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Oct. 4, 2000

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WHO: WSU Cougars (2-2 overall, 1-1 in Pac-10) vs. Boise State Broncos (3-1 overall, 0-0 Big West)

WHAT: Non- Conference Cougar Football, Band Day, Armed Forces Day, Future Cougar Day

WHEN: Saturday, October 7, Kickoff 2:00 p.m. PDT

WHERE: Martin Stadium (37,600, FieldTurf), Pullman, Wash.

TV: Fox Sports Net will show WSU-BSU delayed until 10:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 61-68-0 (.473) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 107-112-0 (.489) in 20 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). BOISE STATE ? The Broncos are coached by Dirk Koetter, in his third season at BSU...Koetter's career and BSU coaching record is 19-9.

WSU VS. BOISE STATE: The Washington State - Boise State series only dates back two games and three years...the two teams first met in 1997, with the Cougars picking up a 58-0 win on their way to the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth...a year later, 1998, in Boise, the Broncos gave the Cougars quite a scare before WSU pulled out a 33-21 victory...BSU led 14-6 in that game before WSU took the lead late in the third quarter...even then WSU only led 26-21 with less than two minutes to play...here's a series breakdown:

Most WSU Points: 58 1997 (58-0) Most Boise State Points: 21, 1998 (21-33)
Widest WSU Victory: 58, 1997 (58-0) Widest Boise State Victory: None
Longest WSU Win Streak: 2, 1997-98 Longest Boise State Win Streak: None
Last WSU Win: 1998 (33-21) Last Boise State Win: None
Last WSU Win Pullman: 1997 (58-0) Last Boise State Win Pullman: None
Last WSU Win Boise: 1998 (33-21) Last Boise State Win Boise: None
WSU at Home: 1-0 Boise State at Home: 0-0
WSU at Boise: 1-0 Boise State at Pullman: 0-0
Mike Price vs. Boise State: 2-0 Dirk Koetter vs. WSU: 0-1
WSU Streak: +2 BSU Streak: -2

COUGARS DO WELL ON THE ROAD: WSU's 21-17 win at California last week was the Cougars' third straight road win, dating back to the final game of the 1999 season at Hawaii...the Cougs have defeated in order Hawaii, Utah and now Cal, all on the road...this year the visiting team has won all four WSU games, the Cougars going 0-2 at home and 2-0 on the road...in 1988, the home team lost each time in WSU's first four games, with the Cougars winning at Illinois, Minnesota and Tennessee and losing at home to Oregon...in the fifth game WSU downed California in Pullman to snap the string of home losses.

WSU RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • P 2: WSU's 22 starters include 11 freshmen/sophomores
  • P 2: Trufant picks three passes in last five WSU games
  • P 2: Matson to make 25th straight start
  • P 3: WSU's Injury update
  • P 3: Lamont Thompson to redshirt
  • P 4: WSU scoring streak at 182 consecutive games and 159 at home
  • P 4: WSU +2 in turnovers and 80% in Red Zone

2000 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Jason Gesser (17), RB Adam Hawkins (37), DE Austin Matson (61), WR Farwan Zubedi (41). BOISE STATE -- Game captains.

BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: Against California WSU's starting lineup of 22 players included 3 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 3 juniors and 8 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 11 freshmen, 11 sophomores, 12 juniors and 10 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists 24 freshmen and sophomores and 20 juniors and seniors.

MOST STARTS: Austin Matson and Reed Raymond each have made 24 starts in their Cougar career, although Raymond is now out for the year with a knee injury...here are the players with the most starts going into the BSU game:

Austin Matson -- 24 straight [24 total]
Reed Raymond -- 24 of last 26 games [24 total]
Billy Newman -- 15 straight [16 total]
Chris Martin -- 15 straight (missed 1999) [15 total]
James Price -- 13 of last 15 (missed 1999) [14 total]
Deon Burnett - 13 of last 14 games [13 total]
Farwan Zubedi -- 11 of last 16 [11 total]

COUG FOOTBALL HAS TWO SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster in 2000 includes two sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and linebackers Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77).

MORE BROTHERS: In addition to two sets of twins on the Cougar roster, there are five other pairs of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Adam and Blair Hawkins, Pat and Collin Henderson, Raonall and Kealan Smith, and Deon and Anthony Burnett.

WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Two members of WSU's 2000 football roster boast brothers who have played at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother was a senior in 1999.

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, 1999 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho currently uses 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...this year Idaho plays three home games in WSU's stadium.

BURNETT ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Deon Burnett, a true freshman in 1999, notched the best season ever for a Cougar freshman running back...among his accomplishments:

  • Burnett was the first true freshman at WSU to start at RB since Derek Sparks, 1991 (Sparks had one start),
  • Burnett broke the Cougar record for rushing yards in a game by a freshman with 136 yards at ASU,
  • Burnett's 974 rushing yards was a WSU freshman record, topping the previous mark of 425, Rueben Mayes, 1982,
  • Burnett's 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 total touchdowns were the most ever by a Cougar freshman,
  • Burnett scored four rushing touchdowns against ULL, a freshman record and one short of the school record,

BURNETT 2 SHORT OF 100: Deon Burnett came within two yards of his fifth 100-yard game, rushing for 98 yards and a 6.1 average against Idaho...through three games this year he has rushed for 180 yards, averaging 4.7 yards per carry, but he has yet to score a touchdown...his 100 yard games last year came consecutively against Cal (104), Louisiana-Lafayette (110), ASU (136) and OSU (112).

BURNETT NEARS 1200 RUSHING YARDS: Sophomore Deon Burnett has now run for 1,154 career yards, leaving him 585 yards short of a spot in WSU's top 10 list...Burnett would need to average 73 yards per game for the rest of the season to earn a spot on WSU's career list by season's end...tenth on WSU's all-time list is Dan Doornink, who gained 1,739 yards during career, 1974-77...ninth place is held by Bernard Jackson, who gained 1,779 during his two Cougar seasons, 1970 and 1971.

BURNETT SIDELINES: Sophomore Deon Burnett was sidelined last week against California with a bruised bone in his knee...the injury was suffered in practice the week of the game...his status for Boise State is not yet known.

MINNICH TOPS 100 YARDS: Dave Minnich, the ex-Marine running back who joined WSU this fall as a junior out of Mt. San Jacinto JC, ran for 118 yards against Utah to lead WSU's rushing game that produced 213 yards on the ground...during his two-year JC career, Minnich averaged 134 yards per game, so he certainly is no stranger to 100 yard games...he finished his career with 2,679 rushing yards.

TRUFANT PICKS FOURTH PASS: Sophomore Marcus Trufant, who had two interceptions while starting seven games last year, picked off two passes in WSU's first three games this season...Trufant picked off a pass at Utah, then made a diving interception against Idaho...as a true freshman last season, he had his first interception against Louisiana-Lafayette, then returned one 45 yards at Hawaii...this season the Wilson High of Tacoma graduate has made 22 tackles in WSU's four games, deflected two passes, forced and recovered a fumble against Stanford, and stolen two enemy passes.

LONG DRIVES: WSU has had six scoring drives of 70 yards or longer in the first four games, including five drives of 80 yards or more.

INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Oct. 2 from the training staff: Deon Burnett (knee, possible), James Price (broken hand, doubtful), Al Genatone (leg, questionable), Melvin Camarena (ankle sprain, questionable), Derrick Roche (quad bruise, probable), Tyler Hunt (knee bruise, probable), Tomasi Kongaika (knee sprain, questionable), Melvin Simmons (shoulder, doubtful), Farwan Zubedi (knee, possible), Nick Lambert (quad strain, doubtful), Serign Marong (back, probable) Jason White (ankle, possible), Rien Long (ankle, possible). Out indefinitely are: Ing Aleaga (broken foot), Lamont Thompson (neck), Wendell Smith (shoulder), Sam Lightbody (ruptured thumb ligament), Ira Davis (knee bruise), Reed Raymond (left knee, torn MCL).

LAMONT THOMPSON TO REDSHIRT: Senior Lamont Thompson, who shares the WSU record with 14 career interceptions, will redshirt during the 2000 season and rehab his sore neck that has kept him out of all workouts since spring...the senior is currently undergoing physical therapy and neck strengthening exercises...several visits to specialists revealed no structural damage to Thompson's neck area.

OFFENSE OFF TO GOOD START: WSU has generated 1,151 yards in total offense through three games, averaging 384 yards...the last time WSU generated more in the first three games was 1,427 in 1997.

COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 378 first quarter points in the last 84 games (4.50/quarter) over the past eight years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998, 71 in 1999 and 14 in 2000.

ZUBEDI AND HIS UNIQUE PET: Wide receiver Farwan Zubedi, one of WSU's four co-captains, has a unique pet that draws some folks to him while others will take the long way around him...Zubedi has a pet snake...not just your common garden snake hidden in the folds of his cloths or in a pocket...it's a 4-foot boa named Unique...hard to hide and not everyone's favorite pet...unfortunately neither Zubedi or Unique have seen action for the Cougs in the first two games...Zubedi missed the first week of fall camp after spilling his motorcycle the week before camp opened...he suffered a bruised and lacerated knee...he returned to practice the second week and was working his way to the top of the depth chart when an infection set in and he missed the first three games....he may return for limited play this week.

PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 107 wins... Arizona's Dick Tomey leads Pac-10 coaches with 156, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder with 123 and Price...Price, in his 12th season at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th year 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 61-68-0 (.473), while his career mark is now 107-112-0...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 61 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

COUG LINE AVERAGES 291: WSU's offensive line currently weights in at a collective 1,459 pounds, or an average of 291.4 pounds...the heavyweights of the group include Phil Locker at 311 and Ryan Raymond at 304, while Josh Parrish weighed in at 284 this fall...the lightweights are Tyler Hunt and Derrick Roche, each at 280 pounds...prior to the loss of 312-pound Reed Raymond to a season-sending knee injury at California, the line averaged 294 pounds...last year's line weighed 1,489 and the 1998 line tipped the scales at a WSU record 1,508 pounds.

WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1971...in 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10.

COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged more than three touchdowns a game, currently boasting an average of 25.2 points per outing.

COUGS GO MARINES: While looking for a few good men the past two years, the WSU coaching staff discovered the Marines...a pair of WSU players are former Marines, Wendell Smith and Dave Minnich...Smith, from Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, joined the Cougars last fall as a freshman after four years in the service...this season WSU brought in running back Dave Minnich from Mt. San Jacinto College...originally from Stonington, Conn., Minnich spent four years in the Marines before going the jaycee route...Smith is currently sidelined following shoulder surgery in the spring.

RED ZONE: WSU has scored 8 times in 10 trips inside the 20 yard line in 2000, scoring 4 touchdowns to go with 4 field goals...here's a look at WSU's red zone success the last four years:

NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars perform much better at home than on the road during Mike Price's 12 year tenure...at home the Cougars are 34-27 (55.7%) and on the road the team is 27-41 (39.7%)...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars.

COUGARS VS. RANKED TEAMS: The Cougars have yet to meet a ranked team in 2000...WSU did not 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.

TURNOVERS: WSU is +2 in turnovers this year...after a -1 in the opener against Stanford, the Cougs came back and were +1 at Utah and +2 against Idaho...WSU's turnover margin was -4 in 1999, -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

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

  • The Cougars have scored in 191 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 182 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 159 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The "Mike Price TV Show" airs Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT on KHQ, KNDO (Yakima) and KNDU (Tri-Cities) television stations....KHQ's John Fritz hosts the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.

JIM STERK RADIO SHOW: "Cougar Conversation with (WSU AD) Jim Sterk" is aired each Sunday for 30 minutes at 10:30 a.m. on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.

WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. All in-season head coaches and selected players (when available) will be available for the phone conference and in-person interviews. Contact the WSU Media Information Office for more information. Members of the media may attend in person or participate by use of the telephone.

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 Saturday, Oct. 7, will include Arizona at USC on ABC regional at 12:30 p.m. PT and Stanford at Notre Dame on NBC at 10:30 a.m. PT. Fox Sports Net coverage will include California at Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. PT and Oregon State at Washington at 7 p.m. PT.

FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay Washington State's game against Boise State Oct. 8 at 10:00 a.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, WSU's Web provider...the address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.

WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 24-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 34th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his second season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour "Mike Price Show," produced and distributed by Learfield Communications, airs weekly on most network stations live at 7:00 p.m.. Robertson is the show's regular host...all broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to wsucougars.com.

SATELLITE: WSU uplinks a 15-minute football video package each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. (C-Band, Telstar 6, Transponder 19 V, 93 degree west, ) 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 12:00 noon PDT on Telstar 5, Transponder 16, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).

PRICE AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews 11:00-Noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games). Arrangements for Price interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice each Tuesday and Wednesday and before practice each Thursday. Contact Rebecka McKinney at the WSU Media Information Office.

PRICE PHONE CONFERENCES: Mike Price is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:30 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.

COUGAR INFOCONNECTION: Members of the media may access WSU press releases, game statistics and other sports specific information through InfoConnection. For information on how to access information from all 10 Pac-10 schools and the Pac-10 office, contact the league office or any of the Pac-10 sports information offices.

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