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Release: 10/26/1999
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Oct. 26, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - Saturday marks the resumption of one of WSU's oldest rivalries...the Cougars and Beavers first squared off on the gridiron in 1903 and since then WSU has won 44, OSU 37, with three ties...the two teams have not met since 1996...the Cougars have had the upper hand in recent years, winning 15 of the last 17 games...OSU's lone win since 1978 is a 21-7 victory in 1994, while the 1982 game ended in a 14-14 tie...the Beavers last won in Pullman in 1978, 32-31.

ERICKSON'S PALOUSE HOMECOMING: Oregon State head coach Dennis Erickson will have a homecoming of sorts this weekend when he returns to the Palouse...the Montana State graduate spent five years directing the Idaho Vandal program, 1982-85, (32-15-0) and later was WSU's head coach, 1987-88 (12-10-1)...Erickson also spent one year at Wyoming, 1986 (6-6), and six seasons at Miami, 1989-94 (63-9-0), where he won a pair of national titles (1989, 1991)...he also was head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, 1995-98.

WHO: WSU Cougars (2-5, 1-3) vs. Oregon State Beavers (4-3, 1-3)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, October 30, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, Omni-Turf), Pullman, Was
TV: Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Oct. 31, 1:30 p.m. PDT

1999 WSU RESULTS

Record: 2-5, 1-3
    [OPP REC]
9/4    Utah (7-27)             [6-1]
9/11   @ Stanford (17-54)      [5-2]
9/18   @ Idaho (17-28)         [5-2]
9/25   Arizona (24-30)         [5-3]
10/2   California (31-7)       [3-4]
10/9   Louisiana-Laf. (44-0)   [1-7]
10/16  Bye
10/23  @ Arizona State (21-33) [4-3]
10/30  Oregon State            [4-3]
11/6   @ Oregon                [4-3]
11/13  USC                     [3-4]
11/20  @ Washington            [4-3]
11/27  @ Hawaii                [5-2]

WSU THIS WEEK: OSU

Record: 4-3,1-3
9/4   @ Nevada (28-13)
9/11  Fresno State (46-23)
9/18  Georgia Southern (48-41)
10/2  @ USC (29-37)
10/9  Washington (21-47)
10/16 @ Stanford (17-21)
10/23 UCLA (55-7)
10/30 @ Washington State
11/6  California
11/13 Arizona
11/20 @ Oregon

WSU IN TWO WEEKS: OREGON

Record: 4-3, 2-2
9/2   @ Michigan State (20-27)
9/11  UTEP (47-28)
9/18  Nevada (72-10)
9/25  USC (33-30, 3ot)
10/2  @ Washington (20-34)
10/9  @ UCLA (29-34)
10/23 @ Arizona (44-41)
10/30 Arizona State
11/6  Washington State
11/13 @ California
11/20 Oregon State

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 58-62-0 (.483) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 104-106-0 (.495) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). OSU - The Beavers are coached by Dennis Erickson, in his first season at OSU...Erickson has a 117-43-1 career record in 14 seasons, including stints at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State and Miami...Erickson is 0-1 against the Cougars

WSU ON TV: The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season...WSU's next TV appearance will be Nov. 6 at Oregon, with FOX Sports Net on hand to telecast the 7:00 p.m. contest...the following week ABC ventures to Pullman to televise the Cougar's match-up with the USC Trojans...early in the season the WSU-Stanford game was shown by FOX Sports Net.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-OSU game Sunday, Oct. 31, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.

CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). OSU - DT Aaron Wells (49), WR Roddy Tompkins (80) and FS Terrence Carroll (44).

BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through seven games with 113 carries for 624 yards and a 5.5 average...he also has caught 11 passes for 107 yards...Burnett has improved his rushing totals every game through seven games...in the last five games he has averaged 107.4 ypg and in the last three games 116.7 ypg...his game-by game performances:

GAME          TC    YG   TD   PC   YDS   TD
Utah           9    35    1    1    16   0
@ Stanford    11    52    0    1    -4   0
Idaho         18    91    1    3    47   0
Arizona       13    96    2    1    10   0
California    25   104    1    1    -6   0
UL-Lafayette  15   110    4    2    42   0
ASU           22   136    1    2     2   0
TOTALS       113   624   10   11   107   0

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:

  • Burnett is the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start),

  • Burnett, with 104 yards rushing against California Oct. 2, he became the first true freshman RB to hit 100 yards since Will Haskell against Oregon State, 1993,

  • Burnett's 624 rushing yards is a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982, ? Burnett's 10 rushing touchdowns and 10 total touchdowns are the most ever by a Cougar freshman,

  • Burnett is three rushing touchdowns short of the WSU record of 13 set 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.

    HACKETT HAS 89 CAREER CATCHES: In just 17 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 89 career receptions, leaving him just 18 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...his receptions have accounted for 1,027 yards, an average of 12.1 per catch.

    TAYLOR ON CAREER LISTS: Senior Nian Taylor, with five catches for 41 yards against ASU, has moved into seventh on WSU's career reception list...Taylor now has 121 career receptions for 2,236 yards...Taylor is ranked third in career reception yards...just ahead of Taylor on the reception list are Tim Stallworth 125, C. J. Davis 128 and Doug Flansburg 140...ahead of Taylor on the reception yardage list are Hugh Campbell 2,452 and Tim Stallworth 2,250.

    BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: With 10 touchdowns through seven 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 needs one more TD to enter the WSU single-season top 10...next up are seven players with 11 touchdowns each. Burnett also has a shot at Broussard's single-season scoring record of 104 points (17 TD, 1 2XP) with 60 points through seven games the Upland, Calif., native is only three 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
    14. Deon Burnett, 1999         10

    LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 175 career points, now ranks fourth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 103-of-106 extra point kicks and 24-of-40 (60%) of his field goals, including 4-of-6 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, Oct. 25, from the training staff:

    Phil Locker (hip flexor, probable), Alvin Arzu (knee, questionable). Curtis Holden (knee, doubtful), Raonall Smith (knee, doubtful), Lamont Thompson (neck, questionable), Tomasi Kongaika (leg bruise, questionable), Torry Hollimon (concussion, probable), Wendell Smith (ankle, questionable), Erik Larsen (hamstring, questionable), Brad Philley (hamstring, doubtful), Ing Aleaga (neck, questionable), Earl Riley (toe, probable), Jesse Ratcliff (back, 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).

    BURNETT SET ONE-GAME RECORD: Freshman Deon Burnett has set the school rushing record in each of WSU's last four games...his 136 yards rushing at ASU is the most ever by a freshman running back, just as was his 110 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette and his 104 yards against California...Will Haskell is the only other freshman running back at WSU to have gone over 100 yards (100 against Oregon State, 1993.

    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
    9/25   Stanford        Arizona        USC
    10/2   ASU             California     @ BYU
    10/9   Louisiana Tech  Sw Louisiana   @ Tulane
    10/23  @ Washington    Arizona State  @ Oregon
    10/30  UCLA            Oregon State   California
    11/6   ASU             Oregon         @ California
    11/13  ASU             USC            UCLA
    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 four of his six field goal attempts this year, a 27-yarder against Stanford, a 48-yarder against Idaho, a 52-yarder against Arizona and a 40-yarder against California...his only misses have been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford and a blocked kick at ASU...Lindell is 103-of-106 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 40 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 24-of-39 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.

    INTERCEPTIONS DOWN FOR WSU: WSU quarterbacks have thrown just four interceptions this season and one of those was a last-play heave...a year ago the Cougar passers ended the season with 25 interceptions, six of which were returned for touchdowns...through six games, only one of the three picks (at Stanford) this year resulted in an opponent touchdown.

    MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:

    Rian Lindell - 30 consecutive starts [30 total]
    Lamont Thompson - 21 of last 22 games [21 total]
    Steve Gleason - 27 starts in last 30 games [27 total]
    Reed Raymond - 15 of last 18 games [15 total]
    Rob Meier - 18 consecutive starts [20 total]
    Kareem Anderson - 18 consecutive starts [18 total]

    GLEASON HAS 261 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason has moved into 11th on WSU's career tackle list with 261 stops, leaving him just 18 short of the Top 10...the current team leader has 77 stops in seven games this season to lead all Pac-10 players...with 11 tackles against ASU, Gleason passed Brian Flones 253, Tuineau Alipate 257 and James Darling 258...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.

        TACKLES       YEARS    TOTAL  PRIMARY  ASSISTS
     1. Lee Blakeney  1980-84   524     252      272
     9. Don Hover     1973-77   280     177      103
    10. Dean Pedigo   1974-77   279     168      111
    11. Steve Gleason 1996-99   261     174       47

    BIRNBAUM'S EFFICIENT: 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 128.16 and he has thrown just two interceptions, one in the first quarter at Stanford and the second against Louisiana-Lafayette...in between he threw 113 passes without an interception...Birnbaum is now tenth on WSU's career passing list with 3,148 yards...last week he passed Dave Mathieson, who has 3,094 yards (1961-63)...ahead of him are (9th) Bob Newman, 3,172 (1956-58) and (8 ) Jerry Henderson, 3,411 (1966-68):

    '99 GAMES   PA  PC  PI   PCT  YDS  TD  LG
    Utah        20  12   0  .600  150   0  20
    Stanford    20  14   1  .700  144   2  31
    Idaho       38  18   0  .474  239   1  38
    Arizona     19  12   0  .632  112   1  30
    Cal         38  23   0  .605  227   2  27
    Louisiana   19  11   1  .579  223   2  59
    Arizona St  29  15   0  .517  141   1  29
    Last 5     105  61   1  .581  703   6  59
    '99 TOTAL  183 105   2  .574 1236   9  59
    '98 TOTALS 235 114  11  .485 1677   6  97
    '97 TOTALS  19  11   1  .578  142   1  26
    '96 TOTALS  20   7   1  .350   93   0  19
    CAREER     457 237  15  .519 3148  16  97

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.4 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:

    YR      RECORD  0   1-9 10-19   20-29   30-39   40-49   50> PT/PPG
    1980    4-7-0           1       6       4                   287/26.1
    1981    8-3-1           5       2       5                   297/24.8
    1982    3-7-1   1   1   6       2       1                   170/15.5
    1983    7-4-0       1   5       3       1       1           237/21.5
    1984    6-5-0   1       1       5       2       1       1   317/28.8
    1985    4-7-0       1   2       2       5               1   313/28.5
    1986    3-7-1       1   4       4       2                   221/20.1
    1987    3-7-1       3   5                       3           238/21.6
    1988    9-3-0                   5       3       3       1   415/34.6
    1989    6-5-0       1   1       3       2       3       1   351/31.9
    1990    3-8-0           4       3       2       1       1   266/26.0
    1991*   4-7-0       1   4       2       1       2       1   280/25.4
    1992    9-3-0       1   1       4       4       1       1   337/28.1
    1993    5-6-0       3   2       2       1       1       2   271/24.6
    1994    8-4-0       3   3       6                           192/16.0
    1995    3-8-0       1   4       3       2       1           236/21.5
    1996    5-6-0           2       6       1               2   314/28.5
    1997    10-2-0          1       2       5       1       3   483/40.3
    1998    3-8-0       2   3       5       1                   223/20.3
    1999    2-5-0       1   2       2       1       1       0   161/23.0
        105-112-4   2   20  56      67      42      19      14  5610/25.4
    * = 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:

  • The Cougars have scored in 185 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 173 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,

  • The Cougars have scored in 155 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 317 first quarter points in the last 75 games (4.23/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 30 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.

       CAREER                    PI   YDS  AVG   TD
    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 34-23 record, including a 28-14 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-39...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, who previously had never won six home games in one year:

    YEAR    HOME  AWAY  OVERALL
    1989    3-2   3-3    6-5
    1990    1-4   2-4    3-8
    1991    2-3   2-4    4-7
    1992    5-1   4-2    9-3
    1993    4-1   1-5    5-6
    1994    3-2   5-2    8-4
    1995    3-2   0-6    3-8
    1996    3-2   2-4    5-6
    1997    6-0   4-2   10-2
    1998    2-4   1-4    3-8
    1999    2-2   0-3    2-5
    TOTALS 34-23 24-39  57-62

    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 17 times (16 TDs) in 17 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 16 times (14 TDs) in 26 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...the Cougars have scored six touchdowns in six tries inside the five yard line this year...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 three in the last five games...WSU is now even 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                           
    TOTAL   0  13   8   4  12   7   3   9  12

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 75 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 75 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 - 6/7
    Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249, California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217.

    WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed three 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 - 7

    Anderson, Utah - 40, Dean, Idaho - 23
    Canidate, Arizona, 45, Brister, ULL - 20, 21
    Redmond, ASU, 25, Smith, ASU, 20.

    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 - 25

    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:

                      OVERALL      PACIFIC-10
    1992-99           W    L   T   W    L   T   
    Arizona           59   31  1   36   23  1
    Washington        57   31  1   40   19  1
    UCLA              54   35  0   36   25  0
    USC               54   35  3   36   23  1
    Oregon            54   36  0   32   28  0
    Arizona State     50   36  0   35   25  0
    Washington State  45   42  0   26   34  0
    Stanford          44   42  2   30   31  0
    California        37   50  0   20   40  0
    Oregon State      24   59  1    8   51  1

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 24 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 75 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks is the only back to have done so in back-to-back seasons and the Bruins are the only team to have a back go over 100 yards in three straight seasons, 1995-96-97:

    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, Stanford, 115

    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.

    COUGAR ATTENDANCE: WSU recorded 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.

    WSU SEASON TICKETS: WSU has a first-ever seven games in Martin Stadium this fall...six are official WSU home games and the seventh is this year's Battle of the Palouse with nearby Idaho...the Vandals are playing their four home games in WSU's facility this season to meet the NCAA attendance requirements (average for one season)...this year's WSU-Idaho game is officially an Idaho home game, but WSU will stage the contest as though it is a home game...all seven Martin Stadium games are included in WSU's $119 season ticket package...a seven-game family package (2 adults, 2 children) to WSU games is $175...single game reserve tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for general admission and $5 for children...WSU tickets are available by calling 1-800-GOCOUGS.

    PASSING ATTACK CATCHING: It seems like just about everyone has joined the receiving corps in 1999...no less than 15 different receivers have collected at least one pass so far this season...11 of those 15 players recorded their first career catches for WSU...Leaford Hackett leads the group with an impressive 5.8 catches per game...Nian Taylor averages 4.6 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi (2.3) and Marcus Williams (2.1)...those players making their first career catches include: Williams (Utah), Milton Wynn (Utah), Corey Scott (Utah), Paul Mencke (Utah), RB Deon Burnett (Utah), Collin Henderson (Stanford), RB Jeremy Theilbahr (Arizona), Russell Mizen (Cal), RB Brad Philley (Cal), DeAndre Douglas (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Markus Torian (Louisiana-Lafayette)...the next to join this list? Don't be surprised if it's TE Josh Shavies or QB Steve Birnbaum...the Lousiana-Lafayette game marked the fourth time this season that at least eight different players had at least one reception in the same game...a season-high nine Cougars had catches versus the Ragin' Cajuns, while eight players caught passes against Utah, Stanford and Cal.

    FEELING LIKE '52: The Cougars are hoping to duplicate the success of the 1952 team which, like the 1999 squad, also started 0-4...but that Al Kircher-coached team rallied to win four of its last six games and finished 4-6...the 1952 team posted wins over Oregon and Oregon State, among others...WSU had been 0-4 only three times previously before this season: 1938, 1952 and 1967.

    BURNET AFTER PAC-10 RECORD: Freshman Deon Burnett is chasing the Pac-10 freshman rushing record held by UCLA's Sharmon Shaw (who later changed his name to Karim Abdul-Jabbar) with 1,227 yards in 1994...Burnett has 624 yards through seven games, but has been averaging over 100 yards per game for the last five games...WSU has five games left in a 12-game season.

    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 151, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 116...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 58-62-0 (.483), while his career mark is now 104-106-0...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 56 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

    1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS

    PLAYER               AVG    PAC-10
    Kareem Anderson
       Punting           40.8   5th
    

    Steve Birnbaum Passing 176.6 6th Total Offense 167.1 7th Pass Efficiency 128.2 8th

    Deon Burnett Rushing 89.1 6th Scoring (TDs) 8.6 2nd

    LeJuan Gibbons Passes Defended 9 4th*

    Steve Gleason Tackles 11.0 1st

    Leaford Hackett Receptions 5.83 3rd Receiving Yards 65.7 8th All-Purpose 113.0 8th KO Returns 21.1 7th

    Colin Henderson Punt Returns 9.2 6th

    Curtis Holden Tackles 7.8 13th

    Rian Lindell Kick Scoring 4.7 7th Field Goals 0.57 6th* FG Percentage 66.7 5th* PAT Percentage 100.0 1st*

    Rob Meier Tackles for Loss 10 7th*

    Billy Newman Tackles 9.7 3rd

    Nian Taylor Receptions 4.57 9th*

    Lamont Thompson Interceptions 0.43 6th

    * = Tie

    1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS

    [Released 10/24/99]
    WSU
    TEAM CATEGORY             AVG   PAC-10  NCAA
    Rushing Offense          114.7   10th   91st
    Passing Offense          232.1   6th    38th
    Total Offense            346.9   9th    78th
    Scoring Offense           23.0   9th    81st
    Rushing Defense          155.7   6th    70th
    Pass Efficiency Defense  110.2   2nd    32nd
    Total Defense            366.3   3rd    64th
    Scoring Defense           25.6   3rd    69th
    Net Punting               34.1   7th    74th
    Punt Returns               8.4   7th    65th
    KO Returns                19.4   8th    71st
    Turnover Margin          -0.00   3rd*   54th*
    

    OSU TEAM CATEGORY AVG Pac-10 NCAA Rushing Offense 170.6 4th 35th Passing Offense 328.3 1st 7th Total Offense 498.9 1st 2nd Scoring Offense 34.6 3rd 17th* Rushing Defense 164.9 8th 77th Pass Efficiency Defense 103.5 1st 18th Total Defense 360.6 2nd 60th Scoring Defense 27.0 6th 74th Net Punting 29.2 10th 110th Punt Returns 11.4 4th 28th KO Returns 23.0 2nd 28th Turnover Margin -.14 6th 68th*

    * = Tie

    NATIONAL LEADERS

    Leaford Hackett, WSU      Receptions       5.83  31st
    Steve Birnbaum, WSU       Pass Offense    128.2  40th
    Deon Burnett, WSU         Scoring Offense   9.0  23rd*
                              Rushing         89.14  47th
    Colin Henderson, WSU      Punt Returns     9.20  47th
    Lamont Thompson           Interceptions     .43  34th*
    Ken Simonton, OSU         Rushing        134.57   8th
                              Total Offense  273.14  19th
                              Scoring          11.14  7th
                              All-Purpose    149.57  14th*
    Jonathan Smith, OSU       Pass Offense    126.3  45th
                              Total Offense   273.1  19th
    T.J. Houshmandzadeh, OSU  Punt Returns    12.77  19th
    Robert Prescott, OSU      KO Returns      29.45   8th

    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.

    WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the Arizona State game are:

    Pac-10 Offense: Deon Burnett (Upland, Calif.)
    Pac-10 Defense: Rob Meier (West Vancouver, BC)
    Pac-10 Special Teams: Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Offensive Lineman: None
    Offensive Back: Deon Burnett (Upland, Calif.)
    Offensive Scout Team: Ian Zero (Yakima, Wash.)
    Defensive Back: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
    Defensive Lineman: Rob Meier (West Vancouver, Wash.)
    Defensive Scout Team: James Price (Anchorage, Alaska)
    Defensive Pursuit Player: Steve Gleason (Spokane)
    Cougar Claw: None
    Big Hit: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
    Cougar Tackler: None
    Specialist of the Week: Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
    Most Disciplined Offense: None
    Most Disciplined Defense: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Special Teams: Grady Emmerson (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Special Teams Big Play: None
    Assassin: None
    Iron Man: None
    Gamebreaker: None

    1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS

    POS  UTAH       STAN       IDAHO      ARIZ       CAL       USL       ASU
    SE   Zubedi     Zubedi     Zubedi     Williams   Williams  Williams  Williams
    LT   Tujague    Tujague    Tujague    Tujague    Locker    Locker    Tujague
    LG   Criscione  Criscione  Criscione  Criscione  Tujague   Tujague   Schwarz
    C    W-Schulz   W-Schulz   W-Schulz   W-Schulz   W-Schulz  W-Schulz  W-Schulz
    RG   Schwarz    Raymond    Raymond    Raymond    Schwarz   Schwarz   Roche
    RT   Locker     Raymond    Raymond    Raymond    Raymond   Hughes    Hughes
    TE   Scott      Scott      Scott      Mizin      Mizin     Mizin     Mizin
    SB   Hackett    Hackett    Hackett    Hackett    Zubedi    Zubedi    Zubedi
    QB   Birnbaum   Birnbaum   Birnbaum   Birnbaum   Birnbaum  Birnbaum  Birnbaum
    RB   Hawkins    Hawkins    Burnett    Burnett    Burnett   Burnett   Burnett
    FL   Taylor     Taylor     Taylor     Zubedi     Taylor    Taylor    Taylor
    PK   Lindell    Lindell    Lindell    Lindell    Lindell   Lindell   Lindell
    

    DE Matson Matson Matson Matson Matson Matson Matson DT Meier Meier Meier Meier Meier Meier Meier DT Kongaika Kongaika Kongaika Kongaika Aleaga Aleaga Kongaika DE Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen Hedeen Ratcliff Ratcliff SLB Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason MLB Holden Holden Holden Holden Holden Shavies Holden WLB Emmerson Emmerson Emmerson Smith Smith Emmerson Smith CB Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons FS Newman Newman Newman Newman Newman Newman Newman SS Riley Riley Riley Riley Riley Hollimon Hollimon CB Thompson Thompson Thompson Thompson Trufant Thompson Thompson P Anderson Anderson Anderson Anderson Anderson Anderson Anderson

    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, Oct. 30, with the Stanford at Washington game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net will then show the USC at California conference match-up at 3:30 p.m. PT.

    FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Oregon State Oct. 31 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).

    PRICE AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games), 11:00-Noon. 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 Steve Jacobson 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 4:45 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 3:15 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. All Pac-10 schools made the move to InfoConnection from Faxback at the start of the 1998-99 school year.

    INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

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