Oct. 31, 2005
Washington State University returns to Martin Stadium looking to break a five-game slide as it hosts Arizona State in a radio-only game Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The Cougars dropped their fifth-straight last Saturday against the top-ranked USC Trojans, 55-13. With the score 7-6 in the first quarter, USC scored to next 41 points to put the game away as LenDale White rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns while Matt Leinart threw for three other scores.
Running back Jerome Harrison topped the 100-yard mark for the 11th straight game, rushing for 147 yards, including a first-quarter 13-yard touchdown run. It marked just the third time in the last 42 games a runner has gone for over 100 yards against the Trojan defense. DeMaundry Woolridge added the other WSU score on a two-yard run.
ASU enters Saturday's contest with a 4-4 record, 2-3 in conference play. The Sun Devils are coming off a 44-20 victory over Washington as Rudy Carpenter threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, all three to Matt Miller, who had five catches for 139 yards on the day. ASU leads the all-time series, 17-12-2, including a 45-28 victory last year in Tempe. When playing in Pullman the Cougars own a 6-5 edge, including the last two meetings.
FINAL TWO COUGAR GAMES TELEVISED BY FSN: The final two Cougar football games of the season will be seen live on FSN. The Nov. 12 contest against Oregon begins with a 7:15 kick while the No. 19 Apple Cup is scheduled for a 12:15 start from Husky Stadium.
HARRISON PICKS UP 11TH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for 147 yards on 21 carries against USC, his 11th-straight game over 100 yards, a WSU record...he had 130 yards at halftime, marking the sixth time in eight games this season he reached 100 yards by halftime...Harrison is on pace to break Rueben Mayes' school record of 1,637 yards in a season (1984), needing 327 yards over the final three games to tie the mark...Harrison's 21 career touchdowns are fourth in school history...in 2005 he is averaging 163.8 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and second nationally...for more on Harrison's season please see page 4.
HILL REMAINS AMONG NATION'S BEST: For the first time in his last 10 games, junior receiver Jason Hill did not catch a touchdown pass as the Trojan defense kept him out of the end zone last Saturday afternoon...Hill finished his day with six catches for 49 yards as he was a focus of the Trojan secondary all afternoon...although he did not score Hill did increase his streak of games with at least one reception to 18...this season he is averaging 125.0 yards per game, second in the nation, while his 6.86 receptions per game are 16th nationally...for more on Hill please see page 4.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the USC game were Jerome Harrison on offense and Kyle Basler on special teams. The Cougars did not nominate a defensive player. Harrison rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown against USC, his 11th straight game over 100 yards while Basler averaged a net 40.3 yards per punt on his nine punts. He had two punts over 50 yards and limited the Trojans to just 24 total yards in punt returns.
2005 ASU CAPTAINS: TE/HB Lee Burghgraef (83), WR Derek Hagan (80), DT Jordan Hill (1), QB Sam Keller (9), C Grayling Love (71).
HARRISON SETS WSU RECORD: Jerome Harrison is the only WSU running back to rush for over 100 yards in 11 consecutive games...Harrison will go after his 12th straight game over 100 yards this week against ASU:
HARRISON CLIMBS CAREER LIST: Jerome Harrison's 2,210 career rushing yards (in 19 games) is eighth on WSU's all-time list.
HARRISON ON RECORD PACE: Jerome Harrison is on pace to topple the WSU single-season record set by All-American Rueben Mayes in 1984 at 1,637 yards...should he maintain his current average, he would finish the season with 1,801 yards.
MORE HARRISON ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
HILL TOPPLES COUGAR TD RECORD: Junior Jason Hill, who caught no passes as a freshman (special teams) is on course to break most WSU receiving records.
HILL IN HIS CAREER:
HILL IN 2005:
BRINK SETS WSU PASSING RECORD: Alex Brink's performance against Oregon State Oct. 1 ranks as the best ever by a Cougar quarterback and one of the best in Pac-10 history:
MORE BRINK HIGHLIGHTS FROM OSU GAME:
BIENEMANN NEARS MARK FOR TIGHT ENDS: Senior tight end Troy Bienemann is approaching the WSU mark for receptions by a tight end...through last week's game at USC, Bienemann has grabbed 91 catches in his Cougar career, second among WSU tight ends behind three-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree Clarence Williams (1989-92)...Williams hauled in 95 passes in his Cougar career.
BUMPUS HAS BANNER YEAR: Michael Bumpus only returned punts for 10 games in 2004 season, but still inked his name in several WSU Top 10 list...in 2005 he picked up where he left off, adding his name to several categories in the record books:
BUMPUS IN 2004:
BUMPUS IN 2005:
BUMPUS IN HIS CAREER:
BASLER SETS WSU CAREER RECORDS: Senior Kyle Basler has set WSU punting records for career punts and career punting average...here are Basler's totals heading into the UCLA game:
1. 245 Kyle Basler, 2002-05
CAREER PUNT YARDS
1. 10,430 Kyle Basler, 2002-05 (245 punts)
CAREER PUNT AVERAGE
1. 43.4 Gavin Hedrick, 1974-77 (217/9,409) 42.6 Kyle Basler, 2002-05 (245/10,430)
BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in four seasons, has punted a school record 245 times and averaged 42.6 yards, plus a net average of 38.5:
BASLER ON WSU LISTS: During his four seasons, Kyle Basler has had some outstanding game and season performances, including:
WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Seven Cougar football games have already been chosen for live television coverage this fall:
BRAIDWOOD ANCHORS COUGAR DEFENSIVE LINE: Senior Adam Braidwood is making the most of his final season in a Cougar uniform:
COUGARS PLAY 12 ROOKIES: WSU played nine freshmen and three transfers in the season's first three games...it is the most first-year players to see action in Bill Doba's 17 years at WSU...the transfers to play were DE Lance Broadus, DB Lorenzo Bursey and DB DeWayne Patterson...the freshmen to see action were DT A'i Ahmu, LB Cory Evans, WR Brandon Gibson, LB Jason Stripling, LB Greg Trent, WR Benny Ward, LB Courtney Williams, DB Michael Willis, RB DeMaundray Woolridge...nine of the newcomers play on defense and three are offensive players.
BRUCE EIGHTH ON WSU SACK LIST: Junior defensive end Mkristo Bruce is now eighth on WSU's Top 10 career sack list...he has 16.5 career sacks...ahead of him are Rien Long (17.0) and Ivan Cook (17.5)...Bruce is tied for the Pac-10 lead this season with 8.0 sacks while the Cougar defense leads the conference with 26 sacks, three better than USC and Oregon.
COUGARS LEAD CONFERENCE CATEGORIES: The Cougars, team and individual, sit atop the Pac-10 Conference statistics in several categories:
DERTING ON TACKLE LISTS: Senior Will Derting was poised to move near the top of several career lists this season, but has missed the Stanford and UCLA games with an MCL strain and is not expected to play this week...his accomplishments include:
COUGARS ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS: Seniors Will Derting, Nick Mihlhauser Jerome Harrison, Kyle Basler and Troy Bienemann, and juniors Jason Hill and Mkristo Bruce, have been named to national football award watch lists:
WOOLRIDGE THIRD FRESHMAN OVER 100: When DeMaundray Woolridge rushed for 133 yards against Nevada, he became just the third freshman in WSU history to top the century mark rushing the football...the others were Will Haskell with 100 yards in 1993 against Oregon State and Deon Burnett with 104 yards against California in 1999...Haskell topped 100 yards in the third game of his career and Burnett accomplished the fete in his fifth game... Woolridge was playing just his second game for WSU.
HARRISON/WOOLRIDGE BOTH RUSH FOR 100-PLUS: Against Nevada and Grambling State Jerome Harrison and DeMaundray Woolridge each broke the 100-yard barrier, joining Steve Broussard and Rich Swinton (1988 against Illinois and Oregon) as the only Cougar tandem to do so twice in one season and the only pair of running backs over 100 yards in consecutive games.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.6 points per game;
WSU BUILDS EARLY LEADS: In three of the last five games WSU has been able to build early leads, all against Pac-10 teams, but then has not been able to hold off the opponents in the fourth quarter:
COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 54 of the last 57 games - every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons, 11 of 13 games in 2003, all 11 games in 2004 and in seven of eight this year;
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked 10 kicks during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, six placement kicks and four punts:
RED ZONE: WSU has scored 31 times in 37 trips into the Red Zone...WSU has failed twice due to interceptions, once on a lost fumble, once on downs and once with a missed FG.
TURNOVERS = POINTS: This season WSU has converted their opponent 13 turnovers into 38 points (five touchdowns and one field goal)...in 2004 the Cougars scored a total of 78 points off turnovers, nearly half of the points the Cougars scored the previous season...in 2003 WSU scored 142 points off turnovers, taking the ball away from the opponents 24 times with interceptions while recovering 24 of the opponents' 47 fumbles.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: This year the Cougars have made 27 sacks in the first eight games, including six at Nevada and seven against Grambling;
COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: With 47 letterwinners returning from last year, including 17 starters, WSU has an experienced team in 2005:
BASLER, BIENEMANN, DERTING LEAD IN STARTS: Punter Kyle Basler has started all 45 games in his career, while tight end Troy Bienemann has made 40 starts in 42 games...linebacker Will Derting has 33 starts to his credit in 37 games...Riley Fitt-Chappell has also played in 42 games.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against ASU will include 2 freshman, 4 sophomores, 8 juniors and 8 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 9 freshmen, 7 sophomores, 17 juniors and 11 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 16 freshmen-sophomores and 28 juniors-seniors...34 of the top 44 are underclassmen.
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 12 years have actually run the ball more times than they have thrown:
PENALTIES DOWN: This year WSU has averaged 6.5 penalties for an average of 56.4 yards and in the last two games, they have had six penalties...in 2004 WSU averaged 7.0 penalties and 65.7 penalty yards per game...in 2003 WSU averaged 11.5 penalties and 94.6 penalty yards.
COUGARS DEBUT NEW UNIFORMS: It is back to the basics for WSU's new uniforms this season...while the crimson and gray helmets remain the same with the Cougar logo on each, uniform pants and tops will have a more basic look...there are two jerseys, one white for use on the road and one crimson for use at home...pant colors will include white, crimson and two gray pants, one solid and one with traditional striping down the side...both the white and crimson pants also have the traditional NFL-style stripes down the side...the front of the jerseys will have a smaller "Washington State University" across the front, along with a return to block numbers...a new addition this year will be the use of uniform numbers on the jersey sleeves.
WSU BOWL RECORD: WSU's appearance in the 2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was the Cougars' 10th bowl appearance and second in the Holiday Bowl...WSU is 6-4 in 10 previous bowl games:
PAC-10 PICKS WSU SIXTH: Despite the return of 17 starters nine on offense, six on defense and 2 kickers) and 47 letterwinners the Cougars were picked to finish sixth by the media covering the Pacific-10 Conference when they gathered in early August...the 2005 Pac-10 Media Poll: 1. USC 410 points (unanimous), 2. California 300, 3. ASU 296, 4. Oregon 290, 5 UCLA 282, 6. WSU 189, 7. OSU 159, 8. Arizona 131...9. Stanford 106, 10. Washington 91.....WSU was picked to finish fifth in 2005 and ended the year seventh with a 3-5 Pc-10 record.
BRUCE ATTENDS CONFERENCE: Sophomore defensive end Mkristo Bruce was among 321 NCAA student-athletes selected to attend the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference in late May...the conference was designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators.
WSU AMONG ELITE WITH 10-WIN SEASONS: Washington State was one of just four NCAA Div. I teams to record 10 wins in each of the 2001-02-03) seasons...the others are Maryland, Miami (FL) and Oklahoma.
2003 SEASON AMONG BEST: WSU's 10-3 finish in 2003 equaled the fifth best record for the Cougars since the 1920's when teams began playing 10 or more games...WSU's best records include 9-1 (90.0%) in 1930, 10-2 (83.3%) in 1929, 1997 and 2002 and 10-3 (76.9%) in 2002 and 2003.
BACK-TO-BACK 10-WIN SEASONS RARE IN PAC-10: WSU posted three straight 10-win seasons in 2001-02-03, a rare fete in the Pac-10...WSU also had four 10-win seasons between 1997 and 2003 and made two Rose Bowl appearances...how rare were those 10-win seasons:
DOBA TURNS TO COUGARS FOR ASSISTANTS: When Bill Doba began assembling his staff in December, 2002, after taking over for Mike Price, he turned to three former Cougar players, a former head coach he worked for, and a Pac-10 offensive coordinator...four of the new coaches Doba brought to WSU have served as coordinators...his staff includes five former Cougar players, equaling the most graduates on any D-1 staff in 2003...here is a quick rundown:
1. Robb Akey, DC/line, joined WSU 1998, Weber State '88, came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was DC;
2. Leon Burtnett, linebackers, joined WSU 2003, former Purdue head coach (1982-86) and an assistant for Indianapolis Colts, also on WSU staff 1971, DC at Wyoming, Purdue, Fresno State, Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas State;
3. Ken Greene, secondary, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '77, came to WSU from Purdue, played professionally with St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers;
4. Mike Levenseller, OC/Receivers, joined WSU in 1992, Washington State '78, played professionally with Oakland, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Edmonton and Calgary;
5. Robin Pflugrad, tight ends/RC, joined WSU 2001, Portland State '80; came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was OC;
6. Timm Rosenbach, quarterbacks, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '88; came from E. Washington, where he was OC, played professionally with Phoenix, New Orleans and Hamilton;
7. Kelly Skipper, running backs, joined WSU 2003, Fresno State '89, he was OC before joining WSU;
8. Mike Walker, defensive line, joined WSU 1997, Washington State '82, played professionally with Hamilton and Edmonton;
9. George Yarno, offensive line, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '79, also a WSU assistant 1991-94, OC at Idaho, 19956-97, played professionally with Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Houston and Green Bay.
TWO QBS ON DEFENSIVE LINE: Two members of WSU's defensive line, Odell Howard and Mkristo Bruce, were high school quarterbacks...Howard prepped at Pomona High (Pomona, Calif.) and Bruce at Liberty High near Renton...Bruce passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 602 as a senior, while Howard threw for 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the USC game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Jerome Harrison (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Pac-10 Defense: None
Pac-10 Special Teams: Kyle Basler (McCleary, Wash.)
Offensive Scout Team: Arkelon Hall (Fresno, Calif.)
Defensive Scout Team: Alexis Alexander (Medical Lake, Wash.)
Cougar Claw Offense: Charles Harris (Spokane, Wash.)
Cougar Claw Defense: None
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 17 years WSU has held 75 of 193 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 193 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 21 times.
Bill Doba TV SHOWS: "KXLY Cougar Football Saturday" airs each Saturday during the football season at 12:00 p.m. PT, leading into ABC's Pac-10 Game of the Week...Rick Lukens and Dennis Patchin host the shows, along with Keith Osso and Allison Leep...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Doba and Cougar football.
DOBA PHONE CONFERENCES: Bill Doba 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 2:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.
WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Bohler Athletic Complex 186. 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.
LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action this week includes:
Nov. 5 California at Oregon, 12:30p PST ABC
Nov. 5 Stanford at USC, 7:00p PST TBS
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).
WSU ON-LINE TICKETS: WSU football tickets are now available online at www.wsucougars.com, by clicking on the
AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are available on the Internet through WSU's Web provider College Sports TV and its audio partner Real Audio...the address is: www.wsucougars.com, then use the Audio link in the left column.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 26-station Cougar Sports Network...Robertson is in his 39th year of broadcasting Cougar sports...Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his fifth season as a Cougar commentator...Nameck has been broadcasting WSU sports on radio or television since 1981 and is in his fourth season as part of the radio team...broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 EDT) beginning Sep. 7 and running through Nov. 30. Coordinates for the feed are Satellite IA5/C14, c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The Pacific-10 Conference hosts a weekly teleconference call each Tuesday during the football season...the teleconference call begins at 10 a.m....Bill Doba participates at 11:10 a.m....contact the Pac-10 media relations office for details, 925-932-4411.
DOBA AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Bill Doba is available for individual media interviews 11:00 a.m.-Noon each Wednesday. Arrangements for Doba 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 Bill Stevens (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the WSU Media Information Office.
INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.