Huskies Face Arizona To Open November
Nov. 1, 2004
The Game: The Washington football team (1-7 overall, 0-5 in the Pac-10 Conference) enters the final month of the 2004 season with the first of two straight home games. This Saturday, Arizona comes to Husky Stadium with a season record (1-7, 0-5) identical to the Huskies'. Last season, the Wildcats snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 27-22 upset win over the Huskies in Tucson. The Huskies, however, have still won seven of the last nine against the Wildcats. Kickoff for the game, which will not air on live television, is set for 12:30 p.m. PST. After the Arizona game, the Dawgs remain at home for the final Husky Stadium game of the season as high-flying California comes to Seattle for a 12:30 p.m. game Nov. 13. Washington wraps up the 2004 campaign with a trip to Pullman to face Washington State in the annual Apple Cup game Nov. 20. That game will air live on ABC television and kickoff is slated for 5:00 p.m.
Huskies vs. Wildcats History: Washington holds a commanding 14-4-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking seven of the last eight. Overall, the Huskies are 27-13-1 all-time against the Arizona schools (Arizona and Arizona State), including a 9-8-1 record away from Husky Stadium. The last five games in the Huskies' series with Arizona have been decided by a total of 21 points, including a late comeback by the Huskies last year when Reggie Williams scored on an 80-yard reception with only 2:03 remaining in the game. In 2001, Cody Pickett ran in from three yards out with 13 seconds left to cap an amazing day. Only two weeks after separating his right (throwing) vs. USC, Pickett broke the UW record with 455 passing yards as the Huskies won, 31-28. Also included in the recent close contests are Washington's come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle and the Wildcats' last win over the UW, which may be the most memorable game in the series' history. Trailing 28-24 to Washington with under a minute to play, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins flipped head over heels over three Husky defenders, landing on his feet in the end zone for the winning score. Close wins for Arizona are the rule in this series. Three of the Wildcats' four wins in the series have come by three points, including Arizona's first-ever win over Washington in 1988, snapping the Huskies' six-game unbeaten streak in the series. The Wildcats overcame two 10-point deficits, but still appeared headed for a tie before Washington quarterback Cary Conklin fumbled in the final minute, setting up Doug Pfaff's game-winning 22-yard field goal with five seconds left. The Wildcats won again by a field goal the following year, marking their longest winning streak (two games) in series history. The Huskies haven't lost to the Wildcats in Tucson since 1992 (3-0 since), when the 'Desert Swarm' defense lifted UA to a 16-3 win over No. 1 Washington, breaking the Huskies' 22-game winning streak. Husky head coach Keith Gilbertson posted a 1-3 record against Arizona in his four years as head coach at California. The lone win amongst the four came in 1993, when Gilbertson's Bears overcame a 20-0 deficit to beat a No. 13 Arizona team, 24-20.
Television: The Washington-Arizona game will not air on live television. It will, however, be shown on tape delay, Sunday, Nov. 7, at 3:00 p.m., on Fox Sports Net (in the Northwest) with Jim Watson and former Husky quarterback Sonny Sixkiller calling the action. During the season, all remaining Husky games will air on tape delay Sundays at 3:00 p.m. Additionally, 'Husky Football Experience' airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports. The third-year, two-time Emmy-winning program is an up-close look at each Husky game.
Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to four different states on 25 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. While the UW-Oregon game will not air on XM Satellite Radio (the only game not to air this season), the three remaining games after this week will be carried by XM.
Washington-Arizona Ties: Three members of the Husky coaching staff previous coached at Arizona. Charlie Dickey coached in Arizona in 1988 (as a graduate assistant) and then spent 12 seasons on the Wildcats' staff (1992-2003). Steve Axman was offensive coordinator at Arizona from 1980 to 1984. Steve Pelluer was linebackers coach in Tucson in 2001 and 2002. There are several other connections between the UW coaches and the Arizona staff. UA defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo is a cousin of Manu Tuiasosopo, father of current Husky fulllback Zach Tuiasosopo and former quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. Mike Tuiasosopo also worked at Nevada (2000-02) under former Wolfpack head coach and current UW linebackers coach Chris Tormey. UA running backs coach Kasey Dunn worked on Tormey's staff at Idaho in 1995, Tormey's last season as Vandals head coach. Arizona offensive coordinator Mike Canales became quarterbacks coach at Pacific in 1995, replacing current Husky offensive coordinator John Pettas, who'd left that post to move on to Arizona State. Arizona's roster includes only one player from the state of Washington: Justin Stewart, a linebacker from Woodinville that attended Redmond High, alma mater of UW junior Evan Benjamin. Washington's roster lists two Arizonans: redshirt freshman kicker Michael Braunstein (Gilbert/Gilbert HS) and sophomore offensive guard Clay Walker (Scottsdale/Horizon). Walker and Arizona's RS-freshman offensive lineman attended the same high school. Other Huskies and Wildcats that went to the same high school: Arizona receiver Gerold Rodrigues was a member of last year's senior class at L.A.'s Venice High along with Husky freshman defensive lineman Erick Lobos and freshman cornerback Mesphin Forrester. Husky tackle Robin Meadow and Arizona receiver Ryan Eidson both went to Northern California powerhouse DeLaSalle High. UW linebacker Scott White went to Mission Bay High in San Diego, as did Arizona defensive ends Marcus Smith and Jason Parker.
Last Year vs. Arizona: Mike Bell rushed for 222 yards -- including touchdown runs of 67, 69 and 37 yards -- as Arizona snapped a string of 13 consecutive home losses against Pac-10 opposition by stunning visiting Washington, 27-22, last Nov. 8, at Arizona Stadium. Bell's TD runs of 69 and 37 yards came in a span of only 59 seconds in the fourth quarter. The first gave the 'Cats their first lead and the second opened an 11-point gap that Washington couldn't overcome. The Huskies opened the scoring in the first period, driving 88 yards on 12 plays on their second possession of the game with Cody Pickett throwing three yards to Adam Seery for the touchdown. Bell followed with a 67-yard scoring run, but the point-after failed, leaving the UW on top. In the second quarter, Derrick Johnson intercepted Kris Heaver's pass at the Arizona 22-yard line to set up Washington's next touchdown, a one-yard run from Shelton Sampson. Arizona cut the lead to 14-13 in the final seconds of the half when Gary Love stripped the ball from UW receiver Charles Frederick at the Arizona 21 and returned it to the 50. Heavner threw 33 yards to Mike Jefferson and then hit Biren Ealy for a touchdown with 26 seconds left. After a scoreless third quarter, the Huskies made it 16-13, pinning Arizona on its one-yard line and gang-tackling Bell in the endzone for a safety with 9:58 left in the game. Bell then responded with his 69-yard dash up the middle to give the 'Cats their first lead, 20-16 with 7:28 to play. Pickett fumbled on the UW's next possession and the Wildcats recovered. Two plays later, Bell raced 37 yards to increase the lead to 27-16 with 4:38 to play. Pickett, who completed 31-of-51 passes for 351 yards and two scores, completed a 41-yard pass to Isaiah Stanback to set up a four-yard scoring pass to Corey Williams to cut the lead to 27-22, but a two-point try failed. The UW drove to the Arizona 28-yard line on their final drive before consecutive false start penalties pushed them back 10 yards. Pickett threw three interceptions to close the game, the last deflected by Lamon Means to preserve the Arizona win.
Last Time vs. Arizona At Husky Stadium: It took some late-game heroics for the Huskies to pull out a 32-28 Washington win Oct. 12, 2002, at Husky Stadium. An 80-yard strike from Cody Pickett to Reggie Williams with only 2:03 left in the game salvaged a Husky win as the UW worked some fourth-quarter magic to beat Arizona in dramatic fashion for the third season in a row. The Wildcats, behind a 443-yard passing day from Puyallup native Jason Johnson, took a 28-26 lead early in the fourth quarter after Johnson hit Bobby Wade with a 28-yard TD pass. The Huskies then had a field goal blocked with 6:48 remaining and made a defensive stand to get the ball back. After stopping the 'Cats at the 35-yard line and watching a punt go for a touchback, the Huskies took over on their own 20. After an incomplete pass on first down, Pickett audibled into a short slant pattern to Williams, who caught the pass and out-raced the Arizona defense 80 yards to the endzone. Pickett finished the day with 345 yards on 25-of-35 passing with no interceptions and three TDs. Williams caught eight balls for 184 yards and three scores, becoming the first UW receiver to catch three TD passes in a game since 1991. Wade and Andrae Thurman were the primary benefactors of Johnson's passing success. Wade caught 10 passes for 155 yards and Thurman had nine receptions for 12.
Tough on Fourth Down: Somewhat remarkably, the Huskies have yet to allow an opponent to convert a fourth-down attempt all year. Washington's defense has seen its opponents go for it on fourth down on 11 occasions this season and have yet to allow a foe to get a first down in that situation. A fourth down attempt has been tried in five of eight games with no success. By contrast, the Huskies have converted on fourth down on six of 17 tries this season, a percentage of .353. That's an even better mark then the Huskies' success on third-down conversion attempts (.323).
Injury Bug: Washington has had a nearly unprecedented number of players miss games this year due to injury. In fact, all four of the Huskies' senior captains (the fifth captain is junior Joe Lobendahn) have missed at least one game due to injury. Two of those -- fullback Zach Tuiasosopo (broken leg) and tackle Khalif Barnes (broken wrist) -- are likely out for the rest of the season. The two other senior captains have both missed time as well. Receiver Charles Frederick has sat out three games while cornerback Derrick Johnson has missed one. Furthermore, five players that have started on offense have missed action due to injury (receivers Corey Williams and Quintin Daniels are out for the year while tight end Joe Toledo and quarterbacks Carl Bonnell and Isaiah Stanback have missed games due to less severe injuries). Also on offense, tight end Ben Bandel, who started seven games last year, has seen his career come to an end due to injury. On the other side of the ball, two defensive linemen are out for the year after having started this season: tackles Donny Mateaki and Dan Milsten. Additionally, end Mike Mapuolesega missed four games because of a knee problem.
Upcoming promotions: Here is a list of this season's promotions for each Husky home game:
UW Faculty/Staff Day: UW Faculty Staff can purchase a ticket for $25 through the Husky Ticket Office, in person or by phone.
Hall of Fame Inductees at halftime.
15,000 team poster giveaway (postgame)
Food drive: For the 25th year, Law Enforcement Explorers throughout Washington will be on hand at the gates of Husky Stadium to collect food and cash donations at the California game Nov. 13. All of the donations will go to Northwest Harvest, which will redistribute them to food banks in 27 counties.
10,000 trading cards sets distributed pregame.