Sept. 1, 2003
Bill Doba Returns To Childhood Home, South Bend
FOOTBALL: WSU Cougars Meet Notre Dame For The First Time
WHO: WSU Cougars (1-0 overall) vs. Notre Dame Irish (0-0 overall)
WHAT: 2003 Non-Conference Football, WSU from the Pacific-10, independent Notre Dame
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 6; Kickoff 11:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. at South Bend)
WHERE: Notre Dame Stadium (80,795, grass), South Bend, Indiana
TV: NBC live; WSU replay Sunday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (10-0) and in his first season as a head coach (1-0). NOTRE DAME - The Irish are coached by Tyrone Willingham, who was 10-3 last year in his first season at Notre Dame...he is 54-39-1 in eight previous seasons as a head coach, including seven seasons as head coach at Stanford when he was 44-36-1.
WSU VS. NOTRE DAME: The Cougars and Irish are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
DOBA RETURNING HOME: It will be a homecoming of sorts for WSU head coach Bill Doba when the Cougars taken on Notre Dame Saturday in South Bend, Indiana...Doba was born in South Bend and considers that his home town...he is a 1958 graduate of New Carlisle High...Doba spent much of his early coaching career in Indiana, including seven years at Goshen High (1962-64 as an assistant, four years, 1967-70, as head coach), two years at Angola High (1965-66) as an assistant, six years (1971-76) at Mishawaka High as head coach, and then six years (1977-82) at Indiana University as a member of Lee Corso's Hoosier staff.
COUGARS KNOW IRISH STAFF WELL: Three members of Notre Dame's offensive staff have Cougar connections and head coach Tyrone Willingham is very familiar with many of the WSU coaches after spending seven years in the Pacific-10 Conference at Stanford...Bill Diedrick coached Cougar quarterbacks in 1989 and 1990...offensive line coach John McDonell was a member of the WSU staff, 1989-2000, while his wife Mindy was an assistant trainer for the Cougars...Buzz Preston served as WSU's running backs coach, 1994-97...all three were members of former WSU head coach Mike Price's staffs.
DOBA'S WSU ERA UNDERWAY: Bill Doba is considered a rookie head coach in collegiate circles, but he may well be one the most experienced rookie coaches in the history of college football...in addition to 14 years as an assistant for former WSU head coach Mike Price, Doba served as an assistant at The Citadel (2 years), Purdue (4 years) and Indiana (6 years)...that is 26 years as a college assistant to go with 15 years in the high school arena...the latter includes 12 years as a high school head coach and three yeas as an assistant...in all Doba has been a coach for the past 41 years...pretty good credentials for a "rookie" college head coach.
DOBA TURNS TO COUGARS FOR ASSISTANTS: When Bill Doba began assembling his new staff last December after taking over for Mike Price, he turned to three former Cougar players, a former head coach he worked for, and a Pac-10 offensive coordinator...four of the new coaches Doba brought to WSU have served as coordinators...his staff now includes five former Cougar players...he's a quick rundown:
1. Rob Akey, DC/line, joined WSU 1998, Weber State '88, came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was DC;
2. Leon Burtnett, linebackers, joined WSU 2003, former Purdue head coach (1982-86) and an assistant for Indianapolis Colts, also on WSU staff 1971, DC at Wyoming, Purdue, Fresno State, Northern Louisiana, Arkansas State;
3. Ken Greene, secondary, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '77, came to WSU from Purdue, played professionally with St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers;
4. Mike Levenseller, OC/Receivers, joined WSU in 1992, Washington State '78, played professionally with Oakland, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Edmonton and Calgary;
5. Robin Pflugrad, tight ends/RC, joined WSU 2001, Portland State '80; came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was OC;
6. Timm Rosenbach, quarterbacks, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '88; came from E. Washington, where he was OC, played professionally with Phoenix, New Orleans and Hamilton;
7. Kelly Skipper, running backs, joined WSU 2003, Fresno State '89, came to WSU from UCLA, where he was OC;
8. Mike Walker, defensive line, joined WSU 1997, Washington State '82, played professionally with Hamilton and Edmonton;
9. George Yarno, offensive line, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '79, also a WSU assistant 1991-94, OC at Idaho, 19956-97, played professionally with Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Houston and Green Bay.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won eight of its last nine Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000 season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeated Arizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss at Washington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action.
KEGEL SHARP IN SCRIMMAGES: Fifth-year senior Matt Kegel had a great fall camp and started well last week in WSU's opening game...Kegel started out by going 14-for-14 in WSU's first scrimmage...in the three scrimmages he was 33-for-44 (.733) for 394 yards and three scores...against Idaho he completed 12 of his 21 passes for 108 yards and one interception...he did not have a touchdown pass.
SEASON OPENING SHUTOUT: WSU's shutout of Idaho 25-0 in the season opener was the first shutout by WSU to open the season since the Cougars blanked Iowa 7-0 at the beginning of the 1965 season.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
* The Cougars have scored in 211 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 215 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fifth longest among D-I schools.
* The Cougars have scored in 173 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.
COUGS IN THE POLLS: The Cougars were not ranked in pre-season polls this season, snapping a string of 28 consecutive weeks in the polls, during which time WSU won 20 games...WSU finished tenth in the final AP polls in both 2001 and 2002.
COUGS 10-WIN SEASONS AMONG BEST: WSU is the only Pac-10 school with three 10-win seasons in the last 10 years (actually accomplished in the last six years)...WSU was 10-2 in 1997, 10-2 in 2001 and 10-3 in 2002...in the last six years WSU has made appearances in two Rose Bowls, 1998 and 2003...UCLA is the only other Pac-10 team with two Rose Bowl appearances in the last 10 years...WSU and Washington (1981-82-84) are the only Pac-10 teams to ever post three 10-win seasons in a six-year span.
BACK-TO-BACK 10-WIN SEASONS RARE IN PAC-10: WSU is one of just five Pac-10 teams to post back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 10-team league was formed: WSU 2001-02, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC, 1978-79.
CALL THE COUGARS EXPERIENCED: True, the Cougars lost some marquee players off last year's Rose Bowl team, including QB Jason Gesser, CB Marcus Trufant and DL/Outland winner Rien Long...but WSU is anything short of experienced talent this year...consider these facts, based on the current three-deep chart of 73 players:
* There are seven starters back on offense, eight on defense, plus one defensive starter from 2001;
* The Offense has 24 letterwinners, the defense 23;
* Offensive players have career 77 starts, the defense 107;
* Offensive players have played in 367 games;
* Defensive players have played in 482 games;
* WSU receiving corps have played in 98 games;
* WSU's offensive line have played in 150 games;
* WSU's defensive tackles have played in 131 games;
* WSU's defensive ends have played I n 84 games;
* WSU's linebackers have played in 125 games;
* WSU's secondary has played in 139 games;
* WSU returns three-year placekicker Drew Dunning, who is nearing Jason Hanson's school record for points scored;
* WSU returns last year's punter Kyle Basler, who averaged 41+ yards as a freshman.
COUGS RETURN NINE PAC-10 ALL-STARS: WSU and Oregon both return nine members of last year's All-Pacific-10 teams (first team and honorable mention), while USC returns eight and UCLA seven...WSU's returnees include first team pick Calvin Armstrong and honorable mention honorees Kyle Basler, Eric Coleman, Isaac Brown, Devard Darling, Jason David, Drew Dunning, Jermaine Green and Jeremey Williams.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS LIKES WSU'S ST: College Football News predicts WSU has the fifth best special team units in college football...they base their prediction on the basis of kicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and return specialist Sammy Moore...Dunning, a senior, is closing in on Jason Hanson's (Detroit Lions) school scoring and kick-scoring records and scored 113 points last year...Basler, just a sophomore, averaged 41.1 yards last year and had 15 of his 50 kicks downed inside the 20 yard line...Moore led the Pac-10 in KO returns last year, averaging 25.6 yards...he had an 89-yard return against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl...in the season opener, WSU showed strong special teams play...Dunning hit four field goals, Basler averaged 34.7 yards on three punts but only two were returned for eight yards, Moore returned two punts 45 yards and Jonathan Smith had a 38 yard KO return.
WATCH THOSE NUMBERS: Several returning veterans from last year have switched their uniform numbers this season...among them are WR Sammy Moore (#3, was #20 last year), RB Jonathan Smith (#5, was #23), Adam Braidwood (#13, was #96).
RARE NBC APPEARANCE: A WSU football game has not been televised by NBC since the 1964 opener against Stanford in Spokane...the Cougars won 29-23...WSU is 2-2 in games televised by NBC (all WSU league games).
HONORS CANDIDATES: The Washington State roster features five players who have been included on preseason watch lists for major national awards:
- Drew Dunning (Lou Groza Award for the nation's top kicker, listed for the third straight year);
Isaac Brown (Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award);
Jason David (Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's top defensive back);
Calvin Armstrong (Rotary Lombardi Award for the nation's top down lineman or linebacker);
Jermaine Green (Doak Walker Award for the nation's top running back).
COUGS 21-5 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 21 of 26 games...in the 1929-1930-1931 seasons WSU went 21-3, including 10-2 (1929) and 9-1 (1930) seasons...WSU is currently seventh among D-I teams the past three years: Miami is 25-1, Oklahoma 24-4, Marshall 23-4, Texas 23-4, Georgia 22-5, Ohio State 22-5 and WSU 21-5.
O-LINE AVERAGES 302: The projected starters on WSU's offensive line weigh a combined 1,510 pounds and average 302 pounts...three of the starters weigh in at over 300 pounds...OLG Josh Parrish leads the way at 324 pounds, while ORT Sam Lightbody, at 6-9, is right behind him at 319 pounds...next is OLT Calvin Armstrong at 311...the lightweights on the line are C Mike Shelford at 269 and ORG Nick Mihlhauser at 287...Billy Knotts, at 282, was the projected starter at ORG, but suffered a broken thumb in WSU's last scrimmage and is out for 2-4 weeks.
AUGUST OPENERS MEAN A BOWL GAME: WSU has earned a post-season bowl game in each of the last three seasons when the opening game was in August...in 1997 WSU opened with UCLA Aug. 29 and went on to play in the Rose Bowl...in 2001 the Cougs opened Aug. 30 against Idaho and went on the play in the Sun Bowl...last year WSU opened against Nevada Aug. 31 and ended the year in the Rose Bowl...in each of the three seasons, the Cougars won 10 games.
AUGUST RECORD 4-2: WSU is 4-2 all-time in games played in August...after dropping games to Oregon Aug. 31, 1985 and Colorado Aug. 31, 1996, the Cougars have won their last four August openers.
WSU IN INDIANA: The last time WSU played in the state of Indiana, the Cougs came away with an 8-7 win at Indiana Oct. 23, 1965, thanks to a play with no time left in the game...WSU threw an interception on the final play, but Indiana was offsides, giving WSU another play...this time Tom Roth threw five yards to Doug Flansburg as time expired...Roth then passed to Ammon McWashington for the conversion and an 8-7 Cougar win...WSU beat three Big Ten (Western Conference then) teams on the road that year, the first school to accomplish that fete...the wins were over Iowa, Minnesota and then Indiana.
REVIEWING THE 2002 SEASON
Jason David's RECORD STREAK: WSU's junior cornerback Jason David picked off opponent passes in five straight games before being sidelined with a broken cheekbone, then resumed the streak at UCLA...he started the streak against Montana State with one interception...then, in order, he had interceptions against California (1), USC (1), Stanford (2) and Arizona (1), then UCLA (1) after returning from the injury...no other WSU player has ever had interceptions in six straight games...his 10 career interceptions ranks ninth at WSU.
DARLING EQUALS RECORD: Devard Darling has caught 11 touchdown passes last year, equaling the Cougar record for TD receptions...Chris Jackson and Kevin McKenzie each caught 11 TD receptions during the 1997 season.
LONG WINS OUTLAND TROPHY: Junior Defensive tackle Rien Long captured the 2002 Outland Trophy as the top collegiate lineman in the nation...he became the first Cougar to win one of the national football awards...Long entered the NFL draft a year early and is now playing for Tennessee.
LONG AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: Rien Long finished his NFL shortened Cougar career among the leaders in sacks and TFL at WSU...his highlights last season included:
* Season TFL - second with 21.5, 2002;
* Career TFL - third with 35.5, 2000-02;
* Season TFL Yards - third with 108.0, 2002;
* Career TFL Yards - fourth with 172.0, 2000-02;
* Season Sacks - third with 13.0, 2002;
* Career Sacks - sixth with 17.0, 2000-02;
* Season Sack Yards - third with 85.0, 2002;
* Career Sack Yards - seventh with 119.0, 2000-02.
COUGS OVERCAME OPPONENT LEADS: WSU came from behind in all but the Idaho (WSU led 21-0), Stanford (23-0) and ASU (17-0) games in 2002...Nevada led 7-0, Ohio State 3-0, Montana State 7-0, California 14-0, USC 7-0, Arizona 10-5, Oregon 21-17, Washington 7-0 and UCLA 14-7...the Cougars came back to take the lead in every game, including the losses at Ohio State and to Washington.
COUGS HALT PAC-10 RUSHERS: WSU allowed just 152 rushing yards in the last five regular season games of 2002, Arizona -17, ASU 37, Oregon 60, Washington 19 and UCLA 53...in eight Pac-10 games, WSU allowed 475 rushing yards, a league-game school record average of 59.4 yards per game...WSU's 1994 defense allowed just 78.0 rushing yards per league game, the best ever for a Cougar defense until 2002...California's Joe Igber, with 111 rushing yards, was the only Pac-10 running back last year to go over the century mark...the only other running back to do so against WSU's defense is Ohio State's Maurice Clarett with 230 yards.
GESSER SET 14 RECORDS: Jason Gesser became the most prolific passer in WSU history last season, setting 14 school records during his career (1999-02)...they included:
* Career pass attempts, 1,118
* Career pass completions, 611
* Career passing yards, 8,830
* Career touchdown passes, 70
* Career total offense yards, 9,007
* Career total plays, 1,357
* Career touchdowns-responsible-for, 74
* Season passing yards by a senior, 3,498
* Season total offense by a senior, 3,292
* Game multiple-touchdown passes, 21
* Games with a TD pass, 31
* Game touchdown passes, 6 vs. Arizona, 2000
* Game touchdowns-responsible-for, 6 (ties record)
* Consecutive games with a TD pass, 25, 2001-02
DERTING SETS WSU RECORDS: Will Derting, in the 2002 season opener, set a pair of WSU interception records when he stepped in front of a Nevada pass near the Cougar endzone and returned it 98 yards...it was the longest return in WSU history, breaking the mark of 93 by Lionel Thomas against UCLA in 1969...his 98 return yards in a game also bettered the previous mark of 96 yards by Frank Miyaki against Idaho in 1945.
EIGHT COUGS PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: Eight WSU football players were named to the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference all-academic team, including three to the first team - Collin Henderson, Jeremey Williams and Pat Bennett...Williams, Bennett, Riley Fitt-Chappell, Devard Darling, Drew Dunning and Karl Paymah were underclassmen and return for the 2003 season:
FIVE COUGS PICKED ALL-PAC-10 FIRST TEAM: Jason Gesser was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Pacific-10 Conference and four of his teammates were named to the all-league first team by the Pac-10's 10 coaches, Derrick Roach, Calvin Armstrong, Marcus Trufant and Rien Long...Armstrong, Kyle Basler, Erik Coleman, Isaac Brown, Darling, David, Drew Dunning, Jermaine Green and Jeremey Williams all return for 2003:
LIMITING PUNT RETURNS: WSU allowed just one punt return in the last five regular-season games of 2002, two in the last six games...the lone returns were one for minus one yard by Stanford and one for 26 yards at UCLA.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning, who set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points in 2001 and then broke his own record with 113 points last year, started off the 2003 season strong, connecting on all four field goal attempts in the opener against Idaho...he had field goals of 46-42-29-35 yards...he now ranks third in career scoring with 233 points and is second in kick-scoring...Dunning needs 96 points to pass school record holder Jason Hanson, now a 12-year NFL veteran with Detroit...Dunning has averaged 107 points a year over the past two seasons.
WSU IS 3-0-1 AGAINST INDEPENDENTS: WSU has played four teams since Pac-10 play began in 1978 that did not have a conference affiliation at the time of the game...in 1978 WSU tied Army 21-21...that was followed by wins over Army 31-18 in 1980 and Louisiana-Lafayette (USL) 77-7 in 1997 and then 44-0 in 1999.
MISC. NOTES FOLLOWING THE IDAHO GAME:
* In blanking Idaho 25-0, Bill Doba became the first WSU coach since Babe Hollingbery to win his first game by a shutout;
* WSU's 127 passing yards against Idaho were the least since the Cougars has racked up since throwing for 122 against Washington in 2002;
* WSU averaged 6.8 yards per rushing attempt against Idaho, the most since averaging 7.3 against California in a 63-37 win in 1997;
* WSU ran off an 18-play drive in the first quarter that used 8:59...time consumed was the most since prior to 1989 and on just one other occasion in the last 15 years has WSU had an 18-play drive (18 at Stanford in 2001); Idaho has just one possession in that first quarter Saturday;
* The last two times WSU opened the season by beating Idaho the Cougs also won game two on the road - 46-41 at BYU in 1989 and 41-20 at Boise State in 2001.
* With two backs over 100 yards, WSU has now had 57 players rush for 100 or more yards on 181 occasions; last year Jermaine Green had four games of 100 or more yards.
NEWCOMERS SCORE FOR WSU IN 2002: Last year 32 of 52 touchdowns were scored by first-year players who return for the 2003 season...on offense Devard Darling scored 12 TD's, Jermaine Green 10, Jonathan Smith seven, Troy Bienemann and Sammy Moore two each (one receiving, one a kickoff return against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl)...redshirt freshman Will Derting had one of WSU's three defensive touchdowns.
SMITH, BRUHN AVERAGE 11.1 YPC: Transfer Chris Bruhn averaged 13.1 yards per carry against Idaho, the second best average in Cougar history, while Jonathan Smith's 10.0 averge against Idaho ranks tied for tenth on the list...Smith ended the game with 160 rushing yards and Bruhn 118...together they averaged 11.1 ypc.
SMITH LIKES TO PLAY AGAINST IDAHO: Senior Jonathan Smith likes playing the Idaho Vandals...this year he rushed for 160 yards, scored twice and had a 38-yard kickoff return...last year he had 121 yards with 12 caries and scored three times...that's five touchdowns and 281 rushing yards with 28 carries, an average of 10.0 ypc.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 164 runs of 20 yards or longer in 162 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 0 runs of 20 or more yards and 3 runs of 10-19 yards.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 9-18 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 4-6.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 26.1 points per outing, including 33.2 points per game last year.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools...at home the Cougars are 46-32 (59.0%) and on the road the team is 38-46 (45.2%)...WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 2001 record of 6-1 is the best on the road since the 1988 team also went 6-1.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 62 of 162 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 162 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 17 times.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 61 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 15 years and 162 games against WSU's defense...USC's Mazio Royster, Washington's Beno Bryant, UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons.
RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU has scored 4 times in 5 trips into the Red Zone, 2 touchdowns and 2 field goals...the failure was an interception...opponents have scored 0 touchdowns and 0 field goals in 1 Red Zone appearance...the failure was a blocked field goal.
TURNOVERS: WSU is +1 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -36 in turnovers...twice WSU has had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001 and +9 in 1994, while the turnovers were even in 1995.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup against Notre Dame of 22 players includes 0 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 4 juniors and 14 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consists of 7 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 11 juniors and 18 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 15 freshmen-sophomores and 29 juniors-seniors.
COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 32 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 295 starts, 144 by defensive players, 112 by offensive players and 41 by kickers...offensively 12 players had starts last year and on defense 12 started at least one game in 2002.
DEFENSE VERY EXPERIENCED: Seven WSU defensive players have each played in 30 or more games and three others have seen action in at least 20 games...in all, the 12 defensive players who have made 144 starts have also played in a collective 350 games...WSU's four top defensive linemen have a collective 48 starts and have played in 140 games...five linebackers have a collective 38 starts and have seen action in 99 games...in the secondary four players have started 58 games and have played in 112 games.
OFFENSE HAS 112 STARTS: WSU boasts 17 offensive players who have made a collective 112 starts during their career and have seen action in 256 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 31 games, while three others have seen action in 20 or more games...in all 14 of the 17 players have tasted action in 10 or more games...up front, there are eight players who have started 73 games...WSU receivers have a collective 30 starts and have played in 59 games...the running backs have six starts and 20 games to their credit, while quarterback Matt Kegel has played in 26 games, with three starts.
WSU SCORING STREAK FIFTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: BYU 351, Texas 266, Washington 254, Michigan 226, WSU 215.
WSU'S OVERTIME EXPERIENCE: The Cougars are 2-4 in overtime games.
FOUR COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Five WSU starters have made 20 or more starts in their career and 14 players have made 10 or more starts...Drew Dunning (27), Josh Parrish (25), Jason David (22), Calvin Armstrong (21) and Tai Tupai (20) have the most starts.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the Idaho game are:
Pac-10 Offense Jonathan Smith (Pasadena, Calif.)
Pac-10 Defense: Virgil Williams (Tacoma, Wash.)
Pac-10 Special Teams: Drew Dunning (Issaquah, Wash.)
Offensive Lineman: Sam Lightbody (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Offensive Back: Chris Bruhn (Woodland, Calif.)
Offensive Scout Team: Josh Duin (Covington, Wash.)
Defensive Back: Jason David (Covina, Calif.)
Defensive Lineman: D.D. Acholonu (Seattle, Wash.)
Defensive Scout Team: Chris Baltzer (Eugene, Ore.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Don Jackson (Natchez, Miss.)
Cougar Claw: Chris Bruhn (Woodland, Calif.), Mike Shelford (Seattle, Wash.)
Big Hit: Steve Dildine (Graham, Wash.), Jason David (Covina, Calif.), Faafetai Tupai (Monterey, Calif.)
Cougar Tackler: Erik Coleman (Spokane, Wash.)
Specialist of the Week: None
Most Disciplined Offense: Troy Bienemann (Mountain View, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Defense: Faafetai Tupai (Monterey, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: None
Special Teams Big Play: None
Assassin: Adam Braidwood (Delta, British Columbia)
Iron Man: Jeremy Bohannon (Richland, Wash.)
Gamebreaker: Sammy Moore (Mesa, Ariz.)
Bill Doba TV SHOWS: "KXLY Cougar Football Saturday" airs each Saturday during the football season at 12:00 p.m. PT, leading into ABC's Pac-10 Game of the Week...Rick Lukens, Dennis Patchin and Bud Nameck host the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Doba and Cougar football.
WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. All in-season head coaches and selected players (when available) will be available for the phone conference and in-person interviews. Contact the WSU Media Information Office for more information. Members of the media may attend in person or participate by use of the telephone.
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 this week includes:
Sept. 6 WSU at Notre Dame, 11:30 a.m. PT NBC
Sept. 5 Oregon State at Fresno State, 7:00 p.m. PT ESPN
Sept. 6 UCLA at Colorado, 12:30 p.m. PT ABC
Sept. 6 Indiana at Washington, 1:00 p.m. PT FOX
Sept. 6 Brigham Young at USC, 5:00 p.m. PT ABC
Sept. 6 LSU at Arizona, 7:00 p.m. PT TBS
FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay WSU's Sept. 6 game with Notre Dame Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7:00 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 available on the Internet through OCSN, WSU's Web provider, and also at Yahoo.com...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 28-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 37th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his third season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Bill Doba Show," produced and distributed by the Cougar Sports Radio Network and KXLY, airs weekly on most network stations live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Robertson is the show's regular host...all game broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to www.wsucougars.com.
SATELLITE: The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 11:30 - 12:00 PT on Telstar 6C, Transponder 24, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-779-3467 or the Pac-10 office).
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The Pacific-10 Conference hosts a weekly teleconference call each Tuesday during the football season...the teleconference call begins at 10 a.m....Bill Doba participates at 11:10 a.m....contact the Pac-10 media relations office for details, 925-932-4411.
DOBA AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Bill Doba is available for individual media interviews 11:00 a.m.-Noon each Wednesday. Arrangements for Doba interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice each Tuesday and Wednesday and before practice each Thursday. Contact Jason Hickman (email@example.com) at the WSU Media Information Office.
DOBA PHONE CONFERENCES: Bill Doba is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.
INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.