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Cougars Battle Huskies In 92nd Apple Cup
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Release: 11/16/1999
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Nov. 16, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - A total of 21 senior members of Washington State's football team will be making their final Apple Cup appearance when WSU visits the Huskies Nov. addition, two other players who will not return for their final season are also playing their last Apple Cup.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Washington game Sunday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m.

WHO: WSU Cougars (2-8 overall, 1-6 in Pac-10) vs. Washington Huskies (6-4, 5-2)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, November 20, Kickoff 12:30 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Husky Stadium (72,500, AstroTurf), Seattle,Wash.
TV: Live In-State on ABC, FOX Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Nov. 21, 4:00 p.m. PDT

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 58-65-0 (.472) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 104-109-0 (.488) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present).

WASHINGTON - The Huskies are coached by first-year mentor Rick Neuheisel, who moved from Colorado to Washington last spring...he is 6-4 in his Husky career and 39-18 in five years of coaching.

WSU VS. WASHINGTON: The WSU Cougars trail the series with Washington as the cross-state rivalry known as the Apple Cup since 1962 unfolds this week. The Huskies have won 58 games, WSU 27, with six ties...the series began in 1900 in Seattle with a 5-5 tie and now closes out the millenium in Seattle...WSU's last win came in Seattle in 1997, a 41-35 victory that clinched the Rose Bowl berth for the Cougars, while Washington's last win was a year ago 16-9 in Pullman...over the past seven years WSU has won three times and Washington four times...the Huskies last home win over the Cougars was 33-30 in 1995...Mike Price is 3-7 against Washington.

WSU-WASHINGTON LIVE ON TV: The WSU Cougars and Washington Huskies square off Saturday in a state-wide televised game on ABC affiliates KOMO (Seattle) and KXLY (Spokane), with Don Poier and Sam Adkins calling the action.

Burnett Needs 212 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 282 - Ninth Best At WSU
Birnbaum eighth In Career Passing Yards At WSU
WSU Scoring Streaks On The Line
WSU Limits Turnovers In Last 8 Games To 8
WSU Near Perfect In Redzone, 21 Touchdowns and 3 Field Goals
Cougars Limit Long Runs (20+ yards)
WSU Lineup Changes Weekly

CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29).

WASHINGTON - QB Marques Tuiasosopo (11), ILB Lester Towns (17), DT Jabari Issa (95).

BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through 10 games with 170 carries for 857 yards and a 5.0 average...he also has caught 18 passes for 163 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...last week he rushed for 96 yards against the last eight games he has averaged 96.3 ypg...his game-by game performances:

@ Stanford115201-40

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:

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

  • Sum Burnett has broken the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman three times, the last with 136 yards at ASU...the only other Cougar freshman to go over 100 yards was Will Haskell with 100 at Oregon State, 1993,

  • Sum Burnett's 857 rushing yards is a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982,

  • Sum Burnett's 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns are the most ever by a Cougar freshman,

  • Sum Burnett is one rushing touchdown short of the WSU record of 13 set by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992,

  • Sum Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, one short of the school record, and a freshman record.

    Sum Burnett is closing in on the Pac-10 freshman record of 1,069 yards held by Stanford's Darrin Nelson, 1977...the WSU back needs 212 to catch Nelson.

    HACKETT HAS 98 CAREER CATCHES: In just 19 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 98 career receptions, leaving him nine 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 1,105 yards, an average of 11.3 per catch...Hackett's chances of making WSU's Top 10 list have been hurt by injuries, forcing him to miss games against California (shoulder) and Oregon (ankle).

    BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: With 12 rushing touchdowns through 10 games this season, running back Deon Burnett has his sights set on the WSU single-season record of 13 rushing touchdowns by Steve Broussard and Shaumbe addition he also has a shot at Broussard's WSU record 17 total touchdowns (13 rush, 4 receiving) in 1989...Burnett also has a shot at Broussard's single-season scoring record of 104 points (17 TD, 1 2XP) with 72 points through 10 games...the Upland, Calif., native is only one rushing TD shy of entering the Pac-10 single-season top's a look at WSU's top 10 single-season touchdown scorers:

    1.Steve Broussard, 19891713
    2.Bernard Jackson, 19711411
    3.Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 19921313
    4.Deon Burnett, 19991212
    Ken Grandberry, 19721211
    Rueben Mayes, 19841211
    Steve Broussard, 19881211

    LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 190 career points, ranks fourth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 109-of-112 extra point kicks and 27-of-45 (60.0%) of his field goals, including 7-of-11 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. 15, from the training staff: Steve Gleason (ankle, possible), Torry Hollimon (shoulder/neck, probable), Brad Philley (hamstring, doubtful), Reed Raymond (neck, possible), Wendell Smith (ankle, doubtful), Billy Newman (knee infection, probable), Lamont Thompson (neck, probable), Leaford Hackett (foot, probable), Earl Riley (right shoulder, questionable), Raonall Smith (knee, questionable), Jason Gesser (thumb, probable). Out indefinitely: Isaac Brown (hand), Milton Wynn (broken finger), Adam Davis (hip), Virgil Williams (right shoulder nerve bruise), Mark Hedeen (neck).

    TAYLOR NEEDS 74 YARDS TO SET RECORD: Senior receiver Nian Taylor is just 74 reception yards away from a WSU career record...Taylor has caught 133 career passes for 2,378 yards, leaving him 74 yards short of Hugh Campbell's WSU record of 2,452 yards...Taylor also ranks fourth in career receptions with 133, seven behind #4 Doug Flansburg, 140, and 15 behind #2 Phillip Bobo, 148.

    1. Hugh Campbell, 1960-6217624522243/74
    2. Phillip Bobo, 1990-9214821821615
    3. Doug Flansburg, 1965-67140165267
    4. Nian Taylor, 1996-99133237818
    5. C. J. Davis, 1988-92128216814
    6. Tim Stallworth, 1986-89125225016

    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's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:

    9/4- - -UtahUtah State
    9/11@ TexasStanford@ Arizona
    9/18@ AuburnIdaho@ Wyoming
    10/2ASUCalifornia@ BYU
    10/9Louisiana TechSw Louisiana@ Tulane
    10/23@ WashingtonArizona State@ Oregon
    10/30UCLAOregon StateCalifornia
    11/6ASUOregon@ California
    11/20UCLAWashington- - -
    11/27NavyHawaii- - -

    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 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 11 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, a 54 yarder at Oregon, and a 43 yard attempt against USC...Lindell is 105-of-108 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 46 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-45 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 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.

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

    Rian Lindell - 33 consecutive starts[33 total]
    Lamont Thompson - 21 of last 25 games[22 total]
    Steve Gleason - 30 starts in last 33 games[30 total]
    Reed Raymond - 18 of last 21 games[18 total]
    Rob Meier - 21 consecutive starts[23 total]
    Kareem Anderson - 21 consecutive starts[21 total]

    GLEASON HAS 282 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason has moved into ninth on WSU's career tackle list with 282 stops...the current team leader has 98 stops in 10 games this season...he is second among Pac-10 players despite playing less than a quarter last week before being sidelined with an ankle injury...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 Blakeney1980-84524252272
    6. Gary Larsen1971-74317206111
    7. Artie Holmes1985-88305172133
    8. Ron Childs1991-94302199103
    9. Steve Gleason1996-9928218993

    BIRNBAUM ON CAREER LIST: 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 122.65 and he has thrown just four interceptions...between interceptions against Stanford and Louisiana, he threw 113 passes without a pick...Birnbaum is now eighth on WSU's career passing list with 3,744 yards...Birnbaum needs 392 yards to catch (7th) Ty Paine, 4,136.


    5. Mark Rypien1981-85613326294573.53228
    6. Chad Davis1994-95640371144167.58022
    7. Ty Paine1970-72725325544136.44815
    8. S. Birnbaum1996-99553292173744.52818

    Arizona State29150.517141129
    Oregon State34180.529194031
    Last 7:2011163.5771299859
    '99 TOTAL:2791604.57318321159
    '98 TOTALS:23511411.4851677697
    '97 TOTALS:19111.578142126
    '96 TOTALS:2071.35093019

    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:

  • The Cougars have scored in 188 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 176 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 157 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 348 first quarter points in the last 78 games (4.46/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 61 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, 1966-681423116.50
    2. Lamont Thompson, 1997-9913987.50
    2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-481319715.21
    2. Lionel Thomas, 1969-701319014.61
    5. Eric Johnson, 1971-7312584.80
    6. Don Paul, 1946-491121619.61
    6. Torey Hunter, 1991-9411625.60
    8. Greg Burns, 1991-959869.60

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars perform much better at home than on the road during Mike Price's 11 year home the Cougars are 34-25 and on the road the team is 24-41...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 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 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 the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 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 24 times (21 TDs, 3 FGs) in 25 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 28 times (22 TDs) in 38 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...this year WSU's only failure inside the opponent 20 was against USC when a fourth and inches at the goal line was thwarted by the Trojans...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 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 eight in the last eight games...WSU is now -4 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


    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 78 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 those 78 games, WSU has held opponents to 50 or less yards 12 times:

    1993Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/11
    Michigan 179, USC 104, Washington 302.
    1994Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/12
    Tennessee 149, Oregon State 178, Washington 102.
    1995Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 5/11
    UCLA 137, Nebraska 428, California 134, Stanford 131,
    Washington 222.
    1996Games 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.
    1997Games 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.
    1998Games 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.
    1999Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 9/10
    Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249,
    California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217, OSU 163,
    Oregon 228, USC 201.

    WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed eight runs of 20+ yards in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 65 runs of 20 yards or longer in 78 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, Fox, USC, 37.

    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 - 41

    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 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:

    1. Ariz299.9 (23,394/78)6. OSU364.9 (28,101/77)
    2. WSU322.7 (24,847/77)7. ASU365.8 (28,164/77)
    3. Wash343.6 (26,460/77)8. Cal366.0 (28,548/77)
    4. USC351.0 (28,077/80)9. UCLA370.4 (28,523/77)
    5. Oreg363.5 (28,350/78)10. Stan390.9 (30,493/78)

    WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 45 games since the start of the 1992's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

    Arizona State5138036270
    Washington State4545026370
    Oregon State2759111511

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 26 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 78 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 :

    1993Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
    Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 117
    Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 181
    1994Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 1
    J.J. Young, Oregon State, 100
    1995Players 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
    1996Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
    Skip Hicks, UCLA, 116
    Corey Dillon, Washington, 155
    1997Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 4
    Skip Hicks, UCLA, 190, Robert Holcombe, Illinois 163,
    Michael Martin, ASU, 111, Anthony Bookman,
    Stanford, 115
    1998Players 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.
    1999Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 6
    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.
    Chad Morton, USC, 117.

    COUG'S LINE AVERAGES 303: WSU's projected starting offensive line for this week's Apple Cup game is the heaviest in school history...the lineup includes Ryan Tujague at 305, Ryan Raymond at 313, Lincoln Walden Schulz at 285, Mike Schwarz at 295 and Reed Raymond at 316...combined they weigh in at 1,514 pounds, six pounds more than last year's line that came in at 1,508 pounds.

    COUGS NAMED TO GTE ACADEMIC TEAM: Three members of WSU's football team have been named to the 1999 GTE/CoSIDA Academic District 8 team: Steve Gleason (3.20 grade point average, Management Information systems), first team, Serign Marong (3.61, biology) and Paul Mencke (3.24, education) second team.

    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 USC last week WSU's starting 22 included 5 freshmen, 1 sophomore, 5 juniors and 11 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) included 14 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 13 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 Apple Cup appearance at Seattle when WSU travels to Washington's Husky Stadium Nov. 20...the list includes two seniors who have not played this year because of injuries, Myron DeBose and Eboni Wilson...WSU players making their final Apple Cup appearance are:

    SENIORS (21)

    9Kareem AndersonP6-0199Phoenix, Ariz.
    13Steve BirnbaumQB6-4220Chino Hills, Calif.
    60Joe CriscioneOG6-3280Whittier, Calif.
    88Myron DeBoseTE6-2235Pasadena, Calif.
    21Shawn DeCambraWR5-10182Kailua, Hawaii
    44Grady EmmersonLB6-0205Kennewick, Wash.
    58Joe GecasLB6-0210Pullman, Wash.
    3LeJuan GibbonsCB5-10175Long Beach, Calif.
    34Steve GleasonLB6-0218Spokane, Wash.
    81Leaford HackettWR5-9173Sylmar, Calif.
    29Torry HollimonDB5-11200Everett, Wash.
    27Rian LindellK6-3231Vancouver, Wash.
    87Rob MeierDT6-6276W. Vancouver, BC
    67Jesse RatcliffDE6-3248Lacey, Wash.
    2Earl RileySS6-2207Dos Palos, Calif.
    71Mike SchwarzOG6-3292Winlock, Wash.
    84Corey ScottTE6-3240Cerritos, Calif.
    82Nian TaylorWR6-1188Riverside, Calif.
    74Ryan TujagueOT6-6293Pleasanton, Calif.
    64L. Walden-SchulzC6-4261Long Beach, Calif.
    55Eboni WilsonDL6-2255Los Angeles, Calif.

    JUNIORS (2)

    25Dirk BerndWR5-11200Yakima, Wash.
    31Tyler HansellWR6-0184Hermiston, 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.

    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 information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both are seniors this year...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 58-65-0 (.472), while his career mark is now 104-109-0...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.


    Kareem Anderson
    Steve Birnbaum
    Total Offense173.07th
    Pass Efficiency122.68th
    Deon Burnett
    Scoring (TDs)7.23rd*
    Total Offense85.718th
    LeJuan Gibbons
    Fumbles Forced24th*
    Steve Gleason
    Leaford Hackett
    Receiving Yards65.69th
    All-Purpose 104.19th
    Kickoff Returns19.589th
    Punt Returns6.0012th
    Collin Henderson
    Punt Returns9.45th
    Curtis Holden
    Rian Lindell
    Kick Scoring4.88th
    Field Goals0.77th
    FG Percentage63.65th
    PAT Percentage100.01st*
    Scoring Offense4.816th
    Billy Newman
    Nian Taylor
    Reception Yards55.813th
    Lamont Thompson

    [Released 11/14/99]

    Rushing Offense105.410th98th
    Passing Offense240.26th35th
    Total Offense345.68th75th
    Scoring Offense21.29th93rd
    Rushing Defense168.29th82nd
    Pass Efficiency Defense118.65th52nd
    Total Defense377.74th70th
    Scoring Defense28.97th88th
    Net Punting34.87th72nd
    Punt Returns8.56th68th
    KO Returns19.16th78th
    Turnover Margin-0.408th85th*

    Rushing Offense183.72nd25th
    Passing Offense209.69th59th
    Total Offense393.37th40th
    Scoring Offense28.74th38th
    Rushing Defense145.45th57th
    Pass Efficiency Defense119.97th57th
    Total Defense400.08th95th*
    Scoring Defense26.46th70th
    Net Punting36.55th42nd
    Punt Returns7.48th88th
    KO Returns17.79th101st
    Turnover Margin-0.206th74th*

    * = Tie


    Leaford Hackett, WSUReceptions5.539th*
    Deon Burnett, WSUScoring Offense7.244th*
    Collin Henderson, WSUPunt Returns9.449th
    Marques Tuiasosopo, UWPass Efficiency128.840th
    Total Offense259.022nd
    Anthony Vontoure, UWInterceptions.674th*
    Ryan Fleming, UWNet Punting41.2949th
    Paul Arnold, UWKickoff Returns25.5818th
    John Anderson, UWField Goals1.2032nd*


    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 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 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 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 was WSU's best defensive performance since 1997 when USL gained 152 yards and Boise State 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 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 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 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.

    GAME 10: WSU gave a valiant try in the fourth quarter, but still came up short in a 28-31 loss to USC in the Cougars' final home game of the season...WSU scored in every quarter, but never held the lead...Steve Birnbaum threw for 284 yards, hitting 24 of 42 passes, including a pair of scoring tosses to Nian Taylor...he also threw one interception, a costly mistake that USC's Kris Richard returned six yards for the Trojan's final touchdown...Birnbaum was in the grasp of a USC lineman in the Cougar endzone when he tried to throw out of trouble...after USC's first quarter touchdown, the Cougs answered with a 73 yard drive that ended with Deon Burnett's 22-yard scamper...Burnett ended the game with 96 rushing yards...Richard's interception gave the Trojans a 31-14 lead in the third quarter, but WSU responded with Taylor's scoring catches, one each in the third and fourth quarters...between his key receptions WSU was on the verge of another touchdown, but was thwarted by USC's defense just inches short of the goal line in the fourth Billy Newman made 12 tackles to lead WSU, while Torry Hollimon and Curtis Holden had 10 each...the Pac-10's leading tackler, Steve Gleason, missed more than three quarters after sustaining an ankle sprain in the first quarter.

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

    Pac-10 Offense: Marcus Williams (Oakland, Calif.)
    Pac-10 Defense: None
    Pac-10 Special Teams: None
    Offensive Lineman: Lincoln Walden Schulz (Long Beach, Calif.)
    Offensive Back: Collin Henderson (Puyallup, Wash.)
    Offensive Scout Team: Anthony Ramos (Goleta, Calif.)
    Defensive Back: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
    Defensive Lineman/Linebacker: Grady Emmerson (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Defensive Scout Team: Brandon Pickering (Monroe, Wash.)
    Defensive Pursuit Player: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
    Cougar Claw: None
    Big Hit: Ryan Tujague (Pleasanton, Calif.)
    Cougar Tackler: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
    Specialist of the Week: None
    Most Disciplined Offense: Collin Henderson (Puyallup, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Defense: Grady Emmerson (Kennewick, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Special Teams: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
    Special Teams Big Play: Rian Lindell (Vancouver, Wash.)
    Assassin: Josh Moen (Tacoma, Wash.)
    Iron Man: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
    Gamebreaker: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)



    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. 20, with the UCLA at USC game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT, followed by the Oregon State at Oregon game at 3:30 p.m. PT on FOX Sports the state of Washington only, ABC affiliates KOMO and KXLY will show the annual Apple Cup battle live between WSU and the Washington Huskies.

    FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Washington Nov. 21 at 4:00 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:

    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

    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).

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