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Petersen Era Kicks Off Saturday In Honolulu
Release: 08/25/2014
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The Game: The Washington football team kicks off the 2014 season, their first under new head coach Chris Petersen, Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Huskies travel to Aloha Stadium in Honolulu to face Hawai’i. The Huskies finished last season 9-4 overall and 5-4 in the Pac-12, capping the season with a win over BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl. Washington enters this season ranked No. 25 in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches’ Poll. Saturday’s game at Hawai’i will kick off at 4:30 p.m. Hawaii Time/7:30 p.m. Pacific Time and will air live on CBS College Sports as well as the Washington IMG Radio Network, with new flagship KOMO AM-1000 and FM 97.7. Coach Petersen, who boasts the best winning percentage among active NCAA Division I-FBS coaches at 92-12, came to Montlake after eight seasons at Boise State, where he won five conference titles and led his Broncos to a pair of unbeaten seasons capped by Fiesta Bowl victories. After the trip to the Islands, Washington returns home for four consecutive Saturdays. The Huskies will play host to Eastern Washington, Illinois and Georgia State before opening Pac-12 Conference play Sept. 27 vs. Stanford.

Season Openers: Washington is 84-34-6 all-time in season openers, good for a mark of .690. Since 1989, Washington has posted an 14-10 record in season openers – 9-1 at home, 5-8 on the road, 0-1 neutral site. Last year, Washington beat Boise State, 38-6, in the UW’s return to newly renovated Husky Stadium. In 2012, the Huskies beat San Diego State, 21-12, at CenturyLink Field. In 2011, the Huskies beat defending NCAA Division I FCS Champion Eastern Washington, 30-27, for the UW’s first season-opening win since 2007. In the 24-season span dating back to 1989, the Huskies have opened vs. a ranked team 11 times: vs. No. 15 Stanford in 1993 (W, 31-14), at No. 17 USC in 1994 (L, 24-17), at No. 20 Arizona State in 1996 (L, 45-42), vs. No. 19 BYU in 1997 (W, 42-20) at No. 8 Arizona State in 1998 (W, 42-38), vs. No. 11 Michigan in 2001 (W, 23-18), at No. 12 Michigan in 2002 (L, 31-29), at No. 2 Ohio State in 2003 (L, 28-9), at No. 21 Oregon in 2008 (L, 44-10), vs. No. 11 LSU in 2009 (L, 31-23) and vs. No. 19 Boise State in 2013 (W, 38-6).

Television: The Washington-Hawai’i game will air live to a national audience on CBS College Sports with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play), Aaron Taylor (color) and Jamie Ehrdahl (sidelines) providing the commentary.

Radio: The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KOMO AM-1000 and FM-97.7, 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 UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (113) and XM (198) satellite radio.

Petersen Tops List: The 2014 NCAA record book lists the top active FBS coaches in terms of winning percentage (minimum five years at FBS) and the Huskies’ own Chris Petersen tops this list. Peteren’s .885 career winning percentage entering the season was No. 3 in the country for all NCAA levels behind only Lance Leipold of Wisconsin-Whitewater (.940) and Chuck Martin (.914), who is in his first season at Miami (Ohio) having compiled his entire W-L record at Grand Valley State. Here are the top 10 FBS coaches by career winning percentage, at the start of the 2014 season:

  No.       Name, School                                        W         L        T         Pct.

     1.       Chris Petersen, Washington.............. 92      12        0       .885

     2.       Urban Meyer, Ohio State..................... 128      25        0       .837

     3.       Bob Stoops, Oklahoma........................ 160      39        0       .804

     4.       Nick Saban, Alabama.......................... 165      57        1       .742

     5.       Brian Kelly, Notre Dame..................... 208      72        2       .741

     6.       Mark Richt, Georgia............................. 126      45        0       .737

     7.       Bobby Petrino, Louisville....................... 83      30        0       .735

     8.       Steve Spurrier, South Carolina .......... 219      79        2       .733

     9.       Les Miles, LSU...................................... 123      45        0       .732

   10.       Gary Patterson, TCU............................ 120      44        0       .732

Petersen's First Five: The NCAA Record Book also notes that Petersen won more games in his first season as a head coach (13-0 in 2006) than any coach in history and that his win percentage over his first five seasons (61-5) was fifth-best in history, ahead of the likes of Knute Rockne and Bud Wilkinson and behind coaching legends like Gil Dobie and Walter Camp. Here are the 10-best coaching performances over the first five years of a career:

Coach, Team(s)                                                Seasons        W      L      T    Pct.

Gil Dobie, North Dakota St., Washington......... 1906-10        26      0      1  .981

Walter Camp, Yale, Stanford........................... 1888-92        69      2      2  .959

George Woodruff, Penn.................................. 1892-96        67      5      0  .931

Bob Neyland, Tennessee................................ 1926-30        43      2      3  .927

Chris Petersen, Boise State............................ 2006-10        61      5      0  .924

Knute Rockne, Notre Dame............................. 1918-22        39      3      3  .900

Barry Switzer, Oklahoma................................ 1973-77        51      5      2  .896

Elmer Henderson, Southern California......... 1919-23        36      5      0  .878

Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma............................. 1947-51        46      6      1  .877

Henry Williams, Army, Minnesota....... 1891, 1900-03        47      4      6  .877

Huskies vs. Warriors History: Washington and Hawai'i have played only four times in the two teams' histories – in the 1938 Pineapple Bowl (sometimes also referred to as the Poi Bowl), in a regular-season game in Seattle in 1973, in Honolulu in 2007 and in 2011 at Husky Stadium. The '37 Huskies had finished the regular season 5-2-2 and 4-2-2 in the PCC. The team had stored all its gear for the off-season when an invitation to play came from the University of Hawai'i. Coach Jimmy Phelan polled the team, received unanimous approval, and set off by ship from Vancouver, B.C., for a week-long voyage, during which the team practiced on deck. The UW took the lead early on as Jimmy Johnston ran 15 yards around left end before lateralling to center Bud Erickson, who went 32 more yards for a touchdown. Johnston then hit Merle Miller on a 35-yard score, then set up two other TDs with a 69-yard punt return and a 30-yard run to the Hawai'i one. The Huskies led 26-0 before the home team notched a first down. The Huskies' second unit posted two more long scores (a 41-yard run from Everett Austin and a 50-yard play on a ball lateralled from Joe Dubsky to Rich Worthington) in the second quarter for a 39-0 halftime lead. Lloyd Phelps (53 yards) and Don Jones (20) added two more TDs in the third quarter before Hawai'i got two late scores from Akee Choy. A few days later, the Huskies beat a team called "Honolulu Townies," 35-6, before returning to Seattle. The Huskies opened the 1973 season with a 10-7 loss to the Rainbows (as they were known at the time) at Husky Stadium. The Dawgs scored their lone points on their second drive of the game as a one-yard run from Pete Taggares capped an 11-play drive. Later in the first quarter, Hawai'i got a 27-yard field goal from Reinhold Stuprich to make it 7-3. The Huskies had a chance for another score in the second quarter when the UW recovered a fumble on the Hawaii 23, but Taggares lost a yard on a fourth-down run from the one, and then missed a 35-yard field goal in the final minute of the half. Hawaii took the lead for good in the third quarter when Casey Ortez hit Abe Brown with 24-yard pass. In the fourth, the UW squandered chance after chance, fumbling the ball at the Hawaii 23-yard line with 13:05 left and at the Rainbows' eight-yard line with 7:48 remaining. The Dawgs then got the ball back on a fumble, but Denny Fitzpatrick's fourth-down pass from the Hawaii 17 was intercepted. The Rainbows then ran the final 3:37 off of the clock to hang on for the win. The game featured five interceptions (three from UW, two from Hawaii) and 13 fumbles (six lost: two from UW, four from Hawai'i). After the game, Hawai'i coach Dave Holmes called it "the biggest win ever for me." In 2007, the Huskies and Warriors closed out the regular season at Aloha Stadium as Hawai'i capped a perfect 12-0 year with a 35-28, come-from behind win. Washington built a 21-0 lead in the first quarter on one TD run from Jake Locker and two from fullback Luke Kravitz. After the first of five TD passes from UH quarterback Colt Brennan cut the lead to 21-7, UW fullback Paul Homer scored on a one-yard run to make it 28-7. From there, Brennan took over, tossing two more TD passes in the second quarter (28-21 at half) and two more in the fourth (including the game-winner with 0:44 remaining) to pull out a remarkable 35-28 win, one of the most important victories in UH football history. In 2011 in Seattle, the Huskies held on to beat the Warriors, 40-32. In just his second start, Keith Price completed 18-of-25 for 315 yards and four touchdowns while Chris Polk rushed for 107 and a score. Hawai'i's Bryant Moniz was 31-for-45 for 333 yards and a TD. Washington actually led the game 21-0 after a quarter, but Hawai'i scored a pair of TDs (one of them on a 99-yard interception return from Richard Torres) in the second to close the gap. Hawai'i got it as close as five points in the fourth quarter, but the Huskies closed out the win on a defensive conversion from Desmond Trufant to account for the eight-point gap.

Other Games In Hawaii: Aside from the Huskies’ game vs. Hawaii in the 1938 Pineapple Bowl, the Huskies have played several other games in Hawaii, in both the Aloha and O’ahu Bowls, posting an overall record of 4-3. Here all the Huskies’ games in Hawaii:

Jan. 1, 1938       Washington 53, Hawai’i 13                    Pineapple (Poi) Bowl

Jan. 6, 1938       Washington 35, Honolulu “Townies” 6              after Pineapple Bowl

Dec. 25, 1982   Washington 21, Maryland 20                Aloha Bowl

Dec. 26, 1983   Penn State 13, Washington 10               Aloha Bowl

Dec. 25, 1997   Washington 51, Michigan State 23         Aloha Bowl

Dec. 25, 1998   Air Force 45, Washington 25                   O’ahu Bowl

Dec. 1, 2007      Hawai’i 35, Washington 28                    regular season

Washington-Hawai’i Ties: Washington has a long history of recruiting in Hawai’i, so it’s no surprise that there are close ties between the two programs, including a few players who spent time at the opposite school. Firstly, however, among coaches: Washington running backs coach Keith Bhonapha was a four-year letterman at Hawai’i and also began his coaching career there as a GA in 2003-05. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UH. Hawai’i running backs coach Wayne Moses earned four letters (1973, 1975-77) as a DB at Washington and also coached at the UW under Jim Lambright and Rick Neuheisel. As for players, Washington’s roster includes Brian Clay, who spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons at Hawai’i before transferring to the UW. Taz Stevenson played the last four years at Washington before earning his degree and transferring to UH for the 2014 season. The UW roster includes four players who prepped in Hawai’i: OL Shane Brostek (Hawai’i Prep), OL Micah Hatchie (Waialua), OLB Hau’oli Kikaha (Kahuku) and OLB Psalm Wooching (Kealakehe). There is just one Washingtonian on the UH roster, DB Dee Maggitt, who attended Lakes. Wooching attended Kealakehe with UH’s Eli Asotui while Kikaha went to Kahuku with John Wa’a, Rashaan Falemalu, Benetton Fonua. Hatchie and UH’s Hunter Thomson went to Waialua. Other UW and UH players from the same high school: UW’s Brandon Beaver and Damion Turpin and UH’s Don’yeh Patterson (Dominguez (Patterson played there as a junior)); UW’s Mike Criste and UH’s Keali’i Kauahi and Anthony Pierce (Mission Viejo); UW’s Derrick Brown and UH’s Jeremy Castro (Vista Murrieta); UW’s Jermaine Kelly and UH’s Ikaika Woolsey (Salesian); UW’s Shaq Thompson and UH’s Trayvon Henderson (Grant).

Dawgs vs. The MWC: Washington has a pretty fair amount of history with the current (2014 season, that is) members of the Mountain West Conference. Washington has played all but three (Colorado State, New Mexico and UNLV) of the 12 schools that comprise the MWC. All totaled, the Huskies are 27-10 against current MWC members, Here's the breakdown: 2-6 vs. Air Force; 2-1 vs. Boise State; 2-1 vs. Fresno State; 3-1 vs. Hawai'i; 1-1 vs. Nevada; 3-0 vs. San Diego State; 10-0 vs. San Jose State; 2-0 vs. Utah State; and 2-0 vs. Wyoming.

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