On This Week In 2008, Beavers Hammered The Dawgs
The Seattle Times is honoring the 1991 co-national championship Washington team with constantly annoying weekly flashbacks to that forgettable season. Being the smart-ass that I am, I’m paying tribute to the Washington team that ran the table and posted a perfect 0-12 season in 2008.
Three years ago this week, the Huskies lost to Oregon State 34-13 as Tyrone Willingham’s troops turned in yet another memorable performance at Husky Stadium. The details:
Oregon State’s James Rodgers piled up 216 all-purpose yards and scored 3 TDs while his brother Jacquizz racked up another 94 yards on the ground. Lyle Moevao might have been one of the Beavers’ worst starting quarterbacks ever, but if he had played against the ’08 Huskies in every game, he would be in the Oregon State Hall of Fame. Moevao completed 18 of 22 passes for 191 yards against Paint Dry Ty’s defenseless wonders.
Willingham really had his boys fired up and ready to play in this one – the Huskies were called for a delay of game penalty before they made their first snap of the game.
U Dub QB Ronnie Fouch was particularly sharp against Oregon State, throwing three interceptions and coughing up a fumble to the grateful Beavers.
Typical of the Huskies, who live in the past more than the Mariners do, Don James and the 1978 Rose Bowl team were honored at halftime, drawing the biggest – and only – cheers of the day. I’m telling you, the DawgFather, to this day, he can do no wrong in the eyes of the Washington faithful who always seem to conveniently forget that he quit on their team.
The game ended in fitting fashion. Washington had a first-and-goal from the Beavers’ 1 but failed to score. Offensive coordinator Tim Lappano called it “inexcusable.” I called it “beautiful” then, and I call it “beautiful” now, remembering the ineptitude well.
After the game, UW AD Scott Woodward was asked about Willingham’s situation and said that he did not foresee an in-season coaching change. Cougars cheered when they heard his comments, wanting Willingham to remain forever.
Paint Dry Ty said: “We’ve got to find a way out of this gloom and doom.” Fortunately things turned gloomier and doomier – listen, I know that doomier isn’t a word, but if Willingham thought 0-6 was gloom and doom, he was about to find out otherwise.
His team had just tied Jim Owens’ 1969 Huskies for the worst start to a season and was halfway home to 0-12.
NEXT WEEK: Notre Dame comes to town!
Here’s a link to the ’91 flashback in the Times, replaying Washington’s 24-17 win over Cal.