Sept. 27, 1999
WSU VS. CALIFORNIA: California has won 36 times in the 62-game series with WSU that started in 1919...WSU has won 21 times, with five games ending deadlocked...while Cal has the overall edge, WSU holds the upper hand in Pullman, where the Bears have not won since 1979...in the last 20 years WSU has won all eight games in Pullman...overall WSU is 11-4-1 on the Cougar campus...over the last 10 games, WSU leads 6-3-1, including back-to-back wins at home in 1996-97 by respective scores of 21-18 and 63-37.
FOOTBALL: WSU Will Host California In Homecoming Game
WHO: WSU Cougars (0-4, 0-2) vs. California Bears (2-1, 1-0)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football - WSU Homecoming
WHEN: Saturday, October 2, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, Omni Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Oct. 3, 1:30 p.m. PDT
1999 WSU RESULTS
Record: 0-4, 0-2 [OPP REC]
9/4 Utah (7-27) (3-0) 9/11 @ Stanford (17-54) (3-1) 9/18 @ Idaho (17-28) (2-1) 9/25 Arizona (24-30) (3-2) 10/2 California (2-1) 10/9 Louisiana-Lafayette (1-3) 10/16 Bye 10/23 @ Arizona State (1-2) 10/30 Oregon State (3-0) 11/6 @ Oregon (3-1) 11/13 USC (2-1) 11/20 @ Washington (1-2) 11/27 @ Hawaii (3-1)WSU THIS WEEK: CALIFORNIA
Record: 2-1, 1-0
9/4 Rutgers (21-7) 9/11 @ Nebraska (0-45) 10/18 Bye 10/25 Arizona State (24-23) 10/2 @ Washington State 10/9 @ Brigham Young 10/16 @ UCLA 10/23 Washington 10/30 USC 11/6 @ Oregon State 11/13 Oregon 11/20 @ StanfordWSU NEXT WEEK: UL-LAFAYETTE
Record: 1-3, 0-0
9/4 @ Oklahoma State (7-24) 9/11 Texas Tech (17-38) 10/18 @ Houston (0-45) 10/25 Middle Tenn. State (45-31) 10/2 Louisiana Tech 10/9 @ Washington State 10/16 @ Tulane 10/23 NE Louisiana 10/30 @ Arkansas State 11/13 @ Southern Mississippi 11/20 Wofford CollegeTHE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 56-61-0 (.479) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 102-105-0 (.493) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present).
CALIFORNIA - The Bears are coached by Tom Holmoe, who is 10-15 in his three-year career, all at California...last year his Bears were 5-6 overall and 3-5 in league play, including his first win over WSU 24-14...Holmoe is 1-1 in two games against WSU.
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-California game Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.
THE STREAK: The Washington State Cougars have lost a school record 12 straight games since a 24-16 win over Idaho in the third game of the 1998 season...the previous WSU record was 11 straight, 1970-71...the Cougar losing streak is the second longest in the nation among NCAA D-I schools behind South Carolina, 14...WSU also has lost 10 straight Pac-10 games, six short of the school record.
SPECIAL DAY: Saturday's WSU game against California is Cougar Homecoming and Land Grant Day on the Pullman campus.
CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). CALIFORNIA - Game captains selected each 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, 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.
TOUGH START: The Cougars are 0-4 for the first time since 1967 ... that Bert Clark-coached team holds the dubious distinction of having the worst start in WSU football history ... the 1967 Cougs went 0-8 before beating Idaho (52-14) and Washington (9-7) in their final two games ... WSU had been 0-4 only three times previously before this season: 1938, 1952 and 1967 ... the best record WSU has posted after an 0-4 start was the 1952 squad which rallied to win four of its last six games to finish 4-6 ... WSU has been 0-5 just twice in their history, 1967 and 1938.
BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through four games with 51 carries for 274 yards and a 5.4 average...he also has caught six passes for 69 yards...against Idaho in his first career start Burnett rushed 18 times for 91 net yards and one touchdown...he came back with 96 net yards on 13 carries against Arizona and scored twice on runs of 2 and 55 yards...he had 52 yards rushing at Stanford after opening the season against Utah with 38 yards.
LOOK AT WSU OPPONENT WINS: WSU's 12-game losing streak aside, you could make a pretty good argument that WSU has faced a pretty tough slate so far in 1999 ... through the weekend, the combined winning percentage of the Cougars' first four opponents is .733 with an 11-4 mark (Utah 3-0, Stanford 3-1, Idaho 2-1 and Arizona 3-2) ... it doesn't get any easier with 2-1 Cal on deck.
SPREADING IT AROUND: WSU quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum and Jason Gesser have used a plethora of receivers through the first four games ... eight different receivers caught passes versus Utah and Stanford, seven targets were hit against Idaho and six versus Arizona ... three receivers are averaging at least two catches per game, led by Leaford Hackett's impressive 7.3 per game ... Nian Taylor averages 3.8 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi, 3.3 ... in all, 11 players have notched at least one reception, including seven players who recorded their first career catches as Cougars: Collin Henderson, Corey Scott, Marcus Williams, Milton Wynn, ex-QB-turned receiver Paul Mencke, Jeremy Theilbahr and Deon Burnett.
INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 27, from the training staff: Steve Birnbaum (groin pull, probable), Ryan Raymond (calf bruise, doubtful), Jeremy Thielbahr (hip bruise, doubtful), Leaford Hackett (right shoulder sprain, doubtful), Jason Gesser (right thumb sprain, doubtful), LeJuan Gibbons (knee/shoulder sprain, probable), Austin Matson (ankle/elbow sprains, probable), Tomasi Kongaika (ankle sprain, probable), Deon Burnett (right knee tendonitis, probable), Lamont Thompson (left shoulder, probable), Eric Larsen (ham strain, probable). Out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Curtis Nettles (lower back), Gerald Cook (knee sprain), Isaac Brown (hand), Milton Wynn (broken finger), Adam Davis (hip, doubtful), Virgil Williams (right shoulder nerve bruise).
HACKETT AMONG NATION'S LEADERS: Senior Leaford Hackett is among the top receivers in the country, hauling in 29 passes for 332 yards and one score in WSU's first four games...he currently ranks 15th nationally in receptions per game, 7.25...he is averaging 83.0 yards per game.
HACKETT HAS 83 CAREER CATCHES: In just 15 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 83 career receptions, leaving him just 24 catches short of WSU's career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 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 last year with 54 catches...his receptions have accounted for 1,012 yards, an average of 12.2 per catch.
HOLDEN ADJUSTING QUICKLY: In his first four games as a Cougar Curtis Holden is waging a battle with veteran Steve Gleason for the team lead in tackles...Holden has 43 tackles, one less than Gleason...in addition, Holden picked off a pass against Stanford and leads the team in both tackles-for-loss with seven and sacks with 1.5...he started off the season with 11 tackles against Utah, had 15 at Stanford, then eight against Idaho and nine against Arizona...Holden spent two years at City College of San Francisco before transferring to WSU last spring...CCSF was 22-2 in his two seasons and he had 115 tackles as a sophomore.
LOSING STREAKS: WSU enters the California game with the second longest active losing streak in Division I at 12 ... South Carolina is the national leader with a 14-game losing streak ... Baylor and Ball State follow with 10 game streaks ... Hawaii, WSU's opponent on November 27, snapped its nation-leading 19-game losing streak by defeating Eastern Illinois Sept. 11 ... Kent snapped its 16 game streak by defeating Bowling Green Sept. 25 ... this week, South Carolina hosts Mississippi, the Cougs host Cal, Baylor hosts North Texas and Ball State is at Akron.
PAC-10 STREAK: WSU is looking for its first Pac-10 win since defeating Washington 41-35 on November 22, 1997 ... WSU has currently lost 10 conference games in a row, 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.
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 0-4-0 1 2 1 0 0 0 65/16.3 103-111-4 2 20 56 66 42 18 14 5514/25.3* = 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 314 first quarter points in the last 72 games (4.36/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 27 so far in 1999.
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 0NOTHING 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 32-23 record, including a 26-14 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 0-2 0-2 0-4 TOTALS: 32-23 24-38 56-61COUGARS 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 seven times (6 TDs) in seven trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 11 times (10 TDs) in 16 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.
TURNOVERS: The Cougars did not have a turnover against Arizona and had only one against Idaho...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 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAL LOUIS ASU OSU TOTAL -5 11 7 3 10 2 0 5 5RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 30 of 72 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 - 4/4
Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed three runs of 20+ yards in 1999...in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 60 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 - 3 Anderson, Utah - 40, Dean, Idaho - 23 Canidate, Arizona, 45WSU 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:
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 - 14
1. Ariz 299.9 (23,394/78) 6. OSU 364.9 (28,101/77) 2. WSU 322.7 (24,847/77) 7. ASU 365.8 (28,164/77) 3. Wash 343.6 (26,460/77) 8. Cal 366.0 (28,548/77) 4. USC 351.0 (28,077/80) 9. UCLA 370.4 (28,523/77) 5. Oreg 363.5 (28,350/78) 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 57 30 1 35 22 1 Washington 54 30 1 37 18 1 UCLA 53 32 0 35 22 0 USC 53 32 3 35 21 1 Oregon 53 34 0 31 26 0 Arizona State 47 35 0 32 25 0 Washington State 43 41 0 25 33 0 Stanford 42 41 2 28 31 0 California 36 47 0 19 38 0 Oregon State 23 56 1 7 48 1100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 22 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 72 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 - 3
Mike Anderson, Utah, 108, Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118 Trung Canidate 158.
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.
LINDELL BACK ON TRACK: Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit three of his four field goal attempts this year, a 27 yarder against Stanford, a 48 yarder against Idaho and a 52-yarder against Arizona...his only miss has been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford...Lindell is 90-of-93 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 33 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSU's second touchdown of the 1998 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked...he has now made 23-of-38 career field goals...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record...he made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight early in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of successful kicks...then, over the final seven games of 1998, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34 yarder against UCLA...in an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year...weighing in at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs.
INTERCEPTIONS FOR TOUCHDOWNS: WSU quarterbacks threw 25 interceptions last fall and opponents returned six of the interceptions for touchdowns...this year the Cougars have thrown just three interceptions, with one going back for a touchdown (at Stanford).
MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:
Rian Lindell 27 consecutive starts [27 total] Lamont Thompson 19 consecutive starts [19 total] Steve Gleason 24 starts in last 27 games [24 total] Reed Raymond 14 of last 15 games [14 total] Rob Meier 15 consecutive starts [17 total] Kareem Anderson 15 consecutive starts [15 total]GLEASON TOPS 200 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason, with 44 tackles this season, including a career-high 16 against Arizona last week, 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 228 going into the California 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 20 tackles to move into a tie at No. 15 with Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88), who each made 248 tackles.
DID YOU KNOW: Thirty-eight of the players listed on the roster in Cal's media guide weren't even born the last time the Golden Bears won in Pullman ... included among those 38 are starting receivers Michael Ainsworth and Ronnie Davenport, as well as top freshman quarterback prospect Kyle Boller...the last Cal coach to defeat WSU in Pullman was Roger Theder in 1979.
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.
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.
COUGARS HAD THE KNACK IN 1979: A lot of things have changed since the last time Cal won in Pullman nearly two decades ago ... Berlin still had a wall ... Jimmy Carter was President and Ronald Reagan was governor of California ... in Pullman, Ferdinand's was still located in Troy Hall and the closest the town had to fast food was Cougar Country ... Jim Walden was in his second season as WSU's head coach, 12,600 seats were added to Martin Stadium, the women's volleyball and basketball teams played in Bohler Gym and the baseball nine competed where Mooberry Track now resides ... gymnastics, rifle, wrestling and men's tennis were still varsity sports, while women's soccer and rowing had yet to come along ... and a Kenyan by the name of Henry Rono was shattering world records as perhaps the finest runner ever to don the Crimson and the Gray...in sports, Los Angeles still had two football teams, the Cardinals were in St. Louis and the Colts were in Baltimore ... the Seahawks and Mariners were still considered "expansion teams," but the Seattle Supersonics, led by "Downtown" Freddie Brown, Jack Sikma and Lonnie Shelton won the NBA championship by defeating the Washington Bullets in five games ... Magic Johnson's Michigan State Spartans defeated Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores 75-64 in the highest-rated NCAA basketball championship ever ... Willie Stargell's "We Are Family" Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in seven games over Baltimore...the Steelers brought another championship to Pittsburgh by stunning Dallas 35-31 ... and in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens won another Stanley Cup by defeating the New York Rangers in five, but the biggest impact 1979 had on hockey had to do more with the retirement of one great player, Bobby Orr, and the debut of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, as a rookie with Edmonton in 1979 ... in perhaps the greatest promotions blunder of all time, the Chicago White Sox held a "Disco Demolition" event held between the first and second games of a doubleheader at Comisky Park ... the promotion got out of hand when fans rushed the field, which forced the cancellation of the second game ... and a little network named ESPN started broadcasting sports 24 hous a day ... people said it will not last...at the box office, movie-goers screamed at Alien and cheered at North Dallas Forty ... Kramer vs. Kramer won the Academy Award as Best Picture as Dustin Hoffman got the Best Actor nod ... in addition to the three above, 1979 provided many memorable and quality movies such as All That Jazz, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, James Bond in Moonraker, Star Trek - The Motion Picture, Bo Derek's 10 and Meatballs ... but we said goodbye to "The Duke," John Wayne...on the television, "60 Minutes" is king, followed by "Three's Company," "That's Incredible," "M*A*S*H*" and "Alice." Other popular shows that year are "Dallas," "The Dukes of Hazzard," "WKRP In Cincinnati," "Real People," "CHIPs," "Taxi," "Happy Days," "Mork & Mindy," "Eight Is Enough," "Little House on the Prairie," "Charlie's Angels," "The Incredible Hulk" and "The White Shadow."...and on the radio, Donna Sommer was "Hot Stuff," literally, as that song and "Bad Girls" gave the queen of funk a pair of the year's top 10 songs ... but the No. 1 tune in 1979 what the catchy "My Sharona," by The Knack ... 1979 offered several of what have come to be known as "stadium anthems," including "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor ... the year also produced classics such as Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," Blondie's "Heart of Glass," "The Logical Song," by Supertramp and Cheap Trick's "I Want You To Want Me."
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 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.
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.
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.
PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 102 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 150, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 115...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th at Arizona.
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 56-61-0 (.479), while his career mark is now 102-105-0...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.
1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS
1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
PLAYER CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 Kareem Anderson Punting 39.8 5th Steve Birnbaum Passing 161.3 5th Total Offense 158.0 7th Pass Efficiency 125.1 9th Deon Burnett Rushing 68.5 5th Scoring (TDs) 6.0 5th* LeJuan Gibbons Forced Fumbles 1 3rd* Steve Gleason Tackles 11.0 1st Leaford Hackett Receptions 7.25 2nd Receiving Yards 83.0 4th All-Purpose 134.5 4th Punt Returns 6.6 7th* KO Returns 19.6 10th Curtis Holden Tackles 10.8 2nd Tackles For Losses 7 2nd Sacks 2 8th* Rian Lindell Kick Scoring 4.3 7th Field Goals 0.75 6th* FG Percentage 75.0 5th* PAT Percentage 100.0 1st* Rob Meier Tackles-for-Loss 6 5th* Billy Newman Tackles 10.5 5th* Nian Taylor Receptions 3.75 9th Lamont Thompson Interceptions 0.50 4th* Farwan Zubedi Receiving Yards 52.5 10th
* = Tie
WSU WSU WSU TEAM CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 NCAA Rushing Offense 99.0 9th 94th* Passing Offense 246.5 7th 33rd Total Offense 345.5 9th 72nd Scoring Offense 16.3 9th 99th Rushing Defense 171.3 7th 81st Pass Efficiency Defense 133.1 6th 84th Total Defense 421.3 8th 92nd Scoring Defense 34.8 9th 101st Net Punting 32.5 8th 90th Punt Returns 7.8 7th 66th KO Returns 19.3 9th 75th Turnover Margin -1.25 9th 103th*NATIONAL LEADERS
CAL CAL CAL TEAM CATEGORY AVG PAC-10 NCAA Rushing Offense 84.0 10th 105th Passing Offense 140.3 10th 99th Total Offense 224.3 10th 107th Scoring Offense 15.0 10th 102nd Rushing Defense 138.0 4th 57th Pass Efficiency Defense 143.7 9th 103rd Total Defense 354.3 2nd 55th Scoring Defense 25.0 4th 64th* Net Punting 42.2 1st 5th Punt Returns 9.2 4th 48th KO Returns 28.5 1st 9th Turnover Margin -0.33 7th 75th
* = Tie
Leaford Hackett, WSU Receptions 7.25 15th* Deltha O'Neal, California Interceptions 0.67 16th* KO Returns 30.71 9th Nick Harris, California Punting 48.06 3rd
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 11 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.
Arizona scored a controversial touchdown on the last play of the game to pull out a 30-24 Wildcat win over WSU, stretching the Cougar losing streak to a team record 12 games...the Wildcats broke a 24-24 tie with no time left when Keith Smith passed 42 yards to Bobby Wade, who made the grab in one corner of the endzone while lying on the ground...TV replays showed, however, he actually scooped the ball off the turf...still, the Cougars had chances to win and came up short...twice in the second half WSU battled back from deficits, first 17-10 and then 24-17...freshman Deon Burnett scored a pair of WSU touchdowns, the first on a 2-yard run that tied the game at 17-17, then on a 55-yarder that produced a 24-24 deadlock late in the fourth quarter...Farwan Zubedi scored WSU's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Steve Birnbaum in the second quarter, while Rian Lindell tallied WSU's other score on a wind-aided 52-yard field goal just before halftime that gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead at intermission...Birnbaum hit 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards before leaving the game after falling on a Burnett fumble in the endzone for a Wildcat safety in third quarter...Birnbaum, who pulled a groin muscle on the play, was replaced by Jason Gesser, who engineered WSU's two fourth quarter scoring drives...Gesser was also hurt in the game (sprained thumb), but was able to finish...Burnett ended the day with 96 net yards rushing, while Leaford Hackett caught seven passes for 97 yards...Steve Gleason led WSU's defense with a career high 16 tackles, while Billy Newman and Raonall Smith had 15 tackles each.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the Arizona game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Leaford Hackett (Sylmar, Calif.) Pac-10 Defense: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.) Pac-10 Special Teams: Rian Lindell (Vancouver, Wash.) Offensive Lineman: None Offensive Back: Deon Burnett (Upland, Calif.) Offensive Scout: Team: Cole Sheridan (Pullman, Wash.) Defensive Back: None Defensive Lineman: Austin Matson (Everett, Wash.) Defensive Scout Team: Trent Hollimon (Everett, Wash.) Defensive Pursuit Player: None Cougar Claw: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) Jason Gesser (Honolulu, Hawaii) Big Hit: Ryan Tujague (Pleasonton, Calif.) Cougar Tackler: Raonall Smith (Gig Harbor, Wash.) Specialist of the Week: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) Most Disciplined Offense: Leaford Hackett (Sylmar, Calif.) Most Disciplined Defense: None Most Disciplined Special Teams: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) Special Teams Big Play: Rian Lindell (Vancouver, Wash.) Assassin: None Iron Man: None Gamebreaker: None
1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS
POS UTAH STAN IDAHO ARIZ SE Zubedi Zubedi Zubedi Williams LT Tujague Tujague Tujague Tujague LG Criscione Criscione Criscione Criscione C W-Schulz W-Schulz W-Schulz W-Schulz RG Schwarz Raymond Raymond Raymond RT Locker Raymond Raymond Raymond TE Scott Scott Scott Mizin SB Hackett Hackett Hackett Hackett QB Birnbaum Birnbaum Birnbaum Birnbaum RB Hawkins Hawkins Burnett Burnett FL Taylor Taylor Taylor Zubedi PK Lindell Lindell Lindell LindellNOTE: 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 Matson DT Meier Meier Meier Meier DT Kongaika Kongaika Kongaika Kongaika DE Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen SLB Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason MLB Holden Holden Holden Holden WLB Emmerson Emmerson Emmerson Smith CB Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons FS Newman Newman Newman Newman SS Riley Riley Riley Riley CB Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson P Anderson Anderson Anderson AndersonMIKE 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, Oct. 2, with the UCLA at Arizona State game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net will then show the Oregon at Washington conference match-up at 7:15 p.m. PT.
FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. California Oct. 3 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).