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Keith Price and the Dawgs put their perfect record on the line against another unbeaten team as Washington takes on Stanford Saturday night.
No. 15 Dawgs Head Out To Face No. 5 Cardinal
Release: 09/30/2013
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THE GAME: Two of the Pac-12’s four unbeaten teams will square off Saturday night as Washington (1-0 Pac-12, 4-0 overall) travels to face Stanford (2-0, 4-0) in a 7:30 p.m. game. The game will air nationally on ESPN television. Washington moved up a spot in the AP Top 25 this week, checking in at No. 15, while the Dawgs moved up two places to No. 18 in the coaches’ poll. Stanford remained at No. 5 in both rankings. The game is the first of two straight vs. top-5 teams for the Huskies, who return home Oct. 12 to take on No. 2 Oregon at Husky Stadium.

QUICK SNAPS:  Washington is highly ranked in the NCAA in a number of offensive and defensive categories, including: 3rd in 3rd-down conversions, 4th in completion percentage and 5th in total offense, as well as 2nd in pass efficiency defense and 4th in scoring defense ... Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 1 rusher with 151.8 yards per game ... Sankey broke Corey Dillon’s UW record with 40 carries (good for 161 yards) last week vs. Arizona ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in seven of the last nine and for 200 in two of his last five ... Sankey is just the fourth-ever Husky to rush for 200 yards in two games, joining Corey Dillon, Napoleon Kaufman and Louis Rankin ... Keith Price, who is currently No. 12 in the nation in pass efficiency, moved into the No. 3 spot in UW career passing yards in the win at Illinois ... he now has 6,997 career yards ... UW has over 80 plays in all four games so far (85, 85, 81, 86) ... in the Idaho State game, eight different Huskies scored a touchdown (one each) ... in the Huskies’ win over then-No. 19 Boise State, the UW held the Broncos without a touchdown for the first time since 1997 ... seven true freshmen played in the season opener: WR Darrell Daniels, DB Kevin King, DE Joe Mathis, WR John Ross, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, PK Cameron Van Winkle and DB Trevor Walker ... three more (DE Marcus Farria, WR Taelon Parson, DB Kaleb Taylor) played in the Idaho State game ... not counting specialists (kickers, punter, snappers, holders, returners) the UW has 36 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... all five of senior Travis Coons’ punts vs. Arizona were downed inside the 20 ... Coons is also one of 23 kickers in the country who has yet to miss a field goal this season (4-for-4) ... Sean Parker is fifth in the nation in interceptions per game.

TELEVISION:  The Washington-Stanford game will air live to a national audience on ESPN, with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Network will also air condensed, one-hour replays of the game during the following week.

RADIO:  The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, 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 home broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (85) and XM (85) satellite radio while Westwood One will air the game nationally with John Tautges and Terry Donahue on the call.

HUSKIES VS. CARDINAL HISTORY:  Washington holds a relatively close 41-38-4 advantage in the series against Stanford, but has been the dominant team in recent decades. After winning eight straight vs. Stanford from 1959 to 1966, the Huskies lost 10 in a row from 1967 to 1976. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 22-8 against the Cardinal. One of those eight losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The second UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. More recently, the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 27-13, at Palo Alto in 2004. After no game in 2005, Stanford won its second straight over the UW in a 20-3 victory in 2006 at Husky Stadium. The Cardinal also won four seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and in 2010 in Palo Alto (34-14). Three years ago, Stanford blanked the UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium; and in 2011, the Cardinal won, 65-21, at Stanford. Last year on a Thursday night in Seattle, the Huskies edged the No. 8 Cardinal, 17-13, thanks to a 61-yard run from Bishop Sankey and a 35-yard TD catch from Kasen Williams. Prior to that, the most recent UW victory had come in 2007, when the Huskies rushed for a total of 388 yards in a 27-9 win over the Cardinal. Louis Rankin led the way with 255 yards on 36 carries. Over the last 16 seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005). Washington and Stanford first played one another in 1893 in a game that marked the first major college opponent for UW. That game, played in West Seattle, resulted in a 40-0 Stanford victory. There wouldn’t be another matchup between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal nipped Washington, 3-0, in the last UW home game played somewhere other than Husky Stadium. Three weeks after that game, the UW would open what would eventually come to be known as Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies’ first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto.

WASHINGTON-STANFORD TIES:  Stanford’s coaching staff includes defensive line coach Randy Hart, who spent 21 seasons (1988-2008) under five different head coaches at the UW. Additionally, Husky tight ends coach Jordan Paopao was on the Stanford staff as a recruiting assistant prior to coming to Washington as a GA three seasons ago. Current Stanford head man David Shaw and current assistant Lance Anderson were on the San Diego coaching staff when Paopao played and worked there. SU special teams coordinator Pete Alamar worked at California from 2003 to 2009, serving on the same staff, at times, with current UW assistants Eric Kiesau and Tosh Lupoi. Lastly, as to coaches, first-year Stanford RBs coach Tavita Pritchard is a graduate of Clover Park High in Tacoma while UW GA Kenyon Blue and Stanford defensive assistant Jarrett Huk were teammates at Idaho State. There are five Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: Calvin Chandler (Bellarmine Prep), Josh Garnett (Puyallup), Charlie Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep), (Lynnwood), Michael Rector (Bellarmine Prep) and Sam Shober (Archbishop Murphy). Washington’s roster includes numerous Californians, including 12 from Northern California: Josh Banks (Stockton), DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), Darrell Daniels (Pittsburg), Ross Dolbec (Orinda), Travis Feeney (Richmond), Kevin King (San Leandro), Scott Lawyer (San Jose), Marcus Peters (Oakland), Elijah Qualls (Petaluma), Neel Salukhe (San Jose), Shaq Thompson (Sacramento) and Cleveland Wallace (San Jose) . Other Huskies who attended the same high school as Cardinal players: UW’s Taniela Tupou and Shober (Archbishop Murphy); UW’s Bishop Sankey and SU’s Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep); UW’s Cyler Miles and SU’s Ryan Hewitt (Mullen); UW’s Kendyl Taylor and SU’s Devin Carrington (Hamilton); UW’s Marcus Farria and SU’s Zach Hoffpauir (Centennial). UW’s Erik Kohler and SU’s Francis Owusu (Oaks Christian); UW’s Colin Tanigawa and SU’s Kodi Whitfield and Conrad Ukropina (Loyola).

HUSKIES VS. BAY AREA SCHOOLS:  Washington has a combined, all-time record of 104-77-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 51-38-4 against Cal, 41-38-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary’s and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven’t played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary’s since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 54-13-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 24-5 vs. Cal, 22-8 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.

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