Cougars Travel to No. 12 Stanford
Oct. 18, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. -
No. 12 Stanford Cardinal (5-1, 2-1)
October 23, 2010 Stanford Stadium 2 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (1-6, 0-4) looks for its first conference win of the season as it travels to No. 12 Stanford (5-1, 2-1) at Stanford Stadium, Saturday (Oct. 23). Kickoff between the Cougars and Cardinal is scheduled for 2 p.m.
FOX COLLEGE SPORTS TO TELEVISE STANFORD GAME: Fox College Sports has announced it will televise the WSU-Stanford game (Oct. 23). Gametime is set for 2 p.m. Steve Physioc will handle play-by-play duties, Yogi Roth will serve as analyst and Samantha Steele will be the sideline reporter.
WASHINGTON STATE vs. STANFORD - THE SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting in 1936, this week's game featuring the Cougars and Cardinal will mark the 61st time the two teams have squared off. WSU trails in the all-time series 34-25-1. Stanford has won the last two meetings, including a 39-13 meeting last year in Pullman. When playing at Stanford, the Cardinal lead the series, 18-15.
WILSON AMONG FRESHMEN ELITE: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson has made a strong case to be considered one of the top freshmen in the nation. Wilson, who leads the Cougars in receiving yards (92.3 ypg) and is tied for the lead in receptions (5.0 rpg), leads all freshmen nationally in both categories. Wilson ranks 14th among all FBS receivers in yards per game and is 52nd in receptions.
BUCANNON BREAKS OUT AGAINST ARIZONA: True freshman safety Deone Bucannon had the best game of his young career against the No. 17 Arizona Wildcats. Bucannon registered a game-high 16 tackles, 14 solo, along with a tackle-for-loss and a pass breakup. The 16 tackles were the most by a Cougar since Xavier Hicks, Jr. had 17 against Arizona State (10/6/07), and the most in a Pac-10 Conference game this season. The 14 solo tackles are tied for the fifth-most in school history and the most by a Cougar freshman.
STARTING STALWART: Since WSU's 2007 season-opener against Wisconsin, Micah Hannam had started every game the Cougars had played. The redshirt senior had started 43-straight games, all at right tackle, until last Saturday's contest against Arizona, which he missed due to a concussion suffered two weeks ago against Oregon. The streak marked the longest by a Cougar offensive lineman since Mike Utley started 42 in a row from 1985-88. Before the Arizona game Hannam held the longest starting streak in the conference.
COUGAR DEFENSE TAKES STAND: The Cougar defense allowed 24 points and 352 yards of total offense against the No. 17 Arizona Wildcats, both lows against a Pac-10 opponent since WSU allowed 13 points and 323 yards against Washington in 2008. The 352 yards are the fewest by a Cougar opponent in the past 18 games and almost 100 yards below the Wildcats season average. The WSU defense also recorded 12 tackles-for-loss, the most since matching that total against Oregon State (11/17/07).
KARSTETTER PICKS UP PACE IN CONFERENCE: Junior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been the prime target for quarterback Jeff Tuel since Pac-10 play began three games ago. In that span Karstetter is averaging 6.3 catches and 70.5 yards per game, with two total touchdowns. Two weeks ago against Oregon he registered 10 catches for 106 yards, both career highs. For the season he is averaging 5.0 catches and 54.0 yards per game.
FRESHMAN PHENOM: Wide receiver Marquess Wilson registered his fourth game of more than 100 receiving yards last week against Arizona with six catches for 131 yards and a touchdown. He is the second freshman wide receiver in school history to post multiple 100-yard games in a single season as Phillip Bobo did it three times in 1990. Wilson is proving that he can get down field as he already has seven receptions of 40-plus yards through the first seven games of the season, more than any Cougar had in all of 2009.
TOUGH STRETCH OF SCHEDULE: The Cougars are in toughest three-game stretch they have faced in more than 35 years. In successive weeks WSU has faced No. 3 Oregon, No. 17 Arizona and this week's opponent, No. 12 Stanford. The last time the Cougars faced three Top 20 opponents dates back to 1974, when they played No. 16 Illinois, No. 1 Ohio State and No. 7 USC, falling against all three opponents. The last time WSU played three successive ranked teams came in 2005, when it lost in overtime to No. 12 UCLA, fell by four points at No. 25 California then lost at No. 1 USC.
COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 2000: Since 2000 WSU is 9-33 against ranked teams and 6-5 when WSU was also ranked. This week's opponent, Stanford, is the fourth ranked team the Cougars have faced in 2010, USC, Oregon and Arizona being the others.
PASSING GAME SHOWING SIGNS: The Cougar passing attack has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of its first seven games and currently ranks 5th in the Pac-10 in passing offense at 252.7 yards per game. Over the past two years the offense had thrown for more than 200 yards a combined seven times.
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