Fresno State will play at Washington in 2017 as part of a single-game contract announced Monday — a matchup that could once again pit Bulldogs coach Tim DeRuyter against former Boise State coach Chris Petersen.
The game is set for Sept. 16, 2017, at Husky Stadium and will mark the Bulldogs’ first game against the Huskies since 2006 and the fourth in school history. All three previous meetings were played in Seattle.
“This is a great opportunity for us to stay on the west coast and play a highly competitive Pac-12 program,” Fresno State Athletic Director Jim Bartko said in a news release. “This game will provide us with great exposure and is an easy trip for both our team and our fans to get to and from Seattle.”
Fresno State will receive a guaranteed payout of $1 million — a record for a single game, Associate Athletic Director Paul Ladwig said in a text message.
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Washington last season finished 8-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play during its first year under Petersen, the former Boise State coach.
Previously, Petersen guided the Broncos to two BCS major bowl victories during his eight seasons and went 7-1 against Fresno State, including 1-1 against DeRuyter.
Boise State defeated Fresno State 20-10 in 2012, during DeRuyter’s first season.The Bulldogs then beat the Broncos 41-40 at Bulldog Stadium the next year in what became Petersen’s final season at Boise State.
In regards to the Fresno State-Washington series, the Huskies won the most recent meeting 21-20 in 2006. Fresno State was victorious 35-16 in 2004. Washington won the inaugural meeting 49-14 in 1979.
Fresno State has played a Pac-12 program during each of the past four seasons, including at USC and at Utah last year. Fresno hosts Utah this upcoming season on Sept. 19.
Fresno State’s other 2017 nonconference games scheduled so far are home games against Brigham Young and FCS program Incarnate Word.