Cougars to Face Oregon State in The Seattle Game
Oct. 17, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington State Cougars (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12)
October 22, 2011 CenturyLink Field Seattle 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (3-3, 1-2 Pac-12) hosts the Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 1-2), Saturday, Oct. 22 at CenturyLink field in Seattle. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on FSN while also being heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network. The FSN crew includes Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Petros Papadakis (sidelines).
WSU vs. OREGON STATE - THE SERIES: WSU leads the all-time series by a 48-44-3 margin, including a 22-17-2 advantage when playing at home (Pullman and Spokane). The Cougars snapped a three-game series skid last season when they posted a 31-14 win in Corvallis, the first conference road win under Paul Wulff. These two teams have played throughout the northwest during the series, with games in Pullman, Corvallis, Portland, Spokane and Tacoma, yet this is the first meeting in Seattle.
FSN TO TELEVISE OREGON GAME: Washington State's football game at Oregon, Oct. 29, will be televised live nationally by FSN. Gametime is set for noon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene.
COUGARS AT THE SEATTLE GAME: Once known at the Cougar Gridiron Classic, The Seattle Game, presented by Washington's Beef Producers, features the Cougars facing a conference opponent for the first time when the host Oregon State. WSU will be making its ninth appearance at the home field of the Seattle Seahawks, a series that started in 2002 with WSU hosting Nevada in the first football game played in the new stadium. WSU beat the Wolf Pack and have also defeated Idaho (2003), Grambling (2005), Baylor (2006) and San Diego State (2007) in Seattle. Since 2002 the Cougars are 5-3 when playing at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field).
COUGARS PLACE SEVEN ON PHIL STEELE PAC-12 MIDSEASON TEAMS: Seven members of the Washington State University football team were included on Phil Steele's Midseason All-Pac-12 Conference list. Defensive end Travis Long and wide receiver Marquess Wilson were named to the first team, linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis, guard B.J. Guerra, safety Deone Bucannon and kicker Andrew Furney were each named to the second team, while kick returner Isiah Barton was a third-team selection.
HOME STAY WAS SHORT: The Cougars returned to Martin Stadium for the first time since Sept. 10 when they hosted Stanford last weekend, a span of 34 days away from home. 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. While this weekend's Oregon State contest is a home game, it marks the first of three more consecutive games away from Martin Stadium.
TUEL RETURNS TO STARTING ROLE: Junior quarterback Jeff Tuel made his return to the Cougar lineup against Stanford after suffering a fractured left clavicle in the season-opening game against Idaho State. Tuel started and completed 17-of-30 passes for 145 yards.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch at UCLA was the 16th of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on WSU's career receiving touchdowns list. Against Stanford the Spokane native finished with two catches to up his career reception total to 132 and sits in eighth place on WSU's all-time career receptions list.
FANS DECIDED HOMECOMING UNIFORMS: Cougar fans determined the uniform combination WSU wore for the Homecoming game against No. 7 Stanford, last Saturday. There were eight uniform combinations to choose from, made up of both crimson and gray pants, tops and helmets. The winning uniform choice, consisting of gray pants, gray tops and gray helmets, was unveiled prior to the game.
FURNEY'S 40-YARD FIELD GOALS: Andrew Furney had kicked a field goal in all five games this season prior to Stanford last weekend, where WSU managed two touchdowns but no field goal attempts.. His four field goals at UCLA were a single-game career high and tied 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. Furney leads the conference in field goal percentage at 100 percent, making all nine attempts this season.
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.
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD: In addition to Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso, ESPN's College Gameday has had another constant - the WSU flag, which this weekend will be making its 112th consecutive appearance on the weekly show, dating back to the beginning of the 2004 season. Two flags - Ol' Crimson and Whitey - have been flown in the background of the Gameday set by dozens of friends and alumni. WSU recognized the Gameday flag wavers in a pregame ceremony prior to the Montana State game last season. In addition to the flags that fly, there is a traveling flag signed by the holders after each episode. The traveling flag is retired after each season, the first of which is hanging in WSU's Alumni Center.
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