2000 Washington Huskies football team

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2000 Washington Huskies football
Rose Bowl champion
Pacific-10 co-champion
Conference Pacific-10
Ranking
Coaches No. 3
AP No. 3
2000 record 11–1–0 (7–1–0 Pac-10)
Head coach Rick Neuheisel (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Keith Gilbertson (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Tim Hundley (2nd year)
Home stadium Husky Stadium
(c. 72,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
« 1999 2001 »
2000 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#3 Washington $+   7 1         11 1  
#4 Oregon State  %+   7 1         11 1  
#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

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 and won the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

Season summary[edit]

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

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. Oregon spoiled Washington's hopes for a perfect season with a 23–16 setback in the wind in Eugene, but the Huskies responded the next week with a dramatic 33–30 victory over eventual Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon State. The following five weeks saw the Huskies have to battle back from second half deficits in every game, including a 31–28 win over Stanford that was marked with tragedy. Safety Curtis Williams was paralyzed after a neck injury during the game. For the remainder of the season, players and coaches wore the letters "CW" on helmets and uniforms in honor of him.

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.)[1][2]

With the win over the Cougars, paired with an Oregon State win over Oregon, the Huskies were headed to the Rose Bowl. Marques Tuiasosopo earned Rose Bowl MVP honors as he led Washington to a 34–24 win over Purdue and Drew Brees. The Huskies finished ranked #3 in the polls.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 12:30 PM Idaho* No. 14 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA FSN W 44–20   70,117
September 9 12:30 PM No. 4 Miami* No. 15 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA ABC W 34–29   74,157
September 16 12:30 PM at Colorado* No. 9 Folsom FieldBoulder, CO ABC W 17–14   50,454
September 30 12:30 PM at No. 20 Oregon No. 6 Autzen StadiumEugene, OR ABC L 16–23   46,153
October 7 7:00 PM No. 23 Oregon State No. 13 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA FSN W 33–30   73,145
October 14 7:00 PM at Arizona State No. 11 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN W 21–15   61,370
October 21 3:30 PM California No. 9 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA FSN W 36–24   70,113
October 28 2:00 PM at Stanford No. 9 Stanford StadiumStanford, CA FSN W 31–28   31,300
November 4 12:30 PM Arizona No. 8 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA ABC W 35–32   70,411
November 11 12:30 PM UCLA No. 7 Husky Stadium • Seattle, WA ABC W 35–28   71,886
November 18 3:30 PM at Washington State No. 6 Martin StadiumPullman, WA (Apple Cup) FSN W 51–3   33,010
January 1 1:30 PM vs. No. 14 Purdue* No. 4 Rose BowlLos Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC W 34–24   94,392
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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Game summaries[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Miami (FL)[edit]

#4 Miami (FL) at #15 Washington
1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 3 0 19 7 29
Washington 7 14 6 7 34
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Husky Stadium • Seattle, Washington
  • Game attendance: 74,157

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Team players in the NFL[edit]

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

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Awards and honors[edit]

  • Marques Tuiasosopo, Rose Bowl Player of the Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergum, Steve (November 18, 1990). "Huskies regain their bite". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C1. 
  2. ^ Grummert, Dale (November 18, 1990). "Huskies bomb Cougars out of their misery, 55-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Washington. p. 1B. 
  3. ^ http://cfreference.net/cfr/school.s?id=733&season=2000
  4. ^ USA Today
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2001.htm