Cougars Set to Open 2011 Season Against Idaho State
Aug. 29, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (0-0)
September 3, 2011 Martin Stadium 2 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team begins its 116th season when it faces Idaho State University at Martin Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 3. Gametime is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network and will be webcast on wsucougars.com. The Cougars serve as the hosts for the inaugural meeting between the two programs as former WSU assistant Mike Kramer begins his first season as the Bengals head coach.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. IDAHO STATE - THE SERIES: Today's meeting is the first in series history.
COUGARS IN OPENERS: Washington State University boast a 68-42-5 record in season openers in their 115-year history. WSU is 76-34-3 all-time in home openers, including games in Pullman, Spokane and Seattle. Since 1990 the Cougars boast a 14-7 record in home debuts, and are 24-12 dating back to the start of the 1975 season.
WSU VS. THE BIG SKY: Dating back to a 34-0 victory over Montana in 1903, the Cougars have played 44 games against teams currently in the Big Sky Conference. WSU is 42-2 in those games - including 19 shutouts - and has not lost to a team currently in the Big Sky in more than 60 years. The Cougars have won 14-straight meetings to Big Sky schools since a 13-12 road loss to Montana in 1947. The only other loss was also to the Grizzlies, a 10-0 setback, also in Missoula. The Cougars are 26-0 when playing a current Big Sky school in Pullman. The last meeting came in 2010 when WSU defeated Montana State, 23-22.
WSU VS. FCS: Since the formation of the Pacific-10 Conference in 1978, the Cougars have won all 15 games played against Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) schools. Six of the victories have come against Montana State and 11 of the wins have come against teams currently in the Big Sky.
COUGARS IN FIRST-TIME MEETINGS: Since the start of the 2001 season, Washington State University has played nine series-beginning games and recorded a 7-2 record in those contests. The most recent game came in 2009 when WSU needed overtime to defeat SMU in Pullman.
WASHINGTON STATE EXPANDS RADIO COVERAGE IN THE SEATTLE AREA: Washington State University Athletics and IMG College have agreed to a multi-year, multi-faceted agreement with Bonneville Seattle Media Group giving WSU exclusive coverage of Cougar football in the Seattle area. The three-year agreement, which begins with this week's contest against Idaho State, includes coverage of all WSU football games on 770 KTTH AM, a weekly segment on 710 ESPN Seattle during the Kevin Calabro Show with Jim Moore from 3-7 p.m. weekdays, a dedicated section on MyNorthwest.com and 710Sports.com, full-time streaming of football games, along with podcasts of games and related Cougar Athletics programming on both KTTH and 710 ESPN Seattle. Additionally, Cougar gamedays include a two-hour pregame and one hour postgame football show, along with a 30-minute pre and postgame show for men's basketball. Bonneville Seattle Media Group is the home of News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM, 710 ESPN Seattle, 770 KTTH AM. It is home to the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Sounders FC, Seattle University men's basketball, the Seattle Thunderbirds and now Washington State University football and men's basketball.
WALDEN TO MISS OPENER: Washington State University Hall of Fame coach and current Cougar radio broadcaster Jim Walden will miss this week's contest against Idaho State as he is being inducted into the University of Wyoming Intercollegaite Athletics Hall of Fame in Laramie, Wyo. In his two years at Wyoming, Walden quarterbacked the Cowboys to a 17-4 record while earning All-America Honorable Mention and Skyline Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior.
WSU UNDEFEATED ON SEPTEMBER 3: Throughout the 115 years of Cougar football, WSU has proven to excel when playing Sept. 3. The Cougars are 3-0 on the date, the most recent coming in 2004 when they defeated New Mexico, 21-17.
KARSTETTER NAMED CANDIDATE FOR LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD: WSU senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter was recently selected as one of the 30 candidates for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and completion. Karstetter is a two-time All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention selection, a two-time Academic All-Pac-10 selection and a 2010 ESPN CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team honoree. The Spokane native is set to graduate this spring with a bachelor's degree in zoology and currently holds a 3.61 cumulative GPA.
WILSON NAMED TO BILETNIKOFF WATCH LIST: Sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson was named to the 2011 Fred Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List, the College Football Awards Association announced prior to the season. Last season, Wilson was placed on numerous Freshman All-America teams after catching 55 passes for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns. Brandon Gibson was the last Cougar to receive the accolade, appearing on the 2008 watch list. The Fred Biletnikoff Award is presented to the nation's most outstanding receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. The award is named after Fred Biletnikoff, a former All-American at Florida State and member of the College and Pro Football halls of fame. The winner will be announced Dec. 8 at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
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