Cougars Ready for Apple Cup
Nov. 21, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. -
Washington Huskies (6-5, 4-4 Pac-12)
November 26, 2011 CenturyLink Field Seattle, Wash. 4:30 p.m.
Radio: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden, Bud Nameck
Washington State IMG College Sports Network
XM: Channel 191
SATURDAY'S GAME: The Washington State University football team (4-7, 2-6 Pac-12) concludes its 2011 season when it travels to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies (6-5, 4-4) in the Apple Cup, Saturday, Nov. 26 at CenturyLink Field. Gametime is set for 4:30 p.m. and will be televised by Versus. The game can also be heard across the IMG College Sports Radio Network.
,b>WASHINGTON STATE vs. WASHINGTON - THE SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting between the Huskies and Cougars in 1900, a 5-5 tie in Seattle, Washington leads the 103-game series by a 66-31-6 margin. From 1934-61 the winner of the cross-state rivalry was awarded the Governor's Trophy. In 1962 the Apple Cup trophy was instituted, and Washington holds a 34-14 record in Apple Cup games since then. Last season the Huskies posted a 35-28 victory in Pullman, needing a touchdown pass in the final minute for the win. WSU has won four of the last seven Apple Cups, however, and have won two of the last three meetings when played in Seattle. Washington holds a 37-15-5 advantage when playing in Seattle.
THE COUGAR FOOTBALL PROJECT UNDERWAY: The WSU Board of Regents gave approval for an $80 million project that will add premium seating and a new press box on the south side of Martin Stadium. The regents' approval will allow construction to begin this week. The renovation has the premium seating on the south side of the stadium along with a new, state-of-the-art press box. The project will be privately funded through donations, premium seating revenue and increased revenue from the recently complete Pac-12 television contract, which goes into effect beginning with the 2012-13 academic year. When fully occupied, the club seats, loge boxes and luxury suites are expected to bring in more than $3 million annually in net revenues at current projected price levels.
COUGARS AT HOME AT CENTURYLINK FIELD: Though it will be the visiting team this weekend, WSU is no stranger to CenturyLink Field. Since the start of the 2002 season, the Cougars have played nine games at the home of the Seahawks, going 5-4 in the contests. Earlier this season WSU was the home team against Oregon State in The Seattle Game and will now be the visiting team against Washington. The last time the Cougars played in the same stadium as both the home and road team was 1999, when they were technically the visiting team at Martin Stadium when Idaho played its home games in Pullman.
HALLIDAY OUT FOR APPLE CUP: Washington State University redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Halliday was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital for observation and imaging following Saturday's game against Utah. According to WSU Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Training Services Bill Drake, Halliday, who received a number of hard hits throughout the contest and played through each of them, approached the WSU medical staff with significant pain following the game. He was immediately taken to the hospital and following consultation with the WSU medical staff, specialists were brought in and it was determined Halliday suffered a lacerated liver.
WSU LANDS NINE ON ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: WSU placed nine student-athletes on the Pac-12 All-Academic Football teams, including first-team selections Jared Karstetter and Kyle McCartney. Both Karstetter and McCartney were repeat first-team picks from last season. Additionally, WSU had one second-team selection and six honorable mention picks. Junior Andrei Lintz was a second-team pick for the second-straight season and senior Dan Wagner, junior Skylar Stormo, sophomores John Fullington and Andrew Furney, along with freshmen Aaron Dunn and Kristoff Williams were named honorable mention.
WILSON EXTENDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD: Sophomore wide receiver Marquess Wilson had his second game of the season with more than 200 yards receiving against Arizona State (8 catches, 223 yards, 3 touchdowns) and in doing so eclipsed Brandon Gibson (1,180 yards in 2007) as the school's all-time single-season receiving leader. Through 11 games Wilson has 1,280 yards on 75 catches while averaging 116.4 yards per game. Those numbers put him sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (first in the Pac-12), while he is tied for 17th in catches. His 75 receptions surpassed WSU's previous single-season leader Nakoa McElrath (2001) by three. Against ASU Wilson became the second Cougar with multiple 1,000-yard season, joining current Jacksonville Jaguar receiver Jason Hill, who had 1,007 and 1,097 receiving yards in 2004 and 2005. His 10 touchdowns this season are tied for sixth on the Cougars' single-season list.
HALLIDAY NAMED PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quarterback Connor Halliday has been named the Bank of the West Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Halliday came off the bench to throw for 494 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars' 37-27 win over Arizona State. His passing total was the second-highest in school history and shattered the previous freshman mark of 385 yards, held by Drew Bledsoe. Halliday's 494 yards also marked the highest total by a Pac-12 quarterback this season, the 10th-best passing total in conference history and the most yards ever thrown by a conference freshman. Halliday is the second Cougar to earn conference player of the week honors this season as senior linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis was named the defensive player of the week following WSU's victory at Colorado.
COUGARS HONORED 14 ON SENIOR DAY: Prior to last Saturday's home game against Utah, Washington State honored 14 seniors who will be playing their final game in Martin Stadium. That list included Isiah Barton, David Gonzales, B.J. Guerra, Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Wade Jacobson, Jared Karstetter, Mike Ledgerwood, Marshall Lobbestael, Anthony Martinez, Logwone Mitz, Trase Pickering, Brandon Rankin, Andrew Roxas and Dan Wagner.
KARSTETTER, McCARTNEY GARNER ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter and junior defensive back Kyle McCartney have been named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team. Karstetter is a zoology (pre-dental) major with a 3.61 GPA while McCartney is majoring in entrepreneurship and carries a 3.80 GPA.
HALLIDAY, WILSON RECOGNIZED BY COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS: Quarterback Connor Halliday has been recognized as the College Football Performance Awards Performer of the Week while Marquess Wilson earned the Wide Receiver Performer of the Week following their efforts against Arizona State.
WILSON CLIMBING CAREER CHARTS: Almost two seasons into his WSU career, sophomore Marquess Wilson is leaving his mark on the Cougar record books. In just 23 games, Wilson has totaled 130 receptions for 2,286 yards and 16 touchdowns. His receptions total currently rank 9th, pushing his position coach Mike Levenseller (121) out of the top 10. His yardage total is fifth-best and his 16 career touchdown receptions are tied for eighth.
GLEASON GIVEN GAME BALL: Former Cougar great Steve Gleason was honored as an honorary captain during WSU's game against Arizona State. Gleason played at WSU from 1996-99, ending his career with 282 total tackles, ninth-most in school history, before an eight-year career in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints. Gleason also played baseball at WSU and as a senior was named the WSU's outstanding student-athlete. Earlier this fall Gleason revealed he has been diagnosed with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Following the win against the Sun Devils, the Cougar coaches awarded the game ball to Gleason, who met with the team prior to the game.
WILSON'S BIG PLAYS: Marquess Wilson's 85-yard touchdown catch against Arizona State wasn't his first big play of his career. In 23 games, the sophomore wideout owns seven career touchdown catches for 50-plus yards, including five this season. Dating back to the 1984 season, the only Cougar with as many touchdown catches of 50-plus yards is former Cougar great Tim Stallworth who had seven.
KARSTETTER NFF SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: WSU senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, the organization announced last week. As a National Scholar-Athlete, Karstetter will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is also a finalist for the nation's top scholar-athlete award, the William V. Campbell Trophy. If he is selected as the Campbell recipient, the scholarship will grow to $25,000. Karstetter is the fifth Cougar to earn the prestigious honor, as Alex Brink (2007), Jason Hanson (1991), Ed Tingstad (1988) and Greg Porter (1982) were also named National Scholar-Athletes. Karstetter, one of 16 finalists from a group of 127 semifinalists, and the only Pac-12 representative, is being recognized for accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community. He will be honored during the NFF's 54th Annual Awards Dinner, Dec. 6, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
WSU'S LONG SCORING DRIVES: WSU's final scoring drive against Arizona State, an 11-play, 80-yard drive, was one of four scoring drives of 80 yards or more against the Sun Devils. That gives WSU 12 scoring drives of at least 80 yards this season. The Cougars have scored on drives of 70-plus yards 26 times and scored touchdowns on drives in five-or-fewer plays 13 times.
WSU ON TV: Saturday's game against Washington marks the sixth time this season the Cougars have been a conference television selection, totaling more than the previous two seasons combined. Last season WSU was on Versus (Arizona) and FSN (Oklahoma State) while in 2009 they were on FSN (USC) and NBC (Notre Dame). This year the Cougars have been selected for FSN three times (UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon) and Versus (Stanford, ASU and Washington) three times.
KARSTETTER CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior wide receiver Jared Karstetter's touchdown catch against Utah was the 18th of his career, moving him into a tie for third on the WSU career receiving touchdowns list alongside Nian Taylor (1996-99), Deron Pointer (1991-93) and Devard Darling (2002-03). The Spokane native currently sits fourth on WSU's all-time career receptions list with 157 after making six catches against Utah. arstetter has started in 35 consecutive games and caught a pass in 38 straight.
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