A BAKER'S DOZEN: Washington

THINGS DON'T LOOK too good for the Washington faithful as the Huskies are off to their worst start in 39 years. A large part of their struggles can be chalked up to a defense that is giving up 495.4 per game - the second highest total in the nation.

YOUNG BUCKS:  The Huskies have utilized a total of 12 true freshmen this season. Eight different true freshmen have started a game, which ties Arkansas for the highest such total in the nation (FBS) this season.

BUFFET BUSTERS: Washington has one of the largest offensive lines in all of college football as the five starters average 332 pounds.  Senior left guard Jordan White-Frisbee is the largest starter tipping the scales at 368 pounds while the smallest starter is senior center Juan Garcia at 305.  The offensive line is one of the most experienced units on the team as they have combined for 100 career starts.  Despite their experience they have given up 15 sacks.

NO CUPCAKES: As of last season, Washington is one of just five NCAA Division I-A programs that has never faced a non-Division I-A opponent since the current division setup was established in 1978 (the division's names have undergone a change this year, but the setup is still the same). The five schools that have yet to play a non-Division I-A opponent since the advent of the current format are Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Washington.

A HAT TRICK:   DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheium, the team's defensive MVP a year ago, grabbed the team's first sacks of the year two weeks ago against Arizona.  He grabbed three against the Wildcats and is only player on the roster with a sack.

ON THE WAY OUT:  It is a forgone conclusion that Washington's 22nd coach, Tyrone Willingham, is on the way out following the conclusion of this season.  Willingham is in his fourth year at Washington where he has complied a 11-30 record and has never had his team place above ninth in the conference standings.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT:  Washington has won a conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl in each of the last nine decades, dating back to the 1920s.  UW has also gone unbeaten at home 13 times in its history, including six times in the last 19 seasons.

ONE OF THE FEW:  Redshirt freshman QB Ronnie Fouch, who will be making his first career home start, is just the fifth redshirt quarterback in school history to start a game.  In four games Fouch has completed 37 of 75 (49%) passes for 506 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, the team's only interception this season.  His 62-yard pass play to WR Jermaine Kearse at Arizona two weeks ago is the Huskies' longest gain of the season

DISCIPLINED:  Washington is a very disciplined team as they are averaging just 30.6 yards a game in penalty yardage, the lowest in the Pac-10 and good for sixth lowest in the nation.  The Huskies have not got over 100 yards in penalties in four plus years.

LEADER OF THE PAC: OLB Mason Foster is the Pac-10 co-leader in tackles with 8.4 stops per game.  SS Nate Williams (32 tack) and Mesphin Forrester (32 tack/1 TFL) round out the team's top three leading tacklers.

STRUGGLING:  The defense has been struggling against both the pass and run this year giving up an average of 495.4 yards per game - the second highest total in all of college football.  UW is last in the Pac-10 in pass defense efficiency, allowing opponents to throw for 17 touchdowns while intercepting just two passes.  They are also giving up 233.4 yards per game on the ground and 5.7 yards per carry which are both good for ninth in the conference and 115th in the nation.

BACK IN PURPLE:  The team's leading rusher RB David Freeman is expected to be back in the lineup after missing the Arizona game with a high ankle sprain.  Freeman has carried the ball 22 times for 136 yard. WR D'Andre Goodwin will be back in the starting lineup after missing all but one play of the Arizona game with bruised ribs.  Goodwin is the team's leading receiver with 27 catches for 315 yards.

GREEN:  The UW's wide receiver corps this season features only one player (not counting tight ends or backs) who entered the season with a college reception and only four who had played in a college game.  The top three receivers (Goodin, Jermaine Kearse and Devin Aguilar) have combined for 49 receptions for 632 yards and two touchdowns.

KICKING GAME:  Punter Jared Ballman is averaging 38.9 yards per punt, eighth in the conference, while seldom used K Ryan Perkins is 1 of 2 on field goal attempts making from 35 and missing from 47 yards out.  Ballman has kicked the last two field goals, missing both times (28, 48).

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