Someone brought up once that I should do a “this day in Husky football” type thing on the blog. It’s a great idea, though it obviously only works during football season. And what the heck? I figured today would be a good time to debut it as it turns out, Sept. 19 has yielded some of the more memorable games in UW history.
So before going on with a few more links, here is a quick look back at some of the more memorable UW games that were played on this date:
— Maybe the most memorable came four years ago today, UW’s 16-13 win over a then No. 3-ranked USC team in Steve Sarkisian’s first year as coach (that’s Jake Locker and his father, Scott, celebrating after the win in a John Lok photo). Somewhat crazy fact about that game? UW won despite being outrushed 250-56, a rushing total that remains the fourth-lowest for Washington of the Sarkisian era.
— Another game played on this date was the 1992 win over Nebraska. That game, too, ranks among the most memorable in school history, a 29-14 win over Nebraska in front of a crowd many have often said was the loudest in the history of Husky Stadium. EDIT — I initially had some incorrect information in this as a win over BYU in 1998 was also on this date.
— Another game that ranks as among the more memorable games in Husky Stadium also occurred on this date in 1970, a 42-16 win over Michigan State in what was the first game for a sophomore quarterback named Sonny Sixkiller. UW had been 1-9 the year before running a wishbone offense, and no one knew what to expect out of the Huskies in 1970 with Sixkiller. Those who were there say the cheer when Sixkiller completed a long pass on one of UW’s first plays was also among the loudest recorded in the old stadium — UW had topped 100 yards passing just three times the year before, but threw for 305 on this day as the legend of Sixkiller began to be born.
So a win over USC, a win over Nebraska and the debut of Sonny Sixkiller? That’s going to be a tough day to top going forward.
Now for some links. …
— Bud Withers with a look around the conference.
— Here’s a Stanford football notebook from the school’s website, including the news that backup running back Anthony Wilkerson is likely out with an injury suffered against USC. As it notes, though, looks like Barry Sanders, is still on the redshirt track and won’t play against UW.
— This AP Stanford notebook says the school is sticking with struggling kicker Jordan Williamson.
— Mason Kelley of ESPN.com’s Husky Nation has a good story on a pair of Federal Way High brothers playing through the recent death of their father.
— Jon Wilner with some thoughts on the Pac-12’s letter to its fans about DirecTV. As one of those who has DirecTV, none of this sounds good.
— Wilner also has his weekly Pac-12 ratings, listing UW 10th but saying the Huskies are a team that’s hard to get a real read on at the moment.
— Here’s the daily Pac-12 Rundown from The Oregonian.
— And more Pac-12 links from the Spokesman-Review.
— SI.com’s weekly national recruiting notebook has items on UCLA and Colorado.
— CBSSport,com ponders whether you can trust the early success of Arizona and UCLA.
— The ESPN Pac-12’s blog superlative tracker doesn’t list any Huskies.
— And in today’s random “just because” link, former UW golfer Paige Mackenzie is listed as one of the top 100 people in sports to follow on Twitter by SI.com.