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Sept. 9, 2003

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WHO: WSU Cougars (1-1 overall) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (2-0 overall)
WHAT: 2003 Non-Conference Football, WSU from the Pacific-10, Colorado from the Big 12
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 6; Kickoff 1:30 p.m. MDT (12:30 a.m. PDT-Pullman)
WHERE: Folsom Field (53,750, grass), Boulder, Colorado
TV: WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m.

THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (1-1) and in his first season as a college head coach (1-1). COLORADO - The Buffaloes are coached by Gary Barnett, who has a 31-21-0 record at Colorado in five seasons and is 74-77-2 in his 14-year career.

WSU VS. COLORADO: The Cougars and Buffs have met four times, with WSU owning a 14-10 win at Boulder in 1981...since then Colorado has won three straight, 12-0 in Spokane in 1982 and two wins in Boulder, 26-17 in 1987 and 37-19 in 1996.

WSU-COLORADO SERIES ALTERED BY 9/11: The current two-game series between WSU and Colorado was originally slated to be a home and home series in 2001 and 2003...the 2001 game was scheduled for Pullman Sept. 15, but was cancelled following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the East Coast...the two-game series now includes the 2003 game in Boulder and a 2004 contest at WSU, with the location to be determined.

DERTING HONORED: Sophomore linebacker Will Derting was named the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Notre Dame...Derting finished with 12 tackles, including eight solo and three sacks...he also forced a fumble.

2003 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Matt Kegel (4), FS Erik Coleman (27), ST Al Genatone (48). COLORADO: FS Medford Moorer (17), TB Bobby Purify (42), ILB Sean Tufts (54), OG Marwan Hage (62).

DOBA TURNS TO COUGARS FOR ASSISTANTS: When Bill Doba began assembling his new staff last December 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 now includes five former Cougar players...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, Northern 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, came to WSU from UCLA, where he was OC;
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.

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won eight of its last nine 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.

SEASON OPENING SHUTOUT: WSU's shutout of Idaho 25-0 in the season opener was the first shutout by WSU to open the season since the Cougars blanked Iowa 7-0 at the beginning of the 1965 season.

TURNER CATCHING ATTENTION: Don Turner, a cornerback out of Spokane's (Wash.) University High, is catching some attention after picking off passes in his first two Cougar games...the redshirt-freshman had an interception against Idaho, then came back with another pick deep in Cougar territory against Notre Dame...he was a standout wide receiver and defensive back in high school.

SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 211 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 216 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fifth longest among D-I schools.

  • The Cougars have scored in 173 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    COUGS IN THE POLLS: The Cougars were not ranked in pre-season polls this season, snapping a string of 28 consecutive weeks in the polls, during which time WSU won 20 games...WSU finished tenth in the final AP polls in both 2001 and 2002.

    COUGS 10-WIN SEASONS AMONG BEST: WSU is the only Pac-10 school with three 10-win seasons in the last 10 years (actually accomplished in the last six years)...WSU was 10-2 in 1997, 10-2 in 2001 and 10-3 in 2002...in the last six 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...WSU and Washington (1981-82-84) are the only Pac-10 teams to ever post three 10-win seasons in a six-year span.

    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, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC, 1978-79.

    CALL THE COUGARS EXPERIENCED: True, the Cougars lost some marquee players off last year's Rose Bowl team, including QB Jason Gesser, CB Marcus Trufant and DL/Outland winner Rien Long...but WSU is anything short of experienced talent this year...consider these facts, based on the current 61-player depth chart:

  • There are seven starters back on offense, eight on defense, plus one defensive starter from 2001;
  • The Offense has 18 letterwinners, the defense 20;
  • Offensive players have career 124 starts, the defense 163;
  • Offensive players have played in 331 games;
  • Defensive players have played in 533 games;
  • WSU receiving corps have played in 77 games;
  • WSU's offensive line have played in 136 games;
  • WSU's defensive tackles have played in 133 games;
  • WSU's defensive ends have played in 92 games;
  • WSU's linebackers have played in 102 games;
  • WSU's secondary has played in 182 games;
  • WSU returns three-year placekicker Drew Dunning, who is nearing Jason Hanson's school record for points scored;
  • WSU returns last year's punter Kyle Basler, who averaged 41+ yards as a freshman.

    COUGS RETURN NINE PAC-10 ALL-STARS: WSU and Oregon both return nine members of last year's All-Pacific-10 teams (first/second team and honorable mention), while USC returns eight and UCLA seven...WSU's returnees include first team pick Calvin Armstrong and honorable mention honorees Kyle Basler, Eric Coleman, Isaac Brown, Devard Darling, Jason David, Drew Dunning, Jermaine Green and Jeremey Williams.

    COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS LIKES WSU'S ST: College Football News predicts WSU has the fifth best special team units in college football...they base their prediction on the basis of kicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and return specialist Sammy Moore...Dunning, a senior, is closing in on Jason Hanson's (Detroit Lions) school scoring and kick-scoring records and scored 113 points last year...Basler, just a sophomore, averaged 41.1 yards last year and had 15 of his 50 kicks downed inside the 20 yard line...Moore led the Pac-10 in KO returns last year, averaging 25.6 yards...he had an 89-yard return against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl...in the season opener, WSU showed strong special teams play...Dunning hit four field goals, Basler averaged 34.7 yards on three punts but only two were returned for eight yards, Moore returned two punts 45 yards and Jonathan Smith had a 38 yard KO return.

    WATCH THOSE NUMBERS: Several returning veterans from last year have switched their uniform numbers this season...among them are WR Sammy Moore (#3, was #20 last year), RB Jonathan Smith (#5, was #23), Adam Braidwood (#13, was #96).

    WSU-COLORADO GAME ON NATIONAL RADIO: WSU's football game this week at Colorado will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, with John Tautges calling the action...Shea Walker will provide commentary.

    HONORS CANDIDATES: The Washington State roster features five players who have been included on preseason watch lists for major national awards:

      Drew Dunning (Lou Groza Award for the nation's top kicker, listed for the third straight year);
      Isaac Brown (Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award);
      Jason David (Jim Thorpe Award for the nation's top defensive back);
      Calvin Armstrong (Rotary Lombardi Award for the nation's top down lineman or linebacker);
      Jermaine Green (Doak Walker Award for the nation's top running back).

    COUGS 21-6 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 21 of 27 games...in the 1929-1930-1931 seasons WSU went 21-3, including 10-2 (1929) and 9-1 (1930) seasons...WSU is currently eighth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami is 26-1, Oklahoma 25-4, Marshall 23-5, Texas 23-4, Georgia 23-5, Ohio State 23-5, Boise State 20-5 and WSU 21-6...others right behind WSU include Tennessee 21-7, Colorado 21-8 and Fresno State 21-9.

    O-LINE AVERAGES 307: The projected starters on WSU's offensive line weigh a combined 1,537 pounds and average 307 pounds...four of the starters weigh in at over 300 pounds...OLG Josh Parrish leads the way at 324 pounds, while ORT Sam Lightbody, at 6-9, is right behind him at 319 pounds...next is ORG Riley Fitt Chappell at 314, followed by OLT Calvin Armstrong at 311...the lightweight on the line is C Mike Shelford at 269.

    AUGUST OPENERS MEAN A BOWL GAME: WSU has earned a post-season bowl game in each of the last three seasons when the opening game was in August...in 1997 WSU opened with UCLA Aug. 29 and went on to play in the Rose Bowl...in 2001 the Cougs opened Aug. 30 against Idaho and went on the play in the Sun Bowl...last year WSU opened against Nevada Aug. 31 and ended the year in the Rose Bowl...in each of the three seasons, the Cougars won 10 games.

    AUGUST RECORD 4-2: WSU is 4-2 all-time in games played in August...after dropping games to Oregon Aug. 31, 1985 and Colorado Aug. 31, 1996, the Cougars have won their last four August openers.

    PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: A pair of Cougar football players have been honored by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors: ? PK Drew Dunning was honored for his special team play against Idaho when he booted four field goals and one extra point; ? LB Will Derting was the defensive POW winner for his 12-tackle performance against Notre Dame that included three sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a touchdown...he won the same honor in 2002 when he picked off three passes against Nevada, returning one 98 yards for a TD.

    DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning, who set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points in 2001 and then broke his own record with 113 points last year, started off the 2003 season strong, connecting on all four field goal attempts in the opener against Idaho...he had field goals of 46-42-29-35 yards...he added two more and eight points at Notre Dame...he now ranks third in career scoring with 241 points and is second in kick-scoring...Dunning needs 88 points to pass school record holder Jason Hanson, now a 12-year NFL veteran with Detroit...

    MISC. GAME NOTES:

  • In blanking Idaho 25-0, Bill Doba became the first WSU coach since Babe Hollingbery to win his first game by a shutout;
  • WSU's 127 passing yards against Idaho were the least since throwing for 122 against Washington in 2002;
  • WSU averaged 6.8 yards per rushing attempt against Idaho, the most since averaging 7.3 against California in a 63-37 win in 1997;
  • WSU ran off an 18-play drive in the first quarter against Idaho that used 8:59...time consumed was the most found in research back to the 1970's...WSU did have an 18-play drive in 2001 against Stanford...Idaho had just one possession in that first quarter;
  • Wide receiver Sammy Moore's twisting, one-handed touchdown reception to send WSU into overtime at Notre Dame was selected by ESPN as the "Play of the Day" September 6, and was tabbed No. 4 on Chris Berman's "Plays of the Week" segment Sunday, September 7;
  • Against Notre Dame, quarterback Matt Kegel threw for a career high 274 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first time Kegel has thrown multiple touchdown passes in the same game;
  • WSU had seven sacks against Notre Dame, including three by Will Derting, two by Virgil Williams, one by Josh Shavies and one sack shared by Tai Tupai and D.D. Acholonu.
  • A total of 60 players have seen action in at least one game this year.

    SMITH, BRUHN AVERAGE 11.1 YPC: Transfer Chris Bruhn averaged 13.1 yards per carry against Idaho, the second best average in Cougar history, while Jonathan Smith's 10.0 averge against Idaho ranks tied for tenth on the list...Smith ended the game with 160 rushing yards and Bruhn 118...together they averaged 11.1 ypc.

    SMITH LIKES TO PLAY AGAINST IDAHO: Senior Jonathan Smith likes playing the Idaho Vandals...this year he rushed for 160 yards, scored twice and had a 38-yard kickoff return...last year he had 121 yards with 12 caries and scored three times...that's five touchdowns and 281 rushing yards with 28 carries, an average of 10.0 ypc.

    COUGS ON THE ROAD: When WSU meets Colorado Saturday in Boulder, it will mark the fifth straight WSU game away from Martin Stadium...last year WSU closed out the season with games at UCLA and against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl...this year WSU played Idaho at Seattle and Notre Dame at South Bend...the last time WSU played five straight games away from home was during the 1981 and 1982 seasons when the Cougars had seven straight at the visitor's home stadium, or at a neutral site...the last time WSU opened the season with three straight games away from Martin Stadium was 1982, with the first two games in Spokane, then contests at Minnesota and Tennessee.

    COUGS RACK UP SEVEN SACKS: WSU's seven sacks against Notre Dame marks the fourth time in the past two seasons that the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...in 2002, WSU brought the quarterback down behind the line of scrimmage six times against Idaho, seven times against Arizona, and eight times against Arizona State...the Cougars have recorded a sack in 19 straight games dating back to the 2001 season.

    TURNOVERS = 23 POINTS: WSU has turned five of the opponent's seven turnovers into 23 points this year...at Notre Dame, WSU's first two field goals (6 points) followed Irish fumbles, as did WSU's second touchdown (7)...against Idaho WSU scored a touchdown (7) and a field goal (3) off Vandal interceptions.

    WSU WIN IN THE MOUNTAINS: WSU has won five straight games when playing in the Mountain Time Zone...last year WSU won at Arizona, while in 2001 the Cougars pulled off wins at the Sun Bowl against Purdue, at Arizona State, Arizona and Boise State...the Cougars are 34-24-2 all-time in the Mountain Time Zone.

    SAMMY MOORE MAKES CRUCIAL CATCHES: Senior Sammy Moore is becoming known as the Big Play Receiver...last year with WSU trailing USC, Moore came up with a 53-yard reception that set up Drew Dunning's tying field goal...WSU went on to win in overtime, but Moore missed the next two games because he pulled a hamstring on the reception...in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma he returned a kickoff 89 yards for a score...at Notre Dame this year he made a great 34-yard catch in the end zone that earned WSU a tie in the overtime contest.

    WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 167 runs of 20 yards or longer in 163 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 3 runs of 20 or more yards and 4 runs of 10-19 yards.

    COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 9-19 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 4-6.

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 26.1 points per outing, including 33.2 points per game last year.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools...at home the Cougars are 46-32 (59.0%) and on the road the team is 38-47 (44.7%)...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.

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 62 of 163 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 163 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 17 times.

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 61 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 15 years and 163 games against WSU's defense...USC's Mazio Royster, Washington's Beno Bryant, UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons.

    RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU has scored 7 times in 9 trips into the Red Zone, 3 touchdowns and 4 field goals...the failures have been an interception and an end of half...opponents have scored 2 touchdowns and 3 field goals in 6 Red Zone appearance...the failure was a blocked field goal.

    TURNOVERS: WSU is +2 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -35 in turnovers...twice WSU has had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001 and +9 in 1994, while the turnovers were even in 1995.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup against Colorado of 22 players includes 0 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 4 juniors and 15 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consists of 8 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 10 juniors and 18 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 16 freshmen-sophomores and 28 juniors-seniors.

    COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 32 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 330 starts, 163 by defensive players, 124 by offensive players and 43 by kickers...offensively 12 players had starts last year and on defense 12 started at least one game in 2002.

    DEFENSE EXPERIENCED: Seven WSU defensive players have each played in 30 or more games and four others have seen action in at least 20 games...in all, the 12 defensive players who have made 163 starts have also played in a collective 377 games...WSU's four top defensive linemen have a collective 55 starts and have played in 150 games...five linebackers have a collective 43 starts and have seen action in 112 games...in the secondary four players have started 65 games and have played in 116 games.

    OFFENSE HAS 124 STARTS: WSU boasts 17 offensive players who have made a collective 124 starts during their career and have seen action in 276 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 32 games, while three others have seen action in 20 or more games...in all 15 of the 17 players have tasted action in 10 or more games...up front, there are eight players who have started 78 games and played in 157 games...WSU receivers have a collective 34 starts and have played in 73 games...the running backs have 8 starts and 21 games to their credit, while quarterback Matt Kegel has played in 27 games, with 4 starts.

    WSU SCORING STREAK FIFTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: BYU 352, Texas 266, Washington 255, Michigan 227, WSU 216.

    WSU'S OVERTIME EXPERIENCE: The Cougars are 2-5 in overtime games.

    FIVE COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Five WSU starters have made 20 or more starts in their career and 14 players have made 10 or more starts...Drew Dunning (28), Josh Parrish (26), Jason David (23), Calvin Armstrong (22) and Tai Tupai (21) have the most starts.

    WSU SHUTS OUT OPPONENTS FOR 89:50: WSU shut out Idaho and held Notre Dame scoreless until late in the second quarter...in all WSU held opponents scoreless for 89 minutes, 50 seconds...in addition, WSU held the first two opponents without a touchdown for seven quarters...both Notre Dame touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.

    REVIEWING THE 2002 SEASON

    Jason David's RECORD STREAK: WSU's junior cornerback Jason David picked off opponent passes in five straight games before being sidelined with a broken cheekbone, then resumed the streak at UCLA...he started the streak against Montana State with one interception...then, in order, he had interceptions against California (1), USC (1), Stanford (2) and Arizona (1), then UCLA (1) after returning from the injury...no other WSU player has ever had interceptions in six straight games...his 10 career interceptions ranks ninth at WSU.

    DARLING EQUALS RECORD: Devard Darling has caught 11 touchdown passes last year, equaling the Cougar record for TD receptions...Chris Jackson and Kevin McKenzie each caught 11 TD receptions during the 1997 season.

    LONG WINS OUTLAND TROPHY: Junior Defensive tackle Rien Long captured the 2002 Outland Trophy as the top collegiate lineman in the nation...he became the first Cougar to win one of the national football awards...Long entered the NFL draft a year early and is now playing for Tennessee.

    COUGS OVERCAME OPPONENT LEADS: WSU came from behind in all but the Idaho (WSU led 21-0), Stanford (23-0) and ASU (17-0) games in 2002...Nevada led 7-0, Ohio State 3-0, Montana State 7-0, California 14-0, USC 7-0, Arizona 10-5, Oregon 21-17, Washington 7-0 and UCLA 14-7...the Cougars came back to take the lead in every game, including the losses at Ohio State and to Washington.

    COUGS HALT PAC-10 RUSHERS: WSU allowed just 152 rushing yards in the last five regular season games of 2002, Arizona -17, ASU 37, Oregon 60, Washington 19 and UCLA 53...in eight Pac-10 games, WSU allowed 475 rushing yards, a league-game school record average of 59.4 yards per game...WSU's 1994 defense allowed just 78.0 rushing yards per league game, the best ever for a Cougar defense until 2002...California's Joe Igber, with 111 rushing yards, was the only Pac-10 running back last year to go over the century mark...the only other running back to do so against WSU's defense is Ohio State's Maurice Clarett with 230 yards.

    DERTING SETS WSU RECORDS: Will Derting, in the 2002 season opener, set a pair of WSU interception records when he stepped in front of a Nevada pass near the Cougar endzone and returned it 98 yards...it was the longest return in WSU history, breaking the mark of 93 by Lionel Thomas against UCLA in 1969...his 98 return yards in a game also bettered the previous mark of 96 yards by Frank Miyaki against Idaho in 1945.

    EIGHT COUGS PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: Eight WSU football players were named to the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference all-academic team, including three to the first team - Collin Henderson, Jeremey Williams and Pat Bennett...Williams, Bennett, Riley Fitt-Chappell, Devard Darling, Drew Dunning and Karl Paymah were underclassmen and return for the 2003 season:

    FIVE COUGS PICKED ALL-PAC-10 FIRST TEAM: Jason Gesser was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Pacific-10 Conference and four of his teammates were named to the all-league first team by the Pac-10's 10 coaches, Derrick Roach, Calvin Armstrong, Marcus Trufant and Rien Long...Armstrong, Kyle Basler, Erik Coleman, Isaac Brown, Darling, David, Drew Dunning, Jermaine Green and Jeremey Williams all return for 2003:

    LIMITING PUNT RETURNS: WSU allowed just one punt return in the last five regular-season games of 2002, two in the last six games...the lone returns were one for minus one yard by Stanford and one for 26 yards at UCLA.

    NEWCOMERS SCORE FOR WSU IN 2002: In 2002, 32 of 52 touchdowns were scored by first-year players who return for the 2003 season...on offense Devard Darling scored 12 TD's, Jermaine Green 10, Jonathan Smith seven, Troy Bienemann and Sammy Moore two each (one receiving, one a kickoff return against Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl)...redshirt freshman Will Derting had one of WSU's three defensive touchdowns.

    WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the Notre Dame game are:

    Pac-10 Offense: Sammy Moore (Mesa, Ariz.)
    Pac-10 Defense: Will Derting (Okanogan, Wash.)
    Pac-10 Special Teams: Kyle Basler (Elma, Wash.)
    Offensive Lineman: Mike Shelford (Seattle, Wash.)
    Offensive Back: Matt Kegel (Havre, Mont.)
    Offensive Scout Team: Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont.)
    Defensive Back: Virgil Williams (Tacoma, Wash.)
    Defensive Lineman: Faafetai Tupai (Monterey, Calif.)
    Defensive Scout Team: Matt Mullennix (Spangle, Wash.)
    Defensive Pursuit Player: None
    Cougar Claw: None
    Big Hit: Jason David (Covina, Calif.)
    Cougar Tackler: Will Derting (Okanogan, Wash.)
    Specialist of the Week: None
    Most Disciplined Offense: None
    Most Disciplined Defense: Will Derting (Okanogan, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Special Teams: None
    Special Teams Big Play: None
    Assassin: Scott Davis (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Iron Man: Scott Davis (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Gamebreaker: None

    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 the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. 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.

    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay WSU's Sept. 13 game with Colorado Sunday, Sept.14, at 9:30 a.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 OCSN, WSU's Web provider, and also at Yahoo.com...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 28-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 37th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his third season as a Cougar broadcaster. 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.

    SATELLITE: The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 11:30 - 12:00 PT on Telstar 6C, Transponder 24, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-779-3467 or the Pac-10 office).

    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.

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