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Oct. 10, 2005

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Washington State University looks to break a two-game slide against No.12 UCLA in a game televised by Fox Sports Net, at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Martin Stadium.

The Cougars saw their conference mark go to 0-2 this season with a 24-21 home loss to Stanford last Saturday. Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for a season-high 218 yards and a touchdown, while Alex Brink ran for a score and threw to Greg Prator for another.

UCLA enters Saturday's contest with a 5-0 record and a No.12 national ranking after defeating then-No. 10 California, 47-40. Maurice Drew produced 279 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:35 remaining. UCLA leads the all-time series, 34-16-1, but the Cougars have taken the last four games played, including a 31-13 victory in 2003, the last time these teams met in Pullman.

FSN PICKS COUG GAMES WITH UCLA, CAL: WSU's Homecoming football game with UCLA will be televised live by FSN at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15 from Martin Stadium, while FSN has also picked up WSU's Oct. 22 game at California. That game will begin at 7:15 p.m.

HARRISON PICKS UP EIGHTH-STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for a game-high 218 yards and a touchdown against Stanford, his eighth-straight game over 100 yards, which is a WSU record...it also marked the second time in his career he has rushed for more than 200 yards, gaining 247 yards against UCLA (11/6/04)... Harrison is on pace to challenge Rueben Mayes' school record of 1,637 yards in a season (1984) while his 18 career touchdowns is tied for seventh in school history...in 2005 he is averaging 148.2 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and third nationally...for more on Harrison's season please see page 4.

HILL REMAINS AMONG NATION'S TOP RECEIVERS: Despite missing last week's game against Stanford with a thigh bruise, junior receiver Jason Hill remains among the nation's elite receivers...in his last two games Hill caught 18 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns, including a season-best 190 yards against Oregon State (10/1) in just over one half of play...this season he is averaging 130.2 yards per game, second in the nation, while his 7.00 receptions per game are tied for 14th nationally...for more on Hill please see page 5.

BASLER SETS ANOTHER SCHOOL PUNTING RECORD: After breaking the school record for career punts against Oregon State (10/1), senior Kyle Basler moved into the top spot on the WSU career punt yardage list last Saturday against Stanford...Basler now has punted for 9,570 yards in his Cougar career, passing Gavin Hedrick (1973-77), whose record of 9,409 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 Stanford game were Jerome Harrison (offense) and Mkristo Bruce (defense). Harrison rushed for a season-high 218 yards and one touchdown on 29 carriers, a 7.5 average, against Stanford while Bruce had a career-best 11 tackles, including two sacks for nine yards, three tackles for loss totaling 10 yards, and one quarterback hurry.

2005 WSU CAPTAINS: TE Troy Bienemann (81), RB Jerome Harrison (1), LB Will Derting (51), P Kyle Basler (8).

2005 UCLA GAME CAPTAINS: UCLA selects game captains each week.

WSU vs. UCLA (16-34-1)
Most WSU Points Scored: 48 (48-27, 2002)
Widest WSU Victory Margin 38 (38-0, 1928)
Longest WSU Win Streak: 4 (2001-04)
Last WSU Win: 2004 (31-29)
Last WSU Win in Pullman: 2003 (31-13)
Last WSU Win in Pasadena: 2004 (31-29)
WSU at Home: 7-8-1 (+4)
WSU at Pasadena: 8-20-0 (+2)
WSU at Spokane 0-6-0 (-6)
Bill Doba vs. UCLA: 2-0
Bill Doba vs. Karl Dorrell: 2-0

UCLA vs. WSU (34-16-1)
Most UCLA Points Scored: 62 (62-3, 1976)
Widest UCLA Victory Margin 59 (62-3, 1976)
Longest UCLA Win Streak: 12 (1967-78)
Last UCLA Win: 1998 (49-17)
Last UCLA Win in Pullman: 1993 (40-27)
Last UCLA Win in Pasadena: 1998 (49-17)
UCLA at Home: 20-8-0 (-2)
UCLA at Pullman 8-7-1 (-4)
UCLA at Spokane 6-0-0 (+6)
Karl Dorrell vs. WSU: 0-2
Karl Dorrell vs. Bill Doba: 0-2

HARRISON SETS WSU RECORD: No Cougar running back until Jerome Harrison has ever rushed for over 100 yards in eight consecutive games...Harrison will go after his ninth straight game over 100 yards this week against UCLA:

  • The previous record was held jointly at six games by Steve Broussard, Rueben Mayes and Kerry Porter;
  • Harrison has rushed for over 200 yards twice (247 against UCLA last year, 218 against Stanford this season)...the only other WSU back with more than one game over 200 yards is Rueben Mayes, who had three 200-yard plus games in 1984;
  • Harrison needs just 98 rushing yards to move into a tie for 10th place on the Cougar career rushing list...he currently has 1,641 yards in his one-plus seasons at WSU.

    HARRISON ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Jerome Harrison is on pace to challenge the WSU single-season record set by All-American Rueben Mayes in 1984 at 1,637 yards:

  • Harrison has rushed for 741 yards in five games this year, averaging 148.2 yards per game;
  • Should he maintain his current average, he would finish the season with 1,630 yards.

    MORE HARRISON ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior Jerome Harrison continues to be among the nation's elite rushers through the first part of the 2005 season:

  • Harrison has rushed for 100-plus yards in eight consecutive games, averaging 157.0 ypg in that span;
  • Harrison's 148.2 ypg this season is tops in the Pac-10 and third nationally;
  • Harrison's nine rushing touchdowns this year are second in the Pac-10 and tied for 5th nationally;
  • Harrison's 10 career games of 100-plus yards is tied for fifth on school list;
  • Harrison's 18 career rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh on WSU's career list;
  • Harrison's 238 all-purpose yards at UCLA in 2004 ranks eighth on WSU's single-game list;
  • Harrison's 247 yards rushing yards at UCLA in 2004 ranks third on career list.

    DERTING ON TACKLE LISTS: Senior Will Derting was poised to move near the top of several career lists this season, but missed the Stanford game with an MCL strain and is not expected to play this week...his accomplishments include:

  • With 14.5 career sacks Derting ranks tied for ninth on WSU's list...eight sacks this year would put him among the top four;
  • Derting has 98.0 yards in sacks to rank 10th on WSU's career list;
  • Derting's 31.0 tackles-for-losses places him in a tie for fifth on the career list...six more would place him in the top four;
  • Derting has 129.0 yards in TFL losses, 10th on the all-time list; 40 more yards would put him in the top six;
  • Derting's 253 tackles places him 15th on the WSU career list and just 30 tackles out of 10th place.the all-time list.

    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:

  • Brink set WSU single game records with 531 passing yards and 515 yards of total offense;
  • Brink notched the fourth best passing performance in Pac-10 history;
  • Brink is the first Cougar to top the 500 yard mark passing and just the sixth WSU player to go over 400 yards...Drew Bledsoe and Jason Gesser are the only Cougar quarterbacks to top 400 yards twice in their careers and Bledsoe is the only QB to do so twice in the same year;
  • Brink's 515 yards of total offense ties him for second among all Pac-10 players;
  • Brink is one of just eight Pac-10 Players to top 500 yards in total offense:

    MORE BRINK HIGHLIGHTS FROM OSU GAME:

  • Brink's 65 plays (59 rushing, six rushing) ranks third on WSU's single-game list behind Drew Bledsoe (74 vs. Montana, 1992) and Timm Rosenbach (66 vs. California);
  • Brink's 59 passes ranks second behind Drew Bledsoe's 66 throws against Montana, 1992;
  • Brink's 31 pass completions ranks third at WSU behind Drew Bledsoe's 37 against Montana, 1992, and Jerry Henderson's 32 against Oregon in 1968

    WSU SINGLE GAME PASSING LIST:

    1. Alex Brink 2005 531 Oregon State
    2. Drew Bledsoe 1992 476 Utah (Copper Bowl)
    3. Ryan Leaf 1997 447 Arizona State
    4. Jason Gesser 2001 432 California
    5. Jason Gesser 2002 431 California
    6. Drew Bledsoe 1992 413 Montana
    7. Mark Rypien 1985 403 Oregon
    8. Mike Pattinson 1993 400 Arizona State

    WSU SINGLE GAME TOTAL OFFENSE:
    1. Alex Brink 2005 515 Oregon State
    2. Drew Bledsoe 1992 468 Utah (Copper Bowl)
    3. Jason Gesser 2002 417 California

    PAC-10 CONFERENCE SINGLE GAME PASSING:
    1. Andrew Walter, ASU 2002 536 Oregon
    2. Paul Justin, ASU 1989 534 WSU
    3. Jeff Van Raaphorst, ASU 1984 532 Florida State
    4. Alex Brink, WSU 2005 531 Oregon State
    5. Ryan Kealy, ASU 1998 511 Arizona
    6. Pat Barnes, California 1996 503 Arizona
    (4 overtimes)

    PAC-10 CONFERENCE SINGLE GAME T-OFFENSE:
    1. Jeff Van Raaphorst, ASU 1984 532 Florida State
    2. Alex Brink, WSU 2005 515 Oregon State
    2. Cade McNown, UCLA 1998 515 Miami (FL)
    4. Paul Justin, ASU 1989 512 WSU

    HILL CHASING COUGAR TD RECORD: Junior Jason Hill is putting together another banner season, although the wide receiver missed the Stanford game with a quad bruise:

  • He has now caught 19 TD passes, just three short of the WSU career record of 22 set by Hugh Campbell, 1960-62...Hill's 19 TD receptions places him second, just ahead of Nian Taylor, Deron Pointer and Devard Darling, who each had 18 TD receptions;
  • He caught 12 TD passes in 2004, setting a school record;
  • This year Hill had two TD receptions in each of WSU's first three games and one at Oregon State;
  • His 10 catches against Grambling is tied for fourth on the single-game receptions list;
  • He finished the 2004 season ranked first in TD receptions (12), fifth in receiving yards (1,007) and fourth in receiving average (22.4):
  • In 2004 he had four games with over 100 receiving yards;
  • Hill had six catches for 206 yards and one score against Colorado in 2004, ranking seventh on WSU's single-season list
  • Hill's three TD receptions against Idaho in 2004 equaled the WSU record shared with seven others;
  • In a five-game stretch in 2004, Colorado through Stanford, Hill caught 20 passes, nine for touchdowns;
  • Hill's 190 receiving yards with eight receptions at OSU is his second most productive game.

    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:

  • 391 punt return yards ranked fourth;
  • 34 punt returns ranked fifth;
  • 11.5 return average ranked fifth;
  • Two punt returns for touchdowns ranked second on single-season list;
  • Two punt returns for touchdowns ranked tied for second on career list;
  • Sixth longest punt return in WSU history, 76-yards at ASU.

    BUMPUS IN 2005:

  • 157 punt return yards at Nevada, second on single-game list;
  • 87-yard punt return for a TD at Nevada, ranks No.1 all-time;

    BUMPUS IN HIS CAREER:

  • 620 career punt return yards rank fifth all-time;
  • Three career punt returns for touchdowns ties the WSU record, held by Mark Williams (1966-68).

    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.

    BASLER SETS WSU CAREER RECORDS: Senior Kyle Basler has set WSU punting records for career punts (225) and career punting average (9,570)...here are Basler's totals heading into the UCLA game:

    CAREER PUNTS

    1. 225 Kyle Basler, 2002-05
    2. 217 Gavin Hedrick, 1974-77

    CAREER PUNT YARDS
    1. 9,570 Kyle Basler, 2002-05 (225 punts)
    2. 9,409 Gavin Hedrick, 1974-77 (217 punts)

    CAREER PUNT AVERAGE
    1. 43.4 Gavin Hedrick, 1974-77 (217/9,409)
    42.5 Kyle Basler, 2002-05 (225/9,570)

    BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in four seasons, has punted a school record 225 times and averaged 42.5 yards, plus a net average of 38.1:

  • In all, 48 of his punts have gone for 50 or more yards;
  • He has dropped 67 inside the opponent 20 yard line;
  • 32 of his punts have been downed inside the 10 yard line;
  • 21 were downed inside the five yard line;
  • Basler had 15 punts inside the 20 as a freshman, 30 as a sophomore, 19 as a junior in 2004 and three as a senior.

    BASLER ON WSU LISTS: During his four seasons, Kyle Basler has had some outstanding game and season performances, including:

  • His 78 punts in 2004 and 77 in 2003 rank third and fourth on the one-season list;
  • His 43.5 punting average in 2003 (77/3,351) ranks tied for fifth on the single-season list;
  • Basler's 3,361 yards in 2004 and 3,351 yards in 2003 rank third and fourth on the one-season list;
  • Basler's 87-yard punt against Arizona in 2004 is the longest in WSU history and second longest in Pac-10 history;
  • Basler's 430 punting yards against Stanford in 2003 ranks seventh on WSU's one-game list.

    BRUCE APPROACHING ALL-TIME SACK LEADERS: Junior defensive end Mkristo Bruce is quickly approaching the Top 10 sack leaders in school history...Bruce enters the UCLA contest with 13.5 career sacks, one shy of teammate Will Derting and former Coug Dorian Boose (1996-97), who are tied for ninth with 14.5...Bruce leads the Pac-10 this season with 5.0 sacks while the Cougar defense leads the conference with 19 sacks, three better than USC and Oregon.

    HARRISON/WOOLRIDGE BOTH RUSH FOR 100-PLUS: Against Nevada and Grambling State Jerome Harrison and DeMaundray Woolridge each broke the 100-yard barrier, becoming the first pair of Cougar backs to rush for 100 yards in a game twice in the same season since Steve Broussard and Rich Swinton did so in 1988 (Illinois and Oregon)...Harrison and Woolridge are the first pair of WSU backs ever over 100 yards in consecutive games and the first running backs since 1988 with multiple 100-yards games in the same season.

    WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Seven Cougar football games have already been chosen for live television coverage this fall...additional Pac-10 games could be chosen for live TV coverage, either 12 or six days in advance of the game, per the Pac-10 television contract:

  • WSU vs. Idaho, FSN Northwest, 7:00 p.m.
  • WSU at Nevada, ESPN, 7:00 p.m.
  • WSU vs. UCLA, FSN, 3:30 p.m.
  • WSU at California, FSN, 7:15 p.m.
  • WSU at USC, ABC, 12:30 p.m.
  • WSU vs. Oregon, FSN, 7:15. p.m.
  • WSU at Washington, FSN, 12:15 p.m.

    BRAIDWOOD ANCHORS COUGAR DEFENSIVE LINE: Senior Adam Braidwood is making the most of his final season in a Cougar uniform:

  • Braidwood leads the Cougars with 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss this season;
  • His five quarterback hurries is tops on the team in 2005;
  • Braidwood had three sacks against Oregon State in 2004 to rank tied for fourth on the single-game list;
  • Braidwood had 25.0 yards in sacks at Oregon State in 2004, eighth most by a Cougar in a game;
  • He is tied for the team lead in forced fumbles with two.

    COUGARS LEAD CONFERENCE CATEGORIES: The Cougars, team and individual, sit atop the Pac-10 Conference statistics in several categories:

  • Team - Sacks (19) and FG Percentage (.875)
  • Jerome Harrison, rushing (148.2 ypg)
  • Loren Langley, FG Percentage (.875)
  • Mkristo Bruce, sacks (5.0)

    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.

    WSU HAD EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE: WSU had extra time to prepare for each of its three opponents following the Idaho opener...the Cougs had one extra day to prepare for both Nevada Sept. 9 and Grambling State in Seattle Sept. 17 and then a bye before the Pac-10 opener at Oregon State...WSU is 6-5 over the last five seasons when having extra time to prepare, including 5-3 following a bye.

    STREAKS AND NOTES:

  • WSU's 638 total yards against Oregon State was its highest offensive output since the 2001 season when the Cougars put up 653 yards of total offense against Montana State (10/18);
  • WSU opened its Pac-10 schedule on the road for the fourth straight year...Cougars won at California (2002), at Oregon (2003), at Arizona (2004) and lost at Oregon State (2005)...WSU opened its 2001 Pac-10 season with a home victory over California.
  • WSU's current four-game winning streak against UCLA is its longest against the Bruins in the series history.

    MISC. WSU PLAYER NOTES:

  • Kyle Basler has averaged 40 or more yards 29 times in his career and has booted 48 punts 50 yards or longer;
  • Mkristo Bruce has 13.5 career sacks, 11.5 in last 14 games;
  • WSU lists three first-year freshmen as backup linebackers...Cory Evans, Greg Trent and Jason Stripling all are listed #2 and have played in each game this season...Trent has stepped in for the injured Will Derting and started against Stanford, making 10 tackles;
  • Courtney Williams, a true freshman, looked like a special teams veteran against Idaho, making five tackles...he had one of the top 400 meter times in the nation (preps) last year, 47.24 seconds;
  • Troy Bienemann has caught passes in 31 of his 39 games...he has made 37 starts in four years;
  • Alex Brink has thrown 17 TD passes in his 11 starts;
  • Michael Bumpus had a career-high nine receptions against Oregon State for a career-best 132 yards;
  • Jerome Harrison has gone over 100-yards rushing in each of his last eight games, averaging 157.0 yards in that span;
  • Jason Hill has racked up over 100 receiving yards six times in his career, including season-best 190 against Oregon State and come close three times, 98 yards against UCLA last year, 96 yards against Idaho and 92 at Nevada;
  • Loren Langley has hit 51 of 54 extra point kicks...a blocked PAT, a bad snap and hitting the right upright accounted for the misses;
  • DeMaundray Woolridge is just the third true freshman at WSU to break the 100-yard rushing barrier and only the second with multiple 100-yard efforts...Woolridge had 133 yards at Nevada and 113 yards against Grambling.

    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:

    Will Derting

  • Butkus Award - Outstanding Linebacker
  • Rotary Lombardi Award - Outstanding Lineman (players within five yards of the line of scrimmage)
  • Ronnie Lott Trophy - Defensive Player of the Year
  • Ted Bednarik Award - Defensive Player of the Year
  • Bronko Nagurski Award - Defensive Player of the year Mkristo Bruce
  • Ted Hendricks Award - Outstanding Defensive End Nick Mihlhauser
  • Dave Rimington Trophy - Best Center
  • Rotary Lombardi Award - Outstanding Lineman (players within five yards of the line of scrimmage) Jason Hill
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award - Outstanding Receiver Kyle Basler
  • Ray Guy Award - Outstanding Punter Jerome Harrison
  • Doak Walker Award - National Running Back Award Troy Bienemann
  • NFF & CHoF Post-Graduate Scholarship Award
  • Rotary Lombardi Award - Outstanding Lineman (players within five yards of the line of scrimmage

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

  • The Cougars have scored in 230 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 243 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the second longest among D-I schools...schools with streaks over 200 games are: Michigan 255, WSU 243, Oregon 236, Florida State 213 and Florida 208;
  • The Cougars have scored in 186 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools:

  • Since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 55-37 (59.8%);
  • On the road since 1989 the team is 46-52 (46.9%);
  • WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 2001 record of 6-1 is the best on the road since the 1988 team also went 6-1; WSU was also 6-0 in
  • home
  • games in 2003, with one win coming in Seattle;

    COUGS 38-16 THE LAST FIVE SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 38 of 54 games and is tied for 20th among D-I teams with the most wins over the past five years: Oklahoma 49-10, Texas 48-8, Miami (FL) 48-6, USC 48-9, Georgia 47-10, Boise State 47-9, Ohio State 43-13, LSU 43-12, Iowa 42-14, Louisville 42-14, Virginia Tech 42-16, Tennessee 41-15, Auburn 41-15, Florida State 41-15, Michigan 40-16, Fresno State 40-17, Toledo 40-15, Bowling Green 40-14, Maryland 40-16, WSU 38-16, Marshall 38-17, Utah 38-15.

    TURNOVERS: WSU is -6 in turnovers after five games in 2005...the Cougs finished the 2004 season -1 in turnovers...in 2003 WSU finished +8 in turnovers...in the last 16 years, WSU is -32 in turnovers...only three times since 1989 has WSU had fewer turnovers than the opponents, yet they have won over half of their games with seven winning seasons

    COUGS SECOND IN PAC-10 SINCE 2001: The WSU Cougars boast the second best record among Pacific-10 Conference schools over the past five years...WSU trails only USC in overall and Pac-10 records...here's a breakdown of Pac-10 teams since 2001

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.6 points per game, including 39.0 this season...in 2004 WSU averaged 25.0 points...in 2003 the Cougs averaged 30.3 points and in 2002 it was 33.2 points...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980

    CALIFORNIA STREAKING: WSU streaks currently include:

  • Won 12 of its last 17 Pac-10 road games
  • Won eight of its last nine Pac-10 games in California
  • Won 12 of its last 16 games against California schools

    COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 52 of the last 54 games - every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons, 11 of 13 games in 2003, all 11 games in 2004 and each game in 2005.

  • The two games in 2003 when WSU didn't throw a TD pass were against Idaho in the opener and at home against New Mexico...WSU won both games;
  • The last time WSU didn't throw a TD pass at a foe's home field or in a bowl game was at Hawai'i in 1999 ...since then WSU has thrown at least one TD pass in 28 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game.

    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:

  • In the last 12 years WSU has run 5,225 rushing plays (50.4%) and 5,139 passing plays
  • In 2003 WSU rushed the ball 484 times (50.3%) and threw 478 passes
  • In 2004 WSU ran 410 times (51.3%) and passed 389 times.
  • In 2005, WSU has run the ball 201 times (52.6%) for 1010 yards and passed 181 times (47.4%) for 1,520 yards.

    COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: Over the past three years WSU opponents have been successful on third down plays just 30.6% of the time...this season Idaho converted 29% of their third down opportunities, Nevada 25%, Grambling 23.5%, OSU 52.6%, Stanford 56.3%...opponents in 2004 were successful 33.3% of the time and in 2003 25.1%.

    BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked 10 kicks during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, six placement kicks and four punts:

  • In 2003 the Cougars blocked three punts and three placements...Cody Boyd blocked two field goals against Idaho and a PAT attempt against New Mexico;
  • In 2004 Wally Dada blocked a punt at New Mexico and in the next game Aaron Johnson blocked a Colorado field goal;
  • In 2005 Aaron Johnson blocked a Stanford field goal.

    RED ZONE: WSU has scored 21 times in 25 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 turnovers into four touchdowns...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 19 sacks in the first five games, including six at Nevada and seven versus Grambling;

  • WSU led the Pac-10 with 55 sacks in 2002 and 40 in 2001;
  • The Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game in 2003.
  • WSU had 32 sacks in 2004;
  • In 2003 WSU finished the regular season with 50 sacks, second behind USC's Pac-10-leading 55;
  • 168 sacks 2000-03 led the nation;
  • 79 interceptions 2001-04 tied for first nationally with Nebraska and first in the Pac-10;
  • 92 interceptions 2000-04 tied for fifth nationally and led the Pac-10; Virginia Tech led the NCAA with 102;
  • 101 interceptions 1999-04 fifth nationally

    WSU SCORES QUICKLY: WSU had three scoring drives lasting less than a minute against each opponent this year, giving WSU 52 scoring drives lasting less than a minute during the last four years...here's the year totals since 2002

    COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: With 47 letterwinners returning from last year, including 17 starters, WSU has an experienced team in 2005:

  • A total of 36 players have started at least one game and combined they boast 398 career starts
  • 18 Offensive players have made 191 starts and combined they played in 452 games
  • 15 defensive players have started 149 games and they have combined to play in 319 games

    BASLER, BIENEMANN, DERTING LEAD IN STARTS: Punter Kyle Basler has started all 42 games in his career, while tight end Troy Bienemann has made 37 starts in 39 games...linebacker Will Derting has 33 starts to his credit in 37 games...Riley Fitt-Chappell has also played in 39 games.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against UCLA will include 2 freshman, 5 sophomores, 8 juniors and 7 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 9 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 15 juniors and 12 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 17 freshmen-sophomores and 27 juniors-seniors...32 of the top 44 are underclassmen

    DOBA'S TEAMS SHUT DOWN FOES: Bill Doba has been WSU's head coach for 28 games and he has won 18 times...in those 28 games, his Cougar teams have held the opponents without a TD in the first half 11 times...in 2003 WSU blanked Idaho, Arizona and Stanford in the first half and held Notre Dame to a field goal, Oregon to a safety and UCLA to a pair of field goals...in 2004 New Mexico didn't score until the third quarter, Colorado had one first half field goal and Idaho was shutout until the fourth quarter...in 2005 WSU has blanked Nevada and Grambling and given up one first-half TD (Idaho).

    PENALTIES DOWN: This year WSU has averaged 7.6 penalties for an average of 64.6 yards...in 2004 WSU averaged 7.0 penalties and 65.7 penalty yards per game, while in 2003 WSU averaged 11.5 penalties and 94.6 penalty yards per game

    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:

  • 1916 Rose Bowl - WSU 14, Brown 0 (W)
  • 1931 Rose Bowl - Alabama 24, WSU 0 (L)
  • 1981 Holiday Bowl - BYU 38, WSU 36 (L)
  • 1988 Aloha Bowl - WSU 24, Houston 22 (W)
  • 1992 Copper Bowl - WSU 31, Utah 28 (W)
  • 1994 Alamo Bowl - WSU 10, Baylor 3 (W)
  • 1998 Rose Bowl - Michigan 21, WSU 16 (L)
  • 2001 Sun Bowl - WSU 33, Purdue 27 (W)
  • 2003 Rose Bowl - Oklahoma 34, WSU 14 (L)
  • 2003 Holiday Bowl - WSU 28, Texas 20 (W)

    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:

  • WSU and USC are the only Pac-10 teams with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year period...USC has done it three times, but WSU is the only team to do it since 1978;
  • WSU and USC are the only teams with three straight 10-win seasons, USC in 1931-32-33 and 2002-03-04, while WSU did it in 2001-02-03.
  • Just five Pac-10 teams have had back-to-back 10-win seasons since the lead went to 10 teams in 1978, WSU plus Oregon 2000-01, UCLA 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington 1981-82 and 1990-91, and USC 1978-79 and 2002-03-04;

    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 Stanford game are:
    Pac-10 Offense: Jerome Harrison (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
    Pac-10 Defense: Mkristo Bruce (Renton, Wash.)
    Pac-10 Special Teams: None
    Offensive Scout Team: Cole Morgan (Seattle, Wash.)
    Defensive Scout Team: Xavier Hicks, Jr. (Fullerton, Calif.)
    Cougar Claw Offense: None
    Cougar Claw Defense: Wally Dada (Chicago, Ill.)

    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:

    Oct. 15 Oregon State at California, 12:30 pm PDT ABC
    Oct. 15 USC at Notre Dame, 12:30 pm PDT NBC
    Oct. 15 UCLA at Washington State, 3:30 pm PDT FSN

    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 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

  • Bill Doba Show,
  • produced and distributed by the Cougar Sports Radio Network and KXLY, airs weekly on most network stations live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m...Robertson is the show's regular host...all game broadcasts are available via the internet...to listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to www.wsucougars.com.

    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 (wsstevens@wsu.edu) at the WSU Media Information Office.

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