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Cougars to Face UCLA Saturday at The Rose Bowl
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 10/03/2011
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Oct. 3, 2011

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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Washington State Cougars (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) at
UCLA Bruins (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12)
October 8, 2011 • The Rose Bowl • 7:30 p.m.

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Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud NameckWashington State IMG College Sports Network
TV: FSN (ROOT Sports NW) Sirius: Channel 85

SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team continues its three-game swing away from Martin Stadium when it faces the UCLA Bruins (2-3, 1-1 Pac-12) at The Rose Bowl, Saturday, Oct. 8. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised by FSN while also being heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. The FSN crew includes Joel Meyer (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (analyst) and Jim Knox (sidelines).

WSU vs. UCLA - THE SERIES: The Cougars and Bruins have squared off 57 times since the first meeting in 1928, with the Cougars trailing in the series 38-18-1. WSU is 9-22 when playing on the road, including a 42-28 loss the last time these teams met in Pasadena (Oct. 2, 2010). Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won three of five at the Rose Bowl and six of 10 overall.

VERSUS TO TELEVISE HOMECOMING GAME AGAINST STANFORD: Washington State's homecoming football game against Stanford Oct. 15 will be televised live nationally by Versus. Gametime is set for 4:30 p.m. at Martin Stadium.

COUGARS GET 500 WINS: With its victory over Colorado Saturday, Washington State University football earned win number 500 in program history. Entering the 2011 season there were 72 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams with at least 500 wins, while in the Pac-12 Conference, the Cougars were tied at 499 with Oregon State in the race for win No. 500 before the victory in Boulder.

HOFFMAN-ELLIS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington State senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis has been named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance against Colorado. Hoffman-Ellis registered a game-high 14 tackles in the Cougars' 31-27 comeback victory at Colorado. His 14 tackles, which included 12 solo tackles and two sacks, were a WSU season-high and one shy of his career-best 15 against Oregon State in 2009. The award marks the first of Hoffman-Ellis' career and the first for a Cougar defensive player since Husain Abdullah earned the honor in November, 2007. It's also the first weekly accolade for the Cougs this season and first since Jeff Tuel earned Offensive Player of the Week after beating Oregon State last season.

WILSON'S BIG PLAYS: Marquess Wilson's go-ahead 63-yard touchdown catch at Colorado last Saturday wasn't his first big play of his career. In just 16 games, the sophomore wideout owns six career touchdown catches of 50-plus yards, including four this season. Dating back through the 1984 season, the only Cougar with more touchdown catches of 50-plus yards is former Cougar great Tim Stallworth who finished his four-year career with seven.

DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS: Saturday's win at Colorado after trailing by 10 points late in the fourth quarter was Washington State's first come-from-behind victory after trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter since beating Montana State 23-22 last season. The Cougs trailed MSU 22-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. Saturday's win was also the first double-digit come-from-behind conference win since beating Oregon State 36-30 in Pullman (10/25/03) after trailing the Beavers 28-16 in the fourth quarter. It was also the first time WSU posted a conference road win after trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter since scoring 28 points in the final quarter to post a 49-42 victory at Stanford (10/20/84) after trailing 42-21 in the quarter.

KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter caught nine passes in the win at Colorado to move into a tie for eighth with C.J. Davis on WSU's all-time career receptions list with 128. The Spokane native had two touchdown catches against UNLV to notch his fourth career multi-touchdown performance and up his career touchdown receptions total to 15, one away from entering WSU's career top-10.

LOBBESTAEL OFF TO FAST START: Senior quarterback Marshall Lobbestael was thrust into the starting lineup in the season-opener against Idaho State when starter Jeff Tuel woke up that morning with a stomach virus, and later suffered a fractured clavicle in the same game. Lobbestael has taken advantage of the each opportunity in his three starts since, throwing for a combined 1,335 yards and 13 touchdowns. Lobbestael has completed 63.4 percent of his passes this season with a passing efficiency rating of 168.3, third in the conference. Lobbestael entered this season having played in 19 career games, six as a starter, and threw for seven total touchdowns.

300-YARD PASSING PERFORMANCES: Marshall Lobbestael threw for 376 yards in Saturday's win at Colorado, setting a career-high for the third consecutive game and notching his third straight game with 300 passing yards (361 - UNLV, 368 - San Diego State). It's the first time a Cougar quarterback has passed for 300 yards in consecutive games since Alex Brink reached the mark in each of the final four games of the 2007 season. Brink and Ryan Leaf sit tied atop the Cougar record book with 12 career 300-passing yard performances. Leaf recorded nine 300-yard games during the 1997 season while Brink reached the mark eight times in 2007.

COUGARS SCORING AT PROLIFIC RATE: Through the first four games of the season the Cougar offense ranks 10th in the nation in scoring at 44.5 points per game. WSU's point total in each of its first two games (64 vs. Idaho State, 59 vs. UNLV) are the second-most points scored in a two-game span since the first two games of the 1907 season, 132 points, beating Eastern Washington 46-0 (10/5/07) and Blair Business College 86-0 (10/12/07). More recent, the scoring outburst marks the first time scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back games since beating Oregon 55-44 (9/21/96) and San Jose State 52-16 (9/28/96).

KARSTETTER CAMPBELL TROPHY SEMIFINALIST: senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy and a candidate for The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2011 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Karstetter is one of the 127 candidates for the 2011 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®. The 127 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Karstetter was also named a candidate for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in August. The Spokane, Wash. native is a 2010 Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team selection and a three-year starting wide receiver for the Cougars. Karstetter carries a 3.61 grade point average while majoring in zoology with plans to attend dental school when his football career has concluded. In additional to his accomplishments on the football field and in the classroom, Karstetter has volunteered his time visiting children at the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, serving as a student panelist for pre-health advising, and serving as a peer academic counselor at WSU.

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 this weekend will be making its 110th 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 last 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.

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