Nov. 12, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Martin Stadium (35,117) Pullman, Wash.
November 17, 2007 3:30 p.m.
Television: FSN Northwest
WSU-OREGON STATE SERIES: WSU leads the all-time series by a 47-41-3 margin, including a 13-6 victory last season in Corvallis, snapping a two-game skid to the Beavers. When playing in Pullman the Cougars own a 22-15-2 record, including wins in the last two meetings dating back to the 2003 season. Extending that to the past 12 games, WSU is 10-1-1 in Pullman dating back to the 1980 season. The last three meetings have all been played in Corvallis.
COUGS TO HONOR SENIORS SATURDAY: Saturday's contest against Oregon State marks the final home appearance for 20 seniors playing the last game in Martin Stadium. Prior to the contest the Cougars will recognize the players for their contributions to Washington State University and the football program. The list of seniors includes Romeen Abdollmohammadi, Husain Abdullah, Chris Baltzer, Christian Bass, Alex Brink, Lance Broadus, Michael Bumpus, Bobby Byrd, Jed Collins, Charles Dillon, Aaron Johnson, Ryan Kensok, Loren Langley, Kevin McCall, Matt Mullennix, Finas Rabb III, Ropati Pitoitua, Scott Selby, B.T. Walker and Brian Williams.
BUMPUS DOUBLES UP ON CAREER RECORDS: with his first reception Saturday against Stanford, senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus moved past Hugh Campbell to become WSU's career receptions leader with 177. Bumpus finished the game with seven catches to extend the record to 183. Additionally, Bumpus returned six punts for 60 yards, pushing his career total to 809 yards and moving him past Kitrick Taylor (781) and into the top spot all-time at WSU. Taylor, who played from 1982-83 and 1985-86, had 781 yards on 90 punts returns, while Bumpus ended the night needing only 77 to break the record.
ABDULLAH NAMED PAC-10 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington State University senior free safety Husain Abdullah has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Monday. Abdullah, a senior from Pomona, Calif., helped the Cougars to a 33-17 win over Stanford last weekend as he recorded 14 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, along with an interception and two pass break-ups. After the Cougars pulled ahead by nine with just over three minutes remaining against Stanford, Abdullah sealed the win by intercepting a Tavita Pritchard pass and returning it 55 yards for a touchdown, his fourth interceptions this season and first career score.
FSN TO BROADCAST 100th APPLE CUP: Washington State University, the University of Washington and FSN announced today an agreement has been reached to televise the 100th Apple Cup between Washington State University and the University of Washington, Nov. 24 from Husky Stadium, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced Monday. Game time for the Apple Cup has been set for 4 p.m.
COLLINS SETS TIGHT END MARK: With his 10 receptions last Saturday against Stanford, senior tight end Jed Collins moved past Cougar great Brett Carolan for the most receptions in a season by a tight end with 52. Collin has become a favorite target for quarterback Alex Brink, snagging 35 passes over the past six games, including a career-best 10 on two occasions (Stanford and at Arizona). In addition, the senior totaled 123 yards against Stanford, also a career-best. For his career, Collins has 80 receptions for 899 yards. The all-time mark for catches by a tight end is 95 by Clarence Williams (1989-92).
FIVE COUGARS NAMED ALL-ACADEMIC DISTRICT VIII: Washington State University placed five players on the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII team. Senior quarterback Alex Brink, senior tight end Jed Collins, sophomore offensive tackle Micah Hannam, senior kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi and senior defensive end Matt Mullennix were each named to the Academic All-District VIII second team. For Brink the honor marks the third consecutive year in which he earned District VIII accolades, as he was named to the first team in both 2005 and 2006. Collins and Mullennix were named for the second time each while Abdollmohammadi and Hannam were making their first appearance on the team.
WSU-OREGON STATE - LAST MEETING: October 7, Corvallis, Ore. - Scott Davis's third sack of the game ended a late Oregon State rally as Washington State University defeated the Beavers, 13-6, in front of 42,951 at Reser Stadium. On its final drive OSU reached the WSU 23 with two minutes remaining, but on fourth and seven Davis sacked Matt Moore, preserving the victory. A pair of Loren Langley field goals in the first half gave WSU a 6-3 lead at halftime. In the third quarter Alex Brink found Jason Hill in the endzone for a 29-yard strike, extending the Cougar lead to 10. That was all the offense WSU needed as the defense limited OSU to a pair of field goals, the first time since a 25-0 season-opening victory over Idaho, Aug. 30, 2003, that WSU held an opponent without a touchdown. WSU finished the game with six sacks, three from Davis, two from the nation's leader, Mkristo Bruce, and one from Lance Broadus. Hill ended his night with five catches for 121 yards, moving past Hugh Campbell (1960-62) and into the top spot on WSU's all-time career receiving yards list with 2,504.
BRINK AMONG ALL-TIME PAC-10 BEST: Alex Brink is not only moving up the WSU career passing lists, he is also ascending the all-time lists in the Pacific-10 Conference, cementing his place as one of the most prolific passers in conference history. With his 10,200 passing yards and 71 touchdown passes, Brink is only the sixth quarterback in league history to throw for more than 10,000 yards and toss 70-or-more touchdown passes in a career. He is also the eighth quarterback in conference history to accumulate more than 10,000 yards of total offense. Currently his totals rank eighth in passing yards and seventh in TD passes.
WAS IT THAT LONG AGO?: Saturday's win over Stanford marked the first time that WSU has captured two or more home conference wins in the same season since 2003. It was also in the 2003 season that the Cougars surrendered less than 44 points in three consecutive conference games, which the Cougars have done in its last three appearances. WSU surrendered seven points to UCLA three weeks ago, followed by 20 at California and 17 last week against Stanford. You have to go back to the start of the 2003 conference season to do better when the Cougars allowed 16 to Oregon, seven to Arizona and 14 against Stanford in consecutive games.
ABDOLLMOHAMMADI HAS CAREER DAY: In his second-to-last game in Martin Stadium, senior kicker Romeen Abdollmohammadi made the most of his chances. Abdollmohammadi converted all four of his field goal attempts against Stanford, to go with three extra points for a career-best 15-point afternoon. It marked the first time a Cougar kicker had connected for four field goals in the same game since Drew Dunning accomplished the feat against Washington, Nov. 22, 2003. Dating back to the California game two weeks ago, Abdollmohammadi has made seven straight field goals and 13 overall for the season, one shy of the single-season top 10 list.
COUGAR PUNTING ON THE RISE: In the last five games the Cougar punt team has found its groove. Over that span WSU freshman punter Reid Forrest has punted 22 times for an average of 42.0 yards per punt, which would be third in this week's Pac-10 rankings. More impressive has been the punt team defense, which has limited opponents to just 25 total yards in eight punt returns, an average of 3.0 yards per return. In those five games the Cougars have a net punting average of 38.1 yards. That is more than a eight-yard improvement over WSU's net punting average through the first five games of the season.
ABDULLAH CONTINUES INTERCEPTION STREAK: When Husian Abdullah intercepted a Tavita Pritchard fourth-quarter pass and raced 55 yards for a touchdown, he continued a streak of eight straight years in which the Cougars have intercepted a pass for a touchdown. The pick marked the 18th time in the last eight years the Cougar defense scored via an interception, though it was Abdullah's first. It was also the longest interception return for a TD since Will Derting raced 98 yards for a score against Nevada in 2002.