Cougars Prepare for Homecoming Game Against No. 7 Stanford
Oct. 10, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12)
October 15, 2011 Martin Stadium 4:30 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) returns to Pullman for the first time in more than a month when it hosts the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal (5-0, 3-0), Saturday, Oct. 15 at Martin Stadium. Gametime is set for 4:30 p.m. and will be televised on the Versus channel while also being heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. The Versus crew includes Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (sidelines).
WSU vs. STANFORD - THE SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting in 1936, this week's game featuring the Cougars and Cardinal will mark the 62nd time the two teams have squared off. WSU trails in the all-time series 35-25-1. Stanford has won the last three meetings, including a 38-28 meeting last year at Stanford. When playing in Pullman, the Cardinal lead the series, 14-7.
FSN TO TELEVISE THE SEATTLE GAME AGAINST OREGON STATE: Washington State's football game against Oregon State, Oct. 22, will be televised live nationally by FSN. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. at Century Link Field in Seattle.
COUGARS FINALLY RETURN HOME: The Cougars return to Martin Stadium for the first time since Sept. 10 when they defeated UNLV, 59-7, a span of 34 days, when they host Stanford on Homecoming Weekend. WSU opened this season with back-to-back home games before embarking on a three-game road swing, which sandwiched around WSU's lone bye week. The last time WSU had an extended absence from Martin Stadium came during the 2005 campaign when the Cougars opened in Martin Stadium Sept. 1 and returned home, Oct. 8, coincidentally against Stanford, this weeks opponent.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch at UCLA last weekend was the 16th of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on WSU's career receiving touchdowns list. The Spokane native finished with two catches to up his career reception total to 130 and move into sole possession of eighth place on WSU's all-time career receptions list.
FANS TO DECIDE HOMECOMING UNIFORMS: Cougar fans will determine which uniform combination WSU will wear for the Homecoming game against No. 7 Stanford, Saturday. Fan voting has taken place the past two weeks on wsucougars.com and closes Tuesday (Oct. 11) at 5 p.m. There are eight uniform combinations to choose from, made up of both crimson and gray pants, tops and helmets. The winning uniform choice will be unveiled prior to the game.
FURNEY'S 40-YARD FIELD GOALS: Andrew Furney has kicked a field goal in all five games this season. His four field goals at UCLA are a single-game career high and tie for the second-most in WSU single-game history. Furney is now 4-for-4 this season on field goals of 40-yards or more and has hit is last five attempts from 40-yards plus, dating back to last season.
WILSON'S BIG PLAYS: Marquess Wilson's go-ahead 63-yard touchdown catch at Colorado last Saturday wasn't his first big play of his career. In just 17 games, the sophomore wideout owns six career touchdown catches for 50-plus yards, including four this season. Dating back through the 1984 season, the only Cougar with more touchdown catches of 50-plus yards is former Cougar great Tim Stallworth who finished his four-year career with seven.
COUGAR OFFENSE CLICKING: Through the first five games this season the Cougar offense is averaging 487.80 yards per game in total offense, including 590 yards against Idaho State and 610 yards against UNLV. The 487.8 ypg ranks 15th in the nation while it had been since the 2005 season that WSU had recorded back-to-back games of 500-plus yards (534 at Nevada, 515 vs. Grambling).
HOFFMAN-ELLIS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington State senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was named Bank of the West Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, following his performance against Colorado. Hoffman-Ellis registered a game-high 14 tackles in the Cougars' 31-27 comeback victory at Colorado. His 14 tackles, which included 12 solo tackles and two sacks, were a WSU season-high and one shy of his career-best 15 against Oregon State in 2009. The award marks the first of Hoffman-Ellis' career and the first for a Cougar defensive player since Husain Abdullah earned the honor in November, 2007. It's also the first weekly accolade for the Cougs this season and first since Jeff Tuel earned Offensive Player of the Week after beating Oregon State last season.
LOBBESTAEL NAMED MANNING AWARD PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Washington State's Marshall Lobbestael was selected as the Manning Award Player of the Week. Lobbestael earns the honor over seven other Manning Award Stars of the Week in the Allstate Sugar Bowl's Facebook contest. Lobbestael completed 32-of-49 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 31-27 victory Colorado. This is the second time that Lobbestael has been recognized as a Manning Award Star of the Week and his first Manning Award Player of the Week honor.
DOUBLE-DIGIT COMEBACKS: WSU's 31-27 win at Colorado after trailing by 10 points late in the fourth quarter was Washington State's first come-from-behind victory after trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter since beating Montana State 23-22 last season. The Cougs trailed MSU 22-7 at the start of the fourth quarter. Saturday's win was also the first double-digit come-from-behind conference win since beating Oregon State 36-30 in Pullman (10/25/03) after trailing the Beavers 28-16 in the fourth quarter. It was also the first time WSU posted a conference road win after trailing by double-digits in the fourth quarter since scoring 28 points in the final period in a 49-42 victory at Stanford (10/20/84) after trailing 42-21 in the quarter.
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