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Dawgs Open Pac-12 Play Vs. No. 16 Stanford

Sep 22, 2014

The Game: The Washington football team (4-0) ends a stretch of four straight home Saturdays in September with its opening Pac-12 game of 2014 as the Stanford Cardinal (2-1 overall, 0-1 Pac-12) come to Husky Stadium for a 1:15 p.m. game this Saturday. The game will air on FOX television. The Cardinal, who come to Seattle after a bye week, are ranked No. 16 in the current AP top 25 and No. 14 in the coaches’ poll. Washington, which has won its Pac-12 opener five straight seasons, is receiving votes in both. The Huskies are seven spots out of the AP top 25 with 30 points and four spots out of the coaches’ with 62 points. After the Stanford game, the Huskies have a week off before returning to action Oct. 11 at California.

Quick Slants: Washington shares the national lead for total sacks with 19 ... senior DT Danny Shelton leads NCAA Division I-FBS with seven total sacks and shares the national lead with 9.5 tackles for loss ... teammate Hau’oli Kikaha is tied for second in the nation with 6.0 total sacks ... with nine takeaways and just one turnover, the Huskies’ turnover margin of plus-8 is tied for best in the nation with three other teams ... the UW is one of just nine teams that have yet to throw an interception this year (one of four to do so over four games) ... Washington is one of six teams to share the national lead with one turnover ... kicker Cameron Van Winkle is 6-for-6 on field goals this season ... only three kickers in the nation have made more without a miss (two are 7-for-7 and one is 8-for-8) ... Washington has had eight true freshmen play this year: DB Budda Baker, DL Will Dissly, DB Darren Gardenhire, DB Naijiel Hale, DB Sidney Jones, WR Brayden Lenius, WR Dante Pettis and PK Tristan Vizcaino ... Baker and Jones have both started ... thanks to the four straight home games and a bye week, the Dawgs will go 42 days between road games before taking on Cal in Berkeley on Oct. 11 ... vs. Hawai’i, John Ross caught a 91-yard TD pass from Jeff Lindquist, the second-longest pass play in Husky history  (Jake Locker to Marcel Reece, 98 yards, 2007, is the record) ... prior to the season-opening win at UH, the last time a new Husky coach won his debut game was in 1993, when Jim Lambright’s Dawgs opened the season with a win over Stanford ... Chris Petersen is the first Husky coach to begin his UW career 4-0 since Gil Dobie (1908) ... Dobie got a 6-6 tie vs. Washington State in his fifth game.

Television: The Washington-Stanford game will air live to a national audience on FOX television with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Charles Davis (color) and Molly McGrath (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Networks will also show 60-minute replays next week.

Radio: The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KOMO AM-1000 and FM-97.7, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 18 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The UW broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (84) and XM (84) satellite radio.

Huskies vs. Cardinal History:  Washington holds a close 41-39-4 advantage in the series against Stanford, but has been the dominant team in recent decades. After winning eight straight vs. Stanford from 1959 to 1966, the Huskies lost 10 in a row from 1967 to 1976. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 22-9 against the Cardinal. One of those nine losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The second UW loss during that stretch came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington, 46-28. More recently, the Cardinal beat the Huskies, 27-13, at Palo Alto in 2004. After no game in 2005, Stanford won its second straight over the UW in a 20-3 victory in 2006 at Husky Stadium. The Cardinal also won five seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and in 2010 in Palo Alto (34-14). Three years ago, Stanford blanked the UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium; and in 2011, the Cardinal won, 65-21, at Stanford. Last year, the Cardinal edged teh Dawgs in a close game in Palo Alto, 31-28, with Washington's attempt to drive or a tie or the lead stalled at midifeld with 1:16 left on the clock. Bishop Sankey rushed for 125 yards and Keith Price threw for 350 in the loss. In 2012 on a Thursday night in Seattle, the Huskies edged the No. 8 Cardinal, 17-13, thanks to a 61-yard run from Bishop Sankey and a 35-yard TD catch from Kasen Williams. Prior to that, the most recent UW victory had come in 2007, when the Huskies rushed for a total of 388 yards in a 27-9 win over the Cardinal. Louis Rankin led the way with 255 yards on 36 carries. Over the last 17 seasons, the two old league rivals have not played one other four times (1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005). Washington and Stanford first played one another in 1893 in a game that marked the first major college opponent for UW. That game, played in West Seattle, resulted in a 40-0 Stanford victory. There wouldn’t be another matchup between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal nipped Washington, 3-0, in the last UW home game played somewhere other than Husky Stadium. Three weeks after that game, the UW would open what would eventually come to be known as Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies’ first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto.

Washington-Stanford Ties:  Stanford’s coaching staff includes defensive line coach Randy Hart, who spent 21 seasons (1988-2008) under five different head coaches at the UW. First-year SU defensive backs coach Duane Akina was a three-year letterman quarterback at Washington in the 1970s and began his long career as a GA at the UW under Don James in 1979-80. Additionally, Husky tight ends coach Jordan Paopao was on the Stanford staff as a recruiting assistant prior to coming to Washington four seasons ago. Current Stanford head man David Shaw and current assistant Lance Anderson were on the San Diego coaching staff when Paopao played and worked there. UW linebackers coach Bob Gregory spent a number of years on Jeff Tedford’s staff at Cal along with SU special teams coordinator Pete Alamar. There are five Washingtonians on the current Stanford roster: Isaiah Brandt-Sims (Wenatchee), Calvin Chandler (Bellarmine Prep), Josh Garnett (Puyallup), Charlie Hopkins (Gonzaga Prep), (Lynnwood), Michael Rector (Bellarmine Prep) and Sam Shober (Archbishop Murphy). Washington’s roster includes numerous Californians, including 14 from Northern California: DiAndre Campbell (Oakland), K.J. Carta-Samuels (Saratoga), Aaron Chapman (San Jose), Brian Clay (Vacaville), Darrell Daniels (Pittsburg), Ross Dolbec (Orinda), Travis Feeney (Richmond), Kevin King (San Leandro), Scott Lawyer (San Jose), Marcus Peters (Oakland), Elijah Qualls (Petaluma), Neel Salukhe (San Jose), Shaq Thompson (Sacramento) and Vita Vea (Milpitas). Other Huskies who attended the same high school as Cardinal players: UW’s Taniela Tupou and Shober (Archbishop Murphy);  UW’s Salukhe and SU’s Gautam Krishnamurthi (Harker School); UW’s Carta-Samuels and Chapman and SU’s Kyle Olugbode (Bellarmine Prep (San Jose)); UW’s Gavin McDaniel and SU’s Solomon Thomas (Coppell); UW’s Jesse Sosebee and SU’s Jeff Trojan (Edison); UW’s Mike Criste and SU’s Daniel Marx (Mission Viejo); UW’ Andrew Kirkland and SU’s Joey Alfieri; UW’s Matt James and SU’s Addison Johnson (Coeur d’Alene) UW’s Kendyl Taylor and SU’s Casey Tucker (Hamilton); UW’s Coleman Shelton, Colin Tanigawa and John Turner and SU’s Kodi Whitfield and Conrad Ukropina (Loyola).

Huskies vs. Bay Area Schools:  Washington has a combined, all-time record of 105-78-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 52-38-4 against Cal, 41-39-4 vs. Stanford, 10-0 vs. San Jose State, 1-1 vs. St. Mary’s and 1-0 vs. Santa Clara. The Huskies haven’t played Santa Clara since 1935 and St. Mary’s since 1947. Since 1977, UW is 55-14-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 25-5 vs. Cal, 22-9 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.

Captains: Washington will utilize game-by-game captains this season. Here is the game-by-game list:

Hawai’i: Micah Hatchie, Hau’oli Kikaha, Jaydon Mickens, Danny Shelton
EWU: DiAndre Campbell, Brian Clay, Andrew Hudson, Colin Tanigawa
Illinois: Dexter Charles, Evan Hudson, Cyler Miles, Shaq Thompson
GSU: Jesse Callier, John Timu, Cameron Van Winkle, Kasen Williams