2000 Washington Huskies football team
|2000 Washington Huskies football|
Rose Bowl champion
|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)
|2000 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#3 Washington $+||7||–||1||11||–||1|
|#4 Oregon State %+||7||–||1||11||–||1|
|#7 Oregon +||7||–||1||10||–||2|
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.
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.)
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.
|September 2||12:30 PM||Idaho*||No. 14||Husky Stadium • Seattle, 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 Field • Boulder, CO||ABC||W 17–14||50,454|
|September 30||12:30 PM||at No. 20 Oregon||No. 6||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, 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 Stadium • Tempe, 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 Stadium • Stanford, 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 Stadium • Pullman, WA (Apple Cup)||FSN||W 51–3||33,010|
|January 1||1:30 PM||vs. No. 14 Purdue*||No. 4||Rose Bowl • Los Angeles, CA (Rose Bowl)||ABC||W 34–24||94,392|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
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Team players in the NFL
|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|
Awards and honors
- Marques Tuiasosopo, Rose Bowl Player of the Game
- Bergum, Steve (November 18, 1990). "Huskies regain their bite". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C1.
- Grummert, Dale (November 18, 1990). "Huskies bomb Cougars out of their misery, 55-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Washington. p. 1B.
- USA Today