Dawgs Head To Berkeley For 101st UW-Cal Game
THE GAME: The Washington football team (5-2 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) heads to Berkeley in search of its first road win of 2022, as the Huskies take on California (3-3, 1-2) Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. PT and the game will air on ESPN. The game will be the 101st between the two West Coast rivals – the only two programs to compete in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every year of its existence. Following the trip to Cal, UW has its bye week before a Friday night (Nov. 4 ) game vs. Oregon State, at Husky Stadium.
QUICK HITTERS: Michael Penix Jr. broke multiple UW records in the win over Arizona, including most notably, the marks for single-game passing yards (516), completions (36) and total offense (529) ... Penix enters the week No. 1in the nation in passing yards and passing yards per game, second in total offense, fifth in passing TDs and 5th completions per game ... Penix has passed for 300 or more yards in all seven games this season, joining Cody Pickett (2002) as the only Husky to pass for 300 in seven straight ... only two UW QBs have posted more 300-yard passing games, over their entire careers, than Penix has in his first seven games: Pickett (14) and Jake Browning (9) ... WR Rome Odunze has posted four straight 100-yard receiving games, making him the first in UW history to do that ... UW has scored a touchdown on its first possession of every game this season ... Washington has punted in the first half four times this year, and has punted just 12 times all season ... UW has gone 3-and-out just six times in 78 offensive possessions this year ... through seven games, the Huskies have had seven 100-yard receiving performances, from four different players: Rome Odunze (4), Giles Jackson, Jalen McMillan & Ja'Lynn Polk ... 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 ... UW enters the Cal game first in the NCAA-FBS in passing offense, as well as No. 5 in scoring offense and No. 9 in total offense ... the UW offense also leads the nation in first downs and is seventh in third-down conversion percentage ... Washington has already surpassed last year's 12-game, season totals for both points and touchdowns ... UW has 295 points and 38 TDs in 2022, after compling just 258 and 32, respectively, last year.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Cal game will air on ESPN, with Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore & Tiffany Blackmon 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 136 or 201. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs each Wednesday during the season, at 6:00 p.m. PT.
HUSKIES vs. GOLDEN BEARS HISTORY: Washington and California are the only two teams that have played in what is now the Pac-12 Conference in every season since the league was founded in 1916. As that would indicate, they've played one another quite often. The Huskies hold a 55-41-4 record in the 100-game, all-time series, which began in 1904. Washington has won 10 of the last 14 after Cal had won five in a row (2002-2006).
Cal had won two straight, however, before the Huskies won, 31-24 in overtime, in the 2021 Pac-12 opener. Cal forced the overtime on a Chase Garbers run to tie it at 24-24 with 2:51 to go. In OT, UW's Sean McGrew scored on a two-yard run before Cal fumbled on the 1-yard line, ending the game. The two teams didn't play in 2020.
In 2019, in a game that featured a two-hour, 39-minute lightning delay and ended at 1:23 a.m., Cal won, 20-19. UW's Peyton Henry hit a 49-yard field goal with 2:05 to go, but the Bears countered with a 17-yarder with just eight seconds left for the win. Three years ago, the Huskies fell in 12-10, in a defensive struggle in Berkeley. The game featured just 27 first downs and 492 yards of total offense between the two teams, combined. Cal's only TD came on an interception return. In 2017 in Seattle, UW held Cal to 93 yards of total offense in a 33-7 win. In 2016 in Berkeley, Jake Browning threw for six TDs and 378 yards on 19-for-28 passing to lead UW to a 66-27 win. John Ross totaled 208 receiving yards and Dante Pettis added 104 more, while each scored three TDs. In 2015 in Seattle, Cal built a 27-7 lead over the UW and then held the Huskies off for a 30-24 win. In 2014 in Berkeley, a 100-yard fumble return from Shaq Thompson and an 86-yard pass to Ross were the key plays in a 31-7 Husky win.
In 2013 in Seattle, UW earned a 41-17 victory behind 241 rushing yards from Bishop Sankey and 376 passing from Keith Price. In 2012, the UW earned a 21-13 win thanks largely to second-half TDs from Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Sankey. In 2011 in Seattle, the Huskies held on a late goalline stand to preserve a 31-23 victory as Price threw for three TDs in the Pac-12 opener. In 2010 in Berkeley, the Huskies beat the Bears, 16-13, on the final play of the game, a one-yard run from Chris Polk. In 2009, the Huskies closed out their season with a 42-10 win over the Bears in Seattle. Jake Locker passed for 248 yards and three TDs and rushed for 77 and two more scores. In 2008, Cal won in Berkeley, in another season finale as Jahvid Best ran for 311 yards and four TDs in a 48-7 Bears win. In 2007, the 37-23 Husky victory broke a streak of five straight Cal wins in the series.
Prior to that five-game losing streak, the Huskies had won 19 consecutive games in the series, a streak that began with a 50-31 win in 1977. Before 2002, the last Cal win had come in 1976. Cal and UW first met in 1904, battling to a 6-6 tie in a game played in Seattle. In both 1915 and 1916, they played one another twice each year, with unbeaten Gil Dobie's Washington team sweeping the four games. In 1917, Cal broke the UW's 63-game unbeaten streak (still an NCAA record) with a 27-0 win in Berkeley. Other big games in the series include the 1937 game, when the unranked Huskies held No. 1 Cal to a 0-0 tie in Seattle. In 1991, the Bears probably came as close as anyone to beating Washington that national championship season, as Mike Pawlawski's last-gasp pass into the endzone was batted down in a 24-17 UW win. Washington has also posted four of its nine biggest comebacks in history against California. The biggest ever was in 1988, when the Dawgs trailed 27-3 before rallying to win, 28-27. In 1981, Washington was down 21-0 in the third quarter before coming back for a 27-26 victory. A 20-point comeback in 1993 (24-23) and a 14-point rally in 1999 (31-27) also rank on the list. In 2001, the Huskies trailed 21-7 in the first quarter, but came back to earn a 31-28 victory in Berkeley.
HUSKIES vs. BAY AREA SCHOOLS: Washington has a combined, all-time record of 113-86-8 vs. opponents from the San Francisco Bay Area. Washington is 55-41-4 against Cal, 45-44-4 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 63-21-0 vs. Bay Area teams: 29-7 vs. Cal, 26-14 vs. Stanford and 8-0 vs. San Jose State.
PENIX MAKING HIS MARK: Just past the midway point of season, UW quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has already made numerous impressions in the Husky football record book. Here's a look at some of the school records he's already set, and where he stands on various single-game and single-season top-15 lists, through seven games:
UW Single Game
1st in Pass Yds.: 516 vs. Arizona
1st in Pass Comp.: 36 vs. Arizona
1st in Total Offense: 529 vs. Arizona
T-1st in Consec. 300-Yd. Pass Games (7)
T-2nd in Consec. 200-Yd. Pass Games (7)
T-6th in Pass Comp.: 33, twice
T-7th in Pass TDs: 4, four times
T-10th in Comp. Pct.: .818 vs. Arizona
10th in Pass Yds.: 397 vs. Mich. St.
1st in Pass Yds./Game: 365.7
2nd in Pass Att./Game: 41.1
2nd in Yds./Att.: 8.89
2nd in Comp./Game: 27.7
2nd in Comp. Pct.: .674
2nd in TD Passes/Game: 2.86
2nd in Pass Efficiency: 162.2
T-9th in Passing TDs: 20
15th in Passing Yards: 2,560
100-YARD RECEIVERS: Washington has already had four different receivers record a 100-yard game this season, and it happened over the span of just three games – games two, three and four vs. Portland State (Jalen McMillan, 127; Giles Jackson, 105), Michigan State (Ja'Lynn Polk, 153) and Stanford (Rome Odunze, 161 ... Odunze also had 116 at UCLA; 115 at ASU and 169 vs. Arizona). Including this season, only 19 times in UW history have the Huskies had four, 100-yard receiving games over the course of a single season, but in 15 of those cases, those performances were by three or fewer different players. Only four times in UW history have four different players posted a 100-yard receiving game in a single season. Among those four years (1949, 2001, 2002 and 2011), on only one occasion did four different players record a 100-yard game over a three game stretch, in the middle of the 2001 season. They were:
Reggie Williams, 101, vs. USC (game 4)
Todd Elstrom, 112, vs. UCLA (game 5)
Paul Arnold, 138, vs. Arizona (game 6)
Patrick Reddick, 102, vs. Arizona (game 6)
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.
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 48-16 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 2021 season marks the 101st 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 404-185-21 (.680).