UW & OSU Set For Friday Night Matchup
THE GAME: The Washington football team (6-2 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) plays host to No. 24 Oregon State (also 6-2, 3-2) in a Friday night game at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Kickoff for the 107th UW-OSU game is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will air on ESPN2. Both teams come into the game off of their bye week. Following this Friday night's game, the Huskies travel south to play Oregon on Nov. 12.
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, fourth in completions per game, and fifth in passing TDs ... Penix has passed for 300 or more yards in all eight games this season. the longest such streak in UW history ... only two UW QBs have posted more 300-yard passing games, over their entire careers, than Penix has in his first eight games: Cody Pickett (14) and Jake Browning (9) ... WR Rome Odunze posted four straight 100-yard receiving games this year (game 4-7), making him the first in UW history to do that ... UW has scored on its first possession of every game this season ... Washington has punted in the first half five times this year, and has punted just 15 times all season ... UW has gone 3-and-out just seven times in 89 offensive possessions this year ... through eight 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 OSU game first in the NCAA-FBS in passing offense, as well as No. 7 in total offense and No. 10 in total offense ... the UW offense is also No. 4 in the nation in first downs and is No. 5 in third-down conversion percentage ... the Huskies are also 12th in the nation in sacks, and seventh in sacks allowed ... Washington has already far surpassed last year's 12-game, season totals for both points and touchdowns ... UW has 323 points and 41 TDs in 2022, after compling just 258 and 32, respectively, last year.
TELEVISION: The UW-OSU game will air on ESPN2, 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, at 6:00 p.m. PT.
HUSKIES VS. BEAVERS HISTORY: Washington holds a 67-35-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having broken a nine-game win streak in 2021. UW has won 25 of the last 34 meetings and 35 of the last 45, dating back to 1975. The series against the Beavers is the second-longest (to Stanford) active series in Washington football history in terms of years and third-longest in terms of total meetings (to Oregon and WSU).
The teams first met on Dec. 4, 1897, with Oregon State earning a 16-0 home win. That game was Washington's second-ever against a major college. The next OSU-UW game didn't come until 1902, a 16-6 UW win.
Last season in Corvallis, OSU kicked a 24-yard field goal on the game's final play to earn a 27-24 win. In 2020, one of UW's four games was a 27-21 win over Oregon State, in the Huskies' season-opener, Nov. 14, 2020. Sean McGrew, Kamari Pleasant and Dylan Morris all rushed for TDs in the win. Two years ago, Washington won a low-scoring game, 16-7, behind two field goals from Petyon Henry and two touchdown runs from Salvon Ahmed. In 2018 in Seattle, the Huskies built a 28-3 halftime lead and won, 42-23. The year before in Corvallis, Dante Pettis caught three TD passes from Jake Browning in a 42-7 UW win. In 2016 in Seattle, Washington opened a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and won, 41-17. Myles Gaskin rushed for 128 yards and a TD while both John Ross and Pettis topped 100 yards receiving. Browning was 14-for-28 for 291 yards and four scores. In 2015 in Corvallis, the Huskies won 52-7 as Browning also threw four TD passes and Gaskin rushed for 127 yards.
In 2014, Cyler Miles led UW to a 37-13 win, completing 18-of-23 passes for 253 yards and two TDs. In 2013 in Corvallis, Washington rushed for 537 yards and seven TDs en route to a 69-27 win. Three Husky backs ran for 100 yards (Bishop Sankey, 179; Deontae Cooper, 166; Dwayne Washington, 141). In 2012 in Seattle, Washington handed a 6-0 OSU squad its first loss in a 20-17 victory at CenturyLink Field. The winning score came on a 30-yard field goal from Travis Coons with 1:20 remaining. In 2011 at OSU, the Beavers upset the UW with a 38-21 victory. In 2010 in Seattle, UW won 35-34 in two OTs, denying a two-point conversion for the win. Jake Locker tied a then-school record with five TD passes, four to Jermaine Kearse.
In 2009 at OSU, the Beavers got 159 rushing yards from Jacquizz Rodgers to roll to a 48-21 win. In 2008 in Seattle, James Rodgers rushed for 110 yards on only three carries and Lyle Moevao was 18-for-22 for 191 yards to lead OSU past the UW, 34-13. The 2007 game in Corvallis was memorable for an injury to Locker, controversial calls from referees and five Alexis Serna field goals in a 29-23 Beavers win. In 2006 in Seattle, QB Isaiah Stanback's college career came to an end with a devastating foot injury and the Huskies lost, 27-17. In 2005, the Beavers got six field goals from Serna in an 18-10 win. In 2004 at Husky Stadium, OSU picked up its second win in four seasons against the UW with a 29-14 win, the Beavers first at Husky Stadium since 1985. Serna kicked a then-school-record five field goals to provide the winning margin. In 2003 in Corvallis, Charles Frederick piled up a school-record 371 all-purpose yards, scoring three touchdowns, as the Huskies cruised to a 38-17 win.
The Beavers' next-most recent win (prior to 2004) in the series came in Corvallis on Nov. 10, 2001, when the Beavers broke a 13-game losing streak to the Huskies. That day, an unranked OSU team trounced No. 8 Washington, 49-24, the first Beaver win (home or away) since the 1985 Husky Stadium game. Several other recent meetings have come down to the wire. In 2000, Ryan Cesca missed a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds as the Huskies held on for a 33-30 win. In 1998, the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left. The pass attempt was batted down by Husky safety Nigel Burton and the Huskies won, 35-34.
DAWGS AND THE NORTHWEST: Washington's most-played rivalries are against the other three other northwest Pac-12 schools. The Huskies have faced Washington State 113 times, Oregon in 113 games and Oregon State on 106 occasions. Washington owns the advantage in all three series. The Huskies lead the Ducks 60-48-5, Washington State 74-33-6 and Oregon State 67-35-4. Combined, Washington has a 201-116-15 (.630) record against its northwest rivals. Washington has played all three of the Northwest teams in a season on 92 prior occasions. Over those 92 seasons in which Oregon, OSU and WSU were all on the UW schedule, the Dawgs have swept all three 30 times. In the meantime, the Huskies have lost to all three in the same season on only eight occasions.
PENIX MAKING HIS MARK: Two-thirds of the way through the regular 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 eight games:
UW Single Game
1st in Pass Yds.: 516 vs. Arizona
1st in Pass Comp.: 36 vs. Arizona; at Cal
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: 366.8
2nd in Pass Att./Game: 42.4
2nd in Yds./Att.: 8.65
2nd in Comp./Game: 28.8
2nd in Comp. Pct.: .678
2nd in TD Passes/Game: 2.75
3rd in Pass Efficiency: 159.6
7th in Passing TDs: 22
9th in Passing Yards: 2,934
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).