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1963 Washington Huskies football
AAWU champion
Rose Bowl, L 7–17 vs. Illinois
ConferenceAthletic Association of Western Universities
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
1963 record6–5 (4–1 AAWU)
Head coachJim Owens (7th season)
CaptainDave Kopay (HB)
CaptainJohn Stupey (C)
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 AAWU football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington 4 1 0     6 5 0
USC 3 1 0     7 3 0
UCLA 2 2 0     2 8 0
Washington State 1 1 0     3 6 1
California 1 3 0     4 5 1
Stanford 1 4 0     3 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Washington Huskies football team was an American football team that represented the University of Washington during the 1963 college football season. Under seventh-year head coach Jim Owens, the team lost their first three games, compiled a 6–4 record in the regular season, and won the Athletic Association of Western Universities (AAWU, a.k.a. "Big Six") at 4–1.[1]

On New Year's Day at the Rose Bowl, the Huskies led early but lost 17–7 to third-ranked Illinois.[2][3] It was the third Rose Bowl for Washington under Owens and their first loss; they had won consecutive games in January 1960 and 1961. The Huskies did not return to Pasadena for fourteen years, a victory in January 1978 in head coach Don James' third season.

Halfback Dave Kopay and center John Stupey were the team captains. In its eleven games, Washington outscored its opponents 183 to 141.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 21at Air Force*No. 10L 7–1023,542
September 28at No. 10 Pittsburgh*L 6–1327,136
October 5Iowa*L 7–1755,942
October 12Oregon State*
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 34–753,827
October 19Stanford
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 19–1154,213
October 26at Oregon*W 26–1935,690
November 2USC
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
W 22–755,738
November 9at CaliforniaW 39–2637,000
November 16at UCLAL 0–1430,398
November 30Washington State
W 16–057,300
January 1, 1964vs. No. 3 Illinois*L 7–1796,957
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll

NFL DraftEdit

Two Huskies were selected in the 1964 NFL Draft, which lasted twenty rounds (280 selections).

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Jake Kupp End 9th 116 Dallas Cowboys
Rick Sortun Guard 12th 164 St. Louis Cardinas

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Huskies skirt Cougar ends on way to Rose Bowl spot". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 20. December 2, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=HM8zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=avcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5508%2C126455.
  2. ""Unwanted" Huskies ready for clash with Illini". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 10. December 31, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=N88zAAAAIBAJ&sjid=avcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6912%2C7892454.
  3. "Sophomore sparks 3rd Illini victory". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press ((Washington)): p. 14. January 2, 1964. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TrBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZfcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5247%2C280707.
  4. "Washington Yearly Results (1960-1964)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/active/w/washington/1960-1964_yearly_results.php. Retrieved December 14, 2015.
  5. Reichler, Joe (November 24, 1963). "National athletic activities halted as saddened citizens mourn death". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3bZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GukDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6723%2C2842262.
  6. Missildine, Harry (November 24, 1963). "Big Six presidents commended for action". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 1, sports. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3bZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=GukDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6452%2C2840009.
  7. ""Day of Decision" arrives for Big Six". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 11. November 29, 1963. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x95YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ePcDAAAAIBAJ&pg=7030%2C7294943.
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