WSU, 6-4, Heads South To Face 5-4 Arizona State
Nov. 6, 2006
Washington State University, 6-4 overall, 4-3 in Pacific-10 Conference play, will look to extend its conference road winning streak to five games when its visits the Arizona State Sun Devils, 5-4, 2-4, in a non-televised game Saturday evening at 7 p.m. MST, from Sun Devil Stadium.
The Cougars are coming off a 27-17 home loss against Arizona, the first loss this season against a team not ranked in the Top 10. The game was only the third time this season the WSU defense allowed more than 26 points.
Saturday's game is the final road contest for WSU, where the Cougars are 3-1 this season. WSU has secured it first winning road record since the 2002 season, when it went 4-1.
Arizona State enters the game off a 44-10 loss last Saturday at Oregon State. The Sun Devils dropped their first three conference games this season but have since taken two of three, defeating Stanford and Washington before last week's loss to the Beavers.
BRINK LEADS PAC-10 IN TOTAL OFFENSE: Junior quarterback Alex Brink has taken over the Pacific-10 Conference lead in total offense, averaging 242.40 yards per game. Brink is less than one yard ahead of USC quarterback John David Booty, who finished the weekend at 241.6ypg.
CONFERENCE ROAD WINNING STREAK: This week the Cougars will be looking to extend their four-game conference road winning streak when they travel to Tempe to face Arizona State. The streak began at the Apple Cup last season in Seattle with a 26-22 win and carried through this season with Pac-10 road victories at Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA. The current streak is the longest since WSU won six conference road games during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
COUGARS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Both the Cougar offense and defense can be found among the nation's top 35 in several categories this season. Offensively, WSU's passing offense is 15th in the nation at 262.40 ypg, 19th in total offense (403.50) and 33rd in passing efficiency (138.39). Defensively, WSU is tied for 13th in sacks (3.00), 28th in rushing defense (106.40) and 31st in tackles-for-loss (6.50). The Cougars are 30th in turnover margin at +0.50.
FSN TO BROADCAST APPLE CUP: While there is no television for this week's WSU-ASU game from Tempe, Fox Sports Net will broadcast the 99th Apple Cup when the Cougars host the Washington Huskies, Nov. 18, from Martin Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:45 p.m.
WSU-ASU SERIES: Arizona State leads the all-time series by an 18-12-2 margin, including an 11-5-2 mark when playing at Tempe. The Cougars have dropped the last two meetings in the series after winning the previous three. The last time these two teams met in Tempe the Sun Devils came away with a 45-28 win, Nov. 13, 2004. The last time WSU posted a road win against ASU was a 28-16 victory, Oct. 10, 2001.
PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference POW nominees following the Arizona game were: Alex Brink (offense), Steve Dildine (defense) and Romeen Abdollmohammadi (special teams). Brink completed 18 of 33 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Brink's first score, a 91-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson, marked the second-longest pass play in WSU history. Dildine registered a team-high nine tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, along with an interception. Abdollmohammdi connected on a 37-yard field goal, made both extra points and had two touchbacks off kickoffs.
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