1991 Washington Huskies football team

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1991 Washington Huskies football
University of Washington Block W logo.svg
Coaches Poll National Champions
Rose Bowl Champions
Pac-10 Champions
Rose Bowl, vs. Michigan, W 34–14
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #2
1991 record 12–0 (8–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Don James (17th year)
Offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson
Defensive coordinator Jim Lambright
Home stadium Husky Stadium
capacity: 72,500
AstroTurf
Seasons
« 1990 1992 »
1991 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Washington   8 0         12 0  
#8 California   6 2         10 2  
#19 UCLA   6 2         9 3  
#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 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 1991 college football season. Head coach Don James, in this 17th season at Washington, was assisted by coordinators Keith Gilbertson (offense) and Jim Lambright (defense), both head coaches themselves within two years.

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 UW 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]

With the number one pick of the 1992 NFL Draft on the defensive line, junior Steve Emtman, the 1991 UW Huskies were led by their defense, and are among the most dominant teams in college football history.

Eleven UW Huskies were selected in the 1992 NFL Draft, led by 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]

Overview[edit]

The Huskies were ranked no. 4 in the 1991 pre-season, and dominated at 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, & 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. 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.

Many of the points scored against the 1991 Huskies in their other games, including the last touchdown in the Rose Bowl, came in the fourth quarter against the reserves, as head coach Don James was concerned more about meaningful game-time experience for underclassman, rather than victory margins and/or shutouts.

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.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 7 at Stanford #4 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 42–7   45,273
September 21 at #9 Nebraska* #4 Memorial StadiumLincoln, NE W 36–21   76,304
September 28 Kansas State* #4 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 56–3   71,638
October 5 Arizona #3 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA W 54–0   72,495
October 12 Toledo* #3 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA W 48–0   72,266
October 19 at #7 California #3 Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 24–17   74,500
October 26 Oregon #3 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA W 29–7   72,318
November 2 Arizona State #3 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA W 44–16   72,405
November 9 at USC #t2 Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 14–3   59,320
November 16 at Oregon State #3 Reser StadiumCorvallis, OR W 58–6   31,588
November 23 Washington State #2 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA (Apple Cup) W 56–21   72,581
January 1 vs. #4 Michigan* #2 Rose BowlLos Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl) W 34–14   103,566
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

The following UW Huskies 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

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Awards and honors[edit]

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