Sept. 20, 1999
WHO: WSU Cougars (0-3, 0-1) vs. Arizona Wildcats (2-2, 0-1)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, September 25, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, Omni Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m. PDT
1999 WSU RESULTS
Record: 0-3, 0-1 [OPP REC] 9/4 Utah (7-27) [2-0] 9/11 @ Stanford (17-54) [2-1] 9/18 @ Idaho (17-28) [2-1] 9/25 Arizona [2-2] 10/2 California [1-1] 10/9 Louisiana-Lafayette [0-3] 10/16 Bye 10/23 @ Arizona State [1-1] 10/30 Oregon State [3-0] 11/6 @ Oregon [2-1] 11/13 USC [2-0] 11/20 @ Washington [0-2] 11/27 @ Hawaii [2-1]
WSU THIS WEEK: ARIZONA
Record: 2-2, 0-1 8/28 @ Penn State (7-41) 9/4 @ Texas Christian (35-31) 9/11 Middle Tenn. State (34-19) 9/18 Stanford (22-50) 9/25 @ Washington State 10/9 USC 10/16 Texas-El Paso 10/23 Oregon 10/30 @ UCLA 11/6 Washington 11/13 @ Oregon State 11/27 @ Arizona State
WSU NEXT WEEK: CALIFORNIA
Record: 1-1, 0-0 9/4 Rutgers (21-7) 9/11 @ Nebraska (0-45) 10/18 Bye 10/25 Arizona State 10/2 @ Washington State 10/9 @ Brigham Young 10/16 @ UCLA 10/23 Washington 1030 USC 11/6 @ Oregon State 11/13 Oregon 11/20 @ Stanford
THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 56-60-0 (.483) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 102-104-0 (.495) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). ARIZONA - Dick Tomey, the dean of Pac-10 coaches, is in his 13th season with the Wildcats and his 23rd year as a head coach...Tomey is 86-54-4 at Arizona and 149-100-7 in his career...against the Cougars, Tomey is 8-4.
WSU VS. ARIZONA: Thanks to a 12-4 record against WSU since 1982, the Arizona Wildcats now hold a commanding 18-9-0 all-time mark against the Cougars, including a 41-7 victory last year in Tucson...Arizona is 6-3 in Pullman, last winning at WSU 24-14 in 1995...WSU's last win over Arizona came at home in 1997 35-34...Mike Price is 3-6 against the Wildcats, with victories in 1991, 1992 and 1997...WSU's win in 1997 snapped a four-game Arizona win streak...the Cats also won four straight, 1982-86.
WSU ON TV: The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season...the WSU-Stanford match-up was shown by FOX Sports Net earlier in the season...ABC has already selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing, while FOX Sports Net has also selected WSU's Nov. 6 game at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.
FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Arizona game Sunday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.
THE STREAK: The Washington State Cougars have lost 11 straight games since a 24-16 win over Idaho in the third game of the 1998 season...only once before has WSU lost 11 straight, 1970-71...the Cougar losing streak is the third longest in the nation among NCAA D-I schools, behind Kent, 16, and South Carolina, 13...WSU also has lost nine straight Pac-10 games, seven short of the school record.
WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), ST Torry Hollimon (29).
Arizona - Game captains to be selected later in the week.
COUG'S LINE BIG: Last season WSU's offensive line weighed a collective 1,508 pounds (301.6 average) and this year's line is not be far behind...with both Reed and Ryan Raymond returning to the lineup, the collective weight of this year's line is 1,504 pounds...Reed Raymond tipped the scales this fall at 316, twin brother Ryan at 313 and Ryan Tujague at 305...the babies on the line are guard Joe Criscione at 285 and center Lincoln Walden-Schulz at 285.
NEWMAN STEPS UP: With the move of Lamont Thompson to cornerback this season, WSU secondary coach Craig Bray moved sophomore Billy Newman to free safety and against Utah in just his second career start, he responded with a team-high 12 tackles, including nine primary stops...included were two tackles-for-losses...for his efforts against Utah Newman received five team awards last week, including Pac-10 Defensive Player nomination...last year while playing in all 11 games, he had 45 tackles...his lone start last year was in the finale against Washington when he made a career-high eight tackles...he now has 27 tackles in three games.
LOSING STREAKS: Here's hoping that streaks were made to be broken?WSU enters the Arizona game with the third longest active losing streak in Division I at 11 games? Kent is the national leader at 16 games, while South Carolina is immediately ahead of WSU with a 13-game streak? Hawaii, WSU's opponent November 27, snapped it's nation-leading 19-game losing streak by defeating Eastern Illinois Sept. 11?this week, Kent hosts Bowling Green, South Carolina is at Mississippi State and the Cougs host Arizona.
PAC-10 STREAK: WSU's is looking for its first Pac-10 win since defeating Washington 41-35 on November 22, 1997?WSU has currently lost nine conference games in a row, which dates as the third-longest such streak in Cougar history?WSU's longest league losing streak, 16 games, came during the Pac-8 days of the 1969-70-71 seasons?the Cougs also lost 13 Pac-8 games in a row during the 1974-75-76 seasons.
TOUGH START: The Cougars are 0-3 for the first time since 1991?WSU finished 4-7 that season and won their fourth game 40-13 at UNLV, during that contest, Jason Hansen nailed an NCAA-record 62-yard field goal?this is the 10th time that a WSU football team has started the season 0-3?the best record WSU has posted after an 0-3 start was the 1952 squad which actually opened up 0-4 before rallying to win four of its last six games to finish 4-6?the Cougs head into the Arizona game hoping to avoid their first 0-4 start since 1967, that squad went 0-8 before beating Idaho (52-14) and Washington (9-7) in its final two games?WSU has been 0-4 only three times in its history, 1938, 1952 and 1967.
BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through three games with 38 carries for 178 yards and a 4.7 average...he also has caught five passes for 59 yards...against Idaho in his first career start Burnett rushed 18 times for 91 net yards and one touchdown, a nifty 13 yard run to pay dirt that gave WSU a 14-0 first quarter lead...he had 52 yards rushing at Stanford after opening the season against Utah with 38 yards
PASSING ATTACK CHURNS ON: With 295 passing yards against the Vandals, WSU reached at least 225 passing yards for the seventh consecutive game?that streak started last year with a 282-yard performance against Arizona State and has been followed by 299 yards against Arizona, 372 at Stanford, 264 versus Washington, 225 against Utah, 301 at Stanford and the 295 versus Idaho.
SPREADING IT AROUND: WSU quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum and Jason Gesser have used a plethora of receivers through the first three games?eight different receivers caught passes versus Utah and Stanford, seven against Idaho?four receivers are averaging at least two catches per game, led by Leaford Hackett who is at an impressive 7.3 per game?Nian Taylor averages 4.7 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi (3.3) and Marcus Williams (2.0)?already this season, 10 different receivers have notched at least one reception, including six players who recorded their first career catches as Cougars: Collin Henderson, Corey Scott, Marcus Williams, Milton Wynn, ex-QB-turned tight end Paul Mencke and RB Deon Burnett
INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 20, from the training staff: Jesse Ratcliff (back strain, questionable), Joey Hollenbeck (foot, sick, probable), Torry Hollimon (ankle, probable), Adam Davis (hip, doubtful), Milton Wynn (broken finger, doubtful), Farwan Zubedi (knee sprain, probable), LeJuan Gibbons (pinched nerve, probable), Eric Larsen (ham strain, questionable), Steve Birnbaum (hip bruise, sore back, probable), Lamont Thompson (groin strain, probable), Steve Gleason (back strain, probable), Ryan Tujague (concussion, ankle, will play). Out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Curtis Nettles (lower back), Gerald Cook (knee sprain), Isaac Brown (hand).
WSU ADDS 12th GAME FOR 1999: The Washington State Cougars will have a chance to play a school-record 13 games in 1999 with the addition of Hawaii to the schedule...WSU and Hawaii have not met in football since 1929...they also played in 1925...Hawaii won the first match-up, WSU the second...the addition of the game in Honolulu gives WSU 12 games, with a chance at a bowl game...teams with a 12-game schedule must win seven to qualify for a post-season bowl
BASEBALL AND THE COUGS: Steve Gleason and Brad Philley have been members of WSU's baseball team in recent years and Grady Emmerson almost was a member of the squad...Emmerson tried to hook up with the baseball coaches when he was a freshman, but after missing head coach Steve Farrington several times while walking past his office, Emmerson decided to stop at the football office...five years later he is a starting linebacker and the Cougar coaches think he stopped at the right office...Gleason finished his four years of baseball last spring and Philley has one more diamond season of eligibility...all three were linebackers last year, but Philley has since moved to running back.
HACKETT DELIVERS: Senior Leaford Hackett did just about everything he could do to beat Stanford other than play on defense...the wide receiver caught 10 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown, returned three punts 25 yards and returned five kickoffs 93 yards...his 10 receptions was one short of his career high 11 against Oregon last year.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.3 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:
YR RECORD 0 1-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50> PT/PPG
1980 4-7-0 1 6 4 287/26.1
1981 8-3-1 5 2 5 297/24.8
1982 3-7-1 1 1 6 2 1 170/15.5
1983 7-4-0 1 5 3 1 1 237/21.5
1984 6-5-0 1 1 5 2 1 1 317/28.8
1985 4-7-0 1 2 2 5 1 313/28.5
1986 3-7-1 1 4 4 2 221/20.1
1987 3-7-1 3 5 3 238/21.6
1988 9-3-0 5 3 3 1 415/34.6
1989 6-5-0 1 1 3 2 3 1 351/31.9
1990 3-8-0 4 3 2 1 1 266/26.0
1991* 4-7-0 1 4 2 1 2 1 280/25.4
1992 9-3-0 1 1 4 4 1 1 337/28.1
1993 5-6-0 3 2 2 1 1 2 271/24.6
1994 8-4-0 3 3 6 192/16.0
1995 3-8-0 1 4 3 2 1 236/21.5
1996 5-6-0 2 6 1 2 314/28.5
1997 10-2-0 1 2 5 1 3 483/40.3
1998 3-8-0 2 3 5 1 223/20.3
1999 0-3-0 1 2 0 0 0 0 41/12.0
103-110-4 2 20 56 65 42 18 14 5490/25.3
* = TD RECORD: WSU scored at least one touchdown in 82 consecutive games between 1984 and 1991...the streak ended with a 44-3 loss to UCLA in 1991.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 307 first quarter points in the last 71 games (4.32/quarter) over the past seven years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998 and 20 so far in 1999.
PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 102 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 149, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 114...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th at Arizona.
GLEASON, EMERSON PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: WSU linebackers Steve Gleason and Grady Emmerson were named to the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference academic first team...Gleason has a 3.15 grade point average in management and information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both are juniors...three other Cougars received honorable mention recognition, quarterback Steve Birnbaum, defensive end/linebacker Serign Marong and offensive guard Mike Sage.
MIKE PRICE AMONG WSU'S BEST: Only one Washington State football coach with tenure of five years or longer at WSU put together a better record than Mike Price...Price, in his 11 seasons at WSU, is 56-60-0 (.483), while his career mark is now 102-104-0...Babe Hollingbery was 93-53-14 (.625) during his 1926-42 (17 years) tenure...Price's record is the best at WSU in the last 50 years for coaches with a tenure of three or more years...Price's 56 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars love to play at home and after looking at the team's home and away records during Mike Price's 11-year tenure, it's easy to see why...Price at home has a 32-22 record, including a 26-13 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-37...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, who previously had never won six home games in one year:
YEAR HOME AWAY OVERALL 1989 3-2 3-3 6-5 1990 1-4 2-4 3-8 1991 2-3 2-4 4-7 1992 5-1 4-2 9-3 1993 4-1 1-5 5-6 1994 3-2 5-2 8-4 1995 3-2 0-6 3-8 1996 3-2 2-4 5-6 1997 6-0 4-2 10-2 1998 2-4 1-4 3-8 1999 0-1 0-2 0-3 TOTALS: 32-22 24-38 56-60
COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: In 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 Arizona...in 1997 WSU defeated No. 22 USC and lost to 21st ranked ASU...unranked at the start of the season when WSU won, UCLA finished the year ranked seventh...in the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion Michigan...in 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon.
RED ZONE: Washington State in 1999 has scored six times (5 TDs) in six trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored seven times (6 TDs) in 10 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...1998 scored 17 times (10 TDs) in 28 trips into the Red Zone (60.7%), while opponents converted 34 times (30 TDs) in 42 Red Zone entries...in 1997 the Cougs scored 49 times (39 TDs) in 55 Red Zone entries (89.1%), while WSU opponents converted 23 times (20 TDs) in 32 tries.
SENIORS TOTAL 19: The Cougars go to battle with 17 scholarship seniors this fall and 19 total, a far cry from last season when WSU had 18 seniors, but just 11 were scholarship players...the Cougars' Pac-10 championship team of 1997 played 23 scholarship seniors.
PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kareem Anderson was named the Pac-10 Conference's special teams player of the week once and Nian Taylor was offensive player of the week once in 1998.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 30 of 71 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State's -35 and Pacific's -6 in 1993 and Montana's -6 in 1995...in those 70 games, WSU has held opponents to 50 or less yards 12 times:
1993 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/11
Michigan 179, USC 104, Washington 302.
1994 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/12
Tennessee 149, Oregon State 178, Washington 102.
1995 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 5/11
UCLA 137, Nebraska 428, California 134, Stanford 131, Washington 222.
1996 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 10/11
Colorado 192, Temple 125, Oregon 118, SJSU 100, Arizona 145, OSU 141, California 44, Illinois 148, UCLA 164, Stanford 102, Washington 213.
1997 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 8/12
UCLA 209, USC 31, Illinois 173, Boise State 46, Oregon 154, Cal 109, Arizona 73, ASU 150, USL 75, Stanford 160, Washington 101, Michigan 128.
1998 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 9/11
Illinois 123, Boise State 120, Idaho 100, California 79, UCLA 256, Oregon 247, USC 214, ASU 242, Arizona 361 Stanford 94, Washington 178.
1999 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/3
Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed two runs of 20+ yards in 1999...in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 59 runs of 20 yards or longer in 71 games:
1993 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 8
1994 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1995 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 12
1996 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 6
1997 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1998 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 17
1999 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 2
Anderson, Utah - 40, Dean, Idaho - 23
1994 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 15
1995 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 24
1996 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 33
1997 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 29
1998 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 41
1999 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 10
WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1971...in 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10...here's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:
1. Ariz 299.9 (23,394/78)
2. WSU 322.7 (24,847/77)
3. Wash 343.6 (26,460/77)
4. USC 351.0 (28,077/80)
5. Oreg 363.5 (28,350/78)
6. OSU 364.9 (28,101/77)
7. ASU 365.8 (28,164/77)
8. Cal 366.0 (28,548/77)
9. UCLA 370.4 (28,523/77)
10. Stan 390.9 (30,493/78)
WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 43 games since the start of the 1992 season...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:
OVERALL PACIFIC-10 1992-98 W L T W L T Arizona 56 30 1 34 22 1 Washington 53 30 1 37 18 1 UCLA 53 31 0 35 21 0 USC 53 31 3 35 20 1 Oregon 52 34 0 30 26 0 Arizona State 47 34 0 32 24 0 Washington State 43 40 0 25 32 0 Stanford 41 41 2 27 31 0 California 35 47 0 18 38 0 Oregon State 23 56 1 7 48 1
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 21 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 71 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks is the only back to have done so in back-to-back seasons and the Bruins are the only team to have a back go over 100 yards in three straight seasons, 1995-96-97:
1993 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 117
Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 181
1994 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 1
J.J. Young, Oregon State, 100
1995 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5
Karim Abdul-Jabar, UCLA, 125
Ahman Green, Nebraska, 176
Reynard Rutherford, California, 124
Anthony Bookman, Stanford, 123,
Rashaan Shehee, Washington, 212
1996 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
Skip Hicks, UCLA, 116
Corey Dillon, Washington, 155
1997 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 4
Skip Hicks, UCLA, 190, Robert Holcombe, Illinois 163, Michael Martin, ASU, 111, Anthony Bookman, Stanford, 115
1998 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5
Steve Havard, Illinois, 103, Reuben Droughns, UO, 217. Gerald Green, ASU, 119, Trung Canidate, Arizona, 174, Willie Hurst, Washington, 155.
1999 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
Mike Anderson, Utah, 108, Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118
COUGAR ATTENDANCE: WSU recorded a record 208,002 attendance in 1998, an average of 34,667 per game (6 games)...WSU's previous high was 199,678 for six games in 1997...the 1998 average fell just short of the 1994 record average of 34,719 (5 games).
COUGS WIN 10 STRAIGHT: WSU's loss to Utah in the home opener was WSU's first home opening loss since 1991 when the Cougars lost to Fresno State 34-30...between losses the Cougars won 10 straight non-conference games at Martin Stadium...under Mike Price, WSU is 11-3 in home non-conference games and 8-3 in home openers.
SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams collide...here's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:
DATE BEFORE WSU WSU OPP AFTER WSU 9/4 - - - Utah Utah State 9/11 @ Texas Stanford @ Arizona 9/18 @ Auburn Idaho @ Wyoming 9/25 Stanford Arizona USC 10/2 ASU California @ BYU 10/9 Louisiana Tech Sw Louisiana @ Tulane 10/23 @ Washington Arizona State @ Oregon 10/30 UCLA Oregon State California 11/6 ASU Oregon @ California 11/13 ASU USC UCLA 11/20 UCLA Washington - - - 11/27 Navy Hawaii - - -
COUG FOOTBALL HAS THREE SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster this fall includes three sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and Blake and Matt Klingeman (Othello, Wash., born 12/29/80)...the third set of twins are Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77)...the Raymonds and Pickerings are redshirt juniors, the Klingemans first year freshmen.
MORE BROTHERS: In addition to three sets of twins on the Cougar football roster, there are five other sets of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Torry and Trent Hollimon, Pat and Collin Henderson, Austin and Taylor Matson and Raonall and Kealan Smith.
WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Three members of WSU's football roster have brothers who have or are playing at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother is a senior this season...in addition Torry Hollimon's brother Trent played at Washington 1994-95...Jesse Nicassio, a freshman with the Cougars this season, has a brother, Josh, who is at ASU...both are placekickers.
TURNOVERS: The Cougars improved their turnover ratio to a positive number against Idaho, giving the ball away once while taking the ball from Idaho twice...in the first two games WSU was -6, turning the ball over nine times...WSU is -5 in turnover margin this year...last year the Cougars lost the ball 40 times, the most among Division I football teams...WSU's turnover margin was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.
1999 ------ W S U ----- -- OPPONENTS -- OPP +/- F FL PI TOT F FL PI TOT UTAH -3 4 4 1 5 1 0 2 2 STAN -3 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 IDAHO +1 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 ARIZ CAL LOUIS ASU TOTAL -5 9 7 3 10 2 0 5 5
RECORDS: Several Cougar records were broken or tied in 1998, including: Nian Taylor and Steve Birnbaum teamed up on a 97-yard pass and run play against Idaho...Taylor caught three TD passes against Idaho to tie the WSU record...Dee Moronkola returned five kickoffs a school record 211 yards against Oregon...Moronkola also tied a WSU record with two KO returns for scores (91 at Boise State, 88 against Oregon)...Paul Mencke's six interceptions against USC tied a WSU one-game record...Rian Lindell tied a WSU record when he booted four field goals at Boise State...Kevin Brown set a record for sophomore running backs with 1,046 yards.
WSU NEAR THE TOP AND BOTTOM IN TURNOVERS: Washington State forced 23 turnovers in 1998, 11 fumbles and 12 interceptions...that ranks the Cougars 42nd nationally in taking the ball away from the opponent...however, WSU's 40 turnovers was the most in NCAA Div. I...WSU's turnover margin was -1.55 per game to rank in a tie for 111th nationally.
INTERCEPTIONS GO THE OTHER WAY: Washington State quarterbacks threw 25 interceptions last fall, well short of the school record 36 in 1970, but the errant passes were costly, nonetheless...opponents returned six of the interceptions for touchdowns...WSU does not have a record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, but the total could well be the most ever against the Cougars.
RIAN LINDELL: In an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year...he weighed in this fall at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record, made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight earlier in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of kicks...then, over the final seven games last year, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34 yarder against UCLA...three of those eight misses were blocked...overall he was 8-of-17 last season, making 8-of-12 inside 40 yards and 1-for-5 outside 40 yards...as a sophomore he made 12-of-17 field goals...in two varsity seasons he has hit 82 of his 85 PAT attempts and 20-of-34 field goals...inside 40 yards he has made 15-of-20, but at 40 yards or longer, he is 5-of-14.
LINDELL BACK ON TRACK: Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit two of his three field goals this year, a 27 yarder against Stanford and a 48 yarder against Idaho...his only miss has been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford...Lindell is 87-of-90 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 30 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSU's second touchdown of the 1987 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked.
HOLDEN ADJUSTING QUICKLY: Junior transfer Curtis Holden, out of City College of San Francisco, is adjusting to WSU's style of defense very quickly...after three games, he leads WSU and the Pac-10, averaging 11.3 tackles per outing...Holden also picked off a pass against Stanford.
WSU SEASON TICKETS: WSU has a first-ever seven games in Martin Stadium this fall...six are official WSU home games and the seventh is this year's Battle of the Palouse with nearby Idaho...the Vandals are playing their four home games in WSU's facility this season to meet the NCAA attendance requirements (average for one season)...this year's WSU-Idaho game is officially an Idaho home game, but WSU will stage the contest as though it is a home game...all seven Martin Stadium games are included in WSU's $119 season ticket package...a seven-game family package (2 adults, 2 children) to WSU games is $175...single game reserve tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for general admission and $5 for children...WSU tickets are available by calling 1-800-GOCOUGS.
MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:
Rian Lindell - 26 consecutive starts [26 total]
Lamont Thompson - 18 consecutive starts [18 total]
Steve Gleason - 23 starts in last 26 games [23 total]
Reed Raymond - 13 of last 14 games [13 total]
Rob Meier - 14 consecutive starts [16 total]
Kareem Anderson - 14 consecutive starts [14 total]
GLEASON TOPS 200 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason, with 28 tackles this season, has now topped the 200 mark in his career...he entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles and has now pushed that total to 212 going into the Arizona game...his 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles...if he doesn't get hurt, Gleason is a sure bet to climb into WSU's all-time Top 15 list...he now needs 36 tackles to move into a tie at No. 15 with Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88), who each made 248 tackles.
THOMPSON ADDS TO INTERCEPTION TOTAL: Junior Lamont Thompson picked off one pass against Utah and one against Idaho to push his career total to 12 in three seasons...with the interception against Idaho, Thompson moved into a tie for fourth on WSU's all-time list...he is now tied with Eric Johnson, 1971-73...he is two behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.
CAREER PI YDS AVG TD 1. Richard Reed, 1966-68 14 231 16.5 0 2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-48 13 197 15.2 1 3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-70 13 190 14.6 1 4. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99 12 84 7.0 0 4. Eric Johnson, 1971-73 12 58 4.8 0 6. Don Paul, 1946-49 11 216 19.6 1 6. Torey Hunter, 1991-94 11 62 5.6 0 8. Greg Burns, 1991-95 9 86 9.6 0
MIKE PRICE 8-3 IN PAC-10 OPENERS: In his 11 seasons, Mike Price has won eight of his 10 Pacific-10 Conference openers...Oregon's 40-14 win in Eugene in 1990, California's victory in Berkeley last year and Stanford's 54-17 win last week are WSU's only losses in Pac-10 openers under Price...in the last 11 years the Cougars are 2-3 in Pac-10 openers on the road and 6-0 at home...WSU victims have been:
1989 Oregon State 41-3
1990 California 41-31
1992 @ Arizona 23-20
1993 Oregon State 51-6
1994 @ UCLA 21-0
1995 UCLA 24-15
1996 Oregon 55-44
1997 UCLA 37-34
WSU ON THE ROAD AT HOME: In years to come it may be a trivia question - When did the Cougars play on the road at home...last week Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho this year is using WSU's Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandal's Kibbie Dome is not large enough to allow Idaho to meet the average needed for D-I status, so they have moved their four home games to WSU's stadium for the 1999 season.
1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS
PLAYER CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 Kareem Anderson Punting 39.7 7th
Steve Birnbaum Passing 177.7 5th Total Offense 173.7 7th Pass Efficiency 123.9 9th
Deon Burnett Rushing 59.3 9th
LeJuan Gibbons Forced Fumbles 1 3rd* Pass Defensed 3 8th*
Steve Gleason Tackles 9.3 5th
Leaford Hackett Receptions 7.33 3rd Receiving Yards 78.3 5th All-Purpose 145.7 4th Punt Returns 6.9 8th
Curtis Holden Tackles 11.3 1st Tackles For Losses 5 4th*
Rian Lindell Kick Scoring 3.7 9th Field Goals 0.67 8th FG Percentage 67.7 6th* PAT Percentage 100.0 1st*
Rob Meier Tackles-for-Loss 5 4th*
Billy Newman Tackles 9.0 6th*
Nian Taylor Receptions 4.67 7th Receiving Yards 63.7 7th
Lamont Thompson Interceptions 0.67 4th*
Farwan Zubedi Receiving Yards 58.3 9th
* = Tie
1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
WSU WSU WSU TEAM CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 NCAA Rushing Offense 81.0 10th 106th Passing Offense 273.7 4th 23rd Total Offense 354.7 7th 66th Scoring Offense 13.7 9th 99th Rushing Defense 145.3 5th 61st Pass Efficiency Defense 134.8 6th 84th Total Defense 395.0 6th 81st Scoring Defense 36.3 10th 101st Net Punting 34.1 7th 73rd Punt Returns 8.2 5th 57th KO Returns 18.5 9th 81st Turnover Margin -1.67 10th 108th
ARIZ ARIZ ARIZ TEAM CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 NCAA Rushing Offense 129.0 7th 71st Passing Offense 254.8 6th 27th Total Offense 383.8 6th 52nd Scoring Offense 24.5 6th 67th Rushing Defense 207.0 9th 95th Pass Efficiency Defense 140.5 7th 91st Total Defense 416.8 8th 89th Scoring Defense 35.3 8th 97th Net Punting 35.1 6th 67th Punt Returns 16.4 1st 7th KO Returns 18.7 8th 78th Turnover Margin -0.75 7th 89th
* = Tie
Leaford Hackett, WSU Receptions 7.33 *14th Lamont Thompson, WSU Interceptions 0.67 *16th
Dennis Northcut, UA Receptions/game 7.75 12th Rec. Yards/game 130.5 6th Punt Returns 19.43 4th Ortega Jenkins, UA Pass Efficiency 162.7 9th
REVIEWING WSU'S 1999 SEASON
WSU's losing streak was pushed to nine games with a 27-7 loss to visiting Utah...the Utes scored a field goal in each of the first two quarters, two touchdowns in the third quarter and one additional TD in the final quarter...WSU's only score came with nine minutes to play in the game when Deon Burnett went one yard to complete an 80-yard drive under the control of Jason Gesser...Gesser, who took over at QB late in the third quarter, directed the scoring drive...starting QB Steve Birnbaum was the victim of four fumbles, all lost...Birnbaum hit 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and Gesser was 10 of 18 for 75 yards...Deon Burnett carried nine times for 35 yards as WSU rushed for just 98 yards...safety Billy Newman made 12 tackles, Curtis Holden and Lamont Thompson 11 each and Steve Gleason 10...Thompson and Earl Riley each had interceptions.
WSU mistakes led to 40 Stanford points in a 54-17 loss at Stanford...the loss pushed WSU's losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSU's generosity included the loss of three fumbles that led to touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a missed field goal that produced a three-pointer for Stanford...senior Leaford Hackett had a super night for WSU, catching 10 passes for 103 yards, returning three punts for 25 yars and five kickoffs for 93 yards...freshman Deon Burnett's 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaum's 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holden's 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSU's defense.
The Cougars forged a two-touchdown lead, then let it slip away in a 28-17 loss to Idaho in the annual Battle of the Palouse...it was Idaho's first win over WSU since 1965 and snapped WSU's 14-game win streak over the Vandals...the loss was WSU's school record equaling 11th straight...the Cougs had 181 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the first period...in the second quarter WSU managed just 25 yards of offense, but held the lead into the third quarter...Idaho's first score was on a sack of Steve Burnbaum that led to a 62-yard TD return...after Idaho tied the game 14-14, Rian Lindell banged home a 48-yard field goal for a 17-14 WSU lead, but the Vandal offense rolled into the fourth quarter and scored twice more...freshman Deon Burnett got his first start for the Cougs and responded with 91 rushing yards...WSU passed for 295 yards, hitting 23 of 53 passes...Leaford Hackett caught eight passes for 99 yards and Marcus Williams caught his first WSU TD pass, 19 yards from Steve Birnbaum...WSU had just one turnover, the costly sack fumble that was returned for Idaho's first score...Lamont Thompson had the 12th interception of his career for WSU.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Fox Sports Northwest award winners from the Idaho game are:
Pac-10 Offense: None
Pac-10 Defense: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Pac-10 Special Teams: None
Offensive Lineman: Lincoln Walden-Schulz (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive Back: None
Offensive Scout: Team: Jess Carmichael (Seattle, Wash.)
Defensive Back: LeJuan Gibbons (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive Lineman: Tomasi Kongaika (Anchorage, Alaska)
Defensive Scout Team: Ryan Calhoun (Spanaway, Wash.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) Cougar Claw: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.), Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.), Austin Matson (Everett, Wash.), Steve Birnbaum (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Big Hit: None
Cougar Tackler: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
Specialist of the Week: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
Most Disciplined Offense: None
Most Disciplined Defense: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Special Teams Big Play: Lamont Thompson (Richmond, Calif.)
Assassin: Lamont Thompson (Richmond, Calif.)
Iron Man: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
Gamebreaker: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS
POS UTAH STAN IDAHO SE Zubedi Zubedi Zubedi LT Tujague Tujague Tujague LG Criscione Criscione Criscione C W-Schulz W-Schulz W-Schulz RG Schwarz Raymond Raymond RT Locker Raymond Raymond TE Scott Scott Scott SB Hackett Hackett Hackett QB Birnbaum Birnbaum Birnbaum RB Hawkins Hawkins Burnett FL Taylor Taylor Taylor PK Lindell Lindell Lindell
NOTE: WSU's starting offensive lineup usually includes three wide receivers (as noted above) and one running back, but can include four wide receivers and no running backs, or two wide receivers and two running backs.
DE Matson Matson Matson DT Meier Meier Meier DT Kongaika Kongaika Kongaika DE Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen SLB Gleason Gleason Gleason MLB Holden Holden Holden WLB Emmerson Emmerson Emmerson CB Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons FS Newman Newman Newman SS Riley Riley Riley CB Thompson Thompson Thompson P Anderson Anderson Anderson
MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 11:35 p.m. PT on KXLY, KAPP and KVEW television stations....KXLY's Rick Lukens hosts the shows...FOX Sports Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.
RICK DICKSON RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Chat with Rick Dickson" is aired each Sunday 30 minutes before the Seattle Seahawk pre-game show on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.
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.
LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action begins Saturday, Sept. 25, with the Colorado at Washington game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net will then show the USC at Oregon conference match-up at 7:15 p.m. PT.
FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Arizona Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.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 now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com. WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck will combine talents on the 24-station Crimson and Gray Sports Network. Robertson is in his 33rd year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his first season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Broadcast Ink, airs weekly throughout the network. All broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to wsucougars.com.
SATELLITE: WSU uplinks football video each Tuesday a 15-minute package (C-Band, Galaxy 6, Transponder 9H) is uplinked at 4:30 p.m. with coach and player interviews recorded at practice that afternoon...the service is provided by Northwest Public Television on the WSU campus (if trouble, call 509-335-5177). The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT on GE 2, Transponder 6, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).