10 Greatest Husky Teams: Episode 3

10 Greatest Husky Teams: Episode 3

VOICEOVER: Support for The 10
Greatest Husky Football Teams of All Time provided by the
generous contributions of Anne Gittinger, Bruce and
Jeannie Nordstrom, W. Thomas and Dixie
Porter, and the 101 Club. [CROWD SOUNDS] [MUSIC PLAYING] NARRATOR: It is a tradition
stepped in honor and pride. SPORTSCASTER: Hiding pattern. [? Addison ?] touchdown! SPORTSCASTER: Still going! It’s a touchdown! It’s a touchdown! Holy mackerel! SPORTSCASTER: Oh, he’s gone. There isn’t anybody around him. If he can outrun one man. And it’s touchdown Washington. And the doors just slammed. NARRATOR: For more than 100
years, in some shape or form, the University of Washington
has played football. Moon. James. Emtman. McElhenny. They are but a few of the names
synonymous with Husky football. Collectively they’ve
won a plethora of conference
titles, Rose Bowls, and national championships. Which teams were the best? What seasons stand out
as the greatest ever? Join us now as we conclude the
countdown of the 10 greatest Husky football
teams of all time. Here’s a recap of the
teams we’ve remembered so far– numbers 10 through 4. W THOMAS PORTER: They
were tough players. JOE STEELE: It was a good
old-fashioned kicking. It was good. Yeah. SPORTSCASTER: Draw play to
Cookie Jackson, breaks it open. 20, 15, 10. Jackson to the 5. Cookie Jackson! Touchdown Washington! SPORTSCASTER: Here
come the Huskies. And they’ve got them. Steve Emtman, Travis Richardson. W THOMAS PORTER:
And that was really the big game that propelled
them into the Rose Bowl. DON MCKETA: It lit a fire. Yeah, it was great. SPORTSCASTER: Firing
for the end zone. Ball up for Robbins. He’s got it! Touchdown Washington! Do you believe this? I don’t! NARRATOR: And now for the
top three teams in Husky football history. [MUSIC PLAYING] In 1984, Washington
quickly establishes itself as one of the best defensive
units in the country. Led by linebacker Tim
Meamber’s three interceptions, the Huskies crush Northwestern
in their season opener 26 to nothing. Then, before one of the largest
crowds in college football history– more than
103,000– the Huskies battle the third-ranked Michigan
Wolverines in Ann Arbor. HUGH MILLEN: In that Michigan
game there was an electricity. You know, there was
something about those helmets and that Michigan
uniform that everybody who loves college football
is going to– that’s going to grab your attention. And it certainly
did on that day. And it was one of the great
days in Husky history. NARRATOR: Michigan’s
confidence is running high following its recent upset
over number one Miami. But the Huskies’
Purple Reign defense stuffs the Wolverenes’
running game, and forces three
interceptions by Michigan’s celebrated quarterback
Jim Harbaugh. SPORTSCASTER: Millem
going to pass for it. Blitz coming. He gets rid of it throwing long. Pattison wide open. it’s up. He’s got it at the 30. Mark Pattison’s
going all the way! Touchdown Washington! NARRATOR: The Huskies walk away
with an impressive 20 to 11 defeat of the highly
touted Michigan Wolverines. SKIP HALL: When we went
into Michigan Stadium and beat Michigan– and not
only beat them, but beat them pretty darn
good– beat them up, in fact– that was a big thrill. Going into the big house and
beating Michigan there, yeah. NARRATOR: Back home, the Huskies
clash against a solid Houston Cougar team that will go on to
be Southwest Conference champs. It’s defense as usual. But the highlight
of the game comes on the Huskies’ first
play on offense, when coach Don James, known
for his conservative play, pulls a rabbit out of his hat. HUGH MILLEN: We
had talked all week about running a
double-reverse pass. And it was just so contrary
to the Don James nature that he would want to run
a double-reverse pass. And I walk up to Coach James,
because ultimately of course it’s his decision. And I’ve never seen him
smile before in a game. But that’s the only time. He had this big smile. He was like a kid on
Christmas morning. He was, “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Run the double-reverse pass!” He was really excited
to run this thing. So we go out there. And I tossed it
to Jock Robertson. And Jock Robertson
tosses it to Danny Green, and Danny Green wings
it right back around. And he laterals it to me,
and I throw to Pattison, and we complete the
thing down the field, down to about the 2-yard line. NARRATOR: The Huskies
topple Houston 35 to 7, which is a sign
of things to come. The Purple Reign will go one
to win their next six games. SPORTSCASTER: Two
step drop from Buckley over the middle, picked off
Joe Kelly to the 35, 30, on the run back to the 20. Joe Kelly going into the 5. Touchdown Washington! NARRATOR: The dogs
are now 9 and 0, and ranked number one
in the country, when they travel to Los Angeles
to tangle with USC. But the Trojans have a
tough defense of their own, and surprise the
Huskies 16 to 7. Washington bounces back in
the Apple Cup with a 38 to 29 thrashing of Washington State. That leads to an invitation
to the Orange Bowl to face the number
two-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. SPORTSCASTER: It’s
quite possibly the national
championship on the line. NARRATOR: Led by their
charismatic coach Barry Switzer and All-American
linebacker Brian Bosworth, the Sooners come to Miami with
a cocky, happy-go-lucky attitude that’s quite evident in a
pregame Orange Ball festivity. SKIP HALL: Our rules
were pretty tight. Coach James, there
wasn’t any drinking. Here came the Oklahoma players
with a drink in one hand, and then here came Coach Switzer
with a drink in both hands and a blonde on his arm. So it was kind of two different
philosophies– both very good, very successful, but completely
different philosophies. NARRATOR: Oklahoma’s
hubris comes back to haunt them in
the third quarter. With the score tied
14 to 14, the Sooners attempt a 22-yard field goal. SPORTSCASTER: And Tim Lasher
lines up for a 22-yard field goal attempt. Its good, but the play is
nullified by illegal procedure. NARRATOR: Then all
hell breaks loose. SPORTSCASTER: And a flag is
thrown on the uber Sooner Schooner there
for delay of game. SKIP HALL: And the
Sooner Schooner came out onto the field
and actually tipped over. NARRATOR: The Sooner Schooner–
a scaled-down replica of a Conestoga wagon
pulled by two white ponies. At home in previous bowl games,
it is customary for Oklahoma to trot the Schooner out to the
50-yard line after every score. But in this Orange
Bowl, the wagon wheels get stuck in a
patch of mud right in front of the Huskies’ bench. SKIP HALL: But the horse
was kind of down, too. And I was afraid we
had two linebackers– Meamber and [? Kurkowksi– ?]
that went over there. And I thought they were
going to kick the horse. And I didn’t want
them to get a penalty. So I had to go grab
them and get them back. Well anyway, they
penalized Oklahoma and took points off the board. And then they missed
the next field goal. So it was quite a game changer. SPORTSCASTER: The strange
sequence of events push the ball back to the 24,
where Lasher’s 42 yard attempt is blocked by Tim Peoples. NARRATOR: The Huskies
eventually take advantage of the Sooner Schooner blunder. Quarterback Hugh Millen
caps off a 74-yard drive with a 12-yard TD
toss to Mark Pattison. And it’s all oranges from
there, as the Huskies run away with a 28 to 17
stunner over Oklahoma. SPORTSCASTER: In a
few faithful seconds the game has turned around. SKIP HALL: But they had
some really good players. But we kind of out-schemed
them on offense, and we played very
well on defense. NARRATOR: The Huskies finished
the season ranked second in the nation, with
an 11 and 1 record. Years later, coach Don James
reflected on that 1984 season. DON JAMES: We won
the ’85 Orange Bowl. We had great defense. It was probably one of the top
two defenses in my 18 years. NARRATOR: For their
stellar performance, the 1984 team is celebrated
as the third greatest Husky football team of all time. SPORTSCASTER: It could
be a Jorgensen touchdown. Touchdown for the Huskies! NARRATOR: With their entire
starting lineup returning from a team that went 10
and 1 and captured the Rose Bowl the previous
year, the 1960 Huskies are brimming with
self-confidence. Then, came spring ball. NARRATOR: And we came out there,
and we went out to practice. And the coaches had us out there
running a few plays, stretch out a little bit, and said,
you guys are so great, you can go on in. So we’d come in,
and the second team would come in just all beat up. And they practiced hard. And that went on
for 19 sessions. We’d go out there. They would say guy, you
guys are the greatest. Don’t worry about it. You’re going to work these kids. So then came spring game. They put the first team
against the second team, and we got our clock cleaned. We went out there
as primadonnas. We played poorly,
and we got beat. Simple as that. SPORTSCASTER: Incoming. NARRATOR: The starting
lineup takes the wake-up call to heart– SPORTSCASTER: There’s some
excellent blocking down to the 5-yard line. NARRATOR: –and wins its first
two games against College of Pacific and Idaho. Before the third game of
the season against Navy, Husky quarterback Bob Schloredt
receives an unexpected phone call from Sports
Illustrated magazine. BOB SCHLOREDT: And
it’s a photographer. And he says I’m going
to come out and take a couple pictures of you. Sports Illustrated thinking
about doing a cover on you. And I said, oh. [INAUDIBLE] it was OK. NARRATOR: Schloredt makes the
cover of Sports Illustrated. But the Huskies’ fight
against Navy goes awry. Led by soon to be crowned
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino, Navy upsets the
third-ranked Huskies 15 to 14 on a last-second field goal. BOB SCHLOREDT: That
wasn’t much fun. We had more rushing
yards than they did. More passing yards. DON MCKETA: But you have
two ways to look at defeat. You can go down
and you can go up. And we just said, hey,
this is in our MO. We’re going to win ball games. And we went out and we did. SPORTSCASTER: Right up the
middle. [INAUDIBLE] in there for TD. NARRATOR: The Huskies
recover and take the rest of their games. But the victories
come at a high price. Key players suffer injuries,
including several linemen– and quarterback Bob Schloredt,
who breaks his collar bone, and is questionable for
the rest of the season. DON MCKETA: But when
the linemen went down, the replacements were fantastic. There wasn’t a big drop-off that
you normally see between teams. NARRATOR: The replacements are
fantastic against Northwest rival Oregon. Down six to nothing with
less than three minutes left in the game, Don McKeta catches
a short pass in the flat, and appears to be
going out of bounds. But McKeta changes his
mind and turns up field. SPORTSCASTER: Still going! It’s a touchdown! It’s a touchdown! Holy mackerel, McKeta
on the drive line got away from Dave [INAUDIBLE]
and went in standing up. DON MCKETA: That’s the play was
designed– to catch the ball, go to ground, stop the clock. But being Polish,
sometime you always don’t follow the way the
coaches want you to perform. So I just turned the corner
and headed down the sidelines. And I remember passing Jim
Owens on the sidelines. He was jumping up and
down saying go, go, go. SPORTSCASTER: This could
be a Jorgensen touchdown. NARRATOR: The Huskies
finish the season with a last minute
come-from-behind squeaker over Washington State to earn
their second straight trip to the Rose Bowl. Last year, the Huskies
dismantled the Wisconsin Badgers 44 to 8. This time they will meet
a more formidable foe– the number one-ranked team
in the country Minnesota. Once again, the Huskies are
underdogs to a Big 10 champ. It doesn’t seem to matter. Washington draws first
blood in the first quarter on a 44-yard field
goal by George Fleming. In the second
period, the Huskies take a commanding 10 to
0 lead on a short swing pass from a healthy
Bob Schloredt– now back in the lineup–
to Brent Wooten. Later in the quarter,
the Huskies strike again on a quarterback
sneak by Schloredt. DON MCKETA: Well
we got 17 points, and that took them out
of their game plan, because they realized
they’d have to throw, because their line could
not handle our line. They could not run the
football against us. NARRATOR: They
couldn’t pass either. Golden Gophers quarterback Sandy
Stephens completes only two of 10 passes for 21 yards
and three interceptions. DON MCKETA: We were
superior in a lot of ways. But they were superior
in a lot of ways. We just happened to
score more points. SPORTSCASTER: Stephens keeping. Laterals to [INAUDIBLE]. He could go all the way. The 10, the 5, and
fights for the touchdown. NARRATOR: Minnesota scores
early in the second half, and threatens to cut the
Husky lead to three late in the game when
Don McKeta makes a sensational interception
at the goal line. SPORTSCASTER: Intercepted
by McKeta at the goal line. The five. McKeta to the 10, and
ooh, he’s knocked down. DON MCKETA: [INAUDIBLE] running
that baby back 100 yards. But I made it back
to the 20, and I thank God I didn’t fumble. SPORTSCASTER: So that’s it. The gun has sounded. The football game is over. NARRATOR: It’s nothing
but roses for the Huskies, as they go on to unseat the
number one team in the country 17 to 7. Washington finishes
the season 10 and 1 and wins the Helms
Foundation Award for being the best
team in the nation. DON MCKETA: When you
evaluate our senior year there had to be
divine intervention. We overcame so many things. We overcame injuries. There was an aura
about that team that I don’t think very few
people or very few teams ever experienced. It was just a
special, special time. NARRATOR: For their remarkable
season, and decisive defeat of Minnesota, the
1960 Dogs are honored as the second best Husky
football team of all time. Without question, the greatest
team in Washington’s history is the squad from 1991. DAVE HOFFMAN: Winning
wasn’t the goal. The goal was to dominate. NARRATOR: With 14
returning starters, the James Gang has lofty goals. DAVE HOFFMAN: We were
so close the year before to a championship,
and we were not going to underestimate anybody. We were going to maximize
every minute of every practice, and we were going to make
sure that we got done. NARRATOR: But before the
season opener against Stanford, the Huskies suffer a big blow. Starting quarterback
Mark Brunell injures his knee
during spring practice, and appears to be
out for this season. He is replaced by an
inexperienced sophomore– Billy Joe Hobert. MARIO BAILEY: Billy Joe
is what you call a gamer. if you came to practice
and watched Billy Joe, you might think, oh my goodness
these guys are in trouble. But coach, he told us that
this is just next man up, pretty much. And that’s what it was. And one thing about
Billy was in the game time, when it came time
to play in the games, he was ready to go. NARRATOR: Hobert is ready to go
for the most challenging road trip of the year. In the second game
of the season, the Huskies travel
to Lincoln, Nebraska to meet the Cornhuskers
before a raucous crowd of more than 76,000. MARIO BAILEY: We knew if
we could win that one, that that was going
to be the test. NARRATOR: It doesn’t go well for
the Huskies in the first half. SPORTSCASTER: [INAUDIBLE]
open side of the field. [INAUDIBLE] It is
touchdown Huskers! NARRATOR: Trailing 21 to
9 in the third quarter, it looks like Washington’s
hope for an undefeated season is over. But the stifling
Husky defense begins to wear down the
Cornhuskers’ offensive line. Meanwhile the offense
explodes with four unanswered touchdowns– [MUSIC PLAYING] –the last one coming
on a transfixing 81-yard scamper by tailback Jay Berry. SPORTSCASTER: Oh he’s gone! There isn’t anybody around him. If he can outrun one man. And it’s touchdown Washington. And the door just slammed. NARRATOR: After being
behind by 12 points in a hostile environment,
the James Gang pulls off a stunning 36 to
21 comeback over a highly respected Nebraska team. As the Huskies leave
the field, they’re shocked by the
warm reception they receive from Nebraska’s fans. MARIO BAILEY: And they gave us
a standing ovation, and coach, as we walked out of the stadium. They were clapping for
us and shaking our hands. And nobody forgot that. That stuck in my mind and still
sticks in my mind, this day, that a fan base can do
that to the opposing team, and appreciate that our
football team was that good. NARRATOR: The James
Gang continues its roll with three impressive
wins, including a 56 to 3 spanking of Kansas State,
and back-to-back shutouts of Arizona and Toledo. During those three
games, the Huskies score a total of 158 points
while allowing only one field goal. DAVE HOFFMAN: Every game we
called a championship game that year. So championship
game number five. It might have been whoever
we were playing that week. But it was a championship game. Next week it was a
championship game. And that was our attitude
the whole season long. And so with guys like
that, and a staff that let us go get after
it, it was going to be hard not to
win it all that year. NARRATOR: And win
it all they did. After a close call against
the California Bears, the Huskies steamroll over the
rest of their Pack 10 opponents and earn another
trip to the Rose Bowl to face fourth-ranked Michigan. DON JAMES: There are two
reasons for doing this today. One is for the
coaches and the team to thank you people
for the great support. MARIO BAILEY: We had
just cost ourselves a national championship
the year before. So we were going there
to get this thing. FAN 1: Go Huskies! FAN 2: C’mon young men. NARRATOR: During
pre-Rose Bowl scrimmages, Mario Bailey plays the role
of Michigan’s wide receiver Desmond Howard. Howard is the Wolverines’ most
dangerous offensive weapon, and the Heisman Trophy winner. MARIO BAILEY: And
that’s because coach made me Desmond Howard
for the week in practice. And everything I did, the
guys were all over me. Just one of those
things that you knew that coach Don James
would not disappoint in this. This was his time to make sure
that we didn’t cost ourselves. NARRATOR: The strategy works. The Huskies hold Howard to
just one catch all game. After a scoreless first quarter,
the Huskies take a 13 to 7 halftime lead. In the second half
it’s no contest. The Huskies score the first
of three unanswered touchdowns on a tightrope
strike from Hobert to freshman tight
end Mark Bruener. But the play that’s emblematic
of the entire season is an unforgettable
38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth
quarter to Mario Bailey. MARIO BAILEY: My last catch as
a Husky, I did the Heisman pose. And I went to the sideline. And I’m laughing and
stuff for my teammates. And all of a sudden it was
like the Red Sea parted. Everybody moved out of the way. And I remember thinking,
what is going on? Coach James came over to give
me a hug and congratulate me. The best moment in
my entire Husky life. NARRATOR: And the best victory
in Husky football history. Coach Don James’s men rout
the Wolverines 34 to 14, and fulfil the ultimate dream–
an unblemished 12 and 0 season. The Huskies split the
national championship with the Miami Hurricanes, their
first piece of the top prize since 1960. And for their undefeated season
and outstanding Rose Bowl triumph, the 1991
Dogs are crowned the greatest Husky
football team of all time. SPORTSCASTER: Complete
for a touchdown! [INAUDIBLE] a miraculous catch! SPORTSCASTER: Joe
Kelly going into the 5. Touchdown Washington. SPORTSCASTER: There’s the
alley-ooper down there. Catch McKeta. NARRATOR: It is a tradition
steeped in honor and pride– a tradition that began on
fields of mud and sand. SPORTSCASTER: A pile
on into the end zone. Let’s see who’s got it. NARRATOR: A tradition
that continues to thrive in a towering
cathedral by the lake. SPORTSCASTER:
Touchdown Washington! Do you believe it? I don’t! NARRATOR: A tradition
that ignites and excites and manufactures some of the
greatest players and teams in college football history. A tradition that will
continue the battle cry. CROWD: Let’s go Dogs! [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC PLAYING]

5 Replies to “10 Greatest Husky Teams: Episode 3”

  1. We split the 1991 National Championship with who!? What a joke that was. We would have crushed them just like Bitchigan!

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