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Sept. 25, 2000

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WHO: WSU Cougars (1-2 overall, 0-1 in Pac-10) vs. California Golden Bears (1-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)

WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, Kickoff 2:30 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Memorial Stadium (75,028, grass), Berkeley, Calif.

TV: Fox Sports Net will show WSU-California delayed until 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 60-68-0 (.469) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 106-112-0 (.486) in 20 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). CALIFORNIA - The Bears are coached by BYU graduate (1983) Tom Holmoe, in his fourth season with California...Holmoe's career and Bear record is 13-23-0.

WSU VS. CALIFORNIA: In the previous 63 match-ups between WSU and California, the Bears have won 36 times, WSU 22, with five ties...over the last 20 years (since 1980) however, the Cougars have had the upper hand, winning 12 and losing five, with one game ending in a tie (Tokyo)...WSU head coach Mike Price is 6-3 in his nine games against California since 1989 and has won three of the last four games with the Bears...here's a series breakdown:

  • Most WSU Points: 63, 1997 (63-37) Most California Points: 61, 1922 (61-0)
  • Widest WSU Victory: 31, 1988 (44-13) Widest California Victory: 61, 1922 (61-0)
  • Longest WSU Win Streak: 3, 1983-85 Longest Cal Win Streak: 8, 1920-29/1946-54
  • Last WSU Win: 1997 (63-37) Last California Win: 1998 (24-14)
  • Last WSU Win Pullman: 1999 (31-7) Last California Win Pullman: 1979 (45-13)
  • Last WSU Win Berkeley: 1994 (26-23) Last California Win Berkeley: 1998 (24-14)
  • WSU at Home: 13-8-1 (+9) California at Home: 25-9-3 (+2)
  • WSU at Berkeley: 9-25-3 (-2) California at Pullman: 8-13-1 (-9)
  • WSU at Portland/Tokyo: 0-3-1 California at Portland/Tokyo: 3-0-1
  • Mike Price vs. California: 6-3 Tom Holmoe vs. WSU: 1-2
  • WSU Streak: +1 California Streak: -1

TRUFANT PICKS FOURTH PASS: Sophomore Marcus Trufant, who had two interceptions while starting seven games last year, has picked off two passes in WSU's first three games this season...Trufant picked off a pass two weeks ago at Utah, then made a diving interception against Idaho...as a true freshman last season, he had his first interception against Louisiana-Lafayette, then returned one 45 yards at Hawaii...this season the Wilson High of Tacoma graduate has made 18 tackles, deflected two passes, forced and recovered a fumble against Stanford, and stolen two enemy passes.

2000 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Jason Gesser (17), RB Adam Hawkins (37), DE Austin Matson (61), WR Farwan Zubedi (41).

BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: Against Idaho WSU's starting lineup of 22 players included 2 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 4 juniors and 6 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 11 freshmen, 13 sophomores, 10 juniors and 10 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists 24 freshmen and sophomores and 20 juniors and seniors.

MOST STARTS: Austin Matson and Reed Raymond each have made 23 starts in their Cougar career...here are the players with the most starts going into the California game:

COUG FOOTBALL HAS TWO SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster in 2000 includes two sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and linebackers Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77).

MORE BROTHERS: In addition to two sets of twins on the Cougar roster, there are five other pairs of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Adam and Blair Hawkins, Pat and Collin Henderson, Raonall and Kealan Smith, and Deon and Anthony Burnett.

WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Two members of WSU's 2000 football roster boast brothers who have played at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother was a senior in 1999.

WSU ON THE ROAD AT HOME: In years to come it may be a trivia question - When did the Cougars play on the road at home?...Sept. 18, 1999 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho currently uses WSU's Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandal's Kibbie Dome is not large enough to allow Idaho to meet the average needed for D-I status...this year Idaho plays three home games in WSU's stadium.

COUG RUSHING: WSU is averaging 162 yards rushing per game...only one Mike Price coached Cougar team has done better in the first three games - the 1993 team averaged 190 in three games, but closed out the season below a 162 avg.

BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett, a true freshman in 1999, notched the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:

  • Burnett was the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start),
  • Burnett broke the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman three times, the last with 136 yards at ASU...the only other Cougar freshman to go over 100 yards was Will Haskell with 100 at Oregon State, 1993,
  • Burnett's 974 rushing yards was a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982,
  • Burnett's 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns were the most ever by a Cougar freshman, he was one TD short of the WSU record of 13 by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992,
  • Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, one short of the school record, and a freshman record.
  • Burnett made a run at the Pac-10 freshman record of 1,069 yards held by Stanford's Darrin Nelson, 1977...the WSU back finished 95 yards short of Nelson's record.

BURNETT SCORES 12 TDs AS ROOKIE: Only three other WSU players have scored as many touchdowns in one year as freshman Deon Burnett scored in 1999 and only two scored more rushing touchdowns...the WSU record is 17 by Steve Broussard in 1989, 13 by rushing...Bernard Jackson scored 14 in 1971, 11 but only 11 rushing...Shaumbe Wright-Fair scored 13 in 1992, all rushing, while Ken Grandberry in 1972, Rueben Mayes in 1984 and Broussard in 1988 all scored 12 touchdowns, 11 by running.

BURNETT 2 SHORT OF 100: Deon Burnett came within two yards of his fifth 100-yard game, rushing for 98 yards and a 6.1 average against Idaho...through three games this year he has rushed for 180 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, but he has yet to score a touchdown...his 100 yard games last year came consecutively against Cal (104), Louisiana-Lafayette (110), ASU (136) and OSU (112).

BURNETT NEARS 1200 RUSHING YARDS: Sophomore Deon Burnett has now run for 1,154 career yards, leaving him 585 yards short of a spot in WSU's top 10 list...Burnett would need to average 73 yards per game for the rest of the season to earn a spot on WSU's career list by season's end...tenth on WSU's all-time list is Dan Doornink, who gained 1,739 yards during career, 1974-77...ninth place is held by Bernard Jackson, who gained 1,779 during his two Cougar seasons, 1970 and 1971.

MINNICH TOPS 100 YARDS: Dave Minnich, the ex-Marine running back who joined WSU this fall as a junior out of Mt. San Jacinto JC, ran for 118 yards against Utah to lead WSU's rushing game that produced 213 yards on the ground...during his two-year JC career, Minnich averaged 134 yards per game, so he certainly is no stranger to 100 yard games...he finished his career with 2,679 rushing yards.

LONG DRIVES: WSU has had six scoring drives of 70 yards or longer in the first three games, including five drives of 80 yards or more.

INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 25 from the training staff: Milton Wynn (knee bruise, probable), Eric Coleman (groin, probable), Billy Newman (hamstring, probable), Melvin Simmons (shoulder, questionable), Farwan Zubedi (knee, possible), Nick Lambert (quad strain, doubtful), Serign Marong (back, doubtful) Jason White (ankle, doubtful). Out indefinitely are: Ing Aleaga (broken foot), Lamont Thompson (neck), Wendell Smith (shoulder), Sam Lightbody (ruptured thumb ligament), Ira Davis (knee bruise), Rien Long (ankle).

THOMPSON TIES WSU CAREER PICK RECORD: Junior Lamont Thompson with four interceptions last year, now shares the school record with 14 career interceptions...his last interception of 1999 at Hawaii in the finale tied him with Richard Reed, who had 14 in three seasons, 1966-68:

CAREERPIYDSAVGTD
1. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99141269.00
1. Richard Reed, 1966-681423116.50
3. Bill Lippincott, 1945-481319715.21
3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-701319014.61

LAMONT THOMPSON SIDELINES: Senior Lamont Thompson, who shares the WSU record with 14 career interceptions and is a candidate for the Thorpe Award, has not seen a day of action this fall and that comes on the heels of missing all but a couple of spring practices...Thompson's problem is a sore neck, a condition that dates back to last season...after lining up at free safety his first two years, Thompson was asked to play corner last fall...during the course of the season he suffered a couple of injuries that hampered his play, including a sore neck after the ASU game...Thompson, who has not redshirted, has visited several specialists and no structural damage has been detected, but to date he has been unable to practice...the senior, now back at free safety, is currently undergoing physical therapy and neck strengthening exercises, but no date has been set for his return.

IDAHO'S 462 IN TO: The last non-conference opponent to generate more total offense against WSU than Idaho's 462 yards was Colorado with 470 in the 1996 opener.

ZUBEDI AND HIS UNIQUE PET: Wide receiver Farwan Zubedi, one of WSU's four co-captains, has a unique pet that draws some folks to him while others will take the long way around him...Zubedi has a pet snake...not just your common garden snake hidden in the folds of his cloths or in a pocket...it's a 4-foot boa named Unique...hard to hide and not everyone's favorite pet...unfortunately neither Zubedi or Unique have seen action for the Cougs in the first two games...Zubedi missed the first week of fall camp after spilling his motorcycle the week before camp opened...he suffered a bruised and lacerated knee...he returned to practice the second week and was working his way to the top of the depth chart when an infection set in and he missed the first three games....he may return for limited play at Cal.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 106 wins... Arizona's Dick Tomey leads Pac-10 coaches with 155, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder with 123 and Price...Price, in his 12th season at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th year at Arizona.

MIKE PRICE AMONG WSU'S BEST: Only one Washington State football coach with tenure of five years or longer at WSU put together a better record than Mike Price...Price, in his 11 seasons at WSU, is 60-68-0 (.469), while his career mark is now 106-112-0...Babe Hollingbery was 93-53-14 (.625) during his 1926-42 (17 years) tenure...Price's record is the best at WSU in the last 50 years for coaches with a tenure of three or more years...Price's 60 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

COUG LINE AVERAGES 294: WSU's offensive line, which includes just two seniors, 312-pound Reed Raymond and 304-pound Ryan Raymond, averages 294 pounds...the "lightweights" include Tyler Hunt and Derrick Roche, a pair of sophomores each listed at 280...the line includes the two seniors and three redshirt sophomores, Phil Locker (311), Hunt and Roche...this year's five starters weigh in at a collective 1,487 pounds, just off the WSU record of 1,508 in 1998 and down two pounds from last year's 1,489 pounds.

WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1971...in 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10.

OFFENSE OFF TO GOOD START: WSU has generated 1,151 yards in total offense through three games, averaging 384 yards...the last time WSU generated more in the first three games was 1,427 in 1997.

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

  • The Cougars have scored in 190 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 181 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 159 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 371 first quarter points in the last 83 games (4.47/quarter) over the past eight years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998, 71 in 1999 and 7 in 2000.

COUGS GO MARINES: While looking for a few good men the past two years, the WSU coaching staff discovered the Marines...a pair of WSU players are former Marines, Wendell Smith and Dave Minnich...Smith, from Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, joined the Cougars last fall as a freshman after four years in the service...this season WSU brought in running back Dave Minnich from Mt. San Jacinto College...originally from Stonington, Conn., Minnich spent four years in the Marines before going the jaycee route...Smith is currently sidelined following shoulder surgery in the spring.

COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 2000...WSU did not meet a ranked team in 1999...in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 Arizona...in 1997 WSU defeated No. 22 USC and lost to 21st ranked ASU...unranked at the start of the season when WSU won, UCLA finished the year ranked seventh...in the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion Michigan...in 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon.

RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last eight years WSU has held 32 of 83 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State's -35 and Pacific's -6 in 1993 and Montana's -6 in 1995...in those 81 games, WSU has held opponents to 50 or less yards 12 times:

  • 1993 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/11 Michigan 179, USC 104, Washington 302.
  • 1994 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/12 Tennessee 149, Oregon State 178, Washington 102.
  • 1995 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 5/11 UCLA 137, Nebraska 428, California 134, Stanford 131, Washington 222.
  • 1996 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 10/11 Colorado 192, Temple 125, Oregon 118, SJSU 100, Arizona 145, OSU 141, California 44, Illinois 148, UCLA 164, Stanford 102, Washington 213.
  • 1997 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 8/12 UCLA 209, USC 31, Illinois 173, Boise State 46, Oregon 154, Cal 109, Arizona 73, ASU 150, USL 75, Stanford 160, Washington 101, Michigan 128.
  • 1998 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 9/11 Illinois 123, Boise State 120, Idaho 100, California 79, UCLA 256, Oregon 247, USC 214, ASU 242, Arizona 361, Stanford 94, Washington 178.
  • 1999 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 10/12 Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249, California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217, OSU 163, Oregon 228, USC 201, Washington 250, Hawaii 83.
  • 2000 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/3 Stanford 118, Utah 136, Idaho 216.

WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last eight years WSU has allowed just 69 runs of 20 yards or longer in 83 games:
1993 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 8
1994 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1995 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 12
1996 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 6
1997 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1998 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 17
1999 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 10
2000 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 1
Fasani (Stan) 38, Arceneaux (Utah) 20, Gerstner (Ida) 36.

1994 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 15
1995 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 24
1996 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 33
1997 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 29
1998 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 41
1999 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 46
2000 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 9

GESSER PAC-10 HONOREE: Jason Gesser was named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week for his play at Utah when he completed 11 of 18 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 37 yards...he was the first Cougar to be so honored since Nian Taylor was selected after the third game of the 1998 season.

100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 28 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last eight years and 83 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons.

NEW FIELD TURF FOR MARTIN: WSU opened the season with a new look when it hosted Stanford Sept. 2...the Cougars sported new uniforms and helmets, played on a new artificial turf, FieldTurf and were finally back at home in Bohler Gym with new offices and a new lockerroom...Nebraska was the first NCAA Div. I football school to use FieldTurf, followed by WSU...FieldTurf is a surface that looks and feels very much like grass...the Cougars' practice facility, Rogers Field, also sports the new turf.

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the Idaho game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Jason Gesser (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Pac-10 Defense: None
Pac-10 Special Teams: Alan Cox (Manti, Utah)
Offensive Lineman: None
Offensive Back: Milton Wynn (Lancaster, Calif.)
Offensive Scout Team: Calvin Armstrong (Centralia, Wash.)
Defensive Back: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Defensive Lineman: None
Defensive Scout Team: Hamza Abdullah (Pomona, Calif.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: None
Cougar Claw: Alan Cox (Manti, Utah), Jason Gesser (Honolulu, Hawaii), Chris Martin (Brooklyn, NY)
Big Hit: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Cougar Tackler: Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)
Specialist of the Week: Brad Philley (Puyallup, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Offense: Dave Minnich (Stonington, Conn.)
Most Disciplined Defense: Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: James Price (Anchorage, Alaska)
Special Teams Big Play: Alan Cox (Manti, Utah)
Assassin: Brad Philley (Puyallup, Wash.)
Iron Man: Brad Philley (Puyallup, Wash.)
Gamebreaker: Alan Cox (Manti, Utah)

MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT on KHQ, KNDO (Yakima) and KNDU (Tri-Cities) television stations....KHQ's John Fritz hosts the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.

JIM STERK RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Conversation with (WSU AD) Jim Sterk" is aired each Sunday for 30 minutes at 10:30 a.m. on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.

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.

LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action Saturday, Sept. 30, will include Washington at Oregon on ABC regional at 12:30 p.m. PT and Arizona State at UCLA on Fox Sports Net national cable at 7:15 p.m. PT.

FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay Washington State's game at California Oct. 1 at 10:30 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 now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck will combine talents on the 24-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 34th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his second season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Learfield Communications, airs weekly on most network stations live at 7:00 p.m.. Robertson is the show's regular host...all broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to wsucougars.com.

SATELLITE: WSU uplinks a 15-minute football video package each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. (C-Band, Telstar 6, Transponder 19 V, 93 degree west, ) with coach and player interviews recorded at practice that afternoon...the service is provided by Northwest Public Television on the WSU campus (if trouble, call 509-335-5177). The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 12:00 noon PDT on Telstar 5, Transponder 16, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).

PRICE AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews 11:00-Noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games). Arrangements for Price 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 Rebecka McKinney at the WSU Media Information Office.

PRICE PHONE CONFERENCES: Mike Price 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 2:30 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.

COUGAR INFOCONNECTION: Members of the media may access WSU press releases, game statistics and other sports specific information through InfoConnection. For information on how to access information from all 10 Pac-10 schools and the Pac-10 office, contact the league office or any of the Pac-10 sports information offices.

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