Nov. 11, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Trojans have won 49 of the 59 previous games with WSU, while the Cougars have six wins...there have been four ties...WSU last won in Los Angeles 28-21 in 1997, while last year in Pullman USC prevailed 42-14...WSU's last home win over the Trojans was 34-14 in 1986...since then USC has won 10 of 11, including five straight in Pullman...Mike Price is 1-9 against the Trojans.
THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 58-64-0 (.475) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 104-108-0 (.491) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present).
USC - The USC Trojans are coached by Paul Hackett, in his second year with the Trojans...Hackett has a 11-11 record with USC and has a career mark of 24-31-1 in five seasons...Hackett is 1-0 against WSU.
WSU-USC LIVE ON TV: The WSU Cougars and USC Trojans square off Saturday in a regionally televised game on ABC Sports, with Charlie Jones and Nick Lowery calling the action...it will be the second of two straight live television appearances for the Cougars...FOX Sports was on hand last week to televise WSU's game at Oregon nationally...early in the season the WSU-Stanford game was shown by FOX Sports Net.
SENIORS MAKE HOME FINALE: A total of 21 senior members of Washington State's football team will be making their final home appearance when USC visits the Cougars Nov. 13...in addition, two other players who will not return for their final season are also playing their last game in Pullman...for a complete roster, see page 6.
FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-USC game Sunday, Nov. 14, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.
WHO: WSU Cougars (2-7 overall, 1-5 in Pac-10) vs. USC Trojans (3-6, 1-5)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, November 13, Kickoff 4:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (36,700, OmniTurf), Pullman,Wash.
TV: ABC Sports Live, FOX Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Nov. 14, 1:30 p.m. PDT
1999 WSU RESULTS
Record: 2-7, 1-5
|9/11||@ Stanford (17-54)||[5-3]|
|9/18||@ Idaho (17-28)||[6-3]|
|10/23||@ Arizona State (21-33)||[5-4]|
|10/30||Oregon State (13-27)||[6-3]|
|11/6||@ Oregon (10-52)||[6-3]|
WSU THIS WEEK: USC
Record: 3-6, 1-5
|9/4||@ Hawaii (62-7)|
|9/18||San Diego State (24-21)|
|9/25||@ Oregon (30-33)|
|10/2||Oregon State (37-29)|
|10/9||@ Arizona (24-31)|
|10/16||@ Notre Dame (24-25)|
|10/30||@ California (7-17)|
|11/6||Arizona State (16-26)|
|11/13||@ Washington State|
WSU IN TWO WEEKS: UW
Record: 6-3, 5-1
|9/9||@ BYU (28-35)|
|9/18||Air Force (21-31)|
|10/9||@ Oregon State (47-21)|
|10/16||Arizona State (7-28)|
|10/23||@ California (31-27)|
|11/6||@ Arizona (33-25)|
WSU RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS:
- Burnett Needs 308 Yards For Pac-10 Frosh Record
- Taylor Nears Hugh Campbell's Receiving Yards Record
- Lindell Fourth In Career Scoring
- Gleason Boosts Career Tackle Total To 281 - Ninth Best At WSU
- Birnbaum eighth In Career Passing Yards At WSU
- WSU Scoring Streaks On The Line
- WSU Limits Turnovers In Last 7 Games To 7
- WSU Perfect In Redzone, 19 Touchdowns and 3 Field Goals
- Cougars Limit Long Runs (20+ yards)
- WSU Lineup Changes Weekly
- WSU Plays Them Young
CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). USC - TB Chad Morton (7), SS David Gibson (22) and FS Ifeanyi Ohalete (31).
BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through nine games with 146 carries for 761 yards and a 5.2 average...he also has caught 16 passes for 149 yards...Burnett improved his rushing totals in each of the first seven games and had 112 yards in the eighth (OSU), but never got going at Oregon and finished with a season-low 25 yards...in the last seven games he has averaged 96.3 ypg...his game-by game performances:
BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett may have started the season slow, but the true freshman has been hot of late and is on his way to the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:
HACKETT HAS 96 CAREER CATCHES: In just 18 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 96 career receptions, leaving him just 11 catches short of WSU's career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 total passes in consecutive seasons...Hugh Campbell, WSU's career record holder with 176 receptions, had consecutive seasons of 66-53-57...current assistant coach Mike Levenseller had back-to-back seasons of 67 and 43 receptions, while Timm Stallworth had seasons of 51 and 63...Hackett led WSU receivers last year with 54 catches and leads WSU this year with 42 for 488 yards...his receptions have accounted for 1,068 yards, an average of 11.1 per catch...Hackett's chances of making WSU's Top 10 list were hurt last week when he missed the Oregon game with a sprained ankle...he also missed the Cal game earlier in the season with a shoulder injury.
BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: With 11 touchdowns through eight games this season, running back Deon Burnett has his sights set on the WSU single-season record of 17 (13 rush, 4 rec.) by Steve Broussard in 1989?he is currently tied with seven other Cougars, each with 11 touchdowns...Burnett has a shot at Steve Broussard's single-season scoring record of 104 points (17 TD, 1 2XP) with 66 points through eight games?the Upland, Calif., native is only two rushing TDs shy of entering the Pac-10 single-season top 20?here's a look at WSU's top 10 single-season touchdown scorers:
|PLAYERS, YEAR||TOTAL TDs|
|1.||Steve Broussard, 1989||17|
|2.||Bernard Jackson, 1971||14|
|3.||Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992||13|
|4.||Ken Grandberry, 1972||12|
|Rueben Mayes, 1984||12|
|Steve Broussard, 1988||12|
|7.||Bob Kennedy, 1942||11|
|Hugh Campbell, 1960||11|
|Bernard Jackson, 1971||11|
|Samoa Samoa, 1980||11|
|Rueben Mayes, 1984||11|
|Rueben Mayes, 1985||11|
|Kevin McKenzie, 1997||11|
|Deon Burnett, 1999||11|
LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 186 career points, ranks fourth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 105-of-108 extra point kicks and 27-of-44 (61.4%) of his field goals, including 7-of-10 this year...the top three career scorers are Jason Hanson 328, Steve Broussard 248 and John Traut 231.
INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Nov. 8, from the training staff: Earl Riley (right shoulder, doubtful), Raonall Smith (knee, doubtful), Lamont Thompson (neck, probable), Wendell Smith (ankle, Probable), Leaford Hackett (ankle sprain, possible), Adam Hawkins (calf bruise, probable), Anthony Adedipe (elbow sprain, probable), Deon Burnett (back sprain, probable). Out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Isaac Brown (hand), Milton Wynn (broken finger), Adam Davis (hip), Virgil Williams (right shoulder nerve bruise), Jason Gesser (broken hand), Alex Tinsley (hamstring), Mark Hedeen (neck).
TAYLOR NEEDS 108 YARDS TO SET RECORD: Senior receiver Nian Taylor is just 108 reception yards away from a WSU career record...Taylor has caught 129 career passes for 2,345 yards, leaving him 108 yards short of Hugh Campbell's WSU record of 2,452 yards...Taylor also ranks tied with Tim Stallworth for fifth on WSU's career reception list at 125.
|1. Hugh Campbell, 1960-62||176||2452||22||47/108|
|2. Phillip Bobo, 1990-92||148||2182||16||19|
|3. Doug Flansburg, 1965-67||140||1652||6||11|
|4. Nian Taylor, 1996-99||129||2345||16|
|5. C. J. Davis, 1988-92||128||2168||14|
|6. Tim Stallworth, 1986-89||125||2250||16|
Receptions/Yards Taylor needs noted in right column.
SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams collide...here's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:
|DATE||BEFORE WSU||WSU OPP||AFTER WSU|
|9/4||- - -||Utah||Utah State|
|9/11||@ Texas||Stanford||@ Arizona|
|9/18||@ Auburn||Idaho||@ Wyoming|
|10/9||Louisiana Tech||Sw Louisiana||@ Tulane|
|10/23||@ Washington||Arizona State||@ Oregon|
|11/20||UCLA||Washington||- - -|
|11/27||Navy||Hawaii||- - -|
COUG FOOTBALL HAS THREE SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster this fall includes three sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and Blake and Matt Klingeman (Othello, Wash., born 12/29/80)...the third set of twins are Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77)...the Raymonds and Pickerings are redshirt juniors, the Klingemans first year freshmen.
MORE BROTHERS: In addition to three sets of twins on the Cougar football roster, there are five other sets of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Torry and Trent Hollimon, Pat and Collin Henderson, Austin and Taylor Matson and Raonall and Kealan Smith.
WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Three members of WSU's football roster have brothers who have or are playing at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother is a senior this season...in addition Torry Hollimon's brother Trent played at Washington 1994-95...Jesse Nicassio, a freshman with the Cougars this season, has a brother, Josh, who is at ASU...both are placekickers.
LINDELL BACK ON TRACK: Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit seven of his 10 field goal attempts this year, a 27-yarder against Stanford, a 48-yarder against Idaho, a 52-yarder against Arizona, a 40-yarder against California, kicks of 32 and 50 against Oregon State and a 25 yarder at Oregon...his only misses have been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford, a blocked kick at ASU and a 54 yarder at Oregon...Lindell is 105-of-108 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 42 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSU's second touchdown of the 1998 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked...he has now made 27-of-44 career field goals...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record...he made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight early in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of successful kicks...then, over the final seven games of 1998, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34-yarder against UCLA...in an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year, weighing in at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs.
MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:
Rian Lindell - 32 consecutive starts [32 total]
Lamont Thompson - 21 of last 24 games [21 total]
Steve Gleason - 29 starts in last 32 games [29 total]
Reed Raymond - 17 of last 20 games [17 total]
Rob Meier - 20 consecutive starts [22 total]
Kareem Anderson - 20 consecutive starts [20 total]
GLEASON HAS 281 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason has moved into ninth on WSU's career tackle list with 281 stops...the current team leader has 97 stops in nine games this season to lead all Pac-10 players in total tackles...Gleason entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles...Gleason's 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles.
|1. Lee Blakeney||1980-84||524||252||272|
|6. Gary Larsen||1971-74||317||206||111|
|7. Artie Holmes||1985-88||305||172||133|
|8. Ron Childs||1991-94||302||199||103|
|9. Steve Gleason||1996-99||281||188||93|
BIRNBAUM ON CARER LIST: After struggling as a junior, Steve Birnbaum has proved an efficient quarterback this season...last year he threw 11 interceptions and had an efficiency rating of 107.52...this year his rating is 122.25 and he has thrown just three interceptions, one in the first quarter at Stanford, one in the second quarter against Louisiana-Lafayette (between he threw 113 passes without an interception), then one at Oregon in the second quarter...Birnbaum is now eighth on WSU's career passing list with 3,460 yards...Birnbaum needs 676 yards to catch (7th) Ty Paine 4,136.
|5. Mark Rypien||1981-85||613||326||29||4573||.532||28|
|6. Chad Davis||1994-95||640||371||14||4167||.580||22|
|7. Ty Paine||1970-72||725||325||54||4136||.448||15|
|8. S. Birnbaum||1996-99||511||268||16||3460||.524||16|
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.3 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:
* = TD RECORD: WSU scored at least one touchdown in 82 consecutive games between 1984 and 1991...the streak ended with a 44-3 loss to UCLA in 1991.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 334 first quarter points in the last 77 games (4.34/quarter) over the past seven years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998 and 47 so far in 1999.
THOMPSON SECOND IN CAREER PICKS: Junior Lamont Thompson has picked off one pass each against Utah, Idaho and ASU this year to push his career total to 13 in three seasons...with the interception against ASU, Thompson moved into a tie for second on WSU's all-time list...he is one behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.
|1. Richard Reed, 1966-68||14||231||16.5||0|
|2. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99||13||98||7.5||0|
|2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-48||13||197||15.2||1|
|2. Lionel Thomas, 1969-70||13||190||14.6||1|
|5. Eric Johnson, 1971-73||12||58||4.8||0|
|6. Don Paul, 1946-49||11||216||19.6||1|
|6. Torey Hunter, 1991-94||11||62||5.6||0|
|8. Greg Burns, 1991-95||9||86||9.6||0|
NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars love to play at home and after looking at the team's home and away records during Mike Price's 11-year tenure, it's easy to see why...Price at home has a 34-24 record, including a 28-15 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-40...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars:
COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to 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.
RED ZONE: Washington State in 1999 has scored 22 times (19 TDs, 3 FGs) in 21 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 24 times (19 TDs) in 34 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...1998 scored 17 times (10 TDs) in 28 trips into the Red Zone (60.7%), while opponents converted 34 times (30 TDs) in 42 Red Zone entries...in 1997 the Cougs scored 49 times (39 TDs) in 55 Red Zone entries (89.1%), while WSU opponents converted 23 times (20 TDs) in 32 tries.
TURNOVERS: After turning the ball over nine times in the first two games, WSU has had just seven in the last seven games...WSU is now -3 in turnover margin this year...last year the Cougars lost the ball 40 times, the most among Division I football teams...WSU's turnover margin was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.
1999 ------ W S U ----- -- OPPONENTS -- OPP +/- F FL PI TOT F FL PI TOT UTAH -3 4 4 1 5 1 0 2 2 STAN -3 4 2 2 4 0 0 1 1 IDAHO +1 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 2 ARIZ 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 CAL +2 1 1 0 1 2 2 1 3 LOUIS +2 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 ASU +1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 OSU 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 1 ORE -3 2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 TOTAL -3 16 10 6 16 10 4 9 13
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 77 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 77 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,|
|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 - 8/9|
|Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249,|
|California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217, OSU 163,|
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed seven runs of 20+ yards in 1999...in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 62 runs of 20 yards or longer in 75 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 - 8
Anderson, Utah - 40, Dean, Idaho - 23
Canidate, Arizona, 45, Brister, ULL - 20, 21
Redmond, ASU, 25, Smith, ASU, 20, Latimer, UO, 35.
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 - 38
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...here's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:
|1. Ariz||299.9 (23,394/78)||6. OSU||364.9 (28,101/77)|
|2. WSU||322.7 (24,847/77)||7. ASU||365.8 (28,164/77)|
|3. Wash||343.6 (26,460/77)||8. Cal||366.0 (28,548/77)|
|4. USC||351.0 (28,077/80)||9. UCLA||370.4 (28,523/77)|
|5. Oreg||363.5 (28,350/78)||10. Stan||390.9 (30,493/78)|
WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 45 games since the start of the 1992 season...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 25 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 77 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 :
|1993||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2|
|Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 117|
|Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 181|
|1994||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 1|
|J.J. Young, Oregon State, 100|
|1995||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5|
|Karim Abdul-Jabar, UCLA, 125|
|Ahman Green, Nebraska, 176|
|Reynard Rutherford, California, 124|
|Anthony Bookman, Stanford, 123,|
|Rashaan Shehee, Washington, 212|
|1996||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2|
|Skip Hicks, UCLA, 116|
|Corey Dillon, Washington, 155|
|1997||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 4|
|Skip Hicks, UCLA, 190, Robert Holcombe, Illinois 163,|
|Michael Martin, ASU, 111, Anthony Bookman,|
|1998||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5|
|Steve Havard, Illinois, 103, Reuben Droughns, UO, 217.|
|Gerald Green, ASU, 119, Trung Canidate, Arizona, 174,|
|Willie Hurst, Washington, 155.|
|1999||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5|
|Mike Anderson, Utah, 108, Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118|
|Trung Canidate, Arizona 158, Darren Brister, ULL, 113,|
|J.R. Redmond, ASU, 165, Reuben Droughns, UO, 123.|
COUGAR ATTENDANCE: WSU logged a record 208,002 attendance in 1998, an average of 34,667 per game (6 games)...WSU's previous high was 199,678 for six games in 1997...the 1998 average fell just short of the 1994 record average of 34,719 (5 games).
COUG'S LINE BIG: The collective weight of this year's offensive line is 1,489 pounds, just 19 pounds shy of last year's record 1,508 pounds...Reed Raymond tipped the scales this fall at 316 and Ryan Tujague is 305...the babies on the line are guard Mike Schwarz at 295, tackle Phil Locker at 288, center Lincoln Walden-Schulz at 285...when Reed Raymond, 313, plays, the total is 1,507.
LINEUP ADJUSTMENTS: The Cougar lineup has rarely been the same two straight weeks during the 1999 season...on defense, WSU started the same lineup for the first three games, but since then has not started the same 11 players twice...on offense, WSU has not started the same 11 players in consecutive games...WSU has used six offensive line combinations and even when the Cougs did start the same five players (Stanford-Idaho-Arizona) at least two of the starters were limited by injuries...on defense, the Cougars have used three different linebacker lineups, five different secondary combinations and five D-line combinations.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44-59: Against Oregon last week WSU's starting 22 included 6 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 4 juniors and 11 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) included 15 freshmen, 4 sophomores, 11 juniors and 14 seniors...for the season 59 players have played in at least four games, 17 freshmen, 10 sophomores, 14 juniors and 18 seniors...the breakdown includes:
|STARTERS (O-D)||TOP 44 (O-D)||TOP 59|
COUGAR SENIOR CLASS NUMBERS 21: 21 seniors plus two juniors will be making their final appearance at Martin Stadium when WSU plays host to the USC Trojans Nov. 19...the list includes two seniors who have not played this year because of injuries, Myron DeBose and Eboni Wilson...WSU players making their final appearance include:
|9||Kareem Anderson||P||6-0||199||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|13||Steve Birnbaum||QB||6-4||220||Chino Hills, Calif.|
|60||Joe Criscione||OG||6-3||280||Whittier, Calif.|
|88||Myron DeBose||TE||6-2||235||Pasadena, Calif.|
|21||Shawn DeCambra||WR||5-10||182||Kailua, Hawaii|
|44||Grady Emmerson||LB||6-0||205||Kennewick, Wash.|
|58||Joe Gecas||LB||6-0||210||Pullman, Wash.|
|3||LeJuan Gibbons||CB||5-10||175||Long Beach, Calif.|
|34||Steve Gleason||LB||6-0||218||Spokane, Wash.|
|81||Leaford Hackett||WR||5-9||173||Sylmar, Calif.|
|29||Torry Hollimon||DB||5-11||200||Everett, Wash.|
|27||Rian Lindell||K||6-3||231||Vancouver, Wash.|
|87||Rob Meier||DT||6-6||276||W. Vancouver, BC|
|67||Jesse Ratcliff||DE||6-3||248||Lacey, Wash.|
|2||Earl Riley||SS||6-2||207||Dos Palos, Calif.|
|71||Mike Schwarz||OG||6-3||292||Winlock, Wash.|
|84||Corey Scott||TE||6-3||240||Cerritos, Calif.|
|82||Nian Taylor||WR||6-1||188||Riverside, Calif.|
|74||Ryan Tujague||OT||6-6||293||Pleasanton, Calif.|
|64||L. Walden-Schulz||C||6-4||261||Long Beach, Calif.|
|55||Eboni Wilson||DL||6-2||255||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|25||Dirk Bernd||WR||5-11||200||Yakima, Wash.|
|31||Tyler Hansell||WR||6-0||184||Hermiston, Ore.|
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 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho this year is using 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, so they have moved their four home games to WSU's stadium for the 1999 season.
WSU ADDS 12th GAME FOR 1999: The Washington State Cougars will have a chance to play a school-record 13 games in 1999 with the addition of Hawaii to the schedule...WSU and Hawaii have not met in football since 1929...they also played in 1925...Hawaii won the first match-up, WSU the second...the addition of the game in Honolulu gives WSU 12 games, with a chance at a bowl game...teams with a 12-game schedule must win seven to qualify for a post-season bowl
BASEBALL AND THE COUGS: Steve Gleason and Brad Philley have been members of WSU's baseball team in recent years and Grady Emmerson almost was a member of the squad...Emmerson tried to hook up with the baseball coaches when he was a freshman, but after missing head coach Steve Farrington several times while walking past his office, Emmerson decided to stop at the football office...five years later he is a starting linebacker and the Cougar coaches think he stopped at the right office...Gleason finished his four years of baseball last spring and Philley has one more diamond season of eligibility...all three were linebackers last year, but Philley has since moved to running back...the latest Cougar football player to join the WSU baseball team will be true freshman Collin Henderson.
GLEASON, EMERSON PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: WSU linebackers Steve Gleason and Grady Emmerson were named to the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference academic first team...Gleason has a 3.15 grade point average in management and information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both are juniors...three other Cougars received honorable mention recognition, quarterback Steve Birnbaum, defensive end/linebacker Serign Marong and offensive guard Mike Sage.
PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 104 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 152, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 117...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th 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 58-64-0 (.475), while his career mark is now 104-108-0...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 58 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.
1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS
|Collin Henderson||Punt Returns||9.9||4th|
|Rian Lindell||Kick Scoring||4.9||8th|
|Rob Meier||Tackles for Loss||10||11th*|
* = Tie
1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS[Released 11/8/99]
|Pass Efficiency Defense||120.1||4th||57th|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||114.2||3rd||40th|
* = Tie
|Leaford Hackett, WSU||Receptions||5.25||47th|
|Deon Burnett, WSU||Scoring Offense||7.3||41st*|
|Colin Henderson, WSU||Punt Returns||9.92||46th|
|Chad Morton, USC||Rushing||88.6||37th|
|Mike Van Raaphorst, USC||Total Offense||198.6||43rd|
|R. Jay Soward, USC||Punt Returns||12.5||23rd*|
|Windrell Hayes, USC||Receptions||6.14||22nd|
|Kareem Kelly, USC||Receptions||5.44||39th*|
|Kris Richard, USC||Interceptions||.44||30th*|
REVIEWING WSU'S 1999 SEASON
GAME 1: WSU's losing streak was pushed to nine games with a 27-7 loss to visiting Utah...the Utes scored a field goal in each of the first two quarters, two touchdowns in the third quarter and one additional TD in the final quarter...WSU's only score came with nine minutes to play in the game when Deon Burnett went one yard to complete an 80-yard drive under the control of Jason Gesser...Gesser, who took over at QB late in the third quarter, directed the scoring drive...starting QB Steve Birnbaum was the victim of four fumbles, all lost...Birnbaum hit 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and Gesser was 10 of 18 for 75 yards...Deon Burnett carried nine times for 35 yards as WSU rushed for just 98 yards...safety Billy Newman made 12 tackles, Curtis Holden and Lamont Thompson 11 each and Steve Gleason 10...Thompson and Earl Riley each had interceptions.
GAME 2: WSU mistakes led to 40 Stanford points in a 54-17 loss at Stanford...the loss pushed WSU's losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSU's generosity included the loss of three fumbles that led to touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a missed field goal that produced a three-pointer for Stanford...senior Leaford Hackett had a super night for WSU, catching 10 passes for 103 yards, returning three punts for 25 yars and five kickoffs for 93 yards...freshman Deon Burnett's 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaum's 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holden's 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSU's defense.
GAME 3: The Cougars forged a two-touchdown lead, then let it slip away in a 28-17 loss to Idaho in the annual Battle of the Palouse...it was Idaho's first win over WSU since 1965 and snapped WSU's 14-game win streak over the Vandals...the loss was WSU's school record equaling 11 straight...the Cougs had 181 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the first period...in the second quarter WSU managed just 25 yards of offense, but held the lead into the third quarter...Idaho's first score was on a sack of Steve Burnbaum that led to a 62-yard TD return...after Idaho tied the game 14-14, Rian Lindell banged home a 48-yard field goal for a 17-14 WSU lead, but the Vandal offense rolled into the fourth quarter and scored twice more...freshman Deon Burnett got his first start for the Cougs and responded with 91 rushing yards...WSU passed for 295 yards, hitting 23 of 53 passes...Leaford Hackett caught eight passes for 99 yards and Marcus Williams caught his first WSU TD pass, 19 yards from Steve Birnbaum...WSU had just one turnover, the costly sack fumble that was returned for Idaho's first score...Lamont Thompson had the 12th interception of his career for WSU.
GAME 4: Arizona scored a controversial touchdown on the last play of the game to pull out a 30-24 Wildcat win over WSU, stretching the Cougar losing streak to a team record 12 games...the Wildcats broke a 24-24 tie with no time left when Keith Smith passed 42 yards to Bobby Wade, who made the grab in one corner of the endzone while lying on the ground...TV replays showed, however, he actually scooped the ball off the turf...still, the Cougars had chances to win and came up short...twice in the second half WSU battled back from deficits, first 17-10 and then 24-17...freshman Deon Burnett scored a pair of WSU touchdowns, the first on a 2-yard run that tied the game at 17-17, then on a 55-yarder that produced a 24-24 deadlock late in the fourth quarter...Farwan Zubedi scored WSU's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Steve Birnbaum in the second quarter, while Rian Lindell tallied WSU's other score on a wind-aided 52-yard field goal just before halftime that gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead at intermission...Birnbaum hit 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards before leaving the game after falling on a Burnett fumble in the end zone for a Wildcat safety in third quarter...Birnbaum, who pulled a groin muscle on the play, was replaced by Jason Gesser, who engineered WSU's two fourth quarter scoring drives...Gesser was also hurt in the game (sprained thumb), but was able to finish...Burnett ended the day with 96 net yards rushing, while Leaford Hackett caught seven passes for 97 yards...Steve Gleason led WSU's defense with a career high 16 tackles, while Billy Newman and Raonall Smith had 15 tackles each.
GAME 5: The celebrations lasted into the night after the Cougars snapped a 12-game skid with a 31-7 Homecoming win over California...the heroes for WSU included Steve Birnbaum, who completed 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards, two scores and no interceptions...Nian Taylor led the injury-riddled receiving corps with nine receptions covering 77 yards, while freshman Collin Henderson and junior Marcus Williams each hauled in scoring passes...freshman Deon Burnett gained 104 yards rushing with 25 carries, both career highs...LeJuan Gibbons grabbed his first interception in two years and Steve Gleason's nine tackles led the defense...WSU scored 17 second quarter points and added 14 in the final period...Cal's only answer was a 25-yard fumble return in the third quarter...after surrendering 91 yards to California in the first quarter, WSU's defense took charge and held the Bears to -7 yards in the second quarter and just 30 in the third quarter, a combined 23 yards in two quarters...Cal's rushing game netted just 58 yards and the passing attack 116 yards, a total of 174 yards...it was WSU's best defensive performance since 1997 when USL gained 152 yards and Boise State 115...in addition, it was WSU's best defense against a Pac-10 opponent since Oregon was limited to 97 yards in 1994.
GAME 6: WSU picked up its first shutout since 1997 with a 44-0 win over visiting Louisiana-Lafayette and in the process stretched the defense's streak to eight quarters without allowing a touchdown...true freshman Deon Burnett proved to be the wrecking ball that demolished ULL, scoring four times and gaining 110 yards rushing...his effort boosted his season rushing total to 488 yards and his touchdowns scored to nine, both WSU freshman records...the Cougars scored twice in both the first and second quarters for a 28-0 halftime lead and yet had the ball for just 20 plays and 6:58 in the opening 30 minutes...WSU's defense came up with big plays whenever ULL drove into WSU's end of the field...included in the big defensive stops were Grady Emmerson's first career interception, a forced fumble on fourth down that prevented a first down, a missed 32-yard field goal, a fumble recovery by Rob Meier, and an interception by Marcus Trufant...Steve Gleason made 13 tackles to lead WSU...nine receivers caught passes from Steve Birnbaum and backup Paul Mencke, who played just over a quarter of the game...Nian Taylor caught three passes for 101 yards to lead WSU receivers...all of his catches came in the first quarter, including a 59-yard scoring strike from Birnbaum, who hit 11 of his 19 passes...he threw two TD passes and was intercepted once...Birnbaum had thrown 113 straight passes without an interception since the first quarter of the Stanford game.
GAME 7: The Cougars let a halftime lead slip away for the second time this season, falling 33-21 at ASU...WSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Deon Burnett's 11-yard run and Leaford Hackett's 11-yard reception from Steve Birnbuam, then added a one-yard Birnbaum run in the second quarter for a 21-13 halftime lead...in the first half WSU ran 45 plays for 259 yards, but in the second half the Cougars mustered just 20 plays for 32 yards...meanwhile ASU ran off 49 second-half plays for 257 yards and 20 points...Burnett had 97 yards at halftime, 96 after three quarters, then finished with a career-high 136 yards...Birnbaum was 13-of-21 at halftime for 126 yards, while in the third and fourth quarters he was a combined 2-for-8 for 15 yards...Leaford Hackett and Nian Taylor each caught five passes...Kareem Anderson saved his best performance of the year for his hometown crowd, booming seven punts for a 48.0 average, including a 69-yarder...defensively Lamont Thompson picked off the 13th pass of his career, leaving him one short of the school record...Steve Gleason and Torry Hollimon paced WSU on defense, each recording 11 tackles...Rob Meier was next with nine stops, including three tackles-for-loss, one of them a sack...LeJuan Gibbons continued his solid play by forcing one fumble and deflecting two passes.
GAME 8: Oregon State upset WSU 27-13 before a Cougar Dads' Day crowd of 34,240, taking command 10-3 in the first quarter and never letting WSU catch up...for the second straight week, WSU started strong offensively, then tailed off after the first quarter...OSU drove 80 yards on its first possession and added a field goal on its next possession for a quick 10-0 lead, answered only by Rian Lindell's 32-yard field goal late in the opening quarter...the Cougs had 124 yards of offense in the first quarter, OSU 161 yards...in the second quarter neither team generated much of an offense, trading field goals for a 13-6 Beaver lead at halftime...OSU picked up its offense in the third quarter and scored once, then traded touchdowns with the Cougs in the final quarter...WSU's offense generated 124 yards in the first quarter, 33 in the second, 53 in the third and 93 yards in the final quarter...Deon Burnett picked his way for 112 yards rushing, while Steve Birnbaum hit 18 of his 34 passes, including seven to Leaford Hackett...Birnbaum did not have an interception or TD pass...the game was nearly turnover free, with no interceptions and just two lost fumbles, one by each club...Grady Emmerson led the Cougars with 11 tackles, while Curtis Holden had 10 and one of WSU's two sacks.
GAME 9: Oregon scored three times in the second quarter to break open a close game as WSU lost to the Ducks 52-10 before 44,090 fans at Autzen Stadium...WSU took an early 3-0 lead on Rian Lindell's 25 field goal off a blocked Oregon punt, but the Ducks then reeled off 45 unanswered points before WSU scored late...the Cougar offense produced its lowest total, 30 yards, since a six-yard game at Colorado in 1996...Deon Burnett, who had a string of five games with 100 or more yards, was limited to 25 yards on 13 carries...WSU used two quarterbacks, with Steve Birnbaum and Paul Mencke each throwing one interception...Birnbaum, the starter, completed 13 of 20 passes for 118 yards and no scores, while Mencke hit 12 of his 20 tosses for 157 yards and one, an eight-yard pass to freshman Josh Shavies...it was Shavies' first career reception...Kareem Anderson averaged 44.8 yards on five punts and just 30 yards in returns...Collin Henderson, making his first start while taking over for the injured Leaford Hackett, led WSU with seven receptions for 51 yards, while Curtis Nettles, in just his second game, had four catches...Marcus Williams and Nian Taylor also had four receptions each...WSU's first points came after Anthony Matthews blocked an Oregon punt to give the Cougars possession on the Duck six yard line...Oregon's defense held and Rian Lindell came in to hit a 25-yard field goal....WSU didn't dent Oregon's endzone again unil there were just 24 seconds left in the game.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the Oregon State game are:
|Pac-10 Special Teams:||Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.)|
|Offensive Lineman:||Reed Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash.)|
|Offensive Scout Team:||Kyle Stiffarm (Clarkston, Wash.)|
|Defensive Back:||Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Defensive Lineman:||Jesse Ratcliff (Lacey, Wash.)|
|Defensive Scout Team:||Chris Martin (Brooklyn, NY)|
|Defensive Pursuit Player:||Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)|
|Cougar Claw:||Nian Taylor (Riverside, Calif.)|
|Big Hit:||Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)|
|Cougar Tackler:||Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)|
|Specialist of the Week:||None|
|Most Disciplined Offense:||None|
|Most Disciplined Defense:||Rob Meier (West Vancouver, BC)|
|Most Disciplined Special Teams:||Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)|
|Special Teams Big Play:||Anthony Matthews (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Assassin:||Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)|
|Iron Man:||Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)|
|Gamebreaker:||Anthony Matthews (Tacoma, Wash.)|
1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS
NOTE: WSU's starting offensive lineup usually includes three wide receivers (as noted above) and one running back, but can include four wide receivers and no running backs, or two wide receivers and two running backs.
MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 11:35 p.m. PT on KXLY, KAPP and KVEW television stations....KXLY's Rick Lukens hosts the shows...FOX Sports Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.
RICK DICKSON RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Chat with Rick Dickson" is aired each Sunday 30 minutes before the Seattle Seahawk pre-game show 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 begins Saturday, Nov. 13, with the Washington at UCLA game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT, followed by the Stanford at Arizona State game at 3:30 p.m. PT on FOX Sports Net...next up is the USC at Washington State game at 4:00 p.m. PT on ABC, then the Arizona at Oregon State conference match-up at 7:15 p.m. PT on FOX Sports Net.
FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. USC Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.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 Crimson and Gray Sports Network. Robertson is in his 33rd year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his first season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Broadcast Ink, airs weekly throughout the network. All broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to wsucougars.com.
SATELLITE: WSU uplinks football video each Tuesday a 15-minute package (C-Band, Galaxy 6, Transponder 9H) is uplinked at 4:30 p.m. 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 11:00 a.m. PDT on GE 2, Transponder 6, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).