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Dawgs Head To Friday Night Date With UCLA
Release: 11/11/2013
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THE GAME:  The Washington football team (6-3 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) travels to face UCLA (7-2, 4-2) in a Friday night game in the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN2. The Huskies, who have racked up comfortable wins over Cal and Colorado in its last two games, earned votes in both the AP top 25 and USA Today coaches’ poll this week while UCLA is ranked No. 13 by the writers and No. 15 by the coaches. After this UCLA trip, the Huskies face Oregon State Nov. 23 in Corvallis before hosting Washington State the day after Thanksgiving.

QUICK SNAPS:  Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 145.0 yards per game ... Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 13 ... his 30 career rushing TDs are tied for third in UW history, just four shy of Napoleon Kaufman’s record ... Sankey’s 2,931 career rush yards are good for 4th in UW history while his 1,305 yards this season are already seventh-most ... Keith Price moved into the No. 2 spot in UW career passing yards in ASU game ... he now has 8,434 career yards ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 18 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also fourth-most in Husky history among all players ... the UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in eight of nine games this season (all but Idaho State, when back-up players were already in the game) ... the Huskies have turned the ball over nine times this year, and have allowed only one of those turnovers to be converted into a touchdown ... conversely, the UW has converted 10 of 14 takeaways into touchdowns ... 10 true freshmen have played this season: WR Darrell Daniels, DB Kevin King, DE Joe Mathis, WR John Ross, WR Damore’ea Stringfellow, PK Cameron Van Winkle, DB Trevor Walker, DE Marcus Farria, WR Taelon Parson, DB Kaleb Taylor ... not counting specialists (kickers, punter, snappers, holders, returners) the UW has 37 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... however, only 27 different players have started a game this season.

TELEVISION:  The Washington-UCLA game will air live on the ESPN, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Danny Kanell (analyst) and Allison Williams (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 19 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (85) and XM (85) satellite radio. Additionally, Westwood One (John Tautjes and Terry Donahue) will air the game nationally.

HUSKIES vs. BRUINS HISTORY:  UCLA enjoys an eight-game edge in the series, with 38 wins, 30 losses and two ties in 70 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead relatively recently, having  won 11 of the last 14, with many recent games having been comebacks. The Huskies and Bruins haven't played one another since 2010 (UW didn't face UCLA or ASU in 2011 and 2012). That last meeting was a rare Thursday night contest in Seattle, with the Huskies beating the Bruins, 24-7, as UCLA was held off the scoreboard after the first quarter. Chris Polk rushed for 138 yards and Jesse Callier added 107 in what was mostly a defensive game (UW out-gained UCLA 321 to 163 yards). In 2009 in Pasadena, the Bruins held off the Huskies' comeback attempt for a 24-23 victory. In 2008, UCLA pulled away late for a 27-7 win. But in 2007 in Pasadena, the Bruins beat the Huskies, 44-31, in a game that featured 41 combined points scored in the fourth quarter after a 10-10 tie at the half. The Huskies got the win in 2006 in Seattle, coming back from 16-0 behind to win, 29-19. In 2005, the Bruins needed a fourth-quarter comeback to secure a 21-17 win as the Huskies led 10-0 at half and 17-7 after three quarters. In 2004 in Seattle, Maurice Drew ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns as the Bruins came back from a 24-7 deficit to win, 37-31. In 2003 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. In 2002, the Bruins parlayed a 24-14 halftime lead into a 34-24 win. 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 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 12 of the last 17 meetings (all but 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007) between Washington and UCLA, one or both of the teams has been ranked. Going by ranking alone, the Bruins 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 2004, 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 Los Angeles.

WASHINGTON-UCLA TIES:  There are many ties between the UW and UCLA programs. Most obviously, Bruins head coach Jim Mora played at Washington, lettering from 1981 through 1983. Additionally, two members of the Bruins coaching staff, Demetrice Martin and Eric Yarber, have coached at Washington, with Martin having worked under current Husky head man Steve Sarkisian. Husky QBs coach Marques Tuiasosopo spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons on the UCLA staff, with the latter of those two being under Mora. Bruins offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone and Husky o-line coach Dan Cozzetto both worked together at Oregon State in the early 2000s. As for players, the Bruins roster includes four players from Washington, all of them graduates of Bellevue High: Blake Backer, Michael Carlson, Myles Jack and Mitch Johnson. UW’s roster includes three Bellevue grads: Sean Constantine, Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip. All seven of those are freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Washington’s roster includes 38 players from what could loosely be considered southern California: Brandon Beaver (Compton), Keishawn Bierria (Carson), Derrick Brown (Winchester), Jesse Callier (Downey), Brian Clay (Vacaville), Travis Coons (Alta Loma), Deontae Cooper (Perris), Dane Crane (Irvine), Mike Criste (Mission Viejo), Gregory Ducre (Los Angeles), Patrick Enewally (Norwalk), Princeton Fuimaono (Long Beach), Marvin Hall (Los Angeles), Taylor Hindy (West Hills), Jermaine Kelly (Los Angeles), Erik Kohler (Camarillo), Cory Littleon (Spring Valley), Joe Mathis (Ontario), Ryan McDaniel (Torrance), Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles), Connor O’Brien (Trabuco Canyon), Sean Parker (Los Angeles), Joshua Perkins (Cerritos), Keith Price (Compton), John Ross (Long Beach), Will Shamburger (Compton), Coleman Shelton (Pasadena), Josh Shirley (Fontana), Kevin Smith (Compton), Demore’ea Stringfellow (Perris), Colin Tanigawa (Pasadena), John Timu (Long Beach), Siosifa Tufunga (Long Beach), Damion Turpin (Compton), Thomas Tutogi (Chula Vista), Azeem Victor (Upland), Dwayne Washington (Lakewood) and Troy Williams (Los Angeles).
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