Ask Dwight - UW, Mariota and DAT
1) It all started back in 1948 when Oregon and Cal were tied for the conference title. Back then, conference members voted on who would be granted the seed to play in the Rosebowl. Washington held the deciding vote that year. Cal played in the Rosebowl that year, the rest is history.
2) Washington’s coaching staff currently includes two four-year lettermen at Oregon, UW’s defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox, and linebacker coach Peter Simon. They both played from 1996-1999 under Head Coach Mike Bellotti.
3) “Huck the Fuskies” is the Duck fans favorite chant.
4) In 1962, Oregon’s Larry Hill, was tackled by Washington fans who rushed the field while he was trying to catch the game winning touchdown. The play was not ruled as a touchdown and the Huskies were pronounced winners. The Ducks have yet to seek revenge.
5) Washington and Oregon have played eachother 105 times. The Huskies lead the series 58-42-4 but haven’t beat the Ducks since the 2003 season. In the past nine years the closest the final point spread has been came in 2011 when the Ducks only won 34-17.
6) In 2000, Joey Harrington and the Ducks stole a 13-0 season record from the Huskies. They ended up 12-1 that year and lost a chance to play for the National Championship game.
7) ESPN’s College Gameday has yet to visit Washington since the show’s founding 20 years ago. They are visiting Husky Stadium for the first time this weekend, naturally, when the Ducks are visiting as well. The Gameday crew has visited the Ducks at home seven times since 1993.
8) Both the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies have devout fans. Rain, or shine, you can count on a sold out crowd in each of the newly renovated stadiums. This dedication does not mesh well with a loss. For the Huskies, try nine years of brewing hatred. And the Ducks have spent those years rubbing the longest in-conference winning streak in the faces of the dawgs. To put that into perspective, the last time the Huskies beat the Ducks, President Bush was in his first term of office, a gallon of gas cost on average $1.65, CD players were the musical streaming device of choice, Justin Beiber was nine years old, and Oregon’s uniforms looked like this…
9) Oregon and Oregon State are rivals. Washington and Washington State are rivals. Oregon and Washington are enemies. I challenge you to find someone who thinks otherwise.
10) And as if we could forget—Kenny Wheaton’s 97-yard, pick six in the 1994 game. Need I say more? It changed the dynamics of the two programs for, well, at least the next 20 years to follow. Not to mention Duck fans relive the moment every Saturday when the play is highlighted on Autzen’s Jumbotron as an Oregon Football Pump-up promo.
Written by Kristin MacDougald