No. 15 Washington Takes On No. 10 Michigan In Opener
Sept. 3, 2001
The Game: The Washington Huskies (11-1 overall and 7-1 in the Pac-10 last season), ranked No. 15 in both polls, open the 2001 season against No. 10 Michigan (1-0) this Saturday, Sept. 8, at a sold-out Husky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. Washington is a winner of its last eight games, the third-longest current winning streak in Division I-A. The Huskies' streak is their longest since a 22-game streak was broken in week nine of the 1992 season. Michigan, which opens its season this weekend vs. Miami (Ohio) in Ann Arbor, posted a 9-3 overall record and a 6-2 league mark (tied for first in the Big Ten) last season, beating Auburn, 31-28, in the Florida Citrus Bowl.
The Series: Michigan holds the advantage in the all-time, 10-game series against Washington with six wins and four losses. However, all of the Huskies' four wins have come in the last six meetings. The Huskies and Wolverines have met in the regular season six times and in the Rose Bowl in the four other. Outside of Minnesota (17 meetings), Washington has played more games against Michigan than any other Big Ten team. The series got started in 1953, when Michigan crushed the UW, 50-0, in Ann Arbor. The following year in Seattle, Michigan posted another shutout, winning 14-0. In 1969 (at Ann Arbor) and 1970 (in Seattle), the Wolverines picked up two more wins, 45-7 and 17-3, respectively. Washington's first win over Michigan came in the 1978 Rose Bowl when MVP Warren Moon led the Dawgs to a 27-20 victory. Moon scored on two runs and passed for another TD. Michigan got its revenge in the 1981 Rose Bowl with a 23-6 win. In 1983 at Husky Stadium, Steve Pelluer hit Mike Pattison on a seven-yard TD pass with 34 seconds left in the fourth quarter, then hit Larry Michael for the two-point conversion, to lead Washington to a 25-24 win after Michigan had led, 24-10, in the fourth quarter. Pelluer completed 14 straight passes in the fourth quarter. In 1984, in front of 103,072 at Michigan Stadium, Hugh Millen went 13-for-16 for 165 yards and a 73-yard TD to Pattison in the UW's 20-11 win over third-ranked Michigan. In the 1992 Rose Bowl, the Huskies capped a 12-0 season and a national title with a 34-14 win over the No. 4 Wolverines. Co-MVPs Billy Joe Hobert and Steve Emtman led the charge for the winners as Hobert went 18-for-34 with 292 yards and two TDs while Emtman led a defense that sacked Elvis Grbac six times. Michigan came back the following season to beat the Huskies in the '93 Rose Bowl, 38-31. UM tailback Tyrone Wheatley was the obvious star of the game, rushing for 235 yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries. Wheatley scored on runs of 56, 88 and 24 yards.
Streaking: Washington, as noted earlier, enters the Michigan game riding an eight-game win streak, the third longest win streak in the nation heading into the year. Entering this weekend's games, Oklahoma holds the longest streak with 13 straight wins while Miami (Fla.) has won 10 in a row since losing to Washington last season. Oregon State, Boise State and Toledo each have a chance to catch the Huskies this weekend as each enters the season with seven straight wins. Washington's eight wins in a row are the most since the 1990-91-92 Huskies won 22 straight before falling at Arizona in week nine of the 1992 season. The 1984 Huskies won nine straight and the 1981-82 Dawgs won 10 in a row. In 1960, Jim Owens' Huskies won their last eight in a row before opening the '61 season with a loss. Coach Enoch Bagshaw put together two eight-game streaks (1923 and 1926-27) in his tenure. Washington's longest-ever winning streak was under Gilmore Dobie, who never lost in nine seasons as head coach. Dobie (who went 58-0-3 as the UW head man) accounted for 61 of the Sundodgers' games in what is still the NCAA's longest ever unbeaten streak, 63 games. During that stretch, Washington had winning streaks (no ties) of 39 and 12 games.
Television: ABC will televise the Washington-Michigan game to a split-national audience. Keith Jackson (play-by-play), Tim Brandt (color) and Todd Harris (sidelines) will call the action. The game will also be shown on tape delay Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Fox Sports Net Northwest with Tod Pickett (play-by-play) and former UW quarterback Sonny Sixkiller (color) calling the action. All 11 Husky games this season will air the following Sunday, mostly at 3:00 p.m. The first four games will air at 5:30 (Michigan), 4:30 (Miami), 4:00 p.m. (Idaho) and 5:30 (Cal) due to conflicts with Mariners games.
Radio: KOMO AM-1000 broadcasts all of the Husky games, serving as the flagship of the 21-station Husky Football Radio Network, which covers nearly all of Washington and parts of Alaska, Oregon and Nevada. Bob Rondeau (play-by-play), Chuck Nelson (color) and Bill Swartz (sidelines) provide the call. Westwood One -- with John Tautges (play-by-play) and Fran Curci (color) -- will broadcast the game to a nationwide audience.
The Coach: Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel is in his third year at the helm of the Washington program. In two seasons, Neuheisel has led the Huskies to an 18-6 overall mark and a 13-3 record in Pac-10 play. Last season, Washington posted an 11-1 overall record, a 7-1 conference mark and shared the Pac-10 Championship. After beating Purdue, 34-24, in the Rose Bowl, the Huskies finished with a No. 3 ranking in the final national polls. In his first season at Washington (1999), Neuheisel led the Huskies to a 7-5 overall mark, a second-place tie (6-2) in the Pac-10 and a trip to the Culligan Holiday Bowl. Neuheisel became the first Husky coach in history to lead the UW to a bowl game in his first season as head coach. Prior to coming to Washington, Neuheisel served four seasons as the head coach at Colorado, posting a 33-14 (.702) overall mark with the Buffaloes. His career record, in six total seasons, is 51-20 (.718). Neuheisel worked for six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UCLA, before joining Bill McCartney's Colorado staff in 1994 as the quarterbacks coach. Originally a walkon at UCLA, Neuheisel won the starting quarterback position as a senior and led the Bruins to the 1983 Pac-10 championship. He was named the MVP of the 1984 Rose Bowl that saw UCLA defeat Illinois, 45-9. Washington fans remember Neuheisel's tremendous performance in Husky Stadium when he completed 25 of 27 passes to set an NCAA record that was only recently broken by Tennessee's Tee Martin. Neuheisel, a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, still holds the Bruins' single-season (69.3) and career (68.3) completion percentage records.
Year School Overall Conf.1995 Colorado 10-2 5-21996 Colorado 10-2 7-11997 Colorado 5-6 3-51998 Colorado 8-4 3-51999 Washington 7-5 6-22000 Washington 11-1 7-1Totals Six Seasons 51-20 31-16
Best of the Best: Washington's Rose Bowl win moved Husky head coach Rick Neuheisel's career record to 51-20. That's the second best mark for coaches who became head coaches in 1995. Neuheisel currently ranks eighth among all active Division I coaches in terms of winning pct.
I-A Coaches Who Began as Head Coach in 1995 by Victories
Coach School Won Lost Pct.1. Lloyd Carr Michigan 57 16 .7802. Rick Neuheisel Washington 51 20 .718 Butch Davis* Miami 51 20 .7184. Tommy Tuberville Auburn 40 29 .5805. Tyrone Willingham Stanford 34 34 .500* no longer a college coach
I-A Active Coaches by Winning Percentage
Coach School Yrs. W L T Pct. 1. Philip Fulmer Tennessee 9 84 18 0 .824 2. Lloyd Carr Michigan 6 58 16 0 .784 3. Bobby Bowden Florida St. 35 315 87 4 .781 4. Joe Paterno Penn State 35 322 90 3 .780 5. Steve Spurrier Florida 14 132 38 2 .773 6. R.C. Slocum Texas A&M 12 109 37 2 .743 7. Dennis Erickson Oregon St. 15 131 46 1 .739 8. Rick Neuheisel Washington 6 51 20 0 .718 9. John Robinson UNLV 14 115 48 4 .70110. Bill Snyder Kansas St. 12 99 43 1 .69611. Paul Pasqualoni Syracuse 15 115 53 1 .68312. Dennis Franchione Alabama 18 138 66 2 .67513. Lou Holtz S. Carolina 29 224 110 7 .66714. Gary Pinkel Missouri 10 73 37 3 .65915. Fisher DeBerry Air Force 17 135 72 1 .651
Coaching Staff: Eight of the nine members of Washington's 2000 coaching staff return for 2001. Seven of the nine have been on the UW staff since Neuheisel's arrival prior to the 1999 season. The only change from last year was the departure of former running backs coach Wayne Moses, who left the UW to join the USC staff. Tony Alford, who spent the last four seasons as running backs coach at Iowa State, was hired to replace Moses. Another loss to the staff was that of graduate assistant coach Tarn Sublett, who largely oversaw the wide receivers last season. Sublett moved to take a full-time job at Idaho. The UW coaching staff includes eight coaches that have served as coordinators and two (Keith Gilbertson and Steve Axman) that have been head coaches. Gilbertson served as the head man at Idaho (1986-88) and California (1992-95) while Axman was the coach at Northern Arizona from 1990 to 1997. Axman also once served as offensive coordinator at UCLA. Defensive coordinator Tim Hundley has been a coordinator at Oregon State and Idaho while defensive line coach Randy Hart was the defensive coordinator at UW from 1995-98. Special teams and safeties coach Bobby Hauck headed up the special teams at Colorado before coming to Seattle while Chuck Heater (cornerbacks/recruiting) was the defensive coordinator at Colorado State (1991-92). Myers was offensive coordinator at Northern Arizona under Axman and spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Boise State. Tom Williams, who oversees the outside linebackers at Washington, was the defensive coordinator at Hawai'i for one season.
The GAs: John Pettas has been named the Huskies' offensive graduate assistant coach and will coach the wide receivers. Pettas replaces Tarn Sublett, who took a full-time job to coach the receivers at Idaho during the offseason. Pettas, a 1974 graduate of Cal Poly-SLO, was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State last year. Prior to the 2000 season, he spent three years as ASU's quarterbacks coach. He has also been an assistant with the San Francisco 49ers (1992-93) and has over 25 years of coaching experience. He also provides the Huskies' coaching staff with yet another coach with coordinator experience. The defensive graduate assistant, in his second season at Washington, is Steve Fex. Fex most recently worked as an assistant at Houston's North Shore High School. In his five and a half years at North Shore, 52 players earned college scholarships, including 30 to Division I schools.
An Impressive Record: Keith Gilbertson ran his impressive record as Washington's offensive coordinator to 23-1 in 2000. Prior to 2000, when the UW posted an 11-1 record, Gilbertson served as the Huskies' offensive coordinator during the 12-0 1992 season. Under Gilbertson, Washington has averaged 36.8 points per game, including nine games in both 1991 and 2000 with at least 30 points, a feat accomplished only one other time in Husky history (1997). Gilbertson's UW teams have been two of the most prolific in school history, eaching ranking among Washington's top 10 in scoring and total offense per game. The 1991 team tallied 461 points and 471.0 yards per game to rank first in school history in both categories while the 2000 team amassed 353 points and 407.9 yards per game, the seventh and sixth-highest totals, respectively. Gilbertson's 23-1 record as coordinator at Washington includes a 12-0 record in home games and a 2-0 markin Rose Bowls.
An Educated Staff: The Washington coaching staff has an impressive list of post-graduate degrees, led by head man Rick Neuheisel, who earned a law degree from USC. Here's a look:
Rick Neuheisel J.D., law USC '90Keith Gilbertson Master's Western Wash. '74Tim Hundley Master's Idaho, '78Steve Axman Master's Long Island ('72), East Stroudsburg St. '75Randy Hart Master's Ohio State '72Bobby Hauck Master's UCLA '91Brent Myers Master's Eastern Washington '86Tom Williams Master's Stanford '95John Pettas Master's Colorado '77
Huskies vs. Big Ten: Washington holds a 38-35-1 record all-time vs. Big Ten opponents, a record that includes an 0-2 mark against Penn State, though the Lions were not members of the Big Ten at the time of their games against the UW. The Huskies' most recent action against Big Ten teams has come primarily in bowl games and in a series of games vs. Ohio State during the mid-1990s. The Huskies have played Big Ten teams six times in bowl games since 1990: Iowa in the 1990 Rose Bowl, Michigan in the 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowls, Iowa in the 1995 Sun Bowl, Michigan State in the 1997 Aloha Bowl and Purdue in the 2001 Rose Bowl. The Huskies went 4-2 in those games. Washington is 6-4 against Big Ten teams since 1990.
Washington-Michigan Ties: There aren't a great deal of ties between the Washington and Michigan teams. There is, however, one obvious connection: Chuck Heater. Heater, the Huskies' cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator, played on three Big Ten champion teams in 1972, 1973 and 1974, starting each of those seasons as a fullback and wingback. He was also a freshman on the '71 team that won the Big Ten. Heater graduated from Michigan in 1975, but never coached there. Husky quarterbacks coach Steve Axman and Michigan head man Lloyd Carr spent one season together on the Illinois staff. In 1979, Axman coached the QBs and running backs while Carr was the secondary coach. In 1989, UW defensive coordinator Tim Hundley was the coordinator at Oregon State, overseeing a defensive staff that included Michigan d-line coach Brady Hoke. The Michigan roster includes one player from the state of Washington in defensive end Larry Stevens, a sophomore from Tacoma's Wilson High. There are no Michiganians on the Washington roster.
Season & Home Openers: Washington is 78-27-6 all-time in season openers, good for a mark of .730. Since 1990, Washington has posted a 8-3 record in season openers, but only four of those 11 games were at home (all Husky victories). Prior to last year's win vs. Idaho, the Huskies hadn't opened the season at home since 1995, when they beat Arizona State, 23-20, thanks to a late pass from tailback Rashaan Shehee to Fred Coleman. The Huskies are 80-24-5 in home openers (whether the first game of the season or not), a percentage of .757. That mark includes a 28-game streak of home opener wins that ran from 1908 to 1935. Before falling to Air Force in the 1999 home opener, Washington had won 13 straight since falling to Oklahoma State on Sept. 7, 1985.
Top Traditions: Washington and Michigan are two of the top 15 teams in history in terms of all-time college football victories. The Wolverines, as a matter of fact, have won more games (805 entering the season) than any Division I-A team. In 121 years of football, Michigan is 805-262-36. Washington, with 111 seasons completed, is 15th on the all-time list with 617 wins. Incidentally, Michigan is No. 2 on the all-time list in winning percentage (.746) while Washington is 13th by percentage (.639). Here are the top-15 winningest programs in Division I-A, by total victories entering the 2001 season:
Team Yrs W L T 1. Michigan 121 805 262 36 2. Notre Dame 112 776 241 42 3. Nebraska 111 753 299 40 4. Texas 108 744 302 33 5. Penn State 114 739 312 41 6. Alabama 106 737 276 43 7. Ohio State 111 724 287 53 8. Tennessee 104 707 292 52 9. Oklahoma 106 702 278 5310. USC 108 678 288 5411. Georgia 107 641 362 5412. Syracuse 111 638 411 4913. Army 111 618 374 5114. LSU 107 618 360 4715. Washington 111 617 337 50
Decade After Decade: Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s when Washington won the berth in 1923 and 1925. In the 1930s, the Dawgs won the '36 title. In the '40s, Washington earned the trip in 1943 and then barely slipped in under the wire in the 1950s, winning the 1959 crown. The Huskies won two Rose Bowl berths in the 1960s -- 1960 and 1963 -- and one in the 1970s (1977). Titles in 1980 and 1982 did it for that decade and three straight trips to Pasadena to begin the 1990s covered that 10-year span. Now in the 2000s, UW has become the first and only team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC has the chance, over the next nine years, to equal the Huskies if it wins the title sometime this decade.
Ducks Not in Season: For the first time since 1944, the Washington Huskies and Oregon Ducks will not meet on the football field this year, breaking a string of 56 annual meetings. Only World Wars I and II have kept the two Northwest rivals from playing one another each season since the 1903 season. The Huskies and Ducks first met in 1900, then picked up the annual series in 1903. Due to the wars, the UW-UO game did not take place in 1917, 1943 or 1944. In 1945, they played twice, once in Seattle and once in Portland. This year, the two foes won't meet due to the Pac-10's scheduling system, which calls for each Pac-10 team to play eight league games, thus 'missing' one of the nine possible opponents. The only games exempt from this are the natural rivalry games played on the last weekend of the season (e.g., UW-Washington State, Oregon-Oregon State, etc.). In 2002, the Huskies will miss Stanford. The past two seasons, it was USC.
Last Season in a Nutshell: Washington played one thrilling game after another during the 2000 season, and despite trailing at some point (often late) in all but three of 12 games, managed to end the season with an 11-1 overall record, a 7-1 Pac-10 mark, a share of the Pac-10 championship and a 34-24 win over Purdue in the Rose Bowl. The Huskies, who beat the eventual Sugar Bowl (Miami) and Fiesta Bowl (Oregon State) champions, were ranked No. 3 in the final polls. Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo earned Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors before taking home the Rose Bowl MVP trophy. Nose tackle Larry Tripplett, offensive lineman Chad Ward, tight end Jerramy Stevens and safety Hakim Akbar all earned some level of All-America honors after the season from one authority or another. Ward earned first-team acclaim on the Associated Press team.
.500 or Better Seasons: Last season's 11-1 overall record marked the Huskies' 24th consecutive season with at least a .500 record. The last time that Washington finished below .500 was 1976, when the Dawgs went 5-6. Since then, the Huskies are 202-77-3 (.722) overall. The Huskies' 24-season streak of non-losing seasons is the 14th longest in NCAA history (tied with Florida State's current streak) and the fourth longest current streak. Here are the longest streaks current running:
39 seasons Nebraska 1962-200033 seasons Michigan 1968-200026 seasons Brigham Young 1974-200024 seasons Washington 1977-200024 seasons Florida State 1977-2000
The Shutout Streak: Washington's win over Purdue in the Rose Bowl marked the 228th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU has the nation's longest streak at 325 games (NCAA record), while Texas is second with 239 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 152 Pac-10 games since then without a shutout - the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.
Team All Games Pac-10 GamesWashington 228 152Washington State 188 196Oregon 181 134Arizona 112 77Arizona State 64 45Stanford 52 84USC 39 29Oregon State 36 26California 20 52UCLA 16 12
Beating the Ranked Teams: If the Wolverines retain their top-10 ranking after their opener vs. Miami (Ohio), it will mark the 16th time that the Huskies have faced a top-10 team since 1990. Washington is 7-8 against top-10 teams, most recently beating No. 4-ranked Miami (Fla.) last season. Also since 1990, the Huskies have gone 24-22-1 against top 25 teams. Here's a look at the Huskies' record against top-10 foes over the last 11 seasons:
Season Opponent Rank W/L Score Site2000 Miami (Fla.) 4 W 34-29 Seattle, Wash.1999 Kansas State 7 L 24-20 The Holiday Bowl1998 UCLA 3 L 36-24 Seattle, Wash.1998 Nebraska 2 L 55-7 Lincoln, Neb.1998 Arizona State 8 W 42-38 Tempe, Ariz.1997 UCLA 9 L 52-28 The Rose Bowl1997 Nebraska 7 L 27-14 Seattle, Wash.1996 Colorado 8 L 33-21 The Holiday Bowl1995 Ohio State 10 L 30-20 Columbus, Ohio1994 Miami 5 W 38-20 Miami, Fla.1992 Michigan 7 L 38-31 The Rose Bowl1991 Michigan 4 W 34-14 The Rose Bowl1991 California 7 W 24-17 Berkeley, Calif.1991 Nebraska 9 W 36-21 Lincoln, Neb.1990 USC 5 W 31-0 Seattle, Wash.
Ranked-Wins Streak Grows: Washington's upset of 4th-ranked Miami last Sept. 9, marked the 12th straight year the Huskies have defeated an opponent ranked in the Associated Press poll. In fact, Washington has defeated an AP-ranked team in 23 of its last 24 seasons. The only break in the streak came in 1988 when the Huskies played only two games against nationally-ranked foes -- UCLA (No. 2) and USC (No. 3), losing both of those games.
Time of Possession Is Key: After leading the Pac-10 in time of possession in 1999 (32:57 per game), the Huskies finished a narrow second in the league last season, averging 31:47 per game, eight fewer seconds per game than Oregon. As far as wins and losses have gone in Rick Neuheisel's tenure, there seems to be no more key statistic. In '99, Washington won all six games in which it held the time of possession advantage and lost five of the six games in which it did not. In 2000, the Huskies won the TOP battle in nine of 12 games, and won all nine. Oregon won the TOP and the game while the Huskies bucked the trend vs. Stanford and Arizona, losing the TOP but winning the games. To break it down, UW is 15-0 under Neuheisel when it has won the time of possession stat, and 3-6 when it hasn't. Here's a breakdown the TOP in 1999 and 2000:
2000 Opponent UW TOP Opp. TOP Diff. ResultIdaho 30:15 29:45 + :30 W, 44-20Miami 37:28 22:32 + 14:56 W, 34-29at Colorado 33:17 26:43 + 6:43 W, 17-14at Oregon 24:28 35:32 - 11:04 L, 16-23Oregon St. 31:42 28:18 + 3:24 W, 33-30at Arizona St. 31:35 28:25 + 3:10 W, 21-15California 35:16 24:44 + 10:32 W, 36-24at Stanford 28:47 31:13 - 2:26 W, 31-28Arizona 35:17 24:43 - 10:34 W, 35-32UCLA 38:39 21:21 + 17:18 W, 35-28Washington St. 33:35 26:25 + 7:10 W, 51-3Purdue 35:53 24:07 + 11:46 W, 34-24
1999 Opponent UW TOP Opp. TOP Diff. Resultat BYU 25:17 34:23 - 9:26 L, 28-35Air Force 29:06 30:54 - 1:48 L, 21-31Colorado 36:27 23:33 + 12:54 W, 31-24Oregon 38:26 21:34 + 16:52 W, 34-20at Oregon St. 41:17 18:43 + 22:34 W, 47-21Arizona St. 28:56 31:04 - 2:08 L, 7-28at California 26:59 33:01 - 6:02 W, 31-27Stanford 36:31 23:29 + 13:02 W, 35-30at Arizona 34:48 25:12 + 9:36 W, 33-25at UCLA 29:10 30:50 - 1:40 L, 20-23Washington St. 35:36 24:24 + 11:12 W, 24-14vs. Kansas St. 26:48 33:12 - 6:24 L, 20-24
Fourth Quarter: Washington had some unusual fourth-quarter statistics last year. In 12 games, the Huskies were outscored in the fourth quarter twice (22-14 by Stanford, 7-0 by UCLA), while also tying once (7-7 vs. Miami). Yet, they were out-gained (in terms of total offense) in seven of 11 wins, while the Huskies easily eclipsed Oregon (186 total yards to 17) in their lone loss of the year. For the season, the UW out-gained the opposition just slightly, 1,285 yards to 1,237, but the Huskies out-scored opponents 158 to 75 in the final period. Here's a breakdown:
Points Total Off.Game UW Opp UW OppIdaho 10 0 74 134Miami 7 7 43 126at Colorado 14 7 95 101at Oregon 13 0 186 17Oregon State 13 9 77 158at Arizona State 14 9 98 101California 23 0 106 14at Stanford 14 22 124 212Arizona 22 7 180 113UCLA 0 7 59 130at Washington State 14 0 60 7vs. Purdue 14 7 173 124
Fourth-Quarter Comebacks: Under Rick Neuheisel, Washington has had to come from behind in 13 of its 18 wins. That total includes eight such wins last year (all but Miami, WSU and Purdue). Of those 13 come-from-behind wins, Washington has trailed in the fourth quarter and won eight times. In the Arizona win, the Huskies took the lead in the fourth, then gave it up again before taking it back for good on their last drive. Here's a breakdown of the Huskies' fourth-quarter comebacks in 1999 and 2000:
Date Opponent Score in 4th Quarter Final Score9/25/99 Colorado 21-17, Buffaloes 31-24, UW10/23/99 at California 24-17, Bears 31-27, UW10/30/99 Stanford 23-22, Cardinal 35-30, UW9/16/00 at Colorado 7-3, Buffaloes 17-14, UW10/7/00 Oregon State 21-20, Beavers 33-30, UW10/21/00 California 24-13, Bears 36-24, UW10/28/00 at Stanford 28-24, Cardinal 31-28, UW11/4/00 Arizona 25-13 & 32-28, Wildcats 35-32, UW
The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 150-34-3 (.810) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. Last year, the Huskies have had four games with a 100-yard rusher. The UW had its first 100-yard rusher (two of them, actually) against Oregon State as Rich Alexis (107 yards) and Paul Arnold (102) each eclipsed the century mark. Against Arizona State, Alexis went for 127 in another UW victory. Willie Hurst posted his first 100-yard game of the season in the win over Arizona, going for 116 yards. Alexis had 127 again against UCLA. In the season finale at Washington State, Braxton Cleman joined in, pa