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Aug. 30, 1999

WSU VS. UTAH: The Cougars and Utes are 4-4 in eight previous meetings...the last match-up was in the 1992 Copper Bowl when Drew Bledsoe led the Cougars to a 31-28 victory...the Cougs are just 1-2 at home against Utah, losing in 1968 and 1972 before breaking through with a win in 1984...at Salt Lake City, the Cougars are 2-2, with wins in 1971 and 1975...in each of the eight games, the winning team has scored at least 20 points with one exception, Utah's 17-14 victory in Pullman in 1968...the losing team has never scored fewer than 14 points...the victors have had 30 or more points six times and 40 or more three times.


FOOTBALL: Cougars Host Utah In 1999 Opener
WHO: WSU Cougars (0-0, 0-0) vs. Utah Utes (0-0, 0-0)
WHAT: Non-conference football, Pacific-10 Conference vs. Western Athletic Conference
WHEN: Saturday, September 4, Kickoff 1:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600 Omni-Turf), Pullman, Wash.
TV: Live TV in Utah only, Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Sept. 5, 1:30 p.m. PDT

1999 WSU RESULTS
Record: 0-0, 0-0 [OPP REC]

  9/4   Utah                   [0-0]
 9/11 @ Stanford               [0-0]
 9/18 @ Idaho (Pullman)        [0-0]
 9/25   Arizona                [0-1]
 10/2   California             [0-0]
 10/9   Southwestern Louisiana [0-0]
10/16   Bye
10/23 @ Arizona State          [0-0]
10/30   Oregon State           [0-0]
 11/6 @ Oregon                 [0-0]
11/13   USC                    [0-0]
11/20 @ Washington             [0-0]
11/27 @ Hawaii                 [0-0]
WSU THIS WEEK: UTAH
Record: 0-0, 0-0
  9/4 @ Washington State
 9/11   Bye
 9/18   Utah State
 9/25 @ UNLV
 10/2 @ Boise State
 10/9   NE Louisiana
10/16 @ Air Force
10/23   San Diego State
10/30 @ Colorado State
 11/6   Wyoming
11/13   New Mexico
11/20 @ Brigham Young
WSU NEXT WEEK: STANFORD
Record: 0-0, 0-0
  9/4 @ Texas
 9/11   Washington State
 9/18 @ Arizona
 9/25   UCLA
 10/2   San Jose State
10/16   Oregon State
10/23 @ USC
10/30 @ Washington
11/13 @ Arizona State
11/20   California
11/27   Notre Dame
THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 56-57-0 (.496) record at WSU in 10 years and a career mark of 102-101-0 (.502) in 18 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). UTAH - Ron McBride, in his nine previous seasons as a head coach, all at Utah, has a 62-43 record...McBride's record against WSU is 0-1 (Copper Bowl, 1992).

WIN STREAKS: Washington State ran off an eight-game home win streak during the 1997-98 seasons...the Cougs won all six home games in 1997 and then added two more home wins last season before suffering four straight losses in Martin Stadium...the Cougars are 4-0 in home openers under the coaching of Mike Price...the Cougar coach is 6-4 in his 10 openers with the Cougars.

WSU ON TV: Saturday's WSU-Utah non-conference match-up will be televised live in Utah on KJZZ...the Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season...ABC selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing...FOX Sports Net has already selected a pair of WSU games for showing, Sept. 11 at Stanford ,7:15 p.m., and Nov. 6 at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Utah game Sunday, Sept. 5, at 1:30 p.m.

CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), ST Torry Hollimon (29). Utah - RB Mike Anderson (22), RB Omar Bacon (24), OL Josh Cochran (58), DB Colby Knight (13), DE John Frank (93), LB Kautai Olevao (43).

COUG'S LINE BIG: Last season WSU's offensive line weighed a collective 1,508 pounds (301.6 average) and this year's line may not be far behind...when both Reed and Ryan Raymond return to the lineup, the collective weight of this year's line will be 1,504 pounds...for the Utah opener, with Jason Hughes and Derrick Roche in the lineup, the Coug line will weigh in at 1,428.

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 VT was 34.5 inches...next in line were Marcus Williams 33.0, Marcus Trufant 31.0, Billy Knotts and Scott Lunde 30.5 each, and Al Genatone 30.0.

ROSTER NOTES: Freshmen Kason Love (LB, Riverside, Calif.) and Faafetai Tupai (DL, Monterey, Calif.) have not yet met NCAA qualification standards...junior college transfer John Williams (DB, West Aurora, Ill.) will remain at Long Beach CC for an additional semester...Jerry Roquemore (WR, Gahanna, Ohio) and Chris Martin (DB, Brooklyn, NY) are not academically eligible and will miss the 1999 season...transfer Garviea Freeny (Lynwood, Calif.) has not completed degree work at Long Beach CC...two Cougars, seniors Eboni Wilson (DL, Los Angeles, Calif.) and Myron DeBose (TE, Pasadena, Calif.) have been forced to conclude their football careers because of injuries...Wilson has neck problems and DeBose a knee injury...freshman Sam Lightbody (OL, Huntington Beach, Calif.) will enroll at WSU in January...in addition, freshman Forest Lawson (DB/WR, Puyallup, Wash.) signed a professional baseball contract during the summer and will not be attending college.

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.

WSU INJURIES: Here is WSU's injury report for Monday, Aug. 30, from the Cougar training staff: Alvin Arzu (knee sprain, questionable), Jesse Ratcliff (back strain, questionable), Virgil Williams (shoulder, doubtful), Alex Tinsley (hamstring, questionable), Steve Gleason (knee strain, probable), Serign Marong (hamstring, doubtful), Reed Raymond (abdominal strain, probable), Joey Hollenbeck (foot, doubtful). The following players are out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Adam Davis (hip), Curtis Nettles (lower back).

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

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

Rian Lindell     23 consecutive starts      [23 total]
Lamont Thompson  15 consecutive starts      [15 total]
Steve Gleason    20 starts in last 23 games [20 total]
Reed Raymond     11 consecutive starts      [11 total]
Rob Meier        11 consecutive starts      [13 total]
Chris Martin     11 consecutive starts      [11 total]
Kareem Anderson  11 consecutive starts      [11 total]
COUGS WIN 10 STRAIGHT: WSU has not lost a home non-conference game since 1991...the last non-conference team to defeat the Cougars at home was Fresno State...the Bulldogs slipped past WSU 34-30 Sept. 14, 1991...since then, the Cougars have won 10 straight non-conference games at Martin Stadium beginning with a 25-13 win against Montana in the 1992 season opener...under Mike Price, WSU is 11-2 in home non-conference games...with two home non-conference games this season, the Cougars can close to within one win of the longest non-conference home winning streak since the inception of conference play in 1916...WSU won 13 straight home non-conference games from 1927-35...WSU's all-time record for home non-conference wins is 15, between 1905-07, prior to the start of Pacific Coast Conference play.

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.

SCORING STREAK ALIVE AT 166: The Washington State Cougars have scored in a record 166 straight games. The current streak started with a 16-14 win over Ball State in the fourth game of the 1984 season and came on the heels of a 44-0 blanking at the hands of Ohio State. The following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by game 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
      103-107-4 2   19      54      65      42      18      14  5448/25.5

* = 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.

PAC-10 SCORING STREAK AT 181: In addition to having scored in 166 consecutive games, WSU also has scored in 181 straight Pac-10 Conference games, by far the longest active scoring streak in the league...the last time WSU was shut out in a Pac-10 game was Oregon State's 7-0 win in 1975 at Corvallis.

COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 286 first quarter points in the last 68 games (4.21/quarter) over the past six years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997 and 87 in 1998.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 102 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 147, 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 (GPA) in management and information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both players 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 10 seasons at WSU, is 56-57-0 (.496), while his career mark is now 102-101-0...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 10-year tenure, it's easy to see why teams don't enjoy their trips to Pullman...Price at home has a 32-21 record, including a 26-12 mark the past seven years...on the road, WSU is 24-36...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:

YEAR     HOME  AWAY OVERALL
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
TOTALS: 32-21 24-36 56-57
COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: In 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 Arizona...in 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 seventh...in the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion Michigan...in 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 1998 scored 17 times in 28 trips into the Red Zone (60.7%), 10 touchdowns (35.7%) and seven field goals...the Cougs missed four field goals, lost the ball on downs once, had three interceptions, fumbled the ball away once and had the game end once...opponents had 42 opportunities in the Red Zone, scoring 30 touchdowns and four field goals (81.0%)...they missed five field goals, suffered two interceptions and failed on downs once...in 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 (71.9%)

SENIORS TOTAL 19: The Cougars go to battle with 17 scholarship seniors this fall, 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...there are a total of 19 seniors on this year's club, but two are not on scholarship.

RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last six years WSU has held 30 of 68 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 1995...in those 68 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.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed 17 runs of 20+ yards in 1998, more than in any of the last six years...in the last six years WSU has allowed just 58 runs of 20 yards or longer in 68 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

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

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 1971...in 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10...here'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)
HACKETT: Senior Leaford Hackett was WSU's leading receiver a year ago after transferring from Los Angeles Valley College...as a junior he hauled in 54 passes for 680 yards (12.6 average) and four touchdowns...his 54 receptions put him in a tie for eighth on WSU's single-season list...as a sophomore at LA Valley, he caught 70 in 10 games...this year the 5-9, 174 pounder is also expected to return punts and kickoffs.

WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 43 games since the start of the 1992 season, the seventh best overall mark among league teams......the Cougars' 25 conference wins also ranks seventh (tie) when totaling league victories...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-98:

                   OVERALL PACIFIC-10
1992-98             W  L T   W  L T 
Arizona            54 28 1  34 21 1
Washington         53 28 1  37 18 1
UCLA               51 30 0  35 21 0
USC                51 31 3  35 20 1
Oregon             50 33 0  30 26 0
Arizona State      46 33 0  32 24 0
Washington State   43 37 0  25 31 0
Stanford           39 40 2  25 31 0
California         34 46 0  18 38 0
Oregon State       20 56 1   7 48 1
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 19 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last six years 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.
TURNOVERS: The Cougs turned the ball over six times each against Cal and USC last year and ended the season -17 in turnovers, including the loss of 15 fumbles and 25 interceptions, WSU was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

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).

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

 DATE     BEFORE WSU      WSU OPP          AFTER WSU
  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              - - -
ENJOY SCENIC ROUTE TO PULLMAN: Cougar football fans will want to consider the more scenic routes to Pullman for WSU games in September, according to local law enforcement and WSU officials...with road construction underway between Steptoe and Colfax on State Highway 195 (between Pullman and Spokane), fans are being urged to use other routes to Pullman to avoid detour delays each Saturday for the remainder of the month...fans coming from the central and western areas of the state should take State Highway 26 to Colfax and then to Pullman...this routes fans through the areas of Othello and Washtucna to Colfax...for fans treking to Cougar football games from the Northeast corner of the state, there are three routes officials are urging fans to use: (1) Idaho 95 south from Coeur d'Alene, (2) Washington 27 south from Pines Road out of the Spokane Valley, or (3) Washington 195 south from Spokane to Rosalia, then east on Washington 271 to Washington 27 and south to Pullman through Oakesdale and Palouse...currently the road bed south of Steptoe is being replaced, forcing some delays and a detour of several miles.

COUG FOOTBALL AS 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 season...in 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.

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.

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 offensive player of the week once in 1998.

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 yards...as a sophomore he made 12-of-17 field goals...in 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.

ST. LOUIS CONNECTION: Don't be surprised if there is a class reunion Saturday on the Martin Stadium turf before the WSU-Utah kickoff...Cougar quarterback Jason Gesser and four members of the Utah team are all from St. Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii...the Utes from St. Louis are Anthony and Darnell Arceneaux, Wes Tufaga and Sean Souza...both Anthony Arceneaux and Souza are freshmen who played with Gesser two seasons ago.

CORY DeSANTI - FORMER COUG NOW A UTE: Utah's sophomore defensive back Cory DeSanti spent one year at WSU (1997-98) before transferring to Utah last year.

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.

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 this week begins Thursday, Sept. 2, with Oregon playing at Michigan on ESPN at 5:00 p.m. PT...Saturday, Sept. 4, ABC will show the Stanford at Texas game at 9:00 a.m. PT, while FOX Sports Net will show the Arizona at TCU game Sunday, Sept. 5, at 4:30 p.m. PT...in addition Texas Tech plays at ASU Monday, Sept. 6, with FSN showing the game at 5:00 p.m. PST.

FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington State's game vs. Utah Sept. 5 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 Broadcast.com...the address is: http://www.broadcast.com/schools/wsu.

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. The "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Broadcast Ink, airs weekly throughout the network, with Robertson as the show's host.

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.

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

REVIEWING WSU'S 1999 SEASON

1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS

PLAYER           CATEGORY   AVG  PAC-10
Kareem Anderson  Punting  40.02     5

* = Tie

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


Pac-10 Offense: Kevin Brown (West Covina, CA)
Pac-10 Defense:
Pac-10 Special Teams:
Offensive Lineman:
Offensive Back:
Offensive Scout Team:
Defensive Back:
Defensive Lineman:
Defensive Scout Team:
Defensive Pursuit Player:
Cougar Claw:
Big Hit:
Cougar Tackler:
Specialist of the Week:
Most Disciplined Offense:
Most Disciplined Defense:
Most Disciplined Special Teams:
Special Teams Big Play:

1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS

POS      UTAH  STAN  IDAHO  ARIZ  CAL  USL  ASU  OSU  OREG  USC  WASH  HAW
 SE 
 LT 
 LG 
  C 
 RG 
 RT 
 TE 
 SB 
 QB 
 RB 
 FL 
 PK  Lindell

DE DT DT DE SLB MLB WLB CB FS SS CB P Anderson

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.

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