Fourth Straight Home Game Brings Cardinal To Husky Stadium
THE GAME: The Washington football team (3-0 Pac-12, 3-0 overall) takes on Stanford (1-2, 1-2) this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. PT, in the Huskies' fourth straight home game. The game will air on FOX television. Both teams are coming off of close victories. The Huskies, now ranked No. 23 in both the AP Top 25 and the coaches' poll, came from 21 points down to beat Utah, 24-21, while the Cardinal edged Cal, 24-23, on a blocked extra point. Washington's final scheduled game of the 2020 season comes the following Saturday, Dec. 12, at Oregon.
QUICK HITTERS: In their 24-21 win over Utah, the Huskies trailed 21-0 at halftime ... it was the Huskies' biggest second-half comeback since 1988 ... UW has held each of its three opponents scorless for a half – OSU and Utah for the second and Arizona for the first ... in three games, the Huskies have out-scored their opponents, 30-0 ... the Huskies have allowed just one sack, which was a one-yard loss on a run out of bounds ... only one team in the nation (Buffalo, four games) has allowed no sacks ... OLB Zion Tupuola-Fetui, in his first three career starts, has seven sacks and three forced fumbles ... 10 true freshmen have played this season: OL Roger Rosengarten; TB Javon Forward; DB Makell Esteen; LS Jaden Green; TE Mark Redman; OLBs Cooper McDonald and Sav'ell Smalls; and WRs Jalen McMillan, Sawyer Racanelli, and Rome Odunze ... UW RS-freshman Dylan Morris started at QB in the opener vs. OSU, joining Jake Locker (RS-freshman in 2007) and Jake Browning (true freshman in 2015) to start a season opener as a freshman, in the modern era ... of the 110 players on the UW football roster, just under half (54) are freshmen or redshirt freshmen, and an additional 33 are sophomores, meaning that 85 players have two or more years of eligibility remaining (not even taking into account this season's paused eligibility) ... the UW roster includes 11 juniors, 11 seniors and one graduate student ... the UW has gone 74 games in a row without allowing an opponent to score more than 35 points, the longest such streak in the nation.
TELEVISION: The UW-Stanford game will air on FOX, with Joe Davis (play by play) and Mark Helfrich (analyst) calling the action. Fans can also watch via various FOX platforms, including foxsports.com/live.
RADIO: Radio coverage of the 2020 Husky Football team along the Washington Sports Network from Learfield IMG College is already underway. The Jimmy Lake Show is a one-hour weekly show featuring the Huskies' head coach, airing live on Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m. PT. On game day, live coverage begins four hours before kickoff with Husky Gameday hosted by Dave 'Softy' Mahler, Dick Baird and others. Castricone, Huard and Elise Woodward will call the play-by-play of the games.
All shows are available live on flagship station SportsRadio 950 KJR, the Washington Sports Network, and the Huskies Gameday mobile app, as well as available on demand on the GoHuskies Podcast.The UW broadcast of the game will also air on SiriusXM satellite radio.
HUSKIES vs. CARDINAL HISTORY: Over 90 all-time meetings, Washington and Stanford have arrived at an even record, with 43 wins each to go with four ties (43-43-4).
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 24-12 against the Cardinal. One of those 12 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 11 seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and in 2009 in Palo Alto (34-14). In 2010, Stanford blanked the UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium; and in 2011, the Cardinal won, 65-21, at Stanford.
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. Last year at Stanford, the Husky offense struggled in a 23-13 loss to the Cardinal. In 2018, the UW built a 21-0 lead and held on to win, 27-23. Three seasons ago in Palo Alto, Stanford won, 30-22, despite three rushing TDs from Myles Gaskin.
In 2016 in Seattle, on a highly-charged Friday night at Husky Stadium, the 10th-ranked Dawgs beat the No. 7 Cardinal, 44-8. In 2015, the Cardinal earned a 31-14 victory in Palo Alto, while in 2014, the Cardinal won a defensive battle in Seattle, 20-13, as Kevin Hogan's five-yard run with 4:29 broke a 13-13 tie. In 2013, the Cardinal edged the 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.
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.
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 prior to the opening of Husky Stadium. After a 0-0 tie in 1921, the Huskies' first victory in the series came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto.
STANFORD – UW'S OLDEST RIVAL: In the fifth and final game of the 1893 season, Dec. 29, 1893, Washington took on Stanford, marking the Huskies' first-ever game against another college. Prior to that, all of the UW's eight all-time games (since 1889) had come vs. club or alumni teams (notably, the UW did play a team called "Washington College (Tacoma)" in 1890, but that short-lived boarding school, despite its name, was not what would be called a "college" in modern terms, as it enrolled students as young as 10 years old.). The UW-Stanford game was played in West Seattle in front of a reported 900 fans, most of whom arrived by ferry boat from Seattle proper, and the Cardinal easily handled the home team 40-0. Stanford's team wasn't much more experienced, having started play in 1891, but it had been coached the season before (and again in 1894 and 1895) by Walter Camp, one of the pioneers of the game. Stanford fullback Martin Kennedy led his team with four touchdowns. While the Huskies have played several other modern-day opponents more times, no rivaly dates back earlier than the one vs. Stanford. Aside from games vs. Whitman (a Division III school that dropped football in 1977) and Vashon College (which closed entirely in 1912), the UW didn't face another college foe until 1900, when Washington played Idaho, Washington State and Oregon for the first time.
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 110-85-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 55-41-4 against Cal, 43-43-4 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 60-20-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 28-7 vs. Cal, 24-13 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
OPPONENTS 35-AND-UNDER: Washington hasn't allowed an opponent to score more than 35 points in a game since a 44-30 loss at UCLA in 2014. That's a streak of 74 games in a row that the Huskies' opponent has failed to score more than 35. In that 74-game stretch, Husky foes have scored 30 or more just 11 times (of those 11, five were exactly 30 points) and have been held to 14 or fewer points 31 times. In that same span of 74 games, the UW has scored more than 35 points on 30 occasions. No other team in the FBS has a current streak longer than 50 games.
RETURNING STARTERS: While the official number of "returning starters" this year for Washington includes just five defensive and two offensive players, a deeper look at the numbers reveals a lot more experience. In fact, not counting specialists (UW returns its starting placekicker and holder), Washington has 13 current players who have started at least one game on offense, and 11 who have started on defense – though obviously most of those were not the primary starter at any one position last season. Those 24 individuals had started 208 career games, collectively, at the start of the 2020 season.
YOUTH: Washington's roster remains on the young side. Of the 110 current active players, one less than half – 54 – are freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Washington's roster includes one graduate student, 11 seniors, 11 juniors, 33 sophomores, 21 redshirt freshmen and 33 true freshmen.
DEFENSE vs. BIG PLAYS: The UW allowed just seven scrimmage plays of 40 or more yards all of last season, the eighth-lowest total (tied) in the nation. The median for 40-plus yard plays was 14. The Huskies allowed just two plays over 50 yards, the third-lowest (tied) total (the median was seven). The year before, the Huskies gave up just ONE scrimmage play of 40 or more yards all season. No other FBS team allowed fewer than four and 102 teams allowed 10 or more that year. In 2017, the UW also led the nation with fewest 40-yard scrimmage plays allowed (3) and were second in fewest 30-yard plays (14). They were tied for 5th and 2nd, respectively, in 2016. In 2020, Washington has played just three games, but allowed only one scrimmage play of 40-plus yards, tied for the fourth-fewest in the FBS (three teams have allowed none so far). UW is one of just nine teams that has yet to allow a scrimmage play over 50 yards this season.
THE PAC-12: Prior to the 2011 season, the Pac-10 Conference added Utah and Colorado to expand to the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California is one of two schools who have been in the conference since its founding in 1915, plays in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwest schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and Cal. Under the current system, each school plays all five division rivals, plus four of six teams in the other division each season. The first two seasons, the Huskies did not face UCLA or Arizona State. In 2013 and 14, the Huskies didn't play Utah or USC. In 2015 in 2016, neither UCLA nor Colorado were on the UW schedule, while the Huskies didn't face USC and Arizona in 2017 or 2018. The 2019 season marked the start of a new cycle, moving the rotation back to where it started. Therefore, the Huskies will not to have played UCLA and Arizona State in 2019 and 2020.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium underwent a major renovation over from Nov., 2011, through Aug., 2013, as the entire lower bowl and south upper deck were demolished and replaced. The new facility features a new, state-of-the-art football operations center (weight room, training room, locker room, meeting rooms, coaches' offices) in the west end, much more premium seating options and a new playing surface. Husky Stadium had featured a track up until 2011, so seats that were once far from the field, particularly in the west end, are much closer to the action. UW is 41-11 at home since the re-opening of Husky Stadium.
ALASKA AIRLINES FIELD AT HUSKY STADIUM: The Oregon game on Nov. 5, 2011, marked the final game in Husky Stadium prior to major renovations that were completed in summer, 2013. The Huskies re-opened their home field with a 38-6 win over then-No. 19 Boise State on Aug. 31, 2013. The 2018 season marks the 99th 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. UW's all-time record in Husky Stadium stands at 397-180-21 (.681).