Sept. 12, 2005
The Washington State Cougars will look to go 3-0 this season as they conclude their 2005 nonconference schedule by hosting the Grambling State Tigers Saturday afternoon at Qwest Field in Seattle, home of the Seattle Seahawks. Gametime is set for 4 p.m.
The game marks the fourth time in as many years that the Cougars have played a home game in Seattle and the first-ever meeting between the two schools. WSU is 2-1 in its three previous games at Qwest Field, defeating Nevada in 2002, Idaho in 2003 before falling to Colorado last season.
The Cougars enter the contest off a 55-21 victory at Nevada last Friday (Sept. 9). WSU scored the first 27 points of the contest, sparked by Eric Frampton's 36-yard interception return for a touchdown late in the first period. A pair of Loren Langley field goals and two Alex Brink touchdown passes lifted WSU to a 27-0 halftime lead.
Michael Bumpus had a career night as he returned five punts for 157 yards, including a school-record 87-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Two Cougars finished the night rushing for over 100 yards as freshman DeMaundray Woolridge (133) and senior Jerome Harrison (121) broke eclipsed the 100-yard barrier.
Grambling State heads west with a 1-0 record after recording a 44-0 shutout over Alabama A&M. The Tigers' had their schedule season-opener at Alcorn State postponed due to Hurricane Katrina.
BUMPUS HAS CAREER NIGHT AT NEVADA: Sophomore Michael Bumpus moved into the Cougar record books with his performance last Friday at Nevada...Bumpus had five punt returns for 157 yards, the second-highest single-game mark in school history...that included an 87-yard touchdown return in the third quarter, the longest return ever at WSU...for his career Bumpus has returned three punt for touchdowns, tying for the all-time mark (Mark Williams, 1966-68) while his 576 career punt returns yards rank sixth.
HARRISON PICKS UP FIFTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: With his effort last Friday at Nevada, senior Jerome Harrison has broken the century mark for the fifth-straight game dating back to last season...Harrison gained 121 yards on 18 carries, a 6.7 average, at Nevada with a long of 29 yards...over his last five games Harrison is averaging 160.2 ypg with the Cougars going 4-1 in those contests.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations this week were Alex Brink (offense), Adam Braidwood (defense) and Michael Bumpus (special teams)...Brink threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns, Braidwood recorded six tackles, had 1.5 sacks and 2.5 TFL, while Bumpus had 157 yards in punt returns, including a school-record 87-yard score in the third quarter.
WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Five Cougar football games have already been chosen for live television coverage this fall...additional Pac-10 games could be chosen for live TV coverage, either 12 or six days in advance of the game, per the Pac-10 television contract:
2005 GRAMBLING STATE CAPTAINS: QB Bruce Eugene (10), LB Dimitri Carr (54); Honorary Captains Clyde Dyson, Rodney Trudeau