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Cougars Coming Off Road Win At Utah 38-21
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Sept. 20, 2000

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WHO: WSU Cougars (1-1 overall, 0-1 in Pac-10) vs. Idaho Vandals (0-3 overall, 0-0 in Big West)
WHAT: Non-Conference Football, WSU from the Pacific-10, Idaho from the Big West
WHEN: Saturday, September 23, Kickoff 2:00 p.m. PDT - WSU HOMECOMING
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, FieldTurf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: FOX Sports Net replay Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. PDT

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 60-67-0 (.472) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 106-111-0 (.486) in 20 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). IDAHO - Tom Cable, a 1986 Idaho graduate, is in his first season as Idaho's head coach...Cable is 0-3 in his young coaching career.

WSU VS. IDAHO: The WSU-Idaho series is the Cougar's longest standing series, dating back to 1894 and a 10-0 WSU all, the two teams have played 82 times, with WSU winning 63, Idaho 16, plus three ties...last year the Vandal's pulled out a 28-17 win, overcoming WSU's 14-0 lead...WSU had won 14 straight until last season's game...between 1979 and 1997, the teams played just twice, but now are playing on a regular basis...Saturday's meeting will be the fourth WSU Homecoming game involving 1927 the teams tied 1932 WSU beat Idaho 12-0 and in 1951 the Cougars prevailed 9-6, the last time the two teams met as part of WSU's Homecoming festivities...series facts include:

Most WSU Points: 84, 1975 (84-27) Most Idaho Points: 32, 1903 (0-32)

Widest WSU Victory: 57, 1975 (84-27) Widest Idaho Victory: 32, 1903 (0-32)

Longest WSU Win Streak: 20, 1926-49 Longest Idaho Win Streak: 3, twice

Last WSU Win: 1998 (24-16) Last Idaho Win: 1999 (7-28)

Last WSU Win Pullman: 1998 (24-16) Last Idaho Win Pullman: 1999* (28-17)

Last WSU Win Moscow: 1966 (14-7) Last Idaho Win Moscow: 1964 (28-13)

WSU at Home: 32-7-3* (-1) Idaho at Home: 9-28-0 (-1)

WSU at Moscow: 28-9-0 (+1) Idaho at Pullman: 7-32-3* (+1)

WSU at Spokane: 3-0-0 (+3) Idaho at Spokane: 0-3-0 (-3)

Mike Price vs. Idaho: 2-1 Tom Cable vs. WSU: 0-0

WSU Streak: -1

* - 1999 game played at Pullman with Idaho the home team

NEW FIELD TURF FOR MARTIN: WSU opened the season with a new look when it hosted Stanford Sept. 2...the Cougars sported new uniforms and helmets, played on a new artificial turf, FieldTurf and were finally back at home in Bohler Gym with new offices and a new lockerroom...Nebraska was the first NCAA Div. I football school to use FieldTurf, followed by WSU...FieldTurf is a surface that looks and feels very much like grass...the Cougars' practice facility, Rogers Field, also sports the new turf.

2000 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Jason Gesser (17), RB Adam Hawkins (37), DE Austin Matson (61), WR Farwan Zubedi (41). IDAHO - OL Rick DeMulling (69), LB Rick Giampetri (26), LB Chris Nofoaiga (38), QB John Welsh (13)

BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: Against Utah WSU's starting lineup of 22 players includes 2 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 4 juniors and 6 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) consists of 11 freshmen, 13 sophomores, 10 juniors and 10 seniors.

MOST STARTS: Senior Lamont Thompson, who has yet to practice this season, has the most career starts, on the list are Reed Raymond and Austin Matson, who each have made 22 are the players with the most starts going into the Idaho game:

Lamont Thompson - 22 of last 28 games [23 total]
Reed Raymond - 22 of last 24 games [22 total]
Austin Matson - 22 straight [22 total]
Billy Newman - 13 straight [14 total]
Chris Martin - 13 straight (missed 1999) [13 total]
James Price - 12 of last 13 (missed 1999) [13 total]
Farwan Zubedi - 11 of last 14 [11 total]

COUG FOOTBALL HAS TWO SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster in 2000 includes two sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and linebackers Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77).

MORE BROTHERS: In addition to two sets of twins on the Cougar roster, there are five other pairs of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Adam and Blair Hawkins, Pat and Collin Henderson, Raonall and Kealan Smith, and Deon and Anthony Burnett.

WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Two members of WSU's 2000 football roster boast brothers who have played at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother was a senior in 1999.

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, 1999 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho currently uses 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...this year Idaho plays three home games in WSU's stadium.

CONTRASTING GAME PLAN: Washington State is known as a passing team, but last weekend the Cougars reversed the order and rushed 51 times at Utah in a 38-21 win, while throwing just 18 much of a contrast is that for Mike Price coached teams at WSU?...the 18 passes is the fewest ever thrown by a Price coached Cougar team and the coach himself thinks it is the fewest any of his teams have ever thrown, including eight years at Weber WSU, the previous lows were 20 passes against UCLA in 1994 and 21 against Oregon State in for the number of rushing plays, only five times since Price came to WSU in 1989 have the Cougs run the ball 50 or more times: 58/Oregon State, 1991, 57/California, 1993, 52/Washington, 1994 and 50/Oregon, 1989.

BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett, a true freshman in 1999, notched the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:

  • Burnett was the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start),
  • Burnett broke the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman three times, the last with 136 yards at ASU...the only other Cougar freshman to go over 100 yards was Will Haskell with 100 at Oregon State, 1993,
  • Burnett's 974 rushing yards was a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982,
  • Burnett's 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns were the most ever by a Cougar freshman, he was one TD short of the WSU record of 13 by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992,
  • Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, one short of the school record, and a freshman record.
  • Burnett made a run at the Pac-10 freshman record of 1,069 yards held by Stanford's Darrin Nelson, 1977...the WSU back finished 95 yards short of Nelson's record.
    BURNETT SCORES 12 TDs AS ROOKIE: Only three other WSU players have scored as many touchdowns in one year as freshman Deon Burnett scored in 1999 and only two scored more rushing touchdowns...the WSU record is 17 by Steve Broussard in 1989, 13 by rushing...Bernard Jackson scored 14 in 1971, 11 but only 11 rushing...Shaumbe Wright-Fair scored 13 in 1992, all rushing, while Ken Grandberry in 1972, Rueben Mayes in 1984 and Broussard in 1988 all scored 12 touchdowns, 11 by running.

    MINNICH TOPS 100 YARDS: Dave Minnich, the ex-Marine running back who joined WSU this fall as a junior out of Mt. San Jacinto JC, ran for 118 yards against Utah to lead WSU's rushing game that produced 213 yards on the ground...during his two-year JC career, Minnich averaged 134 yards per game, so he certainly is no stranger to 100 yard games...he finished his career with 2,679 rushing yards.

    CONTROLLING THE FOOTBALL: WSU controlled the football in last week's win over Utah, boasting a 34:38-25:22 possession Hawaii in last year's final game WSU held the ball for 34:53, while in 1997 while downing Washington, the Cougars held the ball for 35:01.

    INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 18 from the training staff: Mark Baldwin (shoulder, questionable), Ira Davis (knee bruise, doubtful). Out indefinitely are: Serign Marong (back) Jason White (ankle), Ing Aleaga (broken foot), Lamont Thompson (neck), Wendell Smith (shoulder), Sam Lightbody (ruptured thumb ligament), Farwan Zubedi (knee).

    SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:

    9/2- - -STANFORDSan Jose State
    9/16CaliforniaUTAHAir Force
    9/23@ OregonIDAHOMontana State
    9/30@ Fresno StateCAL@ Arizona State
    10/7@ Central MichiganBSUE. Washington
    10/14@ USCARIZONA@ Oregon
    10/28@ UCLAOREGON STATE@ California
    11/4@ Arizona StateOREGONCalifornia
    11/11@ Arizona StateUSC@ UCLA
    11/18UCLAWASHINGTON- - -

    COUGS GO MARINES: While looking for a few good men the past two years, the WSU coaching staff discovered the Marines...a pair of WSU players are former Marines, Wendell Smith and Dave Minnich...Smith, from Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, joined the Cougars last fall as a freshman after four years in the service...this season WSU brought in running back Dave Minnich from Mt. San Jacinto College...originally from Stonington, Conn., Minnich spent four years in the Marines before going the jaycee route...Smith is currently sidelined following shoulder surgery in the spring.

    LAMONT THOMPSON SIDELINES: Senior Lamont Thompson, who shares the WSU record with 14 career interceptions and is a candidate for the Thorpe Award, has not seen a day of action this fall and that comes on the heels of missing all but a couple of spring practices...Thompson's problem is a sore neck, a condition that dates back to last season...after lining up at free safety his first two years, Thompson was asked to play corner last fall...during the course of the season he suffered a couple of injuries that hampered his play, including a sore neck after the ASU game...Thompson, who has not redshirted, has visited several specialists and no structural damage has been detected, but to date he has been unable to practice...the senior, now back at free safety, is currently undergoing physical therapy and neck strengthening exercises, but no date has been set for his return.

    GESSER PAC-10 HONOREE: Jason Gesser was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his play at Utah when he completed 11 of 18 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 37 yards...he is the first Cougar to be so honored since Nian Taylor was selected after the third game of the 1998 season.

    ZUBEDI AND HIS UNIQUE PET: Wide receiver Farwan Zubedi, one of WSU's four co-captains, has a unique pet that draws some folks to him while others will take the long way around him...Zubedi has a pet snake...not just your common garden snake hidden in the folds of his cloths or in a's a 4-foot boa named Unique...hard to hide and not everyone's favorite pet...unfortunately neither Zubedi or Unique have seen action for the Cougs in the first two games...Zubedi missed the first week of fall camp after spilling his motorcycle the week before camp opened...he suffered a bruised and lacerated knee...he returned to practice the second week and was working his way to the top of the depth chart when an infection set in and he missed the opener...he is not expected to play at Idaho.

    PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 106 wins... Arizona's Dick Tomey leads Pac-10 coaches with 155, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder with 122 and Price...Price, in his 12th season at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th year 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 60-67-0 (.472), while his career mark is now 106-111-0...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 59 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

    COUG LINE AVERAGES 292: WSU's offensive line, which includes just one senior, 312-pound Reed Raymond, averages 292 pounds...the "lightweights" include 275 pound Billy Knotts and both Tyler Hunt and Derrick Roche, a pair of sophomores each listed at 280...the line includes one redshirt freshman, Billy Knotts, three redshirt sophomores, Phil Locker, Hunt and Roche, plus Raymond...this year's five starters weigh in at a collective 1,458 pounds, just off the WSU record of 1,508 in 1998 and slightly down from last year's 1,489 pounds.

    WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10.

    SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
  • The Cougars have scored in 190 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 180 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 158 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.
    COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 358 first quarter points in the last 81 games (4.37/quarter) over the past eight years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998, 71 in 1999 and 0 in 2000.

    THOMPSON TIES WSU CAREER PICK RECORD: Junior Lamont Thompson with four interceptions last year, now shares the school record with 14 career interceptions...his last interception of 1999 at Hawaii in the finale tied him with Richard Reed, who had 14 in three seasons, 1966-68.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars perform much better at home than on the road during Mike Price's 12 year home the Cougars are 34-26 (56.6%) and on the road the team is 26-41 (38.8%).

    COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 2000...WSU did not meet a ranked team in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 1997 WSU defeated No. 22 USC and lost to 21st ranked ASU...unranked at the start of the season when WSU won, UCLA finished the year ranked the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon.

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last eight years WSU has held 32 of 82 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State's -35 and Pacific's -6 in 1993 and Montana's -6 in those 81 games, WSU has held opponents to 50 or less yards 12 times.

    WSU GROUND ATTACK: The Cougar rushing game generated 213 yards against Utah, including 118 from Dave Minnich, 37 from Jason Gesser, 32 from Deon Burnett and 27 from Adam was the second highest total since the 1997 season...only three times during the 1998, 1999 and 2000 seasons have the Cougs rushed for 200 or more yards: 200/ASU in 1998, 222/Hawaii in 1999 and now 213/Utah in 2000...WSU was over 200 yards three times in 1997, including 256 in a win over California.

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 27 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last eight years and 82 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons.

    LINEUP ADJUSTMENTS: The Cougar lineup was rarely the same two straight weeks during the 1999 season...on defense, WSU started the same lineup for the first three games, but only once in the final eight all the Coug defense had nine different lineups...there were five linebacker lineups, five secondary lineups and five different lineups for the line...on offense WSU used 11 different different offensive line combinations started and four different sets of wide receivers were used.

    WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the Utah game are:
    Pac-10 Offense: Jason Gesser (Honolulu, Hawaii)
    Pac-10 Defense: Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)
    Pac-10 Special Teams: None
    Offensive Lineman: Reed Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash.)
    Offensive Back: Milton Wynn (Lancaster, Calif.)
    Offensive Scout Team: Billy Graffis (Oakesdale, Wash.)
    Defensive Back: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
    Defensive Lineman: Fred Shavies (Oakland, Calif.)
    Defensive Scout Team: Ryan Calhoun (Graham, Wash.)
    Defensive Pursuit Player: Raonall Smith (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
    Cougar Claw: Derrick Roche (Kent, Wash.), Reed Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash.), Fred Shavies (Oakland, Calif.)
    Big Hit: Bill Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
    Cougar Tackler: Raonall Smith (Gig Harbor, Wash.)
    Specialist of the Week: Alan Cox (Manti, Utah)
    Most Disciplined Offense: Billy Chase (Compton, Calif.)
    Most Disciplined Defense: Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Special Teams: Curtis Nettles (Venice, Calif.)
    Special Teams Big Play: Nick Lambert (Bothel, Wash.)
    Assassin: Curtis Nettles (Venice, Calif.)
    Iron Man: Curtis Nettles (Venice, Calif.)
    Gamebreaker: Curtis Nettles (Venice, Calif.)

    MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT on KHQ, KNDO (Yakima) and KNDU (Tri-Cities) television stations....KHQ's John Fritz hosts the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.

    JIM STERK RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Conversation with (WSU AD) Jim Sterk" is aired each Sunday for 30 minutes at 10:30 a.m. on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.

    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 Saturday, Sept. 23, will include FOX Sports Net's coverage of UCLA at Oregon at 12:30 p.m. PT, and California at Fresno State at 7:15 p.m. PT...ABC will not show a Pacific-10 Conference game this weekend.

    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay Washington State's game vs. Idaho Sept. 24 at 10:30 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 now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is:

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck will combine talents on the 24-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 34th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his second season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Learfield Communications, airs weekly on most network stations live at 7:00 p.m.. Robertson is the shows regular host...all broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to

    SATELLITE: WSU uplinks a 15-minute football video package each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. (C-Band, Telstar 6, Transponder 19 V, 93 degree west, ) 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 12:00 noon PDT on Telstar 5, Transponder 16, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).

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