Cougars Open Season Saturday at Oklahoma State
Aug. 30, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (0-0, 0-0) at
Oklahoma State Cowboys (0-0, 0-0)
September 4 Boone Pickens Stadium 4 p.m. (PT)
Radio: Washington State ISP Sports Network
SATURDAY'S GAME: Washington State kicks off its 2010 football season at the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Saturday (Sept. 4), at 4 p.m. (PT) in Boone Pickens Stadium. The meeting between the Cougars and the Cowboys, the season-opener for both teams, will be televised live by FSN.
FSN TO TELEVISE WSU-OSU: FSN will televise Saturday's game between Washington State and Oklahoma State with Bill Land calling play-by-play, Joel Klatt as the analyst and Emily Jones reporting from the sidelines.
WSU vs. OKLAHOMA STATE - THE SERIES: Saturday's game marks the fourth meeting between the Cougars and Cowboys, and WSU holds a 2-1 advantage. The series began in the early 1950s with Washington State College defeating Oklahoma A&M in back-to-back seasons in 1951 and 1952. The Cougars won the first meeting 27-13 in Spokane, and were again victorious in Stillwater by a 9-7 margin. After more than 50 years, the teams resumed the series, opening the 2008 season against each other at Qwest Field in Seattle. Oklahoma State left the Pacific Northwest with a 39-13 victory, Aug. 30.
COUGARS IN ROAD OPENERS: The Cougars boast a 68-41-5 record in season openers in their 114-year history. When they open the season on the road, WSU is 20-26-3 all-time.
WSU VS. BIG XII: WSU is 3-5 against the Big XII, including a 2-3 record against the Big XII South, though the conference is entering only its 15th season in its current make-up. The Cougars' all-time record against schools currently in the Big XII is 12-27, including a 5-14 record against the South. The Cougars are 3-3 in the last six meetings against Big XII teams, with victories over Colorado (47-26) and Texas (28-20) in 2003, and a win over Baylor (17-15) in Seattle in 2006.
OPENING THE SEASON AGAINST THE BIG XII: WSU has opened the season against a team currently in the Big XII 13 different times, and all 13 games have been played away from the friendly confines of Martin Stadium. The Cougars are 4-9 in season-openers against teams currently in the Big XII, including wins over Nebraska in 1957 and 1977, and Kansas in 1972 and 1975. For eight-straight seasons, from 1970-77, WSU opened its campaign against a team currently in the Big XII.
COUGARS EARN PRESEASON HONORS: The Washington State University football team was represented by four student-athletes on the Phil Steele Preseason All-Pacific-10 Conference Teams. Junior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis and sophomore defensive end Travis Long garnered third-team honors and were joined by junior defensive tackle Brandon Rankin, who was a fourth-team selection. Offensively, senior tackle Micah Hannam was named to the fourth team.
NOTHING EASY IN THESE SEASON-OPENERS: Over the past four seasons the Cougars have not had the luxury of easing into the schedule. Since the start of the 2006 season, WSU has opened at No. 4 Auburn (2006), at No. 7 Wisconsin (2007), against Oklahoma State (2008) in Seattle, at home against Stanford (2009) and then at Oklahoma State this year.
STARTING FROM DAY ONE?: The Cougars have five true freshmen listed on the WSU two-deep - wide receiver Marquess Wilson, offensive tackle John Fullington, cornerback Damante Horton, safety Deone Bucannon and kicker Andrew Furney - and all three could get the nod to start the season-opener against the Cardinal. In the last 32 seasons, dating back to the formation of the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978, only 13 Cougar true freshman have started a season-opener, including two last season in defensive end Travis Long and wide receiver Gino Simone. Only twice in that time has WSU started multiple true freshmen in a season-opening game (2004, 2009).
LeAndre Daniels CAREER CUT SHORT: Washington State University sophomore football student-athlete LeAndre Daniels sustained a neck injury during fall camp that will end his playing career. A safety from San Leandro, Calif., Daniels missed a week of practice due to a neck injury. Though he appeared to be improving in the first few days, follow-up tests revealed a C1 neck fracture. The WSU medical staff consulted with several orthopedic and neurosurgical spine specialists regarding this type of fracture and follow-up care. It was determined that it is not safe to continue playing football. The injury is stable and at no time has Daniels suffered any neurological damage. He was fitted with a special hard collar for a few days prior to a procedure that fit him for a halo collar which he will wear for 8-10 weeks. Reimaging during the healing process will determine if surgery is needed. Following a redshirt season in 2008, Daniels started the first two games in 2009 before suffering a season-ending broken leg against Hawaii.
MONTGOMERY ON THE MEND: Senior running back James Montgomery is inching his way back to 100 percent following a devastating leg injury that threatened to end his career last season. Following the SMU contest last year, the Cougars' third game of the season, Montgomery went to the emergency room with swelling in his lower leg. He was immediately rushed into the operating table suffering from acute compartment syndrome, where blood flow to the muscle is restricted. Saving Montgomery's leg was the priority and football was a distant thought. After almost a year of rehab, and another surgery on his opposite knee, Montgomery sits atop the Cougar depth chart at running back.
COUGARS ON LIVE TV: Washington State University has already been selected to appear on live television in four of its first five games this year. Both ABC, FSN and Versus can select additional games during the course of the 2010 season, with selections made six or 12 days in advance of the games.
HANNAM LOOKS TO EXTEND STREAK: Senior offensive tackle Micah Hannam enters the Oklahoma State game looking to extend his consecutive starts streak. Hannam has started every game of his Cougar career, 37 straight, dating back to his first career start at Wisconsin to open the 2007 season. Senior punter Reid Forrest has started 24 straight and the only other players to have double-digit consecutive starts are junior receiver Jared Karstetter (12) and sophomore defensive end Travis Long (12).
MORTON RETURNS TO COUGARS: In Janaury 2010, Steve Morton was named the Cougars offensive line coach, returning to Pullman after a 24-year absence. Morton was a center for the 1973 and 1974 Cougars teams before becoming a graduate assistant and then assistant coach under Jim Walden. During his 36-year career, Morton has coached five Morris Trophy winners, signifying the Pac-10 top offensive lineman. Morton has also coached at Pac-10 programs Washington, USC and Stanford.
WULFF NOT ALONE IN COACHING ALMA MATER: WSU Head Football Coach Paul Wulff is one of 17 FBS coaches serving at his alma mater. Wulff was an offensive lineman at WSU from 1986-89.
WSU ON-LINE TICKETS: WSU football tickets are now available online at www.wsucougars.com, by clicking on the "Tickets" link on the front page. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day, up until the day before the game. All orders processed online can be mailed up to 10 days prior to the game. After that all online orders will be held for pickup at Will Call. For any questions about WSU tickets online, please call 800-GO-COUGS, Option 1, during business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office or by calling 800-GO-COUGS.
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