Huskies Head To Boulder To Face Buffaloes
Nov. 12, 2012
• UW Game Notes (at CU)
THE GAME:The Washington football team (6-4 overall, 4-3 Pac-12) heads out on the road for the first of two weeks to end the 2012 regular season as the Dawgs travel to face Colorado (1-9, 1-6) Saturday morning at Folsom Field. The game will kick off at 11:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. PT and air live to a national audience on FX television. The Huskies, who received votes in both polls this week, gained bowl eligibility for a third straight season with a win over Utah last week, closing out the 2012 home schedule and their season away from Husky Stadium. After the game at Colorado, the Huskies will wrap up the regular season with the annual Apple Cup game, played on Friday, Nov. 23, in Pullman. That game will air on FOX television and kick off at 12:30 p.m.
QUICK SNAPS: Sophomore TB Bishop Sankey notched the UW's fourth straight 1,000-yard season, passing that benchmark in last week's win over Utah, when he rushed for 156 yards (his fifth 100-yard game of the season) ... Sankey is the 11th different Husky to rush for 1,000 yards ... his 13 rushing TDS this season are tied for fifth-most in UW history ... only a true sophomore, Austin Seferian-Jenkins already has 96 career receptions for 1,267 yards, both school records ... in last week's win over Utah, he moved past Mark Bruener to take over the career receptions record ... additionally, Seferian-Jenkins' 55 receptions this year are a school record for the position and are most in the nation among TEs (seven more than the next closest) ... Seferian-Jenkins, who played on the UW basketball team as a freshman, also saw action at defensive end in the Huskies' win over Utah ... the Huskies currently rank No. 18 in the nation (second in the Pac-12) in pass defense with just 186.60 yards allowed per game ... according to the NCAA, the UW has played the fourth-toughest schedule in the nation to date ... 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-Colorado game will air live to a national cable audience on FX television with Justin Kutcher (play by play), Eric Crouch (color) and Darius Walker (sidelines) 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 Colorado broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius 139 and XM 196 satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. BUFFALOES HISTORY: Washington and Colorado have squared off 12 times in their history and the Huskies hold a slight edge with six wins, five losses and one tie. The series began way back in 1915 when a Gil Dobie-coached UW team wrapped up a 7-0 season with a 46-0 win over the Buffs at Washington's Denny Field. Nearly 40 years later, the Huskies opened the 1953 season with a narrow 21-20 loss at Husky Stadium. Jim Owens' first game as Husky head coach, on Sept. 21, 1957, came against Colorado and that game ended in a 6-6 tie in Seattle. Two seasons later, the Huskies made their first trip to Boulder for yet another season-opener and beat the Buffaloes, 21-12. The next meeting didn't come until 1976 in Seattle when Colorado beat Don James' second Husky squad, 21-7. The two teams next met in the 1985 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim. Current Colorado head coach Jon Embree scored the game's final TD on a 31-yard reception, but the Huskies won, 20-17, behind sophomore QB Chris Chandler. In 1989, shortly after the death of their former quarterback Sal Aunese, Colorado handed the Huskies a 45-28 win at Husky Stadium. The Buffs rushed for 420 yards despite not having a single back over 100 yards. Colorado made it two wins in as many seasons the following year at Folsom Field, handing a 12th-ranked UW team a 20-14 loss. Eric Bieniemy ran for 143 yards and Darian Hagan scored a pair of TDs in the win. Colorado picked up a third straight win over the Huskies in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, winning 33-21. Corey Dillon rushed for 140 yards and two TDs, but CU quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 371 yards and three TDs in the win. In 1999, first-year UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, who'd left Colorado for Seattle during the offseason, got his first win at Washington in week three of the season. Marques Tuiasosopo hit Chris Juergens with a nine-yard TD pass with 3:17 remaining to break a tie and forge a 31-24 win. The following year in Boulder, a Rose Bowl-bound Husky team won, 17-14. Washington scored 14 in the final quarter on a TD run from Willie Hurst and a pass from Tuiasosopo to Wilbur Hooks. Last season, in the two teams' first meeting as Pac-12 rivals, the Huskies won 52-24 in Seattle. Keith Priceled the way for the UW, completing 21-fo-28 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns.
WASHINGTON-COLORADO TIES: Colorado's coaching staff includes one member, receivers coach Bobby Kennedy, who worked at Washington. Kennedy was a member of the UW staff under Rick Neuheisel. CU defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo, a longtime assistant at Arizona, is an uncle to former Husky football players Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo. Three members of the Colorado staff - Jon Embree, Eric Bieniemy and Kanavis McGhee - all played against the Huskies in the 1980s. Washington's new offensive coordinator, Eric Kiesau, spent the 2006-10 seasons on the coaching staff at Colorado. As for players, there are no Washingtonians on the Colorado roster while there are two Coloradoans on the Husky roster: QB Cyler Miles and P Knight Laird, who both went to Mullen High. as did Buffs Brady Daigh, Josh Ford and Tyler Henington. Other UW and CU players who attended the same high school: UW's Mike Criste and CU's Eric Richter (Mission Viejo); UW's Sean Parker and Tim Tucker and CU's Josh Moten (Narbonne); UW's Erich Wilson II and CU's David Bakhtiari (Serra); UW's Deontae Cooperand CU's Davien Payne (Citrus Hill)
WINNING CLOSE:Washington has won a remarkable 11 consecutive games decided by less than 10 points. This streak dates to the 2010 season-opener at BYU, when the Huskies lost 23-17. Since then, the Huskies have won every game that has been decided by single digits, including four such wins this season. Here are those 11 victories: 2010 at USC (32-21), 2010 vs. Oregon State (35-34), 2010 at Cal (16-13), 2010 at WSU (35-28), 2011 vs. Eastern Washington, 2011 vs. Hawai'i (40-32), 2011 vs. Cal (31-23), 2012 vs. San Diego State (21-12), 2012 vs. Stanford (17-13), 2012 vs. Oregon State (20-17), 2012 at Cal (21-13).
1,000-YARD STREAK: Husky sophomore tailback Bishop Sankey breached the 1,000-yard mark for the season in last week's win over Utah. He currently has 1,011 yards for the season with two games plus a bowl to go. Sankey is just the 11th different player in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards and his season is the 16th 1,000-yard season in school history. In four years under head coach Steve Sarkisian (as well as running backs coach Joel Thomas and offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto), the UW has produced a 1,000-yard back each year. Chris Polk reached the benchmark each of the last three seasons and Sankey has taken over the streak in 2012.