Oct. 20, 2003
WSU's Annual Dads' Weekend Crowd Helps Sell Out Football Game
FOOTBALL: #6/6 WSU COUGARS ENTERTAIN OREGON STATE
WHO: #6/6 WSU Cougars (6-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) vs. Oregon State Beavers (5-2 overall, 2-1 Pac-10)
WHAT: 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25; Kickoff 3:30 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (35,117, FieldTurf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Live FOX Sports Net, WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (6-1) and in his first season as a college head coach (6-1). OREGON STATE - The Beavers are coached by Mike Riley (Alabama '74), who has a 13-16 OSU and career record in three seasons...Riley also coached OSU in 1997-98.
WSU VS. OREGON STATE: WSU leads the series 45-39-3 since the first game was played in 1903...the Cougars have taken the series lead thanks to a 18-4-1 record over the Beavers since 1975...included was a streak of 10 straight victories, 1983-93...WSU won the last meeting 34-27 in Pullman in 2001, while OSU captured the 1999 and 2000 games...the two teams didn't play in 2002...while this is Mike Riley's third season at OSU, it is his first game against WSU, since the teams didn't play each other during his previous two years at OSU, 1997 and 1998.
Most WSU Points: 55, 1990, 1991 Most OSU Points: 42, 1979 (42-45)
Widest WSU Victory: 48, 1991 (55-7) Widest OSU Victory: 35, 1969 (38-3)
Longest WSU Win Streak: 10, 1983-93 Longest OSU Win Streak: 5, 1960-64
Last WSU Win: 2001 (34-27) Last OSU Win: 2000 (38-9)
Last WSU Win Pullman: 2001 (34-27) Last OSU Win Pullman: 1999 (27-13)
Last WSU Win Corvallis: 1996 (24-3) Last OSU Win Corvallis: 2000 (38-9)
WSU at Home: 21-14-2 (+1) OSU at Home: 19-19-0 (+1)
WSU at Corvallis: 19-18-0 (-1) OSU at Pullman: 14-21-2 (-1)
Bill Doba vs. OSU: 0-0 Mike Riley vs. WSU: 0-0
COUGARS REMAIN SIXTH IN THE POLLS: Washington State remain sixth for the second straight week in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and the Associated Press media poll...over the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, the Cougars were ranked a school record 28 straight weeks, but didn't appear this year until Sept. 14...WSU checked in at ninth in this week's BCS poll. (see page 3)
DOBA LEADING ROOKIE COACHES: Washington State first-year head coach Bill Doba is one of three rookie Div. I coaches who are 6-1...the others include Bowling Green's Gregg Brandon and Louisville's Bobby Petrino...Michigan State's first year coach John L. Smith, with an extra game, is 7-1, but he has head coaching experience prior to taking over at MSU this year.
WSU RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. IDAHO
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NOTRE DAME:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. COLORADO:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NEW MEXICO:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. OREGON:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. ARIZONA:
WSU GAME NOTES VS. STANFORD:
DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION RECORDS: Jason David now stands second on the career interception list with 14 and now holds three career interception records:
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won 10 of its last 11 Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000 season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeated Arizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss at Washington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action...this year WSU has won at Oregon and Stanford.
MOORE ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Sammy Moore is averaging 132 all-purpose yards per game, which puts him on pace to finish the year with 1,584 yards...that would place him fourth on WSU's single season list...the top five are Bernard Jackson (2,118 in 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790 in 1989), Rueben Mayes (1,768 in 1984) and Broussard (1,533 in 1988)...Moore has 430 receiving yards, 216 punt return yards and 279 kickoff return yards for 925 total.
DARLING HAULS IN NINE PASSES: Junior Devard Darling caught a career-high nine passes for 113 yards against New Mexico, just one reception short of making the WSU single-game list and only three short of the WSU record for one game...Darling caught 54 passes for 800 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns last year...he has topped the 100-yard mark three times in his career, 133 against Oregon and 109 at California last year and 113 against New Mexico this season...his 14 career TD receptions is tied for eighth on WSU's all-time list.
WSU TRAILS JUST TWICE: In outscoring opponents 102-31 in the first half, WSU has trailed for just 19:40 in five games...Notre Dame led late in the game for 4:10 before WSU tied the game, then lost in overtime...New Mexico led WSU for 15:30, thanks to two second quarter touchdowns...in all, WSU has led for 349:24, trailed 19:40 and been tied for 50:56.
COUGS 26-6 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 25 of 31 games...in the 1929-1930-1931 seasons WSU went 21-3, including 10-2 (1929) and 9-1 (1930) seasons...WSU is currently tied for sixth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 31-1, Oklahoma 30-4, Ohio State 27-6, Texas 27-6, Georgia 27-6, WSU 26-6, Boise State 26-6, Maryland 26-7 and Marshall 26-7.
MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: At least seven players have caught passes in every game this year...in all, six wide receivers, two tight ends and three running backs have catches.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
COUGS IN THE POLLS: Washington State, during the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was ranked for 28 straight weeks, the longest continuous stint in the polls for WSU...after finishing 10th in both polls at the close of the 2002 season, WSU was not ranked at the start of the 2003 campaign...WSU returned to the polls for the first time this year Sept. 14.
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponents have not had much success rushing for touchdowns against the Cougars this year...WSU has allowed 10 passing scores and three rushing touchdown...Notre Dame, Oregon and Stanford are the only teams to score a rushing TD on WSU.
WSU WINS WHEN SCORING IN THE THIRD: WSU has won 24 straight games when scoring in the third quarter...the last time WSU scored in the third quarter and did not win was the 2000 Apple Cup...conversely, the Cougars are 2-6 since the Apple Cup game when they did not score in the third quarter...the string is 19 straight wins when WSU has scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
WSU AND OSU AMONG PAC-10'S BEST: WSU leads the Pac-10 in six categories and OSU leads in four of the 14 major statistical breakdowns...in addition, the two teams are either first or second in 12 of those 14 categories...WSU ranks first or second in 10 categories and is no lower than fourth in any of the 14 categories, while OSU is first or second in six categories.
BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholono and Isaac Brown, both rank among the leaders at WSU in both tackles-for-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for both categories...while Brown started throughout the 2002 season, Acholonu started his first game against Idaho earlier this year.
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: The Cougars have 14238 sacks since the start of the 2000 season, third in the country to Louisville (149) and TCU (147)...WSU has 83 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, the sixth most in the country...Oklahoma's 94 is the leader.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: The Cougars currently are second in the Pac-10 with 24 sacks...USC has 28, then WSU...the Coug's seven sacks against Notre Dame marks the fourth time in the past two seasons that the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game earlier this season...WSU had three sacks against Idaho, seven at Notre Dame, two at Colorado and four against New Mexico, Oregon and Stanford.
COUGAR SPECIAL TEAMS HOT: College Football News predicted WSU has the fifth best special team units in college football...they base their prediction on the basis of kicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and return specialist Sammy Moore...so far this season WSU's special team units have lived up to the billing...Basler is averaging 44.0 yards per punt (16th nationally) and has dumped 13 of his 45 kicks inside the 20 yard line...his long this year is a career best 62 yards...Dunning has hit 19 of 21 field goals (1st nationally) and has scored 76 points in seven games...Moore is also off to a great start, averaging 27.9 yards per kickoff return (ninth nationally) and 9.0 yards on punt returns...he also has a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD to his credit, along with four receiving touchdowns.
COUGS AFTER BYES: WSU has won five of its last six games coming off a bye...the lone loss was the 2002 Apple Cup...since 1992 WSU is 11-5 after byes.
PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Four Washington State football players have been honored by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors:
WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: WSU has outscored opponents 75-8 in the first quarter and 122-31 in the first half...WSU holds a 47-23 second quarter scoring advantage, a 57-37 lead in the third quarter and 51-34 in the fourth quarter...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs were a Colorado touchdown in game three, and an Oregon safety.
WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: The Cougars, in recent years, have started the season strong coming off a bowl game appearance...in 1989 (after the 1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 6-1...in 1993 (after the 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 5-2...in 1995 (after the 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 3-2...in 1998 (after the 1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 3-0...in 2002 (after the 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 9-1...this year (after the 2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU is 4-1.
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has blocked four placement kicks this season and blocked two punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts by the Vandals, helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked the Buffs' first PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt.
THREE OF LAST FOUR FOES UNDER 260 YARDS: WSU has held three of its last four opponents, New Mexico (257), Arizona (198) and Stanford (259), to 259 or fewer yards in total offense...Idaho (250) also was under that total...only Oregon (414) had more yards among the last four opponents.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning set a WSU record with five field goals against New Mexico, hitting from 37-36-23-21-49 yards...in 2001 Dunning set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points and then broke his own record with 113 points in 2002...this year he is really on a tear...he currently is the national leader with 18 field goals in 20 attempts (90.0%).
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 10 years have actually run the ball more times than they have passes...in 10 years WSU has run 4,406 rushing plays (50.4%), 4,342 passing plays...this year WSU has rushed the ball 269 times and thrown 261 passes...the passing game has had the upper hand in six of the 10 seasons, but usually by a small margin.
STREAKING COUGARS: WSU has won six straight Pac-10 road games, seven straight Pac-10 games in California, and 10 straight games against California schools.
TURNOVERS = 92 POINTS: WSU has turned 16 of the opponent's 26 turnovers into 92 points this year...the Cougars have taken the ball away from the opponents 16 times with interceptions and have recovered 10 of the opponent's 22 fumbles.
SAMMY MOORE MAKES CRUCIAL CATCHES: Senior Sammy Moore is becoming known as the Big Play guy...here's a look at some of Moore's big plays in 2002 and 2003:
KEGEL IMPROVES EACH GAME: Matt Kegel has shown steady improvement as a quarterback this year and currently has completed 55.5% of his passes...Kegel also is protecting the ball well...he's thrown just four interceptions, one in the last four games...against New Mexico he had career highs in completions and yardage...against Colorado, Oregon and Stanford he threw three touchdown passes.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 168 runs of 20 yards or longer in 168 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 4 runs of 20 or more yards and 12 runs of 10-19 yards.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 11-19 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 5-6.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.2 points per game...this year WSU is averaging 32.9 points per outing and last year the average was 33.2 points.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools...since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 48-32 (60.0%) and on the road the team is 41-47 (46.6%)...WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 2001 record of 6-1 is the best on the road since the 1988 team also went 6-1.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 67 of 168 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 168 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 19 times...Notre Dame is the only team this year to go over 100 yards.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 61 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 15 years and 168 games against WSU's defense...USC's Mazio Royster, Washington's Beno Bryant, UCLA's Skip Hicks and Reuben Droughns from Oregon are the only backs to have done so in back-to-back seasons...no back has gone over 100 yards this season.
RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU has scored 22 times in 29 trips into the Red Zone, 10 touchdowns and 12 field goals...the failures have been three interceptions, a fumble, once on downs and three times at the end of the half...opponents have scored 9 touchdowns and 3 field goals in 16 Red Zone appearance...the failures were a blocked field goal, a missed field goal, an interception and once on downs.
TURNOVERS: WSU is +14 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -23 in turnovers...twice WSU has had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001 and +9 in 1994, while the turnovers were even in 1995.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup against Arizona of 22 players includes 0 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 4 juniors and 15 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consists of 8 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 10 juniors and 18 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 16 freshmen-sophomores and 28 juniors-seniors.
WSU SCORING STREAK FIFTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: BYU 358, Texas 272, Washington 260, Michigan 233, WSU 221.
COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 37 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 450 starts, 218 by defensive players, 179 by offensive players and 53 by kickers...offensively 12 players had starts last year, while on defense 12 started at least one game in 2002.
DEFENSE EXPERIENCED: Eight WSU defensive players have each played in 30 or more games and four others have seen action in at least 20 games...in all, the 15 defensive players who have made 218 starts have also played in a collective 464 games:
OFFENSE HAS 179 STARTS: WSU boasts 20 offensive players who have made a collective 179 starts during their career and have seen action in 405 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 37 games, while three other linemen have seen action in 20 or more games:
TEN COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Ten starters have made 20 or more starts in their career and 15 players have made 10 or more starts...Drew Dunning (33), Josh Parrish (31), Jason David (29), Calvin Armstrong (27), Tai Tupai (26), Erik Coleman (26), Al Genatone (23), Isaac Brown (21), Virgil Williams (20) and Devard Darling (20) all have 20 or more career starts
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in passing offense, rushing defense, pass defense efficiency, total defense, scoring defense and turnover margin...WSU is second in pass efficiency, total offense, scoring offense and net punting...Drew Dunning leads the league in scoring, kick scoring, field goals and field goal percentage...Jason David and Virgil Williams share the lead in interceptions, while Sammy Moore leads in kickoff returns...Kyle Basler is second in punting and Matt Kegel is second in passing and total offense.
COUGS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU leads the nation in turnover margin, is fifth in pass defense efficiency, sixth in rush defense, 12th in net punting, 13th in scoring defense and 15th in passing offense...Drew Dunning leads the nation in field goals and is seventh in scoring, while Virgil Williams and Jason David are eighth in interceptions and Sammy Moore is ninth in kickoff returns.
Bill Doba TV SHOWS: "KXLY Cougar Football Saturday" airs each Saturday during the football season at 12:00 p.m. PT, leading into ABC's Pac-10 Game of the Week...Rick Lukens, Dennis Patchin and Bud Nameck host the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Doba and Cougar football.
WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: 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.
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.
FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay WSU's Oct. 25 game with Oregon State Sunday, Oct. 26, at10:00 a.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 available on the Internet through OCSN, WSU's Web provider, and also at Yahoo.com...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 28-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 37th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his third season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Bill Doba Show," produced and distributed by the Cougar Sports Radio Network and KXLY, airs weekly on most network stations live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Robertson is the show's regular host...all game broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to www.wsucougars.com.
SATELLITE: The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 11:30 - 12:00 PT on Telstar 6C, Transponder 24, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-779-3467 or the Pac-10 office).
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The Pacific-10 Conference hosts a weekly teleconference call each Tuesday during the football season...the teleconference call begins at 10 a.m....Bill Doba participates at 11:10 a.m....contact the Pac-10 media relations office for details, 925-932-4411.
DOBA AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Bill Doba is available for individual media interviews 11:00 a.m.-Noon each Wednesday. Arrangements for Doba 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 Jason Hickman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the WSU Media Information Office.
DOBA PHONE CONFERENCES: Bill Doba is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.