No. 15 Washington Takes On No. 10 Michigan In Opener

Sept. 3, 2001

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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.

Neuheisel Year-by-Year

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

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