Sept. 11, 2007
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State (1-1) vs. Idaho (1-1)
Martin Stadium (35,117) Pullman, Wash.
September 15, 2007 7 p.m. PT
Television: FSN Nw
WSU vs. IDAHO: The Cougars will play their first contest of the season at Martin Stadium this Saturday against Palouse rival Idaho in the 90th meeting all-time between the schools. WSU enters the game with a 1-1 record following last week's 45-17 win over San Diego State. The win came in the 1000th game in WSU football history and gives the Cougars an all-time mark of 488-467-45. The Vandals enter Saturday's contest coming off a 20-13 victory over Cal Poly, the first win under first-year head coach Robb Akey. Akey spent the previous eight seasons on the Cougars coaching staff, the last four as defensive coordinator.
LAST WEEK: The Cougars picked up their first win of the 2007 season with a 45-17 victory over San Diego State in the annual Cougar Gridiron Classic, presented by Washington's Beef Producers, last Saturday at Qwest Field in Seattle. WSU scored on its first four possessions and scored 31 consecutive points beginning with Romeen Abdollmohammadi's 31-yard field goal at the end of the first quarter and ending with Ben Woodard's 18-yard touchdown reception from Alex Brink late in the third. For the game Alex Brink threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns while 10 different receivers recorded catches, led by Michael Bumpus' 10. On the ground sophomore Dwight Tardy rushed for 99 yards on 16 carries.
WSU-IDAHO - THE SERIES: The Cougars enter Saturday's contest against Idaho holding a 69-17-3 advantage, including victories in each of the last six contests. Last season Alex Brink threw for 231 yards and three touchdowns while the Cougar ground game rushed for 344 yards and four scores in a 56-10 win. It marked the seventh straight game WSU has scored 25 or more points in the series and was the second-largest margin of victory in the series, topped only by an 84-27 win Nov. 15, 1975, in Pullman. WSU has won 22 of the last 24 meetings and holds a 37-8-3 advantage when playing in Pullman.
COUGARS IN MARTIN STADIUM OPENERS: The Cougars open the Martin Stadium portion of their 2007 schedule Saturday against Idaho. WSU is 13-2 in Martin Stadium openers dating back to the 1992 season and have won six straight on their home turf. Dating back to 1895, the Cougars are 74-29-4 in home openers played in Pullman.
FANS TO EXPERIENCE INITIAL BENEFITS OF MARTIN STADIUM RENOVATION: Fans who attend Cougar football games at Martin Stadium this season will see a much different venue than the one they left in 2006. This past December, the renovation of the football stadium began. The Sept. 15 Idaho game will mark the first contest at the stadium since the renovation began. This is an ongoing renovation and the work will not stop just because it's football season. Significant changes will be seen at the north and south side of the stadium including more restrooms and concession areas at the north side, and new restrooms at the south. For specific information regarding all the changes fans will experience at Martin Stadium during the 2007 season, please visit martinstadium.org.
WSU'S FIRST FIVE GAMES IN DIFFERENT STADIUMS: When Washington State hosts the Arizona State Sun Devils (Oct. 6) in Pullman's Martin Stadium, the Cougars will have played five teams in five different stadiums. The Cougars began play at Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium Sept. 1, then hosted San Diego State last week at Qwest Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks). WSU returns to Pullman to face Idaho at Martin Stadium Sept. 15 in a game televised by FSN Nw. The Cougars then play at USC (Sept. 22) and at Arizona (Sept. 29), before returning to Martin Stadium against Arizona State Oct. 6.
BOEING TO PRESENT APPLE CUP: Boeing, in partnership with the University of Washington and Washington State University, has extended its significant commitment to the athletic and academic excellence of the two institutions through a presenting sponsorship of the annual Apple Cup contest. The partnership will include networking and educational opportunities for students at both institutions as well as help emphasize the importance of the Apple Cup to the culture of the state of Washington. The 100th Apple Cup game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24 in UW's Husky Stadium. A number of related celebration events are currently in the planning stages, including a special luncheon in downtown Seattle for both UW and WSU fans.
COUGARS SPORTS NETWORK ADDS PORTLAND AFFILIATE: The Cougars Sports Radio Network has added KCMD-AM (AM 970 Solid State Radio) in Portland, Ore., to its network of affiliates that broadcast Cougar football. KCMD aired its first Cougar football game last Saturday and will continue to broadcast WSU football throughout the season.
RECEIVING TRIO JOINS ELITE GROUP: WSU wide receivers Michael Bumpus, Brandon Gibson and Charles Dillon became just the third group of Cougar receivers since the 1983 season to each have 100-plus receiving yards in the same game. Last Saturday against San Diego State, Bumpus accounted for 118 yards, Gibson 116 and Dillon 100 in WSU's 45-17 win at Qwest Field. Since the start of the 1983 season, the feat has been accomplished only twice, both coming against California. Nakoa McElrath (163), Mike Bush (144) and Jerome Riley (124) were the first trio to do so against Cal, Sept. 22, 2001, in Pullman. Riley (139), Bush (125) and Devard Darling (109) followed the next season at Cal, Sept. 28, 2002.
BUMPUS CLIMBING CAREER RECEPTIONS LIST: Senior wide receiver Michael Bumpus entered the 2007 season tied for seventh with Tim Stallworth (1986-89) on the Cougars' all-time receptions list with 125. Following Saturday's 10-catch effort against San Diego State, Bumpus inched closer up the list. Should he match his career-high of 60 which he reached last season, Bumpus would pass current leader Hugh Campbell (176, 1960-62) on the all-time list.
ATTACKING THE WAC: The Cougars have won their last nine games against schools which were members of the Western Athletic Conference at the time of the meeting. WSU defeated Fresno State 39-37 on the road in 1992, Fresno State 24-3 at home in 1994, San Jose State 52-16 at home in 1996, Hawaii 22-14 on the road in 1999, Boise State 41-20 on the road in 2001, Nevada 31-7 in Seattle in 2002, Idaho 38-26 at home and Nevada 55-21 on the road in 2005 and Idaho 56-10 at home in 2006. The Cougars' last loss was 50-36 at No. 5 BYU, Sept. 15, 1990.
WSU SHINES AGAINST NONCONFERENCE FOES: Washington State is 17-1 over the last six seasons when playing an unranked nonconference opponent. WSU has wins over Idaho (six times), Nevada (twice), Boise State, Montana State, Purdue, New Mexico, Colorado, Grambling State, Baylor and most recently, San Diego State. The lone loss was to Colorado (20-12) in 2002 at Qwest Field.
GOOD NEWS AFTER WISCONSIN: The last four times Washington State has lost to a Big Ten team, it has won its next game. That streak held true last week with a 45-17 win over San Diego State at Qwest Field. In 2002 WSU lost at No. 6 Ohio State then defeated Montana State at home. The Cougs lost in the 1998 Rose Bowl to No. 1 Michigan, then defeated Illinois at home in the 1998 season-opener; lost at No. 3 Michigan in 1993 then defeated Montana State at home; lost at No. 16 Ohio State in 1991 followed by a win at UNLV.
WSU 8-0 ON FSN NORTHWEST: WSU holds an 8-0 record in games televised exclusively by FSN Northwest...the list includes five games against Idaho, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and games against Hawaii in 1999, Montana State in 2001 and Oregon State 2006.
WSU HAS WON LAST SIX WITH IDAHO: The WSU Cougars have won six straight over Idaho and 20 of the last 22 games between the two schools...Idaho's only wins since 1965 were in 1999 and 2000...the Cougs won 14 straight between 1965-1999 and now the last six...since the series began in 1894, WSU holds a 69-17-3 advantage.
WSU NONCONFERENCE STREAK AT NINE: WSU has won nine straight nonconference football games in Pullman since a 38-34 loss to Idaho during the 2000 season.