UW Awaits Bowl Fate After Apple Cup Win

Nov. 24, 2003

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Coming Up: After a stunning, come-from-behind, 27-19 win over eighth-ranked Washington State in the Apple Cup, the Washington football team (6-6 overall, 4-4 in the Pac-10) will await its fate as far as a bowl game is concerned. It's yet to be determined whether the UW will go to a bowl game, and if so, to which bowl, though the Silicon Valley Bowl seems most likely. It's also unknown when those decisions might be made. Following is the Huskies' all-time, game-by-game bowl results.

Bowl Game History: Washington has appeared in 30 bowl games, second-most among Pac-10 teams to USC (41 appearances). Since 1975, the Huskies have played in 22 bowl games, most in the conference during that span. The Huskies are 14-15-1 all-time in bowl games. Washington is 6-7-1 in Rose Bowls and 8-8 in all other bowl games. Here's a rundown:

Date           Bowl          Opponent     Result       Att.Jan. 1, 1924   Rose          Navy         T, 14-14   40,000Jan. 1, 1926   Rose          Alabama      L, 19-20   45,000Jan. 1, 1937   Rose          Pittsburgh   L, 0-21    87,196Jan. 1, 1938   Pineapple     Hawaii       W, 53-13   13,500Jan. 1, 1944   Rose          USC          L, 0-29    68,000Jan. 1, 1960   Rose          Wisconsin    W, 44-8   100,809Jan. 2, 1961   Rose          Minnesota    W, 17-7    97,314Jan. 1, 1964   Rose          Illinois     L, 7-17    96,957Jan. 2, 1978   Rose          Michigan     L, 6-23   105,312Dec. 22, 1979  Sun           Texas        W, 14-7    33,412Jan. 1, 1981   Rose          Michigan     L, 6-23   104,863Jan. 1, 1982   Rose          Iowa         W, 28-0   105,611Dec. 25, 1982  Aloha         Maryland     W, 21-20   30,055Dec. 26, 1983  Aloha         Penn State   L, 10-13   37,212Jan. 1, 1985   Orange        Oklahoma     W, 28-17   56,294Dec. 30, 1985  Freedom       Colorado     W, 20-17   30,961Dec. 25, 1986  Sun           Alabama      L, 6-28    48,722Dec. 19, 1987  Independence  Tulane       W, 24-12   41,683Dec. 30, 1989  Freedom       Florida      W, 34-7    33,858Jan. 1, 1991   Rose          Iowa         W, 46-34  101,273Jan. 1, 1992   Rose          Michigan     W, 34-14  103,566Jan. 1, 1993   Rose          Michigan     L, 31-38   94,236Dec. 29, 1995  Sun           Iowa         L, 18-38   49,116Dec. 30, 1996  Holiday       Colorado     L, 21-33   54,749Dec. 25, 1997  Aloha         Michigan St. W, 51-23   34,419Dec. 25, 1998  Oahu          Air Force    L, 25-45   46,451Dec. 29, 1999  Holiday       Kansas St.   L, 20-24   57,118Jan. 1, 2001   Rose          Purdue       W, 34-24   94,392Dec. 28, 2001  Holiday       Texas        L, 43-47   60,548Dec. 31, 2002  Sun           Purdue       L, 24-34   48,917

Ranked-Wins Streak: With a win at No. 22 Oregon State this season, the Huskies extended a streak that has now lasted 16 years. Including 2003, the Huskies have beaten at least one team ranked in the Associated Press poll in each of the last 16 seasons. In fact, Washington has defeated an AP-ranked team in 26 of its last 27 seasons prior to 2002. 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.

.500 or Better Seasons: A win in the Apple Cup gave the Huskies a chance to keep one of their most vaunted streaks alive. While a possible bowl game would still determine this season's success, last year, the Huskies had their 26th consecutive season with a .500 or better record. Washington finished the last year 7-6. The last time that UW finished below .500 was 1976, when the Dawgs went 5-6. Since then, the Huskies are 220-93-3 (.701) overall. The Huskies' 26-season streak of non-losing seasons is the 14th longest in NCAA history and the fourth longest current streak (BYU's 27-season streak was snapped last year). Nebraska, Michigan and Florida State have already gained the requisite wins to ensure a .500-or-better season in 2003. Here are the longest current streaks:

 42 seasons   Nebraska       1962-2003 36 seasons   Michigan       1968-2003 27 seasons   Florida State  1977-2003 26 seasons   Washington     1977-2002

Streaking in the Pac-10: While Washington's string of 26 straight non-losing seasons is easily the best in the Pac-10, their stretch of .500-or-better marks in Pac-10 play is even more dominant compared to the rest of the league. The Huskies last finished under .500 in Pac-10 play in 1988 (3-5), a streak of 15 straight non-losing league seasons. By contrast, every other team in the Pac-10 has had a losing league season at least once in the last four seasons (2000-2003). Only WSU, USC and UCLA have three-year streaks currently running.

The Shutout Streak: Washington's Apple Cup win last Saturday marked the 265th consecutive game in which Washington has not been shut out. That's the best streak among Pac-10 schools. BYU had its NCAA-record streak snapped at 361 games last week, meaning that Texas has the longest current streak with 276 games. The last opponent to hold the Huskies scoreless was UCLA (31-0) on Nov. 7, 1981. Washington has played 176 Pac-10 Conference games since then without a shutout -- the second best current streak among Pac-10 schools.

Team         All Games  Pac-10 GamesWashington         265           176Washington State   223           220Oregon             218           158Arizona State       98            66USC                 72            53California          54            75UCLA                27            18Oregon State        19            14Stanford             4             4Arizona              0             0

Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 12 seasons. Washington has won 72 of its last 88 (.824) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (72-15-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 120-26-2 (.818) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 46-10-1 (.816) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.

Historic Husky Stadium: The 2003 season marks the 84th season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. Thanks to several major renovations, Husky Stadium's seating capacity has increased to its current total of 72,500. That makes Husky Stadium the 24th-largest college football venue in the nation. It is the 20th-largest on-campus facility in the country. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 337-137-21 (.702).

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