No. 15 Huskies Make First Road Trip Of 2022, To UCLA
THE GAME: The Washington football team (4-0 overall, 1-0 Pac-12), after four straight home games to open the season, finally hits the road to face fellow unbeaten UCLA (4-0, 1-0) in a Friday night game at the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. PT and the game will air on ESPN. Washington, the nation's leader in passing offense, is off to a solid start under new head coach Kalen DeBoer, and has moved up to No. 15 in the latest AP Top 25 and No. 18 in the coaches' poll. Following the UCLA trip, the Huskies travel to face Arizona State.
QUICK HITTERS: Washington leads the NCAA-FBS in passing offense, and is No. 5 in total offense ... Husky quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. leads the nation in passing yards and passing yards per game, and is No. 8 in passing touchdowns ... Penix has not been sacked this season ... UW has allowed just two sacks, and both came with backup QB and offensive line in the game ... the Husky defense has compiled 15 sacks through four games, including eight vs. Stanford last week ... Washington has scored on its first possession of both the first and second half in each game this season ... the Huskies have scored on 17 of 20 first-half possessions so far this season, with 14 of those 17 going for touchdowns ... Washington has punted in the first half just once this year ... UW has gone 3-and-out only three times in 45 offensive possessions this year ... six true freshmen have played for the UW this season: DL Jayvon Parker, CB Jayvion Green, PK Grady Gross, WR Denzel Boston, S Tristan Dunn & EDGE Lance Holtzclaw ... other than the pandemic-shortened 2020 season – when due to cancellations, the entire UW schedule consisted of just four games, all at home – the last time the Huskies opened a season with four consecutive home games was in 1976, when the Dawgs opened vs. Virgina, Colorado, Indiana and Minnesota ... the Husky roster includes 31 newcomers in 2022; here's a breakdown: 20 freshmen, two junior college transfers, and nine four-year college transfers ... of the 114 players on the roster, 55 are listed as freshmen (17) or redshirt freshmen (38), with an additional 27 sophomores ... that means that 82 of 114 players (72 percent) have three or more years of remaining eligibility entering the 2022 season ... UW has 12 players who are in their final year of eligibility in 2022.
TELEVISION: The Washington-UCLA game will air on ESPN, with Roy Philpott, Andre Ware & Paul Carcaterra calling the action. Fans with the proper subscription can also watch at ESPN.com/watch.
RADIO: All Washington football games will air on the Washington Sports Network from Learfield, with Tony Castricone (play by play), former Husky tight end Cameron Cleeland (analyst) and former UW basketball player Elise Woodward (sidelines) on the call. Radio coverage begins four hours before kickoff on the network's flagship station – Seattle's SportsRadio KJR 93.3 FM – with "Husky Gameday" live from The Zone for Husky home games. Statewide coverage on the 12-station Washington Sports Network begins two hours before kickoff. The entire broadcast is available worldwide on the Huskies Gameday mobile app and the Varsity app. The UW broadcast of this game will also air on SiriusXM channel 84. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs each Wednesday during the season (starting Aug. 24), at 6:00 p.m. PT.
DAWGS IN L.A.: With the prospect of USC and UCLA leaving the Pac-12 Conference following next season, this Saturday's trip to Los Angeles could be the last for the Huskies for a long time, other than possible bowl games, and assuming no other changes to the conferences. The Huskies, thanks in part to the COVID season in 2020, have only played in Southern California once during the regular season in the last six-plus seasons, in a 2018 visit to UCLA (UW also played in the Rose Bowl game later that season). Washington has not played a game at USC since the memorable Thursday-night win in 2015 and, barring changes, that will be the final Husky visit to the Coliseum.
Huskies vs. Bruins History: UCLA enjoys a nine-game edge in the series, with 41 wins, 32 losses and two ties in 75 all-time games against Washington. The Bruins have taken that lead relatively recently, having won 14 of the last 19, with many recent games having been comebacks.
Last year in Seattle, the Huskies rallied from 17-3 down to tied the score, but the Bruins broke the 17-17 tie with a touchdown pass with 8:19 to go, then intercepted a UW pass and ran out the last 4:50 to earn a 24-17 win.
Prior to last season, the Huskies and Bruins last met in Pasadena in 2018, when the Huskies won, 31-24, behind 116 rushing yards and two TDs from Myles Gaskin, as well as 265 yards and a TD passing, along with a rushing TD, from Jake Browning. In 2017, the Huskies won, 44-23, behind 169 rush yards from Gaskin and 94 more from Lavon Coleman. Prior to 2017, the most recent UW-UCLA game was in 2014, when the Bruins racked up 476 yards in a 44-30 win. The year prior in Pasadena, UCLA held on for a 41-31 win despite the Huskies out-gaining the Bruins in total offense. Cyler Miles came off the bench for injured starter Keith Price and threw for 149 yards and two scores while UCLA's Myles Jack rushed for four touchdowns.
The 2010 game was a rare Thursday night contest in Seattle, with the Huskies beating the Bruins, 24-7, as UCLA was held off the scoreboard after the first quarter. Chris Polk rushed for 138 yards and Jesse Callier added 107 in what was mostly a defensive game (UW out-gained UCLA 321 to 163 yards). In 2009 in Pasadena, the Bruins held off the Huskies' comeback attempt for a 24-23 victory. In 2008, UCLA pulled away late for a 27-7 win. But in 2007 in Pasadena, the Bruins beat the Huskies, 44-31, in a game that featured 41 combined points scored in the fourth quarter after a 10-10 tie at the half. The Huskies got the win in 2006 in Seattle, coming back from 16-0 behind to win, 29-19. In 2005, the Bruins needed a fourth-quarter comeback to secure a 21-17 win as the Huskies led 10-0 at half and 17-7 after three quarters. In 2004 in Seattle, Maurice Drew ran for 322 yards and five touchdowns as the Bruins came back from a 24-7 deficit to win, 37-31.
In 2003 at the Rose Bowl, 18th-ranked Washington built a 16-7 halftime lead, but the Bruins stormed back to win going away, 46-16. UCLA's 39 second-half points were the most ever against a Husky team in a second half. In 2002, the Bruins parlayed a 24-14 halftime lead into a 34-24 win. In 2001, the Bruins won, 35-13, as tailback DeShaun Foster rushed for 301 yards in a game the Huskies played without injured starting quarterback Cody Pickett (the only game Pickett missed after separating his right shoulder the previous week vs. USC).
In 2000, with a 35-28 win, Washington broke the Bruins' three-game winning streak in the series. UCLA had won games in 1997, 1998 and 1999 to take the series advantage, which, prior to the '97 meeting was tied at 27-27-2. In 12 of the last 17 meetings (all but 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2007) between Washington and UCLA, one or both of the teams has been ranked. Going by ranking alone, the Bruins managed to upset the Huskies in four of those games – most notably the 1990 loss at Husky Stadium that knocked aside the UW's national title hopes. In that '90 game, the unranked Bruins handed No. 2 Washington a 25-22 loss. In the next meeting in 1993, 22nd-ranked UCLA beat the 12th-ranked Dawgs, 39-25. Prior to 2004, the most recent "upset" was in 1999, when an unranked UCLA team beat No. 22 Washington, 33-20. The UW-UCLA series first got underway in 1932, when the Huskies posted the first of four straight shutouts against the Bruins. UCLA got its first win in the series in 1938 with a 13-0 win in Los Angeles.
EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH: Thanks in part to the extended eligibility that resulted from the pandemic, Washington's 2021 roster is remarkable for both its youth and its experience, all at once. The roster includes 18 individuals who have started at least one game on offense, and another 18 on defense. All totaled, those 35 players (one of them, Alex Cook, has started on offense and defense) have started 248 games (147 on offense, 101 on defense). And, that doesn account for the handful of veteran transfers who were mulit-year starters at their previous school, and also doesn't account for specialists, who are also seasoned starters at their positions.
All that said, the UW roster includes just 12 players in their final year of available eligibility: CB Jordan Perryman, LB Cam Bright, EDGE Jeremiah Martin, S Alex Cook, WR Brennan Holmes, PK Peyton Henry, OL Jaxson Kirkland, OL Henry Bainivalu, OL Corey Luciano, P Kevin Ryan, LB Kristopher Moll and RB Wayne Taulapapa. Of the 114 players on the current roster, 55 are listed as freshmen (17) or redshirt freshmen (38), while 27 more are sophomores. That means that 82 of 114 players (72 percent) have three or more years of eligibility remaining, entering the 2022 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 2019 and 2020 scheduled did not include UCLA and Arizona State. In 2021 and 2002, Washington are not scheduled to play USC and Utah.