Dawgs Return To Seattle To Face Vikings
THE GAME: The Washington football team (1-1) returns home for the first of two straight home games this week as the Huskies play host to Portland State (1-1) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Vikings are coached by former two-time Husky captain Nigel Burton, who is in his third season as PSU's head man. Burton also has two former Husky standouts on his coaching staff, linebackers Lester Towns and Ikaika Malloe. The Huskies enter the game having fallen 41-3 last Saturday at then-No. 3 LSU one week after opening with a 21-12 victory over San Diego State. Portland State opened the season with a win over Carroll College before a comeback bid fell short in a 45-37 loss at North Dakota last Saturday. PSU out-gained UND, 515 to 401 in that loss. This Saturday's game at CenturyLink Field kicks off at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast nationwide on FX television. Twelve days after the PSU game, the Huskies enter Pac-12 Conference play with a Thursday night, ESPN game vs. Stanford on Sept. 27. The Huskies then travel to Oregon before entertaining USC in Seattle.
QUICK SNAPS: With a career-high 10 tackles in the game last Saturday at LSU, UW nose tackle Danny Shelton became the first Husky defensive lineman to record double-digit tackles in a game since Daniel Te'o-Nesheim had 11 in the 2008 Apple Cup ... Washington had seven true freshmen see action in the season-opener Sept. 1 vs. San Diego State: P Korey Durkey, LS Ryan Masel, WR Jaydon Mickens, WR Kendyl Taylor, S Shaq Thompson, DE Pio Vatuvei and TB Erich Wilson II ... both Mickens and Thompson started the game ... Taylor started the game at LSU (as did Thompson) ... sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins set a new career-high with nine receptions vs. SDSU while quarterback Keith Price set a new career-high for completions, with 25 ... he remains, statistically, the most accurate passer in UW history ... junior CB Tre Watson, a former walkon transfer from Central Washington University, was awarded a scholarship prior to the season opener ... he started the SDSU game and had a 34-yard interception on the first drive of the game ... a total of 16 players made their UW debut vs. San Diego State while five more players made their collegiate debut in the game at LSU ... geographically, Portland State is the UW's closest Division I opponent.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Portland State game will air live to a national audience on FX with Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color) and Petros Papadakis (sidelines) providing the commentary.
RADIO:The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM/102.9 FM, 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 (139) satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. VIKINGS HISTORY: Washington and Portland State have never faced one another on the football field, owing in part to the fact that Portland State was a Division II program into the mid-1990s and was only founded in 1946, a time by which the UW played far fewer Northwest colleges than it had in the pre-war years. The Huskies have, in face, played games against only two of the 13 teams that currently comprise the Big Sky Conference in football. Washington edged one of those two, Eastern Washington, 30-27, in the season opener last year - the only meeting between UW and EWU. The only other Big Sky opponent the Huskies have ever played is Montana, which was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference (precursor to the Pac-12) along with the UW for most of those meetings. The Huskies are 16-1-1 all-time vs. the Grizzlies in a stretch of games that ran from 1920 to 1951. Montana left the PCC after the 1950 season.
WASHINGTON-PSU TIES: Washington and Portland State carry a number of close ties on their coaching staffs and rosters, no surprise given that they're about three hours apart by car. Most notably, PSU head coach Nigel Burton is a UW grad and former football player. Burton began his career at Pacific in 1995, but after the Tigers dropped their program, transferred to the UW. He was a three-year starter (1996-98) and three-time Academic All-Pac-10 first-team selection while at the UW, graduating in 1999. The third-year PSU head coach has two former Husky teammates on his staff, special teams coordinator Ikaika Malloe and linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Lester Towns. Malloe was a walk-on who, remarkably, earned four letters (1993-96) a linebacker and special teams standout for the UW. Towns was a four-year letterman (1996-99) for the Huskies, starting two games as a freshman and then serving as a starter for the better part of the following three years. A two-time team captain (including alongside Burton in 1998), Towns was drafted by the Carolina Panthers and spent seven seasons in the NFL. On the flip side, Washington offensive coordinator and QBs coach Eric Kiesau is a Portland State graduate (1996) and was the Vikings' starting quarterback in 1996. As for the rosters, Washington has just one player from the state of Oregon (James Atoe from The Dalles) while PSU's roster includes 14 players from the state of Washington. Of those 14 Washingtonians, Tyler Rogers went to Lakes, the same school as Huskies Jamaal Kearse, Sione Potoa'e and Willis Wilson; while PSU's Julious went to Belleve, the alma mater of Huskies Jake Eldrenkamp and Michael Kneip. Other Huskies and Vikings who attended the same high school: PSU's Dennis Taylor and UW's Josh Shirley (Kaiser); PSU's John Archuleta and UW's Kendyl Taylor (Hamilton); PSU's Junior Alexis and Nick Alexander and UW's Gregory Ducre (Crenshaw).