Dawgs Head To Desert To Face No. 15 Arizona
Oct. 18, 2010
REMINDER: You can listen to the Coach Sarkisian Radio Show Monday at 4:30 p.m., live from the Don James Center. Public is welcome.
THE GAME: The Washington football team (3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Pac-10) travels to Tucson to face Arizona (5-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) in a nationally-televised, 7:15 p.m. game Saturday night. The Huskies are fresh from a double-overtime victory over then-No. 24 Oregon State last Saturday in Seattle. Arizona, one of four teams (including the UW) sitting in second place in the Pac-10, is currently ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press top-25 and No. 18 in the coaches' poll. The game will air live on ESPN and on espn3.com. The UW returns to Seattle Oct. 30 to face Stanford before traveling to face current No. 1 Oregon Nov. 6 in Eugene.
QUICK HITTERS VS. ARIZONA: Senior LB Mason Foster, who led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2008, continues to sit atop the league in that stat again in 2010 with 12.0 tackles per game, good for fifth (tied) in the nation ... Nate Williams (3rd, 9.2) and Cort Dennison (5th, 8.2) ]also rank among the top-five tacklers in the league ... walkon punter Kiel Rasp, who took over for injured starter Will Mahan after game one, ranks No. 7 in the nation in punting with an average of 45.9 yards per boot ... junior WR Jermaine Kearse ranks No. 6 in the nation and leads the Pac-10 with 103.8 receiving yards per game ... sophomore TB Chris Polk now has eight career 100-yard rushing games, which includes three this year ... if Stanford and Oregon remain in the AP top 25 the next two weeks, the Huskies will have faced six ranked teams in seven games that Oregon game ... with 19 scores in 21 trips, the Huskies rank No. 16 in the nation in red-zone offense ... Jake Locker now ranks second in UW history in career pass completions, attempts and yards (second to Cody Pickett in each case) ... Locker's 8,635 career yards of total offense now ranks 18th in Pac-10 history.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Arizona game will air nationally on ESPN television, with Carter Blackburn, former Husky quarterback Brock Huard and former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti providing the commentary. You can also see the game at espn3.com. Additionally, "Huskies All-Access" airs each Wednesday evening on FSN. The program is an up-close look at each Husky game, with features, one-on-one interviews and sideline video.
RADIO: The Washington ISP Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 17 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The Husky broadcast will also air on Sirius and XM satellite radio, and can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.
HUSKIES vs. WILDCATS HISTORY: Washington holds a 17-8-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 10 of the last 15. Overall, the Huskies are 32-23-1 all-time against the Arizona schools (Arizona and Arizona State). Last year 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. Two years ago in Tucson, Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski tied a school record with three touchdown receptions as the Wildcats won, 49-19. Nic Grigsby also rushed for 119 yards for the Cats. 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 recently. 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 recent close contests are Washington's come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle (Marques Tuiasosopo scored with 1:10 left forthe win a week after Curtis Williams was 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. Close wins for Arizona are the rule in this series. Three of the Wildcats' nine in the series have come by three points, including Arizona's first-ever win over Washington in 1988, snapping the Huskies' six-game unbeaten streak in the series. The Wildcats overcame two 10-point deficits, but still appeared headed for a tie before Washington quarterback Cary Conklin fumbled in the final minute, setting up Doug Pfaff's game-winning 22-yard field goal with five seconds left. The Wildcats won again by a field goal the following year. In his seventh season as a head coach, Arizona's Mike Stoops is 3-3 against Washington while Husky head coach Steve Sarkisian is 1-0 vs. the U of A.
WASHINGTON-ARIZONA TIES: There is really just one connection between the UW coaches and the Arizona staff. It comes in the form of UA defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo, who is a cousin of Manu Tuiasosopo, father of former Huskies Zach and Marques Tuiasosopo. Arizona's current roster includes just one player from the state of Washington, OT Adam Grant (Puyallup), while Washington's roster does not include a single player who attended high school in Arizona. Huskies and Wildcats that went to the same high school: Husky center Gregory Christine and Arizona's Vaughn Dotsy both attended St. Bonaventure High in Ventura, Calif., while Husky receiver Anthony Boyles and Arizona's Sione and Apaiata Tuihalamaka were classmates at L.A.'s Serra HS. Huskies Sean Parker and Tim Tucker, and Arizona OL Eric Bender-Ramsay were classmates last year at L.A.'s Narbonne High while UW DE Talia Crichton and Wildcats LB Trevor Erno both played at Lakewood (Calif.) High. Huskies Erik Kohler and Nick Montana both attended Oaks Christian HS in California, same as Arizona's Trace Biskin. . Lastly, Husky kicker Erik Folk's older brother, Nick, was a standout punter at placekicker at Arizona, finishing his college career in 2006.
PLAYING THE TRUE FRESHMEN: In the BYU game, Washington set a school record by utilizing 13 true freshmen. The largest number of true freshmen every to play in a season at the UW was 12, in 2008. Against Syracuse, a 14th first-year man played. Here's a list of freshmen who have played this year: TB Jesse Callier, CB Gregory Ducre, FB Zach Fogerson, LB Princeton Fuimaono, LB Garret Gilliland, TE Michael Hartvigson, DE Hau'oli Jamora, OL Erik Kohler, S Sean Parker, LB Cooper Pelluer, OL Colin Porter, DT Sione Potoa'e, WR Kevin Smith and S Taz Stevenson.
CAPTAINS: At the "Raise the Woof!" kickoff celebration held on Aug. 27, the four captains for the 2010 season, as voted by their teammates, were revealed. They are senior LB Mason Foster (Seaside, Calif.), junior offensive tackle Senio Kelemete (Seattle, Wash.), senior QB Jake Locker (Ferndale, Wash.) and senior S Nate Williams (Renton, Wash.). Locker was also voted as a season captain in 2009. Additionally, at each game, two game captains accompany the regular four on to the field for the coin flip. Here's a list of those: