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Aug. 30, 2004

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The Washington State Cougar football team, riding the crest of three straight 10-win seasons and four in the last seven years, opens the 2004 gridiron campaign at the University of New Mexico Friday, Sept. 3. The ESPN televised game will kick off at 5:00 p.m. PDT at University Stadium (37,370). Washington State won the only previous meeting between the two teams, 23-13 last year in Pullman. Washington State's Bill Doba enters his second season as head coach after guiding the Cougars to a 10-3 campaign last year, including a win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl. Doba spent 14 seasons as an assistant for WSU prior to taking over as head coach. Prior to being named head coach, Doba coached Cougar linebackers and for nine seasons crafted one of the best defenses nationally while serving as the defensive coordinator. This is his 28th collegiate season and his 43rd as a coach. Included in WSU's seven-year run are two Rose Bowl appearances, 1998 and 2003, and two other bowl berths, the Sun Bowl in 2001 and the Holiday Bowl last December. WSU's 2004 schedule includes three non-conference games, New Mexico, Colorado in Seattle and Idaho at home, then eight straight Pacific-10 Conference games. WSU opponents this season were a combined 67-69 a year ago, with five teams playing in post-season bowl games. National Champion USC heads the list of opponents after going 12-1 last year with a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl. USC has been picked to repeat as Pac-10 champion and to win the national title. New Mexico is coming off an 8-5 season that included a 5-2 league record and a second place finish in the Mountain West Conference. The Lobos ended their season with a 55-14 setback to Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl. The Cougars, who enter the 2004 season with 16 new starters, were picked to finish fifth this year by the Pac-10 media. WSU is 30-8 the past three seasons, which ranks tied for eighth nationally in winning percentage and tied for ninth in most wins. The 30 WSU wins is the most of any Pac-10 team over the past three years. WSU will put its 227 game scoring streak on the line Friday, the fourth longest scoring streak in the nation. Last year the Cougars led the nation in takeaways with 48, including 24 fumbles recovered and 24 interceptions. Those 48 turnovers led to 142 points, including 18 touchdowns. WSU has not opened at the opponent's home field since 1996 when the Cougars lost at Colorado. Since then WSU has opened in Pullman five times and twice began the season with a "home" game at Seattle in the Seattle Seahawk stadium, Qwest Field. NATIONAL TV: WSU's season opener at New Mexico Friday will be telecast nationally by ESPN, with kickoff set for 5:00 p.m. Pacific...Tim Ryan, Rodney Gilmore and Trevor Matich will call the action from the press box and Heather Cox will provide insight from the sidelines. WSU ON ESPN: ESPN has been on hand to televise eight WSU football games since 1979...the Cougars are 4-4 in games televised by ESPN...the first ESPN appearance for WSU was in 1979 when the Cougars lost to Syracuse in Buffalo...the last appearance was at last December's Holiday Bowl when WSU defeated Texas. 2004 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Josh Swogger (9), OL Sam Lightbody (75), FS Hamza Abdullah (28), LB Wil Derting (51). UNM: S Josh Bazinet (37), TB DonTrell Moore (22), LB Nick Speegle (89), OT Claude Terrell (76). WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH: Bill Doba
Alma Mater: Ball State, 1962
WSU Record: 10-3 (2nd year)
Career Record: 10-3 (2nd year)
Coaching Career: WSU assistant for 14 seasons before being named head coach in 2003...coached in the high school ranks for 15 years, then at Indiana (Lee Corso, 1977-82), Purdue (Leon Burtnett, 1983-86), The Citadel (Charlie Taaffe, 1987-88).
Notable Players Coached: WSU Linebackers Mark Fields, Chris Hayes, James Darling, Ron Childs and Steve Gleason.
WSU vs. NEW MEXICO (1-0)
Most WSU Points Scored: 23, 2003 (23-13)
Widest WSU Victory Margin 10 (23-13, 2003)
Longest WSU Win Streak: 1 (2003)
Last WSU Win: 2003 (23-13)
Last WSU Win in Pullman: 2003 (23-13)
Last WSU Win in Albuquerque: First Game
WSU at Home: 1-0-0
WSU at Albuquerque: 0-0-0
Bill Doba vs. New Mexico: 1-0
Bill Doba vs. Rocky Long: 1-0
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH: Rocky Long
Alma Mater: New Mexico, 1974
UNM Record: 33-40 (7th year)
Career Record: 33-40 (7th year)
Coaching Career: Former assistant coach at Oregon State (1991-95)...also coached at New Mexico (1978-80), Wyoming 1981-85), TCU (1988-90), UCLA (1996-97)...also coached for the BC Lions (1986-87) of the CFL.
Notable Players Coached: Brian Urlacher (New Mexico), Shaun Williams (UCLA)
NEW MEXICO vs. WSU (0-1)
Most UNM Points Scored: 13, 2003 (13-23)
Widest UNM Victory Margin None
Longest UNM Win Streak: None
Last UNM Win: None
Last UNM Win in Pullman: None
Last UNM Win in Albuquerque: First Game
UNM at Home: 0-0-0
UNM at Pullman: 0-1-0
Rocky Long vs. WSU: 0-1
Rocky Long vs. Bill Doba: 0-1
CODY BLOCKS KICKS: A survey of NCAA D-I teams reveals Cody Boyd, just a sophomore, ranks tied for eighth nationally with three blocked kicks in his career...as a freshman he blocked two Idaho field goal attempts and one New Mexico PAT try. The national leader is James King of Central Michigan with 10. 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. COUGS TV DARLINGS: Six 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 FOX Sports Northwest has added the Cougar game against Idaho (7:30 p.m.) to their lineup...ESPN will be on hand for this week's game at New Mexico (5:00 p.m. PDT)...FOX Sports Northwest will also replay 10 of WSU's 11 games, all but the season opener at New Mexico...the replays will be shown each Sunday morning...several of WSU's other five games could also be selected during the season by Pacific-10 Conference television partners ABC, FOX Sports Net and TBS. 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. 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. 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. KICKING BATTLE: Veteran junior Graham Siderius and newcomer Loren Langley, who last year was kicking for Puyallup High, are locked in a battle to see who will handle PAT and FG kicks...Siderius will handle kickoff duties, as he did last year...in four scrimmages this fall, Langley made 22-of-31 field goals, including a 52-yarder...Siderius also made a 52-yarder and was 20-of-31...inside 40 yards both kickers made 15-of-20 attempts...from 40-49 yards Langley was 6-of-10 and Siderius 4-of-10. 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. PAC-10 PICKS WSU FIFTH: Despite the loss of 27 letterwinners, 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. Washington State 133, 6. Arizona State 131, 7. Washington 100, 8. UCLA 98, 9. Stanford 40, 10. Arizona 38. WSU SENIORS: WSU will play its 2004 schedule with just 13 seniors, nine 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 five on defense, LB Pat Bennett, SS Jeremy Bohannon, FS Hamza Abdullah, DT Steve Cook and CB Karl Paymah. WSU LIKES MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE: Washington State has won six straight games in the Mountain Time Zone...Cougars won road games against Colorado in 2003, Arizona in 2001 and 2002, Boise State in 2001, Arizona State in 2001 and defeated Purdue in the 2001 Sun Bowl. COUGS WIN AGAINST MT. TIME ZONE TEAMS: The Cougars have won 11 consecutive games against teams located in the Mountain Time Zone...WSU defeated Boise State, Arizona, Montana State and Arizona State in 2001, Montana State, Arizona and Arizona State in 2002 and Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Arizona State in 2003. WSU OPENERS AGAINST MWC RARE: WSU is opening its season against a current member of the Mountain West Conference for only the fourth time in school history...Cougars defeated UNLV 34-9 in Spokane to open the 1978 season and 34-14 in Pullman to kick off the 1986 campaign...WSU lost 27-7 to Utah in Pullman in the 1999 season opener...WSU is 14-9 all-time against current members of the Mountain West Conference. LAST FRIDAY GAME FOR WSU IN 1981: WSU has not played a Friday game since the 1981 Holiday Bowl...Cougars are 17-25-1 all-time in games played Friday...last win was 27-13 over Oklahoma State, Oct. 5, 1951 in Spokane. SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 220 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 227 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fourth longest among D-I schools.
  • The Cougars have scored in 179 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956. WSU SCORING STREAK FOURTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: Texas 278, Washington 265, Michigan 238, WSU 227. COUGS LEAD PAC-10 LAST THREE YEARS: The WSU Cougars boast the best record among Pacific-10 Conference schools over the past three years, topping the list in overall wins and in conference victories (tied with USC). STREAKING COUGARS: WSU has won six of eight and 10 of 13 Pac-10 road games, seven of eight Pac-10 games in California, 11 of 12 games against California schools and seven of the last nine league games. COUGS WIN LAST THREE OPENERS: Cougars have won their last three season openers by a combined score of 92-14. SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU is the national leader with 168 sacks over the last four seasons, while Texas is second with 161, then TCU 160...WSU has had 92 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, ranking fifth nationally behind Oklahoma, 103, Kansas State, 99, Nebraska 96 and Miami 93. COUGS IN THE POLLS: Washington State, during the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was ranked for 28 straight weeks, the longest continuous stint in the polls for WSU...after finishing 10th (AP) in the final 2001 and 2002 polls, WSU was not ranked at the start of the 2003 campaign...WSU returned to the polls for the first time Sept. 14, 2003...this year WSU was not in the Preseason Top 25. COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks threw touchdown passes in every game during the 2001 and 2002 seasons and in 11 of 13 games in 2003...the two games when WSU didn't throw a TD pass were against Idaho to open the 2003 season in Seattle, and at home against New Mexico...WSU won both games without going to the air for a score...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 24 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game. COUGS 30-8 THE LAST THREE SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 30 of 38 games and is tied for eighth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 35-3, Oklahoma 35-6, Boise State 33-6, Texas 32-7, Ohio State 32-7, Georgia 32-8, Maryland 31-8, WSU 30-8 and Marshall 30-8. 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. WHEN DEFENSE SCORES, WSU WINS: WSU has won 16 of its last 17 regular season games when the defense or special team units score...the exception was in 2003 at Notre Dame. NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools...since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 51-32 (61.4%) and on the road the team is 42-49 (46.2%)...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 16-2 in home games the past three seasons. WSU'S PAC-10 STREAK STOPPED IN CALIFORNIA: WSU's seven-game Pac-10 win streak in California was halted by USC's win Nov. 1, 2003...in 2003 WSU won at Stanford before the USC loss...in 2002 WSU defeated UCLA, Stanford and California; in 2001 WSU won at Stanford; in 2000 WSU won at USC and California. TURNOVERS: WSU finished +8 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -29 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. 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. COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.3 points per game...in 2003 WSU averaged 30.3 points per outing and in 2002 average was 33.2 points. RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU scored 42 times in 53 trips into the Red Zone, 24 touchdowns and 18 field goals...opponents scored 17 touchdowns and 9 field goals in 34 Red Zone appearanceS. COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 11-20 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 6-7. 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. WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: WSU outscored opponents 123-25 in the first quarter and 218-104 in the first half during the 2003 season...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 were touchdowns by Colorado, Oregon State (interception return) and ASU, a safety by Oregon, and a field goal by USC. BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked four placement kicks in 2003 and blocked three punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked a PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt, while Erik Coleman blocked a punt against ASU. BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 10 years have actually run the ball more times than they have thrown...in 10 years WSU has run 4,621 rushing plays (50.3%), 4,559 passing plays...in 2003 WSU rushed the ball 484 times (50.3%) and threw 478 passes. SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won 10 of its last 13 Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000 season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeated Arizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss at Washington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action...in 2003 WSU won at Oregon and Stanford and lost at USC and Washington. TURNOVERS = 142 POINTS: WSU turned 24 of the opponent's 48 turnovers into 142 points in 2003...WSU took the ball away from the opponents 24 times with interceptions and recovered 24 of the opponents' 47 fumbles. 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)

    COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU allowed 19 passing scores and eight rushing touchdowns. COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: WSU rarely allowed an opponent a third down conversion in the first and fourth quarters and only a 25% success rate for the game...opponent conversions were 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. STREAKING COUGARS: WSU has won six of eight and 10 of 13 Pac-10 road games, seven of eight Pac-10 games in California, 11 of 12 games against California schools and seven of the last nine league games. 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. WHEN DEFENSE SCORES, WSU WINS: WSU has won 16 of its last 17 regular season games when the defense or special team units score...the exception was in 2003 at Notre Dame. 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. MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: At least seven WSU players caught passes in each of the Cougars' first nine games in 2003 and in 10 of the 13 games...in all, six wide receivers, two tight ends and three running backs made catches...only three players had receptions in WSU's win over UCLA and six players caught passes in wins over ASU and Texas. COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU finished the regular season with 50 sacks, second to USC's 55...the Cougs' seven sacks against Oregon State earlier in the 2003 season and then against Texas in the Holiday Bowl marked the sixth time in the past two years the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...WSU also had seven sacks at Notre Dame early in the 2003 season...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game in 2003...WSU sack totals in 2003 were 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 and Texas 7. DEFENSE, SPECIAL TEAMS SCORE: At Colorado WSU scored both on defense and via special team play for the first time since 2001 at Stanford...then against Oregon the Cougars repeated the effort with a blocked punt for a touchdown and an interception for a touchdown...against the Buffs WSU had a kickoff return for a TD and an interception returned for a score...in 2001 against Stanford, WSU scored on a blocked punt and an interception. 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 BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fielded an experienced team in 2003, with 41 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boasted a collective 594 starts, 284 by defensive players, 245 by offensive players and 65 by kickers in 2003...this year, while many of the Cougars have been on the field, few have significant starting experience...there are 99 starts among the offensive players who have started, or are projected to start at New Mexico and combined they have played in 265 games...on the defensive side there are 43 starts among the returning starters and projected starters and they have combined to play in 284 games. ARMSTRONG THE STARTING LEADER: Senior Calvin Armstrong has played in 37 games and made 33 starts in his first three years...other double-digit starters on the 2004 offensive team are Troy Bienemann 23, Sam Lightbody 16, and Nick Mihlhauser 10...on defense, Will Derting's 18 starts is the most, followed by Karl Paymah with 16. BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against New Mexico in the 2004 opener will included 1 freshman, 5 sophomores, 7 juniors and 9 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 7 freshmen, 14 sophomores, 13 juniors and 10 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU listed a combined 21 freshmen-sophomores and 23 juniors-seniors...34 of the 44 starters are underclassmen. 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;
    9. 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.
    17 COUGS ON PACIFIC-10 TEAM: A league-high 17 players from Washington State were selected to the 2003 All-Pac-10 team, including five on the first team, six on the second team and six honorable mention picks. THREE COUGS ON CoSIDA ACADEMIC TEAM: Three members of the WSU football team were selected to the 2003 CoSIDA All-District 8 Academic All-America team - first team members Jeremey Williams and Troy Bienemann and Riley Fitt-Chappell on the second team...Williams was named to the first team for the third time ALL-PAC-10 ACADEMIC: Six WSU players were named to the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference academic team, headed by four-time first team honoree Jeremey Williams...he was the fifth conference player to earn first team honors four times...the other five named to the team were Troy Bienemann and Pat Bennett on the first team, Riley Fitt-Chappell on the second team and Drew Dunning and Billy Knotts honorable mention picks TSN PICKS FIVE COUGARS: The Sporting News selected five Cougars to the magazine's 2003 All-Pac-10 freshman team, tight end Cody Boyd, offensive lineman Charles Harris, receiver Chris Jordan, linebacker Scott Davis and defensive back Don Turner. DUNNING FIRST TEAM AA: Senior place kicker Drew Dunning, Washington State's career scoring leader with 341 points and the NCAA leader in field goals in 2003, was named to The Sporting News All-America first team BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholonu and Isaac Brown, rank among the leaders at WSU in both tackles-for-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for both categories...Acholonu finished second in career TFL (44.5) and sacks (32.5), while Brown finished sixth in career TFL (30.5) and third in sacks (22.5). PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Five Washington State football players were honored eight times by the Pacific-10 Conference in 2003 with Player-of-the-Week honors: kicker Drew Dunning and linebacker Will Derting twice each, quarterback Matt Kegel, safety Jeremy Bohannon and safety Erik Coleman once each. BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked four placement kicks in 2003 and blocked three punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked a PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt, while Erik Coleman blocked a punt against ASU. DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning set four WSU records in 2003, five field goals against New Mexico, 68 career field goals, 336 career points, 116 single season points and 77.2 career field goal percentage. THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked four placement kicks in 2003 and blocked three punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked a PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt, while Erik Coleman blocked a punt against ASU. DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION RECORDS: Jason David finished his career in 2003 second on the career interception list with 16...he also set records with two interception returns for TDs in 2003 and three TD returns in his career. KEGEL IN WSU TOP 10 LISTS: Matt Kegel moved into WSU's single season Top 10 list in several passing categories, despite missing much of the last three regular season games due to a shoulder injury...he finished ranked in four single-game categories, nine single season categories and in 10 career categories, even though he was a starter just one season, 2003 COLEMAN SIXTH WITH 12 INTERCEPTIONS: Safety Erik Coleman finished second among Cougar tacklers with 90 in 2003 and led the team with seven interceptions, which tied him for third on the WSU single season list...he finished his career tied for sixth with 12 interceptions. DARLING HAULS IN 18 TD PASSES: Junior Devard Darling caught 18 touchdown passes in his career, 11 in 2002 and seven in 2003...his total ties him for second in career TD receptions. COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU finished the regular 2003 season with 50 sacks, second to USC's 55...the Cougs' had seven sacks against Oregon State and at Notre Dame. 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 in an aggregate total. 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. RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU scored 42 times in 53 trips into the Red Zone, 24 touchdowns and 18 field goals...opponents scored 17 touchdowns and 9 field goals in 34 Red Zone appearances. TURNOVERS: WSU finished +8 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -29 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. 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: Sept. 3 WSU at New Mexico, 5:00 p.m. PT ESPN
    Sept. 4 California at Air Force, 9:00 a.m. PT ESPN2
    Sept. 4 Oklahoma at UCLA, 12:30 p.m. PT ABC
    Sept. 4 oregon State at LSU, 3:00 p.m. PT ESPN
    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will begin WSU replays Sept. 12 following the Colorado game. 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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