Oct. 31, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4 Pac-12)
November 5, 2011 AT&T Park San Francisco, Calilf. 3:30 p.m.
TV: ROOT Sports (in Washington); Comcast SportsNet California
Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud Nameck
Washington State IMG College Sports Network
Sirius: Channel 134 XM: Channel 194
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) travels to San Francisco to face the California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4), Saturday, Nov. 5 at AT&T Park. Gametime is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised in the state of Washington on ROOT Sports and in the Bay Area on Comcast SportsNet California. The game can also be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network.
WSU vs. CALIFORNIA - THE SERIES: The 2011 meeting between the Cougars and Golden Bears marks the 73rd time the two teams have met on the gridiron, with Cal holding a 42-25-5 series advantage. The Golden Bears hold a 28-12-3 advantage when playing the series at home, including a 49-17 victory the last time the game was played in California. Cal has won each of the last six meetings, including a 20-13 victory last season in Pullman.
ARIZONA STATE GAME PICKED UP BY VERSUS: Washington State's home football game against Arizona State Nov. 12 will be televised live nationally by Versus. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium.
KARSTETTER NFF SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: WSU senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the organization announced last week. As a National Scholar-Athlete, Karstetter will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is also a finalist for the nation's top scholar-athlete award, the William V. Campbell Trophy. If he is selected as the Campbell recipient, the scholarship will grow to $25,000. Karstetter is the fifth Cougar to earn the prestigious honor, as Alex Brink (2007), Jason Hanson (1991), Ed Tingstad (1988) and Greg Porter (1982) were also named National Scholar-Athletes. Karstetter, one of 16 finalists from a group of 127 semifinalists, and the only Pac-12 representative, is being recognized for accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community. He will be honored during the NFF's 54th Annual Awards Dinner, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
HORTON MAKES IT FOUR IN A ROW: WSU sophomore cornerback Damante Horton's interception against Oregon marked his fourth-straight game with an interception and the first four of his career. Horton's pick at against the Ducks was taken back 76 yards for a touchdown, the sixth-longest interception return for a score in school history. Horton's four interceptions leads the Pac-12. The last time a Cougar intercepted a pass in four consecutive games occurred when Jason David picked off passes in five straight during the 2002 season, when he finished the year with seven and helped the Cougs earn a trip to the Rose Bowl.
WSU ASSISTING VETERANS: WSU Athletics is partnering with Fairchild Air Force Base and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to honor United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers for WSU's Nov. 19 Armed Forces Day game against Utah. WSU Athletics is offering the general public a special price of $15 for end zone tickets and $25 for sideline tickets to purchase and donate to the organization.Veteran Tickets Foundation will distribute the tickets to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers in the area. Fans can visit wsucougars.com and use the promotional code "HONOR" to purchase tickets to donate for the cause. WSU Athletics donated 100 tickets to jump start the campaign.
HOME STAY WAS SHORT: The Cougars returned to Martin Stadium for the first time since Sept. 10 when they hosted Stanford Oct. 15, a span of 34 days away from home. The last time WSU had an extended absence from Martin Stadium came during the 2005 campaign when the Cougars opened in Martin Stadium Sept. 1 and returned home, Oct. 8, coincidentally against Stanford. While last weekend's Oregon State contest was considered a home game, it marked the first of three more consecutive games away from Martin Stadium. The entire stretch has the Cougars playing in Martin Stadium once over a 62-day span. You have to go back to 1979 when WSU opened the season with two home games in Spokane, then played six of its next seven games on the road, a stretch of 55 days playing once at home.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch at Oregon was the 17th of his career, moving him into a tie for sixth on the WSU career receiving touchdowns list alongside Brandon Gibson (2005-08). The Spokane native currently sits sixth on WSU's all-time career receptions list with 143 after making seven catches against Oregon. He is five receptions away from catching Phillip Bobo and Jason Hill, who are tied for fourth with 148 receptions. Karstetter has started in 32 consecutive games and caught a pass in 35 straight.
WSU'S LONG SCORING DRIVES: WSU's 85-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against Oregon was its ninth scoring drive of at least 80 yards this season. The Cougars have scored on drives of 70-plus yards 19 times and scored touchdowns on drives in five-or-fewer plays 11 times.
COUGARS PLACE SEVEN ON PHIL STEELE PAC-12 MIDSEASON TEAMS: Seven members of the Washington State University football team were included on Phil Steele's Midseason All-Pac-12 Conference list. Defensive end Travis Long and wide receiver Marquess Wilson were named to the first team, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis, guard B.J. Guerra, safety Deone Bucannon and kicker Andrew Furney were named to the second team, while kick returner Isiah Barton was a third-team pick.