Nov. 7, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12)
November 12, 2011 Martin Stadium Pullman, Wash. 7:30 p.m.
Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud Nameck
Washington State IMG College Sports Network
Sirius: Channel 128 XM: Channel 191
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (3-6, 1-5 Pac-12) looks to snap a five-game skip when it returns to Pullman for the first time since Oct. 15 to host the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-3, 4-2), Saturday, Nov. 12 at Martin Stadium. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by Versus. The game can also be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network.
WSU vs. ARIZONA STATE - THE SERIES: Arizona State leads the all-time series by a 23-12-2 margin, including an 9-7 advantage when playing in the state of Washington. The Cougars have dropped the last seven meetings in the series after winning the previous three. Last year the Sun Devils' were never threatened as they cruised to a 42-0 victory in Tempe. WSU's last win in the series came in 2003, a 34-19 victory in Pullman. Since that meeting the two teams have faced off three times in Pullman, with two games decided by three points and the other by 13.
WELCOME HOME...FINALLY: The Cougars return to Martin Stadium for the first time since Oct. 15 when they hosted Stanford for Homecoming. Prior to that WSU last played at home Sept. 10 against UNLV. The entire stretch had the Cougars playing in Martin Stadium once over a 62-day span. To find a similar stretch in a WSU football schedule you have to go back to 1979 when the Cougars opened with two home games in Spokane, then played six of its next seven games on the road, a stretch of 55 days playing once at home.
GLEASON TO SERVE AS HONORARY CAPTAIN FOR ASU GAME: Former Cougar great Steve Gleason will be honored as an honorary captain during Saturday's contest against Arizona State. Gleason played at WSU from 1996-99, ending his career with 282 total tackles, ninth-most in school history, before an eight-year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Gleason also played baseball at WSU and as a senior was named the WSU's outstanding student-athlete. Earlier this fall Gleason revealed he has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
COUGARS TO JOIN TEAM GLEASON: Upon revealing his has ALS, Steve Gleason launched Team Gleason on his website, facebook and twitter accounts, in an effort to raise money and increase awareness of ALS, enlisting the assistance of family, friends, colleagues and former teammates. Team Gleason t-shirts are available at wsucougars.com and through -on-campus sales throughout the week leading up to the game.
APPLE CUP PICKED UP BY VERSUS: Washington State's football game at Washington, Nov. 26, will be televised live nationally by Versus. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
WILSON APPROACHING RECEIVER RECORDS: Sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson is on the verge of breaking into multiple top 10 lists for single-season and career records at WSU. Wilson needs 26 yards to become just the second receiver in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons, joining current Jacksonville Jaguar receiver Jason Hill, who had 1,007 and 1,097 receiving yards in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Wilson, who last season had 1,006 yards, eighth on WSU's single-season list, is 22 yards shy of another top 10 season (Deron Pointer, 996 yards in 1993) and he is 42 yards shy of Michael Bumpus (2,022) for 10th on the career receiving yards list.
LATE START FOR SUN DEVILS IN PULLMAN: Saturday's game against the Sun Devils will mark the latest start time for a game in the series when played in Pullman, eclipsing a 4 p.m. contest during the 1978 season. In fact it will be the latest start time in Pullman for any Cougar game played in November dating back to 2005, when WSU hosted Oregon Nov. 7 with a 7:15 p.m. start. Saturday's game will be the latest start for a November home game at least since the 1982 season.
DAD'S WEEKEND AT WSU: Saturday's game is part of Dad's Weekend festivities on the WSU campus. The Cougars are 34-38-5 during Dad's Weekend games, including a 2-4 record when hosting ASU.
WSU ASSISTING VETERANS: WSU Athletics is partnering with Fairchild Air Force Base and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to honor United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers for WSU's Nov. 19 Armed Forces Day game against Utah. WSU Athletics is offering the general public a special price of $15 for end zone tickets and $25 for sideline tickets to purchase and donate to the organization. Veteran Tickets Foundation will distribute the tickets to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers in the area. Fans can visit wsucougars.com and use the promotional code "HONOR" to purchase tickets to donate for the cause. WSU Athletics donated 100 tickets to jump start the campaign.
WSU ON TV: WSU Saturday's game against Arizona State marks the fifth time this season the Cougars have been a conference television selection, totaling more than the previous two seasons combined. Additionally, the Apple Cup will be televised by Versus, giving WSU six TV picks. Last season WSU was on Versus (Arizona) and FSN (Oklahoma State) while in 2009 they were on FSN (USC) and NBC (Notre Dame). This year the Cougars have been selected for FSN three times (UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon) and Versus (Stanford, ASU and Washington) three times.
KARSTETTER NFF SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: WSU senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the organization announced last week. As a National Scholar-Athlete, Karstetter will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is also a finalist for the nation's top scholar-athlete award, the William V. Campbell Trophy. If he is selected as the Campbell recipient, the scholarship will grow to $25,000. Karstetter is the fifth Cougar to earn the prestigious honor, as Alex Brink (2007), Jason Hanson (1991), Ed Tingstad (1988) and Greg Porter (1982) were also named National Scholar-Athletes. Karstetter, one of 16 finalists from a group of 127 semifinalists, and the only Pac-12 representative, is being recognized for accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community. He will be honored during the NFF's 54th Annual Awards Dinner, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch at Oregon was the 17th of his career, moving him into a tie for sixth on the WSU career receiving touchdowns list alongside Brandon Gibson (2005-08). The Spokane native currently sits sixth on WSU's all-time career receptions list with 145 after making two catches against California. He is three receptions away from catching Phillip Bobo and Jason Hill, who are tied for fourth with 148 receptions. Karstetter has started in 33 consecutive games and caught a pass in 36 straight.