Oct. 3, 2005
Washington State University returns to Martin Stadium for the first time since opening the season Sept. 1 against Idaho when it hosts Stanford at 2 p.m., Saturday.
The Cougars dropped their first game of the season last Saturday, falling 44-33 at Oregon State, despite gaining 638 yards in total offense. The 638 total yards marked the highest output by WSU since gaining 653 yards against Montana State (10/18/01).
Stanford enters Saturday's game with a 1-2 record, having dropped its last two. In its last outing the Cardinal led early against Oregon but fell 44-20. Stanford leads the all-time series against WSU 31-23-1.
WSU-UCLA ON FSN TV AT 3:30 P.M.: WSU's Homecoming football game with UCLA will be televised live by FSN at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 from Martin Stadium.
HARRISON PICKS UP SEVENTH-STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for a game-high 124 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon State, his seventh-straight game over 100 yards...it also marked the second consecutive game Harrison has recorded three scores as he tallied three against Grambling State (9/17)...dating back to the UCLA game last season (11/6/04), Harrison is averaging 148.3 yards per game and has scored 12 touchdowns...in 2005 he is averaging 130.8 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and sixth nationally...his backup, freshman DeMaundray Woolridge, is averaging 85.0 ypg.
HILL TOPS CAREER-HIGH FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME: For the second consecutive game junior receiver Jason Hill set his career-high for receiving yards...against Grambling State (9/17), Hill pulled in 10 catches for 143 yards and two touchdowns...last Saturday against Oregon State Hill played just over one half before suffering a quadriceps contusion but that was enough time to grab eight catches, one touchdown and a career-best 190 yards...this season he is averaging 130.2 yards per game, second in the nation, while his 7.00 receptions per game are 14th nationally.
BRINK THROWS FOR SCHOOL RECORD IN LOSS TO OSU: Sophomore quarterback Alex Brink threw for a school-record 531 yards and one touchdown last Saturday against Oregon State, breaking the previous mark of 476 yards set by Drew Bledsoe against Utah in the 1992 Copper Bowl...for more details on Brink's season please see page 4.
BASLER BECOMES WSU ALL-TIME PUNTS LEADER: Senior punter Kyle Basler moved into the top spot on the WSU career punting list against Oregon State with 220 punts...Basler passed Gavin Hedrick (1973-77), whose record of 217 stood for 27 years...for more on Basler's career, please see page 5.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the Oregon State game were Jerome Harrison (offense), Steve Dildine (defense) and Brandon Gibson (special teams)...Harrison rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns against Oregon State, his seventh-straight 1`00-yard effort...Dildine registered a team- and career-high 13 tackles against the Beavers while Gibson returned five kickoffs for 91 yards, including a long of 38 yards that set up the Cougars second touchdown of the game.
2005 STANFORD GAME CAPTAINS: C Tim Mattran (62), DE Julian Jenkins (94), FS Calvin Armstrong (25).