Oct. 24, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
No. 7 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12)
October 29, 2011 Autzen Stadium Eugene Noon
Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud Nameck
Washington State IMG College Sports Network
Sirius: Channel 139 XM: Channel 193
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) travels to Eugene to face the No. 7 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 4-0), Saturday, Oct. 29 at Autzen Stadium. Gametime is set for noon and will be televised on FSN while also being heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. The FSN crew includes Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sidelines).
WSU vs. OREGON - THE SERIES: In the 88 games played against the Ducks since the first meeting in 1901, WSU trails Oregon 43-38-7 in the all-time series. Oregon holds an 18-16-4 advantage when playing in Eugene, including a 52-6 victory in 2009, the last time the game was played at Autzen. The Ducks have won the past four meetings and six of the last seven. Last season the two teams played a hard-hitting game in which the Ducks came away with a 43-23 win in Pullman.
HORTON MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW: WSU sophomore cornerback Damante Horton's interception against Oregon State was his third straight game with an interception (at UCLA, Stanford) and the first three of his career. The last time a Cougar intercepted a pass in three consecutive games was when Jason David picked off passes in five straight games during the 2002 season. David had interceptions against Montana State, at California, in an overtime win against USC, two at Stanford and one at Arizona. He finished the year with seven and helped the Cougs earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.
HOME STAY WAS SHORT: The Cougars returned to Martin Stadium for the first time since Sept. 10 when they hosted Stanford Oct. 15, a span of 34 days away from home. The last time WSU had an extended absence from Martin Stadium came during the 2005 campaign when the Cougars opened in Martin Stadium Sept. 1 and returned home, Oct. 8, coincidentally against Stanford. While last weekend's Oregon State contest was considered a home game, it marked the first of three more consecutive games away from Martin Stadium. The entire stretch has the Cougars playing in Martin Stadium once over a 62-day span. You have to go back to 1979 when WSU opened the season with two home games in Spokane, then played six of its next seven games on the road, a stretch of 55 days playing once at home.
WSU ASSISTING VETERANS: WSU Athletics is partnering with Fairchild Air Force Base and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to honor United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers for WSU's Nov. 19 Armed Forces Day game against Utah. WSU Athletics is offering the general public a special price of $15 for end zone tickets and $25 for sideline tickets to purchase and donate to the organization. Veteran Tickets Foundation will distribute the tickets to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers in the area. Fans can visit wsucougars.com and use the promotional code "HONOR" to purchase tickets to donate for the cause. WSU Athletics donated 100 tickets to jump start the campaign.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch at UCLA was the 16th of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on WSU's career receiving touchdowns list. The Spokane native currently sits in eighth on WSU's all-time career receptions list with 136 after making three catches against Oregon State. He is three receptions away from catching Doug Flansburg who is in seventh with 139. Karstetter has started in 31 consecutive games and caught a pass in 34 straight.
WSU'S LONG SCORING DRIVES: WSU's 80-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter against Oregon State was its eighth scoring drive of at least 80 yards this season. The Cougars have scored on drives of 70-plus yards 17 times and scored touchdowns on drives in five-or-fewer plays 11 times.
WSU LINEUP STILL YOUTHFUL: Of the 75 players to see the field this season for the Cougars, 30 were playing their first Division I collegiate game, or 40 percent. The Cougars have played 10 true freshmen and 10 redshirt freshmen, while 11 players have started their first collegiate start.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD: In addition to Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, ESPN's College Gameday has had another constant - the WSU flag, which this weekend will be making its 113th consecutive appearance on the weekly show, dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season. Two flags - Ol' Crimson and Whitey - have been flown in the background of the Gameday set by dozens of friends and alumni. WSU recognized the Gameday flag wavers in a pregame ceremony prior to the Montana State game last season. In addition to the flags that fly, there is a traveling flag signed by the holders after each episode. The traveling flag is retired after each season, the first of which is hanging in WSU's Alumni Center.