The 1991 Washington Huskies football team represented the University of Washington in the 1991 college football season. Head coach Don James, in this 17th season at Washington, was assisted by coordinators Keith Gilbertson (offense) and Jim Lambright (defense), both head coaches themselves within two years.
The 1991 team was arguably the finest team in school history and split the national championship with the Miami Hurricanes, who were also 12�0, and won the AP Poll by four votes, while Washington took the coaches’ poll by nine. Washington could not have played Miami in a bowl game because the Pac-10 champion was bound by contract to play in the Rose Bowl against the Big Ten champion. The UW Huskies soundly defeated no. 4 Michigan 34�14 in the 1992 Rose Bowl; the final score differential was narrowed by a late touchdown by Tyrone Wheatley of Michigan. With a minute remaining in the game, Washington was on the Michigan five-yard line, but opted to stay on the ground and run out the clock with the third-string quarterback leading the offense.
With the number one pick of the 1992 NFL Draft on the defensive line, junior Steve Emtman, the 1991 UW Huskies were led by their defense, and are among the most dominant teams in college football history.
Eleven UW Huskies were selected in the 1992 NFL Draft, led by Emtman, a dominating yet under-recruited defensive tackle from Cheney. Emtman won both the Lombardi Award and the Outland Trophy, and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting, won by Desmond Howard of Michigan. Defensive back Dana Hall was also selected in the first round.
A fantasy article in Sports Illustrated titled “The Dream Game” had the Huskies narrowly defeat Miami in a playoff.