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Despite carrying the ball just four times last week, Bishop Sankey still ranks No. 2 in the nation in rushing.
No. 16 UW Opens Pac-12 Slate Vs. Arizona
Release: 09/23/2013
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THE GAME:  The Washington (3-0) football team opens the Pac-12 season this Saturday as 3-0 Arizona comes to Husky Stadium for a 4:00 p.m. game. FOX television will carry the game to a nationwide, over-the-air audience. The Huskies enter the game off of a 56-0 win over Idaho State last Saturday while the Wildcats had last Saturday off. Washington is ranked No. 16 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 while the Dawgs hold the No. 20 spot in the coaches’ poll. Arizona is unranked, but is receiving votes in both polls. Following the Arizona game, the Dawgs face the two highest-ranked teams in the conference in back-to-back weeks, traveling to No. 5 Stanford on Oct. 5 before hosting No. 2 Oregon on Oct. 12.

QUICK SNAPS:  Washington has gained 500 yards in total offense in three straight and over 600 in two straight games, each for the first time in school history ... Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 2 rusher with 148.7 yards per game ... Sankey has rushed for 1,219 yards in his last seven games, an average of 152 per game ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in six of the last eight and for 200 in two of his last four ... 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. 8 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 6,832 career yards ... UW has over 80 plays in all three games so far (85, 85, 81) ... 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 ... the UW currently ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in total offense, No. 9 in rushing offense, No. 17 in passing offense and No. 3 in third-down conversions ... the Huskies also rank No. 8 in scoring defense, No. 12 in total defense and No. 4 in red-zone defense.

TELEVSION:  The Washington-Arizona game will air live to a national audience on the FOX television (the over-the-air network) with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Kristina Pink (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Networks and regional Fox Sports affiliates 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 (92) and XM (190) satellite radio.

HUSKIES VS. WILDCATS HISTORY:  Washington holds an 18-10-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 11 of the last 18. Last year, the Wildcats rolled to a 52-17 win over the Huskies in Tucson, with Ka’deem Carey rushing for 172 yards. In 2011, the UW beat Arizona, 42-31, as Chris Polk scored five TDs, rushed for 144 yards and caught four passes for 100 yards. In 2010 in Tucson, Wildcats backup QB Matt Scott led his team to a 44-14 win, completing 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and two TDs. Three seasons ago in Seattle resulted in a stunning Husky win as linebacker Mason Foster intercepted a Nick Foles pass that deflected off the foot of an Arizona receiver and returend it 37 yards for a score with only 2:37 left. Washington won, 36-33, as the ‘Cats’ final drive was cut short by a Desmond Trufant interception. In 2008 in Tucson, Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski tied a school record with three touchdown receptions as the Wildcats won, 49-19. In 2007 in Seattle, the Wildcats, behind quarterback Willie Tuitama, completed an impressive comeback and beat the UW 48-41 despite Jake Locker rushing for 157 yards and passing for 336. In 2006 in Tucson, the Huskies took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and won, 21-10. In 2005, also in Tucson, Isaiah Stanback’s dramatic, 69-yard bomb on the last play of the first half and 200 rushing yards from James Sims led the Huskies to a 38-14 win. In recent years, the series has been marked by very close games. In fact, the six UW-Arizona games prior to 2005 were decided by a total of 31 points, with the most lopsided result (a 31-21 Arizona win) coming in 2004. That year, the Wildcats overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit, out-scoring the Huskies, 14-0, in the second half for the win. In 2003, Arizona snapped a string of 13 straight home losses in conference play by pulling out a late, 27-22 victory. In 2002, it was the Huskies who rallied late when Reggie Williams scored on an 80-yard reception with only 2:03 remaining in the game. In 2001, Cody Pickett ran in from three yards out with 13 seconds left to cap an amazing day. Only two weeks after separating his right (throwing) vs. USC, Pickett broke the UW record with 455 passing yards as the Huskies won, 31-28. Also included in the close contests are Washington’s come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle (Marques Tuiasosopo scored with 1:10 left for the win a week after Curtis Williams was injured at Stanford), and the 1998 31-28 ‘Cats win, which may be the most memorable game in the series’ history. Trailing 28-24 to Washington with under a minute to play, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins flipped head over heels over three Husky defenders, landing on his feet in the end zone for the winning score.

WASHINGTON-ARIZONA TIES:  The Washington and Arizona coaching staffs share only one real connection via UA offensive line coach Jim Michalczik, who was briefly on Steve Sarkisian’s first UW staff and also worked alongside Husky o-line coach Dan Cozzetto at Oregon State. Michalczik is also married to former UW volleyball player Jennifer Streatfeild. As for players, the UW’s current roster includes four players from Arizona: Marcus Farria (Peoria/Centennial), Ryan Masel (Phoenix/Desert Vista), Taelon Parson (Gilbert/Perry) and Kendyl Taylor (Chandler/Hamilton). Arizona’s Tevin Hood went to Hamilton. The Wildcats have only two players from the state of Washington on its roster: Sir Thomas Jackson (O’Dea) and Justin Samuels (Camas). Husky OT Ben Riva went to O’Dea. Additionally, UW’s Sean Parker and UA’s Eric Bender-Ramsay were classmates at L.A.’s Narbonne High while UW’s Colin Tanigawa and Arizona’s Jared Baker both graduated from Loyola High in L.A. Arizona’s Beau Boyster and Arlandis Hinton went to St. John Bosco, same as Huskies Keith Price and Will Shamburger while Husky Ryan McDaniel and Wildcat B.J. Denker both went to Torrance North. Finally, the UW’s Damore’ea Stringfellow and UA’s Daniel Jenkins and Terrence Miller both went to Rancho Verde High in Southern California.

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