BATON ROUGE -- LSU will resume a football series with a Pac-10 school next year as the Tigers will open the 2009 season against Washington in Seattle, senior associate athletic director Verge Ausberry announced on Friday.
LSU and Washington will meet on Sept. 5, 2009 in Husky Stadium in the first of two games scheduled between the teams. Washington will make the return trip to Baton Rouge on Sept. 29, 2012.
“We are excited to be able to sign this home-and-home deal with Washington,” Ausberry said.
“We want to be able to play a non-conference game against a team from a BCS league each year if possible and the addition of Washington to our schedule in 2009 and 2012 gives us that opportunity.
“The Washington contest is also one that will be very attractive to our fans and it will allow us to bring the LSU football experience to another part of the country.”
The meeting between the two teams next year in Seattle will mark only the second time the schools have squared off in football. In the only other contest between the teams, LSU posted a 40-14 win over Washington in 1983 in Tiger Stadium. At the time, a Tiger Stadium record crowd of 82,390 watched as the unranked Tigers, behind three rushing touchdowns by quarterback Jeff Wickersham, upset the ninth-ranked Huskies.
LSU’s game against Washington will mark the fifth time in the last eight years that the Tigers have met a member of the Pac-10 in a regular season contest, a stretch that dates back to a 59-13 road win over Arizona in 2003.
Other LSU games against Pac-10 teams in recent years include a 22-21 overtime win over Oregon State in Tiger Stadium to open the 2004 season; a 35-31 road victory over Arizona State to start the 2005 season; and a 45-3 victory over Arizona in Tiger Stadium in 2006.
LSU is 12-3 all-time against members of the Pac-10, which includes a 2-0 mark in games under head coach Les Miles.
The addition of the Washington to the schedule now completes LSU’s 2009 football slate.