Huskies Head To Desert To Battle Wildcats
Oct. 15, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team (3-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) enters the second half of the 12-game regular-season schedule this weekend when the Dawgs travel to Tucson, Ariz., for a 7:00 p.m. PT game at Arizona (3-3, 0-3) Saturday night at Arizona Stadium. The Huskies, who have played four teams ranked among the AP's top-11 in their last four games, have dropped two in a row, having fallen to No. 2 Oregon and No. 11 USC the last two weeks. Arizona comes in off of a bye week, having lost three in a row, including a 54-48, overtime loss to Stanford on Oct. 6, in its most recent game. Saturday's game in Tucson will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Four of the Huskies' remaining six games are on the road. After the Arizona trip, the UW returns to CenturyLink Field to face Oregon State. After a Friday night game at California on Nov. 2, the home schedule wraps up against Utah on Nov. 10. Games at Colorado and Washington State complete the regular season.
QUICK SNAPS: Only a true sophomore, Austin Seferian-Jenkins already has 70 career receptions for 875 yards ... the 70 receptions are fourth-most in UW history by a tight end and the 875 yards rank fifth ... his 8 TD receptions also rank fourth by a TE ... Bishop Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in three 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 ... 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 ... 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-Arizona game will air live to a national audience on the Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece 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 Arizona broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 139 and XM 197 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. WILDCATS HISTORY: Washington holds an 18-9-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 11 of the last 17. Last year, the UW beat Arizona, 42-31, as Chris Polk scored five TDs, rushed for 144 yards and caught four passes for 100 yards. In 2010 in Tucson, Wildcats backup QB Matt Scott led his team to a 44-14 win, completing 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and two TDs. Three seasons ago in Seattle resulted in a stunning Husky win as linebacker Mason Foster intercepted a Nick Foles pass that deflected off the foot of an Arizona receiver and returend it 37 yards for a score with only 2:37 left. Washington won, 36-33, as the `Cats' final drive was cut short by a Desmond Trufant interception. In 2008 in Tucson, Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski tied a school record with three touchdown receptions as the Wildcats won, 49-19. In 2007 in Seattle, the Wildcats, behind quarterback Willie Tuitama, completed an impressive comeback and beat the UW 48-41 despite Jake Locker rushing for 157 yards and passing for 336. In 2006 in Tucson, the Huskies took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and won, 21-10. In 2005, also in Tucson, Isaiah Stanback's dramatic, 69-yard bomb on the last play of the first half and 200 rushing yards from James Sims led the Huskies to a 38-14 win. In recent years, the series has been marked by very close games. In fact, the six UW-Arizona games prior to 2005 were decided by a total of 31 points, with the most lopsided result (a 31-21 Arizona win) coming in 2004. That year, the Wildcats overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit, out-scoring the Huskies, 14-0, in the second half for the win. In 2003, Arizona snapped a string of 13 straight home losses in conference play by pulling out a late, 27-22 victory. In 2002, it was the Huskies who rallied late when Reggie Williams scored on an 80-yard reception with only 2:03 remaining in the game. In 2001, Cody Pickett ran in from three yards out with 13 seconds left to cap an amazing day. Only two weeks after separating his right (throwing) vs. USC, Pickett broke the UW record with 455 passing yards as the Huskies won, 31-28. Also included in the close contests are Washington's come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle (Marques Tuiasosopo scored with 1:10 left for the win a week after Curtis Williamswas injured at Stanford), and the 1998 31-28 `Cats win, which may be the most memorable game in the series' history. Trailing 28-24 to Washington with under a minute to play, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins flipped head over heels over three Husky defenders, landing on his feet in the end zone for the winning score.
WASHINGTON-ARIZONA TIES: The Washington and Arizona coaching staffs share no direct ties in that none of the members of the two staffs have ever worked together. As for players, Washington linebacker Thomas Tutogi is the brother of Arizona fullback/d-lineman Taimi Tutogi. They both attended Chula Vista High School in California. Thomas also went to Southwestern JC with Arizona's Elliott Taylor. The UW's current roster includes just two players from Arizona: freshmen Ryan Masel (Desert Vista) and Kendyl Taylor (Hamilton). Arizona's Tevin Hood went to Hamilton and The Wildcats have only two players from the state of Washington on its roster: Sir Thomas Jackson (O'Dea) and Justin Samuels (Camas), as well as Vaughn Brinkman, who went to Gonzaga Prep, but lived in Idaho. Husky OT Ben Riva wen to O'Dea while UW TB Bishop Sankey went to Gonzaga Prep. Additionally, UW's Sean Parker and UA's Eric Bender-Ramsay were classmates at L.A.'s Narbonne High while Husky Erik Kohler attended Oaks Christian HS in California, same as Arizona's Trace Biskin. UW's Colin Tanigawa and Arizona's Jared Baker both graduated from Loyola High in L.A.The UW's Ken Egu and UA's Kylan Butler were teammates at De La Salle HS in northern California while Arizona's Beau Boyster went to St. John Bosco, same as Huskies Keith Price and Will Shamburger.