Here is the Washington opponent box that will publish in tomorrow’s newspaper …
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL (San Francisco)
BRIGHAM YOUNG COUGARS (8-4, Independent)
6:30 P.M., FRIDAY, AT&T PARK, ESPN, 950-AM
COACH: Bronco Mendenhall (82-33 in ninth year at BYU and overall)
AGAINST THE HUSKIES: The series is tied, 4-4.
SCOUTING REPORT: Don’t change the channel between plays when Washington and Brigham Young are on the field together. The Huskies try to play as fast as they can, but the Cougars play faster. BYU is one of only four teams in the nation to snap the ball 1,000 or more times in 12 games, and ranks 14th nationally in total offense as a result. BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is the team’s leading rusher with 1,211 yards and nine TDs, in addition to 2,645 yards passing, 19 TD and 13 INTs. RB Jamaal Williams, who rushed for 1,202 yards this season, gives BYU two players who average 100 yards rushing or more per game. … LB Kyle Van Noy is the best player on a BYU defense that ranks 51st in the country in total yards allowed (383.3 per game). The Cougars, however, are tied for 22nd in the country in scoring defense, yielding only 21.3 points per game. Van Noy has 26 career sacks, which is fourth-best among active players. … BYU’s roster lists seven players from the state of Washington, including junior offensive lineman Tim Duran (Puyallup), freshman quarterback Billy Green (Woodway), sophomore tight end Terenn Houk (Enumclaw), senior defensive back Scott Lefrandt (Seattle) and freshman receiver Luke Nelson (Issaquah).
DID YOU KNOW: The Huskies played BYU three times when interim coach Marques Tuiasosopo was a player. UW won in Provo in 1997, Tuiasosopo’s freshman season, then won in Seattle in 1998. The Huskies lost in Provo in 1999, his first year as the starting quarterback.
Aug. 31 L, 19-16, at Virginia
Sept. 7 W, 40-21, vs. Texas
Sept. 21 L, 20-13, vs. Utah
Sept. 27 W, 37-10, vs. Middle Tennessee
Oct. 4 W, 31-14, at UtahState
Oct. 12 W, 38-20, vs. Georgia Tech
Oct. 19 W, 47-46, at Houston
Oct. 25 W, 37-20, vs. BoiseState
Nov. 9 L, 27-17, at Wisconsin
Nov. 16 W, 59-13, vs. IdahoState
Nov. 23 L, 23-13, at Notre Dame
Nov. 30 W, 28-23, at Nevada