Oregon for the
77th time this Saturday.
Football heads down Oregon Trail to meet Ducks.
Nov. 2, 1999
WHO: WSU Cougars (2-6 overall, 1-4 in Pac-10) vs. Oregon Ducks (5-3, 3-2)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, November 6; Kickoff 7:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Autzen Stadium (41,698, OmniTurf), Eugene, Ore.
TV: FOX Sports Net Live; FOX Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. PDT
WHO: WSU Cougars (2-6 overall, 1-4 in Pac-10) vs. Oregon Ducks (5-3, 3-2)
WHAT: Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, November 6; Kickoff 7:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Autzen Stadium (41,698, OmniTurf), Eugene, Ore.
TV: FOX Sports Net Live; FOX Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Nov. 7, 1:30 p.m. PDT
THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound 69) has a 58-63-0 (.479) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 104-107-0 (.493) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88; 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). OREGON The Ducks are coached by Mike Bellotti, who is 35-20 in five years with Oregon and 58-45-2 in his 10-year career...Bellotti is 2-2 against WSU.
WSU VS. OREGON: The WSU-Oregon series dates back to 1901, with this year's edition the 77th since the first game, a 16-0 WSU win...WSU has been credited with 35 wins, including forfeit wins in 1978 and 1979, while Oregon has won 34 times...there have been seven ties...in the decade of the 1990's Oregon has won five of the last eight, but WSU has captured two of the last three...last year Oregon won 51-29 to snap WSU's two-game win streak...Mike Price is 4-5 against the Ducks, including wins in Eugene in 1989 and 1997.
WSU-OREGON LIVE ON TV: The WSU Cougars and Oregon Ducks square off Saturday in a nationally televised game on FOX Sports Net, with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and James Lofton calling the action...it will be the first of two straight live television appearances for the Cougars...ABC will be on hand in two weeks to televise WSU's home match-up with the USC Trojans...early in the season the WSU-Stanford game was shown by FOX Sports Net, giving WSU three live telecast appearances this year.
FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-Oregon game Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.
WSU RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS:
P 2 Burnett Needs 333 Yards For Pac-10 Frosh Record
P 2 Taylor Nears Hugh Campbell's Receiving Yards Record
P 2 Lindell Fourth In Career Scoring
P 3 Gleason Boosts Career Tackle Total To 268
P 3 Birnbaum Ninth In Career Passing Yards At WSU
P 4 WSU Scoring Streaks On The Line
P 4 WSU Limits Turnovers In Last 7 Games To 4
P 4 WSU Perfect In Redzone; 17 Touchdowns and 2 Field Goals
P 5 Cougars Limit Long Runs (20+ yards)
P 6 WSU Lineup Changes Weekly
P 6 Cougars Play Them Young
P 10 Adam Hawkins Leads Team In Awards Against Oregon State
CAPTAINS: WSU WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). OREGON The Ducks pick weekly game captains.
BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through eight games with 133 carries for 736 yards and a 5.5 average...he also has caught 15 passes for 134 yards...Burnett improved his rushing totals in each of the first seven games and had 112 yards in the eighth...in the last six games he has averaged 108.2 ypg and in the last four games 115.5 ypg...his game-by game performances:
BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett may have started the season slow, but the true freshman has been hot of late and is on his way to the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:
Burnett is the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start);
Burnett, has broken the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman three times, the last with 136 yards at ASU...the only other Cougar freshman to go over 100 yareds was Will Haskell 100 at Oregon State, 1993;
Burnett's 736 rushing yards is a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982;
Burnett's 11 rushing touchdowns and 11 total touchdowns are the most ever by a Cougar freshman;
Burnett is two rushing touchdowns short of the WSU record of 13 set by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992;
Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, one short of the school record, and a freshman record.
HACKETT HAS 96 CAREER CATCHES: In just 18 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 96 career receptions, leaving him just 11 catches short of WSUs career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 total passes in consecutive seasons...Hugh Campbell, WSUs career record holder with 176 receptions, had consecutive seasons of 66-53-57...current assistant coach Mike Levenseller had back-to-back seasons of 67 and 43 receptions, while Timm Stallworth had seasons of 51 and 63...Hackett led WSU receivers last year with 54 catches and leads WSU this year with 42 for 488 yards...his receptions have accounted for 1,068 yards, an average of 11.1 per catch.
BURNETT CHASES PAC-10 FRESHMAN RECORD: Rookie rushing sensation Deon Burnett is closing in on the Pac-10 freshman rushing yards mark of 1,069 yards set by Stanford's Darrin Nelson in 1977Burnett comes into the Oregon game with 736 yards rushing, 333 away from Nelson's recordBurnett would need to average 111 yards per game over the next three games to top the recordBurnett is averaging 92 yards per game for the year, but in his last four games, the freshman is averaging 115 yards per outing.
BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: With 11 touchdowns through eight games this season, running back Deon Burnett has his sights set on the WSU single-season record of 17 (13 rush, 4 rec.) by Steve Broussard in 1989he is currently tied with seven other Cougars, each with 11 touchdowns...Burnett has a shot at Steve Broussard's single-season scoring record of 104 points (17 TD, 1 2XP) with 66 points through eight gamesthe Upland, Calif., native is only two rushing TDs shy of entering the Pac-10 single-season top 20here's a look at WSU's top 10 single-season touchdown scorers:
|PLAYERS, YEAR||TOTAL TDs|
|1.||Steve Broussard, 1989||17|
|2.||Bernard Jackson, 1971||14|
|3.||Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992||13|
|4.||Ken Grandberry, 1972||12|
|Rueben Mayes, 1984||12|
|Steve Broussard, 1988||12|
|7.||Bob Kennedy, 1942||11|
|Hugh Campbell, 1960||11|
|Bernard Jackson, 1971||11|
|Samoa Samoa, 1980||11|
|Rueben Mayes, 1984||11|
|Rueben Mayes, 1985||11|
|Kevin McKenzie, 1997||11|
|Deon Burnett, 1999||11|
LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 182 career points, ranks fourth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 104-of-107 extra point kicks and 26-of-42 (61.9%) of his field goals, including 6-of-8 this year...the top three career scorers are Jason Hanson 328, Steve Broussard 248 and John Traut 231.
INJURIES: WSUs injury report for Monday, Nov. 1, from the training staff: Raonall Smith (knee, questionable), Lamont Thompson (neck, possible), Tomasi Kongaika (leg bruise, probable), Torry Hollimon (concussion, possible), Wendell Smith (ankle, questionable), Brad Philley (hamstring, possible), Eric Boose (shoulder, probable), Curtis Holden (knee, probable), Earl Riley (thumb, toe, probable). Out indefinitely: Joe Gecas (ankle), Isaac Brown (hand), Milton Wynn (broken finger), Adam Davis (hip), Virgil Williams (right shoulder nerve bruise), Jason Gesser (broken hand), Alex Tinsley (hamstring), Mark Hedeen (neck).
TAYLOR NEES 157 YARDS TO SET RECORD: Senior receiver Nian Taylor is just 157 reception yards away from a WSU career record...Taylor has caught 125 career passes for 2,296 yards, leaving him 157 yards short of Hugh Campbell's WSU record of 2,452 yards...Taylor also ranks tied with Tim Stallworth for fifth on WSU's career reception list at 125.
|1. Hugh Campbell, 1960-62||176||2452||22||52/157|
|2. Phillip Bobo, 1990-92||148||2182||16||24|
|3. Doug Flansburg, 1965-67||140||1652||6||16|
|4. C. J. Davis, 1988-92||128||2168||14||4|
|5. Nian Taylor, 1996-99||125||2296|
|5. Tim Stallworth, 1986-89||125||2250||16|
SCHEDULING: Coaches often talk about whom an upcoming opponent faces the week before or the week after the two teams collide...heres 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|
|10/9||Louisiana Tech||Sw Louisiana||@ Tulane|
|10/23||@ Washington||Arizona State||@ Oregon|
|11/20||UCLA||Washington||- - -|
|11/27||Navy||Hawaii||- - -|
COUG FOOTBALL HAS THREE SETS OF TWINS: WSUs 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 WSUs football roster have brothers who have or are playing at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleagas brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizins brother is a senior this season...in addition Torry Hollimons 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.
LINDELL BACK ON TRACK: Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit six of his eight field goal attempts this year, a 27-yarder against Stanford, a 48-yarder against Idaho, a 52-yarder against Arizona, a 40-yarder against California and kicks of 32 and 50 against Oregon State...his only misses have been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford and a blocked kick at ASU...Lindell is 104-of-107 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 41 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSUs second touchdown of the 1998 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked...he has now made 26-of-41 career field goals...last year Rian Lindell booted four field goals at Boise State to tie the WSU one-game record...he made seven straight to close out the 1997 season and seven straight early in 1998 during a 14-for-15 string of successful kicks...then, over the final seven games of 1998, he made just one of nine attempts, a 34-yarder against UCLA...in an attempt to break out of a seven-game slump, Rian Lindell reported to camp 10 pounds lighter than last year, weighing in at 231 pounds and the result has been a much more accurate kicker for the Cougs.
INTERCEPTIONS DOWN FOR WSU: WSU quarterbacks have thrown just four interceptions this season and one of those was a last-play heave...a year ago the Cougar passers ended the season with 25 interceptions, six of which were returned for touchdowns...through six games, only one of the three picks (at Stanford) this year resulted in an opponent touchdown.
MOST STARTS: Several Cougars who will take the field this week are entering their second season as a starter for WSU, including:
|Rian Lindell 31 consecutive starts||[31 total]|
|Lamont Thompson 21 of last 23 games||[21 total]|
|Steve Gleason 28 starts in last 31 games||[28 total]|
|Reed Raymond 16 of last 19 games||[16 total]|
|Rob Meier 19 consecutive starts||[21 total]|
|Kareem Anderson 19 consecutive starts||[19 total]|
GLEASON HAS 268 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason has moved into 11th on WSU's career tackle list with 268 stops, leaving him just 11 short of the Top 10...the current team leader has 84 stops in eight games this season to lead all Pac-10 players in total tackles...Gleason entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles...Gleasons 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles.
|1. Lee Blakeney||1980-84||524||252||272|
|9. Don Hover||1973-77||280||177||103|
|10. Dean Pedigo||1974-77||279||168||111|
|11. Steve Gleason||1996-99||268||177||51|
BIRNBAUM ON CARER LIST: After struggling as a junior, Steve Birnbaum has proved an efficient quarterback this season...last year he threw 11 interceptions and had an efficiency rating of 107.52...this year his rating is 123.88 and he has thrown just two interceptions, one in the first quarter at Stanford and the second against Louisiana-Lafayette...in between he threw 113 passes without an interception...Birnbaum is now ninth on WSU's career passing list with 3,342 yards...last week he passed (9th) Bob Newman, 3,172 (1956-58) and now goes after (8th ) Jerry Henderson, 3,411 (1966-68), then (7th) Ty Paine 4,136.
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.4 points per outing...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line: The Cougars have scored in 186 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 174 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984; The Cougars have scored in 156 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.
COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 327 first quarter points in the last 76 games (4.30/quarter) over the past seven years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998 and 40 so far in 1999.
THOMPSON SECOND IN CAREER PICKS: Junior Lamont Thompson has picked off one pass each against Utah, Idaho and ASU this year to push his career total to 13 in three seasons...with the interception against ASU, Thompson moved into a tie for second on WSUs all-time list...he is one behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.
|1. Richard Reed, 1966-68||14||231||16.5||0|
|2. Lamont Thompson, 1997-99||13||98||7.5||0|
|2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-48||13||197||15.2||1|
|2. Lionel Thomas, 1969-70||13||190||14.6||1|
|5. Eric Johnson, 1971-73||12||58||4.8||0|
|6. Don Paul, 1946-49||11||216||19.6||1|
|6. Torey Hunter, 1991-94||11||62||5.6||0|
|8. Greg Burns, 1991-95||9||86||9.6||0|
NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars love to play at home and after looking at the teams home and away records during Mike Prices 11-year tenure, its easy to see why...Price at home has a 34-24 record, including a 28-15 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-39...WSUs 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, who previously had never won six home games in one year:
COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 1999...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 1999 has scored 17 times (16 TDs) in 17 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 16 times (14 TDs) in 26 trips inside WSUs 20 yard line...the Cougars have scored six touchdowns in six tries inside the five yard line this year...1998 scored 17 times (10 TDs) in 28 trips into the Red Zone (60.7%), while opponents converted 34 times (30 TDs) in 42 Red Zone entries...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.
TURNOVERS: After turning the ball over nine times in the first two games, WSU has had just four in the last six games...WSU is now even in turnover margin this year...last year the Cougars lost the ball 40 times, the most among Division I football teams...WSUs turnover margin was 17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.
|1999||W||S||U||O P||P O||N E||N T S|
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 75 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana States -35 and Pacifics -6 in 1993 and Montanas -6 in 1995...in those 75 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,|
|1996||Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 10/11|
|Colorado 192, Temple 125, Oregon 118, SJSU 100,|
|Arizona 145, OSU 141, California 44, Illinois 148,|
|UCLA 164, Stanford 102, Washington 213.|
|1997||Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 8/12|
|UCLA 209, USC 31, Illinois 173, Boise State 46,|
|Oregon 154, Cal 109, Arizona 73, ASU 150, USL 75,|
|Stanford 160, Washington 101, Michigan 128.|
|1998||Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing 9/11|
|Illinois 123, Boise State 120, Idaho 100, California 79,|
|UCLA 256, Oregon 247, USC 214, ASU 242,|
|Arizona 361, Stanford 94, Washington 178.|
|1999||Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing 7/8|
|Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249,|
|California 58, Louisiana 130, ASU 217, OSU 163.|
WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed seven runs of 20+ yards in 1999...in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 62 runs of 20 yards or longer in 75 games:
1993 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 8
1994 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1995 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 12
1996 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 6
1997 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
1998 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 17
1999 Plays Allowed 20 Yards or Longer - 7
Anderson, Utah 40; Dean, Idaho 23 Canidate, Arizona, 45; Brister, ULL - 20, 21 Redmond, ASU, 25; Smith, ASU, 20.
1994 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 15
1995 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 24
1996 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 33
1997 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 29
1998 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 41
1999 Plays Allowed 10-19 Yards - 30
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 WSUs defense was ranked second in the Pac-10...heres how the Pac-10 defenses rank, 1992-98:
|1. Ariz||299.9 (23,394/78)||6. OSU||364.9 (28,101/77)|
|2. WSU||322.7 (24,847/77)||7. ASU||365.8 (28,164/77)|
|3. Wash||343.6 (26,460/77)||8. Cal||366.0 (28,548/77)|
|4. USC||351.0 (28,077/80)||9. UCLA||370.4 (28,523/77)|
|5. Oreg||363.5 (28,350/78)||10. Stan||390.9 (30,493/78)|
WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 45 games since the start of the 1992 season...here's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:
|O V||E R||A L L||P||A||C-10|
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 24 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 76 games against WSUs defense...UCLAs 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,|
|1998||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 5|
|Steve Havard, Illinois, 103, Reuben Droughns, UO, 217.|
|Gerald Green, ASU, 119, Trung Canidate, Arizona, 174,|
|Willie Hurst, Washington, 155.|
|1999||Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU 5|
|Mike Anderson, Utah, 108; Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118|
|Trung Canidate, Arizona 158; Darren Brister, ULL, 113;|
|J.R. Redmond, ASU, 165.|
COUGAR ATTENDANCE: WSU recorded a record 208,002 attendance in 1998, an average of 34,667 per game (6 games)...WSUs previous high was 199,678 for six games in 1997...the 1998 average fell just short of the 1994 record average of 34,719 (5 games).
COUGS LINE BIG: The collective weight of this years offensive line is 1,489 pounds, just 19 pounds shy of last years record 1,508 pounds...Reed Raymond tipped the scales this fall at 316 and Ryan Tujague is 305...the babies on the line are guard Mike Schwarz at 295, tackle Phil Locker at 288, center Lincoln Walden-Schulz at 285...when Reed Raymond, 313, plays, the total is 1,507.
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 years Battle of the Palouse with nearby Idaho...the Vandals are playing their four home games in WSUs facility this season to meet the NCAA attendance requirements (average for one season)...this years 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 WSUs $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.
LINEUP ADJUSTMENTS: The Cougar lineup has rarely been the same two straight weeks during the 1999 season...on defense, WSU started the same lineup for the first three games, but since then has not started the same 11 players in back to back games...on offense, WSU has not started the same 11 players in consecutive games...WSU has used five offensive line combinations and even when the Cougs did start the same five players (Stanford-Idaho-Arizona) at least two of the starters were limited with injuries...on defense, the Cougars have used three different linebacker lineups and four different combinations in the secondary.
PASSING ATTACK CATCHING ON: It seems like just about everyone has joined the receiving corps in 1999no less than 15 different receivers have collected at least one pass so far this season11 of those 15 players recorded their first career catches for WSULeaford Hackett leads the group with an impressive 6.0 catches per catches gameNian Taylor averages 4.5 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi (2.0)those players making their first career catches include: Marcus Williams (Utah), Milton Wynn (Utah), Corey Scott (Utah), Paul Mencke (Utah), RB Deon Burnett (Utah), Collin Henderson (Stanford), RB Jeremy Theilbahr (Arizona), Russell Mizen (Cal), RB Brad Philley (Cal), DeAndre Douglas (Louisiana-Lafayette) and Markus Torian (Louisiana-Lafayette)the next to join this list? Don't be surprised if it's TE Josh Shavies (who nearly caught one in the Oregon State game) or QB Steve Birnbaumthe Louisiana-Lafayette game marked the fourth time this season that at least eight different players had at least one reception in the same gamea season-high nine Cougars had catches versus the Ragin' Cajuns, while eight players caught passes against Utah, Stanford and Cal.
COUGARS PLAY YOUNG: A total of 57 players have seen action in at least three games for the Cougars this year...breaking down the list of 57 shows 16 are freshmen, nine are sophomores, 15 are juniors and 17 come from the senior class...five of the 17 freshman are in their second year and 12 are redshirt freshmen...last week against Oregon State the Cougars starting lineup (top 22) included 13 seniors, four juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen, two of whom are first year freshmen...the two-deep chart (top 44) against OSU included 14 freshmen (10 were redshirts), four sophomores (three redshirts), 11 juniors (six redshirts) and 15 seniors (13 redshirts).
WSU ON THE ROAD AT HOME: In years to come it may be a trivia question When did the Cougars play on the road at home?...Sept. 18 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho this year is using WSUs Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandals Kibbie Dome is not large enough to allow Idaho to meet the average needed for D-I status, so they have moved their four home games to WSUs stadium for the 1999 season.
WSU ADDS 12th GAME FOR 1999: The Washington State Cougars will have a chance to play a school-record 13 games in 1999 with the addition of Hawaii to the schedule...WSU and Hawaii have not met in football since 1929...they also played in 1925...Hawaii won the first match-up, WSU the second...the addition of the game in Honolulu gives WSU 12 games, with a chance at a bowl game...teams with a 12-game schedule must win seven to qualify for a post-season bowl
BASEBALL AND THE COUGS: Steve Gleason and Brad Philley have been members of WSUs 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...the latest Cougar football player to join the WSU baseball team will be true freshman Collin Henderson.
GLEASON, EMERSON PAC-10 ACADEMIC PICKS: WSU linebackers Steve Gleason and Grady Emmerson were named to the 1998 Pacific-10 Conference academic first team...Gleason has a 3.15 grade point average in management and information systems, while Emmerson has a 3.33 GPA in math education...both are juniors...three other Cougars received honorable mention recognition, quarterback Steve Birnbaum, defensive end/linebacker Serign Marong and offensive guard Mike Sage.
PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 104 wins...Arizonas Dick Tomey has 151, followed by ASUs Bruce Snyder, 116...Price, in his 11th year at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th 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 11 seasons at WSU, is 58-63-0 (.479), while his career mark is now 104-107-0...Babe Hollingbery was 93-53-14 (.625) during his 1926-42 (17 years) tenure...Prices record is the best at WSU in the last 50 years for coaches with a tenure of three or more years...Prices 58 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingberys 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.
1999 RANKINGS FOR THE COUGARS
|Tackles for Loss||10||8th*|
* = Tie
1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS
|Pass Efficiency Defense||113.3||3rd||38th|
|Pass Efficiency Defense||122.2||6th||63rd|
* = Tie
|Leaford Hackett, WSU||Receptions||6.0||28th*|
|Steve Birnbaum, WSU||Pass Offense||123.9||46th|
|Deon Burnett, WSU||Scoring Offense||8.25||26th*|
|Colin Henderson, WSU||Punt Returns||9.92||40th|
|Lamont Thompson, WSU||Interceptions||.43||42nd*|
|Reuben Droughns, UO||Rushing||104.71||22nd|
|A.J. Feeley, UO||Pass Offense||129.8||35th|
|Kurtis Doerr, UO||Net Punting||41.79||37th|
|Michael Fletcher, UO||Punt Returns||9.71||44th|
REVIEWING WSUS 1999 SEASON
GAME 1: WSUs losing streak was pushed to nine games with a 27-7 loss to visiting Utah...the Utes scored a field goal in each of the first two quarters, two touchdowns in the third quarter and one additional TD in the final quarter...WSUs only score came with nine minutes to play in the game when Deon Burnett went one yard to complete an 80-yard drive under the control of Jason Gesser...Gesser, who took over at QB late in the third quarter, directed the scoring drive...starting QB Steve Birnbaum was the victim of four fumbles, all lost...Birnbaum hit 12 of 21 passes for 150 yards and Gesser was 10 of 18 for 75 yards...Deon Burnett carried nine times for 35 yards as WSU rushed for just 98 yards...safety Billy Newman made 12 tackles, Curtis Holden and Lamont Thompson 11 each and Steve Gleason 10...Thompson and Earl Riley each had interceptions.
GAME 2: WSU mistakes led to 40 Stanford points in a 54-17 loss at Stanford...the loss pushed WSUs losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSUs generosity included the loss of three fumbles that led to touchdowns, an interception return for a touchdown, a safety, a blocked punt for a touchdown and a missed field goal that produced a three-pointer for Stanford...senior Leaford Hackett had a super night for WSU, catching 10 passes for 103 yards, returning three punts for 25 yars and five kickoffs for 93 yards...freshman Deon Burnetts 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaums 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holdens 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSUs defense.
GAME 3: The Cougars forged a two-touchdown lead, then let it slip away in a 28-17 loss to Idaho in the annual Battle of the Palouse...it was Idahos first win over WSU since 1965 and snapped WSUs 14-game win streak over the Vandals...the loss was WSUs school record equaling 11 straight...the Cougs had 181 yards of offense in the first quarter and led 14-0 at the end of the first period...in the second quarter WSU managed just 25 yards of offense, but held the lead into the third quarter...Idahos first score was on a sack of Steve Burnbaum that led to a 62-yard TD return...after Idaho tied the game 14-14, Rian Lindell banged home a 48-yard field goal for a 17-14 WSU lead, but the Vandal offense rolled into the fourth quarter and scored twice more...freshman Deon Burnett got his first start for the Cougs and responded with 91 rushing yards...WSU passed for 295 yards, hitting 23 of 53 passes...Leaford Hackett caught eight passes for 99 yards and Marcus Williams caught his first WSU TD pass, 19 yards from Steve Birnbaum...WSU had just one turnover, the costly sack fumble that was returned for Idahos first score...Lamont Thompson had the 12th interception of his career for WSU.
GAME 4: Arizona scored a controversial touchdown on the last play of the game to pull out a 30-24 Wildcat win over WSU, stretching the Cougar losing streak to a team record 12 games...the Wildcats broke a 24-24 tie with no time left when Keith Smith passed 42 yards to Bobby Wade, who made the grab in one corner of the endzone while lying on the ground...TV replays showed, however, he actually scooped the ball off the turf...still, the Cougars had chances to win and came up short...twice in the second half WSU battled back from deficits, first 17-10 and then 24-17...freshman Deon Burnett scored a pair of WSU touchdowns, the first on a 2-yard run that tied the game at 17-17, then on a 55-yarder that produced a 24-24 deadlock late in the fourth quarter...Farwan Zubedi scored WSUs first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Steve Birnbaum in the second quarter, while Rian Lindell tallied WSUs other score on a wind-aided 52-yard field goal just before halftime that gave the Cougars a 10-7 lead at intermission...Birnbaum hit 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards before leaving the game after falling on a Burnett fumble in the end zone for a Wildcat safety in third quarter...Birnbaum, who pulled a groin muscle on the play, was replaced by Jason Gesser, who engineered WSUs two fourth quarter scoring drives...Gesser was also hurt in the game (sprained thumb), but was able to finish...Burnett ended the day with 96 net yards rushing, while Leaford Hackett caught seven passes for 97 yards...Steve Gleason led WSUs defense with a career high 16 tackles, while Billy Newman and Raonall Smith had 15 tackles each.
GAME 5: The celebrations lasted into the night after the Cougars snapped a 12-game skid with a 31-7 Homecoming win over California...the heroes for WSU included Steve Birnbaum, who completed 23 of 38 passes for 227 yards, two scores and no interceptions...Nian Taylor led the injury-riddled receiving corps with nine receptions covering 77 yards, while freshman Collin Henderson and junior Marcus Williams each hauled in scoring passes...freshman Deon Burnett gained 104 yards rushing with 25 carries, both career highs...LeJuan Gibbons grabbed his first interception in two years and Steve Gleasons nine tackles led the defense...WSU scored 17 second quarter points and added 14 in the final period...Cals only answer was a 25-yard fumble return in the third quarter...after surrendering 91 yards to California in the first quarter, WSUs defense took charge and held the Bears to 7 yards in the second quarter and just 30 in the third quarter, a combined 23 yards in two quarters...Cals rushing game netted just 58 yards and the passing attack 116 yards, a total of 174 yards...it was WSUs best defensive performance since 1997 when USL gained 152 yards and Boise State 115...in addition, it was WSUs best defense against a Pac-10 opponent since Oregon was limited to 97 yards in 1994.
GAME 6: WSU picked up its first shutout since 1997 with a 44-0 win over visiting Louisiana-Lafayette and in the process stretched the defense's streak to eight quarters without allowing a touchdown...true freshman Deon Burnett proved to be the wrecking ball that demolished ULL, scoring four times and gaining 110 yards rushing...his effort boosted his season rushing total to 488 yards and his touchdowns scored to nine, both WSU freshman records...the Cougars scored twice in both the first and second quarters for a 28-0 halftime lead and yet had the ball for just 20 plays and 6:58 in the opening 30 minutes...WSU's defense came up with big plays whenever ULL drove into WSU's end of the field...included in the big defensive stops were Grady Emmerson's first career interception, a forced fumble on fourth down that prevented a first down, a missed 32-yard field goal, a fumble recovery by Rob Meier, and an interception by Marcus Trufant...Steve Gleason made 13 tackles to lead WSU...nine receivers caught passes from Steve Birnbaum and backup Paul Mencke, who played just over a quarter of the game...Nian Taylor caught three passes for 101 yards to lead WSU receivers...all of his catches came in the first quarter, including a 59-yard scoring strike from Birnbaum, who hit 11 of his 19 passes...he threw two TD passes and was intercepted once...Birnbaum had thrown 113 straight passes without an interception since the first quarter of the Stanford game.
GAME 7: The Cougars let a halftime lead slip away for the second time this season, falling 33-21 at ASU...WSU jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Deon Burnett's 11-yard run and Leaford Hackett's 11-yard reception from Steve Birnbuam, then added a one-yard Birnbaum run in the second quarter for a 21-13 halftime lead...in the first half WSU ran 45 plays for 259 yards, but in the second half the Cougars mustered just 20 plays for 32 yards...meanwhile ASU ran off 49 second-half plays for 257 yards and 20 points...Burnett had 97 yards at halftime, 96 after three quarters, then finished with a career-high 136 yards...Birnbaum was 13-of-21 at halftime for 126 yards, while in the third and fourth quarters he was a combined 2-for-8 for 15 yards...Leaford Hackett and Nian Taylor each caught five passes...Kareem Anderson saved his best performance of the year for his hometown crowd, booming seven punts for a 48.0 average, including a 69-yarder...defensively Lamont Thompson picked off the 13th pass of his career, leaving him one short of the school record...Steve Gleason and Torry Hollimon paced WSU on defense, each recording 11 tackles...Rob Meier was next with nine stops, including three tackles-for-loss, one of them a sack...LeJuan Gibbons continued his solid play by forcing one fumble and deflecting two passes.
GAME 8: Oregon State upset WSU 27-13 before a Cougar Dads' Day crowd of 34,240, taking command 10-3 in the first quarter and never letting WSU catch up...for the second straight week, WSU started strong offensively, then tailed off after the first quarter...OSU drove 80 yards on its first possession and added a field goal on its next possession for a quick 10-0 lead, answered only by Rian Lindell's 32-yard field goal late in the opening quarter...the Cougs had 124 yards of offense in the first quarter, OSU 161 yards...in the second quarter neither team generated much of an offense, trading field goals for a 13-6 Beaver lead at halftime...OSU picked up its offense in the third quarter and scored once, then traded touchdowns with the Cougs in the final quarter...WSU's offense generated 124 yards in the first quarter, 33 in the second, 53 in the third and 93 yards in the final quarter...Deon Burnett picked his way for 112 yards rushing, while Steve Birnbaum hit 18 of his 34 passes, including seven to Leaford Hackett...Birnbaum did not have an interception or TD pass...the game was nearly turnover free, with no interceptions and just two lost fumbles, one by each club...Grady Emmerson led the Cougars with 11 tackles, while Curtis Holden had 10 and one of WSU's two sacks.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the Oregon State game are:
|Pac-10 Offense:||Leaford Hackett (Sylmar, Calif.)|
|Pac-10 Defense:||Grady Emmerson (Kennewick, Wash.)|
|Pac-10 Special Teams:||Rian Lindell (Vancouver, Wash.)|
|Offensive Lineman:||Russell Mizin (Aberdeen, Wash.)|
|Offensive Back:||Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.|
|Offensive Scout Team:||Josh Moen (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Defensive Back:||Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Defensive Lineman:||Eric Boose (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Defensive Scout Team:||Isaac Brown (Upland, Calif.)|
|Defensive Pursuit Player:||Eric Boose (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Cougar Claw:||Nian Taylor (Riverside, Calif.), Jesse Ratcliff (Lacey, Wash.), Earl Riley (Dos Palos, Calif.), Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.), Curtis Holden (San Francisco, Calif.)|
|Big Hit:||Curtis Holden (San Francisco, Calif.)|
|Cougar Tackler:||Curtis Holden (San Francisco, Calif.), Marcus Trufant (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Specialist of the Week:||Josh Moen (Tacoma, Wash.), Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)|
|Most Disciplined Offense:||None|
|Most Disciplined Defense:||Earl Riley (Dos Palos, Calif.)|
|Most Disciplined Special Teams:||Billy Newman (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)|
|Special Teams Big Play:||Rian Lindell (Vancouver, Wash.), Kareem Anderson (Phoenix, Ariz.), Nian Taylor (Riverside, Calif.)|
|Assassin:||Josh Moen (Tacoma, Wash.)|
|Iron Man:||Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)|
|Gamebreaker:||Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)|
1999 WSU FOOTBALL STARTERS
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....KXLYs Rick Lukens hosts the shows...FOX Sports Northwests 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 Spokanes 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 television action begins Saturday, Nov. 6, with the Washington at Arizona game on ABC Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT; FOX Sports Net will then show both the Arizona State at USC (national) and California at Oregon State (regional) conference match-ups at 3:30 p.m. PT, followed by the WSU at Oregon game at 7:00 p.m. PT.
FSNW-TV: Fox Sports Northwest will replay Washington States game vs. Oregon Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS (available toll free from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSUs Web provider...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck will combine talents on the 24-station Crimson and Gray Sports Network. Robertson is in his 33rd year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his first season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Broadcast Ink, airs weekly throughout the network. All broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to wsucougars.com.
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).
INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.