Huskies Return To Seattle For Homecoming Vs. Arizona

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THE GAME: The Washington football team (4-2 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) returns to Alaska Airlines Arena at Husky Stadium for its Homecoming game this Saturday as Arizona (3-3, 1-2) travels north. The game will kick off at 2:30 pm and air on Pac-12 Network. The Huskies opened the 2022 season with four straight home-game victories before suffering losses the last two weeks, at UCLA and Arizona State. Following the Arizona game, the Dawgs return to the road to face California on Oct. 22, before the UW bye week.

QUICK HITTER: Washington is No. 2 in the NCAA-FBS in passing offense, and is No. 10 in total offense … Husky quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. is No. 2 in the nation in passing yards and passing yards per game, and is No. 6 in passing touchdowns … he is also No. 4 in total offense … Penix has passed for 300 or more yards in all six games this season. His six straight games of 200 or more yards are tied for third-most in UW history, behind only Cody Pickett (20, 2002-03), and Keith Price (7, 2011). He’s tied with Jake Browning (2015) and Brock Huard (1997) … only three UW quarterbacks have posted more 300-yard passing games, over their entire careers, than Penix has in his first six games: Pickett (14), Browning (9) and Price (7) … only Pickett has reached 300 yards in six or more consecutive games, as he threw for 300 or better in each of the first seven games of 2002 … UW has scored a touchdown on its first possession of every game this season … Washington has punted in the first half just three times this year, and has punted just 11 times all season … UW has gone 3-and-out just five times in 66 offensive possessions this year … through six games, the Huskies have had six 100-yard receiving performances, from four different players: Rome Odunze (3), Giles Jackson, Jalen McMillan & Ja’Lynn Polk … only once before in UW history (2001) have four different UW players recorded a 100-yard receiving game over a three-game stretch, as those four did this year (games two through four) … Odunze who has surpassed 100 receiving yards in three straight games, making him the first Husky to do that since Reggie Williams (2003) … six true freshmen have played for the UW this season: DL Jayvon ParkerCB Jayvion Green, PK Grady GrossWR Denzel BostonS Tristan Dunn & EDGE Lance Holtzclaw.

TELEVISION: The Washington-Arizona game will air on Pac-12 Network, with Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth calling the action. Fans with the proper subscription can also watch at Pac-12.com/live.

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 135 or 197. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs each Wednesday during the season (starting Aug. 24), at 6:00 pm PT.

Huskies vs. Wildcats History: Washington holds a 24-11-1 edge in the series against Arizona, with the Huskies taking 17 of the last 25.

Last season in Tucson, the Huskies trailed 16-7 in the fourth quarter, but a nine-yard run from Cameron Davis and an eight-yard pass from Dylan Morris to Rome Odunze, gave the UW a 21-16 win. In 2020 in Seattle, Washington built a 37-0 lead and won, 44-27, in Seattle. In 2019, Washington posted its highest points total of the conference season in a 51-27 win over the Wildcats in Tucson. The Cats led, 17-13, at halftime, but the Huskies outscored them 14-0 in the third quarter and 24-10 in the fourth. Prior to that, the two teams hadn’t met since the 2016 season, when the Huskies won, 35-28 in overtime, in both teams’ Pac-12 opener. Tied at 28-28 at the end of regulation, the Huskies got a 4-yard TD pass from Jake Browning to Dante Pettis, and then batted down a fourth-down pass to end it. The year before, on a stormy Halloween night at Husky Stadium, the UW won, 49-3. Jake Browning was 16-for-24 for 274 yards and four scores while the UW defense forced four turnovers. In 2014 in Tucson, Arizona got a last-second, 47-yard field goal from Casey Skowron to beat the Dawgs, 27-26. A year prior in a late-September rainstorm at Husky Stadium, the Huskies pulled away from an 11-6 halftime advantage to win, 31-13. Bishop Sankey ran for 160 yards on a school-record 40 carries to lead the way for the Dawgs.

In 2013 in Tucson, the Wildcats rolled to a 52-17 win over the Huskies, with Ka’deem Carey rushing for 172 yards. In 2011, the UW beat Arizona, 42-31, as Chris Polk scored five TDs, rushed for 144 yards and caught four passes for 100 yards. In 2010 in Tucson, Wildcats backup QB Matt Scott led his team to a 44-14 win, completing 18-of-22 passes for 233 yards and two TDs. The year before in Seattle resulted in a stunning Husky win as linebacker Mason Foster intercepted a Nick Foles pass that deflected off the foot of an Arizona receiver and returned it 37 yards for a score with only 2:37 left. Washington won, 36-33, as the ‘Cats’ final drive was cut short by a Desmond Trufant interception.

In 2008 in Tucson, Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski tied a school record with three touchdown receptions as the Wildcats won, 49-19. In 2007 in Seattle, the Wildcats, behind quarterback Willie Tuitama, completed an impressive comeback and beat the UW 48-41 despite Jake Locker rushing for 157 yards and passing for 336. In 2006 in Tucson, the Huskies took a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and won, 21-10. In 2005, also in Tucson, Isaiah Stanback’s dramatic, 69-yard bomb on the last play of the first half and 200 rushing yards from James Sims led the Huskies to a 38-14 win.

The six UW-Arizona games prior to 2005 were decided by a total of 31 points, with the most lopsided result (a 31-21 Arizona win) coming in 2004. That year, the Wildcats overcame a 13-9 halftime deficit, out- scoring the Huskies, 14-0, in the second half for the win. In 2003, Arizona snapped a string of 13 straight home losses in conference play by pulling out a late, 27-22 victory. In 2002, it was the Huskies who rallied late when Reggie Williams scored on an 80-yard reception with only 2:03 remaining in the game. In 2001, Cody Pickett ran in from three yards out with 13 seconds left to cap an amazing day. Only two weeks after separating his right (throwing) vs. USC, Pickett broke the UW record with 455 passing yards as the Huskies won, 31-28. Also included in the close contests are Washington’s come-from-behind, 35-32 win in 2000 in Seattle (Marques Tuiasosopo scored with 1:10 left for the win a week after Curtis Williams was injured at Stanford), and the 1998 31- 28 ‘Cats win, which may be the most memorable game in the series’ history. Trailing 28-24 to Washington with under a minute to play, Arizona quarterback Ortege Jenkins flipped head over heels over three Husky defenders, landing on his feet in the end zone for the winning score.

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 McMillan127; Giles Jackson105), Michigan State (Ja’Lynn Polk153) and Stanford (Rome Odunze, 161 … Odunze also had 116 at UCLA and 116 at ASU). 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’t account for the handful of veteran transfers who were multi-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 PerrymanLB Kinda BrightEDGE Jeremiah MartinS Alex CookWR Brennan HolmesPK Peyton HenryOL Jackson KirklandOL Henry BainivaluOL Corey LucianoP Kevin RyanLB Christopher 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 that 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 and 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 is not scheduled to play USC and Utah.

HUSKY STADIUM RENOVATION: Husky Stadium underwent a major renovation over from Nov., 2011, through Aug., 2013, as the entire lower bowl and south upper deck were demolished and replaced. The new facility features a new, state-of-the-art football operations center (weight room, training room, locker room, meeting rooms, coaches’ offices) in the west end, much more premium seating options and a new playing surface. Husky Stadium had featured a track up until 2011, so seats that were once far from the field, particularly in the west end, are much closer to the action. UW is 47-16 at home since the re-opening of Husky Stadium.

ALASKA AIRLINES FIELD AT HUSKY STADIUM: The Oregon game on Nov. 5, 2011, marked the final game in Husky Stadium prior to major renovations that were completed in summer, 2013. The Huskies re-opened their home field with a 38-6 win over then-No. 19 Boise State on Aug. 31, 2013. The 2021 season marks the 101st season of play in Husky Stadium. Original construction on the facility was completed in 1920 when Washington played one game in the new campus facility. UW’s all-time record in Husky Stadium stands at 403-185-21 (.679).

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