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Release: 10/06/1999
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Oct. 6, 1999

FOOTBALL: WSU Breaks From Pac-10 Play to Host UL-Lafayette
WHO: WSU Cougars (1-4, 1-2) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (1-4)
WHAT: Non-Conference Football, Pacific-10 vs. Independent
WHEN: Saturday, October 9, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, Omni Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Oct. 10, 1:30 p.m. PDT

Record: 1-4

9/4    @ Oklahoma State (7-24)
9/11   Texas Tech (17-38)
10/18  @ Houston (0-45)
10/25  Middle Tenn. State (45-31)
10/2   Louisiana Tech (31-41)
10/9   @ Washington State
10/16  @ Tulane
10/23  NE Louisiana
1030   @ Arkansas State
11/13  @ Southern Mississippi
11/20  Wofford College

Record: 2-2, 1-1

9/4    Texas Tech (31-13)
9/18   New Mexico State (7-35)
9/25   @ California (23-24)
10/9   UCLA (28-27)
10/9   @ Notre Dame
10/16  @ Washington
10/23  Washington State
10/30  @ Oregon
11/6   @ USC
11/13  Stanford
11/27  Arizona

WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 57-61-0 (.483) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 103-105-0 (.495) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). ULL - The Ragin Cajuns are coached by first-year mentor Jerry Baldwin, who is 1-4 in his young career.

The only previous meeting between Washington State and Louisiana-Lafayette was in 1997 when the Cougar's Rose Bowl squad rolled to a 77-7 victory in that time ULL was known as Southwestern Louisiana, but this past summer the State legislature changed the school's name to University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

The Washington State Cougar football team will get a much needed week off following this week's game with Louisiana-Lafayette...WSU does not play a game Oct. 16, then returns to action on the road at Arizona State Oct. 23...the battle at ASU will be WSU's second game outside Martin Stadium this year.

The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season...the WSU-Stanford match-up was shown by FOX Sports Net earlier in the season...ABC has already selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing, while FOX Sports Net has also selected WSU's Nov. 6 game at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.

Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-ULL game Sunday, Oct. 10, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.

The Washington State Cougars' 31-7 win over California Oct. 2 snapped the Cougars' losing streak at 12 games over the past two years, the longest in WSU history by one also was WSU's first "home" win in seven games and the first since last year's victory over Idaho Sept. 19.


P 2 - Burnett First Frosh To Top 100 Yards Since 1993
P 2 - Taylor Ninth With 113 Career Catches
P 2 - Hackett Catches 83 Career Passes
P 2 - WSU's Injury List Adds Holden
P 2 - Lindell Back In The Groove, Fifth In Career Scoring
P 3 - Gleason Boosts Tackle Total To 237
P 4 - WSU Scoring Streaks On The Line
P 4 - WSU Turnovers Down Last 3 Games

CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). ULL - QB Barton Folse (15) and CB Charles Woods (10).

Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through five games with 76 carries for 378 yards and a 5.0 average...he also has caught seven passes for 63 yards...last week he gained 104 yards in 25 carries against California...against Idaho in his first career start Burnett rushed 18 times for 91 net yards and one touchdown...he came back with 96 net yards on 13 carries against Arizona...he had 38 yards in the opener against Utah and 52 at Stanford.

Deon Burnett is the first true freshman to start at running back for WSU since Derek Sparks in 1991 (Sparks had one start) and the first rookie to go over 100 yards since Will Haskell gained 100 yards against Oregon State in 1993...Burnett is the 54th Cougar running back to gain 100 or more yards in a game and his 104 yards against California last week is the 175th time a WSU back has gone over the century mark.

Senior Nian Taylor, with nine catches for 77 yards against California, has moved in to ninth on WSU's career reception list, passing both Chad Carpenter and Deron Pointer...Taylor now has 113 career receptions for 2,094 yards...he is ranked sixth in career reception yards...he is well within striking distance of C. J. Davis, fourth with 128 receptions...just ahead of Taylor are Brian Kelly 116, Steve Broussard 120, and Tim Stallworth 125.

Rian Lindell, with 166 career points, now ranks fifth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 94-of-97 extra point kicks and 24-of-39 (62%) of his field goals, including 4-of-5 this year...ahead of Lindell is Tony Truant with 167 points...the top three career scores are Jason Hanson 328, Steve Broussard 248 and John Traut 231.

Quarterback Steve Birnbaum had one of his best days against California, completing 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards and a pair of scores...his 227 yards ranks as his third most productive outing...his best two yardage performances are 299 yards against Idaho last year and 239 this year...he has now thrown at least one TD pass in each of WSU's last four games...the win over Cal was his first Pac-10 victory.

Senior Leaford Hackett is among the top receivers in the country, hauling in 29 passes for 332 yards and one score in WSU's first four games...he currently ranks 12th (tie) nationally in receptions per game, 7.25...he is averaging 83.0 yards per game.

In just 15 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 83 career receptions, leaving him just 24 catches short of WSU's career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 passes in consecutive seasons...Hugh Campbell, WSU's career record holder with 176 receptions, had consecutive seasons of 66-53-57...current assistant coach Mike Levenseller had back-to-back seasons of 67 and 43 receptions, while Timm Stallworth had seasons of 51 and 63...Hackett led WSU receivers last year with 54 catches...his receptions have accounted for 1,012 yards, an average of 12.2 per catch.

WSU's injury report for Monday, Oct. 4, from the training staff: Ryan Raymond (calf bruise, doubtful), Reed Raymond (abdominal strain, questionable), Jeremy Thiehbahr (shoulder sprain, questionable), Billy Newman (sore knee, probable), Earl Riley (toe sprain, probable), Russell Mizin (shoulder sprain, probable), Raonall Smith (shoulder sprain, possible). Out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Curtis Nettles (lower back), Gerald Cook (knee sprain), Isaac Brown (hand), Milton Wynn (broken finger), Adam Davis (hip), Virgil Williams (right shoulder nerve bruise), Jason Gesser (broken hand), Leaford Hackett (right shoulder sprain), Curtis Holden (fractured right hand), Alex Tinsley (hamstring strain).

Junior middle linebacker Curtis Holden, one of WSU's leading tacklers through the first four games, suffered a right hand fracture in WSU's opening defensive series against California and will not play against Louisiana-Lafayette this week...with a bye Oct. 16, there is a chance Holden could be back for WSU's Oct. 23 game at the first five games, Holden has made 44 tackles to rank third behind Steve Gleason's 53 and 50 for Billy Newman...Holden also has 1.5 sacks and a team-leading seven TFL, plus one interception.

It seems like just about everyone has joined the receiving corps in 1999?no less than 13 different receivers have collected at least one pass so far this season?nine of those 13 players recorded their first career catches for WSU?Leaford Hackett leads the group with an impressive 7.3 per catches game?Nian Taylor averages 4.8 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi (3.0)?those players making their first career catches include: Marcus Williams (Utah), Milton Wynn (Utah), Corey Scott (Utah), Paul Mencke (Utah), RB Deon Burnett (Utah), Collin Henderson (Stanford), RB Jeremy Theilbahr (Arizona), Russell Mizen (Cal) and RB Brad Philley (Cal)?the next to join this list? Don't be surprised if it's TE Josh Shavies or QB Steve Birnbaum?the Cal game marked the third time this season that eight different players had at least one reception in the same game (Utah and Stanford were the other two).

In its history, WSU has faced just two teams from the state of Louisiana?Louisiana-Lafayette two years ago (77-7 WSU) and Tulane in 1931 (28-14)?until two seasons ago, the Tulane game played a strange part in Cougar trivia: Which team has been to the Rose Bowl more recently, Tulane or WSU? The answer was Tulane and here's why?Tulane's win, that came at New Orleans, clinched a perfect regular season and an invitation to the 1932 Rose Bowl as the champions of the East?that game was played prior to the Pac-10/Big Ten Rose Bowl agreement?prior to the 1998 Classic, Washington State had last appeared in the Rose Bowl in 1931.

The Cougars are hoping to duplicate the success of the 1952 team which, like the 1999 squad, also started 0-4?but that Al Kircher-coached team rallied to win four of its last six games and finished 4-6?the 1952 team posted wins over Oregon and Oregon State, among others?WSU had been 0-4 only three times previously before this season: 1938, 1952 and 1967.

SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:

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         - - -

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.

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.

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 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 placekickers.

Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit four of his five field goal attempts this year, a 27 yarder against Stanford, a 48 yarder against Idaho, a 52-yarder against Arizona and a 40-yarder against California...his only miss has been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford...Lindell is 94-of-97 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 37 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSU's second touchdown of the 1998 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked...he has now made 24-of-39 career field goals...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record...he made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight early in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of successful kicks...then, over the final seven games of 1998, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34 yarder against an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year, weighing in at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs.

WSU quarterbacks have thrown just three interceptions this season and one of those was a last-play heave...a year ago the Cougar passers ended the season with 25 interceptions, six of which were returned for touchdowns...through five games, only one of the three picks (at Stanford) this year resulted in an opponent touchdown.

Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:

Rian Lindell    - 28 consecutive starts       [28 total]
Lamont Thompson - 19 of last 20 games         [19 total]
Steve Gleason   - 25 starts in last 28 games  [24 total]
Reed Raymond    - 15 of last 16 games         [15 total]
Rob Meier       - 16 consecutive starts       [18 total]
Kareem Anderson - 16 consecutive starts       [16 total]

Senior linebacker Steve Gleason is sprinting toward WSU's all-time tackle list of the top 15...the current team leader with 53 stops in five games has pushed his career total to 237 tackles, leaving him just 11 tackles short of the number 15 spot on the list...just ahead of Gleason is Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88), who each made 248 tackles and are tied for 15th on the all-time list...he entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles...Gleason's 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles...he needs 42 tackles to move into tenth on the career list, equaling Dean Pedigo's 279 tackles, 1974-77.

Losing Streaks:
By defeating Cal, WSU snapped the nation's second longest active losing streak in Division I at 12 games?South Carolina's streak extended to 15 last week with a loss to Mississippi? Ball State took over WSU's No. 2 spot with a loss to Akron that extended the Cardinals' skid to 11.


  • WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
  • The Cougars have scored in 184 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the list time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975,
  • WSU has scored in 171 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at OhioState in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 154 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

WSU's defense has allowed 314 first quarter points in the last 73 games (4.30/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 27 so far in 1999.

Junior Lamont Thompson picked off one pass against Utah and one against Idaho to push his career total to 12 in three seasons...with the interception against Idaho, Thompson moved into a tie for fourth on WSU's all-time list...he is now tied with Eric Johnson, 1971-73...he is two behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.

CAREER                       PI   YDS   AVG   TD
1. Richard Reed    1966-68   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. Lamont Thompson 1997-99   12   84    7.0    0
4. Eric Johnson    1971-73   12   58    4.8    0
6. Don Paul        1946-49   11   216   19.6   1
6. Torey Hunter    1991-94   11   62    5.6    0
8. Greg Burns      1991-95   9    86    9.6    0

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 33-23 record, including a 27-14 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-38...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:

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   1-2    0-2   1-4
TOTALS:   33-23   24-38   56-61

The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 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 the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 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.

Washington State in 1999 has scored 10 times (9 TDs) in 10 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 11 times (10 TDs) in 18 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...the Cougars have scored three touchdowns in three tries inside the five yard line this year...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 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.

After turning the ball over nine times in the first two games, WSU has had just two in the last three games...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   -3     4   2   2   4   0   0   1   1
IDAHO  +1     1   1   0   1   1   0   2   2
ARIZ    0     2   0   0   0   0   0   0   0
CAL    +2     1   1   0   1   2   2   1   3
TOTAL  -3     12  8   3   11  4   2   6   8

RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 73 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 those 73 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 - 4/5
       Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249,
       California 58.

WSU's defense allowed three runs of 20+ yards in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 60 runs of 20 yards or longer in 73 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 - 3
     Anderson, Utah - 40, Dean, Idaho - 23
     Canidate, Arizona, 45

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 - 16

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 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:

1. Ariz   299.9  (23,394/78)   6. OSU    364.9  (28,101/77)
2. WSU    322.7  (24,847/77)   7. ASU    365.8  (28,164/77)
3. Wash   343.6  (26,460/77)   8. Cal    366.0  (28,548/77)
4. USC    351.0  (28,077/80)   9. UCLA   370.4  (28,523/77)
5. Oreg   363.5  (28,350/78)   10.Stan   390.9  (30,493/78)

The Washington State Cougars have won 44 games since the start of the 1992's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

                     OVERALL       PACIFIC-10
1992-98           W    L    T   W    L    T   
Arizona           57   30   1   35   22   1
Washington        55   30   1   38   18   1
UCLA              53   33   0   35   23   0
USC               54   32   3   36   21   1
Oregon            53   35   0   31   27   0
Arizona State     48   35   0   33   25   0
Washington State  44   41   0   26   33   0
Stanford          42   42   2   28   31   0
California        36   48   0   19   39   0
Oregon State      23   57   1   7    49   1

Only 22 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 73 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 - 3
       Mike Anderson, Utah, 108, Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118
       Trung Canidate 158.

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).

The collective weight of this year's offensive line is 1,489 pounds, just 19 pounds shy of last year's record 1,508 pounds...Reed Raymond tipped the scales this fall at 316 and Ryan Tujague is 305...the babies on the line are guard Mike Schwarz at 295, tackle Phil Locker at 288, center Lincoln Walden-Schulz at 285...when Reed Raymond, 313, plays, the total is 1,507.

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.

In years to come it may be a trivia question - When did the Cougars play on the road at home?...Sept. 18 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho this year is using WSU's Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandal's Kibbie Dome is not large enough to allow Idaho to meet the average needed for D-I status, so they have moved their four home games to WSU's stadium for the 1999 season.

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

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.

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.

WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 103 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 150, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 116...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th at Arizona.

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 57-61-0 (.483), while his career mark is now 103-105-0...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.


Kareem Anderson
   Punting            39.9    7th

Steve Birnbaum Passing 174.4 5th Total Offense 164.2 6th Pass Efficiency 126.0 9th

Deon Burnett Rushing 75.6 5th Scoring (TDs) 6.0 7th*

LeJuan Gibbons Forced Fumbles 1 6th* Passes Defended 6 2nd*

Steve Gleason Tackles 10.6 2nd

Leaford Hackett Receptions 7.25 2nd Receiving Yards 83.0 5th All-Purpose 134.5 5th Punt Returns 6.6 10th KO Returns 19.6 7th

Curtis Holden Tackles 8.8 7th Tackles For Losses 7 3rd*

Rian Lindell Kick Scoring 4.8 8th Field Goals 0.8 6th FG Percentage 80.0 3rd PAT Percentage 100.0 1st*

Rob Meier Tackles-for-Loss 6 9th*

Billy Newman Tackles 10.0 4th*

Nian Taylor Receptions 4.8 8th

Lamont Thompson Interceptions 0.40 7th*

Farwan Zubedi Receiving Yards 45.4 20th

* = Tie


TEAM CATEGORY             AVG    PAC-10  NCAA
Rushing Offense           98.2   9th     95th
Passing Offense          242.6   7th     35th
Total Offense            340.8   9th     77th
Scoring Offense           19.2   9th     94th
Rushing Defense          148.6   6th     66th
Pass Efficiency Defense  118.7   4th     51st
Total Defense            371.8   4th     70th
Scoring Defense           29.2   8th     81st
Net Punting               33.2   7th     79th
Punt Returns               9.4   4th*    44th*
KO Returns                19.1   8th     76th
Turnover Margin           -0.6   8th*    85th*

                          UL-L      UL-L
TEAM CATEGORY             AVG       NCAA
Rushing Offense           86.2      106th
Passing Offense          123.0      103th*
Total Offense            209.2      113th
Scoring Offense           20.0      92nd
Rushing Defense          240.8      106th
Pass Efficiency Defense  125.3      69th
Total Defense            459.4      112th
Scoring Defense           35.8      106th
Net Punting               32.4      92nd
Punt Returns               5.8      99th
KO Returns                18.4      87th
Turnover Margin            1.2      14th*

* = Tie


Leaford Hackett, WSU Receptions 7.25 12th*


  • GAME 1: 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 Billy Newman made 12 tackles, Curtis Holden and Lamont Thompson 11 each and Steve Gleason 10...Thompson and Earl Riley each had interceptions.

  • GAME 2: WSU mistakes led to 40 Stanford points in a 54-17 loss at Stanford...the loss pushed WSU's losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSU's generosity included the loss of three fumbles that led to touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a missed field goal that produced a three-pointer for Stanford...senior Leaford Hackett had a super night for WSU, catching 10 passes for 103 yards, returning three punts for 25 yars and five kickoffs for 93 yards...freshman Deon Burnett's 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaum's 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holden's 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSU's defense.

  • GAME 3: The Cougars forged a two-touchdown lead, then let it slip away in a 28-17 loss to Idaho in the annual Battle of the was Idaho's first win over WSU since 1965 and snapped WSU's 14-game win streak over the Vandals...the loss was WSU's school record equaling 11 straight...the Cougs had 181 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the first the second quarter WSU managed just 25 yards of offense, but held the lead into the third quarter...Idaho's first score was on a sack of Steve Burnbaum that led to a 62-yard TD return...after Idaho tied the game 14-14, Rian Lindell banged home a 48-yard field goal for a 17-14 WSU lead, but the Vandal offense rolled into the fourth quarter and scored twice more...freshman Deon Burnett got his first start for the Cougs and responded with 91 rushing yards...WSU passed for 295 yards, hitting 23 of 53 passes...Leaford Hackett caught eight passes for 99 yards and Marcus Williams caught his first WSU TD pass, 19 yards from Steve Birnbaum...WSU had just one turnover, the costly sack fumble that was returned for Idaho's first score...Lamont Thompson had the 12th interception of his career for WSU.

  • GAME 4: Arizona scored a controversial touchdown on the last play of the game to pull out a 30-24 Wildcat win over WSU, stretching the Cougar losing streak to a team record 12 games...the Wildcats broke a 24-24 tie with no time left when Keith Smith passed 42 yards to Bobby Wade, who made the grab in one corner of the endzone while lying on the ground...TV replays showed, however, he actually scooped the ball off the turf...still, the Cougars had chances to win and came up short...twice in the second half WSU battled back from deficits, first 17-10 and then 24-17...freshman Deon Burnett scored a pair of WSU touchdowns, the first on a 2-yard run that tied the game at 17-17, then on a 55-yarder that produced a 24-24 deadlock late in the fourth quarter...Farwan Zubedi scored WSU's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Steve Birnbaum in the second quarter, while Rian Lindell tallied WSU's other score on a wind-aided 52-yard field goal just before halftime that gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead at intermission...Birnbaum hit 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards before leaving the game after falling on a Burnett fumble in the endzone for a Wildcat safety in third quarter...Birnbaum, who pulled a groin muscle on the play, was replaced by Jason Gesser, who engineered WSU's two fourth quarter scoring drives...Gesser was also hurt in the game (sprained thumb), but was able to finish...Burnett ended the day with 96 net yards rushing, while Leaford Hackett caught seven passes for 97 yards...Steve Gleason led WSU's defense with a career high 16 tackles, while Billy Newman and Raonall Smith had 15 tackles each.

  • GAME 5: The celebrations lasted into the night after the Cougars snapped a 12-game skid with a 31-7 Homecoming win over California...the heroes for WSU included Steve Birnbaum, who completed 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards, two scores and no interceptions...Nian Taylor led the injury-riddled receiving corps with nine receptions covering 77 yards, while freshman Colin Henderson and junior Marcus Williams each hauled in scoring passes...freshman Deon Burnett gained 104 yards rushing with 25 carries, both career highs...LeJuan Gibbons grabbed his first interception in two years and Steve Gleason's nine tackles led the defense...WSU scored 17 second quarter points and added 14 in the final period...Cal's only answer was a 25-yard fumble return in the third quarter...after surrendering 91 yards to California in the first quarter, WSU's defense took charge and held the Bears to -7 yards in the second quarter and just 30 in the third quarter, a combined 23 yards in two quarters...Cal's rushing game netted just 58 yards and the passing attack 116 yards, a total of 174 was WSU's best defensive performance since 1997 when USL gained 152 yards and Boise State addition, it was WSU's best defense against a Pac-10 opponent since Oregon was limited to 97 yards in 1994.

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the California game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Steve Birnbaum (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Pac-10 Defense: LeJuan Gibbons (Long Beach, Calif.)
Pac-10 Special Teams: None.
Offensive Lineman: Lincoln Walden-Schulz (Long Beach, Calif.)
Offensive Back: Deon Burnett (Upland, Calif.)
Offensive Scout: Team: Josh Parrish (Chewelah, Wash.)
Defensive Back: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)
Defensive Lineman: Austin Matson (Everett, Wash.)
Defensive Scout Team: Jeremy Williams (Spokane, Wash.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Cougar Claw: None.
Big Hit: Derrick Roche (Kent, Wash.)
Cougar Tackler: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)
Specialist of the Week: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
Most Disciplined Offense: Collin Henderson (Puyallup, Wash.), Mike Schwarz (Winlock, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Defense: Earl Riley (Dos Palos, Calif.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)
Special Teams Big Play: Mory Banks (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Assassin: None.
Iron Man: None.
Gamebreaker: None.


POS  UTAH      STAN       IDAHO      ARIZ       CAL   
SE   Zubedi    Zubedi     Zubedi     Williams   Williams   
LT   Tujague   Tujague    Tujague    Tujague    Locker   
LG   Criscione Criscione  Criscione  Criscione  Tujague   
C    W-Schulz  W-Schulz   W-Schulz   W-Schulz   W-Schulz   
RG   Schwarz   Raymond    Raymond    Raymond    Schwarz   
RT   Locker    Raymond    Raymond    Raymond    Raymond   
TE   Scott     Scott      Scott      Mizin      Mizin   
SB   Hackett   Hackett    Hackett    Hackett    Zubedi   
QB   Birnbaum  Birnbaum   Birnbaum   Birnbaum   Birnbaum   
RB   Hawkins   Hawkins    Burnett    Burnett    Burnett   
FL   Taylor    Taylor     Taylor     Zubedi     Taylor   
PK   Lindell   Lindell    Lindell    Lindell    Lindell
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.

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

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.

"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.

WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. All in-season head coaches and selected players (when available) will be available for the phone conference and in-person interviews. Contact the WSU Media Information Office for more information. Members of the media may attend in person or participate by use of the telephone.

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.

Pac-10 television action begins Saturday, Oct. 9, with the Arizona State at Notre Dame game on NBC Sports at 11:30 a.m. PT, ABC Sports will show the USC at Arizona game at 12:30 p.m. and the California at BYU game at 4 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net will then show the Washington at Oregon State conference match-up at 3:30 p.m. PT and the Oregon at UCLA Pac-10 game at 7:15 p.m. PT.

FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m.

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).

WSU's football broadcasts are now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is:

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

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).

WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games), 11:00-Noon. Arrangements for Price interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice each Tuesday and Wednesday and before practice each Thursday. Contact Steve Jacobson at the WSU Media Information Office.

Mike Price is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 3:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.

Members of the media may access WSU press releases, game statistics and other sports specific information through InfoConnection. For information on how to access information from all 10 Pac-10 schools and the Pac-10 office, contact the league office or any of the Pac-10 sports information offices. All Pac-10 schools made the move to InfoConnection from Faxback at the start of the 1998-99 school year.

WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Home Page. The address is:

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