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1991 Washington Huskies football team

The 1991 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. Head coach Don James, in his 17th season at Washington, was assisted by coordinators Keith Gilbertson (offense) and Jim Lambright (defense), both head coaches themselves within two years.

1991 Washington Huskies football
Washington Huskies logo.svg
Coaches Poll national champion
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 34–14 vs. Michigan
ConferencePacific-10
Ranking
CoachesNo. 1
APNo. 2
1991 record12–0 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coachDon James (17th season)
Offensive coordinatorKeith Gilbertson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Lambright (15th season)
MVPMario Bailey (O)
Steve Emtman (D)
CaptainMario Bailey
Brett Collins
Ed Cunningham
Donald Jones
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
(Capacity: 72,500; AstroTurf)
Seasons
← 1990
1992 →
1991 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 Washington $   8 0         12 0  
No. 8 California   6 2         10 2  
No. 19 UCLA   6 2         9 3  
No. 22 Stanford   6 2         8 4  
Arizona State   4 4         6 5  
Washington State   3 5         4 7  
Arizona   3 5         4 7  
USC   2 6         3 8  
Oregon   1 7         3 8  
Oregon State   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1991 team was arguably the finest team in school history and split the national championship with the Miami Hurricanes, who were also 12–0, and won the AP Poll by four votes, while Washington took the coaches' poll by nine.[1] Washington could not have played Miami in a bowl game because the Pac-10 champion was bound by contract to play in the Rose Bowl against the Big Ten champion. The Huskies soundly defeated no. 4 Michigan 34–14 in the 1992 Rose Bowl; the final score differential was narrowed by a late touchdown by Tyrone Wheatley of Michigan. With a minute remaining in the game, Washington was on the Michigan five-yard line, but opted to stay on the ground and run out the clock with the third-string quarterback leading the offense.[2]

Eleven Huskies were selected in the 1992 NFL Draft, led by Steve Emtman, a dominating yet under-recruited defensive tackle from Cheney. Emtman won both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, won by Desmond Howard of Michigan. Defensive back Dana Hall was also selected in the first round.

A fantasy article in Sports Illustrated titled "The Dream Game" had the Huskies narrowly defeat Miami in a playoff.[3]

Contents

OverviewEdit

The Huskies were ranked fourth in the 1991 pre-season. They dominated their six home games within the friendly raucous confines of Husky Stadium, which included two lopsided shutouts. The Dawgs' three closest games in 1991 were on the road: against Nebraska, California, and USC.

Behind 14–6 at halftime in Lincoln on ABC to no. 9 Nebraska in the second game of the season, UW rallied to outscore NU in Lincoln 30–7 in the second half to win by 15, and were graciously applauded at game-end by the Cornhusker fans.[4] In mid-October, the no. 7 Cal Bears were the next-best team in the Pac-10 in 1991; the Huskies won by a touchdown in Berkeley to go to 6–0. In November in Los Angeles, the Huskies entered the game against USC undefeated at 8–0 and won a 14–3 defensive struggle, a second-straight victory over the previously-dominant Trojans.

Like the rest of the Pac-10 in 1991, the Huskies played just eight Pac-10 conference games, missing one opponent; they did not play UCLA in 1991 or 1992. The 1991 Bruins finished at 9–3 (6–2 in conference), in the top twenty in both polls (no. 18 and no. 19). UCLA lost to Tennessee of the SEC and both Bay Area teams, Cal and Stanford, but won their bowl game.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 712:30 pmat StanfordNo. 4ABCW 42–745,273
September 215:00 pmat No. 9 Nebraska*No. 4ABCW 36–2176,304
September 2812:30 pmKansas State*No. 4PrimeW 56–371,638
October 53:30 pmArizonaNo. 3
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
PrimeW 54–072,495
October 1212:30 pmToledo*No. 3
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
PrimeW 48–072,266
October 1912:30 pmat No. 7 CaliforniaNo. 3ABCW 24–1774,500
October 2612:30 pmOregonNo. 3
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
PrimeW 29–772,318
November 212:30 pmArizona StateNo. 3
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
PrimeW 44–1672,405
November 912:30 pmat USCNo. 2ABCW 14–359,320
November 161:00 pmat Oregon StateNo. 3PrimeW 58–631,588
November 2312:30 pmWashington StateNo. 2
ABCW 56–2172,581
January 1, 19921:45 pmvs. No. 4 Michigan*No. 2ABCW 34–14103,566
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Source:[5]

RosterEdit

1991 Washington Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 5 Mario Bailey Jr
RB 42 Jay Berry Jr
TE 85 Mark Bruener Fr
QB 11 Mark Brunell Jr
RB 29 Beno Bryant Jr
OG 79 Ed Cunningham Sr
QB 12 Billy Joe Hobert So
FB 22 Matt Jones Jr
OG 56 Pete Kaligis Jr
RB 8 Napoleon Kaufman Fr
OT 75 Lincoln Kennedy Jr
OT 70 Siupeli Malamala Sr
WR 4 Orlando McKay Sr
OG 52 Jim Nevelle So
T 71 Pete Pierson So
TE 84 Aaron Pierce Sr
OG 72 Kris Rongen So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 23 Walter Bailey So
LB 46 Brett Collins Sr
DE 90 Steve Emtman Jr
DT 75 D'Marco Farr So
OLB 3 Jaime Fields Jr
ILB 39 Chico Frahley Sr
CB 5 Dana Hall Sr
ILB 54 Dave Hoffman Jr
OLB 48 Donald Jones Sr
DE 13 Andy Mason So
FS 21 Shane Pahukoa Jr
NG 57 Tyrone Rodgers Sr
FS 20 Tommie Smith Jr
SS 8 Paxton Tailele Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Travis Hanson Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

StanfordEdit

#4 Washington at Stanford
1 234Total
Washington 0 21021 42
Stanford 0 700 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–31–4 1990 W 52–16

Washington's forced five turnovers and scored four touchdowns on the ground in a 42-7 season opening victory at Stanford. Cornerback Walter Bailey had an interception and a fumble recovery, while running back Jay Barry ran for two scores. Billy Joe Hobert, making his first career start, completed 21 of 31 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

Source:[6]

NebraskaEdit

#4 Washington at #9 Nebraska
1 234Total
Washington 0 61020 36
Nebraska 7 770 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1–1 1967 L 7–17

Source:[7]

Kansas StateEdit

Kansas State at #4 Washington
1 234Total
Kansas State 0 300 3
Washington 21 14714 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 1967 W 20–3

ArizonaEdit

Arizona at #3 Washington
1 234Total
Arizona 0 000 0
Washington 7 27146 54
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2–1 1990 W 54–10

ToledoEdit

Toledo at #3 Washington
1 234Total
Toledo 0 000 0
Washington 21 1377 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

CaliforniaEdit

#3 Washington at #7 California
1 234Total
Washington 7 1007 24
California 7 370 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–32–4 1990 W 46–7

OregonEdit

Oregon at #3 Washington
1 234Total
Oregon 0 007 7
Washington 7 1237 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
51–28–5 1990 W 38–17

Arizona StateEdit

Arizona State at #3 Washington
1 234Total
Arizona State 0 088 16
Washington 14 17103 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 1990 W 42–14

USCEdit

#2 Washington at USC
1 234Total
Washington 7 700 14
USC 0 030 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–39–3 1990 W 31–0

Oregon StateEdit

#2 Washington at Oregon State
1 234Total
Washington 16 28140 58
Oregon State 3 300 6
Overall record Last meeting Result
45–26–4 1989 W 51–14

Washington StateEdit

Washington State at #2 Washington
1 234Total
Washington State 7 077 21
Washington 6 22721 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
53–24–6 1990 W 55–10

Rose BowlEdit

#2 Washington vs. #4 Michigan
1 234Total
Washington 0 13813 34
Michigan 0 707 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 1984 W 20–11

NFL Draft selectionsEdit

The following Washington players were selected in the 1992 NFL Draft:

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Steve Emtman DT 1 1 Indianapolis Colts
Dana Hall DB 1 18 San Francisco 49ers
Ed Cunningham C 3 61 Arizona Cardinals
Siupeli Malamala T 3 68 New York Jets
Aaron Pierce TE 3 69 New York Giants
Orlando McKay WR 5 130 Green Bay Packers
Mario Bailey WR 6 162 Houston Oilers
Donald Jones LB 9 245 New Orleans Saints
Kris Rongen G 11 290 Seattle Seahawks
Brett Collins LB 12 314 Green Bay Packers
Chico Fraley LB 12 319 Seattle Seahawks

Source:[8]

Awards and honorsEdit

NationalEdit

ConferenceEdit

  • All Pac 10: Mario Bailey, Lincoln Kennedy, Ed Cunningham, Steve Emtman, Dave Hoffmann, Chico Fraley, Donald Jones, Dana Hall
  • Pacific-10 Offensive Player of the Year: Mario Bailey
  • Pacific-10 Defensive Player of the Year: Steve Emtman
  • Pacific-10 Coach of the Year: Don James

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stat sheet: football, final polls". Spokane Chronicle. January 2, 1992. p. E4.
  2. ^ "Huskies crush Michigan 34-14". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press. January 2, 1992. p. 1B.
  3. ^ Murphy, Austin (January 13, 1992). "The Dream Game". Sports Illustrated. p. 34.
  4. ^ Gene Wojciechowski (September 22, 1991). "Washington Wins Husker Fans, Too : Huskies: After Nebraska loses, 36-21, the Lincoln crowd musters an ovation for the stunned visitors". LA Times.
  5. ^ 2003 UW Huskies football media guide, p. 209
  6. ^ "COLLEGE FOOTBALL: WEST/SOUTHWEST; Washington's Defense Scuttles Stanford, 42-7". The New York Times. 1991-09-07. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  7. ^ "Washington 36 Nebraska 21". Husker Max. 1991-09-21. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  8. ^ "1992 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  9. ^ "Billy Joe Hobert NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  10. ^ "Mark Brunell NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
  11. ^ Hyland, Tim. "AP College Football National Champions". Football.about.com. Retrieved 2016-09-06.