3-3 Cougars Travel To Face No. 25 California
Oct. 17, 2005
Washington State University will look to break a three-game slide against No.25 California in a game televised by Fox Sports Net, at 7:15 p.m., Saturday at Berkeley's Memorial Stadium.
The Cougars saw their conference mark fall to 0-3 this season with a 44-41 overtime loss to UCLA last Saturday at Martin Stadium.
The Cougars jumped out to leads of 21-0 and 28-7, but Drew Olson threw for five touchdowns and Maurice Drew scored from a yard out in overtime for the Bruin win.
California enters Saturday's contest with a 5-2 record, 2-2 in conference play, and a No. 25 national ranking after falling to Oregon State, 23-20. Golden Bear quarterback Joe Ayoob accounted for three touchdowns, one throwing, one running and one receiving, before the Beavers rallied for the winning score in the fourth quarter.
California leads the all-time series, 36-25-5, but the Cougars have taken the last four games played, including the last two in Berkeley. In the last meeting the Cougars came away with a 48-38 win (9/28/02 in Berkeley).
FSN PICKS COUG GAMES WITH CAL: WSU's football game at California will be televised live by FSN at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 22 from Memorial Stadium.
HARRISON PICKS UP NINTH-STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for a career-high 260 yards and two touchdowns against UCLA, his ninth-straight game over 100 yards, a WSU record...it also marked the third time in his career he has rushed for more than 200 yards, gaining 218 yards last week against Stanford and 247 yards against UCLA (11/6/04)... Harrison is on pace to break Rueben Mayes' school record of 1,637 yards in a season (1984), while his 20 career touchdowns are fourth in school history...in 2005 he is averaging 166.8 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and second nationally...for more on Harrison's season please see page 4.
HILL RETURNS WITHOUT MISSING A BEAT: After missing last week's game against Stanford with a thigh bruise, junior receiver Jason Hill returned to the Cougar lineup and showed why he remains among the nation's elite receivers...Hill caught eight passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, his eighth-straight game with a touchdown reception and 16th straight game with at least one catch...this season he is averaging 117.2 yards per game, fourth in the nation, while his 7.20 receptions per game are tied 10th nationally...for more on Hill please see page 5.
LANGLEY BOOTS CAREER-LONG 48-YARDER AGAINST BRUINS: Sophomore kicker Loren Langley's fine season continued against UCLA last Saturday as he made both of his field goal attempts, including a career-long of 48 yards in the third quarter...Langley has made 9-of-10 field goals this season, leads all Pac-10 kickers in terms of percentage, and is 34th in the country in scoring.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the UCLA game were Jerome Harrison (offense), Wally Dada (defense) and Loren Langley (special teams). Harrison rushed for a career- and Pac-10 season-high 260 yards and two touchdowns, while Dada recorded a career-best 11 tackles to go with an interception. Langley made both of his field goal attempts, including a career-long of 48 yards in the third quarter.
2005 CALIFORNIA GAME CAPTAINS: QB Joe Ayoob (18), DB Donnie McCleskey (21), C Marvin Philip (54), DE Nu'u Tafisi (53)
HARRISON SETS WSU RECORD: Jerome Harrison is the only WSU running back to rush for over 100 yards in nine consecutive games...Harrison will go after his 10th straight game over 100 yards this week at California:
HARRISON CLIMBS CAREER LIST: Jerome Harrison's 1,901 career rushing yards (in 17 games) is eighth on WSU's all-time list.
HARRISON ON RECORD PACE: Jerome Harrison is on pace to topple the WSU single-season record set by All-American Rueben Mayes in 1984 at 1,637 yards...should he maintain his current average, he would finish the season with 1,835 yards.
MORE HARRISON ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
BRINK SETS WSU PASSING RECORD: Alex Brink's performance against Oregon State Oct. 1 ranks as the best ever by a Cougar quarterback and one of the best in Pac-10 history:
MORE BRINK HIGHLIGHTS FROM OSU GAME:
WSU AMONG NATION'S BEST IN SACKS ALLOWED: Through its first six games of the 2005 season, the WSU offensive line has allowed just five quarterback sacks, tied for seventh among schools from major Division I conferences....of those schools, only Boston College (269), Purdue (261) and Georgia Tech (226) have more pass attempts than the Cougars' 214...teams with fewest sacks:
HILL CHASING COUGAR TD RECORD: Junior Jason Hill is putting together another banner season and continues to climb higher in several career lists:
HILL IN 2004:
BUMPUS HAS BANNER YEAR: Michael Bumpus only returned punts for 10 games in 2004 season, but still inked his name in several WSU Top 10 list...in 2005 he picked up where he left off, adding his name to several categories in the record books:
BUMPUS IN 2004:
BASLER SETS WSU CAREER RECORDS: Senior Kyle Basler has set WSU punting records for career punts and career punting average...here are Basler's totals heading into the UCLA game.
BASLER PINS THEM DEEP: Kyle Basler, in four seasons, has punted a school record 230 times and averaged 42.6 yards, plus a net average of 38.2:
BASLER ON WSU LISTS: During his four seasons, Kyle Basler has had some outstanding game and season performances, including:
HARRISON/WOOLRIDGE BOTH RUSH FOR 100-PLUS: Against Nevada and Grambling State Jerome Harrison and DeMaundray Woolridge each broke the 100-yard barrier, becoming the first pair of Cougar backs to rush for 100 yards in a game twice in the same season since Steve Broussard and Rich Swinton did so in 1988 (Illinois and Oregon)...Harrison and Woolridge are the first pair of WSU backs ever over 100 yards in consecutive games and the first running backs since 1988 with multiple 100-yards games in the same season.
BIENEMANN NEARS MARK FOR TIGHT ENDS: Senior tight end Troy Bienemann is quickly approaching the WSU mark for receptions by a tight end...through last week's game against UCLA, Bienemann has grabbed 88 catches in his Cougar career, second among WSU tight ends behind three-time All-Pac-10 first team honoree Clarence Williams (1989-92)...Williams hauled in 95 passes in his Cougar career...against UCLA Bienemann passed Brett Carolan (1990-93), who had 86 receptions before embarking on a four-year NFL career.
WSU GAMES TELEVISED BY ABC, FSN AND ESPN: Seven 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:
BRAIDWOOD ANCHORS COUGAR DEFENSIVE LINE: Senior Adam Braidwood is making the most of his final season in a Cougar uniform:
COUGARS LEAD CONFERENCE CATEGORIES: The Cougars, team and individual, sit atop the Pac-10 Conference statistics in several categories:
COUGARS PLAY 12 ROOKIES: WSU played nine freshmen and three transfers in the season's first three games...it is the most first-year players to see action in Bill Doba's 17 years at WSU...the transfers to play were DE Lance Broadus, DB Lorenzo Bursey and DB DeWayne Patterson...the freshmen to see action were DT A'i Ahmu, LB Cory Evans, WR Brandon Gibson, LB Jason Stripling, LB Greg Trent, WR Benny Ward, LB Courtney Williams, DB Michael Willis, RB DeMaundray Woolridge...nine of the newcomers play on defense and three are offensive players.
STREAKS AND NOTES:
BRUCE NINTH ON WSU SACK LIST: Junior defensive end Mkristo Bruce is now tied for ninth on WSU's Top 10 career sack list...he has 14.5 career sacks, equaling the total of teammate Will Derting and former Coug Dorian Boose (1996-97)...Bruce leads the Pac-10 this season with 6.0 sacks while the Cougar defense leads the conference with 23 sacks, three better than USC and Oregon.
DERTING ON TACKLE LISTS: Senior Will Derting was poised to move near the top of several career lists this season, but has missed the Stanford and UCLA games with an MCL strain and is not expected to play this week...his accomplishments include:
COUGARS ON PRESEASON WATCH LISTS: Seniors Will Derting, Nick Mihlhauser Jerome Harrison, Kyle Basler and Troy Bienemann, and juniors Jason Hill and Mkristo Bruce, have been named to national football award watch lists:
WOOLRIDGE THIRD FRESHMAN OVER 100: When DeMaundray Woolridge rushed for 133 yards against Nevada, he became just the third freshman in WSU history to top the century mark rushing the football...the others were Will Haskell with 100 yards in 1993 against Oregon State and Deon Burnett with 104 yards against California in 1999...Haskell topped 100 yards in the third game of his career and Burnett accomplished the fete in his fifth game... Woolridge was playing just his second game for WSU.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:
NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools:
COUGS 38-17 THE LAST FIVE SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 38 of 55 games and is tied for 21st among D-I teams with the most wins over the past five years: Oklahoma 50-10, Texas 49-8, Miami (FL) 49-6, USC 49-9, Georgia 48-10, Boise State 48-9, Ohio State 44-13, LSU 44-12, Iowa 43-14, Louisville 42-15, Auburn 42-15, Virginia Tech 42-16, Bowling Green 41-14, Tennessee 41-15, Toledo 41-15, Florida State 41-16, Michigan 41-16, Fresno State 41-17, Maryland 40-16, Marshall 39-17, WSU 38-17, Utah 38-16.
TURNOVERS: WSU is -6 in turnovers after six games in 2005...the Cougs finished the 2004 season -1 in turnovers...in 2003 WSU finished +8 in turnovers...in the last 16 years, WSU is -32 in turnovers...only three times since 1989 has WSU had fewer turnovers than the opponents, yet they have won over half of their games with seven winning seasons:
COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 53 of the last 55 games - every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons, 11 of 13 games in 2003, all 11 games in 2004 and each game in 2005.
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 12 years have actually run the ball more times than they have thrown:
COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: Over the past three years WSU opponents have been successful on third down plays just 30.8% of the time...this season Idaho converted 29% of their third down opportunities, Nevada 25%, Grambling 23.5%, OSU 52.6%, Stanford 56.3%, UCLA 40.0%...opponents in 2004 were successful 33.3% of the time and in 2003 25.1%.
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU blocked 10 kicks during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, six placement kicks and four punts:
RED ZONE: WSU has scored 27 times in 32 trips into the Red Zone...WSU has failed twice due to interceptions, once on a lost fumble, once on downs and once with a missed FG.
TURNOVERS = POINTS: This season WSU has converted their opponent turnovers into four touchdowns...in 2004 the Cougars scored a total of 78 points off turnovers, nearly half of the points the Cougars scored the previous season...in 2003 WSU scored 142 points off turnovers, taking the ball away from the opponents 24 times with interceptions while recovering 24 of the opponents' 47 fumbles.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: This year the Cougars have made 23 sacks in the first six games, including six at Nevada and seven against Grambling;
WSU SCORES QUICKLY: WSU had three scoring drives lasting less than a minute against each opponent this year, giving WSU 52 scoring drives lasting less than a minute during the last four years...here's the year totals since 2002
COUGS BOASTED STARTING EXPERIENCE: With 47 letterwinners returning from last year, including 17 starters, WSU has an experienced team in 2005:
BASLER, BIENEMANN, DERTING LEAD IN STARTS: Punter Kyle Basler has started all 43 games in his career, while tight end Troy Bienemann has made 38 starts in 40 games...linebacker Will Derting has 33 starts to his credit in 37 games...Riley Fitt-Chappell has also played in 40 games.
BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: WSU's starting lineup of 22 players against California will include 2 freshman, 5 sophomores, 8 juniors and 7 seniors, while the top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 10 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 17 juniors and 10 seniors...in the two-deep, WSU lists a combined 17 freshmen-sophomores and 27 juniors-seniors...34 of the top 44 are underclassmen.
DOBA'S TEAMS SHUT DOWN FOES: Bill Doba has been WSU's head coach for 28 games and he has won 18 times...in those 28 games, his Cougar teams have held the opponents without a TD in the first half 11 times...in 2003 WSU blanked Idaho, Arizona and Stanford in the first half and held Notre Dame to a field goal, Oregon to a safety and UCLA to a pair of field goals...in 2004 New Mexico didn't score until the third quarter, Colorado had one first half field goal and Idaho was shutout until the fourth quarter...in 2005 WSU has blanked Nevada and Grambling and given up one first-half TD (Idaho).
PENALTIES DOWN: This year WSU has averaged 7.7 penalties for an average of 68.8 yards...in 2004 WSU averaged 7.0 penalties and 65.7 penalty yards per game, while in 2003 WSU averaged 11.5 penalties and 94.6 penalty yards per game.
COUGARS DEBUT NEW UNIFORMS: It is back to the basics for WSU's new uniforms this season...while the crimson and gray helmets remain the same with the Cougar logo on each, uniform pants and tops will have a more basic look...there are two jerseys, one white for use on the road and one crimson for use at home...pant colors will include white, crimson and two gray pants, one solid and one with traditional striping down the side...both the white and crimson pants also have the traditional NFL-style stripes down the side...the front of the jerseys will have a smaller 'Washington State University' across the front, along with a return to block numbers...a new addition this year will be the use of uniform numbers on the jersey sleeves.
WSU BOWL RECORD: WSU's appearance in the 2003 Pacific Life Holiday Bowl was the Cougars' 10th bowl appearance and second in the Holiday Bowl...WSU is 6-4 in 10 previous bowl games.
PAC-10 PICKS WSU SIXTH: Despite the return of 17 starters nine on offense, six on defense and 2 kickers) and 47 letterwinners the Cougars were picked to finish sixth by the media covering the Pacific-10 Conference when they gathered in early August...the 2005 Pac-10 Media Poll: 1. USC 410 points (unanimous), 2. California 300, 3. ASU 296, 4. Oregon 290, 5 UCLA 282, 6. WSU 189, 7. OSU 159, 8. Arizona 131...9. Stanford 106, 10. Washington 91.....WSU was picked to finish fifth in 2005 and ended the year seventh with a 3-5 Pc-10 record.
BRUCE ATTENDS CONFERENCE: Sophomore defensive end Mkristo Bruce was among 321 NCAA student-athletes selected to attend the 2004 NCAA Leadership Conference in late May...the conference was designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators.
WSU AMONG ELITE WITH 10-WIN SEASONS: Washington State was one of just four NCAA Div. I teams to record 10 wins in each of the 2001-02-03) seasons...the others are Maryland, Miami (FL) and Oklahoma.
2003 SEASON AMONG BEST: WSU's 10-3 finish in 2003 equaled the fifth best record for the Cougars since the 1920's when teams began playing 10 or more games...WSU's best records include 9-1 (90.0%) in 1930, 10-2 (83.3%) in 1929, 1997 and 2002 and 10-3 (76.9%) in 2002 and 2003.
BACK-TO-BACK 10-WIN SEASONS RARE IN PAC-10: WSU posted three straight 10-win seasons in 2001-02-03, a rare fete in the Pac-10...WSU also had four 10-win seasons between 1997 and 2003 and made two Rose Bowl appearances...how rare were those 10-win seasons:
DOBA TURNS TO COUGARS FOR ASSISTANTS: When Bill Doba began assembling his staff in December, 2002, after taking over for Mike Price, he turned to three former Cougar players, a former head coach he worked for, and a Pac-10 offensive coordinator...four of the new coaches Doba brought to WSU have served as coordinators...his staff includes five former Cougar players, equaling the most graduates on any D-1 staff in 2003...here is a quick rundown:
1. Robb Akey, DC/line, joined WSU 1998, Weber State '88, came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was DC;
2. Leon Burtnett, linebackers, joined WSU 2003, former Purdue head coach (1982-86) and an assistant for Indianapolis Colts, also on WSU staff 1971, DC at Wyoming, Purdue, Fresno State, Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas State;
3. Ken Greene, secondary, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '77, came to WSU from Purdue, played professionally with St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers;
4. Mike Levenseller, OC/Receivers, joined WSU in 1992, Washington State '78, played professionally with Oakland, Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Edmonton and Calgary;
5. Robin Pflugrad, tight ends/RC, joined WSU 2001, Portland State '80; came to WSU from N. Arizona, where he was OC;
6. Timm Rosenbach, quarterbacks, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '88; came from E. Washington, where he was OC, played professionally with Phoenix, New Orleans and Hamilton;
7. Kelly Skipper, running backs, joined WSU 2003, Fresno State '89, he was OC before joining WSU;
8. Mike Walker, defensive line, joined WSU 1997, Washington State '82, played professionally with Hamilton and Edmonton;
9. George Yarno, offensive line, joined WSU 2003, Washington State '79, also a WSU assistant 1991-94, OC at Idaho, 19956-97, played professionally with Tampa Bay, Atlanta, Houston and Green Bay.
TWO QBS ON DEFENSIVE LINE: Two members of WSU's defensive line, Odell Howard and Mkristo Bruce, were high school quarterbacks...Howard prepped at Pomona High (Pomona, Calif.) and Bruce at Liberty High near Renton...Bruce passed for 718 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 602 as a senior, while Howard threw for 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns his senior year.
WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS: Washington State's weekly FOX Sports Net award winners from the UCLA game are:
Pac-10 Offense: Jerome Harrison (Kalamazoo, Mich)
Pac-10 Defense: Wally Dada (Chicago, Ill.)
Pac-10 Special Teams: Loren Langley (Puyallup, Wash.)
Offensive Scout Team: Jim Magee (Seattle, Wash.)
Defensive Scout Team: Alex Hamill (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
Cougar Claw Offense: Offensive Line and Tight Ends
Cougar Claw Defense: A'i Ahmu (San Diego, Calif.)
RUSHING TOTALS UNDER 100: In the last 17 years WSU has held 75 of 191 opponents to less than 100 yards rushing...the lows include Montana State -35 (1993), Arizona -17 (2002), Pacific -6 (1993) and Montana's -6 (1995)...in those 191 games, WSU held opponents to 50 or less yards 21 times.
100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 67 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 17 years and 191 games against WSU's defense.
Bill Doba TV SHOWS: 'KXLY Cougar Football Saturday' airs each Saturday during the football season at 12:00 p.m. PT, leading into ABC's Pac-10 Game of the Week...Rick Lukens and Dennis Patchin host the shows, along with Keith Osso and Allison Leep...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Doba and Cougar football.
DOBA PHONE CONFERENCES: Bill Doba is available for media interviews three times weekly via a conference phone hookup, Sunday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 2:15 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.
WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Bohler Athletic Complex 186. All in-season head coaches and selected players (when available) will be available for the phone conference and in-person interviews. Contact the WSU Media Information Office for more information. Members of the media may attend in person or participate by use of the telephone.
LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action this week includes:
Oct. 22 USC at Washington, 12:30 pm PDT ABC
Oct. 22 Oregon State at UCLA, 4:00 pm PDT TBS
Oct. 22 WSU at California, 7:15 pm PDT FSN
TICKETS: Tickets for all Cougar home and away games are available through the WSU Ticket Office, North 225 Grand, Pullman, Wash. 99164-1910, or by calling 800-GO-COUGS (available toll free from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands).
WSU ON-LINE TICKETS: WSU football tickets are now available online at www.wsucougars.com, by clicking on the
AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are available on the Internet through WSU's Web provider College Sports TV and its audio partner Real Audio...the address is: www.wsucougars.com, then use the Audio link in the left column.
WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 26-station Cougar Sports Network...Robertson is in his 39th year of broadcasting Cougar sports...Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his fifth season as a Cougar commentator...Nameck has been broadcasting WSU sports on radio or television since 1981 and is in his fourth season as part of the radio team...broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 EDT) beginning Sep. 7 and running through Nov. 30. Coordinates for the feed are Satellite IA5/C14, c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
PAC-10 TELECONFERENCE: The Pacific-10 Conference hosts a weekly teleconference call each Tuesday during the football season...the teleconference call begins at 10 a.m....Bill Doba participates at 11:10 a.m....contact the Pac-10 media relations office for details, 925-932-4411.
DOBA AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Bill Doba is available for individual media interviews 11:00 a.m.-Noon each Wednesday. Arrangements for Doba interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice each Tuesday and Wednesday and before practice each Thursday. Contact Bill Stevens (email@example.com) at the WSU Media Information Office.
INTERNET: WSU releases, statistics, notes and depth chart information are loaded weekly on the WSU Athletics Home Page. The address is: http://www.wsucougars.com.