Oct. 14, 2003
WHO: #6/6 WSU Cougars (5-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) vs. Stanford Cardinal (2-2 overall, 0-2 Pac-10)
WHAT: 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18; Kickoff 2:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Stanford Stadium (85,500, Grass), Stanford, Calif.
TV: No Live Television, WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Oct. 19, 10:00 a.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (5-1) and in his first season as a college head coach (5-1). STANFORD - The Cardinal are coached by Buddy Teevens (Dartmouth '79), who has a 4-11 mark in two seasons on The Farm and a 54-87-2 career mark in 14 years.
WSU VS. STANFORD: The Cougars and Cardinal first met on the gridiron in 1936, with the Cougs winning 14-13...In 53 previous games WSU has won 22 times, Stanford 30, with one tie...last year WSU won 36-11...the Cougs also won at Stanford in 2001, 45-39, snapping a three-game Cardinal win streak:
COUGARS CLIMB IN THE POLLS: Washington State jumped to sixth in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Associated Press media poll...over the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, the Cougars were ranked a school record 28 straight weeks, but didn't appear this year until Sept. 14. (see page 3)
DOBA LEADING ROOKIE COACHES: Washington State first-year head coach Bill Doba is one of five rookie Div. I coaches who are 5-1...the others include Bowling Green's Gregg Brandon, Houston's Art Briles, Louisville's Bobby Petrino and Oregon State's Mike Riley...Michigan State's John L. Smith, with an extra game, is 6-1 so far this year...both Riley and Smith have held head coaching positions prior to joining their new teams this year, while the others are true rookies.
FOX PICKS WSU-OSU: FOX Sports Net this week picked the October 25 WSU-Oregon State game for live telecast...kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. IDAHO
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NOTRE DAME:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. COLORADO:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NEW MEXICO:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. OREGON:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. ARIZONA:
DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION RECORDS: Jason David now stands second on the career interception list with 15 and now holds three career interception records:
COUGS 25-6 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 25 of 31 games...in the 1929-1930-1931 seasons WSU went 21-3, including 10-2 (1929) and 9-1 (1930) seasons...WSU is currently tied for sixth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 30-1, Oklahoma 29-4, Ohio State 26-6, Texas 26-6, Georgia 26-6, WSU 25-6, Boise State 25-6, Maryland 26-7 and Marshall 25-7.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won nine of its last 10 Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000 season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeated Arizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss at Washington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action...this year WSU has won at Oregon.
MOORE ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Sammy Moore is averaging 125 all-purpose yards per game, which puts him on pace to finish the year with 1,502 yards...that would place him fifth on WSU's single season list, trailing only Bernard Jackson (2,118 in 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790 in 1989), Rueben Mayes (1,768 in 1984) and Steve Broussard (1,533 in 1988)...Moore has 371 receiving yards, 113 punt return yards and 267 kickoff return yards for 571 total.
WSU WINS WHEN SCORING IN THE THIRD: WSU has won 23 straight games when scoring in the third quarter...the last time WSU scored in the third quarter and did not win was the 2000 Apple Cup...conversely, the Cougars are 2-6 since the Apple Cup game when they did not score in the third quarter...the string is 18 straight wins when WSU has scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
DARLING HAULS IN NINE PASSES: Junior Devard Darling caught a career-high nine passes for 113 yards against New Mexico, just one reception short of making the WSU single-game list and only three short of the WSU record for one game...Darling caught 54 passes for 800 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns last year...he has topped the 100-yard mark three times in his career, 133 against Oregon and 109 at California last year and 113 against New Mexico this season...his 14 career TD receptions is tied for eighth on WSU's all-time list...
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponents have not had much success rushing for touchdowns against the Cougars this year...WSU has allowed 10 passing scores and two rushing touchdown...Notre Dame and Oregon are the only teams to score a rushing TD on WSU.
WSU TRAILS JUST TWICE: In outscoring opponents 102-31 in the first half, WSU has trailed for just 19:40 in five games...Notre Dame led late in the game for 4:10 before WSU tied the game, then lost in overtime...New Mexico led WSU for 15:30, thanks to two second quarter touchdowns...in all, WSU has led for 291:39, trailed 19:40 and been tied for 48:41.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
COUGS IN THE POLLS: Washington State, during the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was ranked for 28 straight weeks, the longest continuous stint in the polls for WSU...after finishing 10th in both polls at the close of the 2002 season, WSU was not ranked at the start of the 2003 campaign...WSU returned to the polls for the first time this year Sept. 14:
BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholono and Isaac Brown, both rank among the leaders at WSU in both tackles-for-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for both categories...while Brown started throughout the 2002 season, Acholonu started his first game against Idaho earlier this year...
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: The Cougars have 138 sacks since the start of the 2000 season, second in the country to Louisville and TCU, who each have 146 sacks...WSU has 81 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, the seventh most in the country...Oklahoma's 93 is the leader.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: The Cougars currently are third in the Pac-10 with 20 sacks...USC has 24 and ASU 21, then WSU...the Coug's seven sacks against Notre Dame marks the fourth time in the past two seasons that the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game earlier this season...WSU had three sacks against Idaho, seven at Notre Dame, two at Colorado and four against New Mexico and Oregon.
COUGAR SPECIAL TEAMS HOT: College Football News predicted WSU has the fifth best special team units in college football...they base their prediction on the basis of kicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and return specialist Sammy Moore...so far this season WSU's special team units have lived up to the billing...Basler is averaging 44.3 yards per punt (15th nationally) and has dumped 10 of his 35 kicks inside the 20 yard line...his long this year is a career best 62 yards...Dunning has hit 18 of 20 field goals (1st nationally) and has scored 72 points in six games...Moore is also off to a great start, averaging 29.7 yards per kickoff return (seventh nationally) and 6.3 yards on punt returns...he also has a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD to his credit, along with four receiving touchdowns.
COUGS AFTER BYES: WSU has won four of its last five games coming off a bye...the lone loss was the 2002 Apple Cup...since 1992 WSU is 10-5 after byes.
PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Four Washington State football players have been honored by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors:
WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: WSU has outscored opponents 68-8 in the first quarter and 115-31 in the first half...WSU holds a 47-23 second quarter scoring advantage, a 51-30 lead in the third quarter and 40-27 in the fourth quarter...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs were a Colorado touchdown in game three, and an Oregon safety.
WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: The Cougars, in recent years, have started the season strong coming off a bowl game appearance...in 1989 (after the 1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 6-1...in 1993 (after the 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 5-2...in 1995 (after the 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 3-2...in 1998 (after the 1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 3-0...in 2002 (after the 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 9-1...this year (after the 2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU is 4-1.
WSU RUSHING ATTEMPTS UP: For the first time since 1988, WSU is averaging more than 40 rushing attempts a game...in 1988 WSU averaged 50.4 rushing attempts per game.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning set a WSU record with five field goals against New Mexico, hitting from 37-36-23-21-49 yards...in 2001 Dunning set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points and then broke his own record with 113 points in 2002...this year he is really on a tear...he currently is the national leader with 18 field goals in 20 attempts (90.0%):
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 10 years have actually run the ball more times than they have passes...in 10 years WSU has run 4,377 rushing plays (50.5%), 4,290 passing plays...this year WSU has rushed the ball 240 times and thrown 209 passes...the passing game has had the upper hand in six of the 10 seasons, but usually by a small margin.
TURNOVERS = 85 POINTS: WSU has turned 15 of the opponent's 24 turnovers into 85 points this year...the Cougars have taken the ball away from the opponents 14 times with interceptions and have recovered 10 of the opponent's 22 fumbles:
SAMMY MOORE MAKES CRUCIAL CATCHES: Senior Sammy Moore is becoming known as the Big Play guy...here's a look at some of Moore's big plays in 2002 and 2003:
KEGEL IMPROVES EACH GAME: Matt Kegel has shown steady improvement as a quarterback this year and currently has completed 55.5% of his passes...Kegel also is protecting the ball well...he's thrown just four interceptions, one in the last three games...against New Mexico he had career highs in attempts, completions and yardage...against Colorado and Oregon he threw three touchdown passes:
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has blocked four placement kicks this season and blocked two punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts by the Vandals, helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked the Buffs' first PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 168 runs of 20 yards or longer in 167 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 3 runs of 20 or more yards and 11 runs of 10-19 yards.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 11-19 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 5-6.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 26.2 points per outing since 1980, including 33.2 points per game last year and 34.3 this year.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: No surprise WSU performs better at home than on the road...at home WSU is 48-32 (60.0%) and on the road 40-47 (46.0%)...WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 1988 and 2001 teams both went 6-1 on the road.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 66 of 167 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 167 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 18 times...Notre Dame is the only team this year to go over 100 yards.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 61 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 15 years and 167 games against WSU's defense...USC's Mazio Royster, Washington's Beno Bryant, UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons...no back has gone over 100 yards this season.
RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU has scored 9 times in 24 trips into the Red Zone, 8 touchdowns and 11 field goals...the failures have been two interceptions, a fumble and an end of half...opponents have scored 7 touchdowns and 3 field goals in 13 Red Zone appearance...the failures were a blocked field goal, an interception and on downs.
TURNOVERS: WSU is +13 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -23 in turnovers...twice WSU has had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001 and +9 in 1994, while the turnovers were even in 1995.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup against Arizona of 22 players includes 0 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 4 juniors and 15 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consists of 8 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 10 juniors and 18 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 16 freshmen-sophomores and 28 juniors-seniors.
WSU SCORING STREAK FIFTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: BYU 357, Texas 271, Washington 259, Michigan 232, WSU 220.
COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 35 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 426 starts, 207 by defensive players, 168 by offensive players and 51 by kickers...offensively 12 players had starts last year, while on defense 12 started at least one game in 2002.
DEFENSE EXPERIENCED: Eight WSU defensive players have each played in 30 or more games and three others have seen action in at least 20 games...in all, the 14 defensive players who have made 207 starts have also played in a collective 444 games:
OFFENSE HAS 168 STARTS: WSU boasts 19 offensive players who have made a collective 168 starts during their career and have seen action in 385 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 36 games, while three other linemen have seen action in 20 or more games:
EIGHT COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Eight starters have made 20 or more starts in their career and 14 players have made 10 or more starts...Drew Dunning (32), Josh Parrish (30), Jason David (28), Calvin Armstrong (26), Tai Tupai (25), Erik Coleman (25), Al Genatone (22) and Isaac Brown (20) all have 20 or more career starts.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense and turnover margin...WSU is second in rushing offense, passing offense, pass efficiency, total offense, scoring offense, rushing defense, pass efficiency defense, total defense, net punting and kickoff returns...Drew Dunning leads the league in scoring, kick scoring, field goals and field goal percentage...Jason David is first in interceptions and second in passes defended...also second are Matt Kegel in total offense, Kyle Basler in punting and Scott Davis in fumbles recovered.
COUGS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU leads the nation in turnover margin, is 10th in rushing defense, 11th in pass efficiency defense and 14th in scoring defense...WSU is also 15th in net punting...Drew Dunning leads the nation in field goals and is fourth in scoring, while Jason David is seventh in interceptions, Sammy Moore is seventh in kickoff returns and Kyle Basler is 15th in punting.
LISTEN TO COUGAR GAMES ANYWHERE: Cougar football fans can listen to the Voice of the Cougars Bob Robertson's broadcasts, even if a network station is not in your locale. TRZ Sports Service Inc.'s "Teamline" provides the hookup directly into the Cougar Sports Network. Call 1-800-846-4700 and punch in the Cougar access code 5938. The cost is charged to your VISA or Mastercard.
FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay WSU's Oct. 18 game with Stanford Sunday, Oct. 19, at10:00 a.m.
TICKETS: Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS (available toll free from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are available on the Internet through OCSN, WSU's Web provider, and also at Yahoo.com...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 28-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 37th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his third season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Bill Doba Show," produced and distributed by the Cougar Sports Radio Network and KXLY, airs weekly on most network stations live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Robertson is the show's regular host...all game broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to www.wsucougars.com.