April 16, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Crimson will be looking for its fourth victory in five years when Washington State holds its annual Crimson and Gray Game Saturday, April 26 at Martin Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
The Crimson squad will consist of first string and selected second-string players from the offensive and defensive units. They came away with a 49-7 win last season after dropping a 27-6 decision in 2001.
"I expect great enthusiasm. We have been going against each other throughout the spring, one versus one, so this is a chance for us to come together as a team," Cougar Head Coach Bill Doba said. "This is a chance for the defense to cheer a long run by one of our running backs or the offense to cheer for a sack on defense."
Crimson and Gray Game veteran Matt Kegel will quarterback the Crimson offense. Kegel is 33 of 53 for 518 yards and four touchdowns in his three previous appearances in the annual contest. As a freshman, he guided his squad to a 10-6 win by connecting with Curtis Nettles on a 93-yard touchdown pass.
Doba is looking forward to seeing the progress of not only Kegel and the offense, but also a coaching staff featuring five newcomers.
"We want to see how we gel as a staff and how they do as a team," Doba said. "We hope we can move the football."
Both teams will hit the field one hour before kickoff for pre-game. Doba would like this event to serve as a dress rehearsal for the August opener in Seattle against Idaho.
"We're going to take the guys that we think are going to play a lot and put everybody else on the other side. The graduate assistants are going to coach those guys." Doba said. "We want to try out the headsets and sideline organization. We will have coaches in the box and on the sideline."
For many WSU players, this will be their first opportunity to display their talent outside of practice. Every year, the Crimson and Gray Game seems to provide Cougar fans with an introduction to a future star. Jason David and Aaron Wagner stepped up for the defense two years ago in Spokane, while Jerome Riley provided a glimpse of things to come with eight catches for 108 yards and three touchdowns in 2002.
"It's the last day of spring ball. It's a chance for the kids that are two's and three's over on the other side of the field to make their mark," Doba said. "It's a chance for a walk-on to earn a scholarship."
Fox Sports Northwest will run a one-hour recap of the game May 4 at 3 p.m., and May 6 at 2 p.m. Highlights will also be included on FSN's "On Campus With the Cougs Spring Sports Wrap Up" May 28 at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
"It would be great to get as many people as we can out here," Doba said. "It would be great to get these guys some game experience. We have a lot of young players, we have a new quarterback, and it would be good to simulate that as much as possible."
Admission to the game is free, and the first 1,000 fans will receive Krispy Kreme donuts.
Recent Crimson and Gray Game Results
2002 Crimson 49 Gray 7
2001 Gray 27 Crimson 6
2000 Crimson 10 Gray 6
1999 Crimson 25 Gray 23