Sept. 5, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (1-0)
September 10, 2011 Martin Stadium 2 p.m.
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SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team continues its season-opening two-game homestand when it hosts UNLV at Martin Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 10. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. Both head coaches are familiar with each other as they faced off numerous times when Paul Wulff was at Eastern Washington and Bobby Hauck coached at Montana.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. UNLV - THE SERIES: Washington State University enters Saturday's contest against UNLV owning a 4-0 record in the all-time series. The last time these two teams met came in 1991, when WSU posted a 40-13 victory in Las Vegas. The teams have met one previous time in Martin Stadium with the Cougars coming away with a 34-14 victory. Current Cougar head coach Paul Wulff entered that game as a redshirt freshman offensive guard.
WSU VS. THE MOUNTAIN WEST: The Cougars are 15-3 overall against current members of the Mountain West Conference, dating back to the 1953 when WSU faced Texas Christian. WSU has won its last eight matchups against MWC opponents dating back to a 1990 loss against Wyoming.
COUGARS APPROACHING 500 WINS: With its victory over Idaho State last Saturday, Washington State University football improved its all-time record to 498-505-45. Entering the 2011 season there were 72 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams with at least 500 wins while in the Pac-12 Conference, the Cougars are one victory behind Oregon State in the race for win No. 500.
COUGARS IN OPENERS: Following Saturday's 64-21 win over Idaho State, the Cougars improved to 69-42-5 record in season openers in their 116-year history. WSU also improved to 77-34-3 all-time in home openers, including games in Pullman, Spokane and Seattle. Since 1990 the Cougars boast a 15-7 record in home debuts, and are 25-12 dating back to the start of the 1975 season.
COUGARS IN FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: Since the start of the 2001 season, Washington State University has played 10 series-beginning games and have a 8-2 record in those contests. The record reflects Saturday's 64-21 win over Idaho State at Martin Stadium.
WSU AGAINST NONCONFERENCE FOES: Since the opening of the 2001 season, WSU is 23-7 against unranked nonconference opponents. WSU has wins over Idaho (seven times), Montana State (3 times), Nevada (twice), New Mexico (twice), Boise State, Purdue, Colorado, Grambling State, Baylor, Portland State, SMU and most recently, Idaho State.
LOBBESTAEL SHINES IN EMERGENCY START: Senior quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was thrust into the starting lineup against Idaho State when starter Jeff Tuel woke up Saturday morning with a stomach virus. Lobbestael completed 14 of 19 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since Nov. 14, 2009 against UCLA. His 230 passing yards were the second-most of his career, trailing his 239-yard effort in an overtime win against SMU (2009).
TUEL SUFFERS INJURY, MONROE AND SMITH LOST FOR YEAR: Junior quarterback Jeff Tuel suffered a fractured left clavicle in Saturday's victory over Idaho State. Tuel played only one series before suffering the injury late in the first quarter. Freshman linebacker Darryl Monroe suffered a torn Achilles tendon and Travion Smith suffered a torn ACL injury. Both Monroe and Smith are season-ending injuries while Tuel is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks.
COUGAR GROUND ATTACK BEST IN FIVE YEARS: The Cougars rushed for 289 yards against Idaho State, their highest output on the ground since going for 344 yards against Idaho, Sept. 9, 2006. Freshman Marcus Mason led the way with 88 yards on six carries, including a 65-yard touchdown run. Freshman Rickey Galvin had 64 yards and two scores while senior Logwone Mitz had 58 yards and a score. WSU averaged 8.0 yards per game and did not have a play go for a loss all afternoon.
IDAHO STATE HIGHLIGHTS:
WSU scored 60 points for the first time since beating Southwestern Louisiana 77-7 (11/8/97).
Rickey Galvin, Isiah Barton, Kristoff Williams and Marcus Mason each scored their first career touchdowns. Galvin had a an 11-yard rushing TD and later added a seven-yard scoring run, Barton caught a 27-yard TD pass, Williams had a 20-yard TD catch and Mason scored on a 65-yard TD run.
Alex-Hoffman Ellis recorded his second career interception return for a touchdown (52 yards against SMU last season), 6th career Cougar to have two INT returns for TD.
WSU's 40 first half points are the most in any half since scoring 56 in the first half of a 77-7 win over Southwestern Louisiana (11/8/97).
Andrew Furney's 51-yard field goal matches his career long (California, 2010)
Marshall Lobbestael's 61-yard touchdown pass was the second longest of his career (64-yard TD pass at Arizona, 2009).
WSU had four rushing touchdowns for the first time since rushing for six in the win over Southwestern Louisiana (11/8/97).
Marshall Lobbestael's 230 passing yards are the second most he's thrown for in a game during his career (239, SMU, 2009)
WSU's 590 yards in total offense is its highest total since putting up 638 in the win over Portland State (9/20/08).
WSU's 289 rushing yards are the most since recording 344 against Idaho (9/9/06).