Oct. 4, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -
|Gametracker||Live Audio||Gameday Central|
|TV: No Live Television||Radio: Washington State ISP Sports Network|
No. 3 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0)
October 9, 2010 Martin Stadium 2 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (1-4, 0-2) looks for its first conference win of the season as it hosts No. 3 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) at Martin Stadium as part of Homecoming Weekend, Saturday (Oct. 9). Kickoff between the Cougars and Ducks is scheduled for 2 p.m. For the first time this season the Cougars will not be televised live.
VERSUS TO TELEVISE WSU-ARIZONA GAME: Versus will televise the Washington State-Arizona game (Oct. 16), it was announced by the Pac-10 Conference. Gametime is set for 4:30 p.m. from Martin Stadium.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. OREGON - THE SERIES: In the 87 games played against the Ducks since the first meeting in 1901, WSU trails Oregon 38-42-7 in the all-time series. The two teams are almost identical when playing in Pullman as the Ducks hold a slight 22-20-2 advantage. Oregon came away with a 52-6 victory last season in Eugene and has won the past three meetings in the series and five of the last six.
NEWCOMERS SEEING TIME: Of the 60 players to see the field against Oklahoma State, 24 were making their debuts with the Cougars, or 40 percent. The Cougars played seven true freshmen - after playing just six in all of 2009 - and nine redshirt freshmen. WSU has added to the true freshman total since the opener and has now played 10 true freshmen, with kicked Andrew Furney being the latest as he saw action at UCLA.
STARTING STALWART: Since WSU's 2007 season-opener against Wisconsin, Micah Hannam has started every game the Cougars have played. The redshirt senior has started 42-straight games, all of which have come at right tackle. The streak ties the longest by a Cougar offensive lineman joining Mike Utley, who started 42 in a row from 1985-88. Hannam holds the longest starting streak in the conference.
FRESHMAN PHENOM: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson registered his third game of more than 100 receiving yards last week at UCLA (118 yards). He is just the second freshman wide receiver in school history to post multiple 100-yard games in a single season as Phillip Bobo did it three times in 1990. Wilson is proving that he can get down field as he already has six receptions of 40-plus yards through the first five games of the season, more than any Cougar had in all of 2009.
PASSING GAME SHOWING SIGNS: The Cougar passing attack has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of its first five games and currently ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in passing offense at 253.4 yards per game. Over the past two years the offense had thrown for more than 200 yards a combined seven times.
TUEL GOES OVER 300: For the second time in his career quarterback Jeff Tuel eclipsed the 300-yard mark last week at UCLA. Tuel completed 20-of-37 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns against the Bruins. His other 300-yard effort came last season at California when he threw for 354 yards.
THREE STRAIGHT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2006: During the middle stages of the WSU-UCLA game last week, the Cougars scored touchdowns on three straight possessions (last of first half and first two of second). It marked the first time that has happened against a Pac-10 opponent since Oregon, Oct. 21, 2006. WSU also scored TD's on three straight possessions agains tportland St. (9/20/08) and Idaho (9/15/07).
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 2000: Since 2000 WSU is 9-31 against ranked teams and 6-5 when WSU was also ranked. This week's opponent, Oregon, is the second ranked team the Cougars have faced in 2010 (USC) and the first Top 5 team WSU has played since USC (4) in 2008.
PUNTING HIS WAY TO THE TOP: Redshirt senior punter Reid Forrest has moved into second place on both WSU's career punts and career punt yards lists. He passed Gavin Hedrick (217; 1974-77) on the all-time list punts list against Oklahoma State. Forrest now has 238 career punts, and now trails only Kyle Basler (255; 2002-05) for the most in school history. Forrest also passed Hedrick (9,409) on the all-time punt yards list against SMU. Forrest now has 10,056 for his career, trailing just Basler (10,794). His career punting average of 42.25 ranks third all-time amongst punters with more than 150 career punts, behind Hedrick (43.4) and Basler (42.3).
Reid Forrest's first three punts all were more than 50 yards, giving him 10 50-plus punts this season.
Jeffrey Solomon's second-quarter touchdown reception was his first this season and second of his career, both coming against UCLA. Solomon scored WSU's only touchdown last season against UCLA, a 46-yard reception.
James Montgomery's two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave WSU a 21-20 lead, the Cougars first lead, in regulation, of a Pac-10 game since 7-0 against Arizona (11/8/08). The last time the Cougars led a Pac-10 game in the second half was at the 2007 Apple Cup (42-35, 11/24/07).
Jeff Tuel's passing total for the game gave him 200-plus years in each of the first five games this season. The last Cougar quarterback to throw for more than 200 yards in five straight games was Alex Brink, who ended the 2007 season with seven consecutive 200-plus efforts. Tuel's 311 yards throwing are a season high and marked the second-highest total of his career (354 at California, 10/24/09).
True freshman Marquess Wilson eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the third time in five games this season. That is tied for the most 100-yard games by a freshman in school history (Phillip Bobo, 1990).