Nov. 8, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Oregon State Beavers (4-4, 3-2)
November 13, 2010 Reser Stadium 1 p.m.
TV: FSN NW
Radio: Washington State ISP Sports Network
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (1-9, 0-7) looks for its first conference win of the season as it travels to Corvallis to face Oregon State (4-4, 3-2) at Reser Stadium, Saturday (Nov. 13). Kickoff between the Cougars and Beavers is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the game being televised by FSN NW.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. OREGON STATE - THE SERIES: WSU leads the all-time series by a 47-44-3 margin, although the Beavers hold a 22-20-0 edge when playing in Corvallis. The Beavers have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 66-13 victory the last time these teams met in Corvallis. Saturday's game closes out the Cougars 2010 road schedule.
FORREST GETS RECORDS: Senior punter Reid Forrest replaced Kyle Basler as the most decorated punter in Cougar history against Arizona State. Forrest added to his totals against California and now has punted six times for 271 yards, giving his 264 punts for 11,267 yards in his career, tops all-time in both categories at WSU. Basler held the top marks with 255 punts and 10,794 yards. His career punting average of 42.7 ranks second all-time amongst punters with more than 150 career punts, behind Gavin Hedrick (43.4). Forrest is averaging a career-best 45.7 yards per punt this season, putting him fourth in the Pac-10 and 12th nationally.
FORREST, NWACHUKWU ON NATIONAL LISTS: WSU seniors Reid Forrest and Chima Nwachukwu have been named to national honors lists within the past week. Forrest is one of 51 players nationally named to the Ray Guy Award list, recognizing the nation's top punter. Ten semifinalists will be announced Nov. 12. Nwachukwu is one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Wuerffel Trophy, the national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. Finalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced Dec. 7.
BYE WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Following Saturday's game against Oregon State, the Cougars will enter the first of two consecutive bye weeks. Below is the schedule for the two bye weeks:
Monday, Nov. 15-Thurs., Nov. 18 - No practice
Friday, Nov. 19 - Practice, time TBA
Saturday, Nov. 20 - Practice, time TBA
Sunday, Nov. 21 - Practice, time TBA
Monday, Nov. 22 - Practice, time TBA
Tue., Nov. 23-Sun., Nov. 28 - No practice
Regular practice schedule resumes Nov. 29
BUCANNON LEADING DEFENSE: True freshman safety Deone Bucannon has made quite an impact on the Cougar defense since he was inserted into the starting lineup five games ago. In that stretch Bucannon has recorded 54 total tackles (41 solo), to go with three tackles-for-loss and four pass break-ups. He had the best game of his young career against No. 17 Arizona last month, registering a game-high 16 tackles, 14 solo. The 14 solo tackles are tied for the fifth-most in school history and the most by a Cougar freshman.
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE: Through the first 10 games this season the Cougars have faced the third-toughest schedule in the nation, according to Jeff Sagarin's NCAA Football Ratings. The five most difficult schedules all belong to Pac-10 schools, in order: 1. Washington, 2. Oregon State, 3. WSU, 3. UCLA and 5. Arizona State.
TUEL PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL: Quarterback Jeff Tuel continues to mature as the Cougar signal caller. The sophomore threw for more than 200 yards in each of the first nine games this season, with the streak ending last week against Cal when he threw for 92 yards.. He currently ranks fifth in the conference in passing average (232.5) and is sixth in total offense (241.5).
COUGAR ROSTER STILL YOUNG: Of the 113 players on the Cougar roster, only 17 have been in the program more than three years, or prior to head coach Paul Wulff's arrival in Dec., 2007.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD: In addition to Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, ESPN's College Gameday has had another constant - the WSU flag, which last weekend made its 100th consecutive appearance on the weekly show, dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season. Two flags - Ol' Crimson and Whitey - have been flown in the background of the Gameday set by dozens of friends and alumni. WSU recognized the Gameday flag wavers in a pregame ceremony prior to the Montana State game earlier this season. In addition to the flags that fly, there is a traveling flag signed by the holders after each episode. The traveling flag is retired after each season, the first of which is hanging in WSU's Alumni Center.
COUGARS ON MID-SEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAMS: Four members of the Washington State University football team were included on Phil Steele's Midseason All-Pacific-10 Conference list. Sophomore defensive end Travis Long and freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson were named to the second team while junior wide receiver Jared Karstetter and redshirt junior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis were each named to the third team.