Bob Rondeau's Top 10 Husky Moments
Sept. 9, 1978: Rondeau's first Husky game in the broadcast booth was memorable for that reason alone. The Huskies lost to 12th-ranked UCLA 10-7.
Jan. 1, 1981: Despite outplaying fifth-ranked Michigan in the first half, Washington lost the Rose Bowl 23-6. However, it was Rondeau's first trip to Pasadena as an announcer. "Even though they lost, just being able to go into that stadium was really cool," he says.
Nov. 21, 1981: For the first time in its history, the Apple Cup would decide who went to the Rose Bowl. Washington prevailed over the Cougars at home 23-10 to earn its second consecutive trip to Pasadena.
Sept. 22, 1990: Upstart Washington knocked off fifth-ranked USC at home 31-0 on its way to the Rose Bowl. "I remember it being a late kickoff," says Rondeau, "and the place was absolutely on fire. All I saw was purple."
Sept. 29, 1990: Rondeau's first trip as a broadcaster to his alma mater was one of mixed feelings. The 12th-ranked Huskies lost to Colorado 20-14, but the chance to call a game in Boulder was unforgettable.
Jan. 1, 1992: Washington dominates Michigan 34-14 in the Rose Bowl to cap a perfect 12-0 season and win its first national championship. "They won that game as you thought they would," says Rondeau. "And to see them put an exclamation point on it was something special."
Feb. 5, 1994: In Bob Bender's first season coaching UW basketball, the Huskies upset 12th-ranked Arizona at home 74-69. "They were just awful that year," says Rondeau. "But that game was fun to be a part of."
Sept. 24, 1994: The "Whammy in Miami." Washington routs 5th-ranked Miami 38-20 at the Orange Bowl, ending the Hurricanes' NCAA record 58-game home winning streak.
March 19, 1998: Washington's surprising run through the NCAA tournament ends in the Sweet Sixteen when Richard Hamilton sinks a 15-footer at the buzzer to give Connecticut a 75-74 victory over the Huskies.
Oct. 28, 2000: Following a third-quarter injury that sent UW safety Curtis Williams to the hospital, Marques Tuiasosopo finds Justin Robbins in the end zone with 13 seconds left to beat Stanford 31-28.
(Events listed in chronological order)
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