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2000 Washington Huskies football team

The 2000 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 2000 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Huskies were led by second-year head coach Rick Neuheisel and played their home games on campus in Seattle at Husky Stadium. Washington lost only one game, to the Oregon Ducks,[1] and won the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.[2][3]

2000 Washington Huskies football
Washington Huskies logo.svg
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 34–24 vs. Purdue
ConferencePacific-10
Ranking
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
2000 record11–1 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachRick Neuheisel (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorKeith Gilbertson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTim Hundley (2nd season)
MVPNone
CaptainLarry Tripplett
Marques Tuiasosopo
Chad Ward
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
(Capacity: 72,500; FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 1999
2001 →
2000 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 Washington $+   7 1         11 1  
No. 4 Oregon State %+   7 1         11 1  
No. 7 Oregon +   7 1         10 2  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
UCLA   3 5         6 6  
Arizona State   3 5         6 6  
Arizona   3 5         5 6  
USC   2 6         5 7  
Washington State   2 6         4 7  
California   2 6         3 8  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Season summaryEdit

Washington opened the 2000 season with a 44–20 victory over Idaho. Fourth-ranked Miami traveled to Seattle the next week and senior QB Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 223 yards and ran for 45 as the Huskies handed the Hurricanes their only loss of the season, 34–29.[4]

The following week, Neuheisel led UW against his former team, the Colorado Buffaloes, at Folsom Field in Boulder. The Huskies celebrated their coach's homecoming with a 17–14 victory.[5] Border rival Oregon spoiled Washington's hopes for a perfect season with a 23–16 setback in the wind in Eugene,[1] but the Huskies responded the next week with a dramatic 33–30 victory over eventual Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon State in the only loss of their season.[6] In the next five weeks, the Huskies battled back from second half deficits in every game, including a 31–28 win in the rain at Stanford that was marked with tragedy; safety Curtis Williams (1978–2002) was paralyzed after a neck injury late in the third quarter.[7] For the remainder of the season, players and coaches wore the letters "CW" on helmets and uniforms in honor of him;[8][9] he died from complications less than 19 months later.[10][11][12][13]

After several second half comebacks, Washington was finally able to win a game easily with a 51–3 victory over Washington State in the Apple Cup in Pullman, setting a record for largest margin of victory (48 points) in the series. (The 1990 team led by 52 points, also in Pullman, but reserves allowed a late touchdown.)[14][15]

The win over the Cougars, paired with an Oregon State win over Oregon in the Civil War, put the Huskies in the Rose Bowl. Tuiasosopo earned Rose Bowl MVP honors as he led Washington to a 34–24 win over Purdue and Drew Brees,[2][3] and the Huskies finished third in the polls.[16][17]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 212:30 p.m.Idaho*No. 14FSNW 44–2070,117
September 912:30 p.m.No. 4 Miami (FL)*No. 15
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA [4]
ABCW 34–2974,157
September 1612:30 p.m.at Colorado*No. 9ABCW 17–1450,454
September 3012:30 p.m.at No. 20 OregonNo. 6ABCL 16–2346,153
October 77:00 p.m.No. 23 Oregon StateNo. 13
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA [6]
FSNW 33–3073,145
October 147:00 p.m.at Arizona StateNo. 11FSNW 21–1561,370
October 213:30 p.m.CaliforniaNo. 9
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
FSNW 36–2470,113
October 282:00 p.m.at StanfordNo. 9FSNW 31–2831,300
November 412:30 p.m.ArizonaNo. 8
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
ABCW 35–3270,411
November 1112:30 p.m.UCLANo. 7
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
ABCW 35–2871,886
November 183:30 p.m.at Washington StateNo. 6FSNW 51–333,010
January 1, 20011:30 p.m.vs. No. 14 Purdue*No. 4ABCW 34–2494,392
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

RosterEdit

2000 Washington Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 18 Todd Elstrom Jr
QB 3 Cody Pickett Fr
TE 14 Jerramy Stevens So
QB 11 Marques Tuiasosopo Sr
G 71 Chad Ward Sr
TE 87 Kevin Ware So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 9 Hakim Akbar Sr
CB 12 Omare Lowe Jr
DT 70 Larry Tripplett Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 15 John Anderson So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 13 14 15 9 8 6 13 11 9 9 8 7 6 4 4 4 3 
Coaches 14 15 15 10 7 6 11 10 9 9 7 6 5 4 4 4 3 
BCS Not released 9 8 6 5 4 4 4 Not released

Game summariesEdit

IdahoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
30–2–2 1973 W, 41–14

Miami (FL)Edit

#4 Miami (FL) at #15 Washington
1 234Total
Miami (FL) 3 0197 29
Washington 7 1467 34
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Husky Stadium • Seattle, Washington
  • Game attendance: 74,157
  • Referee: Chuck McFerrin
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1994 W, 38–20

Source:[4][18]

at ColoradoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5–1 1999 W, 31–24

at OregonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
56–32–5 1999 W, 34–20

Oregon StateEdit

Beavers (4-0) at Huskies (3-1)
1 234Total
Oregon State 14 079 30
Washington 7 13013 33
       
Overall record Last meeting Result
54–26–4 1999 W, 47–21

vs. Purdue (Rose Bowl)Edit

1 234Total
Purdue 0 1077 24
Washington 14 0614 34
      
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–1–1 1990 W 20–14

NFL Draft selectionsEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Marques Tuiasosopo Quarterback 2 59 Oakland Raiders
Elliott Silvers Tackle 5 132 San Diego Chargers
Jeremiah Pharms Linebacker 5 134 Cleveland Browns
Hakim Akbar Defensive Back 5 163 New England Patriots
Chad Ward Guard 6 170 Jacksonville Jaguars

Source:[19]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Marques Tuiasosopo, Rose Bowl Player of the Game[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Ducks flying high". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). October 1, 2000. p. 1A.
  2. ^ a b c Nadel, John (January 2, 2001). "Huskies follow leader to bowl victory". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 1E.
  3. ^ a b c Blanchette, John (January 2, 2001). "Command performance". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1.
  4. ^ a b c "No. 4 Miami leaves Seattle with bite marks". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. September 10, 2000. p. 7G.
  5. ^ a b Mossman, John (September 17, 2000). "Huskies give Neuheisel a happy homecoming". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. p. 6G.
  6. ^ a b Rodman, Bob (October 8, 2000). "Beavers just miss upset bid". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1F.
  7. ^ a b "Husky rally trumps Cardinal 31-28". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 29, 2000. p. 5B.
  8. ^ Blanchette, John (January 2, 2001). "Huskies have surprise locker room visitor". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C2.
  9. ^ Melley, Brian (May 14, 2002). "Curtis Williams: Huskies say goodbye". Kitsap Sun. (Bremerton, Washington). Associated Press.
  10. ^ McCauley, Janie (May 7, 2002). "Paralyzed Washington football player dies". Associated Press. p. 1E.
  11. ^ "Former Husky Curtis Williams passes away". University of Washington Athletics. May 6, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Miller, Ted (May 6, 2002). "Paralyzed Husky is dead at 24". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  13. ^ "Curtis E. Williams". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  14. ^ a b Bergum, Steve (November 18, 1990). "Huskies regain their bite". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. C1.
  15. ^ a b Grummert, Dale (November 18, 1990). "Huskies bomb Cougars out of their misery, 55-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1B.
  16. ^ "Final poll". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 4, 2001. p. C1.
  17. ^ "College football: final polls". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). January 4, 2001. p. 5E.
  18. ^ USA Today
  19. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2001.htm
  20. ^ Mike Gastineau (October 2010). The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists. ReadHowYouWant.com. pp. 527–. ISBN 978-1-4587-7974-8.