Washington To Host LSU In 2009 Grid Opener

May 23, 2008

SEATTLE - Despite the storied history of the two programs, the University of Washington has only played Louisiana State University once in its 119-year football history. That will change next fall as school officials from both institutions have reached agreement for a home-and-away football series in the years 2009 and 2012.

Washington will host the Tigers in its season opener on Sept. 5, 2009 in Husky Stadium then will return the trip to Baton Rouge, La. for a game on Sept. 29, 2012 in Tiger Stadium.

'We are very pleased to start this home and away series with LSU,' said Scott Woodward, UW's acting director of athletics. 'We are proud of our commitment to schedule nationally prominent programs that help keep the UW football program in the national spotlight. Our fans clearly support our desire to play non-conference home games against schools from BCS conferences and our players look forward to testing themselves against teams from outside the West Coast. LSU and the Southeastern Conference have a strong tradition of football success and I think both schools will truly enjoy the series.'

In the only meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, a then-Tiger Stadium record crowd of 82,390 watched quarterback Jeff Wickersham pass for 259 yards and alternating tailbacks Dalton Hilliard and Gary James combine for 209 yards rushing as LSU surprised ninth-ranked Washington 40-14 on Sept. 24, 1983. UW quarterback Steve Pelluer threw for a career-high 312 yards in the game but the Husky running game could only manage 28 net yards, 21 of those coming at the feet of UW's leading rusher Jacque Robinson.

Washington is 2-5 all-time against teams from the Southeastern Conference, but has not played a team from the SEC since defeating Florida 34-7 in the 1989 Freedom Bowl.

In addition to LSU, Washington hosts Idaho and travels to Notre Dame in its three non-league games in 2009. Pac-10 home games that season include USC, Oregon, Arizona, California and Washington State.

The Huskies open the 2008 season August 30 at the University of Oregon. UW plays its first home game on Sept. 6 against BYU, which owns the nation's longest active win streak. Washington also hosts Oklahoma, Standord, Oregon State, Notre Dame, Arizona State and UCLA as part of its seven-game home schedule this season.

For season tickets, contact the Husky Ticket Office at 206/543-2200.

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