Sept. 27, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State junior Kyle Basler earned the Pac-10's special teams Player of the Week award after setting a pair of school records Saturday in the Cougars' 20-19 win at Arizona.
Basler punted seven times for a school record 53.4-yard average, eclipsing Jason Hanson's 52-yard average against Wyoming in 1990. Basler's highlight of the day, however, was an 87-yard, record breaking blast in the fourth quarter that sailed 77 yards through the air. The ball landed at the 18-yard line, then bounced five yards into the end zone, giving it a total traveling distance of 100 yards.
WSU's longest punt prior to Basler's Saturday came off the foot of Gavin Hedrick for 83 yards against California in 1975. It was the second-longest punt in Pac-10 history, barely missing Scott Tabor's mark of 89 yards for California against USC in 1989. Two other punts, both over 90 yards, have also been recorded by players representing Pac-10 schools, but came prior to the formation of the conference.
This is the second special teams Player of the Week award this season for Basler, a Ray Guy Award candidate. The McCleary, Wash., native also earned the nod Sept. 4 after a 21-17 Washington State win over New Mexico.
For the season, Basler is averaging 46.1 yards per punt, dropping seven inside the 20-yard line.