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Football Out To Snap Losing Skid
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Release: 09/14/1999
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Sept. 14, 1999

WHO: WSU Cougars (0-2, 0-1) vs. Idaho Vandals (1-1, 0-0)
WHAT: Non-Conference Football, Pacific-10 Conference vs. Big West Conference
WHEN: Saturday, September 18, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, Omni Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m. PDT, Live on KIVI-TV, Boise, Idaho


Record: 0-2, 0-1           [OPP REC]
9/4     Utah (7-27)          [0-1]
9/11    @ Stanford (17-54)   [1-1]
9/18    @ Idaho (Pullman)    [1-1]
9/25    Arizona              [2-1]
10/2    California           [1-1]
10/9    Louisiana-Lafayette  [0-2]
10/16   Bye
10/23   @ Arizona State      [1-0]
10/30   Oregon State         [2-0]
11/6    @ Oregon             [1-1]
11/13   USC                  [1-0]
11/20   @ Washington         [0-1]
11/27   @ Hawaii             [1-1]


Record: 1-1, 0-0
9/2   @ E. Washington (48-21)
9/11  @ Auburn        (23-30)
9/18  Washington State
10/2  @ Wyoming
10/9  North Texas State
10/16 @ Arkansas State
10/23 Utah State
10/30 @ New Mexico State
11/6  @ Nevada
11/13 @ Montana
11/20  Boise State


Record: 2-1, 0-0
8/28   @ Penn State       (7-41)
9/4    @ Texas Christian  (35-31)
9/11   Middle Tenn. State (34-19)
10/18  Stanford
1025   @ Washington State
10/9   USC
10/16  Texas-El Paso
10/23  Oregon
10/30  @ UCLA
11/6   Washington
11/13  @ Oregon State
11/27  @ Arizona State

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 56-59-0 (.487) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 102-103-0 (.498) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). IDAHO - Chris Tormey (Idaho '78), in five career seasons, all at Idaho, is 27-20...last season he guided the 9-3 Vandals to the Big West title and a 42-35 win over Southern Mississippi in the Humanitarian was Idaho's first ever bowl appearance...against WSU, Tormey is 0-1 as a coach and 0-3 as a player during the 1974, 1976 and 1977 seasons.

WSU VS. IDAHO: The Cougars and Vandals will take opposite ends of the field for the 81st time Saturday, but this Cougar "road" game has a different look since officially Idaho is the "home" team and WSU the reality, however, WSU will serve as the host institution and the game will have the appearance of a Cougar home contest...WSU fans will occupy their regular sideline seats and the WSU team, as usual, will be on the north sidelines....Idaho will also play its other three home games in Martin Stadium while seeking to meet NCAA requirements for Div. I status...WSU has won 63 of the previous 80 games, Idaho 14, with three ending in ties...the Cougs have won 14 straight since Idaho picked up back-to-back wins in 1964-65 under the coaching of Dee Andros (1964) and then Stephen Musseau.

WSU ON TV: The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season, including last weekend's FOX Sports Net telecast of the WSU at Stanford match-up...ABC has selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing, while FOX Sports Net has also selected WSU's Nov. 6 game at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.

KIVI TO SHOW VANDALS LIVE: Boise, Idaho, television station KIVI has slated four Vandal games for live TV this season, including this weekend's WSU-Idaho matchup. Idaho graduate Dave Tester will call the action this week and for Vandal games against Wyoming, North Texas State and New Mexico State.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Idaho Sunday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.

COUG'S LINE BIG: Last season WSU's offensive line weighed a collective 1,508 pounds (301.6 average) and this year's line is not be far behind...whith both Reed and Ryan Raymond returning to the lineup, the collective weight of this year's line is 1,504 pounds...Reed Raymond tipped the scales this fall at 316, twin brother Ryan at 313 and Ryan Tujague at 305...the babies on the line are guard Joe Criscione at 285 and center Lincoln Walden-Schulz at 285.

IN THE WEIGHT ROOM: JC transfer Marcus Williams and former Pullman High star Cole Sheridan shared the best times in the 40 yards among the 29 rookies...both were timed in 4.5 seconds (4.69 electronic)...Al Genatone and Deon Burnett clocked 4.6, while Matt Kegel and Collin Henderson were timed in 4.7...the rookies also tried their hand at the pro bench (bench pressing 250 pounds as many times as possible), with walk-ons Blake Klingeman and Mike Isaacson the leaders, each lifting 250 pounds 18 times...Ryan Calhoun had 16 lifts and JC transfer Anthony Adedipe 15, while Deon Burnett hit 12...Sheridan also was tops among the rookies who took part in the vertical jump competition...his VJ was 34.5 in line were Marcus Williams 33.0 and Marcus Trufant 31.0.

LOSING STREAKS: Here's hoping that streaks were made to be broken?WSU enters the Idaho game with the third longest active losing streak in Division I at 10 games? Kent is the national leader at 15 games, while South Carolina is immediately ahead of WSU with a 12-game streak? Hawaii, WSU's opponent November 27, snapped it's 19-game losing streak by defeating Eastern Illinois last week?this week, Kent is at Pittsburgh, South Carolina hosts East Carolina and the Cougs host Idaho.

IDAHO A TONIC: WSU's 10-game losing streak is tied for the second longest in school history and one shy of the school record of 11 set in the 1970 and 1971 seasons?WSU had a pair of 10-game losing streaks in 1966-67 and 1969-70?WSU snapped its losing streaks in both 1967 (52-14) and 1970 (44-16) with a win over this week's opponent -- Idaho?the 11-game streak was snapped with a 31-20 win against Minnesota.

SPREADING IT AROUND: For the second straight week, WSU quarterbacks Steve Birnbaum and Jason Gesser hit eight different receivers?in the Stanford game, Leaford Hackett led the corps with 10 catches, while Nian Taylor had five and Farwan Zubedi added four?Collin Henderson had his first career catch versus the Cardinal, while running back Adam Hawkins made his first catch in almost two years? five players players recorded their first career catches in the opener versus Utah: Marcus Williams (three catches), Milton Wynn (three), TE Corey Scott (two), ex-QB-turned tight end Paul Mencke (two) and RB Deon Burnett (one)?both of Mencke's receptions came on third down plays and went for first downs.

BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through two games with 20 carries for 87 yards and a 4.3 average...He also has caught two passes for 12 yards.

WSU INJURIES: Here is WSU's injury report for Monday, Sept. 13, from the Cougar training staff: Jesse Ratcliff (back strain, possible), Virgil Williams (shoulder, probable), Joey Hollenbeck (foot, probable), Torry Hollimon (knee bruise, probable), Adam Davis (hip, possible), Brad Philley (hip bruise, probable), Milton Wynn (broken finger, doubtful). The following players are out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Curtis Nettles (lower back), Gerald Cook (knee sprain).

WSU ADDS 12th GAME FOR 1999: The Washington State Cougars will have a chance to play a school-record 13 games in 1999 with the addition of Hawaii to the schedule...WSU and Hawaii have not met in football since 1929...they also played in 1925...Hawaii won the first match-up, WSU the second...the addition of the game in Honolulu gives WSU 12 games, with a chance at a bowl game...teams with a 12-game schedule must win seven to qualify for a post-season bowl

BASEBALL AND THE COUGS: Steve Gleason and Brad Philley have been members of WSU's baseball team in recent years and Grady Emmerson almost was a member of the squad...Emmerson tried to hook up with the baseball coaches when he was a freshman, but after missing head coach Steve Farrington several times while walking past his office, Emmerson decided to stop at the football office...five years later he is a starting linebacker and the Cougar coaches think he stopped at the right office...Gleason finished his four years of baseball last spring and Philley has one more diamond season of eligibility...all three were linebackers last year, but Philley has since moved to running back.

HACKETT COMES UP BIG: Senior Leaford Hackett did just about everything he could do to beat Stanford other than play on defense...the wide receiver caught 10 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown, returned three punts 25 yards and returned five kickoffs 93 yards...his 10 receptions was one short of his career high 11 against Oregon last year.

HOLDEN ADJUSTING QUICKLY: Junior transfer Curtis Holden, out of City College of San Francisco, is adjusting to WSU's style of defense very quickly...after two games, he leads WSU and the Pac-10, averaging 13 tackles per outing...teammate Steve Gleason is second in tackles for WSU and in the Pac-10, averaging 11 per outing...Holden also picked off a pass against Stanford.

SCOTT CATCHES FIRST TD PASS: Corey Scott, WSU's senior tight end, caught his first touchdown pass as a Cougar with a 5-yard reception from Steve Birnbaum at Stanford...WSU faked a play action run to the right side and Birnbaum then fired a strike to Scott, who was all alone in the left corner of the endzone.

BIRNBAUM EFFICIENCY HIGH: Senior Steve Birnbaum ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a passing efficiency of 138.2 and is second among quarterbacks who have played more than one game...Birnbaum has completed 26 of his 40 passes for 294 yards, two touchdowns and only one interception.

COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.3 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:

YR     RECORD  0  1-9  10-19  20-29  30-39 40-49  50>   PT/PPG
1980   4-7-0       1     6      4                       287/26.1
1981   8-3-1       5     2      5                       297/24.8
1982   3-7-1   1   1     6      2      1                170/15.5
1983   7-4-0       1     5      3      1     1          237/21.5
1984   6-5-0   1         1      5      2     1     1    317/28.8
1985   4-7-0       1     2      2      5     1          313/28.5
1986   3-7-1       1     4      4      2                221/20.1
1987   3-7-1       3     5             3                238/21.6
1988   9-3-0             5      3      3     1          415/34.6
1989   6-5-0       1     1      3      2     3     1    351/31.9
1990   3-8-0             4      3      2     1     1    266/26.0
1991*  4-7-0       1     4      2      1     2     1    280/25.4
1992   9-3-0       1     1      4      4     1     1    337/28.1
1993   5-6-0       3     2      2      1     1     2    271/24.6
1994   8-4-0       3     3      6                       192/16.0
1995   3-8-0       1     4      3      2     1          236/21.5
1996   5-6-0       2     6      1      2                314/28.5
1997   10-2-0            1      2      5     1     3    483/40.3
1998   3-8-0       2     3      5      1                223/20.3
1999   0-2-0       1     1      0      0     0     0    24/12.0
      103-109-4 2  20    55     65    42    18    14    5473/25.3

* = TD RECORD: WSU scored at least one touchdown in 82 consecutive games between 1984 and 1991...the streak ended with a 44-3 loss to UCLA in 1991.

SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 182 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the list time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975,
  • WSU has scored in 168 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 151 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 307 first quarter points in the last 70 games (4.37/quarter) over the past seven years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998 and 20 so far in 1999.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 102 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 149, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 114...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th at Arizona.

GLEASON, EMERSON PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: WSU linebackers Steve Gleason and Grady Emmerson were named to the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference academic first team...Gleason has a 3.15 grade point average in management and information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both are juniors...three other Cougars received honorable mention recognition, quarterback Steve Birnbaum, defensive end/linebacker Serign Marong and offensive guard Mike Sage.

MIKE PRICE AMONG WSU'S BEST: Only one Washington State football coach with tenure of five years or longer at WSU put together a better record than Mike Price...Price, in his 11 seasons at WSU, is 56-59-0 (.487), while his career mark is now 102-103-0...Babe Hollingbery was 93-53-14 (.625) during his 1926-42 (17 years) tenure...Price's record is the best at WSU in the last 50 years for coaches with a tenure of three or more years...Price's 56 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

  • NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars love to play at home and after looking at the team's home and away records during Mike Price's 11-year tenure, it's easy to see why...Price at home has a 32-22 record, including a 26-13 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-37...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, who previously had never won six home games in one year:
       1989    3-2    3-3    6-5
       1990    1-4    2-4    3-8
       1991    2-3    2-4    4-7
       1992    5-1    4-2    9-3
       1993    4-1    1-5    5-6
       1994    3-2    5-2    8-4
       1995    3-2    0-6    3-8
       1996    3-2    2-4    5-6
       1997    6-0    4-2    10-2
       1998    2-4    1-4    3-8
       1999    0-1    0-1    0-2
       TOTALS: 32-22 24-37  56-59

    COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: In 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 1997 WSU defeated No. 22 USC and lost to 21st ranked ASU...unranked at the start of the season when WSU won, UCLA finished the year ranked the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon.

    RED ZONE: Washington State in 1999 has scored three times (3 TDs) in four trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored six times (5 TDs) in seven trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...1998 scored 17 times (10 TDs) in 28 trips into the Red Zone (60.7%), while opponents converted 34 times (30 TDs) in 42 Red Zone 1997 the Cougs scored 49 times (39 TDs) in 55 Red Zone entries (89.1%), while WSU opponents converted 23 times (20 TDs) in 32 tries.

    SENIORS TOTAL 19: The Cougars go to battle with 17 scholarship seniors this fall and 19 total, a far cry from last season when WSU had 18 seniors, but just 11 were scholarship players...the Cougars' Pac-10 championship team of 1997 played 23 scholarship seniors.

    PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Kareem Anderson was named the Pac-10 Conference's special teams player of the week once and Nian Taylor was

    RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 30 of 70 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State's -35 and Pacific's -6 in 1993 and Montana's -6 in those 70 games, WSU has held opponents to 50 or less yards 12 times:

    1993 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/11
       Michigan 179, USC 104, Washington 302.
    1994 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 3/12
       Tennessee 149, Oregon State 178, Washington 102.
    1995 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 5/11
       UCLA 137, Nebraska 428, California 134, Stanford 131,
       Washington 222.
    1996 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 10/11
       Colorado 192, Temple 125, Oregon 118, SJSU 100, 
       Arizona 145, OSU 141, California 44, Illinois 148,
       UCLA 164, Stanford 102, Washington 213.
    1997 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 8/12
       UCLA 209, USC 31, Illinois 173, Boise State 46,
       Oregon 154, Cal 109, Arizona 73, ASU 150, USL 75,
       Stanford 160, Washington 101, Michigan 128.
    1998 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 9/11
       Illinois 123, Boise State 120, Idaho 100, California 79,
       UCLA 256, Oregon 247, USC 214, ASU 242,
       Arizona 361 Stanford 94, Washington 178.
    1999 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 2/2
       Utah 175, Stanford 103.

  • WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed 17 runs of 20+ yards in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 58 runs of 20 yards or longer in 70 games:
    1993 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 8
    1994 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
    1995 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 12
    1996 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 6
    1997 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
    1998 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 17
    1999 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 1
         Anderson, Utah - 40
    1994 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 15
    1995 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 24
    1996 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 33
    1997 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 29
    1998 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 41
    1999 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 6

    WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the's how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:

       1. Ariz   299.9  (23,394/78)    6. OSU   364.9  (28,101/77)
       2. WSU    322.7  (24,847/77)    7. ASU   365.8  (28,164/77)
       3. Wash   343.6  (26,460/77)    8. Cal   366.0  (28,548/77)
       4. USC    351.0  (28,077/80)    9. UCLA  370.4  (28,523/77)
       5. Oreg   363.5  (28,350/78)   10. Stan  390.9  (30,493/78)

    WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 43 games since the start of the 1992's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

                            OVERALL     PACIFIC-10
       1992-98            W    L   T    W    L    T   
       Arizona            56   29   1   34   21   1
       Washington         53   29   1   37   18   1
       UCLA               52   31   0   35   21   0
       USC                52   31   3   35   20   1
       Oregon             51   34   0   30   26   0
       Arizona State      47   33   0   32   24   0
       Washington State   43   39   0   25   32   0
       Stanford           40   41   2   26   31   0
       California         35   47   0   18   38   0
       Oregon State       22   56   1    7   48   1

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 20 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 70 games against WSU's defense...UCLA's Skip Hicks is the only back to have done so in back-to-back seasons and the Bruins are the only team to have a back go over 100 yards in three straight seasons, 1995-96-97:

    1993 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
       Tyrone Wheatley, Michigan, 117
       Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 181
    1994 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 1
       J.J. Young, Oregon State, 100
    1995 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5
       Karim Abdul-Jabar, UCLA, 125
       Ahman Green, Nebraska, 176
       Reynard Rutherford, California, 124
       Anthony Bookman, Stanford, 123,
       Rashaan Shehee, Washington, 212
    1996 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 2
       Skip Hicks, UCLA, 116
       Corey Dillon, Washington, 155
    1997 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 4
       Skip Hicks, UCLA, 190, Robert Holcombe, Illinois 163,
       Michael Martin, ASU, 111, Anthony Bookman, 
       Stanford, 115
    1998 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5
       Steve Havard, Illinois, 103, Reuben Droughns, UO, 217.
       Gerald Green, ASU, 119, Trung Canidate, Arizona, 174,
       Willie Hurst, Washington, 155.
    1999 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 1
       Mike Anderson, Utah, 108.

    COUGAR ATTENDANCE: WSU recorded a record 208,002 attendance in 1998, an average of 34,667 per game (6 games)...WSU's previous high was 199,678 for six games in 1997...the 1998 average fell just short of the 1994 record average of 34,719 (5 games).

    COUGS WIN 10 STRAIGHT: WSU's loss to Utah in the home opener was WSU's first home opening loss since 1991 when the Cougars lost to Fresno State 34-30...between losses the Cougars won 10 straight non-conference games at Martin Stadium...under Mike Price, WSU is 11-3 in home non-conference games and 8-3 in home openers.

    SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams's a look at WSU opponents and whom they play before and after meeting the Cougars:

       9/4    - - -            Utah           Utah State
       9/11   @ Texas          Stanford       @ Arizona
       9/18   @ Auburn         Idaho          @ Wyoming
       9/25   Stanford         Arizona        USC
       10/2   ASU              California     @ BYU
       10/9   Louisiana Tech   Sw Louisiana   @ Tulane
       10/23  @ Washington     Arizona State  @ Oregon
       10/30  UCLA             Oregon State   California
       11/6   ASU              Oregon         @ California
       11/13  ASU              USC            UCLA
       11/20  UCLA             Washington     - - -
       11/27  Navy             Hawaii         - - -

    COUG FOOTBALL HAS THREE SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster this fall includes three sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and Blake and Matt Klingeman (Othello, Wash., born 12/29/80)...the third set of twins are Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77)...the Raymonds and Pickerings are redshirt juniors, the Klingemans first year freshmen.

    MORE BROTHERS: In addition to three sets of twins on the Cougar football roster, there are five other sets of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Torry and Trent Hollimon, Pat and Collin Henderson, Austin and Taylor Matson and Raonall and Kealan Smith.

    WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Three members of WSU's football roster have brothers who have or are playing at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother is a senior this addition Torry Hollimon's brother Trent played at Washington 1994-95...Jesse Nicassio, a freshman with the Cougars this season, has a brother, Josh, who is at ASU...both are placekickers.

    TURNOVERS: The Cougs continued their tendency to give the ball away, losing two of four fumbles and throwing two interceptions at Stanford last week...that came on the heels of a five-turnover game against Utah in the opener...WSU is -6 in turnover margin this year...last year the Cougars lost the ball 40 times, the most among Division I football teams...WSU's turnover margin was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

       1999    ------ W S U -----   -- OPPONENTS --
       OPP    +/-  F   FL PI  TOT  F   FL PI  TOT
       UTAH   -3   4   4   1   5   1   0   2   2
       STAN   -3   4   2   2   4   0   0   1   1
       TOTAL   -6   8   6   3   9   1   0   3   3

    RECORDS: Several Cougar records were broken or tied in 1998, including: Nian Taylor and Steve Birnbaum teamed up on a 97-yard pass and run play against Idaho...Taylor caught three TD passes against Idaho to tie the WSU record...Dee Moronkola returned five kickoffs a school record 211 yards against Oregon...Moronkola also tied a WSU record with two KO returns for scores (91 at Boise State, 88 against Oregon)...Paul Mencke's six interceptions against USC tied a WSU one-game record...Rian Lindell tied a WSU record when he booted four field goals at Boise State...Kevin Brown set a record for sophomore running backs with 1,046 yards.

    WSU NEAR THE TOP AND BOTTOM IN TURNOVERS: Washington State forced 23 turnovers in 1998, 11 fumbles and 12 interceptions...that ranks the Cougars 42nd nationally in taking the ball away from the opponent...however, WSU's 40 turnovers was the most in NCAA Div. I...WSU's turnover margin was -1.55 per game to rank in a tie for 111th nationally.

    INTERCEPTIONS GO THE OTHER WAY: Washington State quarterbacks threw 25 interceptions last fall, well short of the school record 36 in 1970, but the errant passes were costly, nonetheless...opponents returned six of the interceptions for touchdowns...WSU does not have a record for interceptions returned for touchdowns, but the total could well be the most ever against the Cougars.

    RIAN LINDELL: In an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year...he weighed in this fall at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record, made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight earlier in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of kicks...then, over the final seven games last year, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34 yarder against UCLA...three of those eight misses were blocked...overall he was 8-of-17 last season, making 8-of-12 inside 40 yards and 1-for-5 outside 40 a sophomore he made 12-of-17 field two varsity seasons he has hit 82 of his 85 PAT attempts and 20-of-34 field goals...inside 40 yards he has made 15-of-20, but at 40 yards or longer, he is 5-of-14.

    LINDELL GETS FIRST FG: Ryan Lindell hit a 27 yarder in the second quarter at Stanford, his first field goal of 1999...earlier in the game he missed a 52-yard field goal.

    NEWMAN STEPS UP: With the move of Lamont Thompson to cornerback this season, WSU secondary coach Craig Bray moved sophomore Billy Newman to free safety and in just his second start, he responded with a team-high 12 tackles, including nine primary stops, against Utah...included were two tackles-for-losses...for his efforts against Utah Newman received five team awards last week, including Pac-10 Defensive Player nomination...last year while playing in all 11 games, he had 45 tackles...his lone start last year was in the finale against Washington when he made a career-high eight tackles.

    WSU SEASON TICKETS: WSU has a first-ever seven games in Martin Stadium this fall...six are official WSU home games and the seventh is this year's Battle of the Palouse with nearby Idaho...the Vandals are playing their four home games in WSU's facility this season to meet the NCAA attendance requirements (average for one season)...this year's WSU-Idaho game is officially an Idaho home game, but WSU will stage the contest as though it is a home game...all seven Martin Stadium games are included in WSU's $119 season ticket package...a seven-game family package (2 adults, 2 children) to WSU games is $175...single game reserve tickets are $18 for adults, $10 for general admission and $5 for children...WSU tickets are available by calling 1-800-GOCOUGS.

    MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:

     Rian Lindell - 25 consecutive starts   [25 total]
       Lamont Thompson - 17 consecutive starts   [17 total]
       Steve Gleason - 22 starts in last 25 games   [22 total]
       Reed Raymond - 12 of last 13 games   [12 total]
       Rob Meier - 13 consecutive starts   [15 total]
       Kareem Anderson - 13 consecutive starts   [13 total]

    GLEASON TOPS 200 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason, with 12 tackles at Stanford last week, has now topped the 200 mark in his career...he had 10 tackles in the opener against Utah...he entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles and has now pushed that total to 206 going into the Idaho game...his 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles...if he doesn't get hurt, Gleason is a sure bet to climb into WSU's all-time Top 15 list...he now needs 42 tackles to move into a tie at No. 15 with Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88), who each made 248 tackles.

    THOMPSON ADDS TO INTERCEPTION TOTAL: Junior Lamont Thompson picked off one pass against Utah last week, the eleventh interception of his career...with the interception, Thompson moves into a tie for fifth on WSU's all-time list...he is now tied with Don Paul, 1946-49, and Torey Hunter, 1991-94...he is just three behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.

       CAREER                        PI   YDS   AVG   TD
       1. Richard Reed               14   231   16.5   0
       2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-48   13   197   15.2   1
       3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-70     13   190   14.6   1
       4. Eric Johnson, 1971-73      12    58    4.8   0
       5. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99   11    84    7.6   0
       5. Don Paul, 1946-49          11   216   19.6   1
       5. Torey Hunter, 1991-94      11    62    5.6   0
       8. Greg Burns, 1991-95         9    86    9.6   0

    MIKE PRICE 8-3 IN PAC-10 OPENERS: In his 11 seasons, Mike Price has won eight of his 10 Pacific-10 Conference openers...Oregon's 40-14 win in Eugene in 1990, California's victory in Berkeley last year and Stanford's 54-17 win last week are WSU's only losses in Pac-10 openers under the last 11 years the Cougars are 2-3 in Pac-10 openers on the road and 6-0 at home...WSU victims have been:

       1989   Oregon State   41-3
       1990   California     41-31
       1992   @ Arizona      23-20
       1993   Oregon State   51-6
       1994   @ UCLA         21-0
       1995   UCLA           24-15
       1996   Oregon         55-44
       1997   UCLA           37-34

    WSU TO WEAR WHITE: Cougar fans may have to look twice to check out the Cougar uniforms Saturday when Idaho's home game is played in WSU's Martin Stadium...yes, the Cougs will be on the north sidelines where they reside during home games, but this time they will be decked out in the traditional white WSU travel uniform...meanwhile Idaho, the official home team although the game is played in WSU's stadium, will wear their traditional home uniforms...for record keeping purposes, Saturday's Battle of the Palouse is officially listed as a road or away game for WSU and a home contest for the Vandals.


    PLAYER              CATEGORY            AVG    PAC-10
    Kareem Anderson     Punting             38.9     6th
    Steve Birnbaum      Passing             147.0    6th
                        Total Offense       151.0    8th
                        Pass Efficiency     138.2    4th
    Deon Burnett        Rushing             43.5     10th
    Steve Gleason       Tackles             11.0     2nd
    Leaford Hackett     Receptions          7.00     2nd
                        Receiving Yards     68.0     9th
                        All-Purpose         159.5    3rd
                        Punt Returns        11.5     3rd
                        KO Returns          19.6     6th
    Curtis Holden       Tackles             13.0     1st
                        Interceptions       0.50     6th*
                        Tackles For Losses  4        5th*
    Rian Lindell        Kick Scoring        3.0      9th
                        Field Goals         0.50     6th
                        FG Percentage       50.0     7th
                        PAT Percentage      100.0    1st*
    Billy Newman        Tackles             8.0      5th
    Nian Taylor         Receptions          5.00     6th
                        Receiving Yards     71.0     8th
    Lamont Thompson     Interceptions       0.50     6th*

    * = Tie


                              WSU    WSU     WSU
    TEAM CATEGORY             AVG    PAC-10  NCAA
    Rushing Offense           81.5   10th    97th
    Passing Offense           263.0  3rd     27th
    Total Offense             344.5  8th     76th
    Scoring Offense           12.0   9th     98th
    Rushing Defense           139.0  7th     62nd
    Pass Efficiency Defense   135.2  7th     79th
    Total Defense             371.0  6th     71st
    Scoring Defense           40.5   9th     107th
    Net Punting               33.1   7th     81st
    Punt Returns              13.0   3rd     21st
    KO Returns                19.8   6th     65th
    Turnover Margin           -3.00  10th    112th
                             IDAHO    IDAHO     IDAHO
    TEAM CATEGORY            AVG     BIG WEST   NCAA
    Rushing Offense          165.0     3rd      52nd
    Passing Offense          197.0     5th      61st
    Total Offense            362.0     4th      65th
    Scoring Offense          35.5      2nd      31st
    Rushing Defense          72.0      2nd      26th
    Pass Efficiency Defense  130.9     4th      69th
    Total Defense            301.0     2nd      35th
    Scoring Defense          25.5      2nd      61st
    Net Punting              31.7      7th      91st
    Punt Returns             4.7       6th      96th
    KO Returns               20.8      2nd      47th
    Turnover Margin          1.00      2nd      27th

    * = Tie


    Leaford Hackett, WSU   Receptions   7.00   *19th


    • WSU's losing streak was pushed to nine games with a 27-7 loss to visiting Utah...the Utes scored a field goal in each of the first two quarters, two touchdowns in the third quarter and one additional TD in the final quarter...WSU's only score came with nine minutes to play in the game when Deon Burnett went one yard to complete an 80-yard drive under the control of Jason Gesser...Gesser, who took over at QB late in the third quarter, directed the scoring drive...starting QB Steve Birnbaum was the victim of four fumbles, all lost...Birnbaum hit 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and Gesser was 10 of 18 for 75 yards...Deon Burnett carried nine times for 35 yards as WSU rushed for just 98 Billy Newman made 12 tackles, Curtis Holden and Lamont Thompson 11 each and Steve Gleason 10...Thompson and Earl Riley each had interceptions.

    • WSU mistakes led to 40 Stanford points in a 54-17 loss at Stanford...the loss pushed WSU's losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSU's generosity included the loss of three fumbles that led to touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a missed field goal that produced a three-pointer for Stanford...senior Leaford Hackett had a super night for WSU, catching 10 passes for 103 yards, returning three punts for 25 yars and five kickoffs for 93 yards...freshman Deon Burnett's 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaum's 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holden's 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSU's defense.

    WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Fox Sports Northwest award winners from the Stanford game are:

    Pac-10 Offense: Leaford Hackett (Sylmar, Calif.)
    Pac-10 Defense: None
    Pac-10 Special Teams: None
    Offensive Lineman: None
    Offensive Back: None
    Offensive Scout: Team: Billy Knotts (Vancouver, Wash.)
    Defensive Back: Earl Riley (Dos Palos, Calif.)
    Defensive Lineman: Curtis Holden (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Defensive Scout Team: James Price (Anchorage, Alaska)
    Defensive Pursuit Player: None
    Cougar Claw: None
    Big Hit: Earl Riley (Dos Palos, Calif.)
    Cougar Tackler: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)
    Specialist of the Week: Farwan Zubedi (North Vancouver, BC)
    Most Disciplined Offense: None
    Most Disciplined Defense: Austin Matson (Everett, Wash.)
    Most Disciplined Special Teams: Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
    Special Teams Big Play: None
    Assassin: None
    Iron Man: None
    Gamebreaker: None


    SE   Zubedi    Zubedi   
    LT   Tujague   Tujague   
    LG   Criscione Criscione   
    C    W-Schulz  W-Schultz   
    RG   Schwarz   Raymond    
    RT   Locker    Raymond   
    TE   Scott     Scott   
    SB   Hackett   Hackett   
    QB   Birnbaum  Birnbaum   
    RB   Hawkins   Hawkins   
    FL   Taylor    Taylor   
    PK   Lindell   Lindell   

    NOTE: WSU's starting offensive lineup usually includes three wide receivers (as noted above) and one running back, but can include four wide receivers and no running backs, or two wide receivers and two running backs.

    DE  Matson    Matson   
    DT  Meier     Meier   
    DT  Kongaika  Kongaika   
    DE  Hedeen    Hedeen   
    SLB Gleason   Gleason   
    MLB Holden    Holden   
    WLB Emmerson  Emmerson   
    CB  Gibbons   Gibbons   
    FS  Newman    Newman   
    SS  Riley     Riley   
    CB  Thompson  Thompson   
    P   Anderson  Anderson   

    MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 11:35 p.m. PT on KXLY, KAPP and KVEW television stations....KXLY's Rick Lukens hosts the shows...FOX Sports Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.

    RICK DICKSON RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Chat with Rick Dickson" is aired each Sunday 30 minutes before the Seattle Seahawk pre-game show on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.

    WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. All in-season head coaches and selected players (when available) will be available for the phone conference and in-person interviews. Contact the WSU Media Information Office for more information. Members of the media may attend in person or participate by use of the telephone.

    LISTEN TO COUGAR GAMES ANYWHERE: Cougar football fans can listen to the Voice of the Cougars Bob Robertson's broadcasts, even if a network station is not in your locale. TRZ Sports Service Inc.'s "Teamline" provides the hookup directly into the Cougar Sports Network. Call 1-800-846-4700 and punch in the Cougar access code 5938. The cost is charged to your VISA or Mastercard.

    LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 action begins Saturday, Sept. 18, with the San Diego State at USC game on ABC Sports, beginning at 12:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports Net will then show Air Force at Washington at 3:30 p.m. PT, followed by the Stanford at Arizona conference match-up at 7:00 p.m. PT.

    FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Idaho Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m.

    TICKETS: Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS (available toll free from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).

    AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is:

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck will combine talents on the 24-station Crimson and Gray Sports Network. Robertson is in his 33rd year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his first season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Broadcast Ink, airs weekly throughout the network. All broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to

    SATELLITE: WSU uplinks football video each Tuesday a 15-minute package (C-Band, Galaxy 6, Transponder 9H) is uplinked at 4:30 p.m. with coach and player interviews recorded at practice that afternoon...the service is provided by Northwest Public Television on the WSU campus (if trouble, call 509-335-5177). The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT on GE 2, Transponder 6, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).

    PRICE AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games), 11:00-Noon. Arrangements for Price interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice each Tuesday and Wednesday and before practice each Thursday. Contact Steve Jacobson at the WSU Media Information Office.

    PRICE PHONE CONFERENCES: Mike Price is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 2:45 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 3:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.

    COUGAR INFOCONNECTION: Members of the media may access WSU press releases, game statistics and other sports specific information through InfoConnection. For information on how to access information from all 10 Pac-10 schools and the Pac-10 office, contact the league office or any of the Pac-10 sports information offices. All Pac-10 schools made the move to InfoConnection from Faxback at the start of the 1998-99 school year.

    INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Home Page. The address is:

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