Nov. 14, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12)
November 19, 2011 Martin Stadium Pullman, Wash. 2 p.m.
TV: Fox College Sports Atlantic, KJZZ
Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud Nameck
Washington State IMG College Sports Network
Sirius: Channel 139 XM: Channel 195
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (4-6, 2-5 Pac-12) snapped a five-game skid last week against Arizona State and looks to make it two in a row when it hosts the Utah Utes (6-4, 3-4), Saturday, Nov. 19 at Martin Stadium. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by Fox College Sports Atlantic and KJZZ (in Utah). The game can also be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network.
WSU vs. UTAH - THE SERIES: The all-time series is tied at 5-5 between the two teams,. The Cougars captured the last meeting, a 38-21 victory in Salt Lake City during the 2000 season. The WSU-Utah series began in 1966 with a Utah win 26-15 in Salt Lake City and WSU has gone 5-4 since. No team has won more than two in a row during the series. Prior to 2000 WSU's previous win over Utah came in the 1992 Copper Bowl, where the Cougars held off the Utes for a 31-28 win.
HALLIDAY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Connor Halliday has been named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday. Halliday came off the bench to throw for 494 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' 37-27 win over Arizona State Saturday night. His passing total was the second-highest in school history and shattered the previous freshman mark of 385 yards, held by Drew Bledsoe. Halliday's 494 yards also marked the highest total by a Pac-12 quarterback this season, the 10th-best passing total in conference history and the most yards ever thrown by a conference freshman. Halliday is the second Cougar to earn conference player of the week honors this season as senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was named the defensive player of the week following WSU's victory at Colorado.
WILSON GETS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD: Sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson had his second game of the season with more than 200 yards receiving against Arizona State (8 catches, 223 yards, 3 touchdowns) and in doing so eclipsed Brandon Gibson (1,180 yards in 2007) as the school's all-time single-season receiving leader. Through 10 games Wilson has 1,197 yards on 67 catches while averaging 119.7 yards per game. His 67 receptions are tied for third on the WSU's single-season list, trailing leader Nakoa McElrath (2001) by five. Against ASU Wilson became the second Cougar with multiple 1,000-yard season, joining current Jacksonville Jaguar receiver Jason Hill, who had 1,007 and 1,097 receiving yards in 2004 and 2005. His nine touchdowns this season are tied for eighth on the Cougars' single-season list.
COUGARS TO HONOR 14 ON SENIOR DAY: prior to Saturday's home finally against Utah, Washington state will honor 14 seniors who will be playing their final game in Martin Stadium. That list includes Isiah Barton, David Gonzales, B.J. Guerra, Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Wade Jacobson, Jared Karstetter, Mike Ledgerwood, Marshall Lobbestael, Anthony Martinez, Logwone Mitz, Trase Pickering, Brandon Rankin, Andrew Roxas and Dan Wagner.
KARSTETTER, McCARTNEY GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter and junior defensive back Kyle McCartney have been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team. Karstetter is a zoology (pre-dental) major with a 3.61 GPA while McCartney is majoring in entrepreneurship and carries a 3.80 GPA.
HALLIDAY, WILSON RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS: Quarterback Connor Halliday has been recognized as the College Football Performance Awards Performer of the Week while Marquess Wilson earned the Wide Receiver Performer of the Week following their efforts against Arizona State.
WILSON CLIMBING CAREER CHARTS: Almost two seasons into his WSU career, sophomore Marquess Wilson is leaving his mark on the Cougar record books. In just 22 games, Wilson has totaled 123 receptions for 2,203 yards and 15 touchdowns. His receptions total currently rank 10th, pushing his position coach Mike Levenseller (121) out of the top 10. His yardage total is sixth-best and he is one touchdown shy of cracking the top 10.
GLEASON GIVEN GAME BALL: Former Cougar great Steve Gleason was honored as an honorary captain during Saturday's contest against Arizona State. Gleason played at WSU from 1996-99, ending his career with 282 total tackles, ninth-most in school history, before an eight-year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Gleason also played baseball at WSU and as a senior was named the WSU's outstanding student-athlete. Earlier this fall Gleason revealed he has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Following the win against the Sun Devils, the Cougar coaches awarded the game ball to Gleason, who met with the team prior to the game.
APPLE CUP PICKED UP BY VERSUS: Washington State's football game at Washington, Nov. 26, will be televised live nationally by Versus. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
WILSON'S BIG PLAYS: Marquess Wilson's 85-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State wasn't his first big play of his career. In 22 games, the sophomore wideout owns seven career touchdown catches for 50-plus yards, including five this season. Dating back to the 1984 season, the only Cougar with as many touchdown catches of 50-plus yards is former Cougar great Tim Stallworth who had seven.
MORE FROM ASU: WSU's 590 yards of total offense against Arizona State was the most against a conference opponent since putting up 601 at California during the 2005 season; the 503 passing yards by the Cougar offense are the most since the team threw for 531 yards at Oregon State in 2005; when Connor Halliday topped the 300-yard mark, it marked the first time since the 1990 season that two Cougar quarterbacks threw for more than 300 yards in the same season (Marshall Lobbestael has thrown for 300 yards four times this season). In 1990 Brad Gossen threw for 328 against BYU while Drew Bledsoe had 385 yards against Arizona.
WSU ASSISTING VETERANS: WSU Athletics is partnering with Fairchild Air Force Base and the Veteran Tickets Foundation to honor United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers for WSU's Nov. 19 Armed Forces Day game against Utah. WSU Athletics is offering the general public a special price of $15 for end zone tickets and $25 for sideline tickets to purchase and donate to the organization. Veteran Tickets Foundation will distribute the tickets to U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active duty soldiers in the area. Fans can visit wsucougars.com and use the promotional code "HONOR" to purchase tickets to donate for the cause. WSU Athletics donated 100 tickets to jump start the campaign.
KARSTETTER NFF SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: WSU senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the organization announced last week. As a National Scholar-Athlete, Karstetter will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is also a finalist for the nation's top scholar-athlete award, the William V. Campbell Trophy. If he is selected as the Campbell recipient, the scholarship will grow to $25,000. Karstetter is the fifth Cougar to earn the prestigious honor, as Alex Brink (2007), Jason Hanson (1991), Ed Tingstad (1988) and Greg Porter (1982) were also named National Scholar-Athletes. Karstetter, one of 16 finalists from a group of 127 semifinalists, and the only Pac-12 representative, is being recognized for accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community. He will be honored during the NFF's 54th Annual Awards Dinner, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
WSU'S LONG SCORING DRIVES: WSU's final scoring drive against Arizona State, an 11-play, 80-yard drive, was one of four scoring drives of 80 yards or more against the Sun Devils. That gives WSU 12 scoring drives of at least 80 yards this season. The Cougars have scored on drives of 70-plus yards 24 times and scored touchdowns on drives in five-or-fewer plays 12 times.
WSU ON TV: Saturday's game against Arizona State marked the fifth time this season the Cougars have been a conference television selection, totaling more than the previous two seasons combined. Additionally, the Apple Cup will be televised by Versus, giving WSU six TV picks. Last season WSU was on Versus (Arizona) and FSN (Oklahoma State) while in 2009 they were on FSN (USC) and NBC (Notre Dame). This year the Cougars have been selected for FSN three times (UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon) and Versus (Stanford, ASU and Washington) three times.