UW & CU Set For Saturday Morning Contest
The Game: A week after playing in a game that ended after 11:00 p.m., the Washington football team (5-3 overall, 1-3 Pac-12) travels to Boulder to face Colorado (2-6 overall, 0-5 Pac-12) in an 11:00 a.m. MT (10:00 a.m. PT) game Saturday at Folsom Field. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks. Washington is trying to break a brief, two-game losing streak (both to teams ranked in the top 15 in the nation) while the Buffaloes have lost four in a row, including two in overtime and another by just five points. After the trip to Boulder, the Huskies are back at home the following Saturday, Nov. 8, as UCLA makes a visit to Husky Stadium.
Quick Slants: Washington leads the nation with six defensive touchdowns (four by Shaq Thompson, and two from John Timu) … Temple has scored five and eight other teams have four … Washington ranks second in the nation with 34 sacks, one short of the national leader, Utah (35) … senior Hau’oli Kikaha, who broke the UW career sacks record and tied the single-season record last Saturday vs. ASU, leads the nation with 14.5 sacks … no one else has more than 11.0 … Kikaha also leads the nation in tackles for loss (19.5), 5.5 more than the next-most … linemate Danny Shelton is tied for ninth in sacks (7.5) for fifth and in tackles for loss (12.5) … with 16 takeaways and six turnovers, the Huskies’ turnover margin of plus-10 is tied for seventh in the nation … UW opponents have just eight punt returns yards on six returns, a 1.33-yard average, third-best in the nation … Washington is 25-for-27 (.926) in the red zone, seventh-best in the country … Thompson and Shelton are both tied for second in the nation in fumble recoveries (3 in 8 games) while Thompson and Andrew Hudson are both tied for 11th in forced fumbles (also 3 in 8) … Thompson has scored four defensive touchdowns this season (plus another on offense) … Thompson’s 100-yard fumble return at Cal is one of just four 100-yard plays in UW history … Washington has had eight true freshmen play this year: DB Budda Baker, DL Will Dissly, DB Darren Gardenhire, DB Naijiel Hale, DB Sidney Jones, WR Brayden Lenius, WR Dante Pettis and PK Tristan Vizcaino … Baker, Jones and Hale (all defensive backs) and Lenius have all started … vs. Hawai’i, John Ross caught a 91-yard TD pass from Jeff Lindquist, the second-longest pass play in Husky history (Jake Locker to Marcel Reece, 98 yards, 2007, is the record).
Television: The Washington-Colorado game will air live to a national audience on the Pac-12 Networks with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (color) and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) providing the commentary. The Pac-12 Networks will also show 60-minute replays next week.
Radio: The Washington IMG College Network, with its flagship station KOMO AM-1000 and FM-97.7, will carry the live broadcast of every football game on 18 Northwest radio stations. Longtime play-by-play man Bob Rondeau and color analyst Damon Huard are joined by sideline reporter Elise Woodward. The CU broadcast of the game will also air on Sirius (139) and XM (197) satellite radio.
Huskies vs. Buffaloes History: Washington and Colorado have squared off 14 times in their history and the Huskies hold the edge with eight wins, five losses and one tie. Washington has won five straight games vs. the Buffaloes. The series began way back in 1915 when a Gil Dobie-coached UW team wrapped up a 7-0 season with a 46-0 win over the Buffs at Washington’s Denny Field. Nearly 40 years later, the Huskies opened the 1953 season with a narrow 21-20 loss at Husky Stadium. Jim Owens’ first game as Husky head coach, on Sept. 21, 1957, came against Colorado and that game ended in a 6-6 tie in Seattle. Two seasons later, the Huskies made their first trip to Boulder for yet another season-opener and beat the Buffaloes, 21-12. The next meeting didn’t come until 1976 in Seattle when Colorado beat Don James’ second Husky squad, 21-7. The two teams next met in the 1985 Freedom Bowl in Anaheim. Jon Embree (who would eventually become the CU head coach) scored the game’s final TD on a 31-yard reception, but the Huskies won, 20-17, behind sophomore QB Chris Chandler.
In 1989, shortly after the death of their former quarterback Sal Aunese, Colorado handed the Huskies a 45-28 win at Husky Stadium. The Buffs rushed for 420 yards despite not having a single back over 100 yards. Colorado made it two wins in as many seasons the following year at Folsom Field, handing a 12th-ranked UW team a 20-14 loss. Eric Bieniemy ran for 143 yards and Darian Hagan scored a pair of TDs in the win. Colorado picked up a third straight win over the Huskies in the 1996 Holiday Bowl, winning 33-21. Corey Dillon rushed for 140 yards and two TDs, but CU quarterback Koy Detmer passed for 371 yards and three TDs in the win. In 1999, first-year UW head coach Rick Neuheisel, who’d left Colorado for Seattle during the offseason, got his first win at Washington in week three of the season. Marques Tuiasosopo hit Chris Juergens with a nine-yard TD pass with 3:17 remaining to break a tie and forge a 31-24 win. The following year in Boulder, a Rose Bowl-bound Husky team won, 17-14. Washington scored 14 in the final quarter on a TD run from Willie Hurst and a pass from Tuiasosopo to Wilbur Hooks. In 2011, in the two teams’ first meeting as Pac-12 rivals, the Huskies won 52-24 in Seattle. Keith Price led the way for the UW, completing 21-of-28 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. In 2012, Price had another big game in a 38-3 win in Boulder, throwing for a school-record-tying five TDs. Price was 22-for-29 for 248 yards and the five scores while Bishop Sankey rushed for 139 yards in a game the UW led just 7-0 at half. The UW held Colorado to just 141 yards in total offense. Last season in Seattle, the Huskies won their fifth in a row in the series as the Dawgs, coming off of a bye, rolled up 628 yards of total offense in a 59-7 victory. Price completed 22-of-29 for 312 and two scores while rushing for two more. Sankey gained 143 yards and scored once on 23 carries while defensive backs Marcus Peters and Tre Watson each scored defensive TDs in the fourth quarter.
Washington-Colorado Ties: Buffs defensive coordinator, Kent Baer held that same position at the UW from 2005 to 2007. Additionally, CU RBs/TEs coach Klayton Adams worked briefly as a grad assistant at the UW and began his career as a GA in 2006 on UW head coach Chris Petersen’s first staff as a GA. Husky offensive line coach Chris Strausser was on Dan Hawkins’ staff at Colorado in 2006. Former CU QB Darian Hagan, now the director of player development for the Buffs, was the running backs coach on that staff. As for players, there’s just one Washingtonian on the Colorado roster: QB Sefo Liufau, from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Washington’s roster includes Denver Mullen grad Cyler Miles. The CU roster includes three other Mullen products: Timothy Coleman, Brady Daigh and Tyler Henington. Other UW and CU players who attended the same high school: UW’s Mike Criste and CU’s Josh Kaiser and Michael Mathewes (Mission Viejo); UW’s Joe Mathis and CU’s Christian Powell and Marques Mosley (Upland); UW’s Kevin King and CU’s Brandan Brisco (Bishop O’Dowd); UW’s Azeem Victor and CU’s Gerrad Kough (Pomona); UW’s Naijiel Hale and CU’s Shay Fields (St. John Bosco).