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Sept. 6, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Cardinal lead the series with WSU28-20-1, thanks to a commanding 16-4 record over the last 20 games since 1973...the last two games have ended in identical 38-28 decisions, with Stanford winning in Palo Alto last year and the Cougars prevailing by the same score in 1997...WSU's win in 1997 snapped a five game Stanford win streak...in the last 26 years (20 games) WSU has won in 1984, 1988, 1989 and 1997...WSU is 11-16 all-time at Stanford...two of WSU's four wins in the last 20 games have come at Stanford, 49-42 in 1984 when Rueben Mayes rushed for 216 yards and scored five times, and then again in 1988.

FOOTBALL: Cougars Hit The Road To Stanford
WHO: WSU Cougars (0-1, 0-0) vs. Stanford Cardinal (0-1, 0-0)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, September 11, Kickoff 7:15 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Stanford Stadium (85,500, grass), Stanford, Calif.

TV: Live TV On FOX Sports Net, Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m. PDT

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 56-58-0 (.491) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 102-102-0 (.500) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). STANFORD - Tyrone Willingham has a 22-24-1 career record in five seasons, all at Stanford...he is 3-1 against WSU.

WSU ON TV: The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season, the first this week when FOX Sports Net telecasts live the WSU at Stanford matchup...ABC selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing...FOX Sports Net has also selected WSU's Nov. 6 game at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.

FOX SPORTS NET TO SHOW SATURDAY'S GAME: FOX Sports Net will air the WSU at Stanford game live nationwide Saturday, with

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Stanford Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3:00 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.

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

COUG'S LINE BIG: Last season WSU's offensive line weighed a collective 1,508 pounds (301.6 average) and this year's line may not be far behind...when both Reed and Ryan Raymond return to the lineup, the collective weight of this year's line will be 1,504 pounds...for the Utah opener and this week at Stanford, with Jason Hughes and Derrick Roche in the lineup, the Coug line will weigh in at 1,428.

IN THE WEIGHT ROOM: JC transfer Marcus Williams and former Pullman High star Cole Sheridan shared the best times in the 40 yards among the 29 rookies...both were timed in 4.5 seconds (4.69 electronic)...Al Genatone and Deon Burnett clocked 4.6, while Matt Kegel and Collin Henderson were timed in 4.7...the rookies also tried their hand at the pro bench (bench pressing 250 pounds as many times as possible), with walk-ons Blake Klingeman and Mike Isaacson the leaders, each lifting 250 pounds 18 times...Ryan Calhoun had 16 lifts and JC transfer Anthony Adedipe 15, while Deon Burnett hit 12...Sheridan also was tops among the rookies who took part in the vertical jump competition...his VJ was 34.5 inches...next in line were Marcus Williams 33.0 and Marcus Trufant 31.0.

ROSTER NOTES: Freshmen Kason Love (LB, Riverside, Calif.) and Faafetai Tupai (DL, Monterey, Calif.) have not yet met NCAA qualification standards...junior college transfer John Williams (DB, West Aurora, Ill.) will remain at Long Beach CC for an additional semester...Jerry Roquemore (WR, Gahanna, Ohio) and Chris Martin (DB, Brooklyn, NY) are not academically eligible and will miss the 1999 season...transfer Garviea Freeny (Lynwood, Calif.) has not completed degree work at Long Beach CC...two Cougars, seniors Eboni Wilson (DL, Los Angeles, Calif.) and Myron DeBose (TE, Pasadena, Calif.) have been forced to conclude their football careers because of injuries...Wilson has neck problems and DeBose a knee injury...freshman Sam Lightbody (OL, Huntington Beach, Calif.) will enroll at WSU in January...in addition, freshman Forest Lawson (DB/WR, Puyallup, Wash.) signed a professional baseball contract during the summer and will not be attending college.

PRICE LOOKING TO SNAP STANFORD JYNX: Mike Price has won at every stadium in the Pac-10 with one notable exception: Stanford, Price is winless in four trips to Palo Alto, losing in 1990, 1992, 1996 and 1998, what's more remarkable is that those four games really haven't been all that close, it was 31-13 in 1990, the 1992 Copper Bowl champion squad fell flat in a 40-3 loss that eliminated WSU from the Rose Bowl race, it was 33-17 in a key late season game in 1996, last season, the Cardinal came from behind to win 38-28, however, all four of these losses at Stanford came during the month of November, this year's game falls in September where the Cougars are .500 in Pac-10 road games (3-3) under coach Price, WSU's last win at Stanford was a 24-21 decision in 1988.

STANFORD A BAROMETER: Want to know what kind of season WSU is going to have? Look no farther than Stanford, in the 28 seasons that WSU has lost to Stanford, the Cougars have forged a winning record just four times, however in the 20 seasons that the Cougs have defeated the Cardinal, WSU has posted 12 winning seasons, including two of WSU's seven all-time bowl appearances.

WSU INJURIES: Here is WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 6, from the Cougar training staff: Alvin Arzu (knee sprain, questionable), Jesse Ratcliff (back strain, questionable), Virgil Williams (shoulder, probable), Alex Tinsley (hamstring, questionable), Serign Marong (hamstring, doubtful), Reed Raymond (abdominal strain, probable), Joey Hollenbeck (foot, doubtful). The following players are out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Adam Davis (hip), Curtis Nettles (lower back).

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.

STANFORD IN SEPTEMBER = WSU WINS: This will be the first time since 1964 that WSU and Stanford meet in the month of September and just the second time ever that the two schools play at Stanford during the last month of summer, 1942 was the only other year that the Cougars and Cardinal met in Palo Alto during September, WSU won that game 6-0, the Cougars are 4-2 all-time versus Stanford in September.

PRICE REBOUNDS AFTER OPENING LOSS: With the Stock Market, you shouldn't base the long term potential of your investment simply on the morning's opening prices, if recent history is any indicator, WSU's season-opening loss to Utah won't spell disaster either, in the last 20 years, WSU is 6-2 in games immediately following a season-opening loss, in fact, the last three times WSU has opened the season with a loss under coach Mike Price, the Cougars have rebounded to win game number two, in 1996, WSU opened with a 37-19 loss at Colorado, but rebounded to defeat Temple the following week 38-34, in 1995, the Cougars struggled in a 17-13 loss at Pittsburgh, but then stopped Montana 38-21 in week two, in 1993, WSU suffered a 41-14 loss against a very talented Michigan squad, but followed that loss with a 54-14 blowout of Montana State, what may be even more promising news for the Cougs is that in both 1993 and 1996, WSU was one win away from going to a bowl game, the only time under Price that WSU did not rebound to win game number two came in 1991 when the Cougars opened the year with three straight losses.

SCORING STREAK ALIVE AT 167: The Washington State Cougars have scored in a record 167 straight games. The current streak started with a 16-14 win over Ball State in the fourth game of the 1984 season and came on the heels of a 44-0 blanking at the hands of Ohio State. The following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by game 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  0-1-0         1     0      0      0      0    0   7/7.0
    103-108-4  2   20    54     65     42     18    14  5456/25.4

* = 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.

PAC-10 SCORING STREAK AT 181: In addition to having scored in 167 consecutive games, WSU also has scored in 181 straight Pac-10 Conference games, by far the longest active scoring streak in the league...the last time WSU was shut out in a Pac-10 game was Oregon State's 7-0 win in 1975 at Corvallis.

COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 289 first quarter points in the last 69 games (4.21/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 3 so far this year.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 102 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 148, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 114...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th at Arizona.

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.

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 56-58-0 (.491), while his career mark is now 102-102-0...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.

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 32-22 record, including a 26-13 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-36...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    0-1   0-0   0-1
TOTALS: 32-22 24-36 56-58

COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: 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 on its only Red Zone entry, while opponents have scored twice (1 TD) in three trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...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 (71.9%)

SENIORS TOTAL 19: The Cougars go to battle with 17 scholarship seniors this fall and 19 total, a far cry from last season when WSU had 18 seniors, but just 11 were scholarship players...the Cougars' Pac-10 championship team of 1997 played 23 scholarship seniors.

PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kareem Anderson was named the Pac-10 Conference's special teams player of the week once and Nian Taylor was offensive player of the week once in 1998.

RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 30 of 69 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 68 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 - 1/1
       Utah 175.

WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed 17 runs of 20+ yards in 1999...in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 58 runs of 20 yards or longer in 69 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 - 1
Anderson, Utah - 40

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 - 5

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)
2. WSU 322.7 (24,847/77)
3. Wash 343.6 (26,460/77)
4. USC 351.0 (28,077/80)
5. Oreg 363.5 (28,350/78)
6. OSU 364.9 (28,101/77)
7. ASU 365.8 (28,164/77)
8. Cal 366.0 (28,548/77)
9. UCLA 370.4 (28,523/77)

10. Stan 390.9 (30,493/78)

HACKETT: Senior Leaford Hackett was WSU's leading receiver a year ago after transferring from Los Angeles Valley College...as a junior he hauled in 54 passes for 680 yards (12.6 average) and four touchdowns...his 54 receptions put him in a tie for eighth on WSU's single-season list...as a sophomore at LA Valley, he caught 70 in 10 games...this year the 5-9, 174 pounder is also expected to return punts and kickoffs.

WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 43 games since the start of the 1992 season, the seventh best overall mark among league teams......the Cougars' 25 conference wins also ranks seventh (tie) when totaling league victories...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

                  OVERALL       PACIFIC-10
1992-98           W    L    T   W    L    T   
Arizona           55   29   1   34   21   1
Washington        53   28   1   37   18   1
UCLA              52   30   0   35   21   0
USC               52   31   3   35   20   1
Oregon            50   34   0   30   26   0
Arizona State     46   33   0   32   24   0
Washington State  43   38   0   25   31   0
Stanford          39   41   2   25   31   0
California        35   46   0   18   38   0
Oregon State      21   56   1    7   48   1

100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 20 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 69 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 - 1
     Mike Anderson, Utah, 108.

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 placekickerss.

TURNOVERS: The Cougs continued their tendency to give the ball away, losing all four fumbles plus one interception against Utah last week...WSU is -3 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                           
TOTAL   -3   4   4   1  5    1   0   2  2

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).

RECORDS: Several Cougar records were broken or tied in 1998, including: Nian Taylor and Steve Birnbaum teamed up on a 97-yard pass and run play against Idaho...Taylor caught three TD passes against Idaho to tie the WSU record...Dee Moronkola returned five kickoffs a school record 211 yards against Oregon...Moronkola also tied a WSU record with two KO returns for scores (91 at Boise State, 88 against Oregon)...Paul Mencke's six interceptions against USC tied a WSU one-game record...Rian Lindell tied a WSU record when he booted four field goals at Boise State...Kevin Brown set a record for sophomore running backs with 1,046 yards.

WSU NEAR THE TOP AND BOTTOM IN TURNOVERS: Washington State forced 23 turnovers in 1998, 11 fumbles and 12 interceptions...that ranks the Cougars 42nd nationally in taking the ball away from the opponent...however, WSU's 40 turnovers was the most in NCAA Div. I...WSU's turnover margin was -1.55 per game to rank in a tie for 111th nationally.

INTERCEPTIONS GO THE OTHER WAY: Washington State quarterbacks threw 25 interceptions last fall, well short of the school record 36 in 1970, but the errant passes were costly, nonetheless...opponents returned six of the interceptions for touchdowns...WSU does not have a record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, but the total could well be the most ever against the Cougars.

RIAN LINDELL: In an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year...he weighed in this fall at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record, made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight earlier in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of kicks...then, over the final seven games last year, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34 yarder against UCLA...three of those eight misses were blocked...overall he was 8-of-17 last season, making 8-of-12 inside 40 yards and 1-for-5 outside 40 yards...as a sophomore he made 12-of-17 field goals...in two varsity seasons he has hit 82 of his 85 PAT attempts and 20-of-34 field goals...inside 40 yards he has made 15-of-20, but at 40 yards or longer, he is 5-of-14.

LOSING STREAKS: Here's hoping that streaks were made to be broken, WSU enters the Stanford game with the fourth longest active losing streak in Division I at nine games, Hawaii, WSU's opponent on November 27, is far and away the national leader with a 19-game losing streak, Kent is next at 14 games, while South Carolina is immediately ahead of WSU with an 11-game streak, this week, two of the teams with longer losing streaks than the Cougars look to have great chances to end their skids: Hawaii hosts Division I-AA Eastern Illinois and Kent hosts Navy, South Carolina tries to prevent a 12th consecutive loss versus a tough opponent this week as the Gamecocks travel to Georgia, WSU's nine game streak is the third longest in school history and two shy of the school record of 11 set in the 1970 and 1971 seasons, WSU had a pair of 10-game losing streaks in 1966-67 and 1969-70.

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.

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

  • Rian Lindell - 24 consecutive starts [24 total]
  • Lamont Thompson - 16 consecutive starts [16 total]
  • Steve Gleason - 21 starts in last 24 games [21 total]
  • Reed Raymond - 11 of last 12 games [11 total]
  • Rob Meier - 12 consecutive starts [14 total]
  • Kareem Anderson - 12 consecutive starts [12 total]

COUGS WIN 10 STRAIGHT: WSU's loss to Utah in the home opener last week was WSU's first home opening loss since 1991when the Cougars lost to Fresno State 34-30...between losses the Cougars won 10 straight non-conference games at Martin Stadium...under Mike Price, WSU is 11-3 in home non-conference games and 8-3 in home openers.

HOLDEN MOVES AROUND: Junior linebacker Curtis Holden, after joining the Cougars last January, moved into a starting linebacker role at the end of spring drills...Cougar coaches felt they had a special player in Holden, out of City College of San Francisco and he did not disappoint the coaches in his first game...against Utah Holden was credited with 11 tackles, all but one a primary stop...included were a pair of tackles-for-losses (-9 yards) and one sack (-7 yards).

GLEASON NEARS 200 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason is closing in on 200 career tackles after making 10 stops last week against Utah...he entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles and has now pushed that total to 194 going into the Stanford game...his 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles...if he doesn't get hurt, Gleason is a sure bet to climb into WSU's all-time Top 15 list...he now needs 54 tackles to move into a tie at No. 15 with Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88).

SPREADING IT AROUND: WSU quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum and Jason Gesser have a plethora of talented receivers to throw to in 1999 and the two signal callers certainly took advantage of that talent versus Utah, eight different players caught balls in the season opener, including five players who recorded their first career collegiate catches: Marcus Williams (three catches), Milton Wynn (three), TE Corey Scott (two), ex-QB-turned tight end Paul Mencke (two) and RB Deon Burnett (one), veteran receivers Nian Taylor (five cathes), Leaford Hackett (four) and Farwan Zubedi (two) led the group, both of Mencke's receptions came on third down plays and went for first downs.

THOMPSON ADDS TO INTERCEPTION TOTAL: Junior Lamont Thompson picked off one pass against Utah last week, the eleventh interception of his career...with the interception, Thompson moves into a tie for fifth on WSU's all-time list...he is now tied with Don Paul, 1946-49, and Torey Hgunter, 1991-94...he is just three behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.

                             PI   YDS   AVG   TD
1. Richard Reed              14   231   16.5   0
2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-48  13   197   15.2   1
3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-70    13   190   14.6   1
4. Eric Johnson, 1971-73     12   58     4.8   0
5. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99  11   84     7.6   0
5. Don Paul, 1946-49         11   216   19.6   1
5. Torey Hunter, 1991-94     11   62     5.6   0
8. Greg Burns, 1991-95        9   86     9.6   0

NEWMAN STEPS UP: With the move of Lamont Thompson to cornerback this season, WSU secondary coach Craig Bray moved sophomore Billy Newman to free safety and in just his second start, he responded with a team-high 12 tackles, including nine primary stops...included were two tackles-for-losses...for his efforts against Utah Newman received five team awards last week, including Pac-10 Defensive Player nomination...last year while playing in all 11 games, he had 45 tackles...his lone start last year was in the finale against Washington when he made a career-high eight tackles.

REVIEWING WSU'S 1999 SEASON


? 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.

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Fox Sports Northwest award winners from the Utah game are:

Pac-10 Offense: None
Pac-10 Defense: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Pac-10 Special Teams:
Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Tujague (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Offensive Back: None
Offensive Scout Team: Kjell Nessen (Westlake Village, Calif.)
Defensive Back: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Defensive Lineman: Rob Meier (West Vancouver, BC)
Defensive Scout Team: Mike Isaacson (Wenatchee, Wash.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Cougar Claw: None
Big Hit: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
Cougar Tackler: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Specialist of the Week: Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Most Disciplined Offense: Steve Birnbaum (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Defense: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: Erik Larson (Olympia, Wash.)
Special Teams Big Play: Farwan Zubedi (North Vancouver, BC)
Assassin: Erik Larson (Olympia, Wash.)
Iron Man: Adam Hawkins, (Pendleton, Ore.), Torry Hollimon (Everett,
Wash.)
Gamebreaker: None

1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS

POS UTAH      STAN IDAHO ARIZ CAL USL ASU OSU OREG USC WASH HAW
SE  Zubedi   
LT  Tujague   
LG  Criscione   
C   W-Schulz   
RG  Schwarz   
RT  Locker   
TE  Scott   
SB  Hackett   
QB  Birnbaum   
RB  Hawkins   
FL  Taylor   
PK  Lindell  

DE Matson DT Meier DT Kongaika DE Hedeen SLB Gleason MLB Holden WLB Emmerson CB Gibbons FS Newman SS Riley CB Thompson P 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.

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 action begins Thursday with ESPN's telecast of the WSU at BYU game, 5:00 p.m. PT, ABC will do a pair of games Sept. 11, starting at 12:30 p.m. PT with the California at Nebraska game, at 5:00 p.m. PT ABC will carry the UCLA at Ohio State game on a split national feed, FOX Sports Net will carry the WSU game at Stanford at 7:15 p.m. PT.

FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Stanford Sept. 12 at 3:00 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: 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).

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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