No. 23 Dawgs Head South To Face No. 2 Ducks
Oct. 1, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team (3-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) heads south to Eugene to face Northwest rival Oregon (5-0, 2-0) in the Huskies' first conference road game of the season. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Autzen Stadium and the game will air live on ESPN. The Huskies, who beat then-No. 8 Stanford, 17-13, last Thursday, earned the No. 23 spot in this week's Associated Press Top 25 (the UW was one spot out of the coaches' poll) while Oregon retained its No. 2 ranking in both major polls. Oregon will represent the third top-10 UW opponent in a stretch of four games, as the Huskies also played then-No. 3 LSU back on Sept. 8. After the trip to Oregon, the Huskies return home to face No. 13 USC Oct. 13 at CenturyLink Field. That's followed by a trip to the desert to face Arizona the following Saturday.
QUICK SNAPS: Kasen Williams had 10 catches vs. Stanford last week, the first time a UW receiver had made double-digit catches in a game since Reggie Williams caught 13 vs. Arizona in 2003 ... Desmond Trufant had his sixth career interception on Stanford's final drive, essentially securing the win ... three of his six career INTs have come in similar fashion (last year vs. EWU and in 2009 vs. Arizona) ... TB Bishop Sankey rushed for 144 yards vs. Stanford, more than the Cardinal had allowed in their first three games total (124) ... the Cardinal entered the game leading the nation in rushing defense ... Washington had seven true freshmen see action in the season-opener Sept. 1 vs. San Diego State: P Korey Durkee, 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) ... two more true freshmen made their debut vs. Portland State: WR Marvin Hall and OG Shane Brostek, who started vs. Stanford ... sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins set a new career-high with nine receptions vs. SDSU while quarterback Keith Priceset a new career-high for completions, with 25 ... he remains, statistically, the most accurate passer in UW history ... 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 ... against Portland State, an additional 10 players got on the field for the first time, meaning that 31 Huskies have played in their first UW games this season, so far.
TELEVISION:The Washington-Oregon game will air live to a national audience on ESPN with Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Lewis Johnson providing the commentary. The game will also be available on other ESPN platforms, including (depending on a number of variables particular to each viewer) espn3.com and the Watch ESPN app.
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 Ducks' broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 139 and XM 194 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. DUCKS HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 58 wins, 41 losses and five ties. While the series of games played in Eugene has the Ducks enjoying a 15-12 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 13 of the last 17 against the Dawgs. The Huskies, however, have won 15 of the last 30 and 21 of the last 37. Last year, 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 Jamesboth 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 this 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 OC Mark Helfrich in the late 2000s. Washington's current roster includes just one player from the state of Oregon: sophomore OL James Atoe, from The Dalles. The Ducks' roster lists only two Washingtonians: OL Nick Cody (Brush Prairie/Hockinson) and DL Nick Morrison (Everett/Cascade). A few Huskies and Ducks went to the same high school: Husky Gregory Ducre and Duck De'Anthony Thomas (Crenshaw); Husky Talia Crichton and Duck Rahim Cassell (Lakewood); Husky Kendyl Taylorand Ducks Tyler Johnstone and Reggie Daniels (Hamilton).
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 104 times, Oregon in 103 games and Oregon State on 96 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 58-41-5, Washington State 67-31-6 and Oregon State 58-34-4. Combined, Washington has a 183-106-15 (.627) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 83 prior occasions. Over those 83 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.