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Cougars Close Out Season With 22-14 Victory At Hawaii
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Release: 12/29/1999
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Dec. 29, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - Three members of WSU's football team were named to the 1999 GTE/CoSIDA Academic District 8 team: Steve Gleason (3.20 grade point average, Management Information systems), first team, Serign Marong (3.61, biology) and Paul Mencke (3.24, education) second team.

EIGHT COUGS ON PAC-10 ACADEMIC TEAM: WSU placed eight players on the 1999 Pac-10 academic team, including four first-team picks, linebackers Steve Gleason, Grady Emmerson and Serign Marong, plus kicker Rian Lindell...honorable mention honors went to quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum, Jason Gesser and Paul Mencke, along with running back Adam Hawkins.

GLEASON, LINDELL TOP WSU'S PAC-10 PICKS: Linebacker Steve Gleason and kicker Rian Lindell head a list of seven Washington State University football players who received 1999 All-Pacific-10 Conference honors by the league's coaches...Both Gleason and Lindell, seniors, were named to the league's second team, while five other Cougars received honorable mention recognition: punter Kareem Anderson, running back Deon Burnett, defensive tackle Rob Meier, safety Billy Newman and receiver Nian Taylor.

WSU COACH MIKE PRICE UPDATE: Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 59-66-0 (.472) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 105-110-0 (.488) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present).

Record: 3-9, 1-7

9/4Utah (7-27)[9-3]
9/11@ Stanford (17-54)[8-3]
9/18@ Idaho (17-28)[7-4]
9/25Arizona (24-30)[6-6]
10/2California (31-7)[4-7]
10/9Louisiana-Laf. (44-0)[2-9]
10/23@ Arizona State (21-33)[6-5]
10/30Oregon State (13-27)[7-4]
11/6@ Oregon (10-52)[8-3]
11/13USC (28-31)[6-6]
11/20@ Washington (14-24)[7-4]
11/27@ Hawaii (22-14)[8-4]

To Be Announced


4.Arizona State5365
5.Oregon State4474

21 COUGAR SENIORS END CAREER: A total of 21 senior members of Washington State's football team completed their Cougar careers in 1999:

1999 WSU SENIORS (21)

9Kareem AndersonP6-0199Phoenix, Ariz.
13Steve BirnbaumQB6-4220Chino Hills, Calif.
60Joe CriscioneOG6-3280Whittier, Calif.
88Myron DeBoseTE6-2235Pasadena, Calif.
21Shawn DeCambraWR5-10182Kailua, Hawaii
44Grady EmmersonLB6-0205Kennewick, Wash.
58Joe GecasLB6-0210Pullman, Wash.
3LeJuan GibbonsCB5-10175Long Beach, Calif.
34Steve GleasonLB6-0218Spokane, Wash.
81Leaford HackettWR5-9173Sylmar, Calif.
29Torry HollimonDB5-11200Everett, Wash.
27Rian LindellK6-3231Vancouver, Wash.
87Rob MeierDT6-6276W. Vancouver, BC
67Jesse RatcliffDE6-3248Lacey, Wash.
2Earl RileySS6-2207Dos Palos, Calif.
71Mike SchwarzOG6-3292Winlock, Wash.
84Corey ScottTE6-3240Cerritos, Calif.
82Nian TaylorWR6-1188Riverside, Calif.
74Ryan TujagueOT6-6293Pleasanton, Calif.
64L. Walden-SchulzC6-4261Long Beach, Calif.
55Eboni WilsonDL6-2255Los Angeles, Calif.

1999 WSU CAPTAINS: WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29).

BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman Deon Burnett paced the Cougars in 1999 with 974 yards rushing and 23 receptions for 220 yards...he scored 12 rushing touchdowns...Burnett, a true freshman, started the final 10 games of the year and had four consecutive 100 yard games at's his game-by-game totals:

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BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett, a true freshman, notched the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:

  • Burnett was the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start),

  • Burnett broke the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman three times, the last with 136 yards at ASU...the only other Cougar freshman to go over 100 yards was Will Haskell with 100 at Oregon State, 1993,

  • Burnett's 974 rushing yards was a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982,

  • Burnett's 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns were the most ever by a Cougar freshman, he was one TD short of the WSU record of 13 by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992,

  • Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, one short of the school record, and a freshman record.

  • Burnett made a run at the Pac-10 freshman record of 1,069 yards held by Stanford's Darrin Nelson, 1977...the WSU back finished 95 yards short of Nelson's record.

    HACKETT FINISHES WITH 98 CAREER CATCHES: In just 19 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett caught 98 career passes for 1,103 yards, leaving him nine catches short of WSU's career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 total passes in consecutive seasons...Hugh Campbell, WSU's career record holder with 176 receptions, had consecutive seasons of 66-53-57...current assistant coach Mike Levenseller had back-to-back seasons of 67 and 43 receptions, while Timm Stallworth had seasons of 51 and 63...Hackett led WSU receivers in 1998 with 54 catches and was second in 1999 with 44, despite missing most of five games with injuries...he missed games against California (shoulder) and Oregon and Washington (ankle) and saw little action against USC and Hawaii...he had just two receptions over the final four games of the season because of the injuries he suffered during the season.

    BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: Only three other players have scored as many touchdowns in one year as freshman Deon Burnett scored in 1999 and only two scored more rushing's a look at WSU's top single-season touchdown scorers:

    1.Steve Broussard, 19891713
    2.Bernard Jackson, 19711411
    3.Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 19921313
    4.Deon Burnett, 19991212
    Ken Grandberry, 19721211
    Rueben Mayes, 19841211
    Steve Broussard, 19881211

    LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 206 points, finished his career ranked fourth in scoring at WSU...he made 110-of-113 extra point kicks and 32-of-50 (64.0%) of his field goals, including 12-of-16 (75.0%) in 1999...the top three WSU career scorers are Jason Hanson 328, Steve Broussard 248 and John Traut 231...he finished his career with 32 field goals, the second most by a Cougar and hit 110 extra points, second only to NFL star Jason Hanson...only Hanson and Traut scored more points than Lindell kicking the football.

    TAYLOR 5 YARDS SHORT OF RECORD: Senior receiver Nian Taylor finished his career with 140 career passes for 2,447 yards, leaving him five yards short of Hugh Campbell's WSU record of 2,452 yards...Taylor also concluded his career tied for third in receptions with 140, eight behind #2 Phillip Bobo, 148...Doug Flansburg also had 140 catches in his three-year career.

    1.Hugh Campbell, 1960-62176245222
    2.Phillip Bobo, 1990-92148218216
    3.Doug Flansburg, 1965-6714016526
    4.Nian Taylor, 1996-99140244718

    TAYLOR HAD A CATCH IN 23 STRAIGHT: Senior Nian Taylor caught at least one pass in each of his last 23 games he participated in, dating back to the Rose Bowl game of 1997 (one reception)...he then played in 10 games in 1998, with at least one catch in each 1999 he has at least one catch in each of 12 games...Taylor played in 45 career games and had at least one catch in 43 of those games...the only teams he failed to catch a pass against were Colorado (his first game in 1996) and Washington in 1997.

    LINEUP ADJUSTMENTS: The Cougar lineup were rarely the same two straight weeks during the 1999 season...on defense, WSU started the same lineup for the first three games, but only once in the final eight games did WSU start the same all the Coug defense had nine different lineups...there were five linebacker lineups, five secondary lineups and five different lineups for the line...on offense WSU used 11 different lineups in 12 different offensive line combinations started and four different sets of wide receivers were used...there also was a change of starting quarterbacks at the end of the year and a running back change after two games.

    COUG FOOTBALL HAD THREE SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster in 1999 included three sets of identical twins...they were 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 were linebackers Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77).

    MORE BROTHERS: In addition to three sets of twins on the Cougar football roster, there were five other sets of brothers in 1999...they were 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 1999 football roster boast brothers who have played at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother was a senior 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 at ASU...both are placekickers.

    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?...Sept. 18 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho this year used 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 moved their four home games to WSU's stadium for the 1999 season.

    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 59-66-0 (.472), while his career mark is now 105-110-0...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 58 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44-59: Against Hawaii in the final 1999 game WSU's starting 22 included 5 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 5 juniors and 9 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) included 16 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 11 juniors and 13 seniors...for the season 59 players played in at least four games, 17 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 14 juniors and 18 seniors...the breakdown includes:

    STARTERS (O-D)TOP 44 (O-D)TOP 59

    MOST STARTS: Senior Rian Lindell had the most consecutive starts for WSU at the close of the 1999 season with are the players with the most starts at the end of the 1999 season:

    Rian Lindell - 35 consecutive starts[35 total]
    Steve Gleason - 30 starts in last 35 games[30 total]
    Rob Meier - 23 consecutive starts[25 total]
    Kareem Anderson - 23 consecutive starts[23 total]
    Lamont Thompson - 22 of last 26 games[23 total]
    Reed Raymond - 20 of last 23 games[20 total]

    GLEASON FINISHES WITH 282 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason finished ninth on WSU's career tackle list with 282 stops...Gleason finished the 1999 season with 98 stops in 11 games, despite very limited playing time in the last three games because of a severe ankle injury...prior to suffering the ankle sprain in the first quarter against USC, Gleason led the Pac-10 in tackles...Gleason entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles...Gleason's 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU in 1997 and in 1998 he was in on 70 tackles.


    1. Lee Blakeney1980-84524252272
    6. Gary Larsen1971-74317206111
    7. Artie Holmes1985-88305172133
    8. Ron Childs1991-94302199103
    9. Steve Gleason1996-9928218993

    BIRNBAUM ON CAREER LIST: Senior Steve Birnbaum wrapped up his career eighth on WSU's passing list with 3,934 yards and eighth on the total offense list with 3,648 yards...he went into the last game of his career at Hawaii needing 202 yards to catch (7th) Ty Paine, 4,136 and 233 to equal (6th) Chad Davis, 4,167, but a neck strain suffered in practice kept him on the sideline for his final game:


    5. Mark Rypien1981-85613326294573.53228
    6. Chad Davis1994-95640371144167.58022
    7. Ty Paine1970-72725325544136.44815
    8. S. Birnbaum1996-99581306183934.52718

    Arizona State29150.517141129
    Oregon State34180.529194031
    '99 TOTAL:3071745.56720221159
    '98 TOTALS:23511411.4851677697
    '97 TOTALS:19111.578142126
    '96 TOTALS:2071.35093019

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.2 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:


    * = 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:

  • The Cougars have scored in 189 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the last time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975,

  • WSU has scored in 178 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,

  • The Cougars have scored in 157 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 358 first quarter points in the last 80 games (4.48/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 71 in 1999.

    THOMPSON TIES WSU CAREER PICK RECORD: Junior Lamont Thompson pushed his career total to a school record equaling 14 interceptions in three seasons when he grabbed an errant throw against Hawaii in the final game of the 1999 season...the pick tied him with Richard Reed, who had 14 in three seasons, 1966-68:

    1. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99141269.00
    1. Richard Reed, 1966-681423116.50
    3. Bill Lippincott, 1945-481319715.21
    3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-701319014.61
    5. Eric Johnson, 1971-7312584.80

    PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 105 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey leads Pac-10 coaches with 153, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder with 120 and then Price...Price, after 11 years at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey has completed 13 years at Arizona.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars perform much better at home than on the road during Mike Price's 11 year home the Cougars are 34-25 (57.6%) and on the road the team is 25-41 (37.9%)...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars:


    COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars did not meet a ranked team in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 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 the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 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: WSU scored 31 times in 32 trips inside the 20 yard line in 1999...WSU's only failure inside the opponent 20 was against USC when a fourth and inches at the goal line was thwarted by the Trojans:



    TURNOVERS: After turning the ball over nine times in the first two games of 1999, WSU had just 12 in the last 10 games...WSU finished -4 in turnover margin...WSU's turnover margin was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

    WASH -120111000

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 32 of 80 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 those 79 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 10/12
    Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249,
    California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217, OSU 163,
    Oregon 228, USC 201, Washington 250, Hawaii 83.

    WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed 10 runs of 20+ yards in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 67 runs of 20 yards or longer in 80 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 - 10

    Anderson, Utah, 40, Dean, Idaho, 23, Canidate, Arizona, 45, Brister, ULL - 20, 21, Redmond, ASU, 25, Smith, ASU, 20, Latimer, UO, 35, Fox, USC, 37, Arnold, UW, 80.

    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 - 46

    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 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:

    1. Ariz299.9 (23,394/78)6. OSU364.9 (28,101/77)
    2. WSU322.7 (24,847/77)7. ASU365.8 (28,164/77)
    3. Wash343.6 (26,460/77)8. Cal366.0 (28,548/77)
    4. USC351.0 (28,077/80)9. UCLA370.4 (28,523/77)
    5. Oreg363.5 (28,350/78)10. Stan390.9 (30,493/78)

    WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 45 games since the start of the 1992's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

    Arizona State5238037270
    Washington State4646026380
    Oregon State2760111521

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 27 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 80 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons :

    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 8
    Mike Anderson, Utah, 108, Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118
    Trung Canidate, Arizona 158, Darren Brister, ULL, 113,
    J.R. Redmond, ASU, 165, Reuben Droughns, UO, 123.
    Chad Morton, USC, 117, Paul Arnold, UW, 126.

    COUG'S LINE AVERAGED 303: WSU's starting offensive line at the end of the 1999 campaign was the heaviest in school history...the lineup included Ryan Tujague at 305, Ryan Raymond at 313, Lincoln Walden Schulz at 285, Mike Schwarz at 295 and Reed Raymond at 316...combined they weighed in at 1,514 pounds, six pounds more than the 1998 line that came in at 1,508 pounds.

    WSU PLAYS SEVENTH 12-GAME SEASON: The Washington State Cougars, with the addition of Hawaii as a 12th game in 1999, have now played seven 12-game seasons...the others have been in 1997, 1994, 1992, 1988, 1981 and 1929...Hawaii was also WSU's 12th game in each of the other five 12-game seasons, the Cougars participated in a post-season bowl game.


    Kareem Anderson
    Steve Birnbaum
    Total Offense172.46th
    Pass Efficiency120.610th
    Deon Burnett
    Scoring (TDs)6.05th
    Steve Gleason
    Leaford Hackett
    Kickoff Returns19.589th
    Collin Henderson
    Punt Returns8.36th
    Curtis Holden
    Rian Lindell
    Kick Scoring5.35th
    Field Goals1.024th*
    FG Percentage75.02nd
    PAT Percentage100.01st*
    Rob Meier
    Fumbles Recovered23rd*
    Billy Newman
    Lamont Thompson
    Marcus Trufant
    Passes Defended155th

    * = Tie


    Rushing Offense113.98th90th
    Passing Offense227.87th44th
    Total Offense341.78th77th
    Scoring Offense20.79th93rd
    Rushing Defense167.99th80th
    Pass Efficiency Defense113.92nd41st*
    Total Defense378.75th71st
    Scoring Defense27.37th74th
    Net Punting35.85th48th
    Punt Returns8.07th78th
    KO Returns18.58th91st
    Turnover Margin-0.337th76th

    * = Tie


    Kareem Anderson, WSUPunting41.349th
    Deon Burnett, WSURushing81.246th

    * = Tie

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