- Washington Huskies football
TeamName = Washington Huskies football
ImageSize = 145px
HeadCoachDisplay = Tyrone Willingham
HeadCoachLink = Tyrone Willingham
HeadCoachYear = 3rd
HCWins = 9
HCLosses = 16
HCTies = 0
Stadium = Husky Stadium
StadCapacity = 72,500
StadSurface = FieldTurf
Location = Seattle, Washington
ConferenceLink = Pacific Ten Conference
FirstYear = 1889
AthlDirectorDisp = Scott Woodward
AthlDirectorLink = Scott Woodward
WebsiteName = GoHuskies.com
WebsiteURL = http://gohuskies.cstv.com/
ATWins = 639
ATLosses = 363
ATTies = 50
BowlWins = 18
BowlLosses = 11
BowlTies = 1
NatlTitles = 2
ConfTitles = 15
Color1 = Purple
Color1Hex = 3A3D71
Color2 = Gold
Color2Hex = EAD7AF
Bow Down to Washington
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MascotLink = Harry the Husky
MarchingBand = Washington Huskies Marching Band
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College footballhas a long and storied history at the University of Washington. Over the years the Washington Huskieshave won 15 Pacific Ten ConferenceChampionships, 7 Rose Bowl Titles and 2 National Championships. Washington's all-time record of 639-363-50 (as of 2005) ranks 17th by all-time winning percentage and 16th by all-time victories.
The Huskies play in historic
Husky Stadium, which is the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwestwith a seating capacity of 72,500.
As of 2007, Washington is one of only five of the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) teams to have never played a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team since Division I was split in 1978.Chris Dufrense, [http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dufresne20sep20,1,3065434,full.column UCLA victory is crucial for Dorrell] , "Los Angeles Times", September 20, 2007.]
The Huskies have recently fallen on hard times. They have not had a winning season since 2002 (the last year under
Rick Neuheisel), and have had 4 consecutive losing seasons, something which had not happened before in the history of Washington's football program.
The Gil Dobie years
From 1907 to 1917, Washington football teams were unbeaten in 63 consecutive games, still an NCAA Division I-A record.cite web|url=http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf | title=Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and I-AA Football Record Book | publisher=NCAA | pages = p.110 | format=PDF | accessdate=2007-12-07] During this period, Washington won 39 games in a row under coach
Gil Dobie, the currently second longest winning streak in NCAA Division I-A history.cite web|url=http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/football_records_book/2006/2006_d1_football_records_book.pdf | title=Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and I-AA Football Record Book | publisher=NCAA | pages = p.109 | format=PDF | accessdate=2007-12-07] In 1916, Dobie finished his remarkable coaching career at Washington with an undefeated 58-0-3 record. cite web | last=historylink.org | first= | title= Dobie, Gilmore (d. 1948) | url=http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=3693 | date=2007-07-24]
UW Head Football Coaches in the Modern Era
1991 National Champions
The Huskies opened the 1991 season on the road, with a 42-7 victory over the Stanford Cardinal. Following a week off, Washington traveled to
Lincoln, Nebraskafor a showdown with #9 Nebraska. Trailing 21-9 late in the third quarter, Washington staged a rally, scoring 27 unanswered points to claim a 36-21 victory. The Husky offense, led by junior QB Billy Joe Hobert, gained a total of 618 yards. The 618 yards given up by the Cornhuskers was the most in 35 years. The following week saw the return of QB Mark Brunell, the 1991 Rose Bowl MVP who had suffered a knee injury in the spring, as the Huskies beat Kansas State 56-3, while holding the Wildcats to minus-17 yards on the ground. The Huskies followed with back-to-back shutouts of Arizona and Toledo. California was next and the Huskies traveled to Berkeley to face the #7 Golden Bears. Washington won a wild game that was decided on the final play when Walter Bailey broke up a pass on the goal line to preserve a 24-17 win for the Huskies. Oregon and Arizona State visited Husky Stadiumnext and each walked away with a loss. The Huskies went on their final road trip of the season, first to USC where they won in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseumfor the first time since 1980. Needing a victory to clinch a Rose Bowl berth, Washington rolled to a 58-6 win over Oregon State. The Washington State Cougarscame to Seattle for the Apple Cupbut were no match for the Huskies, as Washington won 56-21, setting up a showdown with Michigan for the National Championship.
The Championship Game was the Rose Bowl, held January 1, 1992. The Huskies defense, led by
Lombardi Awardand Outland Trophywinner Steve Emtman, held Michigan to only 205 total yards, all while holding Heisman Trophywinner Desmond Howardto only one catch. The Husky offense, led by quarterbacks Mark Brunell and Billy Joe Hobert, racked up 404 yards of total offense in leading the Huskies to a 34-14 Rose Bowl victory. Hobert and Emtman shared MVP honors.
Steve Emtman(DT) and Mario Bailey(WR) were consensus All-Americanpicks. Dave Hoffmann(LB) and Lincoln Kennedy(OT) were All-American selections.
Don Jameswas voted Pac-10 and National Coach of the Year.
*Steve Emtman was the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Mario Bailey was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
*Mario Bailey (WR),
Ed Cunningham(C), Steve Emtman (DT), Chico Fraley(LB), Dana Hall(CB), Dave Hoffmann (LB), Donald Jones (LB) and Lincoln Kennedy (OL) were First Team All-Pac 10.
*The Huskies led the NCAA in total defense for most of the year, allowing only 237.1 yards per game.
The Huskies were voted National Champions by the
USA Today/ CNNCoaches Poll. The 1991 team averaged over 41 points per game, only once scoring fewer than 20 points, and held opponents to an average of less than 10 points per game, including two shutouts. They are still widely considered to be one of the greatest single-season college football teams ever fielded.
During the 2002
College Footballseason, the Washington Huskiesfound themselves with a 4-5 record with a 3-game losing streak entering the final weeks of the season. In order to help motivate his team, then Head Coach Rick Neuheiselcoined the idea of the "Northwest Championship". Due to a quirk in the schedule, the Huskies finished the season facing their three northwest rivals (Oregon State, Oregon, and Washington State) in order for the first time since 1914. The Huskies ended their losing streak and started a quest for the "Northwest Championship" with a 41-29 Senior Day victory over Oregon State. The following week, Washington traveled to Eugene, Oregon to face the #23 Oregon Ducks and walked away with a 42-14 upset victory. Washington then clinchedboth the "Northwest Championship" and the Apple Cupwith a stunning 29-26 triple overtime upset of third-ranked Washington State in Pullman.
The Huskies repeated the feat in 2003.
As of 2006, the Huskies have a combined record of 178-92-15 against their Northwest rivals.
Individual Award Winners
Doak Walker Award:Greg Lewis - 1990
Lombardi Award: Steve Emtman- 1991
Morris TrophyOffense: Bern Brostek- 1989: Lincoln Kennedy- 1991: Lincoln Kennedy- 1992: Bob Sapp- 1996: Olin Kreutz- 1997: Chad Ward- 2000
Morris TrophyDefense: Fletcher Jenkins- 1981: Ron Holmes- 1984: Reggie Rogers- 1986: Steve Emtman- 1990: Steve Emtman- 1991: D'Marco Farr- 1993
Outland Trophy: Steve Emtman- 1991
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award: Don James- 1991
University of Washington
2006 Washington Huskies football team
* [http://gohuskies.cstv.com/ University of Washington Official Athletic Site]
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