Dawgs Bid Seniors & CenturyLink Farewell Vs. Utes
Nov. 5, 2012
THE GAME:The Washington football team (5-4 overall, 3-3 Pac-12) plays its final home game of the 2012 season, and its final game at CenturyLink Field before returning to a newly-renovated Husky Stadium next season, this Saturday when Utah (4-5, 2-4) makes its first visit to Seattle to face the UW since 1979. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT and will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. The Huskies are 4-1 this season at CenturyLink Field, a record that includes wins over then-No. 8 Stanford and then-No. 7 Oregon State. Washington comes into the game off of a 21-13 win last Friday at California while the Utes beat Washington State, 49-6, last Saturday in Salt Lake City. The Huskies picked up nine points in this week's AP Top 25 and four points in the USA Today coaches' poll. After the Utah game, the Huskies return to the road for the final two games of the regular season. The Huskies play Colorado Nov. 17 in Boulder and then go to Pullman for the Apple Cup on Friday, Nov. 23.
QUICK SNAPS: According to the NCAA, the UW has played the second-toughest schedule in the nation to date while the UW's remaining schedule ranks No. 116 in the nation ... only a true sophomore, Austin Seferian-Jenkins already has 89 career receptions for 1,168 yards ... the 1,168 yards are a UW record for a tight end while his 89 catches are second-most, trailing only Mark Bruener's 95 ... he's also tied for most TD receptions by a TE with 10 ... additionally, Seferian-Jenkins' 48 receptions this year tie the school's single-season record for a TE and are most in the nation among TEs ... Bishop Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in four games and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rushing ... 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 Littletonbecame the 10th Husky freshman to play when he started at Oregon ... 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-Utah game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Kevin Calabro, Adam Archuleta and Yogi Roth providing the commentary. The game will also be available online via www.pac-12.com and on various other mobile and internet platforms (availability is generally based on subscribing to a Dish or cable package that includes the Pac-12 Network and varies by customer, location, etc.).
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 Cal broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 139 and XM 203 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. UTES HISTORY: Owing to the fact that Utah is new to the Pac-12 Conference last year, the Huskies and Utes have a limited history against one another. In fact, Washington has played Utah only seven times, winning all seven, with each meeting prior to last year's conference matchup coming in Seattle. The first game ever between the two came Sept. 26, 1931, the opening game of the year as Washington edged the visitors, 7-6. The Utes returned for another season opener in 1949, when the UW outgained Utah, 388-114, in a 14-7 victory. Washington scored another seven-point win in 1953 with a 21-14 decision and then posted another 7-6 victory the following year in yet another opener. In 1959, a Husky team that ended the year 10-1 with a Rose Bowl win, beat the Utes, 51-6. Most recently, on Sept. 15, 1979, 14th-ranked Washington beat Utah, 41-7, on the way to a 10-2 season that was capped by a Sun Bowl win over Texas. The UW had an interception return for a TD from Bruce Harrell, and Kyle Stevens returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score in that game. Last season in Salt Lake City, in the Utes' first-ever home Pac-12 game, the Huskies picked up a 31-14 win. The Huskies got a quick start when Jamaal Kearse recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff and returned it for a touchdown. Keith Price then threw three touchdowns and Chris Polkrushed for 189 yards as the Huskies led nearly throughout.
WASHINGTON-UTAH TIES: The UW and Utah coaching staffs have not crossed paths with one another much, largely due to the fact that most of the Utah coaches have worked most of their careers in the state of Utah. However, Utes receivers coach Aaron Roderick played at BYU in 1996, when Sarkisian was the Cougars QB. Crossover between the two teams' playing rosters is a bit less limited, though Utah has no Washingtonians on its roster while the UW has no one from Utah on its. Huskies and Utes who went to the same high school or JC: UW's Hau'oli Jamora and Utah's Afa Bridenstine (Kahuku); UW's Mike Criste and Utah's Sean Fitzgerald (Mission Viejo); UW's James Johnson and Utah's Trevor Reilly (Valley Center); UW's Ryan Masel and Utah's Luke Matthews (Desert Vista); UW's Joshua Perkins and Dwayne Washington and Utah's Delshawn McClellon; UW's Gregory Ducre and Utah's Geoff Norwood (Crenshaw); UW's Thomas Tutogi and Utah's Marc Pouvave (Southwestern JC); UW's Travis Coonsand Utah's Junior Salt (Mt. San Antonio College).
WASHINGTON vs. UTAH TEAMS: Washington has faced three opponents from the state of Utah: Utah, Utah State and BYU. The Huskies are 7-0 vs. the Utes, 2-0 vs. Utah State and 4-4 vs. BYU, good for an overall record of 13-4 against teams from the Beehive State.