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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

September 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Last time Huskies and Cougars spun same-day shutouts? Many, many moons ago . . .

Just researched the last time that Washington and Washington State recorded shutouts on the same day, and it’s been awhile. On Nov. 16, 1968, Washington beat UCLA in Seattle, 6-0, on the same day that WSU was whitewashing San Jose State, 46-0, on the road. That was Jim Sweeney’s first season as WSU coach.

Shutouts simply aren’t that common anymore in an age of effective offenses, even when you’re playing overmatched opponents. The one that WSU pitched against Idaho Saturday night, 42-0, was only the Cougars’ 11th since the aforementioned 1968 date. They’ve been more common at Washington, especially during the Don James era, but the two schools haven’t matched up in 45 years.

Washington had a couple of shutouts in its national-title season of 1991, but that was a 4-7 WSU team. And the Cougars had three themselves in 1981, but Washington had none in the regular season, then blanked Iowa in the Rose Bowl, 28-0.

One irony about the common November date in 1968. The next week, the teams met in the Apple Cup, and WSU won, 24-0, when reserve quarterback Hank Grenda had a day for the ages. The other oddity is that was only a 3-6-1 team.

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