Sept. 26, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Colorado Buffaloes (1-3)
October 1, 2011 Folsom Field 12:30 p.m. (PT)
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SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team opens Pac-12 Conference play when it travels to Colorado to face the Buffaloes at Folsom Field, Saturday, Oct. 1. Gametime is set for 12:30 p.m. (PT) and will be televised by Fox College Sports Pacific while also being heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. The Fox College Sports crew includes Steve Physioc (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Desmond Purnell (sidelines).
WSU vs. COLORADO - THE SERIES: The Cougars and Buffaloes have met six times previously, with Colorado owning a 4-2 advantage in the series. The last meeting came during the 2004 season, a 20-12 victory by Colorado in a game played at Qwest Field in Seattle. That game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001, in Pullman, however terrorist attacks on the east coast four days prior forced the game to be pushed back to 2004. The Cougars came away with a 47-26 win the last time the game was played in Boulder, as Matt Kegel threw for a career-high 310 yards against the Buffaloes. WSU won the first meeting, 14-10, in Boulder (1982), before Colorado captured the next three games.
FSN TO TELEVISE WSU-UCLA GAME: The Washington State-UCLA game scheduled for Oct. 8 will be televised by FSN. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. from the Rose Bowl.
COUGARS APPROACHING 500 WINS: With its victory over UNLV three weeks ago, Washington State University football earned win number 499 in program history. 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 tied with Oregon State in the race for win No. 500.
COUGAR OFFENSE CLICKING: Through the first three games this season the Cougar offense is averaging 539.7 yards per game in total offense, including 590 yards against Idaho State and 610 yards against UNLV. The 539.7 ypg ranks sixth in the nation while it has been since the 2005 season that WSU had recorded back-to-back games of 500-plus yards (534 at Nevada, 515 vs. Grambling).
WILSON HAS HUGE GAME AT SAN DIEGO STATE: Sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson had the best game of his young career two weeks ago at San Diego State, catching six passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson had an 80-yard touchdown reception on WSU's first play and added a 78-yard scoring reception later in the contest. His yardage total was fifth-best in school history and most since Jason Hill had 240 yards at California, Oct. 22, 2005. The total also marked the 19th-best effort in conference history and gives Wilson seven games of 100-plus receiving yards in his 15 career games. He was recognized as the National Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards following the game. Wilson's average of 143.6 receiving yards per game this season leads all FBS schools.
LOBBESTAEL OFF TO FAST START: Senior quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was thrust into the starting lineup in the season-opener against Idaho State when starter Jeff Tuel woke up that morning with a stomach virus, and later suffered a fractured clavicle in the same game. Lobbestael has taken advantage of the each opportunity in his three starts since, throwing for a combined 959 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lobbestael has completed 62.4 percent of his passes this season with a passing efficiency rating of 180.2, tops in the conference. Lobbestael entered this season having played in 19 career games, six as a starter, and threw for seven total touchdowns.
300-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES: Marshall Lobbestael's 361 passing yards against UNLV and 368 at San Diego State were the first consecutive 300-yard passing yard performances since Alex Brink threw for more than 300 yards in each of the final four games of the 2007 season. Brink and Ryan Leaf sit tied atop the Cougar record book with 12 career 300-pasing yard performances. Leaf recorded nine 300-yard games during the 1997 season while Brink reached the mark eight times in 2007.
COUGARS SCORING AT PROLIFIC RATE: Through the first three games of the season the Cougar offense ranks fifth in the nation in scoring at 49.0 points per game. WSU's point total in each of its first two games (64 vs. Idaho State, 59 vs. UNLV) are the second-most points scored in a two-game span since the first two games of the 1907 season, 132 points, beating Eastern Washington 46-0 (10/5/07) and Blair Business College 86-0 (10/12/07). More recent, the scoring outburst marks the first time scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back games since beating Oregon 55-44 (9/21/96) and San Jose State 52-16 (9/28/96).
KARSTETTER CLOSING IN: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter enters this weekend's game at Colorado on the brink of WSU's top-10 career lists for receptions and touchdown catches. The Spokane native owns 119 career catches and needs three more to surpass former Cougar and current WSU wide receivers coach Mike Levenseller for 10th place. Karstetter's two touchdown catches against UNLV was his fourth career multi-touchdown performance, upping his career touchdown receptions total to 15 and moving him one away from entering the top-10.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD: In addition to Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, ESPN's College Gameday has had another constant - the WSU flag, which this weekend will be making its 109th consecutive appearance on the weekly show, dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season. Two flags - Ol' Crimson and Whitey - have been flown in the background of the Gameday set by dozens of friends and alumni. WSU recognized the Gameday flag wavers in a pregame ceremony prior to the Montana State game last season. In addition to the flags that fly, there is a traveling flag signed by the holders after each episode. The traveling flag is retired after each season, the first of which is hanging in WSU's Alumni Center.