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Nov. 8, 2004

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The Washington State Cougars, fresh off a 31-29 victory at UCLA that snapped a four-game losing streak, heads to Arizona State this week for a nationally televised Pacific-10 Conference game that kicks off at 4 p.m. Pacific (5 p.m. Mountain).

WSU will enter the game with a 4-5 overall record and a 2-4 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cougars have two games remaining and if they win both, they would reach the six-win level that makes them eligible for a post-season bowl game. WSU has played in bowl games the past three years.

Arizona State, meanwhile, enters the game with a 7-2 overall record and is 4-1 in the Pac-10. The Sun Devils were ranked 20th this week in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls.

WSU's Jerome Harrison is coming off a school record performance at UCLA that ranks as one of the best ever by a Cougar running back. Harrison, a junior out of Pasadena City College and Kalamazoo, Mich., carried the ball 42 times against UCLA, scored three touchdowns and gained 247 net yards on the ground.

Harrison broke Steve Broussard's WSU single game record of 41 carries set against the Oregon Ducks in 1989.

His 247 net yards ranks third behind school and former NCAA record holder Rueben Mayes, 357 yards in 1984, and Bernard Jackson's 261 yards in 1971. Both of those performances also came against the Oregon Ducks.

The Cougars have won the last three meetings with ASU, although the Sun Devils hold a 16-12-2 series advantage. WSU won in Pullman in 2002 and 2003 and at Tempe in 2001. that win snapped a four-game ASU win streak (1997-98-99-2000), which was preceded by a four-game WSU win streak (1991-92-93-94). Last year the Cougars prevailed at home 34-19.

HARRISON WINS PAC-10 HONOR: Junior Jerome Harrison has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week following his performance last week against UCLA...Harrison shares the award with ASU QB Andrew Walter...Harrison rushed a school-record 42 times and chalked up the third most rushing yards in a game by a Cougar, 247...he also rushed for three touchdowns...he is the first cougar to win the offensive award since Matt Kegel early in September last season...WSU players have won weekly Pac-10 awards 63 times since 1983.

FSN NORTHWEST DELAY SUNDAY, 10:00 A.M.: WSU's upcoming Pac-10 battle with Arizona State will be shown Sunday by FSN Northwest. The replay telecast will begin at 10:00 a.m. on all FSN Nw affiliates in the Pacific Northwest.

WSU AT ASU: Pacific-10 Conference television partners TBS picked up WSU's final road game of the season, Saturday's Pac-10 battle at Arizona State...the TBS announcers will be Ron Thulin, Charles Davis and Craig Sager.

APPLE CUP SOLD OUT: All available tickets for WSU's remaining game, the 2004 Apple Cup battle with Washington, have been sold, reports Dan Meyer, WSU's director of ticket operations. The only tickets that could become available will be from the Huskies, who have the option to turn back tickets they hold.

2004 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Josh Swogger (9), OL Sam Lightbody (75), FS Hamza Abdullah (28), LB Will Derting (51), P Kyle Basler (8). ASU: QB Andrew Walter (16),S Riccardo Stewart (7) and game captains DL Jimmy Verdon (91), LB Justin Burks (5).

HILL NEARS RECORD: Sophomore Jason Hill has 10 touchdown passes in the first nine Cougar games...he is just one TD receptions short of the school record of 11 held by Kevin McKenzie (1997), Chris Jackson (1997) and Devard Darling (2002):

  • He has caught all 32 passes, 10 of them for touchdowns, in the last eight games after being blanked in the opener at New Mexico;
  • In a five-game stretch, Colorado through Stanford, he caught 20 passes, nine for touchdowns

    HILL RACKS UP THREE 100-YARD GAMES: Sophomore Jason Hill is having a banner season with 32 receptions for 797 yards and a 24.9 yard average...included are three games of 100 or more receiving yards and a 98-yard game at UCLA:

  • Six catches for 206 yards and one score against Colorado;
  • Three receptions for three scores and 105 yards against Idaho;
  • Five catches for 115 yards and one touchdown against Stanford;
  • He needs 203 yards to become the sixth WSU receiver to go over 1,000 yards.

    BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in his three seasons, has punted 190 times and in his career has averaged 42.6 yards, plus a net average of 38.4:

  • In all, 43 of his punts have gone for 50 or more yards
  • He has dropped 61 inside the opponent 20 yard line...that is 32% of his punts inside the 20 yard line
  • 31 of his punts have been downed inside the 10 yard line (16%)
  • 20 were downed inside the five yard line (11%), including four against Texas last year in the Holiday Bowl
  • Basler had 15 punts inside the 20 as a freshman, 30 as a sophomore and 16 this year.

    BUMPUS CHASING RECORD: Freshman Michael Bumpus is approaching WSU's record for punt return yards in a season...already the freshman record holder nine games into his career, he has 29 returns for 295 yards, which ranks sixth...here is the list of punt return yards:
    1. 405 Shawn Tims, 1997 (30 returns)
    405 Sammy Moore, 2003 (43)
    3. 402 Marcus Trufant, 2002 (38)
    4. 335 Jerry Williams, 1947
    5. 333 Mark Williams, 1968 (20)
    6. 295 Michael Bumpus (29) [freshman record]

    INJURIES HAVE COME IN PAIRS: The Cougars this year seem to suffer injuries in pairs...in the second game of the season against Colorado WSU lost both starting defensive tackles, Steve Cook (knee sprain) and Ropati Pitoutua (high ankle sprain)...Cook missed two games, Pitoutua three...then down went two tight ends, Troy Bienemann (lower leg bruise) and Cody Body (shoulder)...Bienemann missed two games at tight end but was able to handle center snaps, while Boyd missed four games...then at OSU the Cougs played without two running backs, starter Chris Bruhn (knee) and Allen Thompson (shoulder)...the Cougars have also lost starting quarterback Josh Swogger for the year and now DT Aaron Johnson is out for the rest of the year.

    SWOGGER'S SEASON ENDS: Sophomore Josh Swogger's 2004 season ended this week due to a broken navicular bone in his right foot...Swogger threw 93 passes without an interception between the fourth quarter of the New Mexico season opener and the Oregon game last week...he suffered several injuries during the season, including his right knee (posterior cruciate ligament), left shoulder (strain) and left ankle (contusion)...here's Swogger's six-game summary:

    DERTING EVERYWHERE: Junior linebacker Will Derting, a pre-season All-America candidate, was everywhere against the top ranked USC Trojans, making a career-high 14 tackles, including 2.5 TFL's and 1.5 sacks...Derting has had TFLs in five of WSU's nine games...his previous high tackle mark was 13 against Oregon two years ago...last year he had 12 tackles at Notre Dame and 10 against ASU...Derting's career stats include:

  • 209 total tackles
  • 27 TFL's (three short of WSU's Top 10 career list)
  • TFLs for -123 yards (10th on WSU's career list)
  • 13.5 sacks (10th on the career list)
  • Sacks for -97 yards (10th on the career list)
  • Three interceptions, four fumbles forced and four fumbles recovered

    HARRISON RUNS: Junior Jerome Harrison's 247 rushing yards at UCLA ranks as the third best total in WSU history and his 42 carries bettered by one the school record...the fleet back had 90 yards in the first quarter, 44 in the second, 61 in the third and 52 in the final quarter...he also had three rushing touchdowns...his previous best was 117 yards against Stanford...Harrison and Allen Thompson shared time with starter Chris Bruhn through the first six games...Bruhn then suffered a knee injury and Harrison took over as the starter, gaining 98 against Oregon State and 15 against USC in his first two starts.
    WSU SINGLE-GAME RUSHING ATTEMPTS
    1. Jerome Harrison, 42 vs. UCLA, 2004
    2. Steve Broussard, 41 vs. Oregon, 1989
    3. Rueben Mayes, 39 vs. Oregon, 2954
    4. Michael Black, 37 vs. Washington, 1997
    5. Kevin Brown, 37 vs. Stanford, 1998

    WSU SINGLE-GAME RUSHING YARDS
    1. Rueben Mayes, 357 vs. Oregon, 1984
    2. Bernard Jackson, 261 vs Oregon, 1971
    3. Jerome Harrison, 247 vs. UCLA, 2004
    4. Tali Ena, 218 vs. Oregon State, 1979

    WSU ADDS HOLLYWOOD DRAMA TO FOOTBALL: Early in the season WSU was involved in several late-game wins and losses...the outcome in three of WSU's first four games was determined in the final 15 minutes of play...games with dramatic finishes include:

  • At New Mexico WSU scored with 7:10 to play in the game and won 21-17;
  • At Arizona the Cougars recovered a late-game fumble and scored with 53 seconds to play to win 20-19;
  • Oregon rallied with 27 fourth-quarter points to edge WSU in the late stages of the game to win 41-38;
  • Stanford held off WSU after the Cougars scored 14 fourth-quarter points, but lost 23-17;
  • WSU knocked down a two-point PAT attempt at UCLA to win 31-29;
  • Since 1969, WSU has won 28 games by coming from behind in the final quarter...opponents have won 38 times by overcoming WSU leads in the fourth quarter.

    WSU SCORES QUICKLY: Quick scoring drives are nothing new to WSU...this year WSU has 13 scoring drives that lasted less than one minute, including three against Idaho and two against both Arizona, Oregon and Oregon State...against the Ducks WSU took six seconds to score its first touchdown and 56 seconds to score on the second drive...in each case, the end result was a TD pass to Jason Hill...here's a look at quick scoring drives the past three years, all taking less than one minute:

    PENALTIES DOWN: Through eight games, WSU has 61 (6.8) penalties for 552 (61.3) yards, including just one against Idaho and four against Oregon...the last time WSU had one penalty was 1986 against Arizona...opponents have 70 (7.8) penalties for 591 (65.7) yards this year...in 2003 WSU averaged 11.5 penalties per game and 94.6 yards per game...WSU penalties this year:

    COUGS 34-13 THE LAST FOUR SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 34 of 47 games and is 16th among D-I teams the past four years: Miami 41-5, Oklahoma 44-6, Boise State 41-6, Texas 40-8, Georgia 40-9, USC 38-9, Ohio State 38-10, LSU 37-11, Michigan 36-11, Bowling Green 35-11, Tennessee 36-12, Iowa 35-12, Marshall 35-12, Maryland 35-13, Utah 32-12,WSU 34-13.

    COUGS SECOND IN PAC-10 SINCE 2001: The WSU Cougars boast the second best record among Pacific-10 Conference schools over the past four years...WSU trails only USC in overall record and Pac-10 records...here's a breakdown of Pac-10 teams over the last four football seasons:

    COUG DEFENDERS DOING WELL IN NFL: Washington State University defensive alumni are performing well in the National Football League...six Cougar defenders have made 12 interceptions this season...during the weekend of Oct. 10-11 Lamont Thompson picked off two interceptions during the Monday Night Football game, while Jason David returned his first interception for a touchdown and Marcus Trufant had his second pick a day earlier...here are the six defenders with interceptions:

  • Lamont Thompson (Tennessee Titans) has three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown
  • Erik Coleman (Rookie, NY Jets) has two interceptions
  • Marcus Trufant (Seattle Seahawks) has three interceptions
  • James Darling (Arizona Cardinals) has one interception
  • Jason David (Rookie, Indianapolis Colts) has two interceptions, scoring one touchdown
  • Raonall Smith (Minnesota Vikings) has one interception

    COUGS GO CRIMSON AND GRAY: For the first time since WSU's new uniforms were introduced in 2000, the Cougars wore a crimson top and gray pants at home against Stanford earlier this year.

    SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 226 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 236 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the third longest among D-I schools.
  • The Cougars have scored in 183 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    WSU SCORING STREAK SECOND: Here are the two longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: Michigan 245, WSU 236.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools:

  • Since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 52-36 (59.1%);
  • On the road since 1989 the team is 45-50 (47.4%);
  • 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;
  • WSU is 17-6 in home games the past four seasons and 17-7 on the road...the Cougs have had a winning record on the road the past five years:

    DOBA'S TEAMS SHUT DOWN FOES: Bill Doba has been WSU's head coach for 22 games and he has won 13 times...in those 22 games, his Cougar teams have held the opponents without a TD in the first half nine times...in 2003 WSU blanked Idaho, Arizona and Stanford in the first half and held Notre Dame to a field goal, Oregon to a safety and UCLA to a pair of field goals...this year New Mexico didn't score until the third quarter, Colorado had one first half field goal and Idaho was shutout until the fourth quarter.

    SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has been among the nation's leaders in sacks and interceptions over the past several years:

  • 168 sacks 2000-03 led the nation
  • 76 interceptions 2001-04 second nationally to Nebraska's 78 and first in the Pac-10
  • 89 interceptions 2000-04 sixth nationally and leads the Pac-10; Oklahoma and Virginia Tech lead the NCAA with 97
  • 98 interceptions 1999-04 fifth nationally

    TURNOVERS: WSU is -2 in turnovers this season...in 2003 WSU finished +8 in turnovers...in the last 16 years, WSU is -32 in turnovers...only three times has WSU had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001, +9 in 1994 and +8 in 2003, while the turnovers were even in 1995:

    RUNNING THE BALL: WSU's 321 rushing yards at UCLA was more than the Cougars had in their three previous games (290) against Stanford, OSU and USC...it was the most rushing yards since going for 339 yards against Idaho in 2003, the most on the road since 373 at Illinois in 1988 and the most in a Pac-10 game since 524 at Oregon in 1984.

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.2 points per game, while this year WSU averages 24.3 points...in 2003 WSU averaged 30.3 points per outing and in 2002 average was 33.2 points...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:

    WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '89: The Washington State Cougars are 96-86 since the start of the 1989 season...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1989-Present:

    BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 11 years have actually run the ball more times than they have thrown...in 11 years WSU has run 4,952 rushing plays (50.3%), 4,887 passing plays...in 2003 WSU rushed the ball 484 times (50.3%) and threw 478 passes...so far this year in nine games WSU has run 331 times and passed 328 times.

    COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 11-21 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 6-7:

    MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: The Cougars like to use numerous receivers...nine players caught passes at Oregon State, while eight caught passes against Arizona, seven had receptions against New Mexico, Idaho, USC and UCLA and six caught passes against Colorado, Oregon and Stanford...last year at least seven WSU players caught passes in each of the Cougars' first nine games and in 10 of the 13 games.

    COUGS AVERAGE 54 PLAYERS/GAME: WSU's participation summary shows an average of 54 Cougar players see action in each game...against Idaho, 69 players saw action, while only 51 played against Oregon...here's the game-by-game summary: New Mexico 55, Colorado 56, Idaho 69, Arizona 53, Oregon 51, Stanford 53, Oregon State 55, USC 53, UCLA 54.

    HARRISON GOES FOR 239 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Jerome Harrison chalked up 239 all-purpose yards at UCLA, the eighth best total ever by a Cougar...his total is the most since Nian Taylor had 266 yards against Idaho in 1998...the most recent Cougar running back to have a Top 10 performance was Michael Black's 265 yards against California in 1996.

    COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: Through the first three games this year WSU allowed opponents 6-for-24 (25.0%) success on third down plays in the first two quarters...in the next five games opponents were 16-for-36 (44.4%) in the first half, followed by a 1-of-7 performance against UCLA...last year WSU foes converted 25.1% of their third down opportunities, including just 16.3% in the first quarter and 20.7% in the first half....here's the breakdown the past two years:

    THIRD DOWN SUCCESS IN THIRD QUARTER: Four of WSU's eight opponents have not converted a third down play in the third quarter this year...Colorado and Idaho were both 0-for-4, while Stanford and Oregon State were each 0-for-3...for the season WSU is 53-for-152 (34.9%) and opponents are 50-for-153 (32.7%) in third down conversions.

    WSU NATIONAL LEADER IN TAKEAWAYS: WSU led the nation in 2003 in forced turnovers with 48, just ahead of Nebraska's 47 and 42 by USC...the Cougars also led the nation with 24 fumble recoveries and the team's 24 interceptions ranked second nationally to Nebraska's 32...this year WSU has picked off seven passes and recovered 11 opponent fumbles.

    WHEN DEFENSE SCORES, WSU WINS: WSU has won 16 of its last 20 regular season games when the defense or special team units score...the exception was in 2003 at Notre Dame (defense scored) and this year against Oregon (punt return for a TD), OSU (safety) and USC (interception).

    COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU has 25 sacks this year, including: New Mexico 3, Colorado 2, Idaho 3, Arizona 2, Oregon 5, Stanford 2, OSU 5, USC 2, UCLA 1...last year WSU finished the regular season with 50 sacks, second behind USC's Pac-10-leading 55...WSU had seven sacks against both Oregon State and Texas last year marking the sixth time in the past two years the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game in 2003.

    TURNOVERS = POINTS: In the first four games WSU scored 28 points off 13 opponent turnovers...in the next four games, all losses, WSU forced just eight turnovers and scored just 12 points...at UCLA the cougars forced three turnovers that resulted I n a season-high 17 WSU points...last year WSU turned 24 of the opponent's 48 turnovers into 142 points...WSU took the ball away from the opponents 24 times with interceptions and recovered 24 of the opponents' 47 fumbles:

    BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has nine blocked kicks in two years, five placement kicks and four punts:

  • In 2003 the Cougars blocked three punts and Cody Boyd blocked two field goals against Idaho and a PAT attempt against New Mexico
  • This year Aaron Johnson blocked a Colorado field goal attempt and Wally Dada blocked a punt at New Mexico;
  • Other current Cougars with blocks last year are Steve Cook, a PAT at Colorado and Jason Hill an Oregon punt.

    COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 45 of its last 47 games, every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons and in 11 of 13 games in 2003, plus all nine games this year:

  • This season WSU started with three TD passes in the opener at New Mexico, then one against Colorado, four against Idaho, two at Arizona, three against Oregon, one against Stanford, one at Oregon State, one against USC;
  • The two games in 2003 when WSU didn't throw a TD pass were against Idaho in the opener and at home against New Mexico...WSU won both games;
  • The last time WSU didn't throw a TD pass at an opponents' home field or in a bowl game was at Hawai'i to close out the 1999 season...since then WSU has thrown at least one TD pass in 26 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game.

    CALIFORNIA STREAKING: WSU streaks currently include:

  • Won 12 of its last 16 Pac-10 road games
  • Won eight of its last nine Pac-10 games in California
  • Won 12 of its last 15 games against California schools

    COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: This year, while many of the Cougars have been on the field, few have significant starting experience...there are 198 starts among the offensive players and combined they have played in 439 games...on the defensive side there are 142 starts among the starters and they have combined to play in 412 games:

    ARMSTRONG THE STARTING LEADER: Senior Calvin Armstrong has played in 46 games and made 42 starts in career...other double-digit starters on the 2004 offensive team are Troy Bienemann 30, Sam Lightbody 25, and Nick Mihlhauser 19...on defense, Will Derting's 27 starts are the most, followed by Karl Paymah with 25.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against ASU this week include 4 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 8 juniors and 7 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 8 freshmen, 12 sophomores, 16 juniors and 8 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU listed a combined 20 freshmen-sophomores and 24 juniors-seniors...36 of the top 44 are underclassmen:

    RED ZONE: WSU has scored 17 touchdowns and five field goals in 28 Red Zone appearances this year, while opponents have scored 23 times in 28 trips inside the 20 yard line...WSU failures inside the 20 yard line include two missed field goals, three fumbles lost and once on downs, while opponents have missed three field goals, lost one fumble and had the half run out...here are WSU's Red Zone stats since 1997:

    WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: In the first four games this year WSU allowed just 10 first-half points, a Colorado field goal and an Arizona touchdown...in the next four games, all losses, the Cougars allowed 86 points in the first half, 14 by Oregon, 13 by Stanford, 24 by Oregon State and 35 by USC...in the win at UCLA, the Bruins scored 10 first half points...in 2003 WSU outscored opponents 123-25 in the first quarter and 218-104 in the first half...WSU held a 95-79 second quarter scoring advantage, a 84-67 lead in the third quarter and 92-83 in the fourth quarter...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs in 2003 were touchdowns by Colorado, Oregon State (interception return) and ASU, a safety by Oregon, and a field goal by USC.

    WSU BOWL RECORD: WSU's appearance in the 2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was the Cougars' 10th bowl appearance and second in the Holiday Bowl...WSU is 6-4 in 10 previous bowl games:

  • 1916 Rose Bowl - WSU 14, Brown 0 (W)
  • 1931 Rose Bowl - Alabama 24, WSU 0 (L)
  • 1981 Holiday Bowl - BYU 38, WSU 36 (L)
  • 1988 Aloha Bowl - WSU 24, Houston 22 (W)
  • 1992 Copper Bowl - WSU 31, Utah 28 (W)
  • 1994 Alamo Bowl - WSU 10, Baylor 3 (W)
  • 1998 Rose Bowl - Michigan 21, WSU 16 (L)
  • 2001 Sun Bowl - WSU 33, Purdue 27 (W)
  • 2003 Rose Bowl - Oklahoma 34, WSU 14 (L)
  • 2003 Holiday Bowl - WSU 28, Texas 20 (W)

    WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: The Cougars, in recent years, have started the season strong coming off a bowl game appearance...in 1989 (after the 1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 6-1...in 1993 (after the 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 5-2...in 1995 (after the 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 3-2...in 1998 (after the 1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 3-0...in 2002 (after the 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 9-1...in 2003 (after the 2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU finished 10-3 with a Holiday Bowl win over Texas.

    RECRUITING CLASS RANKED: WSU head coach Bill Doba's first recruiting class, the group who signed NLI's last February, was ranked nationally by two organizations...the WSU recruits were ranked 19th nationally by Collegefootballnews.com, while TheInsider.com rated WSU's class 21st nationally.

    SWOGGER DEBUT AMONG BEST: Josh Swogger completed 24-of-38 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start...his 240 yards against New Mexico ranks well in comparison to some of WSU's recent quarterbacks in their first start:
    Ryan Leaf, 291 yards vs. Washington, 1995 (freshman) [L]
    Jack Thompson, 265 yards vs. Idaho (sophomore) [W]
    Josh Swogger, 240 yards vs. New Mexico, 2004 (soph) [W]
    Mark Rypien, 209 yards vs. Arizona, 1983 (sophomore) [L]
    Drew Bledsoe, 188 yards vs. OSU, 1990 (freshman) [W]
    Jason Gesser, 141 yards vs. Hawaii, 1999 (freshman) [W]
    Timm Rosenbach, 58 Yards vs. Oregon, 1986 (freshman) [L]

    PAC-10 PICKS WSU FIFTH: Despite the loss of 27 letter winners, including seven offensive starters and nine on the defensive side of the ball, WSU was picked fifth by the media covering the Pacific-10 Conference when they gathered in late July...the 2004 Pac-10 Media Poll: 1. USC 240 points, 2. California 210, 3. Oregon 192, 4. Oregon State 138, 5. WSU 133, 6. ASU 131, 7. Washington 100, 8. UCLA 98, 9. Stanford 40, 10. Arizona 38.

    BRUCE ATTENDS CONFERENCE: Sophomore defensive end Mkristo Bruce was among 321 NCAA student-athletes selected to attend the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference in late May...the conference was designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators.

    FALL SCRIMMAGE NOTES: In four scrimmages this fall, starting quarterback Josh Swogger hit 40 of his 72 passes for 455 yards, five touchdowns, with three interceptions...Alex Brink was 23-of-49 for 239 yards, with one TD throw and one interception...Jerome Harrison was the top running back with 174 yards and one score on 27 carries...Chris Bruhn had 15 carries for 44 yards...Marty Martin was the top receiver with 12 catches for 126 yards, while freshman Michael Bumpus had 11 receptions for 115 yards...tight end Troy Bienemann caught seven passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns...newcomer Tyron Brackenridge picked off two passes, while eight other players had one interception each...Mkristo Bruce recoreded 4.0 sacks in those four scrimmages, while Adam Braidwood and Aaron Johnson each had 2.5 sacks.

    Brian Winter SCHOLARSHIPED: Early September was an up and then down time for senior Brian Winter, who walked on at WSU three years ago...Thursday, Sept. 9, Bill Doba announced he was putting Winter on scholarship...then three days later, playing against Colorado, Winter suffered a fracture of the left fibula...he is expected to miss several games before returning to action in October.

    OLD FACE, NEW NUMBER: Several members of the 2004 football team opted for new uniform numbers when camp opened in August...among the prominent players wearing new numbers are running back Chris Bruhn, who now sports #3, dropping one three from last year's #33...backup quarterback Alex Brink wore #18 last year and now is wearing #10...Allen Thompson is another regular who switched, going from #38 for his first two seasons to #4 this fall.

    BASLER AMONG BEST IN THE NATION: Kyle Basler stacked up well in the Ray Guy Award's primary categories (average, punts inside the 20, % of punts inside the 20, number of returns, % of non-returned punts) finishing second among the 10 semi-finalists...the sophomore's numbers vastly improved from his freshman season...his average improved from 41.1 yards to 43.5 and more importantly, his net average was up from 35.3 yards to 40.5...he had 15 punts inside the 20 as a freshman, 30 in 2003...he allowed 19 returns for 288 yards in 2002, while in 2003 the returns were up to 29 but the return yards were down from 288 to 232...in 2002 he had 10 punts 50 yards or longer, in 2003 20.

    COUGS TV DARLINGS: Eight of WSU's 11 football games this fall have already been selected for live telecasts...in May ABC selected WSU games against Colorado (12:30 p.m.), Arizona (12:30 p.m.), USC (4:00 p.m.) and Washington (5:00 p.m.), while FSN Northwest added the Idaho (7:30 p.m.) game and FSN the Stanford (7:15 p.m.) game to their lineups...ESPN was on hand for WSU's opener at New Mexico (6:00 p.m.) and TBS selected WSU's game at ASU (4:00 p.m. Pacific)...FSN Northwest also replays the final 10 games of the 2004 season each Sunday morning.

    DOBA TURNS TO COUGARS FOR ASSISTANTS: When Bill Doba began assembling his staff in December, 2002, 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 includes five former Cougar players, equaling the most graduates on any D-1 staff in 2003...here is a quick rundown:
    1. Robb 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, Northeast 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, he was OC before joining WSU;
    8. Mike Walker, defensive line, joined WSU 1997, Washington State '82, played professionally with Hamilton and Edmonton;
    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.

    WSU SENIORS: WSU will play its 2004 schedule with just 12 seniors, 10 of them on scholarship...the scholarship seniors include four on offense, OL Patrick Afif, OL Calvin Armstrong, OL Sam Lightbody and RB Chris Bruhn...there are six on defense, LB Pat Bennett, SS Jeremy Bohannon, FS Hamza Abdullah, DT Steve Cook, LB Brian Winter and CB Karl Paymah...WSU's list of the top 44 players includes just eight seniors.

    ROBERTSON HONORED: Veteran WSU radio broadcaster Bob Robertson, entering his 38th season with the Cougar football team, was honored in early August with the Chris Schenkel award, which was presented to him at the College Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, South Bend, Ind.

    WSU AMONG ELITE WITH 10-WIN SEASONS: Washington State is one of just four NCAA Div. I teams to record 10 wins in each of the last three seasons (2001-02-03)...the others are Maryland, Miami (FL) and Oklahoma.

    2003 SEASON AMONG BEST: WSU's 10-3 finish in 2003 equaled the fifth best record for the Cougars since the 1920's when teams began playing 10 or more games...WSU's best records include 9-1 (90.0%) in 1930, 10-2 (83.3%) in 1929, 1997 and 2002 and 10-3 (76.9%) in 2002 and 2003.

    COUGARS FACED THE BEST: During the 2002 and 2003 seasons WSU played seven teams ranked by the NCAA in their list of the Top 15 winningest programs in Div. 1-A football...only Auburn faced as many of the top teams in those two years...the seven opponents were:
    2002 - Ohio State (seventh)
    2002/2003 - USC (tenth)
    2002/2003 - Washington (14th)
    2003 - Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl (eighth)
    2003 - Notre Dame (second)
    2003 - Colorado (15th)
    2003 - Texas in the Holiday Bowl (fourth)

    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 2001-02-03, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC, 1978-79...WSU is the only team with three consecutive 10-win seasons in more than 50 years...USC achieved the feat in the early 1930's.

    COUGS 10-WIN SEASONS AMONG BEST: WSU and USC are the only Pacific-10 school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch...USC has accomplished the feat three times...however, the Cougars are the only league school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1979...WSU was 10-2 in 1997, 10-2 in 2001, 10-3 in 2002 and 10-3 in 2003...in the last seven 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...dating back to the start of the PCC in 1916, WSU and USC are the only team to post 10 or more wins three straight years, USC doing so in 1931-32-33.

    TWO QBS ON DEFENSIVE LINE: Two members of WSU's defensive line, Odell Howard and Mkristo Bruce, were high school quarterbacks...Howard prepped at Pomona High (Pomona, Calif.) and Bruce at Liberty High near Renton...Bruce passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 602 as a senior, while Howard threw for 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year.

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 17 years WSU has held 72 of 183 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 183 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 20 times:

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 66 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 17 years and 183 games against WSU's defense...USC's LenDale White and UCLA's Tyler Ebell were the only backs in 2003 to top 100 yards rushing against WSU...this year New Mexico's DonTrell Moore gained 167 yards, Terrance Whitehead from Oregon rushed for 166 and Oregon State's Ryan Cole tallied 104.

    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 Bohler Athletic Complex 186. 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.

    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay the WSU-Arizona State game Sunday, Nov. 14, at 10:00 a.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 WSU's Web provider College Sports TV and its audio partner Real Audio...the address is: www.wsucougars.com, then use the Audio link in the left column.

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 27-station Cougar Sports Network...Robertson is in his 38th year of broadcasting Cougar sports...Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his fourth season as a Cougar commentator...Nameck has been broadcasting WSU sports on radio or television since 1981 and is in his third season as part of the radio team...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.

    PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 EDT) beginning Sep. 8 and running through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.

    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 (jrhickman@wsu.edu) 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.

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