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Bishop Sankey heads into the Apple Cup just 120 yards away from Corey Dillon's single-season record for rushing yards.
Dawgs & Cougs To Square Off For 106th Time
Release: 11/25/2013
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THE GAME:  The Washington football team (7-4 overall, 4-4 Pac-12) takes on cross-state rival Washington State (6-5, 4-4) in the 106th Apple Cup. Kickoff is Friday at 12:30 p.m. PT at Husky Stadium and the game will air live on FOX television (the over-the-air FOX network). Washington comes in to the Apple Cup off of a 69-24 win last Saturday at Oregon State while the Cougars earned bowl eligibility for the first time since 2006 with a victory over Utah.

QUICK SNAPS:  Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 4 rusher with 143.2 yards per game ... Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 6 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 17 ... his 34 career rushing TDs have tied him with Napoleon Kaufman for the UW career record ... Sankey’s 3,201 career rush yards are good for third in UW history while his 1,575 yards this season are already second-most, just 120 short of Corey Dillon’s 1996 school record (1,695) ... Keith Price moved into the No. 2 spot in UW career passing yards in ASU game ... he now has 8,615 career yards ... Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 19 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also fourth-most in Husky history among all players ... Sean Parker’s 11 career interceptions are tied for seventh-most in UW history ... the UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in 10 of 11 games this season (all but Idaho State, when back-up players were already in the game) ... the Huskies have turned the ball over 13 times this year, and have allowed only three of those turnovers to be converted into a touchdown ... conversely, the UW has converted 15 of 20 takeaways into scores (14 TDs, 1 FG) ... 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.

TELEVISION:  The Washington-Washington State game will air live on the FOX television (over the air), with Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Joey Harrington (analyst) and Ryan Nece (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 (91) and XM (91) satellite radio.

HUSKIES vs. COUGARS HISTORY:  The Washington-Washington State series dates back to 1900, when the teams played to a 5-5 tie in Seattle, but only since 1962 has the winner been awarded the Apple Cup trophy. Prior to the institution of the Apple Cup trophy, the winner of the Washington-WSU game was awarded the Governor’s Trophy from 1934 to 1961. Washington holds a commanding 67-32-6 edge in the 104-game series, including a 35-15 record in Apple Cup games. The UW is 38-15-5 against WSU in games played in Seattle, Washington is 9-7 in games played in WSU's Martin Stadium as the first UW-WSU game wasn't played there until 1982 (WSU's "home" games against UW were played in Spokane from 1950 to 1980 and Martin Stadium opened in 1972). UW is 29-15-1 in away games in the series, including games played in both Spokane and Pullman. The Huskies have won 10 of the last 15 Apple Cups. In 2012 in Pullman, WSU overcame an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime, then won 31-28 in overtime. In 2011 at CenturyLink Field, the UW won, 38-21, behind 291 yards and three TD passes from Keith Price. In 2010, Washington beat the Cougars, 35-28, in a tightly-contested game in Pullman. The winning score came on a 27-yard pass from Jake Locker to Jermaine Kearse with 44 seconds remaining. In 2009, the Huskies posted the first Apple Cup shutout since 1964 with a 30-0 win over the Cougars at Husky Stadium, breaking a two-game losing streak in the series. In 2008 in Pullman, the Cougars prevailed, 16-13, in double overtime. The year before at Husky Stadium, Alex Brink passed for 399 yards and hit Brandon Gibson with a pair of fourth-quarter TDs to lead WSU to a 42-35 win. The Huskies broke another two-game losing streak with a 35-32 win in Pullman in 2006. In 2005 at Martin Stadium, the Cougars beat the Dawgs, 28-25, behind a solid performance from Brink, who threw for two TDs and ran for another. Before that, in 2003, UW pulled a third-straight upset (by AP ranking) in the series when an unranked Husky team notched a 27-19 win over No. 8 Washington State. In 2002 in Pullman, in a game that surely ranks as one of the most memorable ever in the series, Washington shocked the No. 3 Cougars with a triple-overtime, 29-26 win, despite trailing by 10 with only 4:30 to play. In 2001, when the two teams met at Husky Stadium, the 16th-ranked Huskies upset the No. 9 Cougars with a 26-14 win. 

WASHINGTON-WSU TIES:  UW running backs coach and special teams coordinator Johnny Nansen played at and graduated from Washington State, where he played linebacker in the 1990s. UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon served on the same Tennessee staff with WSU special teams coach Eric Russell in 2011. Finally, as far as coaches go, Sirmon played for the Tennessee Titans alongside WSU d-line coach Joe Salave’a Only one Husky player comes from the eastern part of the state of Washington: Bishop Sankey (Gonzaga Prep). WSU’s Casey Locker is a first cousin of former UW quarterback Jake Locker. While there’s just the one Husky from the eastern side of the state, there are plenty of Cougar players from this side of the Cascades. And of course, a number of Huskies and Cougars played with or against one another in their high school days. The UW’s Weston Blackburn, Connor Cree and Kasen Williams attended Skyline High with WSU’s Peyton Pelluer. Husky Kevin Smith and Coug Theron West were classmates at Centennial High in Compton, Calif., while UW’s Keith Price and Will Shamburger were classmates at St. John Bosco in L.A. along with WSU’s Leon Brooks. UW’s Shaq Thompson and Cougar Darryl Paulo were teammates at Sacramento’s Grant High while UW’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Korey Durkee went to Gig Harbor HS, as did WSU’s Beau Glover. Sankey and WSU’s Jerred Sonneborn are both Gonzaga Prep grads. Huskies Connor O’Brien and Dane Crane attended Santa Margarita Catholic in Orange County, as did WSU’s Matthew Bock, Riley Sorenson and River Cracraft. Huskies Jake Eldrenkamp, Sean Constantine and Michael Kneip all went to Bellevue HS with WSU’s Nate DeRider. Husky Taniela Tupou and Cougar Ryan Saparto are both Archbishop Murphy grads while the UW’s Lawrence Lagafuaina and WSU’s Michael Taliulu went to Aiea High. Finally, UW freshmern Marvin Hall and Jaydon Mickens both went to L.A.’s Dorsey High with WSU’s Jeremiah Allison and Daquawn Brown while UW’s Ben Riva and WSU’s Sam Flor both went to Seattle’s O’Dea HS.

DAWGS AND THE NORTHWEST:  Washington’s most-played rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-12 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 105 times, Oregon in 106 games and Oregon State on 98 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-43-5, Washington State 67-32-6 and Oregon State 60-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 185-109-15 (.623) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 84 prior occasions. Over those 84 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 28 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only seven occasions.

TAKING OFFENSE:  With presumably two games to play, Washington’s offensive output this season stands to be record-breaking in a number of categories. Already, the Huskies’ 435 points are second-most in school history, trailing on the 1991 output of 461. The UW’s 57 touchdowns also rank second (1991, 63). With 2,693 rushing yards this season, the UW should surpass their 1990 school record of 2,715, and the Huskies’ 5,767 yards of total offense, through 11 games, is already a school record, passing the 5,469 yards the UW gained in 2002. Washington has reached 600 yards in total offense a record five times in 2013, having done that only six times ever in its entire history before this season.

BIG O AT OSU:  Washington’s 69-27 win at Oregon State was notable for the Huskies’ offensive output, particularly on the ground. The Huskies’ 69 points were the most they’d scored since 1944 and the fifth-most ever in a Pac-12 Conference game (meaning a conference game). The Huskies’ 530 rushing yards were second-most in history, trailing only their 559 vs. San Jose State in 1996. In that SJSU game, Washington had three players reach 100 yards rushing for the first time in school history (Corey Dillon, 222; Terry Hollimon, 148; Maurice Shaw, 100). At Oregon State, Bishop Sankey rushed for 179, Deontae Cooper tallied 166 and Dwayne Washington went for 141. The Dawgs also had their three longest rushes of the season in the  Beaver game.

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