Oct. 30, 2006
The No. 25 Washington State University Cougars, 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play, will look for their third consecutive win when they host Arizona, 3-5, 1-4, Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a non-televised game from Martin Stadium.
The Cougars became bowl eligible last Saturday by capturing their sixth victory, a 37-15 win at UCLA. Trailing 15-14 at halftime, WSU scored 23 unanswered points in the final two quarters to pull away from the Bruins.
WSU enters Saturday's Dads' Day game looking for a third-straight conference victory, something that hasn't been accomplished since the 2003 season when it won four straight (Sept. 27-Oct. 25).
The Wildcats are coming off their bye week and last played Oct. 21, a 17-10 home loss against Oregon State. Arizona is holding opponents to 20.0 points per game, fifth in the conference.
COUGARS GAIN NATIONAL RANKING: For the first time since the end of the 2003 season, WSU is ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll. The Cougars attained a No. 25 ranked by AP, the first since ending the 2003 campaign at No. 9. WSU also appears in the BCS poll at No. 23, the Harris poll (No. 23) and the ESPNU Allstate standings at No. 25.
BOWL TICKET PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING ACCEPTED: Pre-orders for tickets to any of the bowl games that WSU could be selected to are now being accepted at wsucougars.com. Seating locations will be allocated by WSU's Ticket Priority System (TPS) rank for all orders placed by November 20 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Orders are only accepted online. Individuals with points in the TPS were mailed ordering information this past weekend.
BRINK NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior quarterback Alex Brink has been named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week following his performance against UCLA. Brink completed 28-of-38 passes for a season-high 405 yards with three touchdowns. His 409 yards of total offense against the Bruins marked a Pac-10 season high and the third time he has thrown for over 400 yards in his career.
DEFENSE HOLDING OPPONENTS DOWN: The WSU defense has taken the bend-but-don't-break philosophy this season. With the exception of the season-opening game at Auburn, the Cougar defense has held each opponent under its season scoring average at the time of the game. Against Oregon State and Oregon, WSU held those opponents to their season-low scoring output.
WSU-ARIZONA SERIES: Arizona holds a 20-13 advantage in the all-time series, although the Cougars have captured the last four games. Since 2001, WSU has won all four contests (the teams did not meet in 2005), scoring at least 20 points in each game, with three of those games coming on the road. The last time these teams met in Pullman, the Cougars came away with a 30-7 victory, Oct. 4, 2003. Arizona holds a 7-4 advantage when playing in Pullman.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference POW nominees following the UCLA game were: Alex Brink (offense), Eric Frampton (defense) and Michael Bumpus (special teams). Brinks threw for a season-high 405 yards and three touchdowns while Frampton registered seven tackles and his team-leading fourth interception of the year. Bumpus returned one punt 15 yards and had two punts averaging 35.5 yards with a long of 36 after being pressed into duty following an illness and injury to both Cougar punters.