Game Notes From the Washington-Miami Contest
Sept. 9, 2000
Today marks the second meeting between Washington and Miami and the first at Husky Stadium. The last time the two schools met was in the 1994 Orange Bowl when the 19th-ranked Huskies upset the fifth-ranked Hurricanes, 38-20, breaking Miami's NCAA-record 58-game home winning streak. Miami and Washington also shared the national title in 1991.
With a #4 national ranking, the Hurricanes are the highest ranked opponent to visit Husky Stadium since UCLA came to Seattle ranked third in the AP standings in 1998.
Miami is the highest ranked opponent Washington has beaten since the 34-14 victory over then #4 Michigan in the 1991 Rose Bowl ... Miami is the highest ranked opponent that Washington has beaten at home since 1981, a 13-3 win against #3 USC.
With its 34-29 victory over fourth-ranked Miami, the Huskies have defeated at least one opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll for 12 straight seasons.
With Braxton Cleman's touchdown in the first quarter, Washington has not been shut out in 218 consecutive games. The streak dates back to 1981 and is the best among Pac-10 schools.
Cleman's touchdown, which followed RS-freshman Tyler Krambrink's fumble recovery on special teams, was the fifth consecutive time that Washington had scored following an opponent turnover. The Huskies so far in 2000 have forced four turnovers on special teams including two on kickoffs and two on punts.
The Huskies later converted another Hurricane turnover into a touchdown when tight end Jerramy Stevens scored in the second quarter following Anthony Vonture's fumble recovery. Stevens' touchdown was the sixth consecutive time Washington had scored following an opponent turnover. The Huskies' streak was broken in the fourth quarter, but remain 7-of-9 in that category this season.
The same Washington player caused and recovered each of Miami's two turnovers (both fumbles) in the first half. Husky Tyler Krambrink caused and recovered Miami's Santana Moss' fumble in the first quarter and then cornerback Anthony Vontoure caused and recovered Hurricane quarterback Ken Dorsey's fumble in the second quarter.
Miami's block of Husky Ryan Fleming's punt in the first quarter was the first time the Huskies have had a punt blocked since September 18, 1999, against Air Force ... Husky Larry Tripplett's block of Hurricane Todd Sievers' field goal attempt in the third quarter was the first blocked field goal by the Huskies since the UCLA game on November 13, 1999.
In each of the past two games, a true freshman has scored a touchdown for the Huskies. Against the Hurricanes, freshman tailback Rich Alexis, a native of Coral Springs, Fla., scored on a 50-yard run. Freshman Derrick Johnson scored on a 22-yard reverse in the opener versus Idaho to become the Huskies' first true freshman to score a touchdown in a opener since 1982.
Marques Tuiasosopo notes: With his 223 yards passing, Tuiasosopo recorded his 11th career 200-yard passing game and his second of the season, following a 223-yard performance versus Idaho ... his 11th career 200-yard passing game allowed him to tie former Husky standout Damon Huard and put him one behind former quarterbacks Cary Conklin and Sonny Sixkiller, who have 12 career games with 200 yards or more passing.