Washington’s Travis Coons kicked off to California at 8:06 p.m. on Saturday for what was believed to be the latest start time ever for a UW game at Husky Stadium.
The late time was chosen by the television network Fox Sports 1, which broadcast the game to a national audience.
“It’s frustrating as heck,” UW athletic director Scott Woodward told KJR before the game.
In 2011, the Pac-12 Conference agreed to a TV contract with ESPN and Fox for approximately $1.5 billion over a 12-year period.
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During the season, the networks typically choose kickoff times 12 days before a game.
“There are four, five games a year (in the Pac-12) that they can go to 8 o’clock with, and unfortunately they drew us. And it’s frustrating,” Woodward said. “It’s tough on our fans. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but it will be addressed and talked about (before) the next television contract.
“But, that being said, that’s why they’re paying us a big premium — for those eyeballs late at night.”
Fox Sports 1 launched in August, and the UW-Cal game was the Huskies’ third appearance on the new channel. UW’s game at Stanford on Oct. 5 was broadcast on ESPN, and the UW-Arizona game a week earlier was broadcast on Fox.
Their faces told the story.
Television cameras zoomed in on Washington sophomore speedster Jaydon Mickens, who flashed a wide grin.
Meanwhile, California cornerback Isaac Lapite looked exhausted and befuddled after running stride for stride with the Husky receiver who somehow managed to haul in a 39-yard reception despite tight coverage.
It was the third long reception for Mickens, who had touchdown grabs that covered 68 and 47 yards.
In a 41-17 Washington victory in which quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey starred, Mickens was an unlikely key contributor in a dominating offensive performance.
His 180 receiving yards on six catches were the most receiving yards since former UW standout Jermaine Kearse had 198 yards in the 2011 Alamo Bowl.
“He was on fire,” Price said of Mickens. “He was feeling himself tonight. He had a chip on his shoulder. He had a certain swag, and he made plays.”
Mickens entered the game averaging 9.3 yards per catch. He averaged 30 yards per reception against Cal.
• Senior kicker Travis Coons booted a career-long 46-yard field goal in the second quarter that gave UW a 10-0 lead.
• Washington and California players wore “DJ” decals on their helmets to honor former Husky coach Don James, who died last weekend.
Those attending the 3 p.m. memorial Sunday are asked to be seated by 2:45 p.m.
Times reporter Percy Allen contributed to this report