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Cougars Ready to Host Apple Cup
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 11/29/2010
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Nov. 29, 2010

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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Washington State Cougars (2-9, 1-7) vs.
Washington Huskies (5-6, 4-4)
December 4, 2010 | Martin Stadium | 4 p.m.

Game Coverage
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TV: Versus Radio: Washington State ISP Sports Network

SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (2-9, 1-7) will close out its 2010 schedule as it hosts Washington (5-6, 4-4) in the annual Apple Cup at Martin Stadium, Saturday (Dec. 4). Kickoff between the Cougars and Huskies is scheduled for 4 p.m., with the game being televised by Versus.

WASHINGTON STATE vs. WASHINGTON - THE SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting between the Huskies and Cougars in 1900, a 5-5 tie in Seattle, Washington leads the 102-game series by a 65-31-6 margin. From 1934-61 the winner of the cross-state rivalry was awarded the Governor's Trophy. In 1962 the Apple Cup trophy was instituted, and Washington holds a 33-14 record in Apple Cup games since then. Last season the Huskies posted a 30-0 win in Seattle as Jake Locker threw for a touchdown and ran for another. WSU has won four of the last six Apple Cups, however, including the last meeting in Pullman, a 16-13 double-overtime victory. Washington holds a 15-13-1 advantage when playing in Pullman, although the Cougars have won two of the last three meetings in Martin Stadium.

SENIOR DAY: Prior to Saturday's game Washington State will honor 20 seniors who have played or are playing their final game in a Cougar uniform. The seniors include Myron Beck, Daniel Blackledge, Zach Enyeart, Reid Forrest, Aaron Gehring, Nico Grasu, Casey Hamlett, Micah Hannam, Hallston Higgins, Anthony Houston, Kevin Kooyman, James Montgomery, Chima Nwachukwu, Chris Prummer, Marcus Richmond, Jeffrey Solomon, Chantz Staden, Zach Tatman, Zack Williams and Bernard Wolfgramm.

TUEL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Following his performance at Oregon State, WSU quarterback Jeff Tuel was named the Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Tuel completed 10 of 15 passes for 157 yards and no interceptions, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Marquess Wilson that gave the Cougars a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter. He also ran for a career-high 79 yards on 18 carries.

COUGARS TO HOST OREGON STATE AT QWEST FIELD IN 2011: Washington State University's 2011 football game against Oregon State will be played Oct. 22 at Qwest Field in Seattle. WSU first played at Qwest Field during the 2002 campaign, when it opened the season against Nevada with a 31-7 victory. Each of the following seven years saw the Cougars host a game at Qwest Field, posting a 4-3 record in those games. Due to the way the 2010 nonconference and Pac-10 schedules came together, it was not feasible for WSU to play a Seattle game in 2010.

WSU LANDS 12 ON ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: WSU led all schools with seven student-athletes on the Pac-10 All-Academic Football First Team. Additionally, WSU had one second-team selection and four honorable mention picks. Seniors Micah Hannam and Chima Nwachukwu each were named to the first team for the third consecutive season while senior Chris Prummer was a repeat selection. Seniors Casey Hamlett and Kevin Kooyman, junior Jared Karstetter and sophomore Kyle McCartney were also named to the first team. Sophomore Andrei Lintz was a second-team pick and senior Daniel Blackledge sophomore Skylar Stormo, and redshirt freshmen Justin Clayton and Darren Markle were named honorable mention.

FORREST GETS RECORDS: Senior punter Reid Forrest replaced Kyle Basler as the most decorated punter in Cougar history against Arizona State. Forrest now has punted 268 times for 11,423 yards in his career, tops all-time in both categories at WSU. Basler held the top marks with 255 punts and 10,794 yards. His career punting average of 42.6 ranks second all-time behind Gavin Hedrick (43.4). Forrest is averaging a career-best 45.2 yards per punt this season, putting him fourth in the Pac-10 and 12th nationally.

FORREST, NWACHUKWU ON NATIONAL LISTS: Seniors Reid Forrest and Chima Nwachukwu have been named to national honors lists. Forrest was one of 10 players nationally named Ray Guy Award semifinalists, recognizing the nation's top punter. Nwachukwu is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy, which honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

WILSON AMONG FRESHMEN ELITE: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson continues to be one of the top freshmen in the nation. Wilson, who leads the Cougars in receiving yards (88.0 ypg) and is tied for the lead in receptions (4.6 rpg), leads all freshmen nationally in both categories. Wilson ranks 19th among all FBS receivers in yards per game and is tied for 68th in receptions. Additionally, he is second in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game and is eighth in receptions per game.

TUEL PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL: Quarterback Jeff Tuel continues to mature as the Cougar signal caller. The sophomore threw for more than 200 yards in each of the first nine games this season, with the streak ending against Cal when he threw for 92 yards. Although he only threw for 157 yards at Oregon State, he was efficient, completing 10 of 15 passes, with no interceptions, while also running for a career-high 79 yards. He currently ranks fifth in the conference in passing average (225.6) and is fourth in total offense (241.0).
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