Homecoming: Dawgs Vs. Sun Devils

Oct. 23, 2006

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The Game: The Washington football team (2-3 Pac-10, 4-4 overall) returns to Husky Stadium this Saturday, October 28, for its next-to-last home game of the 2006 season as Arizona State (1-3 Pac-10, 4-3 overall) makes it first visit to Seattle since the 1999 season. Saturday's Homecoming game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. PDT and will air live on FSN Northwest. The Huskies, once 4-1 overall after a three-game winning streak, have since suffered three straight losses to even their record at 4-4. However, two of those three losses came in close contests on the road at the Pac-10's top-two ranked teams, USC and Cal. Similarly, ASU's three conference losses include setbacks to the Trojans and Golden Bears. Last week, the Devils picked up their first league win vs. Stanford. After the ASU game, the Dawgs head back out on the road, traveling down interstate 5 for a game at Oregon.

Huskies vs. Devils History: The Huskies hold a 15-10 record all-time against Arizona State in a series that only dates back to 1975. That game marked the only time that the two teams ever played one another prior to the Sun Devils joining the Pac-10 Conference for the 1978 season. Since then, the two have played one another every year between 1978 and now except for the 1983 and 1984 seasons and the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The Huskies lost that first-ever meeting at Tempe in 1975, 35-12, but routed the 12th-ranked Devils in the next matchup, winning 41-7 at Husky Stadium in 1978. One of the two teams (or both) has been ranked in 12 of the last 14 meetings, the only exception the 1999 game when the Devils came to Husky Stadium and beat Washington, 28-7, and last year's game, a 44-20 Devils win in Tempe. Some of the Huskies' most memorable games in recent history have come vs. ASU. In the 1995 season-opener, tailback Rashaan Shehee hit receiver Fred Coleman with a 30-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give Washington a 23-20 win. The following year at Tempe, Washington trailed 42-21 before backup QB Brock Huard came on to lead the Huskies to three four-quarter TDs, but Robert Nycz kicked a 38-yard field goal with 0:02 left to win, 45-42. In 1998 at Sun Devil Stadium, the Huskies pulled off the 'Miracle in the Desert' as Huard hit tight end Reggie Davis with a 63-yard pass on fourth-and-17 with 0:28 left in the game to pull out a 42-38 Washington win. In 2001, the Huskies capped a seven-minute, 12-second drive with a 30-yard field goal with no time remaining to edge the Devils, 33-31. Last year in Tempe, ASU QB Rudy Carpenter passed for 401 yards and three TDs as the Devils pulled away in the second half of a 44-20 win. In his seven years at Stanford, Washington head coach Tyrone Willingham compiled a 4-3 record against the Sun Devils. Adding in last year's game, Willingham is 4-4 against ASU. Dirk Koetter, ASU's sixth-year head man, is 2-1 vs. the Huskies as a head coach. Willingham and Koetter are 1-1 head-to-head. Koetter won last year and Willingham's Stanford team beat ASU, 51-28, in 2001 in Palo Alto.

Television: The Washington-Arizona State game will air live FSN-Northwest with Brian Davis, Sonny Sixkiller and Brooke Olzendam calling the action. Fans can watch an delayed internet broadcast of each game this season on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com the Tuesday after the game between 5:00 p.m. and midnight Pacific Time. There is no charge for any Dawg Channel programming this year. Additionally, 'Huskies All-Access' airs each Thursday at 7:00 p.m. during the season on Fox Sports.

Radio: The Husky Sports Network, with its flagship station KJR 950-AM, will carry the live broadcast of every football game to five different states and British Columbia, Canada, on 23 different radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Chuck Nelson are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. Many broadcasts will also be carried on XM Satellite Radio on channel 194, 195 or 196, and all can be heard over the internet via the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com, which is available for no charge this season.

Washington-Arizona State Ties: While there are a few connections between the coaching staffs at Arizona State and Washington, there's very little crossover between UW's roster and ASU's -- probably as little as the UW and any Pac-10 team. On the coaches' side of things, Husky defensive coordinator Kent Baer did work for the Sun Devils on Bruce Snyder's staff from 1992-94. Additionally, Arizona State offensive line coach and running game coordinator Brent Myers served as o-line coach at the UW from 2000 to 2002. He's also a Shoreline High graduate. Lastly, UW offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, receivers coach Eric Yarber and ASU cornerbacks coach Al Simmons worked on Dennis Erickson's staff together both at Oregon State and with the San Francisco 49ers. As far as players go, Arizona State's roster doesn't include a single player from the state of Washington. The Huskies, however, have three players that prepped in Arizona - kicker Michael Braunstein (Gilbert/Gilbert HS), cornerback Matt Mosely (Chandler/Corona del Sol HS) and guard Clay Walker (Scottsdale/Horizon HS). ASU tight end Brady Conrad is also a Gilbert High grad. Mosely attended Corona del Sol along with ASU's Beau Bandura and Brett Nenaber.

Devils In the Emerald City? Finally!: One week before playing Oregon on the road for the fifth time in six meetings, the Huskies will break a string of four straight trips to Tempe to face Arizona State. This week's game will mark the first time the Devils have visited Seattle since Oct. 16, 1999, more than seven years ago. Over the last six seasons, the UW has played at Sun Devil Stadium four times and in 2003 and 2004, ASU and UW didn't play one another. The stretch of UW-ASU games in Tempe marked the first time ever that the UW played any team on the road in fourth straight meetings. Additionally, the Huskies traveled to Tempe three seasons in a row (2000-02) to open the string of road games. Before that, the UW hadn't played a league opponent on the road in three consecutive seasons since 1933-35, when the Dawgs played at USC three times in a row. The Huskies also played three straight games at Stanford in the late 80s and early 90s, but not in consecutive seasons -- 1988, 1990 and 1991 (the two teams didn't play one another in 1989).

Last Year vs. Arizona State (Oct. 29, Sun Devil Stadium): After a back-and-forth opening half, Arizona State pulled away in the second half for a 44-20 win over the Huskies last season at Sun Devil Stadium. Redshirt freshman quarterback Rudy Carpenter, in for the injured Sam Keller, led the way for the home team, completing 27-of-34 passes for 401 yards, no interceptions and three touchdowns. The game also featured a then-career-best outing from UW fullback-turned-tailback James Sims, who rushed for 140 yards and two scores on 24 carries. ASU took a 14-3 lead in the opening quarter, answering an Evan Knudson field goal with a one-yard Carpenter run and 12-yard pass from Carpenter to Matt Miller. In the second quarter, Sims ran in from a yard out before Carpenter hit Miller with a 69-yard TD pass. A second Sims TD and an ASU field goal closed the half with the Devils on top, 24-17. After Knudon's second field goal of the game marked the only score of the third quarter and drew the Huskies to a 24-20 deficit, ASU pulled away. A third TD pass from Carpenter to Miller, from 10 yards, was followed by a Preston Jones 10-yard run and a 58-yard interception return from Josh Golden on the game's final play. Two ASU receivers finished with more than 100 yards as Miller caught five passes for 139 yards and three TDs. Derek Hagan had nine receptions for 115.

Last Time vs. Arizona State At Husky Stadium (Oct. 16, 1999): A flat offensive performance that featured six lost fumbles led to worst loss of the 1999 season as Arizona State beat the Huskies, 28-7, in the most recent meeting between the two teams at Husky Stadium. A week after benefitting from seven Oregon State turnovers in a 47-21 win in Corvallis, the Huskies fumbled the ball seven times and lost a school-record-tying six of them. The Devils took advantage, scoring 13 points following turnovers. The UW got off to a quick start, driving 87 yards on eight plays on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead. Marques Tuiasosopo capped the drive with a 23-yard TD run. The Sun Devils tied it early in the second quarter on 10-yard run from Terrelle Smith. ASU then took advantage of a pair of Husky fumbles with a pair of field goals to move in front 13-7. Washington then threatened to move back on top, but Willie Hurst was stopped at the one-yard line on fourth down. ASU added a pair of TD passes from Ryan Kealy to seal the win. Tuiasosopo finished 19-for-26 for 206 yards and receiver Chris Juergens caught eight passes for 105 yards. Kealy led the visitors, completing 15-of-28 passes for 194 yards, two interceptions and two touchdowns.

Only the Big Boys: Washington is one of just eight NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978. Coming into this season that club included nine programs, but Colorado dropped out of that group after opening the 2006 season against Montana State. The seven remaining schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, USC, UCLA and Washington.

California Recap: A miraculous 40-yard touchdown pass from Carl Bonnell to Marlon Wood on the last play of regulation sent the game into overtime, but the No. 11 Cal Bears emerged from the extra period with a 31-24 win over the Huskies last Saturday at Memorial Stadium. A tight contest throughout, the game came down to the last drives for either team. With the UW in front 17-16, Cal drove 82 yards on 12 plays, scoring on a 17-yard run from Marshawn Lynch with 1:52 left in regulation. After a two-point conversion put the Bears on top, 24-17, the Huskies went 80 yards to send the game into regulation. On the final play, Bonnell launched a pass to the goal line. As many as three Bears defenders may have gotten a hand on the ball, but it fell to Wood, who lurched over the goal line for the score. In overtime, Lynch scored on a 22-yard run on Cal's second play and linebacker Desmond Bishop secured the win in the Huskies' possession, intercepting a Bonnell pass. The Huskies led 10-0 early on a Michael Braunstein field goal and a 49-yard pass from Bonnell to Anthony Russo. The Bears scored their lone points of the first half on a Tom Schneider field goal with two seconds left. In the third, Cal got a Justin Forsett TD run and another field goal to take their first lead, but Bonnell scored on a seven-yard run early in the fourth to put the UW on top, 17-13. Schneider's third FG of the day drew the Bears within one at 17-16 before Lynch's late TD gave the Bears their 24-17 lead. Bonnell, in his first start since 2004, completed 17-of-31 passes for 284 yards, five interceptions and two touchdowns. Lynch led Cal, rushing for 150 yards and two TDs on 21 carries.

NEARLY All Or Nothing For O-Line: With the exception of one player playing one quarter, UW's five starting offensive linemen (LT Ben Ossai, LG Stanley Daniels, C Juan Garcia, RG Clay Walker, RT Chad Macklin) had played every snap this year. Backup Eric Berglund started at LT at USC and played the first quarter. Still, only six Huskies have played on the line this season and four have played every snap (all but Ossai) in all eight games. Garcia and Ossai both entered the season never having played in a game. Aside from Berglund, who'd never played before the USC game, the other four backup players on the UW's depth have yet to play in college.

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 was the first team to earn Rose Bowl berths in nine straight decades. USC joined the Dawgs in that distinction in 2004 after their New Year's Day appearance in Pasadena.

Finishing First or Second: Despite a 10th-place finish in the Pac-10 in 2004 and 2005, Washington has finished either first or second in the conference (including ties) in 18 of the last 29 seasons, dating back to a fourth-place finish in 1976. Over that span, Washington has won the championship (outright or shared) eight times - 1977, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000 - while finishing second 10 other times.

The 100-Yard Factor: Since the 1947 season, Washington is 162-41-3 (.794) when a Husky player rushes for 100 yards in a game. The Huskies went 3-1 in such games in 2003, 1-1 in 2004 and 2-3 last season. In the 2006 season opener vs. San Jose State, two Huskies (Louis Rankin, 145 yards; Isaiah Stanback, 102) ran for 100 or more in a UW win. Rankin then went for 112 in the loss at Oklahoma.

History Lesson: Successfully rushing the football and winning go hand-in-hand for the Huskies. Since 1990, Washington has rushed for 200 yards in a game 65 times. The Huskies' record stands at 56-8-1 (.869) in those contests. Since the 1995 season, Washington is 31-5-1 (.851) when rushing for 200 yards. In their season opening win over San Jose State, the Huskies won behind 300 rushing yards in a win, but then ran for 204 in the loss at Oklahoma.

Playing at Home: Washington has gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 16 seasons. Washington has won 77 of its last 104 (.745) games at Husky Stadium with one tie (77-26-1). Since 1980, the Huskies stand 125-37-2 (.768) at home. Since 1990, the Huskies are 48-19-1 (.713) at Husky Stadium vs. Pac-10 opponents.

Historic Husky Stadium: The 2006 season marks the 87th 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. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium currently stands at 341-148-21 (.689).

Captains: Washington will not have season-long captains again this year. Instead, Coach Tyrone Willingham will name game captains each week. Each game's set of captains will be informed of the honor the Friday night before each game. Here's a list of each game's captains:
San Jose State: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Oklahoma: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback, C.J. Wallace
Fresno State: Tahj Bomar, Kenny James, Louis Rankin, Scott White
UCLA: Brandon Ala, Sean Douglas, Marc Palaita, C.J. Wallace
Arizona: Michael Braunstein, Roy Lewis, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
USC: Greyson Gunheim, Daniel Howell, Kenny James, Isaiah Stanback
Oregon State: Matt Fountaine, Dashon Goldson, Sonny Shackelford, Clay Walker
California: Stanley Daniels, Kenny James, Jordan Reffett, Scott White

Degrees of Success: Last June, a total of 14 current Husky football players participated in graduation ceremonies at the UW. While all remain enrolled and none have technically collected their diplomas, all have completed their coursework. Additionally, two former Husky wide receiver greats earned their undergraduate degrees last June: Mario Bailey and Spider Gaines. Here's a list of the 14 current UW football players who went through graduation ceremonies last June (the list doesn't include Dan Milsten, who is acting as a student coach after his playing career was cut short by injury): DE Brandon Ala, PK Michael Book, OG Stanley Daniels, CB Matt Fountaine, CB Dashon Goldson, TB Kenny James, DT Donny Mateaki, CB Josh Okoebor, FB Mark Palaita, TB Shelton Sampson, QB Isaiah Stanback, QB Felix Sweetman, OG Clay Walker and OLB Scott White.

Family Ties: As is the case with most seasons of Husky football, there are a number of players on the Washington football team related to either current or former Huskies. Linebacker Trenton Tuiasosopo is a first cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo as well as older sister, Leslie, a standout Husky volleyball player and now an assistant coach for the UW volleyball team. Senior cornerback Matt Fountaine's older brother, Jamal, was a four-year letterman defensive lineman in the early 1990s at the UW. Fullback Luke Kravitz' father Al, was a defensive end that lettered at the UW in 1970 and 1971. Freshman fullback Paul Homer is a cousin, by marriage, of former Husky offensive lineman Aaron Dalan, who married former Washington women's basketball player Gena Pelz. Senior safety C.J. Wallace is a cousin of former UW wide receiver Ken Conley, who lettered in 1973 and 1974. Freshman defensive end Fred Wiggs is the younger brother of former Husky defensive lineman Sekou Wiggs, and finally, safety Chris Hemphill and cornerback Roy Lewis are cousins.

Stanback's Final Numbers: Senior quarterback Isaiah Stanback started the last 18 games for the UW before severely spraining his right foot Oct. 14 vs. Oregon State. After undergoing surgery Oct. 17, his UW career is over. Here's a look at his final career stats and where he ranked on several UW career lists:

Passing G/GS Att. Comp. Int.   Yds.  Pct.  TD  Lg       36/22 523   269   12  3,868  .514   22  69

Rushing G/GS TC Yds. Lost Net Avg. TD Lg 36/22 234 953 337 794 3.4 11 36

Stanback's On the UW Career Charts: Isaiah Stanback posted numerous top-10 and top-15 statistics on various UW career charts. Here's a look:
• 2nd in career passing yards per completion with 14.38
• 3rd in career rushing yards by a quarterback with 794
• 4th in career yards of total offense per game with 6.16
• 6th in career passing yards per attempt with 7.40
• 6th in career rushing attempts by a quarterback with 234
• 10th in career total offense with 4,662 yards
• 11th in career passing with 3,868 yards
• 11th in career attempts with 523
• 12th in career completions with 269
• 14th in career touchdown passes with 22

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