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Sept. 5, 2005

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The Washington State Cougars will look to go 2-0 this season when it faces the University of Nevada Friday night in Reno. The game marks the 2005 season-opener for the Wolf Pack.

Friday's game marks just the second meeting between the two schools, as the Cougars came away with a 31-7 victory to open the 2002 season. That game was played at Qwest Field in Seattle, home of the Seattle Seahawks.

The Cougars are coming off their fifth-straight season-opening win following a 38-26 home victory over Idaho Sept. 1.

Senior Jerome Harrison went 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage to give WSU a 7-0 lead 12 seconds into the contest. On the ensuing kickoff, DeWayne Patterson forced a Vandal fumble recovered by Adam West. Three plays later, Harrison went four yards for another score, making it 14-0, 1:09 into the contest.

Harrison finished the night with 165 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while receivers Michael Bumpus and Jason Hill combined for 13 catches, 184 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Alex Brink threw for 230 yards on 17-of-29 with three touchdowns. Defensively, senior linebacker Will Derting led the way with 11 tackles while true freshman Courtney Williams made five tackles, all on special teams.

HARRISON EXPLOSIVE IN WSU OPENER: Senior Jerome Harrison blasted out of the gate with an 80-yard touchdown run against Idaho in the Cougar's first play from scrimmage last week, then tacked on 85 more yards to finish with 165 net rushing yards...Harrison has now rushed for over 100 yards in WSU's last four games and in those contests is averaging 170 yards...in his six starts Harrison is averaging 132 yards per game...he didn't become WSU's starter last year until the seventh game of the 2004 season...he finished with 900 rushing yards last year.

PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations this week were Jerome Harrison (offense), Will Derting (defense) and Courtney Williams (special teams)...Harrison rushed for 165 yards and scored twice, Derting made 11 tackles, broke up one pass and shared in one TFL, while Williams, a true freshman, made five tackles, all on special teams.

ESPN TELEVISES WSU AT NEVADA: ESPN will televise Washington State's non-conference football game at Nevada Friday, beginning at 7 p.m....Dave Barnett will call the action, with Kelly Stouffer providing commentary, while Anne Marie Anderson will provide sideline reports.

WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Five Cougar football games have already been chosen for live television coverage this fall, starting with Thursday's WSU-Idaho opener on FSN Northwest...ESPN will be on hand a week later to televise the Cougar game at Nevada, beginning at 7 p.m....ABC selected WSU's Pacific-10 Conference game at USC as its Pac-10 game of the week...kickoff time at Los Angeles will be 12:30 p.m....at the end of the regular season, FSN will be on hand to televise WSU's home game with Oregon at 7:15 p.m. and then the annual Apple Cup battle with Washington from Seattle at 12:15 p.m....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.

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

2005 NEVADA CAPTAINS: OL Adam Kiefer (68), RB B.J. Mitchell (8), LB Roosevelt Cooks (26), DB Kevin Stanley (2).

DERTING ON TACKLE LISTS: Senior Will Derting, who has made 236 tackles in his illustrious career, can move near the top of several career lists this season...among Derting's highlights:

  • 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 236 tackles leaves him 17 short of a place on the Cougar career list; 100 tackles this year would place him sixth on the all-time list.

    CURRENT COUGS DOT STAT LISTS: Several Cougars not chronicled elsewhere in this release have made a place for themselves on WSU's Top 10 list, including:

  • Jerome Harrison's 239 all-purpose yards at UCLA in 2004 rank eighth on WSU's single-game list;
  • Jerome Harrison's 1,154 all-purpose yards in 2004 ranks 20th on the Cougar season list;
  • Adam Braidwood had four sacks against Oregon State in 2004 to rank tied for fourth on the single-game list;
  • Adam Braidwood had 25.0 yards in sacks at Oregon State in 2004, the eighth most by a Cougar in a game;
  • Jason Hill's 206 receiving yards against Colorado in 2004 ranks seventh on the WSU single-game list;
  • Jason Hill's 1,007 receiving yards in 2004 ranks fifth on the single-season list and he is just the sixth Cougar to top the 1,000 yard total;
  • Jason Hill averaged 22.4 yards per reception in 2004 to rank fourth on the WSU single-season list.

    A LONG TIME BETWEEN PULLMAN GAMES: WSU opened in Martin Stadium Sept. 1 and doesn't return home until Oct 8 when Stanford visits the Cougars...the last time WSU had an extended absence between home games was in 1990 when WSU hosted UCLA Sept. 29, then was on the road until playing ASU at home Nov. 10.

    COUGARS PLAY 12 ROOKIES: WSU played nine freshmen and three transfers in the season's first game...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 HAS EXTRA TIME TO PREPARE: Washington State has extra time to prepare for each of its three opponents following its Sept. 1 season-opener against Idaho...Cougars will have one extra day for their Sept. 9 game at Nevada and Sept. 17 game against Grambling State in Seattle...WSU has a bye week before opening Pac-10 play at Oregon State Oct. 1...WSU is 6-4 over the last five seasons when having extra time to prepare, including 5-2 following a bye week.

    STREAKS AND NOTES:

  • WSU has won seven straight non-conference games in Pullman...the last home loss was to Idaho in 2000;
  • WSU has outscored Idaho 197-55 in racking up a 5-0 record over Idaho in the 21st century;
  • WSU opens the 2005 season against two Western Athletic Conference schools (Idaho, then Nevada)...the last time WSU opened against two non-conference teams from the same conference was 1988 when the Cougars faced Illinois and Minnesota out of the Big Ten...in 1997 WSU opened against UCLA, then played USC;
  • WSU beat both Illinois and Minnesota in 1998 and UCLA and USC in 1997.

    BRINK THROWS THREE TD PASSES: Alex Brink completed 16 of 20 passes for three scores and 226 yards in the first, third and fourth quarters as WSU handed Idaho a 38-26 loss in the 2005 opener for both teams...the Cougar offense struggled late in the first quarter and in the second quarter after taking a early 14-0 lead...in the second quarter Brink was 1-for-9 and had two deflected passes picked off...Brink's second half performance, 9-of-11 for 170 yards and three TD passes, fueled WSU's 21-point second half as the broke away from Idaho after a 17-12 halftime score.

    MISC. WSU PLAYER NOTES:

  • Kyle Basler has averaged 40 or more yards 28 times in his career and has booted 46 punts 50 yards or longer;
  • Mkristo Bruce has 9.5 career sacks, 7.5 in the last 10 games;
  • DeWayne Patterson, in his Cougar debut at free safety, made five tackles and recorded one sack;
  • WSU lists three first-year freshmen as backup linebackers...Cory Evans, Greg Trent and Jason Stripling all are listed #2 and played against Idaho;
  • 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;
  • Troy Bienemann has caught passes in 27 of his 35 games;
  • Alex Brink has thrown nine TD passes in his six starts;
  • Michael Bumpus had a career-high eight receptions against Idaho for a career-best 88 yards;
  • Jerome Harrison has gone over the 100-yard rushing mark in each of his last four games;
  • Jason Hill has racked up over 100 receiving yards in four games and come close twice, 98 yards against UCLA last year and 96 yards against Idaho last week;
  • Loren Langley has hit 35 of 37 extra point kicks...a blocked PAT and a bad snap accounted for the misses.

    COUGS OPEN 2006 AT AUBURN: Washington State and the Auburn Tigers will open their respective seasons next fall in a game to be televised by ESPN...the game will be played at Auburn and does not have a return game in the deal, which was put together for national television...the two teams have not previously met on the gridiron.

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

  • The Cougars have scored in 228 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 239 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 251, WSU 239, Oregon 233, Florida State 210 and Florida 205;
  • The Cougars have scored in 185 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 54-36 (50.0%);
  • On the road since 1989 the team is 45-51 (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;
  • WSU is 19-6 in home games and 17-8 on the road since 2001...the Cougs have had a winning record on the road the past five years:

    COUGS 36-14 THE LAST FOUR SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 36 of 50 games and is tied for 20th among D-I teams with the most wins over the past five years: Oklahoma 47-8, Miami (FL) 44-6, Boise State 44-8, Texas 44-8, USC 43-9, Georgia 43-10, Ohio State 41-11, LSU 40-12, Tennessee 40-13, Iowa 39-12, Louisville 39-13, Fresno State 38-16, Michigan 38-13, Bowling Green 37-13, Marshall 37-14, Maryland 37-14, Auburn 37-15, Toledo 37-15, Virginia Tech 37-16, Utah 36-12, WSU 36-14, Florida State 36-15, Hawaii 36-18.

    TURNOVERS: WSU is -2 in turnovers after one game 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:

    HILL SETS RECORD: Sophomore Jason Hill broke WSU's single-season touchdown reception record with 12 scoring receptions in 2004...in a five-game stretch, Colorado through Stanford, he caught 20 passes, nine for touchdowns...three other WSU players held the previous record of 11, Kevin McKenzie (1997), Chris Jackson (1997) and Devard Darling (2002).

    HILL RACKS UP FOUR 100-YARD GAMES: Sophomore Jason Hill had a banner season with 45 receptions for 1,007 yards and a 22.4 yard average...included were four games of 100 or more receiving yards:

  • Six catches for 206 yards and one score against Colorado, ranking seventh on WSU's single-season list
  • Hill's three TD receptions in a game equaled the WSU record shared with seven others

    HILL AIMS AT CAREER TD RECORD: Jason Hill, only a junior, is just eight TD receptions short of Hugh Campbell's Cougar career record of 22 TD catches...Hill had 12 as a sophomore and this season has two touchdowns, placing him tied for ninth with C.J. Davis and Nakoa McElrath...two more TD catches will place him tied for fifth with four other Cougars and four more scores ties him for second.

    COUGARS ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS: Senior linebacker Will Derting and center Nick Mihlhauser, along with juniors Jason Hill and Mkristo Bruce have been named to national football award preseason 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 Jason Hill
  • Fred Biletnikoff Award - Outstanding Receiver

    BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in four seasons, has punted 209 times and averaged 42.7 yards, plus a net average of 38.0:

  • In all, 46 of his punts have gone for 50 or more yards
  • He has dropped 65 inside the opponent 20 yard line...that is 31% of his punts inside the 20 yard line
  • 32 of his punts have been downed inside the 10 yard line (15%)
  • 21 were downed inside the five yard line (10%)
  • Basler had 15 punts inside the 20 as a freshman, 30 as a sophomore, 19 as a junior in 2004 and one 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;
  • Basler's 430 punting yards against Stanford in 2003 ranks seventh on WSU's one-game list.

    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 lists:

  • 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 NOW A GO-TO RECEIVER: Sophomore Michael Bumpus got more attention for his exciting punt returns last year than he did as a receiver, but his 35 receptions still ranked second among Cougar receivers...this season Bumpus is a more accomplished receiver, as evidenced by his eight catches for 88 yards and one score in WSU's game against Idaho...if he averaged just 35 catches per season, he would rank among WSU's top four receivers all-time.

    COUGS SCORE OFTEN: Since 1980 WSU has averaged 26.2 points per game, including 38.0 this season...in 2004 WSU averaged 25.0 points...in 2003 30.3 points and in 2002 33.2 points...the following is a breakdown of WSU scoring by season since 1980:

    COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 48 of the last 50 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 27 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game.

    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 15 games against California schools

    WSU WINS LAST FIVE OPENERS: WSU has won its last five season-opening games, defeating Idaho in 2001, Nevada in 2002, Idaho in 2003, New Mexico in 2004 and Idaho again this year...prior to the current streak the last time WSU won five straight openers was 1986-1990.

    COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: Over the past three years WSU opponents have been successful on third down plays just 29% of the time...Idaho converted 29% of their third down opportunities, while opponents in 2004 were successful 33.3% of the time and in 2003 25.1%.

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

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

    COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: The Cougars recorded three sacks in the Idaho game...WSU had 32 sacks in 2004, while in 2003 WSU finished the regular season with 50 sacks, second behind USC's Pac-10-leading 55...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game in 2003.

    SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has been among the nation's leaders in sacks and interceptions over the past several years:

  • 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 leads the Pac-10; Virginia Tech leads the NCAA with 102

    NOTES FROM THE 2004 SEASON
    10 COUGS PICKED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAMS: Senior offensive tackle Calvin Armstrong led a group of 10 WSU Cougars named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference football teams selected by the Pac-10 head coaches in 2004...for the second time in his career Armstrong was named to the league's first team...he also was a first team pick in 2002...four Cougars received second team recognition, return specialist Michael Bumpus (freshman), linebacker Will Derting (junior), offensive tackle Sam Lightbody (senior) and receiver Jason Hill (sophomore)...the five Cougars gaining honorable mention honors were punter Kyle Basler (junior), linebacker Scott Davis (sophomore), running back Jerome Harrison (junior), center Nick Mihlhauser (junior) and cornerback Karl Paymah (senior).

    SIX COUGS NAMED TO PAC-10 ACADEMIC TEAM: Six Cougars have been named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic team, including three-time first-team honoree Pat Bennett (3.43 grade point average, hotel administration major)...Bennett, a linebacker, was joined on the first team by tight end Troy Bienemann (3.75, communications) and offensive lineman Riley Fitt-Chappell (3.49, management information systems)...Bienemann also was a first team pick in 2003, while Fitt-Chappell was on the second team...Bienemann posted the highest GPA among the league's first-team selections...second team honorees went to running back Kevin McCall (3.21, undeclared) and defensive end Matt Mullennix (3.35, business administration), while quarterback Alex Brink (3.48, sport management) was an honorable mention selection.

    BIENEMANN NAMED TO ACADEMIC TEAM: Washington State junior tight end Troy Bienemann was named to the CoSIDA District 8 All-Academic first team for the second straight year...he was among seven players from the Pacific-10 conference named to the offensive team.

    ARMSTRONG, PAYMAH TO SHRINE GAME: A pair of Cougar seniors, offensive tackle Calvin Armstrong (Centralia) and cornerback Karl Paymah (Culver City, Calif.), were selected to play in the annual East-West Shrine Game Jan. 15, 11 a.m., at SBC Park in San Francisco.

    SWOGGER'S SEASON ENDS: Sophomore Josh Swogger's 2004 season ended with a broken navicular bone in his right foot...Swogger threw 93 passes without an interception between the fourth quarter of the New Mexico season opener and the Oregon game...he suffered several injuries during the season, including his right knee (posterior cruciate ligament), left shoulder (strain) and left ankle (contusion).

    COUGAR SENIORS: The Cougars dressed 13 seniors for their final collegiate game Nov. 20 against the Washington Huskies: FS Hamza Abdullah, OL Patrick Afif, OT Calvin Armstrong, LB Pat Bennett, SS Jeremy Bohannon, RB Chris Bruhn, DT Steve Cook, RB Blair Hawkins, OT Sam Lightbody, CB Karl Paymah, CB Tyler Sellers, WR John Williams and LB Brian Winter.

    PAC-10 POW: Two Cougars captured Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week awards three times during the 2004 season:

  • Week 1 - Punter Kyle Basler was named Special Teams POW after his performance at New Mexico when he averaged 470.0 with seven punts and had three 50yards or longer;
  • Week 4 - Punter Kyle Basler was named Special Teams POW after booming a school record punt 87 yards at Arizona...he averaged 53.4 yards and his net was 49.9 yards;
  • Week 10 - Running back Jerome Harrison was named Co-Offensive POW after rushing a school record 42 times at UCLA, gaining 247 yards, the third most ever by a Cougar in a single game.

    HARRISON SETS RECORD: Jerome Harrison's 247 rushing yards at UCLA in 2004 ranked as the third best total in WSU history and his 42 carries in that game bettered by one the school record...he also had three rushing touchdowns, which tied him for eighth on WSU's all-time list:

    HARRISON HITS 900 YARDS: Transfer Jerome Harrison ran for 900 yards in his first season with the Cougars and scored nine TDs, despite only starting the last five games of the year...the Pac-10 honorable mention pick rushed for 515 yards over the final three games, a 172 yard average...he averaged 118.4 yards over the final seven games...highlights included 117 yards (14 carries) against Oregon, 247 at UCLA, 118 yards at ASU, 150 yards against Washington.

    MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: The Cougars like to use numerous receivers...in 2004 nine players caught passes at Oregon State, while eight caught passes against Arizona, seven had receptions against New Mexico, Idaho, USC, UCLA and ASU, while six caught passes against Colorado, Oregon and Stanford and four had receptions against Washington...in 2003 at least seven WSU players caught passes in each of the Cougars' first nine games and in 10 of the 13 games.

    COUGS AVERAGE 54 PLAYERS/GAME: WSU's participation summary shows an average of 54 Cougar players saw action in each game...against Idaho, 69 players saw action, while only 51 played against Oregon...here's the game-by-game summary: New Mexico 55, Colorado 56, Idaho 69, Arizona 53, Oregon 51, Stanford 53, Oregon State 55, USC 53, UCLA 54, ASU 54, Washington 54.

    HARRISON GOES FOR 239 ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: Jerome Harrison chalked up 239 all-purpose yards at UCLA, the eighth best total ever by a Cougar and the most since Nian Taylor had 266 yards against Idaho in 1998...the most recent Cougar running back to have a Top 10 performance was Michael Black's 265 yards against California in 1996.

    11 COUGS START EVERY GAME: Eleven Cougars started every game in 2004, Adam Braidwood, Mkristo Bruce, Scott Davis, Will Derting, Karl Paymah, Jeremy Bohannon and Hamza Abdullah on defense, Calvin Armstrong, Sam Lightbody, Nick Mihlhauser and Jason Hill on offense.

    COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: With 47 letterwinners returning from last year, including 17 starters, WSU has an experienced team in 2005...together they have made 302 career starts...there are 105 starts among the offensive players and combined they played in 253 games...on the defensive side there are 147 starts and they have combined to play in 383 games.

    BASLER, BIENEMANN, DERTING LEAD IN STARTS: Punter Kyle Basler has started all 38 games in his career, while tight end Troy Bienemann has made 33 starts in 35 games...linebacker Will Derting has 30 starts to his credit in 34 games.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against Nevada will include 1 freshman, 4 sophomores, 9 juniors and 8 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 10 freshmen, 7 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 25 games and he has won 16 times...in those 25 games, his Cougar teams have held the opponents without a TD in the first half nine 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 given up one first-half TD (Idaho).

    PENALTIES DOWN: 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 is one of just five Pac-10 teams to post back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 10-team league was formed in 1978: WSU 2001-02-03, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC twice, 1978-79 and 2002-03-04.

    COUGS' 10-WIN SEASONS AMONG BEST: WSU and USC are the only Pacific-10 school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch...USC has accomplished the feat three times...however, the Cougars are the only league school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978...WSU was 10-2 in 1997, 10-2 in 2001, 10-3 in 2002 and 10-3 in 2003...in those seven years WSU made appearances in two Rose Bowls, 1998 and 2003...WSU and USC are the only team to post 10 or more wins three straight years, USC doing so in 1931-32-33 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 Idaho game are:
    Pac-10 Offense: Jerome Harrison (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
    Pac-10 Defense: Will Derting (Okanogan, Wash.)
    Pac-10 Special Teams: Courtney Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Offensive Scout Team: Arkelon Hall (Fresno, Calif.)
    Defensive Scout Team: Brady Emmons (Everson, Wash.)
    Cougar Claw Offense: Michael Bumpus (Culver City, Calif.)
    Cougar Claw Defense: Mkristo Bruce (Renton, Wash.)
    Assassin: Courtney Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Iron Man: Lance Broadus (Woodland, Calif.)
    Gamebreaker: Courtney Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 66 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 17 years and 186 games against WSU's defense.

    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, Dennis Patchin and Bud Nameck host the shows...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.

    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

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  • 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.

    INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page.

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