American Football Database
2000 Washington Huskies football
Pac-10 co-champion
Rose Bowl champion
Rose Bowl, W 34–24 vs. Purdue
CoachesNo. 3
APNo. 3
2000 record11–1 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coachRick Neuheisel (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorKeith Gilbertson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorTim Hundley (2nd season)
CaptainLarry Tripplett
Marques Tuiasosopo
Chad Ward
Home stadiumHusky Stadium
(Capacity: 72,500; FieldTurf)
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Template:2000 Pacific-10 football standings 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,to the Oregon Ducks,[1] and won the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.[2][3]

Season summary

Washington opened the 2000 season with a 44–20 victory over Idaho. Fourth-ranked Miami traveled to Seattle the next week and senior QB Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 223 yards and ran for 45 as the Huskies handed the Hurricanes their only loss of the season, 34–29.[4]

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.[5] Border rival Oregon spoiled Washington's hopes for a perfect season with a 23–16 setback in the wind in Eugene,[1] but the Huskies responded the next week with a dramatic 33–30 victory over eventual Fiesta Bowl champion Oregon State in the only loss of their season.[6] In the next five weeks, the Huskies battled back from second half deficits in every game, including a 31–28 win in the rain at Stanford that was marked with tragedy; safety Curtis Williams (1978–2002) was paralyzed after a neck injury late in the third quarter.[7] For the remainder of the season, players and coaches wore the letters "CW" on helmets and uniforms in honor of him;[8][9] he died from complications less than 19 months later.[10][11][12][13]

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.)[14][15]

The win over the Cougars, paired with an Oregon State win over Oregon in the Civil War, put the Huskies in the Rose Bowl. Tuiasosopo earned Rose Bowl MVP honors as he led Washington to a 34–24 win over Purdue and Drew Brees,[2][3] and the Huskies finished third in the polls.[16][17]


September 212:30 PMIdaho*No. 14FSNW 44–2070,117
September 912:30 PMNo. 4 Miami (FL)*No. 15
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA [4]
ABCW 34–2974,157
September 1612:30 PMat Colorado*No. 9ABCW 17–1450,454
September 3012:30 PMat No. 20 OregonNo. 6ABCL 16–2346,153
October 77:00 PMNo. 23 Oregon StateNo. 13
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA [6]
FSNW 33–3073,145
October 147:00 PMat Arizona StateNo. 11FSNW 21–1561,370
October 213:30 PMCaliforniaNo. 9
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
FSNW 36–2470,113
October 282:00 PMat StanfordNo. 9FSNW 31–2831,300
November 412:30 PMArizonaNo. 8
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
ABCW 35–3270,411
November 1112:30 PMUCLANo. 7
  • Husky Stadium
  • Seattle, WA
ABCW 35–2871,886
November 183:30 PMat Washington StateNo. 6FSNW 51–333,010
January 11:30 PMvs. No. 14 Purdue*No. 4ABCW 34–2494,392
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time


2000 Washington Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
WR 18 Elstrom, ToddTodd Elstrom Jr
QB 3 Pickett, CodyCody Pickett Fr
TE 14 Stevens, JerramyJerramy Stevens So
QB 11 Tuiasosopo, MarquesMarques Tuiasosopo Sr
G 71 Ward, ChadChad Ward Sr
TE 87 Ware, KevinKevin Ware So
Pos. # Name Class
SS 9 Akbar, HakimHakim Akbar Sr
CB 12 Lowe, OmareOmare Lowe Jr
DT 70 Tripplett, LarryLarry Tripplett Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 15 Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt


Game summaries


Miami (FL)

#4 Miami (FL) at #15 Washington
by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (FL) 3 0 19 7 29
Washington 7 14 6 7 34
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Husky Stadium • Seattle, Washington
  • Game attendance: 74,157


NFL Draft selections

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
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[20]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ducks flying high". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1A. October 1, 2000.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Nadel, John (January 2, 2001). "Huskies follow leader to bowl victory". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 1E.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Blanchette, John (January 2, 2001). "Command performance". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "No. 4 Miami leaves Seattle with bite marks". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 7G. September 10, 2000.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Mossman, John (September 17, 2000). "Huskies give Neuheisel a happy homecoming". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 6G.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rodman, Bob (October 8, 2000). "Beavers just miss upset bid". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 1F.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Husky rally trumps Cardinal 31-28". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press ((Oregon)): p. 5B. October 29, 2000.
  8. Blanchette, John (January 2, 2001). "Huskies have surprise locker room visitor". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C2.
  9. Melley, Brian (May 14, 2002). "Curtis Williams: Huskies say goodbye". Kitsap Sun. Associated Press ((Bremerton, Washington)).
  10. McCauley, Janie (May 7, 2002). "Paralyzed Washington football player dies". Associated Press. p. 1E.
  11. "Former Husky Curtis Williams passes away". University of Washington Athletics. May 6, 2002. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  12. Miller, Ted (May 6, 2002). "Paralyzed Husky is dead at 24". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  13. "Curtis E. Williams". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Bergum, Steve (November 18, 1990). "Huskies regain their bite". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Grummert, Dale (November 18, 1990). "Huskies bomb Cougars out of their misery, 55-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 1B.
  16. "Final poll". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. C1. January 4, 2001.
  17. "College football: final polls". Eugene Register-Guard ((Oregon)): p. 5E. January 4, 2001.
  18. USA Today
  20. Mike Gastineau (October 2010). The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists. pp. 527–. ISBN 978-1-4587-7974-8.