Washington Husky Preview

BeaverFootball.com breaks down the Washington Husky football team.

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Head coach:  Keith Gilbertson (9th year at UNM)
(Career: 55-45 | At UW: 7-10 | Pac-10 record: 34-31)

Current ranking: NR in either poll
Current record: 1-4, 0-2
Last year's record: 6-6, 4-4 (5th in Pac-10)
Bowl game: Did not get invited to a bowl game
Streak:  One game winning streak


Last week...
Defeated San Jose State 21-6
Kenny James ran for a career-high 189 yards, getting 179 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, and Washington got its first win by beating San Jose State 21-6 on Saturday.  Reserve quarterback Casey Paus led two second-half scoring drives and Washington's defense held the Spartans (2-3) in check one week after their 70-63 victory over Rice in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA history.

Last time UW and OSU met...
Oct. 18, 2003, Washington 38, No. 22 Oregon State 17
The Huskies pulled away from a 14-10 halftime lead to win 38-17 at Reser Stadium last season. UW receiver Charles Frederick caught nine passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns, and had a third score on an 86-yard punt return in the first quarter. Beaver quarterback Derek Anderson passed for 344 yards and one touchdown and former receiver James Newson has eight receptions for 128 yards.

Last time at Husky Stadium...
November 9, 2002, Washington 31, Oregon State 29
The game against the Beavers was close through much of the game. After an exchange of field goals,
Oregon State took a 10-3 lead when Derek Anderson hit James Newson with a 60- yard pass. The Huskies, however, tied the game on an 11-yard pass from Cody Pickett to Reggie Williams and then took the lead for good on a pair of interception returns for scores. Late in the first, Derrick Johnson's 42-yard runback gave the UW a 17-10 lead before Chris Massey, early in the second, took another pick back 25 yards to make it 24-1. OSU closed the gap to 24-22 on two Kirk Yliniemi field goals and a 13-yard run from Steven Jackson. Washington answered with a apir of long drives, both capped by one-yard, Rich Alexis touchdown runs. After another Jackson TD late in the third drew OSU two within nine points at 38-29, John Anderson's 52-yard field goal accounted for the only fourth-quarter points for either team. Pickett finished the game 22-for-43 for 262 yards, no interceptions and one TD. Williams caught nine passes for 94 yards and a score. Jackson led the Beavs with 135 yards an two touchdowns on 25 carries while Anderson was 15- for-40 for 250 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions. Johnson finished with two of those interceptions while Massey, Nate Robinson and Ben Mahdavi had one each.


Series history (UW leads 57-27-4)...
Washington holds a commanding 57-27-4 record in the all-time series against Oregon State, having won the 15 of the last 16 meetings and 25 of the last 27, 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 Washington State). 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 . From 1924 to 1964, the annual UW-OSU game was played either at Husky Stadium or Multnomah (Civic) Stadium in Portland (now called PGE Park).

The Beavers’ most recent win 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. While the last three games vs. OSU in Corvallis been comfortable wins one way or the other (the 1999 and 2003 games going UW's way and the 2001 contest in favor of Oregon State), both of the the last two games at Husky Stadium have gone 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 last time a Mike Riley-led OSU team played at Washington), the Beavers went for a two-point conversion with no time left.
The pass attempt was batted down and the Huskies won, 35-34.


Gilbertson on Oregon State…
"We've got to match what the front seven and their two corners can do defensively. Their front seven is excellent. Billy Swancutt is a great football player and has been for a long time, he's terrific. I was thinking they won't be as good at defensive tackle because of those other people gone, then here comes two more guys terrific inside. They moved Trent Bray to inside linebacker and with Ellison and Pollard outside, they got terrific speed on the outside."

Washington Connections...
Oregon State secondary coach Nigel Burton, in his second season on Coach Mike Riley’s Beavers staff, was a three-year letterman safety at Washington (1996-98). The Beavers' roster includes four
players from the state of Washington: So. OG J.C. Ronnfeldt (Federal Way/Decatur), Sr. TE Pat Loney (Mukilteo/Kamiak), So. TB Ryan Cole (Port Orchard/South Kitsap), and Jr. LB Trent Bray (Pullman), RS-


Players to watch:

QB Casey Paus - has been up and down throughout the season...the least mobile out of the three quarterbacks...would not be surprised to see the Beavers knock Paus out of the game.

The offensive line - has only given up seven sacks, the Beavers have only recorded eight...OSU must get to the quarterback and take some pressure off of the secondary.

LB Joe Lobendahn - a playmaker like Trent Bray...must keep him in check if the Beavers are going to run the ball.

CB Derrick Johnson - if he plays he has the experience and play making ability to bait Derek Anderson into throwing interceptions


Injury Report:

  • WR Charles Fredrick is questionable
  • QB Carl Bonnell is questionable
  • CB Derrick Johnson is questionable
  • FB Zach Tuiasosope is out
  • WR Corey Williams is out
  • RB Ben Bandel is out for the season
  • CB Derrick Bradley is out for th season


Miscellaneous Husky Notes:

  • The Huskies are 32-15-2 all-time against OSU in games played in Seattle, including a 25-13-0 mark in Husky Stadium.
  • Husky coach Keith Gilbertson, in his four years as head coach at California, went 2-0 against the Beavers (OSU and Cal didn't play in 1993 and 1994) and then picked up a third win over the Beavs last season. In 1992, the Bears shut out OSU, 42-0, in Berkeley. In 1995, Cal nipped the Beavs, 13-12, in Corvallis. Prior to last season’s game, Riley and Gilbertson had never faced.
  • The Huskies have defeated a ranked AP-team in 26 of it last 27 seasons.
  • UW has posted 27 consecutive winning seasons, the third longest current streak and the 11th longest in NCAA history.  They have also posted 15 straight non-losing league seasons.
  • The Dawgs have not been shut out for 270 consecutive games., the longest active streak in Division I ball.
  • Since 1999 the Huskies have participated in 25 contests that have been decided by less than seven points

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