Cougars Set To Take On Beavers

Sept. 26, 2005

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Washington State University had its lone bye of the season last weekend and will take a 3-0 record into Saturday's Pacific-10 opener at Oregon State, Oct. 1. Gametime at Reser Stadium is set for 1 p.m. The Cougars completed a perfect nonconference schedule with a 48-7 win against Grambling State Sept. 17 at Qwest Field in Seattle. Jerome Harrison rushed for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns, while Jason Hill caught a pair of scores. It marked the third straight game Hill registered two touchdown catches. WSU built a 24-0 halftime lead, the second straight week the Cougar defense posted a first-half shutout, and finished the game allowing just seven points, the lowest opponent scoring output since a 30-7 WSU victory over Arizona, Oct. 4, 2003. Oregon State enters the contest with a 2-2 record, dropping its conference-opener to Arizona State last Saturday, 42-24.

HARRISON PICKS UP SIXTH-STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns against Grambling State, his sixth-straight game over 100 yards...Harrison scored the first two Cougar touchdowns on a pair of one-yard runs and finished the first half with 104 yards...he ended the game with a career-high-tying three touchdowns and 169 all-purpose back to the UCLA game last season (11/6/04), Harrison is averaging 152.2 yards per game and has scored nine 2005 he is averaging 133 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and eighth nationally...his backup, freshman DeMaundray Woolridge, is averaging 85.0 ypg.

BRINK'S QB RATING 191.19 FOR 11 QUARTERS: WSU Sophomore Alex Brink has thrown for nine touchdowns, 690 yards and just two interceptions in the Cougars' three games this fall, all victories in which backup signal callers Josh Swogger and Gary Rogers have seen considerable action...but if you throw out just one quarter, the second against Idaho when the offense went stagnant (he was 1-for-9, four yards, two interceptions, both deflections), Brink has been the other 11 quarters, he has completed 50 of 72 passes (69.4%) for 690 yards, nine touchdowns, no interceptions...that's an NCAA QB Rating of 191.19...he has not thrown an interception in his last 67 passes.

PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the Grambling State game were Jerome Harrison (offense), Mkristo Bruce (defense) and Loren Langley (special teams)...Harrison rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns, his sixth-straight 100-yard game, while Bruce led the Cougar defense with six tackles, one forced fumble and one pass break-up...Langley converted both field goal attempts and made all six extra point tries.

WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Five Cougar football games have already been chosen for live television coverage this fall...additional Pac-10 games could be chosen for live TV coverage, either 12 or six days in advance of the game, per the Pac-10 television contract:

WSU vs. Idaho, FSN Northwest, 7:00 p.m.
WSU at Nevada, ESPN, 7:00 p.m.
WSU at USC, ABC, 12:30 p.m.
WSU vs. Oregon, FSN, 7:15. p.m.
WSU at Washington, FSN, 12:15 p.m.

2005 WSU CAPTAINS: TE Troy Bienemann (81), RB Jerome Harrison (1), LB Will Derting (51), P Kyle Basler (8).
2005 OREGON STATE CAPTAINS: LB Trent Bray (44), LB Keith Ellison (4), WR Mike Hass (28).

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