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Dawgs Back At Husky Stadium To Face Bengals
Release: 09/16/2013
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THE GAME:  The Washington football team returns to Seattle for its first-ever meeting with Idaho State. Both the Huskies and the Bengals enter the game with 2-0 records. Washington moved up to No. 17 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 20 in the latest coaches’ poll. Kickoff for Saturday’s game is set for 12 noon and the game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Huskies have opened the season with an prolific, fast-paced offense, having run 85 plays in each of their first two games while averaging more than 600 yards of total offense. After the Idaho State game, the Huskies remain at home to face Arizona Sept. 28 in the conference opener for both teams. The Dawgs then head back on the road for an Oct. 5 date at Stanford before welcoming Oregon to Husky Stadium on Oct. 12.

QUICK SNAPS:  Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s leading rusher with 184.5 yards per game ... Sankey has rushed for 1,142 yards in his last seven games, an average of 163 per game ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in six of the last seven and for 200 in two of his last three ... 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 moved into the No. 3 spot in UW career passing yards in the win at Illinois ... he now has 6,619 career yards ... Price has two straight 300-yard games after having only done that twice before in his entire career ... Josh Shirley is currently tied for the NCAA lead with 1.5 sacks per game ... UW has run 85 plays in each of the first two games ... 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 ... an additional seven UW players saw their first-ever collegiate action vs. the Broncos ... 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 ... the UW currently ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in total offense and No. 3 in third-down conversions.

  The Washington-Idaho State game will air live to a national audience on the the the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Jill Savage (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Networks will also air repeated broadcasts of the game. Check your cable/dish listings for more.

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 (110) and XM (191) satellite radio.

HUSKIES vs. IDAHO STATE:  Washington has never face Idaho State, despite the Bengals being from one of the neighboring states. The Huskies do have a long history against Idaho, a former member of what is now the Pac-12 Conference. The UW is 35-2-2 vs. the Vandals. Washington also has a more-recent history vs. Boise State, having gone 2-1 vs. the Broncos with all three of those meetings having come in the last six years.

HUSKIES vs. THE BIG SKY:  Washington has faced just three current members of the Big Sky Conference in its football history: Eastern Washington, Portland State and Montana. The UW beat EWU in the 2011 season opener and  won its lone meeting vs. Portland State last season. The Grizzlies were a part of the Pacific Coast Conference (precursor to the Pac-12) from 1924 to 1950, and faced the UW 18 times from 1920 to 1951. Washington went 16-1-1 in those 18 meetings with the lone loss coming in 1920 and the tie in 1929.

HOME vs. NON-CONFERENCE:  Washington has been very tough to beat in home, non-conference games over the last several decades or so. Going back to (and including) the 1981 season, the Huskies have posted a 56-13 record against non-Pac-12 foes in Husky Stadium. Those 13 losses have come to Nebraska (2010), LSU (2009), BYU (2008), Oklahoma (2008), Ohio State (2007), Notre Dame (2005), Fresno State (2004), Nevada (2003), Air Force (1999), Nebraska (1997), Notre Dame (1995), Colorado (1989) and Oklahoma State (1985). The wins during that stretch include victories over No. 19 Boise State to open this season, No. 22 Boise State in 2007, No. 11 Michigan in 2001, No. 4 Miami in 2000, and No. 12 Nebraska in 1992, to name just four. Prior to the 2004 loss to Nevada, Washington hadn’t lost a home game to a non-league opponent since falling to Air Force, 31-21, on September 18, 1999. The Huskies had won 10 such games before that Nevada loss.

WASHINGTON-IDAHO STATE TIES:  There are several ways in which the UW and Idaho State players and coaches have crossed paths. Idaho State head coach Mike Kramer played at and graduated from Idaho, as did Husky offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto, though they just missed one another in terms of being teammates. UW linebackers coach Peter Sirmon and Bengals OLBs coach Spencer Toone were teammates for one season with the Tennessee Titans. Idaho State secondary coach Stanley Franks played at Idaho when UW running backs coach Johnny Nansen was a member of the coaching staff. While Washington’s current roster does not include any players from Idaho, the Bengals’ roster has 16 Washingtonians among its ranks. The only ISU player who attended a Washington high school with a current Husky is senior DB Tanner Davis, who attended Gig Harbor High, alma mater of Huskies Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Korey Durkee. While his hometown is listed as Los Angeles, ISU’s Jon Davidson attended Skyline High in Sammamish, Wash., which also produced current Huskies Weston Blackburn, Connor Cree and Kasen Williams. Other UW and ISU high school ties: UW’s Lavon Coleman and ISU’s Nikko Hayes (Lompoc), UW’s Kendyl Taylor and ISU’s Alex Burgoyne (Hamilton), Additionally, ISU senior Kimo Makaula begin his career at the UW before transferring.

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