No. 18 Huskies Open Pac-12 Schedule Vs. Stanford
THE GAME: The Washington Football Team (3-0) wraps up its four-game home season opener this Saturday, as Stanford (1-1, 0-1 Pac-12) travels to Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium for the opening of the UW conference . The match will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FS1 television. The Huskies are 3-0 after a win over then-No. 11 Michigan State lifted the Dawgs up the standings for the first time this year. UW enters the week ranked 18th in the AP top 25 and 24th in the coaches poll.
FAST HITTERS: UW is 44-44-4 all-time against Stanford…in three games, UW QB Michael Penix, Jr., had 10 touchdowns, one shy of the national lead…against Michigan State, Penix has passing for 397 yards, the eighth-most single-game total in UW history … the Huskies have scored on 14 of 16 first-half possessions so far this season, with 12 of those 14 for touchdowns … the Huskies have scored touchdowns on seven of eight first quarter drys and overall have scored on 21 of 32 drives this season … UW have allowed just two sacks this season, and both have come with starters out of the game… across three weeks, UW’s offense leads the Pac-12 in passing offense (2nd in FBS), total offense (4th in FBS), first downs (5th in FBS) and in third down conversion percentage (8th in FBS)… UW also leads the conference in rushing defense and is second in total defense… six true is freshmen have played for UW this season: DL Jayvon ParkerCB Jayvion Green, PK Grady Green, WR Denzel BostonS Tristan Dunn & EDGE Lance Holtzclaw …aside from the pandemic-shortened 2020 season — when due to cancellations, the full UW schedule consisted of just four games, all at home — the last time the Huskies opened a season with four straight games at home was in 1976, when the Dawgs opened against 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 shirt freshmen red (38), with 27 additional sophomores … that means 82 of 114 players (72%) still have three or more years of eligibility to enter the 2022 season … UW has 12 players who are in their senior year eligibility in 2022.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Stanford match will be shown on FS1, with Alex Faust and Petros Papadakis calling the action. Fans with the appropriate subscription can also watch on FoxSports.com.
RADIO: All Washington football games will be broadcast 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 (sideline) 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 121 or 203. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs every Wednesday of the season (begins August 24), at 6:00 p.m. PT.
STANFORD – THE UW’S OLDEST RIVAL: In the fifth and final game of the 1893 season, on December 29, 1893, Washington faced Stanford, marking the Huskies’ first-ever game against another college. Prior to this, all of UW’s eight all-time games (since 1889) had come against club or alumni teams (notably, UW played against a team called “Washington College (Tacoma)” in 1890, but this was short-lived. The boarding school, despite its name, was not what one would call a “college” in modern terms, as it accepted students as young as 10 years old.). The UW-Stanford game was played in West Seattle in front of 900 fans, most of whom arrived by ferry from Seattle proper, and the Cardinal easily managed the home side, 40-0. The Stanford team was not much more experienced, having started playing in 1891, but had been coached the previous season (and again in 1894 and 1895) by Walter Camp, one of the game’s pioneers. Stanford guard Martin Kennedy led his team with four touchdowns. While the Huskies have faced several other modern-day opponents, no rivalry dates back to the one against Stanford. Other than games against Whitman (a Division III school that dropped football in 1977) and Vashon College (which closed completely in 1912), the UW didn’t face another college foe until 1900. , when Washington first played Idaho, Washington State and Oregon.
HUSKIES vs. CARDINAL HISTORY: In 92 all-time meetings, Washington and Stanford have tied for a record, with 44 wins for Stanford, 44 for UW, and four draws (44-44-4). After winning eight straight over Stanford from 1959-66, the Huskies lost 10 straight from 1967-76. Since that 1976 loss, Washington has gone 25-13 against the Cardinal. One of those 13 losses was a big upset in 1982 when the No. 2 Huskies fell to the Cardinal, 43-31, in Palo Alto. The UW’s second loss in that streak came at Stanford in 1994, when the Cardinal upset 12th-ranked Washington 46-28.
Most recently, the Cardinal defeated the Huskies, 27-13, in Palo Alto in 2004. After no game in 2005, Stanford earned its second straight victory over the UW in a 20-3 victory in 2006 at Husky Stadium. . The Cardinal also won 13 seasons ago in Seattle, 35-28, and in 2009 in Palo Alto (34-14). In 2010, Stanford shut out UW, 41-0, at Husky Stadium; and in 2011, the Cardinal won, 65-21, at Stanford. Prior to that, the UW’s most recent win came in 2007, when the Huskies rushed for 388 yards in a 27-9 win over the Cardinal. Louis Rankin led the way with 255 yards on 36 carries.
Last year in Palo Alto, the Huskies scored their best win of the season. Led 13-12, dylan morris connected with Jalen McMillan on a 20-yard TD with just 21 seconds left as the Huskies won, 20-13. In the shortened 2020 season, the Cardinal handed UW its only loss, 31-26, in what turned out to be the Huskies’ fourth and final game of the season. In 2019 at Stanford, the Husky offense suffered a 23-13 loss to the Cardinal. In 2018, UW built a 21-0 lead and held on to win, 27-23. Five seasons ago in Palo Alto, Stanford won 30-22, despite three rushing touchdowns from Myles Gaskin.
In 2016 in Seattle, on a busy Friday night at Husky Stadium, the 10th-ranked Dawgs beat the No. 7 Cardinal, 44-8. In 2015, the Cardinal won 31-14 in Palo Alto, while in 2014, the Cardinal won a defensive battle in Seattle, 20-13, as Kevin Hogan’s five-yard run with 4:29 broke a 13-13 tie. In 2013, the Cardinal edged the Dawgs in a close game at Palo Alto, 31-28, with Washington’s drive attempt or a tie or the lead blocked at midifeld with 1:16 remaining.
In 2012, on a Thursday night in Seattle, the Huskies edged the No. 8 Cardinal, 17-13, thanks to a 61-yard run from Bishop Sankey and a 35-yard touchdown catch from Kasen Williams.
Washington and Stanford first met in 1893 in a match that marked the UW’s first major college opponent. This match, played in West Seattle, ended in a 40-0 victory at Stanford. There wouldn’t have been another meeting between the two schools until 1920, when the Cardinal crushed Washington, 3-0, in UW’s last home game before Husky Stadium opened. After a 0-0 draw in 1921, the Huskies’ first series victory came in 1922, 12-8 at Palo Alto.
EXPERIENCE AND YOUTH: Thanks in part to the expanded eligibility that has resulted from the pandemic, Washington’s 2021 slate is notable for both its youth and its experience, all at once. The list includes 18 people who have started at least one game on offense and another 18 on defense. In total, these 35 players (one of them, Alex Cook, started in attack and defense) started 248 games (147 in attack, 101 in defense). And that doesn’t take into account the handful of veteran transfers who were multi-year starters at their previous school, nor does it take into account specialists, who are also seasoned newbies to their positions.
That said, the UW roster only includes 12 players in their final year of available eligibility: CB Jordan PerrymanKG Bright cameraEDGE Jeremiah MartinS Alex CookWR Brennan HolmesPACK Peyton HenryOL Jaxson KirklandOL Henri BainivaluOL Corey LucianoP Kevin RyanKG 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 another 27 are sophomores. This means that 82 of the 114 players (72%) still have three or more years of eligibility, entering the 2022 season.
THE IPC-12: Prior to the 2011 season, the Pac-10 Conference added Utah and Colorado to expand into the Pac-12. Washington, which along with California has been one of two schools that have participated in the conference since its founding in 1915, plays in the Pac-12 North, along with the other three Northwestern schools (Oregon, OSU, WSU) and Stanford and Cal. Under the current system, each school plays rivals from all five divisions, plus four of the six teams from the other division each season. The first two seasons, the Huskies did not face UCLA or Arizona State. In 2013 and 14, the Huskies did not play Utah or USC. In 2015 in 2016, neither UCLA nor Colorado were on the UW schedule, while the Huskies did not face USC and Arizona in 2017 or 2018. The 2019 season marked the beginning of a new cycle, bringing the rotation back to where it started. Therefore, the projected 2019 and 2020 Huskies did not include UCLA and Arizona State. In 2021 and 2002, Washington is not expected to play USC and Utah.
HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium underwent a major renovation from November 2011 to August 2013, as the entire lower bowl and south upper deck were demolished and replaced. The new facility includes a new state-of-the-art football operations center (weight room, training room, locker rooms, meeting rooms, coaches’ offices) in the west, many more premium seating options and a new playing surface. Husky Stadium featured a track until 2011, so seats that were once off the pitch, especially in the west, are much closer to the action. UW is 46-16 at home since the reopening of Husky Stadium.
ALASKA AIRLINES FIELD AT HUSKY STADIUM: Oregon’s game on Nov. 5, 2011, marked the last game at Husky Stadium before major renovations were completed in the summer of 2013. The Huskies reopened their home ground with a 38-6 victory over the former No. 19 Boise State on August 31, 2013. The 2021 season marks the 101st season of play at Husky Stadium. The original construction of the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played a game at the new facility on campus. UW’s all-time record at Husky Stadium is 402-185-21 (.678).