Nov. 16, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Oregon State Beavers (7-3, 5-2)
Martin Stadium Pullman, Wash. November 21
2 p.m. TV: No Live Television
Radio: Cougar Sports Radio Network
SATURDAY'S GAME: Washington State (1-9, 0-7) hosts Oregon State (7-3, 5-2) in the final home game of the 2009 season, Saturday at 2 p.m. at Martin Stadium. The contest marks the final time 15 seniors will play in front of a home crowd. The game can be heard across the Cougar Sports Radio Network as there will be no live television for the contest.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. OREGON STATE - THE SERIES: WSU leads the all-time series by a 47-43-3 margin, including a 22-15-2 record when playing in Pullman. The Beavers have won the last two meetings in the series overall, yet the Cougars hold an 8-2 lead over the last 10 meetings in Martin Stadium. Saturday's game is the second time in the last three seasons that WSU has closed out its home second against the Beavers (2007).
COUGARS TO HONOR 15 SENIORS: Saturday's contest marks the final home contest for 15 seniors playing their final home game at Martin Stadium. Prior to Saturday's game a brief ceremony will take place at midfield to honor those players. The list of seniors include Kenny Alfred, Jesse Feagin, Xavier Hicks Jr., Colin Huemmer, Andrew Kreutz, Reed Lesuma, Kevin Lopina, Andy Mattingly, Patrick Rooney, Jason Stripling, Dwight Tardy, Zach Tatman, Sam Tennant, K.C. Thometz and Tony Thompson. Additionally, two senior football equipment managers will be recognized, Ryan Callahan and Anthony Frei.
WSU ATHLETICS LOOKS TO BAG THE BEAVERS: Washington State University Athletics is partnering with Washington state area food banks to Bag the Beavers. For every bag of food donated to a participating food bank, a person will receive a voucher for one free ticket to the Washington State vs. Oregon State football game on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 at Martin Stadium.
TARDY MOVES UP RUSHING LISTS: Redshirt senior running back Dwight Tardy entered the 2009 season ranked 10th in both career rushes and career rushing yards. Tardy became only the ninth running back in WSU history to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards following the Oregon game. Tardy now has 2,167 on his career, and ranks seventh on WSU's career rushing list. His 504 carries rank sixth all-time.
FRESHMAN STARTERS REACH 20-YEAR HIGH: Through 10 games of the 2009 season, the Cougars have started 13 different freshmen, more than any other full season in at least 20 years. The previous known high was 11 in 1999. Five have been true freshmen, also the highest known total since at least 1997.
UCLA NOTABLES: Wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon's third-quarter touchdown reception was the first of his career...the 46-yard reception was the longest of his career...sophomore wide receiver Jared Karstetter has caught a pass in 13 consecutive games...senior linebacker Andy Mattingly forced his second fumble of the season, and the seventh of his career...the Cougars have forced 15 fumbles this season, the most in a season since also forcing 15 in 2005.
NWACHUKWU A WUERFFEL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: WSU junior safety Chima Nwachukwu has been named a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, honoring the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Nwachukwu carries a 3.79 GPA in the classroom and started the first eight games this season before an ankle injury against Notre Dame kept him out of the Arizona contest. In the community Nwachukwu volunteers his time with numerous activities in Pullman and serves as WSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee president.
PUTTING IN TIME: Looking at the 2009 WSU roster reveals few names who have been in the program more than two years. Of the 114 players currently on the Cougar roster, only 37 have been a member of the team more than two years. That includes only six current fifth-year seniors and 15 total players who have earned more than one varsity letter. Compare that to the success of WSU during the 2002 and 2003 season, when the Cougars had 28 and 24 players, respectively, with multiple varsity letter winners.
INJURIES TAKING A TOLL: Through 10 games of the 2009 season, the Cougars have been hit hard by the injury bug, particularly on the offensive and defensive lines. So far this season WSU has missed 90 player games due to injury or illness. On the offensive line five players who have started this season have 17 missed games due to injury, while the defensive line has missed a total of 16 games from five players.
FIRST STARTS: Continuing a trend from 2008, WSU has had a number of players make their starting debuts in 2009. This season 22 Cougars have made their first career starts, eight on offense and 14 on defense. In 2008, 26 players registered their first start for WSU, 17 on offense and nine on defense.
LINEUP SHUFFLE: Through the first 10 games of the 2009 season, the Cougar coaching staff continues to search for continuity within its starting lineup. Injuries have forced the Cougars to use seven different starting lineups in its offensive line, nine different starting lineups on offense and eight different starting units on defense. There has yet to be two games this year where WSU has used the same starting offense and defense.
THREE COUGARS NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Washington State University football student-athletes Casey Hamlett, Micah Hannam and Chima Nwachukwu were named to the ESPN The Magazine 2009 Academic All-District VIII First Team as selected by CoSIDA. It marks the third-straight season Hannam, a civil engineering major with a 3.59 GPA, has been honored. He was named first team in 2008 and second team in 2007. Hamlett, a management and operations major with a 3.72 GPA, and Nwachukwu, a politcal science major carrying a 3.79 GPA, were honored for the first time. The Pacific-10 Conference placed eight individuals on the first team, with WSU placing a conference-best three players on the list, while Stanford and California each had two. Since the start of the 2002 season, Washington State has placed 14 student-athletes on the CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII teams, the most by any school in the conference.
COUGARS, JACK THOMPSON AND WORLD VISION JOIN FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF: Prior to last Saturday's home game against UCLA, Cougar great Jack Thompson, World Vision and WSU students collected cash donations to raise funds for American Samoa Tsunami Relief. Thompson and others urged fans to "Fill the Helmet" to help traumatized children and families receive much-needed supplies for recovery and rebuilding. Fans wishing to donate still can do so online at www.worldvision.org/respond.