THE GAME: The Washington football team continues its season-opening, four-game homestand this Saturday, as Portland State travels up Interstate 5 to face the Dawgs at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. PT and the game will air on Pac-12 Washington. Last Saturday, Washington (1-0) won its first game under new head coach Kalen DeBoerbeating Kent State, 45-20. Last Thursday, the Vikings began this season with a tough, 21-17 loss at San Jose State, with the Spartans scoring the game-winning touchdown with just 1:11 left in the game. The Huskies will remain home for two more Saturdays after this week’s game as, on Sept. 17, Michigan State pays its first visit to Seattle since the season-opener in 1970. The following week, the Huskies open Pac-12 play against their oldest collegiate rival, Stanford, on September 28.
QUICK HITTERS: Eight players made their first career start for the Huskies vs. Kent State – five on offense: C Corey LucianoLG Nate KalepoRT Roger RosengartenQB Michael Penix, and RB Wayne Taulapapa; and three on defense: LB Cam BrightLB Alphonzo Tuputalaand CB Jordan Perryman … a total of 21 UW players made their college debut vs. Kent State … two true freshmen played in the opener: Jayvon Parker and Jayvion Green … UW’s 21 first-quarter points vs. Kent State marked the Huskies’ highest total in a single quarter since they scored 24 in the fourth quarter vs. Arizona on Oct. 12, 2019, a stretch of 22 games … UW scored on its first six possessions vs. Kent State (five touchdowns, one field goal) … other than the pandemic-shortened 2020 season – when due to cancellations, the entire UW schedule consisted of just four games, all at home – the last time the Huskies opened a season with four consecutive home games was in 1976, when the Dawgs opened vs. Virgina, Colorado, Indiana and Minnesota … the current UW rosters includes players who list hometowns from 16 different states … 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 redshirt freshmen (38), with an additional 27 sophomores … that means that 82 of 114 players (72 percent) have three or more years of remaining eligibility entering the 2022 season … Washington has 12 players who have just one remaining year of eligibility.
TELEVISION: The Washington-Portland State game will air on Pac-12 Washington, with Elise Woodward and Max Browne calling the action. Fans with the proper subscription can also watch at Pac-12.com.
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 108 or 204. Additionally, the Husky Football Coaches Show airs each Wednesday during the season (starting Aug. 24), at 6:00 p.m. PT.
HUSKIES vs. THE BIG SKY: The Huskies have played games against six of the 13 teams that currently comprise the Big Sky Conference in football, though four of those teams (Eastern Washington, Portland State, Idaho State and Sacramento State) have faced the UW for the first time within in the last decade. Washington has twice edged Eastern Washington in games at Husky Stadium: 30-27 in 2011 and 59-52 in 2014. The Huskies have gone 2-0 vs. Portland State: 52-13 in 2012 (at Lumen Field) and 41-3 in 2016. The Huskies also beat Idaho State, 56-0 in 2013, and Sacramento State, 49-0, in 2015. The two current Big Sky opponent the Huskies have played many more times than the others are Montana and Idaho, which were both members of the Pacific Coast Conference (precursor to the Pac-12) along with the UW for majority of those meetings. The Huskies are 17-2-1 all-time vs. the Grizzlies in a stretch of games that ran from 1920 to 1951, and then re-started in 2017. Washington is 36-2-2 vs. Idaho, having played the Vandals somewhat regularly between 1900 and 1973, and then seven times since 2000. Washington has won 19 straight vs. Idaho, dating back to a tie in 1938. Montana left the PCC after the 1950 season, while Idaho was a member until 1959. Combined the UW is 59-4-3 all-time against current Big Sky teams.
UW vs. PORTLAND STATE: Washington has played Portland State just twice, both in the last 10 years. In 2012, the season that UW played at what is now known as Lumen Field, the Huskies and Vikings met in week three. Bishop Sankey rushed for two touchdowns and Keith Price threw for three in a 52-13 win. The game also featured a blocked field goal returned for a TD by Tre Watson, and a interception return for a score from Marcus Peters. In the third week of the 2016 season, the Huskies beat Portland State, 41-3, at Husky Stadium, with Jake Browing throwing four TD passes.
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 Cookhas started on offense and defense) have started 248 games (147 on offense, 101 on defense). And, that doesn account for the handful of veteran transfers who were mulit-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 Cam BrightEDGE Jeremiah MartinS Alex CookWR Brennan HolmesPK Peyton HenryOL Jaxson KirklandOL Henry BainivaluOL Corey LucianoP Kevin RyanLB 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 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.
HOME vs. NON-CONFERENCE: Washington has been very tough to beat in home, non-conference games over the last several decades. Going back to (and including) the 1981 season, the Huskies have posted a 73-14 record against non-Pac-10/Pac-12 foes in Husky Stadium. Those 14 losses have come to Montana (2021), Nebraska (2010), LSU (2009), BYU (2008), Oklahoma (2008), Ohio State (2007), Notre Dame (2005), Fresno State (2004), Nevada (2003), Air Force (1999), Nebraska (1997), Notre Dame (1995), Colorado (1989) and Oklahoma State (1985). Notable wins wins during that stretch include victories over No. 19 Boise State in 2013, No. 22 Boise State in 2007, No. 11 Michigan in 2001, No. 4 Miami in 2000, and No. 12 Nebraska in 1992. Prior to the 2004 loss to Nevada, Washington hadn’t lost a home game to a non-league opponent since falling to Air Force, 31-21, on September 18, 1999. The Huskies had won 10 such games before that Nevada loss. UW had a 20-game home, non-conference win streak broken last year.