 1450 AM Shelton KMAS 1030 AM NEVADA: Spokane KTRW 970 AM Las Vegas KSHP 1400 AM Tri-Cities KTCR 1340 AM Wenatchee KPQ 560 AM Yakima KMWX 1460 AM