No. 24 Huskies Head South To Face No. 6 Ducks
THE GAME: The Washington football team (7-2 overall, 3-2 Pac-12) travels south to face Oregon (8-1, 6-0) Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The Dawgs and Ducks square off at 4:00 p.m. PT, and the game will air on FOX television. The Huskies returned to the national rankings this week, earning the No. 24 spot in the AP Top 25 and No. 23 the coaches' poll, while Oregon is ranked No. 6 in each.
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 this week No. 1 in the nation in passing yards and passing yards per game; and No. 2 in total offense and completions per game ... Penix passed for 300 or more yards in the first eight games this season. the longest such streak in UW history, but saw that streak broken when he passed for 298 vs. Oregon State in game nine ... only two UW QBs have posted more 300-yard passing games, over their entire careers, than Penix has in his first nine games: Cody Pickett (14) and Jake Browning (9) ... WR Rome Odunze notched four straight 100-yard receiving games this year (games 4-7), making him the first in UW history to do that ... he got a fifth 100-yard game (non-consecutive) vs. OSU ... through nine games, the Huskies have had seven 100-yard receiving performances, from four different players: Rome Odunze (5), Giles Jackson, Jalen McMillan & Ja'Lynn Polk ... UW has scored on its first possession in eight of nine this season ... UW has gone 3-and-out just nine times in 99 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 ... UW enters the Oregon game first in the NCAA-FBS in passing offense, as well as No. 10 in total offense and No. 14 in scoring offense ... the UW offense is also No. 2 in the nation in first downs and third-down conversion percentage ... the Huskies are also 19th in the nation in sacks, and fourth in sacks allowed ... Washington has already far surpassed last year's 12-game, season totals for both points and touchdowns ... UW has 347 points and 44 TDs in 2022, after compling just 258 and 32, respectively, last year.
TELEVISION: The UW-Oregon game will air on FOX, with Jason Benetti, Brock Huard & Allison Williams calling the action. Fans with the proper subscription can also watch at foxsports.com.
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 109 or 198. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs each Wednesday during the season, at 6:00 p.m. PT.
HUSKIES vs. DUCKS HISTORY: Washington leads the all-time series against the Ducks with 60 wins, 48 losses and five ties.
In games played in Seattle, the Huskies are 32-23-4 against their cross-border rivals, while in games played in Eugene, the Ducks enjoy an 18-13 edge all-time (Oregon's home games vs. the UW were played in Portland for many years). The Ducks have had the edge of late, winning 20 of the last 26 against the Dawgs.
Last year in Seattle, Oregon overcame an early, 9-3 deficit to win, 26-16, holding UW to just seven first dows and 166 yards of total offense. The teams did not play during the 2020 season (UW played only four games that year). In 2019 in Seattle, Oregon scored with 5:10 remaining in the game to win 35-31. Washington could only reach the Ducks' 35-yard line on the ensuing drive before failing to convert a fourth down. Salvon Ahmed rushed for 140 yards and Jacob Eason passed for 289 and three TDs for the Dawgs.
In 2018 in Eugene, the Ducks edged the Huskies, 30-27, in overtime. Washington got a field goal in the opening overtime period, but the Ducks scored a touchdown in their possession to win the game.
In 2017 in Seattle, UW's Dante Pettis broke the NCAA record with his ninth career punt return for a TD and the UW held Oregon to just 31 passing yards in a 38-3 UW win. In 2016, the Dawgs broke the Ducks' long win streak in the series with a 70-21 win in Eugene. Jake Browning was 22-for-28 for 304 yards and a school-record six TD passes (plus two rushing TDs) while Myles Gaskin rushed for 197 yards on just 16 carries.
In 2015 in Seattle, Oregon won, 26-20, as a third-quarter, 72-yard run from Myles Gaskin and a three-yard pass from Browning to Jaydon Mickens in the fourth brought the UW to within six points. The Ducks, however, intercepted a last-minute pass to preserve the win. In 2014 in Eugene, a 21-point output from Oregon in the second quarter was the major difference in a 45-20 Ducks win. In 2013 at Husky Stadium, the Ducks stretched a seven-point lead heading into the fourth quarter into a 45-24 victory. Marcus Mariota passed for 366 yards and three TDs rushed for 88 and one while the Huskies got 167 rushing yards from Bishop Sankey. In 2012 in Eugene, second-ranked Oregon beat No. 23 Washington, 52-21.
In 2011, in the final game at the old Husky Stadium, the Ducks beat the UW, 34-17. In 2010 in Eugene, UW QB Keith Price made his first college start in a 53-16 Husky loss. Oregon led 18-16 in the third quarter before pulling away. In 2009 at Husky Stadium, Oregon won, 43-19. In 2008 in Eugene in the season-opener for both teams, Jeremiah Masoli came off the bench and led the Ducks to a 44-10 win. In 2007 in Seattle, the Huskies and Ducks were tied at 31-31 after three quarters before Oregon pulled away in the final period for a 55-34 win.
The Huskies' last win over Oregon prior to 2016 was in 2003, when Shelton Sampson and Kenny James both rushed for over 100 yards in a 42-10 Husky victory. Washington and Oregon first met on the football field in 1900, a 43-0 Oregon win in Eugene. The Huskies got their first win in the series in the next meeting, a 6-5 victory in 1903. From 1974 to 1993, Washington won 17 of 20 meetings. The series also features one of the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in college football history as the Ducks beat the Huskies, 58-0, in 1973 and then lost at the UW, 66-0, the following year.
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 107 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 68-35-4. Combined, Washington has a 202-116-15 (.629) 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
1st in Consec. 300-Yd. Pass Games (8)
2nd in Consec. 200-Yd. Pass Games (9)
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: 359.1
1st in Comp./Game: 28.9
2nd in Pass Att./Game: 43.4
2nd in TD Passes/Game: 2.56
3rd in Passing Yards: 3,232
4th in Comp. Pct.: .665
5th in Pass Efficiency: 152.8
T-6th in Passing TDs: 23
8th in Yds./Att.: 8.27
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; 169 vs. Arizona; and 102 vs. Oregon State). 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.