Dawgs Return Home To Face No. 11 Trojans
Oct. 8, 2012
• UW Game Notes (vs. USC)
THE GAME:The Washington football team (3-2 overall, 1-1 Pac-12) continues a rugged stretch of games against highly-ranked teams as 11th-ranked USC (4-1, 2-0) makes the trek to CenturyLink Field for a 4:00 p.m. game this Saturday. The game will air live on FOX television. The Huskies will be looking to rebound from a loss at No. 2 Oregon, which came one week after a win over then No. 8 Stanford. Two games before that, the Huskies faced a third-ranked LSU team in Baton Rouge. USC, which beat Utah last Thursday in Salt Lake City, moved up to the. No. 11 spot in this week's Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 9 in the USA Today coaches' poll. After the game vs. the Trojans, the Huskies head to Tucson to face Arizona on Oct. 20.
QUICK SNAPS: Bishop Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in three straight games ... against Stanford, he ran for 144 yards, more than Stanford had given up total in its first four games (124) ... the Cardinal led the nation in rush defense entering the game vs. the UW ... Kasen Williams had 10 catches vs. Stanford 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 2008 vs. Arizona) ... 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 ... Cory Littleton became the 10th Husky freshman to play when he started at Oregon ... 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 and one more did so at Oregon, meaning that 32 Huskies have played in their first UW games this season, so far.
TELEVISION:The Washington-USC game will air live to a national audience on FOX television with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Julie Alexandria 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. Dial Global Radio (formerly Westwood One) will also air a national broadcast of the game with John Tautges and Terry Donahue on the call. The UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 92 and XM 192 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. TROJANS HISTORY: Washington and USC have played one another 81 times since the series began in 1923. The Trojans hold a 49-28-4 series advantage, although the Huskies have gone a closer 9-9-1 over the last 19. Washington won its first-ever meeting against the Trojans, beating USC, 22-0, in Seattle in 1923. When the series re-started in 1927, USC handed the Huskies six straight defeats before Washington reeled off five in a row. The longest streak either way in the series began in 1965, when the Trojans beat Washington for the first time of 10 straight wins. The Huskies are 17-19-4 in the 40 games played in Husky Stadium and 11-29-0 against the Trojans in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Last season, Washington posted its second straight victory via late field goal as Erik Folk connected from 32 yards to beat USC, 32-31, on the final play of the game. In 2009 in Seattle, Washington handed No. 3 USC a 16-13 win as Folk connected on a 22-yard field goal with three seconds left to cap the game-winning drive. Three years ago in L.A., USC blanked the Dawgs, 56-0, as then-coordinator Steve Sarkisian's offense racked up 488 yards while then-USC defensive coordinator Nick Holtheld the Huskies off the scoreboard. Four seasons ago, the No. 1 Trojans escaped Seattle with a 27-24 win, the second of two straight close matchups. USC overcame three turnovers and 16 penalties. USC out-gained Washington with 460 yards of total offense to the Huskies' 190, but only won the game by three points. In 2006 in L.A., the Huskies dropped a 26-20 heartbreaker to the No. 3 Trojans as time ran out with the Huskies' on the Trojans' 15-yard line. The year before in Seattle, the No. 1 Trojans used a 23-point second quarter to break open a previously close game in a 51-24 win. In 2004, the top-ranked Trojans handed the UW a 38-0 loss, breaking the Huskies' 271-game scoring streak, the longest in Division I-A at the time.
WASHINGTON-USC TIES: The Washington coaching staff main tie to USC is obvious as Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian was hired away from the Trojans, where he spent seven of the previous eight seasons (all but 2004). Sarkisian and USC head coach Lane Kiffin worked together on Pete Carroll's staff during many of those years. Husky head strength coach Ivan Lewis and director of football operations Jared Blank all worked for the Trojans before being hired by Sarkisian. Many of Kiffin's current staff at USC spent time on Carroll's Trojans staff along with Sarkisian and the other UW staff with USC ties. USC d-line coach Shawn Howe and UW defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox worked on the same staff at Tennessee in 2010. As far as players go, the only Washingtonians on the USC roster are freshmen Zach Banner (Lakes) and Alex Wood (Mercer Island). However, as is the case each year, a good deal of UW and USC players have played with or against one another in high school due to the number of Huskies from the L.A. area. The Huskies roster includes 34 players from (somewhat loosely-defined) southern California: CB Brandon Beaver (Compton), QB Derrick Brown (Winchester), TB Jesse Callier (Downey), PK Travis Coons (Alta Loma), TB Deontae Cooper (Perris), DE Talia Crichton (Lakewood), OL Mike Criste (Mission Viejo), CB Gregory Ducre (Los Angeles), LB Princeton Fuimaono (Long Beach), WR Marvin Hall (Los Angeles), OL Taylor Hindy (West Hills), DE Andrew Hudson (Redlands), WR James Johnson (Valley Center), OL Erik Kohler (Camarillo), LB Cory Littleon (Spring Valley), CB Adam Long (Los Angeles), TB Ryan McDaniel (Torrance), WR Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles), S Sean Parker (Los Angeles), WR Joshua Perkins (Cerritos), TB/FB Dezden Petty (Carson), QB Keith Price (Compton), LB Blake Rodgers (Coto de Caza), S Will Shamburger (Compton), DE Josh Shirley (Fontana), WR Kevin Smith (Compton), OL Colin Tanigawa (Pasadena), LB John Timu (Long Beach), OL Siosifa Tufunga (Long Beach), DL Damion Turpin (Compton), LB Thomas Tutogi (Chula Vista), DB Darien Washington (Norwalk), WR Dwayne Washington (Lakewood), DE Corey Waller (Long Beach) and QB Erik Wilson (Redondo Beach). Lastly, UW LB Nate Fellnerand USC punter Tyler Negrette are cousins.
vs. LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined record of 58-88-6 (.401) against the two Pac-12 schools from Los Angeles: 30-38-2 vs. UCLA and 28-50-4 against USC. While that combined record may not sound that successful, it's worth noting that no team in the Pac-12 has a winning record against either one of the two L.A. schools (other than USC's record vs. UCLA). In fact, Washington has more wins against the Trojans and Bruins (combined) than every conference school except Cal (60-113-6 (.352) combined record), and has a better winning percentage against the two than every team in the league. The next closest is Arizona State, which has totaled a combined mark of 19-34-1 (.361) against the Bruins and Trojans.