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Dawgs & Ducks On Tap For Saturday Clash
Release: 10/07/2013
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The Game:  Washington returns home to Husky Stadium for a highly-anticipated matchup with old rival Oregon in a 1:00 p.m. game Saturday. The game will air live to a national audience on FOX Sports 1 television. Washington suffered a tough, three-point loss last Saturday at No. 5 Stanford and dropped one spot in each poll. The Huskies are now No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and No. 19 in the coaches poll while Oregon retained its No. 2 spot in both after a win at Colorado. The UW also welcomes ESPN’s College Gameday for the first time in the history of the popular pregame show.

Quick Snaps:  The UW has gone three-and-out on offense in only six of 65 drives this season (9.2 percent) ... only Baylor (1-out-of-61; 1.6 percent) boasts a better percentage ... UW has allowed 84 pass receptions, only five of which have gone for more than 25 yards .. Washington is highly ranked in the NCAA in a number of offensive and defensive categories, including: 3rd in 3rd-down conversions, 7th in completion pct. and 5th in total offense, as well as 3rd in pass efficiency defense and 11th in scoring defense ... the Huskies have turned the ball over six times this year, but have not allowed any of those turnovers to be converted into points ... conversely, the UW has converted six of eight takeaways into touchdowns ... Washington has allowed just seven points in the first and fourth quarters this season ... Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 4 rusher with 146.4 yards per game ... he’s rushed for 100 or more in eight of the last 10 ... Sankey’s 2,358 career rush yards are good for 11th in UW history, and within 200 yards of 6th place ... Keith Price, who is currently No. 16 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 7,347 career yards, 292 shy of the No. 2 spot on the list ... UW has over 80 plays in all five games so far (85, 85, 81, 86, 88) ... 10 true freshmen 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 36 players who have started at least one game in their career, including eight offensive linemen ... however, only 24 different players have started a game this season ... Sean Parker is 13th in the nation in interceptions per game.

Television:  The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a national audience on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Kristina Pink (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Network will also air condensed, one-hour replays of the game during the following week while various regional Fox Sports stations will also show replays.

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 UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (112) and XM (192) satellite radio.

Huskies vs. Ducks History:  Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 42 losses and five ties. While the series of games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoying a 16-12 edge all-time (Oregon's home games vs. the UW were played in Portland for many years), the Huskies are 31-20-4 against their cross-border rivals in games played in Seattle. Washington has been a frequent visitor to Eugene in recent years. The 2009 game in Seattle was just the third in the decade while they've met at Autzen in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2010.  The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning 14 of the last 18 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won 15 of the last 31 and 21 of the last 38. Last season in Eugene, second-ranked Oregon beat No. 23 Washington, 52-21. In 2011, in the final game at the old Husky Stadium, the Ducks beat the UW, 34-17. In 2010 in Eugene, UW QB Keith Price made his first college start in a 53-16 Husky loss. Oregon led 18-16 in the third quarter before pulling away. Three years at Husky Stadium, Oregon won, 43-19. Four seasons ago in Eugene in the season-opener for both teams, Jeremiah Masoli came off the bench and led the Ducks to a 44-10 win. In 2007 in Seattle, the Huskies and Ducks were tied at 31-31 after three quarters before Oregon pulled away in the final period for a 55-34 win. The Huskies' last win over Oregon was in 2003, when Shelton Sampson and Kenny James both rushed for over 100 yards in a 42-10 Husky victory. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year.

Washington-Oregon Ties:  Washington’s coaching staff includes two coaches who were four-year lettermen at Oregon. Both UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon lettered from 1996 to 1999. Both joined the UW staff prior to last season. Several current longtime members of the UO coaching staff were working at Oregon at the time that Wilcox and Sirmon played there. Sirmon was also a grad assistant with the Ducks in 2009. Additionally, UW offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau worked on the same Colorado staff as Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich in the late 2000s. Washington’s current roster includes just two players from the state of Oregon: junior OL James Atoe (The Dalles-Wahtonka) and freshman OL Andrew Kirkland (Portland/Jesuit). The Ducks’ roster lists only two Washingtonians: Andy Mattingly (Spokane/Mead) and Aaron Lee (Federal Way/Decatur). A few Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: Husky Gregory Ducre and Duck De’Anthony Thomas (Crenshaw); Husky Kendyl Taylor and Ducks Tyler Johnstone and Reggie Daniels (Hamilton); Kirkland and Ducks Keanon Lowe, Doug Brenner & Matt Pierson (Jesuit); Husky Kevin King and Duck T.J. Daniel (Bishop O’Dowd); and Husky Erik Kohler and Duck Connor Johnson (Oaks Christian).

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 105 games and Oregon State on 97 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-42-5, Washington State 67-32-6 and Oregon State 59-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 184-108-15 (.624) 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.

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