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Wide receiver Marcus
Williams and the Cougars
take on Pac-10 foe
Arizona State Saturday.

Football Squad Comes Off Bye Week To Battle Arizona State

Cougars look for second Pac-10 win of season against Sun Devils Saturday.

Oct. 19, 1999

WHO:WSU Cougars (2-4, 1-2) vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (3-3, 2-1)
WHAT:Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, October 23; Kickoff 4:00 p.m. MST/PDT
WHERE:Sun Devil Stadium (74,186, grass), Tempe, Ariz.
TV:Fox Sports Northwest replay Sunday, Oct. 24, 3:00 p.m. PDT

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 58-61-0 (.487) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 104-105-0 (.498) in 19 seasons at Weber State (1981-88; 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). ASU - The Sun Devils are coached by Bruce Snyder, who has a 20-year career record of 116-97-5, including a 48-36-0 mark in eight seasons with ASU.

WSU VS. ASU: Since a 21-21 tie in 1987, the series results between WSU and ASU has been one of streaks...first the Sun Devils reeled off four straight wins...then WSU took four straight, 1991-92-93-94...ASU has now followed up with wins in 1997-98...the two teams didn't play each other in 1995-96...overall ASU leads the series 14-9 with two ties...Bruce Snyder is 3-5-1 against WSU and Mike Price against ASU is 4-4.

"BYE" WEEK: The Washington State Cougar football team got a much needed week off following the win over Louisiana-Lafayette Oct. 9...WSU did not play a game Oct. 16, the team's only "bye" week this up is Arizona State Oct. 23 a Tempe...the battle at ASU will be WSU's second game outside Martin Stadium this year.

WSU ON TV: The Cougars are currently slated for three live TV games during the Pac-10 season...the WSU-Stanford match-up was shown by FOX Sports Net earlier in the season...ABC has already selected WSU's match-up at home against the USC Trojans Nov. 13 for regional showing, while FOX Sports Net has also selected WSU's Nov. 6 game at Oregon, 7:00 p.m.

FOX SPORTS NORTHWEST TV: Fox Sports Northwest will show the WSU-ASU game Sunday, Oct. 24, at 3:00 p.m...Bud Nameck calls the action with Clete Casper.

THE STREAK: The Washington State Cougar defense has not allowed a touchdown in eight quarters...the last touchdown scored against WSU was by Arizona on their last play of the game, a bomb that produced the winning score Sept. 25...the following week WSU beat California 31-7, with a fumble return Cal's only score...last week the Cougars blanked Louisiana-Lafayette 44-0.

CAPTAINS: WSU - WR Nian Taylor (82), LB Steve Gleason (34), SS Torry Hollimon (29). ASU - .

BURNETT TOPS IN RUSHING: Freshman back Deon Burnett tops all Cougar running backs through six games with 91 carries for 488 yards and a 5.4 average...he also has caught nine passes for 105 his game against ULL he gained 110 yards in 15 carries and scored four touchdowns, one short of the school record...Burnett has improved his rushing totals every game through six the last four games he has averaged 100.3 ypg...his game-by game performances:

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BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENBTS: 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, with 104 yards rushing against California Oct. 2, he became the first true freshman RB to hit 100 yards since Will Haskell against Oregon State, 1993;
  • Burnett's 488 rushing yards is a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982;
  • Burnett's nine rushing touchdowns and nine total touchdowns are the most ever by a Cougar freshman;
  • Burnett is four rushing touchdowns short of the WSU record of 13 set by Steve Broussard, 1989, and Shaumbe Wright-Fair, 1992.

BURNETT EYES TD RECORD: With nine touchdowns through six games this season, freshman running back Deon Burnett has his sights set on the WSU single-season record of 17 (13 rush, 4 rec.) by Steve Broussard in 1989 he needs two more TDs to enter the WSU single-season top 10 next up are seven players with 11 touchdowns each Burnett also has a shot at Broussard's single-season scoring record of 104 points (17 TD, 1 2XP) with 54 points through six games the Upland, Calif., native is only four rushing TDs shy of entering the Pac-10 single-season top 20 here's a look at WSU's top 10 single-season touchdown scorers:

1. Steve Broussard, 198917
2. Bernard Jackson, 197114
3. Ken Grandberry, 197212
Rueben Mayes, 198412
5. Steve Broussard, 198812
6. Bob Kennedy, 194211
Hugh Campbell, 196011
Bernard Jackson, 197111
Samoa Samoa, 198011
Rueben Mayes, 198411
Rueben Mayes, 198511
Kevin McKenzie, 199711
? Deon Burnett, 19999

TAYLOR ON CAREER LISTS: Senior Nian Taylor, with three catches for 101 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette (all in the first quarter), has moved into a tie for eighth on WSU's career reception list...Taylor now has 116 career receptions for 2,195 yards...Brian Kelly also caught 116 passes during his Cougar career...Taylor is ranked sixth in career reception yards...just ahead of Taylor are Steve Broussard 120, and Tim Stallworth 125.

LINDELL FOURTH IN CAREER SCORING: Rian Lindell, with 172 career points, now ranks fourth in career scoring at WSU...he has made 100-of-103 extra point kicks and 24-of-39 (62%) of his field goals, including 4-of-5 this year...the top three career scorers are Jason Hanson 328, Steve Broussard 248 and John Traut 231.

HACKETT HAS 84 CAREER CATCHES: In just 16 games as a Cougar, Leaford Hackett has 84 career receptions, leaving him just 23 catches short of WSU's career Top 10...only three Cougar receivers have ever accumulated 100 total passes in consecutive seasons...Hugh Campbell, WSU's 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...his receptions have accounted for 1,027 yards, an average of 12.2 per catch.

INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Oct. 19, from the training staff: Curtis Nettles (lower back, probable), Phil Locker (hip flexor, questionable) Ryan Raymond (calf bruise, doubtful), Reed Raymond (abdominal strain, probable), Earl Riley (toe sprain, questionable), Alvin Arzu (knee, questionable). Cleared this week for action are Ing Aleaga (elbow infection), LeJuan Gibbons (shoulder), Raonall Smith (shoulder), Jeremy Thielbahr (shoulder), Leaford Hackett (shoulder), Erik Larson (hamstring) and Jesse Ratcliff (back). 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), Curtis Holden (fractured right hand), Alex Tinsley (hamstring), Mark Hedeen (neck).

PASSING ATTACK CATCHING: It seems like just about everyone has joined the receiving corps in 1999 no less than 15 different receivers have collected at least one pass so far this season 11 of those 15 players recorded their first career catches for WSU Leaford Hackett leads the group with an impressive 6.0 catches per game Nian Taylor averages 4.5 per outing, followed by Farwan Zubedi (2.7) 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 the Lousiana-Lafayette game marked the fourth time this season that at least nine different players had at least one reception in the same game a season-high nine Cougars had catches versus the Ragin' Cajuns, while eight players caught passes against Utah, Stanford and Cal.

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

9/4- - -UtahUtah State
9/11@ TexasStanford@ Arizona
9/18@ AuburnIdaho@ Wyoming
10/2ASUCalifornia@ BYU
10/9Louisiana TechSw Louisiana@ Tulane
10/23@ WashingtonArizona State@ Oregon
10/30UCLAOregon StateCalifornia
11/6ASUOregon@ California
11/20UCLAWashington- - -
11/27NavyHawaii- - -

COUG FOOTBALL HAS 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 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.

LINDELL BACK ON TRACK: Ryan Lindell has snapped out of his slump of a year ago...he has hit four of his five field goal attempts this year, a 27-yarder against Stanford, a 48-yarder against Idaho, a 52-yarder against Arizona and a 40-yarder against California...his only miss has been a 52-yard attempt at Stanford...Lindell is 100-of-103 in career extra points and is working on a streak of 37 straight...his last missed PAT was on WSU's second touchdown of the 1998 Rose Bowl when his effort was blocked...he has now made 24-of-39 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 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 - 29 consecutive starts [29 total]
Lamont Thompson - 20 of last 21 games [20 total]
Steve Gleason - 26 starts in last 29 games [26 total]
Reed Raymond - 15 of last 17 games [15 total]
Rob Meier - 17 consecutive starts [19 total]
Kareem Anderson - 17 consecutive starts [17 total]

GLEASON HAS 250 TACKLES: Senior linebacker Steve Gleason has moved into 14th on WSU's career tackle list with 250 stops, leaving him just 29 short of the Top 10...the current team leader has 66 stops in six games this season to lead all Pac-10 players...with 13 tackles against Louisiana-Lafayette, Gleason passed both Ken Emmil (1979-82) and Maury Metcalf (1985-88), who each made 248 tackles during their careers...Gleason entered his final football season with a team-leading 184 tackles...Gleason's 100 tackles as a sophomore led WSU and last season he was in on 70 tackles...tenth on the career list is Dean Pedigo's 279 tackles, 1974-77.

FEELING LIKE '52: The Cougars are hoping to duplicate the success of the 1952 team which, like the 1999 squad, also started 0-4 but that Al Kircher-coached team rallied to win four of its last six games and finished 4-6 the 1952 team posted wins over Oregon and Oregon State, among others WSU had been 0-4 only three times previously before this season: 1938, 1952 and 1967.

BIRNBAUM'S EFFICIENT: After stuggling 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 132.71 and he has thrown just two interceptions, one in the first quarter at Stanford and the second last week against between he threw 113 passes without an's Birnbaum's game-by game totals:

Last 3:76461.605562559
'99 TOTAL:154902.5841095859
'98 TOTALS:23511411.4851677697
'97 TOTALS:19111.578142126
'96 TOTALS:2071.35093019

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:


* = 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.

SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 184 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 172 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984;
  • The Cougars have scored in 155 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 314 first quarter points in the last 74 games (4.24/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 27 so far in 1999.

THOMPSON ADDS TO INTERCEPTION TOTAL: Junior Lamont Thompson picked off one pass against Utah and one against Idaho to push his career total to 12 in three seasons...with the interception against Idaho, Thompson moved into a tie for fourth on WSU's all-time list...he is now tied with Eric Johnson, 1971-73...he is two behind record holder Richard Reed, 1966-68, who had 14 in three years.

1. Richard Reed, 1966-681423116.50
2. Bill Lippincott, 1945-481319715.21
3. Lionel Thomas, 1969-701319014.61
4. Lamont Thompson, 1997-9912847.00
4. Eric Johnson, 1971-7312584.80
6. Don Paul, 1946-491121619.61
6. Torey Hunter, 1991-9411625.60
8. Greg Burns, 1991-959869.60

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 11-year tenure, it's easy to see why...Price at home has a 34-23 record, including a 28-14 mark the past eight years...on the road, WSU is 24-38...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:


COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 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 the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 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 14 times (13 TDs) in 14 trips inside the 20 yard line, while opponents have scored 11 times (10 TDs) in 20 trips inside WSU's 20 yard line...the Cougars have scored five touchdowns in five 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 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 three in the last four games...WSU is now -1 in turnover margin this year...last year the Cougars lost the ball 40 times, the most among Division I football teams...WSU's turnover margin was -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last seven years WSU has held 31 of 74 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 those 74 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.
1999 - Games WSU Allowed 100 Yards Rushing - 5/6 Utah 175, Stanford 103, Idaho 158, Arizona 249, California 58, Louisiana 130.

WSU DEFENSE HALTS LONG RUSHES: WSU's defense allowed three runs of 20+ yards in the last seven years WSU has allowed just 60 runs of 20 yards or longer in 73 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 - 5
Anderson, Utah - 40; Dean, Idaho - 23
Canidate, Arizona, 45; Brister, ULL - 20, 21

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 - 19

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 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the'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)

WASHINGTON STATE SINCE '92: The Washington State Cougars have won 45 games since the start of the 1992's a look at the records for Pac-10 teams, 1992-99:

1992-99 (OVERALL/PACFIC-10)

Arizona State4936034250
Washington State4541026330
Oregon State23591 7511

100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 23 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last seven years and 74 games 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.
1999 - Players Gaining 100+ Yards vs. WSU - 4
Mike Anderson, Utah, 108; Anthony Tenner, Idaho, 118
Trung Canidate, Arizona 158; Darren Brister, ULL, 113.

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).

COUG'S LINE BIG: The collective weight of this year's offensive line is 1,489 pounds, just 19 pounds shy of last year's 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 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.

COUGAR DEFENSE CLIMBS TO SECOND: WSU's defense is now ranked second in total defense (357.3), scoring defense (24.3 points) and pass efficiency defense (109.8 rating) in the offense-oriented Pacific-10 Conference...since 1992, WSU's defense stacks up as the second best in the league, allowing an average of 322 yards over the seven year period, 1992-98.

SHAD HINCHEN INDUCTED: Former Cougar defensive back Shad Hinchen, who played for the Cougars in 1995-96, was inducted into the Saddleback College Athletic Hall of Fame Sept.25...Hinchen twice won All-Mission Conference honors (1993-94) and was a second-team All-America pick as a sophomore...with the Cougars Hinchen had 105 tackles in two seasons and two interceptions, both as a 1996 he earned All-Pac-10 second team honors...he earned All-Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors following his senior performance against Oregon State when he picked off two passes, one of which he returned for a touchdown, and deflected two passes...he played in the 1996 Blue-Gray Classic, where he had three tackles and one pass deflection.

PRICE'S "BYE" SUMMARY: Here's a look at how WSU has performed after a "bye" week during Mike Price's tenure...overall WSU is 7-5 since home WSU is 3-1 and on the road 4-4...over the last five years, 1994-98, WSU is 5-2 after a "bye" September the Cougars are 5-0, in October 2-2 and in November 0-3 after a bye, while in league games WSU is 6-5 and against the Sun Devils WSU is 0-1 under's the breakdown:

1989: Bye Nov. 4, then lost to Cal 38-26 at Berkeley
1990: Bye Oct. 13, then beat OSU 55-24 at Corvallis
1991: Bye Oct. 26, then lost to UCLA 44-3 at Pasadena
1992: Bye Sept. 19, then beat Fresno State 39-37 at Fresno
1993: Bye Nov. 13, then lost to Washington 26-3 at Seattle
1994: Bye Sept. 17, then beat UCLA 21-0 at Pasadena
1995: Bye Sept. 16, then beat UCLA 24-15 at Pullman
1996: Bye Sept. 14, theb beat Oregon 55-44 at Pullman
Bye Nov. 2, then lost to UCLA 38-14 at Pasadena
1997: Bye Sept. 6, then beat USC 28-21 at Los Angeles
Bye Oct. 11, then beat California 63-37 at Pullman
1998: Bye Oct. 24, then lost to ASU 38-28 at Pullman

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 WSU's Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandal's 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 WSU's 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 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.

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...Arizona's Dick Tomey has 151, followed by ASU's 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 58-61-0 (.487), while his career mark is now 104-105-0...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.



Kareem Anderson Punting 39.5 6th

Steve Birnbaum Passing 182.4 5th Total Offense 174.8 5th Pass Efficiency 132.7 7th

Deon Burnett Rushing 81.3 4th Scoring (TDs) 9.0 2nd

LeJuan Gibbons Passes Defended 7 6th*

Steve Gleason Tackles 11.0 1st

Leaford Hackett Receptions 6.00 3rd Receiving Yards 69.4 7th All-Purpose 110.6 10th Punt Returns 6.6 9th KO Returns 19.6 6th

Colin Henderson Punt Returns 8.5 7th

Curtis Holden Tackles 8.8 8th*

Rian Lindell Kick Scoring 5.0 8th Field Goals 0.67 6th* FG Percentage 80.0 3rd PAT Percentage 100.0 1st*

Billy Newman Tackles 10.2 2nd*

Nian Taylor Receptions 4.5 9th Reception Yards 62.5 9th

Lamont Thompson Interceptions 0.33 5th*

* = Tie

1999 TEAM STATISTICAL RANKINGS [Released 10/17/99]

Rushing Offense108.810th94th
Passing Offense247.35th28th
Total Offense356.29th71st
Scoring Offense23.38th75th
Rushing Defense145.56th61st
Pass Efficiency Defense109.82nd30th
Total Defense357.32nd58th
Scoring Defense24.32nd*54th*
Net Punting33.28th85th
Punt Returns8.17th73rd
KO Returns18.49th86th
Turnover Margin-0.176th72nd*

Rushing Offense169.53rd34th
Passing Offense215.58th54th
Total Offense385.05th47th
Scoring Offense22.39th81st*
Rushing Defense181.810th87th
Pass Efficiency Defense124.14th70th
Total Defense385.35th78th
Scoring Defense25.74th68th
Net Punting36.26th52nd
Punt Returns6.010th106th
KO Returns17.510th98th
Turnover Margin-.6710th98th*

* = Tie


Leaford Hackett, WSU   Receptions        6.0   27th*
Steve Birnbaum, WSU    Pass Offense    132.7   29th
Deon Burnett, WSU      Scoring Offense   9.0   23rd*
                       Rushing          81.3   50th


  • GAME 1: WSU's 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...WSU's 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 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 WSU's losing streak to 10 straight, including nine in league play...WSU's 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 Burnett's 52 net rushing yards paced the Cougars, as did Steve Birnbaum's 14-for-20 passing performance for 144 yards...he threw one interception and tossed TD passes to Hackett and Corey Scott...Curtis Holden's 15 tackles and one interception and 12 tackles by Steve Gleason led WSU's 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 was Idaho's first win over WSU since 1965 and snapped WSU's 14-game win streak over the Vandals...the loss was WSU's 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 the second quarter WSU managed just 25 yards of offense, but held the lead into the third quarter...Idaho's 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 Idaho's 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 WSU's first touchdown on an 11-yard pass from Steve Birnbaum in the second quarter, while Rian Lindell tallied WSU's 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 WSU's 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 WSU's 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 Colin 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 Gleason's nine tackles led the defense...WSU scored 17 second quarter points and added 14 in the final period...Cal's only answer was a 25-yard fumble return in the third quarter...after surrendering 91 yards to California in the first quarter, WSU's 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...Cal's rushing game netted just 58 yards and the passing attack 116 yards, a total of 174 was WSU's best defensive performance since 1997 when USL gained 152 yards and Boise State addition, it was WSU's 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 was 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.

WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly Hayden Homes award winners from the Louisiana-Lafayette game are:

Pac-10 Offense: Deon Burnett (Upland, Calif.)
Pac-10 Defense: None
Pac-10 Special Teams: None
Offensive Lineman: Ryan Tujague (Pleasonton, Calif.)
Offensive Back: Steve Birnbaum (Chino Hills, Calif.)
Offensive Scout: Team: Billy Graffis (Oaksdale, Wash.)
Defensive Back: LeJuan Gibbons (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive Lineman: Rob Meier (West Vancouver, BC)
Defensive Scout Team: Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash.)
Defensive Pursuit Player: Steve Gleason (Spokane, Wash.)
Cougar Claw: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)
Big Hit: None
Cougar Tackler: None
Specialist of the Week: Serign Marong (Pullman, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Offense: None
Most Disciplined Defense: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
Most Disciplined Special Teams: Torry Hollimon (Everett, Wash.)
Special Teams Big Play: Wendell Smith (Spokane, Wash.)
Assassin: Serign Marong (Pullman, Wash.)
Iron Man: Serign Marong (Pullman, Wash.)
Gamebreaker: Adam Hawkins (Pendleton, Ore.)



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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