|2006 Washington Huskies football|
|2006 record||5–7 (3–6 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Tyrone Willingham|
|Offensive coordinator||Tim Lappano (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Kent Baer (2nd season)|
|MVP||Isaiah Stanback (O)|
|MVP||C.J. Wallace (D)|
|Captain||C. J. Wallace|
|Home stadium||Husky Stadium
|2006 Pacific-10 football standings|
|No. 4 USC +||7||–||2||11||–||2|
|No. 14 California +||7||–||2||10||–||3|
|No. 21 Oregon State||6||–||3||10||–||4|
The 2006 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 2006 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's coach was former Notre Dame and Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham. Washington played its home games at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
In 2004 the Huskies had a 1–10 season. Their lone victory over San Jose State led to Head Coach Keith Gilbertson leaving the team. Tyrone Willingham was hired after being dismissed from Notre Dame to lead the Huskies. While Washington saw an overall improvement on the team, they still struggled to win games, finishing with a 2–9 record. Some highlights of the 2005 season were victories over Idaho and Pac-10 foe Arizona, and holding USC to 390 yards, their lowest offensive total of the year.
Head Coach Tyrone Willingham returns for his second year at the helm of the program. Redshirt freshman J. R. Hasty (TB) was expected to have a big impact on the offensive line before being declared academically ineligible. Senior Isaiah Stanback and Sophomore Johnny Durocher are both challenging for the starting quarterback position. Incoming junior college transfers are Anthony Atkins (DE), Jason Wells (S), and Jordan Murchison (CB). All are expected to fill holes in the team.
Washington does not appear in any pre-season rankings and was predicted to finish in 10th place in the Pac-10 Conference Media Poll.
Sporting News Preseason All-Pac-10
- C. J. Wallace – All-Pac-10 First Team
- Sean Douglas – All-Pac-10 First Team
- Scott White – All-Pac-10 Second Team
- J. R. Hasty – Pac-10 Offensive Newcomer of the Year
|September 2||12:30 PM||San Jose State*||Husky Stadium • Seattle||W 35–29||52,256|
|September 9||12:30 PM||at No. 15 Oklahoma*||Memorial Stadium • Norman, Oklahoma||ABC||L 20–37||84,577|
|September 16||12:30 PM||Fresno State*||Husky Stadium • Seattle||FSN||W 21–20||57,012|
|September 23||12:30 PM||UCLA||Husky Stadium • Seattle||TBS||W 29–19||58,255|
|September 30||6:00 PM||at Arizona||Arizona Stadium • Tucson, Arizona||W 21–10||55,409|
|October 7||12:30 PM||at No. 2 USC||Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles||FSN||L 20–26||90,282|
|October 14||3:30 PM||Oregon State||Husky Stadium • Seattle||FSN||L 17–27||62,656|
|October 21||12:30 PM||at No. 11 California||California Memorial Stadium • Berkeley, California||FSN||L 24–31 OT||58,534|
|October 28||4:00 PM||Arizona State||Husky Stadium • Seattle||FSN||L 23–26||58,822|
|November 4||12:30 PM||at Oregon||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon||TBS||L 14–34||58,408|
|November 11||12:30 PM||Stanford||Husky Stadium • Seattle||L 3–20||55,896|
|November 18||3:45 PM||at Washington State||Martin Stadium • Pullman, Washington (99th Apple Cup)||FSN||W 35–32||35,117|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.|
San José State
In the fourth quarter, with 2 seconds left on the game clock, the Huskies moved the ball 15 yards shy of the end zone, stopping the clock by getting a first down. Before Isaiah Stanback could hike the ball, the clock ran out and they were unable to get off a final play. It was a controversial moment that many blamed on miscommunication from the officials regarding when the clock would start again.
Linebacker Scott White intercepted two passes in the first half, setting up two touchdowns and giving Washington a 17–10 lead by halftime. However, the Huskies struggled in the second half both offensively and defensively. Oregon State quarterback Matt Moore connected with wide receiver Sammie Stroughter to give OSU a 27–17 lead. Late in the fourth quarter, Washington quarterback Isaiah Stanback suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot; the injury requires surgery and Stanback will miss the remainder of the 2006 season.
Back-up quarterback Carl Bonnell made his first start of the season filling in for the injured Isaiah Stanback. In his first start he threw two touchdown passes including a 40-yard hail mary pass to Marlon Wood to send the game into over time. However, Bonnell also threw five interceptions in regulation, and one in over time.
- "Huskies Receive Sporting News' Preseason All-Pac-10 Honors". gohuskies.com. Retrieved July 12, 2006.
- ESPN. Retrieved 2014-Oct-27.