Nov. 15, 2004
The Washington State Cougars, 4-6 overall and 2-5 in Pacific-10 Conference play, play host to the Washington Huskies, 1-9 overall and 0-7 in league action, Saturday in the annual Apple Cup. Game time has been moved to 4 p.m. by ABC Sports, which will televise the game live regionally.
The Cougars will be out to snap a string of six straight Washington wins dating back to 1998. Three of Washington's wins have been at Martin Stadium, including 29-26 in overtime two years ago.
Saturday's finale will be the 97th since the first game in 1900, with Washington winning 63, WSU 27. There have been six ties, but none since 1937.
WSU's last win over Washington was a 41-35 victory in 1997 that clinched the Pac-10 title for the Cougars. WSU's last home win over Washington was a 23-6 outcome in 1994.
Both teams lost to nationally ranked teams last week. WSU lost at #20 Arizona State 45-28 and Washington lost to #5 California 42-12.
COUGAR SENIORS: The Cougars will dress 13 seniors playing in their final collegiate game: FS Hamza Abdullah, OL Patrick Afif, OT Calvin Armstrong, LB Pat Bennett, SS Jeremy Bohannon, RB Chris Bruhn, DT Steve Cook, RB Blair Hawkins, OT Sam Lightbody, CB Karl Paymah, CB Tyler Sellers, WR John Williams and LB Brian Winter.
BIENEMANN NAMED TO ACADEMIC TEAM: Washington State junior tight end Troy Bienemann (Mountain View, Calif.) has been named to the CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team for the second straight year...he was among seven players from the Pacific-10 conference named to the offensive team.
ARMSTRONG, PAYMAH TO SHRINE GAME: A pair of Cougar seniors, offensive tackle Calvin Armstrong (Centralia) and cornerback Karl Paymah (Culver City, Calif.), have been selected to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game Jan. 15, 11 a.m., at SBC Park in San Francisco.
FSN NORTHWEST DELAY SUNDAY, 3:00 P.M.: WSU's upcoming Pac-10 battle with Washington will be shown Sunday by FSN Northwest. The replay telecast will begin at 3:00 p.m. on all FSN Nw affiliates in the Pacific Northwest.
APPLE CUP/GOVERNOR'S TROPHY: From 1934 to 1961, Washington State and Washington played for the Governor's Trophy, which annually was usually presented to the winner by the Governor of Washington...since the 1962 season, the teams have played for the Apple Cup Trophy, which also is often presented to the winning team by the state's governor.
ABC TO TELEVISE APPLE CUP: ABC Sports will be at Martin Stadium Saturday to televise the 97th meeting between WSU and the Washington Huskies...Keith Jackson and Dan Fouts will call the action on most ABC stations on the West Coast.
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). Washington: LB Joe Lobendahn (53), CB Derrick Johnson (21), FB Zach Tuiasosopo (5), OT Khalif Barnes (65), WR Charles Fredrick (10).
HILL TIES RECORD: Sophomore Jason Hill has tied WSU's single-season touchdown reception record with one game remaining in the 11-game season...he caught a 41-yard TD pass at ASU to give him 11 touchdown receptions this year...he now shares the record with Kevin McKenzie (1997), Chris Jackson (1997) and Devard Darling (2002):
HILL RACKS UP FOUR 100-YARD GAMES: Sophomore Jason Hill is having a banner season with 41 receptions for 929 yards and a 22.7 yard average...included are four games of 100 or more receiving yards and a 98-yard game at UCLA:
BUMPUS CHASING RECORD: Freshman Michael Bumpus is approaching WSU's record for punt return yards in a season...already the freshman record holder 10 games into his career, he has 32 returns for 386 yards, ranking him fourth on WSU's single-season list and just 19 yards short of the record of 405 yards, shared by Shawn Tims and Sammy Moore...in addition, his two touchdown returns this year ranks him second on the single-season list and tied for second on the career list...his 76-yard return at ASU ranks as the sixth longest punt return for a TD in WSU history.
WSU SCORES QUICKLY: Quick scoring drives are nothing new to WSU...this year WSU has 14 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.
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.
HARRISON GOES 100+ THREE TIMES: Junior transfer Jerome Harrison has three games of more than 100 rushing yards this year:
PENALTIES DOWN: Through 10 games, WSU has 66 (6.6) penalties for 593 (59.3) yards, including just one against Idaho and four against Oregon...the last time WSU had one penalty was 1986 against Arizona...opponents have 79 (7.9) penalties for 680 (68.0) yards this year...in 2003 WSU averaged 11.5 penalties per game and 94.6 yards per game...
COUGS 34-14 THE LAST FOUR SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 34 of 48 games and is tied for 18th among D-I teams the past four years: Miami 42-5, Oklahoma 45-6, Boise State 42-6, Texas 41-8, USC 39-9, Georgia 40-10, Ohio State 38-11, LSU 38-11, Michigan 37-11, Bowling Green 36-11, Tennessee 36-12, Iowa 36-12, Marshall 35-13, Maryland 35-13, Utah 33-12, Louisville 34-13, Miami-Ohio 34-13, Florida State 35-14, WSU 34-14, Auburn 34-14, Toledo 34-14.
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.
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 six of WSU's 10 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:
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
WSU SCORING STREAK SECOND: Here are the two longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: Michigan 246, WSU 237.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools:
100 TACKLE CLUB: Several members of the WSU football team have recorded 100 or more tackles during their career, including: Will Derting 216, Karl Paymah 126, Jeremy Bohannon 115, Scott Davis 105, Pat Bennett 103 and Hamza Abdullah 100...Paymah, Bohannon, Bennett and Abdullah are seniors, while Derting and Davis are both juniors.
CAREER RECEPTION LEADERS: WSU leaders in career receptions: Troy Bienemann 66/736, Trandon Harvey 50/568, Chris Jordan 45/624, Jason Hill 41/929, Michael Bumpus 31/267, Cody Boyd 21/297, Marty Martin 20/201.
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has been among the nation's leaders in sacks and interceptions over the past several years:
CAREER INTERCEPTION LEADERS: Six members of the WSU defense have made two or more interceptions in their career...the six players combined have made 15 interceptions...the following are their career interceptions and return yardage: Will Derting 3/98, Pat Bennett 3/67, Jeremy Bohannon 3/25, Don Turner 2/1, Karl Paymah 2/0, Alex Teems 2/0.
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)...
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.
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:
DOBA'S TEAMS SHUT DOWN FOES: Bill Doba has been WSU's head coach for 23 games and he has won 13 times...in those 23 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.
BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in his three seasons, has punted 198 times and in his career has averaged 42.8 yards, plus a net average of 38.1:
COUG DEFENDERS DOING WELL IN NFL: Washington State University defensive alumni are performing well in the National Football League...six Cougar defenders have made 13 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 seven defenders with interceptions:
COUGS ALTER UNIFORMS: For the first time since new uniforms were introduced in 2000, WSU has switched up its uniforms - twice:
PAC-10 POW: Two Cougars have captured Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week awards three times during the 2004 season:
ARMSTRONG THE STARTING LEADER: Senior Calvin Armstrong has played in 47 games and made 43 starts in career...other double-digit starters on the 2004 offensive team are Troy Bienemann 31, Sam Lightbody 26, and Nick Mihlhauser 20...on defense, Will Derting's 28 starts are the most, followed by Karl Paymah with 26.
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, UCLA and ASU, while 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, ASU 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 and the most since Nian Taylor had 266 yards against Idaho in 1998.
COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: Through the first four games this year and the last two games WSU has allowed opponents 10-for-47 (21.3%) success on third down plays in the first two quarters...in the middle four games opponents were 15-for-36 (4147.4%) in the first half...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 10 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 nine passes and recovered 16 opponent fumbles.
WHEN DEFENSE SCORES, WSU WINS: WSU has won 16 of its last 21 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), USC (interception), ASU (punt return).
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU has 28 sacks this year, including: New Mexico 3, Colorado 2, Idaho 3, Arizona 2, Oregon 5, Stanford 2, OSU 5, USC 2, UCLA 1, ASU 3...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 in a season-high 17 WSU points...WUS forced just one ASU turnover that resulted in no 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:
COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 46 of its last 48 games, every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons and in 11 of 13 games in 2003, plus all 10 games this year:
CALIFORNIA STREAKING: WSU streaks currently include:
COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: This year, while many of the Cougars have been on the field, few have significant starting experience...there are 209 starts among the offensive players and combined they have played in 458 games...on the defensive side there are 153 starts among the starters and they have combined to play in 426 games:
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 last six games, the Cougars allowed 127 points in the first half, 14 by Oregon, 13 by Stanford, 24 by Oregon State, 35 by USC, 10 by UCLA and 31 by Arizona State...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.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 66 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 17 years and 184 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.
LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action this week includes:
Nov. 20 California at Stanford (12:30p Pacific) FSN
Nov. 20 Oregon at Oregon State (4p Pacific) FSN
Nov. 20 Washington at WSU (4:00p Pacific) ABC
FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay the WSU-Washington game Sunday, Nov. 21, at 3:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS (available toll free from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are available on the Internet through 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.