Time for today’s look at other UW games played on this date.
And one thing I’ve had reinforced in doing this is how late the season used to start compared to now.
There are all kinds of seasons prior to the 1970s when UW’s first game didn’t occur until mid-to-late-September. The first significant change in that came with the introduction of the 11-game schedule in 1971, which became 12 games in 2006 (in some years prior some teams played 12 games but not until 2006 was it the standard for everyone).
Preamble over, here are three UW games from this date in history:
2003 — UW 45, Idaho 17 — This is the most recent UW game played on this date, and while I covered it, I can’t remember much about it other than that this was Keith Gilbertson’s first year as head coach and the stats say the Huskies rushed for five touchdowns — they’ve only rushed for that many two times since then (6 at Syracuse in 2007 and five last year against Arizona).
1997 — Nebraska 27, Washington 14 — Okay, so these won’t all be wins. While this was a defeat, I think this stands as a fairly memorable game. For one thing, UW entered it ranked No. 2 in the country — the Huskies haven’t been rated that high since (they were No. 3 in the final poll of the 2000 season). For another, it marked what most remember as the debut for Marques Tuiasosopo, when he entered in the first half for an injured Brock Huard and led UW from 21-0 down to 21-14 in the third quarter before the Cornhuskers put it away. And I say it’s often remembered as his debut because it actually wasn’t. Tuiasosopo had played in each of UW’s first two games of that season as the Huskies had already made the decision that he wouldn’t redshirt. But the Nebraska game was his first major action.
1986 — Washington 52, BYU 21 — This was the conclusion of kind of an interesting three-act play between UW and BYU in 1984, 1985 and 1986. BYU, as I’m sure everyone remembers, controversially finished No. 1 in the national rankings in 1984 ahead of a UW team that had one loss (to BYU’s 12-0 record) but had beaten Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. BYU and UW then played in Provo in the second week of the 1985 season in what was inevitably billed as something of a showdown, even though each team had suffered significant personnel losses and the teams were hardly the same. BYU took advantage of a ragged UW team to win 31-3. In 1986, the series concluded with a BYU visit to Seattle, and on this date in Husky history Washington got its revenge with a 52-21 win over a BYU team that came in ranked No. 11 in the country. The Huskies held BYU to minus-45 yards rushing (yes, minus-45), second-fewest allowed in school history, on the strength of 10 sacks, tied for the third most.