OHIO STATE VS. WASHINGTON GAME NOTES
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BUCKEYES, HUSKIES SET TO MEET IN THE 105TH ROSE BOWL GAME • No. 6 (CFP) Ohio State, champions of the Big Ten for the second consecutive year, makes its 15th appearance in The Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual when it takes on Pac 12 champion and No. 9-ranked Washington on January 1 in Pasadena, Calif. • This year’s Rose Bowl will mark the final game of the storied coaching career of Urban Meyer. It will also be the first time he’s coached in the “Granddaddy of Them All.” • Ohio State’s path to the Rose Bowl was paved due in large part to its record-setting offense, which is averaging 548.8 total yards and 373.0 passing yards per game, both of which rank second nationally. • Heisman Trophy finalist Dwayne Haskins has set 20 Ohio State or Big Ten records this year and leads the nation with 4,580 yards passing and 47 TDs. • At wide receiver, Parris Campbell, K.J. Hill, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin each have over 30 catches and have combined for 35 receiving touchdowns. • On defense, Ohio State has 93 tackles for loss, good for 15th in the country, and 39 sacks, seventh-best nationally. DE Chase Young leads in both categories with 14.5 TFLs (for minus 80 yards) and 9.5 sacks. DT Dre’mont Jones has 13.0 & 8.5, respectively. LB Malik Harrison leads with 74 tackles.
SCOUTING WASHINGTON • Champions of the Pac 12 for the second time in the last three years, Washington punched its ticket to Pasadena with a 10-3 win over No. 19 Utah on Nov. 30. • The Huskies’ offense is directed by senior quarterback Jake Browning, an all-conference selection during his time in Seattle who has thrown for 2,879 yards and 16 touchdowns this year. His top target is Aaron Fuller, who has 51 receptions for 794 yards. • One of the Pac 12’s best running backs is Myles Gaskin, who is averaging better than 100 yards per game and has compiled 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns in 11 contests this year. • On defense, the Pac 12 Defensive Player of the Year is linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven. He leads the nation with 165 total tackles (12.6 per game) and was an Associated Press first-team All-American. The Huskies’ secondary is ranked No. 21 against the pass and allowed just nine TD passes this season, fourth best in the country. • Head coach Chris Peterson is 47-20 in his fifth season at Washington and has three consecutive years with 10 or more wins.
The Game: The Pac-12 champion Washington football team (10-3 overall, 7-2 Pac-12) returns to the Rose Bowl game for the first time since 2001 as the Huskies will face Big Ten champion Ohio State (12-1, 8-1) in the 105th edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All.” The game marks the first postseason matchup between the two old powers, though they have met 11 times in regular season games. Kickoff in Pasadena is 2:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day, and the game will air on ESPN. Huskies’ Bowl History: Washington will be making its 39th bowl game appearance in Pasadena. The Huskies enter the game with an 18-19-1 overall record in bowl games, dating back to the 1924 Rose Bowl, where the UW tied Navy, 14-14. This game vs. Ohio State marks the Huskies’ 15th trip to the Rose Bowl and the UW’s ninth straight season going to a different bowl game.
HUSKIES vs. BUCKEYES HISTORY: Ohio State boasts an 8-3 record in its 11 all-time meetings with Washington. All 11 OSU-UW games have been contested in the regular season (i.e., no bowl matchups). Six of the 11 have been played at Husky Stadium (UW is 2-4 in those games) while the other five have been at Ohio Stadium (UW is 1-4 in those). The series got started in 1957, when Washington hosted the Buckeyes, losing 35-7. OSU went on to win the national title. The following year, the Dawgs visited Columbus and fell to OSU, 12-7. The series picked back up again in the 1960s. In ‘65, OSU handed the UW a 23-21 loss in Seattle. The following year in Columbus, Washington picked up its first win, 38-22, as Husky halfback Don Moore rushed for 221 yards. The series went on hiatus until 1986, when a 10th-ranked Buckeye team visited Husky Stadium and fell to No. 17 Washington, 40-7. In that game, the UW piled up exactly 204 rushing yards and 204 passing yards and exploded for 24 points in the second quarter after a scoreless first. Chris Chandler threw for 204 yards and two TDs, both to Lonzell Hill. In 1993, 12th-ranked UW lost, 21-12, to a No. 16 OSU team in Columbus. The game was 14-12 in the fourth quarter before a 49-yard TD run from OSU’s Butler By’not’e put the game away. In 1994, at Husky Stadium, unranked Washington upset No. 16 Ohio State with a 25-16 win. UW tailback Napoleon Kaufman rushed 32 times for 211 yards and totaled 278 all-purpose yards to break Hugh McElhenny’s then-school record. UW led 19-0 after one quarter and 22-0 at half. In 1995 at Columbus, No. 10 OSU, after a 20-day layoff after its season-opener, took a 30-20 decision over the No. 18 Dawgs. Eventual Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George rushed for 212 yards and two scores while UW tailback Leon Neal ran for 135 yards and also caught seven passes. The Huskies opened the 2003 season at defending national champion Ohio State, falling, 28-9. The Buckeyes led 21-0 before the Huskies got a field goal in the third quarter. Craig Krenzel threw for 203 yards on 15-of-27 passing. The UW’s Cody Pickett was 26-of-49 for 255, but the Huskies gained only seven yards on the ground. Most recently, on Sept. 15, 2007, the Buckeyes came to Seattle and beat the Huskies, 33-14. Chris Wells rushed for 135 yards while Jake Locker led the UW, rushing for 102 yards on 14 carries. Washington has already scheduled a home-and-home series with Ohio State, for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
HUSKIES vs. THE BIG TEN: Washington holds a 48-45-2 record all-time vs. current Big Ten opponents, a record that includes an 0-3 mark against Penn State (though the Nittany Lions were not members of the Big Ten at the time of two of those games against the UW) and 4-5-1 vs. Nebraska, also not a Big Ten member at the time of any of those games. Washington has played all 12 current Big Ten teams but have faced a Big Ten opponent only seven times since 2003 (the UW played Indiana in ‘03, Ohio State in ‘07, Illinois in 2013-14, Rutgers in 2016-17 and Penn State in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl). The Huskies have played Big Ten teams eight times in bowl games since 1990 (not counting Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl in 2010): Iowa in the 1990 Rose Bowl, Michigan in the 1992 and 1993 Rose Bowls, Iowa in the 1995 Sun Bowl, Michigan State in the 1997 Aloha Bowl, Purdue in the 2001 Rose Bowl, Purdue in the 2002 Sun Bowl and Penn State last year. The Huskies went 4-4 in those games. Here’s the UW’s all-time record vs. current Big Ten teams: 7-4 vs. Illinois; 1-2 vs. Indiana; 3-3 vs. Iowa; 1-0 vs. Maryland; 5-7 vs. Michigan; 2-1 vs. Michigan State; 7-10 vs. Minnesota; 4-5-1 vs. Nebraska; 3-0 vs. Northwestern; 3-8 vs. Ohio State; 0-3 vs. Penn State; 7-2-1 vs. Purdue; 2-0 vs. Rutgers; 4-0 vs. Wisconsin.