Washington celebrated Halloween two days early, sporting black jerseys and pants as part of a stadium-wide "Blackout" promotion. The UW student section joined them, donning matching black T-shirts - except for the eight brave (and possibly soused) souls who painted their chests black, then spelled the word "blackout" in white paint.
The Huskies consider their black gear lucky: They won both times they wore it a year ago, a Nov. 18 win over UCLA at Husky Stadium and a Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl win over Nebraska.
Arizona was the more conservative dresser Saturday, wearing throwback-inspired white helmets, white jerseys and navy pants. The Wildcats have worn their "traditional" uniforms in each of Tim Kish's two games as interim head coach.
Saturday's late kickoff allowed us to explore Seattle during the morning. Forget the Space Needle: We visited arguably the nation's most hyped donut shop.
Top Pot Doughnuts in Seattle's Capitol Hill district was worth it. We indulged in a maple bar ($1.89) the size of a man's forearm and a hot apple cider, and we weren't alone.
Top Pot - the name comes from their sign, which was originally for a "Top Spot" Chinese restaurant before the "S" fell off - has a cult following in a city that's famously finicky about its food. Locals swear by their maple bars: Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate made headlines when, in summer 2010, he let himself into the donut shop through an open door after a night on the town. Tate called it "a foolish mistake."
"But," he said at the time, "if you ever want maple bars, that's the place to go."
By the numbers
Number of UA players from the state of Washington. Freshman linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson, a product of Seattle's O'Dea High School, did not make the trip.
Husky Stadium has two weeks to live. On Nov. 6, construction crews will break ground on a $250 million renovation that will modernize the creaky old stadium with luxury boxes and better seating while giving the Huskies an even bigger homefield advantage.
Washington will play the 2012 season at CenturyLink Field, home of the NFL's Seahawks, while crews bulldoze and rebuild the lower bowl and south-side stands, add permanent seats (and not bleachers) in the east-side end zone and construct a football operations building complete with locker rooms, meeting rooms and offices.
The biggest changes will come on the field itself. Crews will remove the running track that encircles the field. New stands will be moved closer to the field, putting fans almost on top of both teams. A purple stripe behind both sidelines, signifying how close the stands will be, brags that "in 2013, the noise will start here."
Hall, Fischer stay home
The Wildcats' thin secondary meant a pair of injured players, linebacker Jake Fischer and safety Adam Hall, were left behind for the weekend trip to Washington. Blake Brady and Kyrel Parker, two rarely used defensive backs, took their place. Coach Mike Stoops made a point to bring Hall, Fischer and running back Greg Nwoko on the UA's first three road trips of the season. Saturday, only Nwoko - who is close to returning from offseason knee surgery - remained.
Arizona dressed only three quarterbacks, Nick Foles, Bryson Beirne and the redshirting Matt Scott, against the Huskies. Freshman Daxx Garman remained in Tucson because of an undisclosed medical issue. Garman missed a practice this week to address it.
By the numbers II
Times Arizona Wildcats freshman Tyler Slavin had played defense before Saturday night. Coaches moved him from wide receiver, his natural position, to defensive back. He entered the game in the second quarter and was promptly sent on a blitz.