Nov. 13, 2006
Washington State University, 6-5 overall, 4-4 in Pacific-10 Conference play, will close out its 2006 regular-season schedule when its hosts the Washington Huskies, 4-7, 2-6, in the 99th Apple Cup Saturday afternoon in a game televised by Fox Sports Net, 3:45 p.m. from Martin Stadium.
A win over Washington Saturday would give WSU its first winning season since 2003 when it posted a 10-3 record, culminated by a 28-20 win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
WSU has captured the last two Apple Cups and a win Saturday would mark the first time in series history that the Cougars put together a three-game winning streak.
BRUCE, BRINK UP FOR NATIONAL AWARDS: Mkristo Bruce is one of seven semifinalists for the Lott Trophy while Alex Brink is one of 11 finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy. The Lott Trophy equally recognizes athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. The Wuerffel Trophy honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.
BRINK NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Washington State junior quarterback Alex Brink has been named to the CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team...Brink carries a 3.54 GPA as a sport management major and is enrolled in the honors college...it marks the second consecutive season Brink has been named to the first team...junior tight end Jed Collins, redshirt freshman Kenny Alfred and junior kicker Loren Langley were also nominated for All-District honors.
APPLE CUP/GOVERNOR'S TROPHY: From 1934 to 1961, Washington State and Washington played for the Governor's Trophy, which was usually presented to the winner by the Governor of Washington...since the 1962 season, the teams have played for the Apple Cup Trophy, which also is often presented to the winning team by the state's governor.
WSU-FSN NORTHWEST EXTENDS BROADCAST AGREEMENT: FSN Northwest and Washington State University have announced an extension of their partnership making FSN Northwest the "Official Television Network of Washington State University Athletics." The multi-year agreement grants FSN Northwest exclusive rights to all live events and ancillary programming. The partnership will focus on production of live events, which will include football, men's basketball and additional Olympic sports such a volleyball and baseball.
WSU-UW SERIES: Washington leads the all-time series by a 63-29-6 margin, although the Cougars enter Saturday's contest riding a two-game winning streak in the series...When playing in Pullman, the Cougars are 12-14-1 and snapped a four-game home skid to Washington with a 28-25 win in 2004...WSU's win last season at Seattle marked the first time since the 1982-83 seasons WSU has put together back-to-back wins in the series and a win Saturday would give WSU its first-ever three-game winning streak over UW.