Nov. 18, 2003
WHO: #8/8 WSU Cougars (9-2 overall, 6-1 Pac-10) vs. Washington Huskies (5-6 overall, 3-4 Pac-10)
WHAT: 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 22; Kickoff 3:30 p.m. PST
WHERE: Husky Stadium (72,500, FieldTurf), Seattle, Wash.
TV: Live FOX Sports, WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Nov. 23, 4:00 p.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU's head coach (9-2) and in his first season as a college head coach (9-2). WASHINGTON - The Huskies are coached by Keith Gilbertson, 5-6 in his first season with the Huskies and 53-43 in his eight-year career...Gilbertson was head coach at Idaho 1986-87 (Idaho didn't play WSU in those two years) and head coach at California 1992-95 (Cal didn't play WSU in 1992).
WSU VS. WASHINGTON: WSU and Washington have been playing football against each other since 1900, with the Huskies capturing 62 wins, WSU 27...there have been six ties...WSU's most recent win was a 41-35 victory in 1997 that sent the Cougars to the Rose Bowl, while Washington's last win was 29-26 in overtime last year in Pullman. WSU's last home win was in 1994 and the Cougs' last win in Seattle was in 1997.
COUGARS REMAIN 8TH IN BOTH POLLS: Washington State remained eighth in both the Associated Press media poll and the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll following a 34-19 win over Arizona State...the Cougars remained 10th in this week's BCS ranking. (see page 2)
DUNNING, DAVID BASLER MAKE SEMI-FINAL LISTS: Three WSU Cougar players have been selected among the best in the country at their respective positions...cornerback Jason David has been named one of 12 semi-finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's premier defensive back...Drew Dunning is one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award, given each year to the top place kicker in the nation...Dunning also was a semi-finalist in 2001..Basler is one of 10 semi-finalists for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation's top punter.
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won 10 of its last 12 Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000 season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeated Arizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss at Washington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California, Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action...this year WSU has won at Oregon and Stanford and lost at USC.
DARLING HAULS IN 17 TD PASSES: Junior Devard Darling has caught 17 touchdown passes in his career, 11 last year and six so far this season...he now ranks fourth in career TD receptions...he has topped the 100-yard mark four times in his career, 133 against Oregon and 109 at California last year and this season 113 against New Mexico and 108 against ASU...Darling has caught at least two passes in 22 of his 24 games as a Cougar...the only times he has been shut out were against Washington last year and UCLA this season...
COUGS 29-7 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the start of the 2001 season, WSU has won 29 of 36 games...WSU is currently tied for sixth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 32-3, Oklahoma 34-4, Ohio State 31-6, Texas 31-6, Boise State 29-6, WSU 29-7, Georgia 29-7, Marshall 28-8.
SMITH CARRIES THE LOAD: Senior running back Jonathan Smith notched the third 100-yard rushing game of his career when he ran for 130 yards against UCLA on 36 carries...in addition he caught a team-high four passes for 85 yards...in all he touched the ball 40 times out of WSU's 71 plays from scrimmage...his 36 carries tied him for fifth on the WSU single-season list...he also scored three touchdowns for the second time in his career, and accounted for 215 of WSU's 323 yards in total offense...he had 226 all-purpose yards against Idaho to open the season and 215 all-purpose yards against UCLA, making him the first player to rack up more than 200 all-purpose yards twice in one season since Steve Broussard in 1989...the only other Cougar to have two 200-plus games in a year was Rueben Mayes in 1984...had 58 yards rushing and one touchdown against ASU last week.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
? The Cougars have scored in 218 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the last time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975;
? WSU has scored in 225 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the fifth longest among D-I schools.
? The Cougars have scored in 178 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.
COUGS IN THE POLLS: Washington State, during the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was ranked for 28 straight weeks, the longest continuous stint in the polls for WSU...after finishing 10th in both polls at the close of the 2002 season, WSU was not ranked at the start of the 2003 campaign...WSU returned to the polls for the first time this year Sept. 14:
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponents have not a great deal of success rushing for touchdowns against the Cougars this year...WSU has allowed 16 passing scores and six rushing touchdowns...Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC (twice) and ASU are the only teams to score rushing touchdowns against the Cougar defense.
WSU WINS WHEN SCORING IN THE THIRD: WSU has won 26 straight games when scoring in the third quarter...the last time WSU scored in the third quarter and did not win was the 2000 Apple Cup...conversely, the Cougars are 3-7 since the Apple Cup game when they did not score in the third quarter...the string is 19 straight wins when WSU has scored a touchdown in the third quarter...WSU did not score in the third quarter of their most recent loss at USC, nor in the win over UCLA the following week, but did have a field goal against ASU.
BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS: WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholonu and Isaac Brown, both rank among the leaders at WSU in both tackles-for-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for both categories...while Brown started throughout the 2002 season, Acholonu started his first game against Idaho earlier this year...here's a look at their WSU rankings:
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU leads the nation with 157 sacks over the last four seasons, while Texas is second with 155...WSU also has 89 interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, ranking fourth nationally behind Oklahoma, 96, Kansas State, 94, and Nebraska, 91.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: The Cougars currently lead the Pac-10 with 39 sacks, with USC second at 36...the Coug's seven sacks against Oregon State earlier in the season marked the fifth time in the past two years the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...WSU also had seven sacks at Notre Dame earlier this season...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game earlier this season...WSU sack totals this year are Idaho 3, Notre Dame 7, Colorado 2, New Mexico 4, Oregon 4, Arizona 0, Stanford 4, OSU 7, USC 1, UCLA 4, ASU 3.
PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Five Washington State football players have been honored eight times by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors:
? PK Drew Dunning Week 1 and 4: honored for his special team play against Idaho when he booted four field goals and one extra point; honored again for his five field goals against New Mexico.
? LB Will Derting Week 2 and 9: the defensive POW winner for his 12-tackle performance against Notre Dame that included three sacks and one forced fumble, which led to a touchdown...he then won the award for his eight tackle, three-sack performance against Oregon State; he also forced one fumble against the Beavers;
? QB Matt Kegel Week 3: the league's offensive POW after throwing for 310 yards in WSU's win at Colorado...he had three touchdown passes and was 17-of-33 with one interception.
? SS Jeremy Bohannon Week 5: the league's special teams POW after intercepting a pass that led to a first quarter touchdown and then recovered a blocked punt and returned it four yards for a TD in WSU's 55-16 win over #10 Oregon.
? FS Erik Coleman Week 11: the league's defensive POW and the special teams POW after making 10 tackles, forcing two fumbles, intercepting two passes and deflecting one pass against UCLA.
WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: WSU has outscored opponents 113-25 in the first quarter and 198-87 in the first half...WSU holds a 85-62 second quarter scoring advantage and 87-53 in the fourth quarter...only in the third quarter has WSU been outscored, 67-62...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs have been touchdowns by Colorado and Oregon State (interception return), a safety by Oregon, a field goal by USC and an ASU touchdown.
WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: The Cougars, in recent years, have started the season strong coming off a bowl game appearance...in 1989 (after the 1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 6-1...in 1993 (after the 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 5-2...in 1995 (after the 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 3-2...in 1998 (after the 1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 3-0...in 2002 (after the 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 9-1...this year (after the 2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU is 9-2.
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has blocked four placement kicks this season and blocked three punts...in WSU's opener against Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on two field goal attempts by the Vandals, helping preserve WSU's shutout...he also had a blocked PAT against New Mexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blocked the Buffs' first PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D. Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt, while Erik Coleman blocked a punt against ASU.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning has set two records this year and is on the verge of setting several more over the remaining games of the 2003 season:
? Dunning set a WSU record with five field goals against New Mexico, hitting from 37-36-23-21-49 yards;
? Dunning broke Jason Hanson's career field goal mark when he hit two against ASU, boosting his total to 64;
? In 2001 Dunning set a WSU record for kickers with 101 points and then broke his own record with 113 points in 2002
? This year Dunning is really on a tear...he currently is fourth nationally with 23 field goals in 26 attempts (88.5%):
? Dunning needs eight points to pass school record holder Jason Hanson, now a 12-year NFL veteran with Detroit;
? Dunning averaged 107 points a year over the 2001 and 2002 seasons and is currently on pace for a 110-point season;
? Dunning stands second to Hanson in several categories:
FG Attempts: Hanson 96, Dunning 83;
PAT Attempts: Hanson 144, Dunning 138;
PAT Made: Hanson 139, Dunning 126;
? Dunning's field goal percentage (77.1%) is also the best ever at WSU.
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 10 years have actually run the ball more times than they have thrown...in 10 years WSU has run 4,555 rushing plays (50.3%), 4,492 passing plays...this year WSU has rushed the ball 418 times and thrown 411 passes...the passing game has had the upper hand in six of the 10 seasons, but usually by a small margin.
TURNOVERS = 133 POINTS: WSU has turned 22 of the opponent's 40 turnovers into 133 points this year...the Cougars have taken the ball away from the opponents 22 times with interceptions and have recovered 18 of the opponents' 38 fumbles:
? 2002 - Caught a 53-yard pass from Jason Gesser to set up a WSU field goal in the closing minutes against USC...the field goal tied the game and WSU then won in OT...Moore pulled a hamstring on the play and missed the next two games;
? 2002 - In the Rose Bowl Moore returned a kickoff 89 yards for a WSU touchdown;
? 2003 - At Notre Dame he made a great catch of a 34-yard TD pass from Matt Kegel, allowing WSU to tie the Irish and send the game into overtime;
? 2003 - At Colorado Moore picked up a bobbled kickoff and raced 97 yards for a touchdown;
? 2003 - At Colorado Moore hauled in a 74-yard touchdown pass from Matt Kegel to put WSU ahead 7-0;
? In WSU's win over tenth ranked Oregon he had a 43 yard pass reception and a 41-yarder that went for a touchdown.
? Returned a punt 64 yards to the three-yard line in the fourth quarter at Stanford; WSU then scored for a 21-7 lead;
? Returned a kickoff 50 yards against OSU.
MOORE ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Sammy Moore is averaging 125 all-purpose yards per game, which puts him on pace to finish the year with 1,500 yards...that would place him fifth on WSU's single season list...the top four are Bernard Jackson (2,118 in 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790 in 1989), Rueben Mayes (1,768 in 1984) and Broussard (1,533 in 1988)...Moore has 457 receiving yards, 318 punt return yards and 600 kickoff return yards for 1,375 yards.
WSU START AMONG BEST: WSU's 9-2 start in 2003 equals the second best start for the Cougars through 11 games...the 1997 team started 10-1 (finished 10-2), while the 2001 (finished 10-2) and 2002 (finished 10-3) teams were both 9-2...the best start was 9-0 by the 1930 team (finished 9-1, losing to Alabama in the Rose Bowl).
DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION RECORDS: Jason David now stands second on the career interception list with 16 and now holds three career interception records:
? David has a school record 318 career interception return yards, bettering Rick Reed's mark of 231, 1966-68;
? David has a school record two interceptions returns for touchdowns this year, a 41-yard return at Colorado and a 34-yard return against Arizona
? David has a school record three career interception returns for touchdowns, two this year and a 45-yard return in the 2001 Sun Bowl;
? David has 16 career interceptions, second to WSU record holder Lamont Thompson, who had 24, 1997-01;
? David has 144 interception return yards this season, second to record holder Lionel Thomas' 156 return yards in 1969...David needs 13 return yards to pass Thomas.
COUGAR SPECIAL TEAMS HOT: College Football News predicted WSU has the fifth best special team units in college football...they base their prediction on the basis of kicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and return specialist Sammy Moore...so far this season WSU's special team units have lived up to the billing...Basler is averaging 43.6 yards per punt (15th nationally) and has dumped 24 of his 66 kicks inside the 20 yard line...his long this year is a career best 65 yards...Dunning has hit 23 of 26 field goals (4th nationally) and has scored 101 points in 11 games...Moore is also having a great year, averaging 25.0 yards per kickoff return (29th nationally) and 8.8 yards on punt returns...he also has a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD to his credit, along with four receiving touchdowns.
COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: WSU rarely allows an opponent a third down conversion in the first and fourth quarters and only a 22% success rate for the game...opponent conversions are 5-for-38 in the first quarter, 11-for-53 in the second quarter, 15-for-39 in the third quarter and 7-for-38 in the fourth quarter, a total of 38-for-168 (22.6%) for the season...WSU did not allow a first quarter third down conversion in five straight games and none in the fourth quarter in four straight games...
KEGEL IMPROVES EACH GAME: Matt Kegel has shown steady improvement as a quarterback this year and currently has completed 55.8% of his passes...Kegel also is protecting the ball well, other than the OSU game when he was picked off five times...he's thrown just five interceptions in the other nine games...against Colorado, Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State he threw three touchdown passes...Kegel has seen limited action in the last two games because of a shoulder sprain...his status for Washington will be determined at game time:
KEGEL NEARING LISTS: Matt Kegel has moved into WSU's single season and career Top 10 lists 10 games into the season and 35 games into his career:
SUPPLEMENTAL RELEASE NOTES [See WSU's "Supplemental Notes" for additional details]
TURNOVERS: WSU is +9 in turnovers for 2003...in the last 15 years, WSU is -28 in turnovers...twice WSU has had fewer turnovers than the opponents, +12 in 2001 and +9 in 1994, while the turnovers were even in 1995.
NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools...since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 51-32 (61.4%) and on the road the team is 41-48 (46.2%)...WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 2001 record of 6-1 is the best on the road since the 1988 team also went 6-1.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: In the last 15 years WSU has allowed just 173 runs of 20 yards or longer in 172 games...this year the Cougars have allowed 9 runs of 20 or more yards and 18 runs of 10-19 yards.
COUGS IN PAC-10 RANKINGS: WSU ranks first in the Pac-10 in sacks, field goals and opponent third down conversions, and second in passing offense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense, net punting and turnover margin...Jason Davis leads the league in passes defended, while Drew Dunning is ranked first in field goals and field goal percentage...Kyle Basler is second in punting, Scott Davis is second in fumbles recovered, Dunning is second in scoring and kick scoring, Sammy Moore is second in all-purpose running and kickoff returns.
COUGS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Cougars are seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense, ninth in rushing defense, 11th in net punting, 16th in passing offense and 17th in turnover margin...Drew dunning ranks fourth in field goals and 14th in scoring, while Erik Coleman and Jason David are tied for 11th in interceptions...Kyle Basler is 15th in punting.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.3 points per game...this year WSU is averaging 31.5 points per outing and last year the average was 33.2 points.
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 15 years WSU has held 69 of 172 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 171 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 20 times...Notre Dame, USC and UCLA are the only teams this year to go over 100 yards.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 63 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 15 years and 172 games against WSU's defense...USC's LenDale White and UCLA's Tyler Ebell are the only backs this year to top 100 yards rushing against WSU.
WSU SCORING STREAK FIFTH: Here are the longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: BYU 362, Texas 276, Washington 264, Michigan 237, WSU 225.
COUGS BOAST STARTING EXPERIENCE: WSU fields an experienced team in 2003, with 41 players having started at least one game...in all, the Cougars boast a collective 546 starts, 262 by defensive players, 223 by offensive players and 61 by kickers.
DEFENSE EXPERIENCED: Ten WSU defensive players have each played in 30 or more games and five others have seen action in at least 20 games...in all 16 defensive players who have made 262 starts have also played in a collective 527 games:
? WSU's top defensive linemen have a collective 101 starts and have played in 209 games;
? Six linebackers have a collective 72 starts and have seen action in 164 games;
? In the secondary four players have started 101 games and have played in 153 games.
OFFENSE HAS 223 STARTS: WSU boasts 23 offensive players who have made a collective 223 starts during their career and have seen action in 490 games...one Cougar lineman, Josh Parrish, has played in 41 games, while three other linemen have seen action in 20 or more games:
? 18 of the 23 offensive players have tasted action in 10 or more games
? Up front, there are nine players who have started 123 games and played in 215 games;
? WSU receivers have a collective 70 starts and have played in 172 games;
? The running backs have 17 starts and 61 games to their credit;
? QB Matt Kegel has played in 36 games and has 13 starts.
TEN COUGS BOAST 20+ STARTS: Ten starters have made 20 or more starts in their career and 17 players have made 10 or more starts...Drew Dunning (37), Josh Parrish (35), Jason David (33), Calvin Armstrong (31), Tai Tupai (30), Erik Coleman (30), Al Genatone (25), Isaac Brown (25), Virgil Williams (24) and Devard Darling (24) all have 20 or more career starts.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup against Washington of 22 players includes 1 freshmen, 3 sophomores, 4 juniors and 14 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consists of 8 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 11 juniors and 17 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 16 freshmen-sophomores and 28 juniors-seniors.
RED ZONE: In 2003 WSU has scored 35 times in 46 trips into the Red Zone, 21 touchdowns and 14 field goals...the failures have been five interceptions, three fumbles, once on downs and two times at the end of the half...opponents have scored 14 touchdowns and 9 field goals in 29 Red Zone appearance...the failures were a blocked field goal, a missed field goal, three interception and twice on downs.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU is 11-20 against ranked teams since 1995...when WSU has also been ranked, the Cougars are 5-7.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. IDAHO (25-0):
? In blanking Idaho 25-0, Bill Doba became the first WSU coach since Babe Hollingbery to win his first game by a shutout;
? WSU's 127 passing yards against Idaho were the least since throwing for 122 against Washington in 2002;
? WSU averaged 6.8 yards per rushing attempt against Idaho, the most since averaging 7.3 against California in a 63-37 win in 1997;
? WSU ran off an 18-play drive in the first quarter against Idaho that used 8:59...time consumed was the most found in research back to the 1970's...WSU had two 18-play drives in 2001 against Stanford and Arizona...Idaho had just one possession in that first quarter;
? Wide receiver Sammy Moore's twisting, one-handed touchdown reception to send WSU into overtime at Notre Dame was selected by ESPN as the "Play of the Day" September 6, and was tabbed No. 4 on Chris Berman's "Plays of the Week" segment Sunday, September 7; ? WSU's first season-opening shutout since beating Iowa 7-0 to open the 1965 season;
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NOTRE DAME (26-29, ot):
? Against Notre Dame, quarterback Matt Kegel threw for a career high 274 yards and two touchdowns;
? WSU held opponents its first two opponents out of the endzone for 89 minutes, 50 seconds (seven quarters), before the Irish scored two TDs in the fourth quarter.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. COLORADO (47-26):
? Sammy Moore's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Colorado was the #2 Play of the Day feature on ESPN, but this time he didn't make Chris Berman's Plays of the Week;
? Matt Kegel threw for a career-high 310 yards and three touchdowns at Colorado;
? Jason David returned the 11th interception of his career for a touchdown at Colorado; he is now sixth on the career list;
? WSU's 47 points were the most against a ranked opponent since the Cougars beat #25 Oregon 55-44 in 1996; the win also was WSU's first on the road against a ranked team since beating #23 Stanford in 2001;
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NEW MEXICO (23-13):
? WSU had 433 total offense yards against New Mexico and held the Lobos to 257 yards, including just 22 rushing;
? Matt Kegel had career highs against UNM with 42 passes, 29 completions and 346 yards;
? WSU had 204 yards in total offense on its first three possessions against UNM, but settled for three field goals.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. OREGON (55-16):
? WSU forced nine turnovers, believed to be a school record and the most in the last 28 years (since before 1976);
? WSU's 55 points was the second most by WSU against Oregon and WSU's 39-point margin of victory the most by WSU against Oregon;
? Matt Kegel threw three touchdown passes and no interceptions;
? Sammy Moore continued his big plays with a 41-yard TD catch and a 43-yard reception to set up a score;
? Jason David's 35 yards in interception returns set a WSU career record at 250 yards; David has 13 career interceptions, tying him for third on the WSU list;
? WSU scored 28 points off Oregon's nine turnovers;
? WSU allowed Oregon just one run longer than eight yards.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. ARIZONA (30-7):
? WSU did not record a sack for the first time in 23 games;
? WSU was -1 in turnovers, the first time this year they were not on the plus-side;
? WSU held Arizona to 0-for-13 in third down conversions.
? Arizona scored the only time it drove past midfield;
? Michael Bell had Arizona's only run longer than nine yards, a 29-yarder;
WSU GAME NOTES VS. STANFORD (24-14):
? WSU held Stanford to 42 yards rushing and just one run (15 yards) longer than nine yards and only three over five;
? WSU held Stanford scoreless for 36 minutes, 42 seconds;
? Redshirt freshman Chris Jordan caught the first two TD passes of his career;
? Sammy Moore set up WSU's final TD (21-7 lead) with a 64-yard punt return in the fourth quarter;
WSU GAME NOTES VS. OREGON STATE (36-30):
? WSU scored 20 points off five OSU turnovers;
? The teams combined for seven interceptions and five lost fumbles, plus three safeties;
? Matt Kegel threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted five times;
? Jason David preserved the win with a late interception, the 15 of his career (second all-time at WSU);
? WSU held OSU to 25 plays of three yards rushing or less; the longest rush OSU had was nine yards and they finished +15 for the game;
? OSU's lead over WSU was the first time a Cougar opponent had led since the third quarter against New Mexico;
? Kyle Basler hit a 68-yard punt in the third quarter, the longest of his career and the second this year over 60;
? Scott Lunde equaled his career high with eight catches (Ohio State last year) for a career best 110 yards and two touchdowns.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. USC (16-43):
? Devard Darling caught his fifth TD pass of the season and the 16th of his career, placing him fourth on the career list;
? Scott Lunde caught a career high 10 passes (117 yards), placing him fourth (tie) on WSU's one-game list;
? Drew Dunning tied his career long with a 49-yard field goal;
? WSU was -4 in turnovers, the second straight week WSU had more turnovers than the opponents after being +14 through seven games;
? WSU ran a season-high 87 plays;
? Two punt snaps resulting in -64 rushing yards contributed heavily to the Cougars' -25 net rushing yards, the lowest team total since -38 in 1976 at California.
? WSU allowed one USC field goal in the first quarter and has now allowed just 18 first quarter points.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. UCLA (31-13):
? WSU's four touchdown drives came in a total of 81 seconds, with drives of 16, 54, 5 and 6 seconds;
? Johnathan Smith rushed for three touchdowns, his second three-touchdown game in two years;
? Jonathan Smith topped 100 yards rushing for the third time and accounted for 215 all-purpose yards out of WSU's 323 in total offense;
? Jonathan Smith's 36 carries equals the fifth most in a game for WSU; he had 40 touches on 71 WSU plays;
? Linebacker Don Jackson had the best game of his two-year career with 11 tackles, including three for losses;
? The two teams combined for 14 turnovers, 7 for each team;
? Eric Coleman made 10 tackles, picked off two passes, forced two fumbles and deflected one pass;
? WSU's nine penalties were the fewest since eight in the opener against Idaho.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. ASU (34-19):
? The Cougars held Arizona State to 60 yards rushing and again did not allow a running back to hit the century mark rushing;
? Erik Coleman smothered an ASU punt that led to WSU's first score, WSU's third blocked punt of the year;
? WSU held ASU to four first downs in 14 third-down attempts;
? Devard Darling caught five passes for 108 yards and one touchdown;
? Drew Dunning broke the WSU school field goal mark with field goals of 31 and 32 yards against ASU, giving him 64 for his career, one more than Jason Hanson;
? Dunning boosted his season scoring total to 101, thus becoming the first WSU player ever to have three seasons with 100 or more points;
? WSU's first scoring drive took three seconds and one play, boosting the time of possession on five straight touchdown drives over two games to 84 seconds;
COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks threw touchdown passes in every game during the 2001 and 2002 seasons and in 9 of 11 games this year...the two games when WSU didn't throw a TD pass were against Idaho to open the 2003 season in Seattle, and at home against New Mexico...WSU won both games without going to the air for a score...the last time WSU didn't throw a TD pass at an opponents home field or in a bowl game was at Hawai'I to close out the 1999 season...since then WSU has thrown at least one TD pass in 22 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game.
DOBA LEADING ROOKIE COACHES: Washington State first-year head coach Bill Doba is having a great rookie season, guiding WSU to a 9-2 mark...only one other rookie head coach has two losses - Bowling Green's Gregg Brandon is 8-2...Louisville's Bobby Petrino is 7-3.
COLEMAN SEVENTH WITH 11 INTERCEPTIONS: Safety Erik Coleman is having a banner senior year, pacing the Cougars in total tackles...he is also second in interceptions with six...Coleman has four interceptions in the last five games, giving him six for the season and 11 in his Cougar career...Coleman ranks tied for seventh in career interceptions, joining Don Paul (1946-49) and Torey Hunter (1991-94) with 11 each...ahead of Coleman is Eric Johnson, who finished his career with 12 (1971-73)...
MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: At least seven WSU players caught passes in each of the Cougars' first nine games this year...in all, six wide receivers, two tight ends and three running backs have catches...only three players had receptions in WSU's win over UCLA and six players caught passes against ASU.
STREAKING COUGARS: WSU has won six of seven and 10 of 12 Pac-10 road games, seven of eight Pac-10 games in California, 11 of 12 games against California schools and seven of the last eight league games.
Don Jackson ALL OVER THE FIELD: Senior linebacker Don Jackson has been making tackles all over the field the last two weeks and now shares the team tackle lead with safety Erik Coleman...both have 76 tackles through 11 games...Jackson is coming off a pair of 11-tackle games against UCLA and Arizona State, leading the Cougars in each game...his previous high was nine tackles in road games against both Notre Dame and Stanford...a transfer who joined WSU last year, Jackson has started all 11 games this season and has 7.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks, one interception (at Oregon), two forced fumbles, two pass deflections and eight QB hurries.
THREE COUGS ON CoSIDA ACADEMIC TEAM: Three members of the 2003 WSU football team have been selected to the CoSIDA All-District 7 Academic All-America team - senior Jeremey Williams and sophomores Troy Bienemann and Riley Fitt-Chappell...Williams was named to the first team for the third straight year...Bienemann also was named to the first team and Fitt-Chappell to the second team...Williams has a 3.53 GPA in communications, while Bienemann is also in communications and has a 3.75 GPA...Fitt-Chappell is majoring in business and has a 3.45 GPA.
COUGS LEAD PAC-10 LAST THREE YEARS: The WSU Cougars boast the best record among Pacific-10 Conference schools over the past three years, topping the list in overall wins and in conference victories...here's a breakdown of Pac-10-10 teams over the last three football seasons: