Dec. 31, 2003
Sammy Moore returned as WSU's big play guy this year with tonight's 54 yard TD reception from Matt Kegel and a 51-yard punt return to set up WSU's next score (20-10)...other long plays this season include: 34-yard reception at Notre Dame that allowed WSU to tie the game with 53 seconds to play and force an overtime...a 97-yard KO return at Colorado for a TD...a 74-yard TD reception at Colorado...receptions of 43 and 41 (TD) at Oregon, 64-yard punt return at Stanford, a 50-yard KO return against OSU...last season he had an 89-yard KO return for a TD against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl. Moore had 193 all-purpose yards tonight which boosted his season total to 1,653 yards, fourth on WSU's single season list...Bernard Jackson (2,118 - 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790 - 1989), and Rueben Mayes (1,768 - 1984) hold the top three spots. Moore's two receiving touchdowns tonight ties a school bowl record...Phillip Bobo (1992 Copper Bowl) held the record.
Net yards rushing tonight of 157 yards is WSU's second highest in its bowl history...number one bowl game rushing performance was in the 1981 Holiday Bowl against BYU (245 yards).
Matt Kegel brought his season total to 2,947 yards through the air with his 203-yard performance against Texas. Kegel moved past Jack Thompson and first cousin Ryan Leaf for sixth on WSU's single season passing yardage list...Kegel's 206 yards of total offense gave him 2,898 for the season moving him past Thompson and WSU Quarterback Coach Timm Rosenbach into sixth place on WSU's single season list.
WSU has scored eight touchdowns this year other than passing and rushing...four have come via interceptions (David two, V. Williams and Bennett one each)...Jason David and Isaac Brown have fumble returns for scores, Jeremy Bohannon recovered a blocked punt for a score and Sammy Moore returned a kickoff for a TD.
Jonathan Smith rushed for 110 yards, the third most by a Cougar in a bowl game...Steve Broussard 139 vs. Houston, 1988 Aloha Bowl and Shaumbe Wright-Fair 123 vs. Utah in 1992 Copper Bowl are the top two marks in WSU history.
Kyle Basler's 281 punt yards tonight are the second-most in a bowl game for WSU...second-highest total in program's bowl history...five of Basler's seven punts tonight landed inside the 20 including four inside the 5...Basler's efforts earned him the Defensive Player of the Game award.
WSU's seven sacks against Texas are the most ever in a Cougar bowl game and a Holiday Bowl record...WSU's previous record was five against Purdue in the 2001 Sun Bowl...AND, WSU did not allow a sack for the first time in six games (at Stanford 10/18).
Prior to his miss in the first quarter against Texas, senior kicker Drew Dunning had connected on his last six field goals and 13 of his last 14. Dunning was able to bolster his school record for points in a career and a season, running his total to 116 in 2003 and 336 for his career.
By keeping Texas out of the end zone in the first quarter of the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, Washington State's defense finished the season only allowing three touchdowns in the opening stanza in 13 games.
With 152 yards on the ground in the first half, Texas became the first team this season to rush for more than 100 yards in the opening half against Washington State.
D.D. Acholonu had three sacks tonight for -30 yards which gives him 16.5 sacks for 244 yards on the season which ties the school record with DeWayne Patterson (1991-94)....his 30 sack yards are a school bowl record.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU has scored in 227 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fourth longest among D-I schools.
COUGS 30-8 THE LAST THREE SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 30 of 38 games and is tied for seventh among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 34-3, Oklahoma 35-5, Boise State 31-6, Texas 32-7, Ohio State 31-7, Georgia 31-8, Marshall 30-8, Maryland 30-8, WSU 30-8.
COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: WSU rarely allows an opponent a third down conversion in the first and fourth quarters and only a 25% success rate for the game...opponent conversions are 8-for-49 in the first quarter, 15-for-62 in the second quarter, 19-for-50 in the third quarter and 10-for-46 in the fourth quarter, a total of 52-for-207 (25.1%) for the season...WSU did not allow a first quarter third down conversion in five straight games and none in the fourth quarter in four straight games...here's the breakdown:
WSU LEADS IN TAKEAWAYS: WSU leads the nation this year in forced turnovers with 48, just ahead of Nebraska's 44 and 41 by USC...the Cougars have picked off 24 passes and recovered 24 fumbles...in addition, WSU's 24 interceptions ranks second nationally to Nebraska's 29.
BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholonu and Isaac Brown, both rank among the leaders at WSU in both tackles-for-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for both categories...while Brown started throughout the 2002 season, Acholonu started his first game against Idaho earlier this year...here's a look at their WSU rankings:
Tackles For Loss - Season 1. 22.0, DeWayne Patterson, 1993 2. 21.5, DeWayne Patterson, 2002 3. 21.0, D.D. Acholonu, 2003 (1.0 short of record) 4. 19.0, Brandon Moore, 1997 5. 18.5, Keith Millard, 1983 18.5, DeWayne Patterson, 1994 Tackles For Loss - Career 1. 52.5, DeWayne Patterson, 1991-94 2. 44.5, D.D. Acholonu, 2000-03 3. 39.5, Keith Millard, 1981-83 4. 35.5, Rien Long, 2000-02 5. 31.0, Raonall Smith, 1998-2001 6. 30.5, Isaac Brown, 2000-03 30.5, three players Tackles For Loss Yards - Career 1. 342.5, DeWayne Patterson, 1991-94 2. 261.0, D.D. Acholonu, 2000-03 3. 223.5, Keith Millard, 1981-83 7. 167.0, Erik Howard, 1982-85 8. 159.0, Isaac Brown, 2000-03 Sacks - Season 1. 17.0, DeWayne Patterson, 1993 2. 16.5, D.D. Acholonu, 2003 (0.5 short of record) 3. 13.5, DeWayne Patterson, 1993 8. 9.5 D.D. Acholonu, 2001 9.5, Isaac Brown, 2001 11. 8.0, Isaac Brown, 2002 Sacks - Career 1. 37.5, DeWayne Patterson, 1991-95 2. 32.5, D.D. Acholonu, 2000-03 3. 22.5, Isaac Brown, 2000-03 4. 21.5, Keith Millard, 1981-83 Sack Yards - Career 1. 244.0, DeWayne Patterson, 1991-94 1. 244.0, D.D. Acholonu, 2000-03 3. 179.5, Keith Millard, 1981-83 4. 152.0, Ivan Cook, 1985-88 5. 145.0, Isaac Brown, 2000-03
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU leads the nation with 168 sacks over the last four seasons, while Texas is second with 160, then TCU 158...WSU and Miami each have 92 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, ranking fourth nationally behind Oklahoma, 101, Kansas State, 97, and Nebraska 93...here's a breakdown year by year:
WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: 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, 84-67 in the third quarter and 92-83 in the fourth quarter...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs were touchdowns by Colorado, Oregon State (interception return) and ASU, a safety by Oregon, and a field goal by USC.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning set four records this year:
TURNOVERS = 142 POINTS: WSU turned 24 of the opponent's 48 turnovers into 142 points this year...the Cougars took the ball away from the opponents 24 times with interceptions and recovered 24 of the opponents' 43 fumbles:
KEGEL IN WSU TOP 10 LISTS: Matt Kegel has moved into WSU's single season Top 10 list in several passing categories, despite missing much of the last three games due to a shoulder injury...he suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder against Arizona, dislocated his left shoulder against Stanford, and suffered a right shoulder AC sprain against UCLA...the AC sprain has proved to be the most serious...here's his game-by-game stats and how he ranks in the Top 10 lists:
KEGEL ON LISTS: Matt Kegel final rankings on season and career lists include:
SEASON PASSING 5. 3,010, Jason Gesser, 2001 6. 2,947, Matt Kegel, 2003 7. 2,811, Ryan Leaf, 1996 8. 2,762, Jack Thompson, 1976 9. 2,741, Drew Bledsoe, 1991KEGEL ON OTHER LISTS: Matt Kegel, on other single season lists, ranks tied for fifth in TD passes with 21, tied for fifth in completions with 218 and fourth in pass attempts with 394...in career lists, he is eighth with 24 TD passes.
CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE 8. 4,167, Chad Davis, 1994-95 9. 3,944, Matt Kegel, 2000-03
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponents have not had a great deal of success rushing for touchdowns against the Cougars this year...WSU has allowed 19 passing scores and eight rushing touchdowns:
Don Jackson ALL OVER THE FIELD: Senior linebacker Don Jackson make tackles all over the field the last four games and led the team in tackles with 101...Jackson tied Virgil Williams with a team-high 10 tackles in the Holiday Bowl...in the three games prior, he had a team-high 15 tackles at Washington and had 11 tackles in the two games before Apple Cup performance, giving him 47 tackles in the last four games...his high going into the last four games was nine tackles in road games against both Notre Dame and Stanford...a transfer who joined WSU last year, Jackson started all 13 games this season and has 11.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks, one interception (at Oregon), two forced fumbles, two pass deflections and eight QB hurries.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU finished the season with 50 sacks, four better than USC's 46 (pending Rose Bowl)...WSU sack totals this year are Idaho 3, Notre Dame 7, Colorado 2, New Mexico 4, Oregon 4, Arizona 0, Stanford 4, OSU 7, USC 1, UCLA 4, ASU 3, Washington 4, Texas 7.