Sept. 12, 2006
The Washington State Cougars, fresh off a 56-10 win over the Idaho Vandals, host the Baylor Bears Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the annual Cougar Gridiron Classic, presented by Washington's beef producers, at Qwest Field in Seattle.
WSU will be making its fifth appearance at the home field of the Seattle Seahawks. The series started in 2002 with WSU hosting Nevada in the first football game played in the new stadium. WSU beat the Wolfpack and have also defeated Idaho (2003) and Grambling (2005) in Seattle, with their only setback a loss to Colorado in 2004.
The Cougars evened their season record at 1-1 last Saturday by defeating Idaho for the sixth straight season. Alex Brink found Michael Bumpus on a 12-yard touchdown pass just under three minutes into the contest for the game's first score. Three more touchdown passes, all to Chris Jordan, wrapped around an Alex Brink one-yard touchdown run, pushed the Cougar lead to 35-3 by halftime.
WSU added three more second-half touchdowns for the final margin of victory, marking the third time in the last five meetings with Idaho that the Cougars have scored 49 or more points. WSU pounded out 344 yards on the ground, the highest output since opening the 1988 season at Illinois with 373. Four Cougar runners had 60 or more yards, led by Dwight Tardy's 92 on 15 carries. For the game the Cougars accounted for 637 yards of total offense, sixth on WSU's all-time list.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the Idaho game were: Alex Brink (offense) and Eric Frampton (defense and special teams). Brink connected on 12-of-15 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns against Idaho, a NCAA quarterback rating of 275.36. Brink also rushed five times for 46 yards, including a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Frampton led the team with nine tackles against Idaho, including four solo on special teams. He added a pair of pass breakups and shared in a tackle for loss.
HILL NAMED TO BILETNIKOFF WATCH LIST: Washington State wide receiver Jason Hill has been named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, named for Hall of Fame wide receiver Fred Biletnikoff. Since 1994, the Biletnikoff Award, presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, has been awarded annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver. It marks the second consecutive year Hill has been named to the list.
WSU'S FIRST FOUR GAMES IN DIFFERENT STADIUMS: When Washington State hosts the USC Trojans Sept. 30 in Pullman's Martin Stadium, the Cougars will have played four teams in four different stadiums...the Cougars begin play at Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium Sept. 2...WSU then hosts Idaho at Martin Stadium Sept. 9, followed by Baylor Sept. 16 in Seattle at Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks)...the fourth game is Stanford Sept. 23 at Stanford Stadium.
WSU-BAYLOR SERIES: Saturday's game marks the fifth meeting in the all-time series between the two schools, with Baylor holding a 3-1 advantage. The Bears won the first three meetings in the series, with those three games occurring between 1952 and 1967. In the most recent meeting, the Cougars came away with a 10-3 victory in the 1994 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio.