Sept. 18, 2006
The Washington State Cougars, 17-15 winners last Saturday over the Baylor Bears at Qwest Field in Seattle, take their modest two-game win streak to Stanford, where WSU faces the Stanford Cardinal, 0-3, in the Cougars' Pacific-10 Conference opener.
WSU rallied in the final minute last Saturday to post the win over Baylor, giving WSU a winning nonconference schedule for the seventh consecutive season.
The Cougars have won four of their last five conference openers and enter the game with a 2-1 record. This year marks the fifth-straight season WSU has opened conference play on the road, going 3-1 in previous four road-openers.
Stanford enters the contest coming off a 37-9 loss against Navy at Stanford. The game was the first at Stanford Stadium since undergoing a $90 million renovation that includes a new natural field turf, improved sound and video systems, removal of the track and fencing around the playing field and more comfortable seating. The seating capacity was reduced from 85,500 to approximately 50,000.
The Cardinal opened the season with a loss at nationally-ranked Oregon then dropped a 35-34 contest at San Jose State.
LANGLEY NAMED PAC-10 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior kicker Loran Langley has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Langley clinched a 17-15 Cougar victory over Baylor with a game-winning, 17-yard field goal with :09 seconds remaining in the contest. It marked the first time a Cougar won the award since punter Kyle Basler earned the honor, Sept. 25, 2004.
NO TV FOR STANFORD, TBS PICKS USC GAME: WSU's football game at Stanford Sept. 23 will kickoff at 2:00 p.m. and the game will not be televised...WSU's home game Sept. 30 against USC will kickoff at 4:00 p.m. and the game will be televised by TBS from Martin Stadium.
WSU'S FIRST FOUR GAMES IN DIFFERENT STADIUMS: When Washington State hosts the USC Trojans Sept. 30 in Pullman's Martin Stadium, the Cougars will have played four teams in four different stadiums...the Cougars began play at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium Sept. 2...WSU then hosted Idaho at Martin Stadium Sept. 9, followed by Baylor Sept. 16 in Seattle at Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks)...the fourth game is Stanford Sept. 23 at Stanford Stadium.
WSU-STANFORD SERIES: Stanford leads the all-time series between the teams, 32-23-1, including the last two games which were each played at Pullman. Prior to that the Cougars had won three straight, all at Stanford. When playing at Stanford, the Cardinal hold a 17-14-0 advantage. The last WSU win at Stanford was a 24-14 victory, Oct. 18, 2003. In that game current senior Chris Jordan caught a pair of touchdown passes while senior tight end Cody Boyd accounted for the other Cougar touchdown, a three-yard pass from Matt Kegel.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the Baylor game were: Michael Bumpus (offense), Ropati Pitoitua (defense) and Loren Langley (special teams). Bumpus led WSU with seven receptions for 64 yards while Pitoitua had four tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss totaling 13 yards and Langley connected on the game-winning 17-yard field goal with :09 remaining.
2006 STANFORD CAPTAINS: RB Anthony Kimble (26), MLB Michael Okwo (55), LS Brent Newhouse (52).