Sept. 29, 2003
WHO: #14/15 WSU Cougars (4-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-10) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1-4 overall, 0-1 Pac-10)
WHAT: 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Football - WSU's annual Homecoming Game
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 4; Kickoff 2:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (35,117, Field Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: No Live Television, WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Oct. 5, 10:00 a.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (4-1) and in his first season as a college head coach (4-1). ARIZONA - The Wildcats are now coached by Mike Hankwitz (Michigan '70), who was named head coach this week, replacing John Mackovic (Wake Forest '65)...Hankwitz joined the Wildcat staff this season as defensive coordinator.
WSU VS. ARIZONA: The Cougars and Wildcats are meeting for the 32nd time, with Arizona having won 20 times, WSU 11...last year the Cougars won 21-13 in Tucson, the third straight game between the two teams in Tucson...WSU won the last two games, while Arizona won three years ago in triple overtime...the last time they met in Pullman Arizona prevailed 30-24...Bill Doba is meeting Arizona for the first time as a head coach, while John Mackovic is 0-2 against WSU.
COUGARS CLIMB IN THE POLLS: Washington State climbed to 15th in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and 14th in the Associated Press media poll after stuffing Oregon 55-16 last week...over the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, the Cougars were ranked a school record 28 straight weeks...WSU, however, was not ranked in the 2003 pre-season poll or opening two regular season polls. (see page 3)
HOMECOMING AT WSU: WSU's The 83rd version of Washington State University Homecoming will be held Saturday when the Arizona Wildcats visit the Cougars...WSU's first Homecoming football game was held in 1915, with the Cougs shutting out Whitman 17-0...the Wildcats have won both previous games when they were the Homecoming opponent, 1989 and 1994...WSU is 41-38-3 in Homecoming games.
DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION YARDAGE RECORD: Jason, who has 13 career interceptions after picking off two at Oregon, owns the WSU record for career return yardage, 250 yards...his 35 return yards against Oregon moved him past Rick Reed's previous record of 231 yards...David is now tied for third in career interceptions with Bill Lippiuncott (1945-48) and Lionel Thomas (1969-70)...in addition, David has tied the WSU career record with his two TD returns...Bill Gaskins, 1963-65, Billy Newman, 1998-01, and current teammate Erik Coleman also have two interception returns for scores.
COUGS 24-6 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 24 of 30 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 fifth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 28-1, Oklahoma 27-4, Ohio State 26-5, Texas 25-5, WSU 24-6, Georgia 24-6, Boise State 23-6, Marshall 24-7, Maryland 24-7, Tennessee 23-7.
WSU WINS WHEN SCORING IN THE THIRD: WSU has won 22 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 18 straight wins when WSU has scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won eight of its last nine 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.
The Cougars have scored in 212 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team.
MOORE ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Sammy Moore is averaging 139 all-purpose yards per game, which puts him on pace to finish the year with 1,670 yards...that would place him fourth on WSU's single season list, trailing only Bernard Jackson (2,118 in 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790 in 1989) and Rueben Mayes (1,768 in 1984)...Moore has 371 receiving yards, 70 punt return yards and 255 kickoff return yards.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
? The Cougars have scored in 212 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the last time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975;
? WSU has scored in 219 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fifth longest among D-I schools.
? The Cougars have scored in 174 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.
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.
BACK-TO-BACK 10-WIN SEASONS RARE IN PAC-10: WSU is one of just five Pac-10 teams to post back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 10-team league was formed: WSU 2001-02, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC, 1978-79.
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponents have not had much success rushing for touchdowns against the Cougars this year...WSU has allowed nine passing scores and two rushing touchdown...Notre Dame and Oregon are the only teams to score a rushing TD on WSU.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: WSU's 39-point win at Oregon is the Cougs' third greatest margin of victory against a Pac-10 school...twice WSU has defeated Oregon State by more points, 55-7 in 1991 and 51-6 in 1993...it is the largest margin by WSU in a road game against a Pac-10 school...it was WSU's largest winning margin since beating Louisiana-Lafayette 44-0 in 1999 and the biggest in a Pac-10 game since beating Oregon State in 1993.
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has been one of the most successful teams in the nation when it comes to generating sacks and interceptions...the Cougars have 138 sacks since the start of the 2000 season, second in the country to Louisville's 141...WSU has 80 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, the sixth most in the country...Oklahoma's 88 is the leader...Virginia Tech also has 80.
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 44.6 yards per punt (13th nationally) and has dumped eight of his 29 kicks inside the 20 yard line...his long this year is a career best 62 yards...Dunning has hit 15 of 17 field goals (1st nationally) and has scored 60 points in five games...Moore is also off to a great start, averaging 31.9 yards per kickoff return (7th nationally) and 5.8 yards on punt returns...he also has a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD to his credit, along with four receiving touchdowns.
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 4,335 rushing plays (50.4%), 4,258 passing plays...this year WSU has rushed the ball 198 times and thrown 172 passes...the passing game has had the upper hand in six of the 10 seasons, but usually by a small margin.
PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Three Washington State football players have been honored by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors:
? PK Drew Dunning Week 1 and 4: honored for his special team play against Idaho when he booted four field goals and one extra point; honored again for his five field goals against New Mexico.
? LB Will Derting Week 2: the defensive POW winner for his 12-tackle performance against Notre Dame that included three sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a touchdown...he won the same honor in 2002 when he picked off three passes against Nevada, returning one 98 yards for a TD.
? QB Matt Kegel Week 3: the league's offensive POW after throwing for 310 yards in WSU's win at Colorado...he had three touchdown passes and was 17-of-33 with one interception.
? FS Jeremy Bohannon Week 5: the league's special teams POW after intercepting a pass that led to a first quarter touchdown and then recovered a blocked punt and returned it four yards for a TD in WSU's 55-16 win over #10 Oregon.
COUGS LEADS LEAGUE WITH 20 SACKS: The Cougars currently lead the Pac-10 with 20 sacks...WSU'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 have recorded a sack in 22 straight games dating back to the 2001 season...WSU had three sacks against Idaho, seven at Notre Dame, two at Colorado and four against New Mexico and Oregon.
WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: WSU has outscored opponents 55-8 in the first quarter and 102-31 in the first half...WSU holds a 47-23 second quarter scoring advantage, a 48-23 lead in the third quarter, while opponents have outscored WSU 27-26 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.
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 237:00, trailed 19:40 and been tied for 43:20.
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...Dunning set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points in 2001 and then broke his own record with 113 points last year...this year he is really on a tear...he currently is the national leader with 15 field goals in 17 attempts (88.2%)...against Idaho he had four field goals from 46-42-29-35 yards...he had two field goals at Notre Dame, two at Colorado and two at Oregon...he now ranks second in career scoring with 282 points...Dunning needs 47 points to pass school record holder Jason Hanson, now a 12-year NFL veteran with Detroit...Dunning averaged 107 points a year over the 2001 and 2002 seasons and is currently on pace for a 144-point season...he stands second to Hanson in career points, career PAT made and attempted and field goals attempted and made...his field goal percentage (75.7) is also the best ever at WSU:
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, including seven against the Oregon Ducks for a career-high 133 yards...he had two TD receptions against Oregon...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...his 13 career TD receptions is tenth on WSU's all-time list.
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:
? 2002 - Caught a 53-yard pass from Jason Gesser to set up a WSU field goal in the closing minutes against USC...the field goal tied the game and WSU then won in OT...Moore pulled a hamstring on the play and missed the next two games;
? 2002 - In the Rose Bowl Moore returned a kickoff 89 yards for a WSU touchdown;
? 2003 - At Notre Dame he made a great catch of a 34-yard TD pass from Matt Kegel, allowing WSU to tie the Irish and send the game into overtime;
? 2003 - At Colorado Moore picked up a bobbled kickoff and raced 97 yards for a touchdown;
? 2003 - At Colorado Moore hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass from Matt Kegel to put WSU ahead 7-0;
? In WSU's win over tenth ranked Oregon he had a 43 yard pass reception and a 41-yarder that went for a touchdown.
KEGEL IMPROVES EACH GAME: Matt Kegel has shown steady improvement as a quarterback this year and currently has completed 55.4% of his passes...Kegel also is protecting the ball well...he's thrown just three interceptions, none in the last two games, and has just one pick in his last 118 throws...against New Mexico he had career highs in attempts, completions and yadage...against Colorado and Oregon he threw three touchdown passes.
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.
SUPPLEMENTAL RELEASE NOTES [See WSU's "Supplemental Notes" for additional details]
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 167 runs of 20 yards or longer in 166 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 3 runs of 20 or more yards and 11 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 more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 26.2 points per outing since 1980, including 33.2 points per game last year and 35.2 this year.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: No surprise WSU performs better at home than on the road...at home WSU is 47-32 (59.4%) and on the road 40-47 (46.0%)...WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 1988 and 2001 teams both went 6-1 on the road.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 65 of 166 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 165 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 18 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 166 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 16 times in 20 trips into the Red Zone, 7 touchdowns and 9 field goals...the failures have been an interception, a fumble and an end of half...opponents have scored 6 touchdowns and 3 field goals in 12 Red Zone appearance...the failures were a blocked field goal, an interception and 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 355, Texas 269, Washington 257, Michigan 230, WSU 219.
COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 34 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 402 starts, 196 by defensive players, 157 by offensive players and 49 by kickers...offensively 12 players had starts last year and on defense 12 started at least one game in 2002.
DEFENSE EXPERIENCED: Seven 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 12 defensive players who have made 196 starts have also played in a collective 413 games...WSU's four top defensive linemen have a collective 67 starts and have played in 162 games...five linebackers have a collective 52 starts and have seen action in 124 games...in the secondary four players have started 77 games and have played in 128 games.
OFFENSE HAS 157 STARTS: WSU boasts 19 offensive players who have made a collective 157 starts during their career and have seen action in 369 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 35 games, while three other linemen have seen action in 20 or more games...in all 18 of the 19 players have tasted action in 10 or more games...up front, there are eight players who have started 93 games and played in 176 games...WSU receivers have a collective 46 starts and have played in 122 games...the running backs have 11 starts and 41 games to their credit, while quarterback Matt Kegel has played in 30 games, with 7 starts.
SEVEN COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Seven starters have made 20 or more starts in their career - Drew Dunning (31), Josh Parrish (29), Jason David (27), Calvin Armstrong (25), Tai Tupai (24), Erik Coleman (24) and Al Genatone (21)...in addition, seven others have made 10 or more starts.
WSU SHUTS OUT OPPONENTS FOR 89:50: WSU shut out Idaho and held Notre Dame scoreless until late in the second quarter...in all WSU held opponents scoreless for 89 minutes, 50 seconds...in addition, WSU held the first two opponents without a touchdown for seven quarters...both Notre Dame touchdowns came in the fourth quarter.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin andkickoff returns and rank second in scoring defense and scoring offense...WSU is third in passin goffense, pasing efficiency, total offense and net punting...individually, Drew Dunning continues to lead the league in scoring, kick scoring, field goals and field goal percentage...ranked second is Kyle Basler in punting, Matt Kegel in passing and total offense, Sammy Moore in all-purpose yards and Scott Davis in fumbles recovered...Moore is third in scoring touchdowns and Virgil Williams is third in fumbles forced.
COUGS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: WSU leads the nation in turnover margin and is 12th in kickoff returns...WSU is 23rd in scoring offense, 24th in net punting and 26th in passing offense and scoring defense...Drew Dunning leads the nation in field goals and is sixth in scoring, while Sammy Moore is seventh in kickoff returns.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the Ariziona game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Sammy Moore (Mesa, Ariz.)
Pac-10 Defense: D.D. Acholonu (Seattle, Wash.), Jason David (Covina, Calif.)
Pac-10 Special Teams: Punt Return Team
Offensive Lineman: Calvin Armstrong (Centralia, Wash.)
Offensive Back: Jermaine Green (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Offensive Scout Team: Mike Reilly (Flathead, Mont.), Tramaine Murray (Oxnard, Calif.)
Defensive Back: Erik Coleman (Spokane, Wash.)
Defensive Lineman: D.D. Acholonu (Seattle, Wash.), Josh Shavies (Oakland, Calif.)
Defensive Scout Team: Brian Winter (Tacoma, Wash.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Cougar Defense
Cougar Claw: Pat Bennett (Forks, Wash.), Josh Shavies (Oakland, Calif.)
Big Hit: Josh Parrish (Chewelah, Wash.), Mkristo Bruce (Issaquah, Wash.)
Cougar Tackler: Erik Coleman (Spokane, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Offense: Josh Parrish (Chewelah, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Defense: Tai Tupai (Monterey, Calif.)
Special Teams Big Play: Jason Hill (San Francisco, Calif.), D.D. Acholonu (Seattle, Wash.), Jeremy Bohannon (Richland, Wash.)
Assassin: Steve Dildine (Graham, Wash.)
Iron Man : Scott Davis (Kennewick, Wash.)
Gamebreaker: Brian Hall (Walla Walla, Wash.)
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.
LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action this week includes:
FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay WSU's Oct. 47 game with Arizona Sunday, Oct. 5, 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.