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1997 Season Review

Cougars fall to National Champion Michigan 21-16 in Rose Bowl.

May 2, 1998

FOOTBALL: Washington State Shares Pac-10 Championship

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
Mike Price wins several coach-of-the-year awards
Ryan Leaf Makes Run at Heisman; named Pac-10's Offensive MVP
WSU makes first Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years
Cougs smash offensive records

1997 WSU RESULTS

Record: 10-2-0, 7-1-0       [OPP REC]
8/30    UCLA (37-34)        [10-2-0]
9/6     Bye
9/13    @ USC (28-21)       [6-5-0]
9/20    @ Illinois (35-22)  [0-11-0]
9/27    Boise State (58-0)  [4-7-0]
10/4    @ Oregon (24-13)    [7-5-0]
10/11   Bye
10/18   California (63-37)  [3-8-0]
10/25   Arizona (35-34 ot)  [7-5-0]
11/1    @ ASU (31-44)       [9-2-0]
11/8    SW Louisiana (77-7) [1-10-0]
11/15   Stanford (38-28)    [5-6-0]
11/22   Washington (41-35)  [8-4-0]
1/1     Michigan (16-21)    [12-0-0]

1998 WSU SCHEDULE

9/5     Illinois at Pullman
9/12    Boise State at Boise
9/19    Idaho at Pullman
9/26    California at Berkeley
10/3    UCLA at Los Angeles
10/10   Oregon at Pullman
        (Homecoming)
10/17   USC at Pullman
10/24   Bye
10/31   ASU at Pullman
        (Dads' Day)
11/7    Arizona at Tucson
11/4    Stanford at Palo Alto
11/24   Washington at Pullman

1997 PAC-10 CONFERENCE

            PAC-10  OVERALL
Teams       W   L   W   L
1.  WSU     7   1   10  2
    UCLA    7   1   10  2
3.  ASU     6   2   9   3
4.  WASH    5   3   8   4
5.  ARIZ    4   4   7   5
    USC     4   4   6   5
7.  OREG    3   5   7   5
    STAN    3   5   5   6
9.  CAL     1   7   3   8
10. OSU     0   8   3   8

THE COACH: Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 53-49-0 (.520) record at WSU in nine years and a career mark of 99-93-0 (.516) in 17 seasons at Weber State (1981-88; 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present).

WSU FINISHES NINTH IN POLLS: Washington State finished ninth in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN national football polls announced in January, the first time a Cougar football team has ever cracked the season-ending Top 10 list...the last time WSU was ranked 10th, prior to the 1997 season, was Sept. 22, 1958, when the team opened the year with a win over Stanford...WSU was also ranked 10th by AP Oct. 13, 1942, after opening the season with three straight wins...before the 1997 season, WSU's highest ranking for a Mike Price-coached team was 13th in 1992, while WSU's last ranking prior to 1997 was in 1994 when the Cougars finished the year ranked 21st by AP and 19th by USA Today.

TV: In addition to having all 11 regular season games shown on Fox Sports Northwest, WSU made six regional or national TV appearances: UCLA (ABC), USC (Fox Sports Net), Illinois (ESPN2), Arizona (ABC), Arizona State (Fox Sports Net), Washington (ABC).

WSU RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS:

WSU captures first Pac-10 title
Scoring streak reaches 155 games overall, 173 in Pac-10
Price fourth among Pac-10 coaches
Price second among WSU coaches in wins and percentage
Cougs halt long running plays
Leaf among WSU/Pac-10 best ever
    Second in WSU career total offense and passing
    Set five Pac-10 single season records
    Set six WSU single season records
    All-American first team pick; third in Heisman
Tims sets punt return records
Wazzu offense records soar
    Single Season records include passing and total offense
    Scoring record falls
Black's career total among Coug best
WSU second in total offense nationally
WSU's 10 wins most ever against collegiate opponents
WSU's seven Pac-10 wins most ever in league play
Cougar offense leads the Pac-10
Cougar defense second in the Pac-10
Turnovers go WSU's way late in the year
Cougars on Pac-10 teams
WSU All-Americans
WSU's 40 wins in last five years among Pac-10's best
Fab Five dominates
Cougs score 49 times in 55 tries when in the Red Zone
Price gathers coach of the year awards
Banks, Leaf, Thompson among Pac-10 leaders
WSU finishes home season 6-0.
COUGAR CAPTAINS: [C] Cory Withrow (71) and [DE] Dorian Boose (90).

SCORING STREAK ALIVE AT 155: The Washington State Cougars have scored in a record 155 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
      100-99-4  2   17  51  61      41      18      14  5354/26.4

* = 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 173: In addition to having scored in 155 consecutive games, WSU also has scored in 173 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 206 first quarter points in the last 57 games (3.61/quarter) over the past five years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996 and 48 first quarter points in 1997.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 99 wins...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 134, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder, 109...Price, in nine years at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey has completed 11 years at Arizona.

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 nine seasons at WSU, is 53-49-0 (.520), while his career mark is now 99-93-0...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 53 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 nine-year tenure, it's easy to see why teams don't enjoy their trips to Pullman...Price at home has a 30-17 record, including a 23-8 mark the past six years...on the road, WSU is 23-32...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, who had never previously 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
    TOTALS: 30-17   23-32   53-49
COUGARS 9TH IN BOTH POLLS: Washington State finished ninth in both the final USA Today/ESPN poll of coaches and the Associated Press poll of sports media...after beating Washington to capture the Pac-10 title, WSU climbed to an all-time eighth place ranking by AP and seventh in the USA Today poll, also an all-time best...prior to the 1997 season, WSU's highest ranking ever was tenth on two occasions, 1942 and 1958:
DATE:   Associated Press    USA Today/ESPN  Record
9-7-97      NR (30th)   NR (29th)   1-0-0
9-14-97     19th        20th        2-0-0
9-21-97     15th        14th        3-0-0
9-28-97     15th        15th        4-0-0
10-5-97     12th        12th        5-0-0
10-12-97    13th        13th        5-0-0
10-19-97    10th        10th        6-0-0
10-26-97    10th        10th        7-0-0
11-2-97     16th        15th        7-1-0
11-9-97     14th        13th        8-1-0
11-16-97    11th        11th        9-1-0
11-23-97    10th        10th        10-1-0
11-30-97    8th         7th         10-1-0
12-7-97     8th         7th         10-1-0
Final       9th         9th         10-2-0
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last five years WSU has held 28 of 57 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 57 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.
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense just doesn't allow long runs...in the last five years WSU has allowed just 41 runs of 20 yards or longer in 57 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
    UCLA - Hicks 92; Illinois - Holcombe 48;
    Arizona - Northcut 22; ASU - Martin 32, Boyer 29;
    Stanford - Bookman 23/30; Michigan - Howard 28.
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
TURNOVERS: WSU finished -1 in turnovers after 12 games...WSU was -3, -2 and -1 in the first three games, respectively, yet won all three...they were +9 in the last four games...the Cougars were -9 in turnovers in 1996, while in 1995 WSU was even in turnovers...in 1994 WSU was +9.
            ------ W S U -----  -- OPPONENTS --
    OPP     +/- F   FL  PI  TOT F   FL  PI  TOT
    UCLA    -3  4   2   2   4   2   1   0   1   
    USC     -2  2   1   2   3   2   1   0   1   
    ILL     -1  1   1   3   4   1   1   2   3
    BSU     +1  3   1   0   1   2   1   1   2
    ORE     +1  1   1   1   2   2   0   3   3
    CAL     -1  5   3   0   3   1   0   2   2
    ARIZ    -1  2   1   1   2   3   1   0   1
    ASU     -4  4   3   1   4   1   0   0   0
    USL     +2  3   1   0   1   2   2   1   3
    STAN    +3  1   1   1   2   3   1   4   5
    WASH    +4  2   0   1   1   0   0   5   5
    MICH    0   2   0   1   1   0   0   1   1
    TOTAL   -1  30  15  13  28  19  8   19  27
WSU AMONG WIN LEADERS SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 40 games since the start of the 1992 season...WSU, Arizona, ASU and UCLA all have 40 wins over the past six years...the Cougars' 25 conference wins ranks tied for sixth when totaling league victories...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-97:
                        OVERALL     PACIFIC-10
    1992-97             W   L   T   W   L   T   
    Washington          46  20  1   32  14  1
    USC                 42  25  3   30  16  2
    Oregon              42  28  0   25  23  0
    Washington State    40  29  0   25  23  0
    Arizona             40  26  1   26  20  1
    Arizona State       40  23  0   27  17  0
    UCLA                40  26  0   27  20  0
    Stanford            35  29  2   22  26  0
    California          29  39  0   14  33  0
    Oregon State        15  49  1   5   42  1
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 14 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last five 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 each of the last three seasons:
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.
WSU AMONG DEFENSIVE LEADERS: While WSU's defensive stats were not glittering in 1997, allowing 330.4 yards in the 11 regular season games, the Coug "D" finished the season ranked second in the Pac10 and 30th nationally...over the previous five years (1992-96), WSU was second in the Pac-10 in defense, allowing just 308.1 yards per game...in those five years, Arizona led the Pac-10 at 286.3...following WSU were Washington 332.4, Oregon 343.2, USC 353.6, Oregon State 356.8, UCLA 359.9, ASU 363.4, California 368.1 and Stanford 381.6.

LEAF ON A TEAR: Junior Ryan Leaf put up some impressive numbers since taking over at quarterback in the tenth game of 1995...during his last 25 games, Leaf averaged 293.7 yards passing and WSU's total offense average was 419.4 yards...Leaf did not start against Stanford in 1995, but was pressed into duty early in the game and then made 25 consecutive starts...his career-best 447 yards passing at ASU in 1997 was the second best mark ever by a Cougar quarterback and WSU's best in a Pac-10 game...here's Leaf's totals for his final 25 games:

    RYAN LEAF  -  LAST 25 GAMES  WSU
    GAME        PA  PC  PI  YDS     TD  LG  TO
    '95 STAN    44  26  1   273     3   33  416
    '95 WASH    33  22  0   291     1   30  411
    '96 COLO    33  13  1   163     1   50  168
    '96 TMPLE   29  19  0   273     4   40  437
    '96 OREG    27  16  1   225     4   30  459
    '96 SJSU    25  16  0   355     4   68  564
    '96 ARIZ    37  22  2   348     2   38  390
    '96 OSU     28  13  2   219     0   36  326
    '96 CAL     34  16  1   218     1   35  420
    '96 USC     44  27  3   314     2   48  369
    '96 UCLA    46  20  0   195     1   23  356
    '96 STAN    38  18  2   250     1   25  311
    '96 WASH    34  14  0   251     1   47  286
    '97 UCLA    30  17  0   381     3   78  529
    '97 USC     40  21  2   355     3   51  398
    '97 ILLIN   36  21  3   302     4   80  500
    '97 BSU     30  17  0   289     3   44  565
    '97 ORE     27  16  1   226     1   38  351
    '97 CAL     21  13  0   332     5   72  328
    '97 ARIZ    46  23  1   384     3   48  515
    '97 ASU     49  24  1   447     3   66  498
    '97 USL     21  13  0   305     4   47  588
    '97 STAN    37  23  1   258     2   23  441
    '97 WASH    38  22  1   358     2   57  520
    '97 MICH    35  17  1   331     1   46  337
    TOTAL       862 469 24  7343    59  80  10,484
LEAF SECOND ON WSU CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE: Junior Ryan Leaf moved past Drew Bledsoe into second place on WSU's career total offense list, taking just three years to pass all but Jack Thompson, who set the record during a four-year career...WSU career leaders include:
    PLAYER              YEARS   PLAYS   YDS     AVG     TDR
    1. Jack Thompson    1975-78 1345    7698    5.72    63
    2. Ryan Leaf        1994-97 1053    7262    6.90    72
    3. Drew Bledsoe     1990-92 1216    7151    5.88    56
    4. Timm Rosenbach   1986-88 1086    6690    6.16    54
    5. Mark Rypien      1981-85 808     5101    6.31    38
LEAF SECOND ON WSU'S CAREER PASSING LIST: Ryan Leaf moved past Drew Bledsoe into second on WSU's all-time passing list, trailing only Jack Thompson, who put up impressive numbers over a four-year career...Leaf achieved second in just three years:
    PLAYER              YEARS   PA      PC  PI  YDS     PCT     TD
    1. Jack Thompson    1975-78 1086    601 49  7818    .553    53
    2. Ryan Leaf        1994-97 880     473 24  7433    .538    59
    3. Drew Bledsoe     1990-92 979     532 34  7373    .543    46
    4. Timm Rosenbach   1986-88 789     474 37  5995    .601    39
    5. Mark Rypien      1981-85 613     326 29  4573    .532    28
LEAF TAKES TOTAL OFFENSE MARK: Ryan Leaf set WSU's total offense mark in a single season with his performance against Washington, then added to the record in the Rose Bowl...both Leaf and former record holder Timm Rosenbach played 12 games in their record seasons:
    PLAYER          YEARS   PLAYS   YDS AVG TDR
    1. Ryan Leaf        1997    492 3968    8.07    40
    2. Timm Rosenbach   1988    467 3433    7.35    34
LEAF ON PAC-10 LISTS: Junior Ryan Leaf, in just 32 games, ranks as one of the Pacific-10 Conference's elite quarterbacks, based on career and single season rankings...he finished his junior year ranked 14th in career total offense, 15th in career passing and 6th in career TD passes...only Stanford's Jim Plunckett had more passing (7,809) or total offense (8,178) yards in a three-year career..all others ahead of Leaf in both categories played for four varsity seasons:
CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE:
1. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1991-94   10,179
12. John Paye, Stanford, 1983-86        7,538
13. Tom Tunnicliffe, Arizona, 1980-83   7,336
14. Ryan Leaf, WSU, 1995-97             7,262
15. Drew Bledsoe, WSU, 1990-92          7,151

CAREER PASSING 1. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1991-94 10,911 13. John Paye, Stanford, 1983-86 7,669 14. Tom Tunnicliffe, Arizona, 1980-83 7,618 15. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1995-97 7,433 16. Drew Bledsoe, WSU, 1990-92 7,373

CAREER TD PASSES 1. John Elway, Stanford, 1979-82 77 2. John Stenstrom, Stanford, 1991-94 75 3. Jake Plummer, Arizona State, 1993-96 65 4. Danny O'Neil, Oregon, 1991-94 62 5. Bill Musgrave, Oregon, 1987-90 60 6. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1995-97 59 7. Rob Johnson, USC, 1991-95 58

LEAF TOPS PAC-10 RECORDS: Ryan Leaf set five Pac-10 single season records with his performance in 1997...they were TD passes (33), touchdowns responsible for (39), total offense (3,583), total offense per game (325.7) and passing yards (3,637): [Bowl games not included by Pac-10]
PAC-10 SINGLE SEASON TOTAL OFFENSE
1. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997    3,583
2. Pat Barnes, California, 1996         3,416
3. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993      3,392
23. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1996   2,675

PAC-10 SINGLE SEASON PASSING 1. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997 3,637 2. Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993 3,627 3. Pat Barnes, California, 1996 3,499 12. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1996 2,791

PAC-10 SINGLE SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES 1. Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997 33 2. Pat Barnes, California, 1996 31

COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: 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...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon...in 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington.

FAB FIVE LIVES UP TO BILLING: Before the 1997 season began, WSU's veteran receiver corps of seniors Shawn McWashington, Shawn Tims, Chris Jackson and Kevin McKenzie, plus junior Nian Taylor, decided they would call themselves the Fab Five...after the season, few would argue about the Fab Five living up to its billing...there was not one key go-to receiver, but five who spread the wealth around...the Fab Five have caught 181 of WSU's 240 passes and they have accounted for 31 of WSU's 36 TD receptions...McKenzie led the team with 55 catches, while Jackson had 54, Tims 37, McWashington 33 and Taylor 22...only Tims did not have a TD reception...McKenzie had a TD reception in each of WSU's last 10 games...each member of the Fab Five has caught at least one pass in each game, except McWashington, who did so until sitting out the USL game with a sore hamstring.

RED ZONE: Washington State was inside the opponent's 20 yard line 55 times in 1997 and scored 49 times (89.1%, 39 touchdowns, 10 field goals)...WSU's success inside the 15 yard line was 41 scores in 46 opportunities...inside the 10, WSU had 31 attempts and scored 30 times, while inside the five yard line, WSU scored on each of 19 attempts...opponents, meanwhile, scored 23 times (20 touchdowns) in 32 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...they scored on 23 of 27 attempts inside the 15, 17 of 20 times inside the 10 and 13 of 16 attempts inside the five yard line.

TIMS SETS TWO RECORDS: Senior Shawn Tims, who set a school record with 167 punt return yards against USL, finished the season with a school record 405 yards on 30 returns...in his brief two-year career as a return specialist, he finished fifth in career return yardage, 47 for 599 yards.

WSU OFFENSE SETS PAC-10 STANDARD: WSU's potent offense of 1997 set a Pacific-10 Conference standard with 5,524 yards and a 502.2 per-game average during the course of the 11-game regular season (bowl games don't count in Pac-10 single-season records)...the previous Pac-10 record of 5,486 yards was set in 1981 by ASU.

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
    8/30    ---             UCLA            Tennessee
    9/13    Florida St.     @ USC           @ California
    9/20    @ Louisville    @ ILLINOIS      @ Iowa
    9/27    Weber State     BOISE STATE     New Mexico St.
    10/4    @ Stanford      @ OREGON        UCLA
    10/18   Washington      CAL             @UCLA
    10/25   Washington      ARIZONA         Oregon State
    11/1    Bye             @ ASU           @ Cal
    11/8    Tulane          USL             Louisiana Tech
    11/15   @ USC           STANFORD        Cal
    11/22   @UCLA           @ WASHINGTON    ---
BLACK HAD 11 100-YARD GAMES: Michael Black chalked up 11 games of 100 yards or more rushing during his brief career, including seven in 1997...he had 102 yards in WSU's 1997 opener against UCLA, 112 at Illinois, 141 against Boise State, 114 at Oregon, 116 against Arizona, 173 against Stanford and 170 at Washington...in 1996 he rushed for a career-high 214 yards against California, the fifth best one-game total ever by a Cougar.

BLACK SIXTH IN RUSHING: Although he only played 21 games for WSU, Michael Black finished sixth on WSU's career rushing list...through 21 games Black rushed for 2,129 yards since joining the team in 1996.

WSU OFFENSE SETS SCHOOL MARK: Through 12 games in 1997, WSU generated a school record 5,922 yards, an average of 493.5 yards per game...the previous school record was set in 1988 when the Cougars generated 5,899 yards and 491.58 per game.

COUGS ON ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Quarterback Ryan Leaf was named the Pacific-10 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and both Leaf and defensive tackle Leon Bender represented WSU on the league's first team...Michael Black, Jason McEndoo, Cory Withrow, Dorian Boose, Duane Stewart and Jeff Banks were all named to the second team...honorable mention honors went to Shane Doyle, Steve Gleason, Chris Jackson, Kevin McKenzie, Shawn McWashington, Brandon Moore, Dee Moronkola, Brad Philley and Shawn Tims.

1997 ACHIEVEMENTS: WSU's sweep of UCLA and USC was the first time WSU had defeated both Los Angeles schools in the same season...WSU's 63 points against California are the most ever for a Cougar team against a Pac-10 school and the most since WSU beat Montana State 64-14 in 1985...the 100 points by the two teams were the most in Martin Stadium since 1975 when WSU beat Idaho 84-27 (111 total points)...WSU's 70-point margin against Southwestern Louisiana equalled the Cougars' fourth greatest margin of victory ever and was the best since 1909...WSU's 35-first quarter points againt USL were a school record and the 56 points WSU scored in the first half equalled a school record...WSU's 77 points was the third most ever by a Cougar team...WSU's appearance in the 1998 Rose Bowl was the first for the Cougars in 67 years...WSU had played in the 1916 and 1931 Rose Bowls.

10 WINS: Washington State's 10 wins in 1997 were the most wins ever recorded against collegiate competition...WSU's 1929 team finished 10-2, but one win was against a pickup team from Honolulu...the Coug's seven league wins also were the most ever for WSU...the 1930 WSU team finished 9-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play before losing in the Rose Bowl to Alabama.

WSU COMPLETES 6-0 HOME STAND: The 1997 Cougar football team was the first in school history to finish the home portion of the schedule a perfect 6-0...WSU was 5-0 in 1929 under head coach Babe Hollingbery, while Mike Price's 1992 team finished 5-1 at home.

SCORING RECORD FALLS: WSU's 483 points in 12 games top WSU's previous single-season scoring record of 415 points during the 12-game 1988 season...the Pac-10 record of 482 points by the 1920 California team includes regular season games only...in the regular season WSU scored 467 points.

WSU PASSING MARK FALLS: WSU smashed the Cougar single-season record for passing yards, totaling 4,120 yards in 1997...the previous record was 3,478 yards in 1992...the 1997 team also passed for a record 35 touchdowns, bettering the previous mark of 24 in 1988

PAC-10 PASSING MARKS FALL: WSU's 3,789 passing yards and 34 passing touchdowns during the regular 1997 season set Pac-10 records previously held by Stanford (3,709 yards in 1993) and Cal (32 TD passes in 1996).

PRICE COACH OF THE YEAR: WSU head football coach Mike Price captured several coach-of-the-year awards, among them:

Eddie Robinson Football Writers of America
Bobby Dodd
The Sporting News
Pacific-10 Conference
In addition, he won AFCA regional honors
COUGS SECOND IN THE NATION IN T-OFFENSE: Washington State, averaging 502.2 yards per game in total offense for the 11-game regular 1997 season, ranked second nationally to Nebraska...the Cornhuskers averaged 513.67...the Cougs, however, can claim the top spot in yards per play among the national leaders...WSU averaged 6.83 yards per play, while Nebraska averaged 6.03 per play.

LEAF SPARKED OFFENSE: WSU's offensive totals in 1996, with Ryan Leaf at quarterback, were the best since 1992 when Drew Bledsoe quarterbacked WSU to the Copper Bowl...in 1997 they were even better as the Cougars averaged a record 493.5 yards per game:

    YEAR    TDs PASS    RUSH    T-OFFENSE
    1992    39  289.8   135.4   425.3
    1993    28  251.8   118.2   370.0
    1994    20  201.1   87.2    281.0
    1995    29  240.3   114.6   354.9
    1996    36  266.5   105.0   371.5
    1997    62  343.3   150.2   493.5
HONORED COUGARS: Honors accorded WSU players this season on a national or Pac-10 basis include: Rian Lindell, AT&T Long Distance award and the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week, Sept. 27 for his 57-yard field goal against Boise State; Jeff Banks AT&T Long Distance award for longest punt average, 53.0 yards against Boise State, Sept. 27; Ryan Leaf was voted Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 18 for completing 13 of 21 passes for 332 yards and five touchdown passes; Nov. 8 Shawn Tims returned five punts for 167 yards earning him Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week; Brandon Moore was voted the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, Nov. 15 for recording 14 total tackles, one for loss and one interception; Ryan Leaf was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week, Nov. 22 after completing 22 of 38 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns (he also ran for another touchdown); Lamont Thompson intercepted three passes and recorded 12 total tackles earning him Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, Nov. 22.

ACADEMIC HONORS ACCORDED COUGS: Offensive guard Jason McEndoo was named to the 1997 Pacific-10 Conference all-academic first team and four other WSU players received honorable mention recognition - Steve Gleason, Lee Harrison, Rob Rainville and Mike Sage.

MIKE PRICE PAC-10'S BEST: WSU head coach Mike Price was named the 1997 Pacific-10 Conference's coach of the year in a vote of the league coaches.

WSU ATTENDANCE: The 1997 Cougar football team played before a WSU record 199,678 fans during six home appearances and before a record 591,111 fans in 12 games... the Cougs also drew a record 40,306 for Stanford at WSU's Martin Stadium.

LEAF COLLECTS HONORS: Ryan Leaf collected numerous honors at the end of the 1997 season, including:

    Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year
    Pacific-10 Conference First Team Offense
    The Sporting News All-American First Team
    Associated Press All-America Second Team
    Heisman Trophy Third Place
    Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Finalist (1 of 3)
    Sammy Baugh College Passer of the Year
    Maxwell Trophy Finalist (1 of 3)
    Football News Semi-finalist for Player of the Year
LEAF HIGHEST COUG IN HEISMAN BALLOTING: Junior Ryan Leaf finished third in the 1997 Heisman Trophy balloting, the best showing ever by a Cougar player...other WSU players to finish in the top 10 were Timm Rosenbach, seventh in 1988 as a junior; Drew Bledsoe, eighth in 1993 as a junior; Jack Thompson, ninth in 1978 as a senior; and Rueben Mayes, tenth in 1984 as a junior...in addition, Leaf's finish is the second highest ever by a player from the Pacific Northwest and the highest ever by a player from Washington...Oregon State's Terry Baker, the winner in 1962, is the only player from the Northwest to finish higher than Leaf.

NFL DRAFT TABS FOUR COUGS: Four members of the 1997 Cougar football team were taken in the April draft by the National Football League...they were:

    Ryan Leaf, San Diego, the second player picked in the draft;
    Leon Bender, Oakland, second round
    Dorian Boose, New York Jets, second round
    Jason McEndoo, Seattle, seventh round
NINE COUGS SIGN NFL FREE AGENT CONTRACTS: Nine members of Washington State's 1997 football team signed free agent contracts with NFL clubs following the completion of the NFL draft April 18...those signing free agent contracts included:
    Michael Black, Seattle
    Shane Doyle, Buffalo
    Chris Jackson, Seattle
    Ray Jackson, Carolina
    Kevin McKenzie, San Francisco
    Shawn McWashington, Kansas City
    Brandon Moore, Kansas City
    Duane Stewart, Buffalo
    Cory Withrow, Minnesota
BENDER PICKED TO AA TEAM: WSU senior Leon Bender concluded his WSU career by being named to the Associated Press All-America third team...Bender also was picked to the All-Pac-10 first team by the league coaches...in April he was picked by the Oakland Raiders as the first selection of the second round in the NFL draft.

McENDOO HONORS: WSU center Jason McEndoo finished his career with selection to the Pacific-10 Conference second team and as a member of the Football News honorable mention All-America unit...he also was recognized for his excellence in the classroom by being named to the Pac-10 academic team.

FINAL 1997 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS

PLAYER  CATEGORY    AVG PAC-10
Jeff Banks-
    Punting         43.78   1st
Michael Black-  
    Rushing         105.18  3rd
    Total Offense   105.18  13th
    Scoring Offense 6.55    6th
    All-Purpose     121.27  9th
LeJuan Gibbons-
    Interceptions   .18     14th*
DeJuan Gilmore-
    Rushing         25.00   17th
Chris Jackson-
    Scoring         6.00    9th*
    Pass Rec.       4.45    11th*
    Rec. Yards      83.27   4th
    All-Purpose     83.27   18th
Ryan Leaf-
    Passing (Rating)161.2   2nd
    Total Offense   325.73  1st
Rian Lindell-
    Field Goals     1.00    3rd*
    Scoring Offense 8.09    3rd
Kevin McKenzie-
    Scoring Offense 5.45    11th
    Pass Rec.       4.55    9th*
    Rec. Yards      75.73   7th
    All-Purpose     89.00   16th
Shawn McWashington-
    Pass Rec.       3.10    23rd
    Rec. Yards      55.60   14th
Nian Taylor-
    Rec. Yards      47.64   22nd
Shawn Tims-
    Punt Returns    13.90   2nd
    Pass Rec.       3.18    22nd
    Rec. Yards      45.18   23rd
    All-Purpose     84.09   17th
Lamont Thompson-
    Interceptions   .63     1st
* = Tie

TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS

                            WSU     WSU     WSU
TEAM CATEGORY               AVG     PAC-10  NCAA
Rushing Offense             157.7   5th     48th
Passing Offense             344.5   1st     4th
Total Offense               502.18  1st     2nd
Scoring Offense             42.5    1st     2nd
Rushing Defense             116.5   5th     27th
Pass Efficiency Defense     104.1   2nd     17th
Total Defense               330.4   2nd     30th
Scoring Defense             25.0    5th     59th
Net Punting                 37.8    4th     27th
Punt Returns                14.6    1st     6th
KO Returns                  16.2    10th    110th
Turnover Margin-            -.09    7th*    60th*

* = Tie

NATIONAL LEADERS

Jeff Banks, WSU     Punting         43.78   15th
Michael Black, WSU  Rushing         105.18  20th
                    All-Purpose     121.27  48th*
Chris Jackson       Rec. Yards      83.27   25th
Ryan Leaf, WSU      Pass Eff.       161.2   2nd
                    Total Off.      325.73  3rd
Rian Lindell, WSU   Scoring Off.    8.09    27th
                    Field Goals     1.00    44th*
Kevin McKenzie, WSU Rec. Yards      75.73   41st
Lamont Thompson     Interceptions   .63     8th
Shawn Tims, WSU     Punt Returns    13.90   14th
1997 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS
POS UCLA        USC         ILL         BSU         ORE         CAL         ARIZ        ASU         USL         STAN        WASH        MICH
SE  Taylor      C. Jackson  Taylor      C. Jackson  C. Jackson  C. Jackson  C.Jackson   C. Jackson  Taylor      C. Jackson  C. Jackson  Jack
LT  Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rainville   Rain
LG  McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McEndoo     McE
C   Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harrison    Harr
RG  Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     Withrow     With
RT  McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McShane     McS
TE  Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jefferson   Jeff
SB  Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims        Tims
QB  Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf        Leaf
RB  Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black       Black
FL  McWash      McWash      McWash      McWash      McWash      McWash      McWash      McWash      C. Jackson  McWash.     McWash.     McW
PK  Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell     Lindell

DE Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose Boose DT Doyle Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender Bender DT Meier Meier Holmes Holmes Holmes Doyle Holmes Holmes Salausa Holmes Holmes Holmes DE Nance Doyle Doyle Doyle Doyle Nance Doyle Doyle Doyle Doyle Doyle Doyle SLB Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleason Gleas MLB Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson Nelson WLB B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore B. Moore Moo CB Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Moronkola Mor FS R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson Thompson Thompson Thompson Thom SS Stewart Stewart Stewart Stewart Stewart Stewart Stewart Stewart Hollimon Hollimon Hollimon Stew CB Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons Gibbons R. Jackson R. Jackson R. Jackson Jack P Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks Banks

SUMMARY OF WSU RECORDS SET IN 1997:

Individual Single-Game:
Ryan Leaf tied record with five TD passes against California
Lamont Thompson tied record with three interceptions against Washington
Shawn Tims set punt return mark with 167 return yards against Southerwestenr Louisiana
Rian Lindell tied record with 16 points in a game by a kicker against Boise State

Individual Single-Season:
Ryan Leaf set records with 3,968 passing yards, 34 passing touchdowns, 3,920 total offense yards, 7.97 yards per play and 40 TDRs
Kevin McKenzie and Chris Jackson set touchdown receiving record with 11 each
Nian Taylor set yards per reception record at 25.9
Shawn Tims set punt return record with 405 yards on 30 returns
Rian Lindell set records for 57 successful PAT kicks and 60 PAT attempts

Individual Career:
Ryan Leaf set records with 59 touchdown passes, 72 TDRs and total offense per play average at 6.89

Team Single-Game:
Averaged 9.5 yards per play in total offense against California

Team Single-Season:
Set records for 3,968 passing yards, 330.7 yards per game passing, 34 touchdowns passing, 527 punt return yards, 64 total touchdowns, 57 PAT kicks, 483 total points, 5,922 total offense yards, 6.80 yards per play total offense, 493.50 yards per game total offense, 161 first downs passing, 123 penalties and 1,076 yards penalized.

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