Washington vs. Stanford Game Notes
Oct. 30, 1999
With 302 yards passing and 207 yards rushing, Washington QB Marques Tuiasosopo became the first player in NCAA Division I-A history to rush for 200 yards and pass for 300 in the same game. The NCAA record book lists three players that have rushed for 200 and passed for 200, but none of those passed for more than 300. For the record, those players were Brian Mitchell (SW La., 271 rush, 205 pass in 1987, Steve Gage (Tulsa, 212 rush, 209 pass in 1986) and Reds Bagnell (Penn, 214 rush, 276 pass in 1950).
Tuiasosopo became the first Husky quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Dennis Fitzpatrick ran for 249 yards vs. Washington State in 1974. Tuiasosopo becomes only the third QB in Husky history to record a 100-yard rushing day. Fitzpatrick also had 100-yard rushing outings vs. Iowa State and Oregon in 1974. Tom Manke rushed for 120 yards vs. Stanford in 1967.
Tuiasosopo's 207 rushing yards mark the 12th highest total in UW history. Hugh McElhenny holds the UW record with 296 yards vs. WSU in 1950. In 14 such games, the Huskies have never lost when a player ran over 200 yards.
Tuiasosopo posted a UW-record 509 yards of total offense (302 passing, 207 rushing). The old mark of 419 yards was set by Cary Conklin vs. Arizona State in 1989 (428 passing, -9 rushing). His total offense yardage was also the most by a Pac-10 player this season (414, Jonathan Smith, OSU) and the fourth highest in Pac-10 history. Only ASU's Jeff Van Raaphorst (532 vs. Florida State, 1984), UCLA's Cade McNown (515 vs. Miami in 1998) and ASU's Paul Justin (512 vs. WSU in 1989) have had better total offense days.
Tuiasosopo became the first UW signalcaller to pass for back-to-back 300-yard games since Sonny Sixkiller did it in 1970 vs. Oregon State (360) and USC (341). His 302-yard day broke the career -high of 300 he set only last week at California.
Washington's 670 total yards were the most since the Huskies posted 734 against San Jose State in 1996 (the day that Corey Dillon ran for 222 yards in the first quarter). The 670 yards were also the Huskies' highest total against a Pac-10 team since they posted 675 vs. WSU in 1950 (the same game that McElhenny ran for 296 yards).
Washington tied a school record with 33 first downs today. The mark was set vs. Idaho in 1956.
Stanford's Troy Walters became the leading receiver in Pac-10 history in terms of total receptions with five catches today. He passed fellow Cardinal Darrin Nelson, who had 223. Walters now has 224 career catches for 3559 yards, both Pac-10 records.
Washington tight end Jerramy Stevens, a redshirt freshman, set career highs today for catches with five and receiving yards 88.
Today's Washington victory was the ninth straight against Stanford in Husky Stadium. The last time the Cardinal won in Seattle was a 24-21 win in 1975.
With Maurice Shaw gaining 113 yards today, the Huskies had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Willie Hurst and Braxton Clemen did it last year vs. UCLA. Shaw's previous career-high for rushing yardage was 100, set vs. San Jose State in 1996.
Shaw's 48-yard run for a TD in the fourth quarter was the longest run of the year by a Husky this season.
Washington cornerback Anthony Vontoure recorded his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season during today's game. Only Walter Bailey (7 in 1991) has more interceptions in a season during the decade of the 1990s.
Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel
GENERAL REMARKS: "I thought it was a hard fought football game, there were a lot of courageous efforts out there. You look at DeRonnie Pitts for Stanford who was thought to be out of the game and the plays that he made, Marques Tuiasosopo gets injured on the second play of the game and finds ways to keep getting things accomplished, Lester Towns who played really on one leg and Gerald Harris who didn't practice a lick all week and he found a way to get in the game. There were a lot of kids who wanted it badly today. Anytime your part of a game like that you feel honored.
"Certainly we're ecstatic that we won and to be 4-1 in the conference and with a chance to be in the thick of things come November but more than anything else I'm just thrilled to be part of a team, and a game, where kids play as hard as they do because they love the game. It's a thrill to be a part of college football." ON INJURY TO MARQUES TUIASOSOPO: "I know by my experiences with Marques that he's not one to feign injury, so if he's limping or looks like he's nicked up, there's usually a problem. He's the last one to admit it. When he got hurt initially, we kind of refrained from our offense that was geared towards running the option and tried to just drop back and throw the ball a little bit more but he said 'I can do it, just let me keep doing it,' and fortunately, he was right."
ON THE PLAY OF MARQUES TUIASOSOPO: "You talk about putting your team on somebody's shoulders. We just gave him the game ball in the locker room. He stood up, told the team how much he appreciated them, how honored he was to play with the teams in the room because they never say die and then promptly gave the game ball to the offensive line. That's the kind of kid he is and we're very fortunate to have him."
ON THE PLAY OF JOHN ANDERSON: "It was huge. When we lined up to kick the first field goal I was over there saying to myself that you have to make these kind of kicks in these kind of games. For John to come through each of the three times we asked him to was huge. He also did a pretty good job kicking of with the exception of the opening kickoff where he slipped a little bit. I have nothing but huge accolades directed towards our freshman kicker."
ON HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS: "In the second half we needed to turn up the intensity and tackling. Certainly Stanford has a good offensive line and talented skill players and they're gong to make their share of plays but we felt if we could do a better job of tackling then we could keep them from making it look easy. In the second half we did a better job, with the exception of two or three plays, we wrapped up and made good plays."
ON RECENT TURNOVERS: "You just can't give up four turnovers on a regular basis but it seems that this has become common place for us over the past three and a half games, 17 turnovers in the last three and a half games. There aren't very many coaches that live to tell about that. Fortunately we're still surviving. We can keep working on the things that are plaguing us with respect to the turnovers.
ON THE HUSKY PROGRAM: "This isn't Rick Neuheisel's team, this is the Washington Huskies. This is our team and I'm just a member of it. From the time I arrived in January it was very clear, when I stood before them for the first time, that we had to forget all the feeling out process that was normal for a new relationship, we had to go and become the Washington Huskies. For guys like Don James to come and speak to the team at fall camp and for Jim Lambright to show up at our banquet, everyone looks around and says 'for all the turmoil, everybody is still a dawg, everybody is still a Husky and if we can just keep fighting and scratching and clawing, and count on each other to do the same thing, we can do it.' I'm just the guy who decides to go for it on fourth down."
Washington Player Quotes Marques Tuiasosopo
"First of all, all the glory goes to God. There were times out there when my legs felt stiff and I wasnít sure what was going to go on. The chaplain, Mike Rohrback, and I said we need strength and encouragement. Thereís no way we can do this on our own. I praise my teammates so much. You just saw the character of this team. Once again, we put ourselves behind at first and we clawed back and found a way to win. I love those guys. I truly do. They put a lot of hard work in. We were playing a great team. Stanford - those guys can play. They were 5-and-0. They can seriously play.
My teammates were great. Lester (Towns) and Jabari (Issa), our other captains, they were great. They just said, Ďstick in there.í I didnít want to come out. I wasnít going to come out if I didnít have to. I was just going to see how it felt. They gave me encouragement to stay in there and battle. Thatís the reason we won the game. When were you injured:It was on that rollout to the left (second play from scrimmage), the one I hit Dane Looker on. I donít know what happened, if I landed on a foot or if it was the turf. I threw it and got hit. I hit the ground and it didnít feel very good. We pulled it through though, and it was an awesome win. The defense stepped it up. We turned the ball over and they said, Ďdonít worry about it, weíre going to get it back.í The first really long option, the guy came and got me and thatís when I knew I wasnít going to be as fast. But I didnít really need to be at full speed. The line blocked well on our option plays and our receivers got open.
Were you close to coming out of the game: Thatís the coachesí decision. I donít know what they were thinking. I remember them asking, Ďdo you want to run option?í I said letís do whatever we need to do to win this game. If Iím going to come out, they are going to have to take me out.
I just canít say enough about the character of this team. They inspired me so much. I didnít start off too well. I threw another interception. That was disappointing because we talked about that all week long, not turning the ball over. I didnít want to leave the game and have a performance like that because everyone was working so hard. I just love this team.
On protecting Marques Tuiasosopo: "We knew once Marques got hurt it was time for the O-Line to step it up. That's our job to protect him and obviously if he gets hurt then that's our fault. It was kind of a pride thing that for the rest of the game we were going to do our job and let him do his thing for the rest of the game."
On Marques Tuiasosopo's ability: "He's an amazing player and once you think things aren't going well, he pulls out a play and you turn around and he's making a 60-yard play and you kind of have to laugh to yourself and say 'I'm glad I'm not a defensive player trying to contain him' ."
On Marques playing hurt: " He was limping and looking like he could barely walk and then you seem him sprinting out on a 60-yard run, outrunning everybody and it was an amazing testament to his character that he could pull through the injury and keep playing hard."
On Stanford's defense: "They call themselves the "trench dogs" and they bring dog collars and chain them up before the game and the offensive line got together and told each other we were going to show them who the real Dawgs are and you guys can decide whether we did or not but just we wanted to show them who the real Dawgs were."
On kicking in the wind: "It wasn't too bad actually. I'm starting to get used to it. I think it affected the Stanford kicker a little bit, but I have to think about kicking the ball anyway. I'm in Seattle now so I have to get used to it."
On making a contribution as a freshman): "It's been fabulous. The team's been great and I've had more than enough support and I just try to play my best and make a contribution. I just want to do my job and help the team."
On big plays up the middle: "That's where we thought we could get them because they played one safety up and two on the receivers on the side and we knew we could get some plays up the middle if I could get over there and get open."
On importance of the win: "This is the biggest game I've ever played in my life and for this team this is a huge game, We've been saying since the beginning of the season we want to go to the Rose Bowl and this is how you do it. You have to win the big games. Husky Stadium gave us a lot of help and our fans gave us a lot of help so we have to thank them." Toalei Mulitauaopele
On the Husky Stadium crowd: "The crowd was in it. They pushed the limit. Every time there was a big play you could feel it on the field. Guys didn't want to give up and we didn't want to let the crowd down."
On the Pac-10 race: "It's the story of the season. It's a level field and everybody has to play every game, so we went out and played four quarters. Before we even left the team room after the game we said we still have three or four more games to play and we have to stay focused."
On Stanford's offense: "There's no doubt Stanford has a potent offense and we gave them their shots and they gave us theirs and luckily we were standing at the end and feel real fortunate to have won that game." Maurice Shaw
On the 48-yard touchdown: "The O-line just opened up a hole and I ran behind my fullback. It was open through the middle so I got to show some of my old track speed. On adjustment to get behind the fullback: "The first half I was just doing my own thing and not following the fullback and just free-winging it so I had to refocus. My running backs coach Wayne Moses talked to me and I had to just get refocused so I could help the team win."
Stanford Head Coach Tyrone Willingham
On Marques Tuiasosopo: "Marques played an outstanding football game. Coming into the ballgame, we knew he was a special athlete who had demonstrated special skills throughout the season. We knew that if we could somehow control him, we would have a good chance to win the football game. It was not so much the option that was making the difference, but the quarterback. He made some outstanding plays. On one of his touchdowns it was what you would call a "follow" where he fakes it to the back, follows his lead, and then somehow wiggles into the endzone. He did a tremendous job. We weren't just afraid of his running and ability to improvise, but also his ability to throw the football. I'm not sure what his percentage was, but I'm sure it was pretty high."
On pressure facing Todd Husak: "They came with what we call their corner stunts, where they bring guys off the edge. We anticipated that because we have seen that before. They just did a great job of tying it up and getting into some of our good plays. A few of them were not only on our passing plays, but on some of our running plays too."
On offense in the second half: "They did an excellent job on defense in the second half. We shot ourselves in the foot a couple times with penalties. They put us off rhythm and in some long-down situations, where it is very hard to have success."
On third down pass interference penalty: "I struggle to say it changed the entire complexion of the game, but I think it was a big play. Right now, looking at it from the sidelines, I didn't see the interference. It was a major play that gave them the chance to keep their drive alive."
On the officiating: "I will be very careful making comments about the officiating before I have the chance to evaluate it on film. My eyes are not that good where I can see things across the field. But if that is the case (that the referee was incorrect), those things will really hurt you because they take you out of particular drives."
Stanford Player Quotes
QB TODD HUSAK
On Husky defense: "They were able to rattle us a little bit. We got beat a few times up front and I was not able to adjust. They play with a lot of speed up front. They took it to us a couple of times."
On lack of down the field passes: "I think that they were trying not to give up the big play. Their DBís did a good job of not giving up the big play."
On crowd: "It did not effect us because we were able to adjust. However, it gives them momentum and gets their defense fired up. We were not able to get the crowd down. We took the crowd out of it early, but we let them get back into it when they made some big plays."
On Marques Tuiasosopo: "I was impressed with his heart. We noticed that he was limping early in the second quarter, and wasnít sure if he could continue. He showed a lot of heart and a lot of talent. He made some great individual plays, and was the difference in this game. Without him they do not win today."
TB BRIAN ALLEN
(general comments: "I do not want to take anything away from Washington. They played a great game. Their defense was very active. They were able to pull out the win."
On Marques Tuiasosopo: "He had a very good game. The option worked well for them. He is a very good player."
On teams future: "We just have to work harder, and watch more tape. We have to just work harder and win the rest of our games."
On his long run: "That was a touchdown, but they called it out. The offensive line blocked great, and I was able to break a couple of tackles. I did not step out, but the refs called it. It was very close."
SS Tim Smith
On defensing the option: "They basically came out and worked us, and were able to run our defense up and down the field. We gave up 670 yards. That is not going to win us games. There is no one to blame but ourselves. Not the coaches, just the players."
On Marques Tuiasosopo: " He did a very good job. He runs well, and throws pretty well. It is hard to defend him. It is hard to disrupt him. It seemed like we had a lot of trouble covering the quarterback on the option. We covered the pitch very well we just couldnít get to the quarterback. He made some good individual plays. He is a good quarterback."
DT WILLIE HOWARD
General comments: "As a team we try not to let the opponent get into the red zone. We stopped them a few times and they got points. The field goals hurt us. If we could have eliminated a few threes we would have won the game. There was a lot more pressure on them than there was on us."