WSU Set For No. 5 Washington In Apple Cup Showdown

Nov. 13, 2000

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    THE COACHES: WSU - Mike Price (Puget Sound '69) has a 63-72-0 (.467) record at WSU in 11 years and a career mark of 109-116-0 (.484) in 20 seasons at Weber State (1981-88, 46-44-0) and WSU (1989-present). WASHINGTON - The Huskies are coached by Rick Neuheisel, whose record at Washington in two seasons is 16-6-0...for his career Neuheisel is 49-20-5 in six years.

    WSU VS. WASHINGTON: The Huskies hold a 59-27-6 lead in the series that began in 1900 with a 5-5 tie in Seattle...since the Cougar's home games returned to Pullman in 1982 (from Spokane), WSU has won seven, Washington home since 1982 WSU is 4-5 against Washington...the series records include:

    COUGS PLAY CLOSE GAMES: The outcome of seven of WSU's 10 games this season have been determined by seven points or less, with the Cougars 3-4...five of the close games came consecutively, starting with Idaho and ending with that string, the last two were overtime losses at Arizona and at home against ASU...then, after a loss at Oregon State, WSU lost another overtime outing to Oregon...the five-game streak started with a 38-34 loss to Idaho...then came wins over California 21-17 and over Boise State come the 53-47 loss to Arizona in triple overtime and the 23-20 overtime loss against ASU...two weeks ago it was Oregon 27-24 in OT and last week it was WSU 33-27 at USC...the last time WSU played seven games determined by seven points or less was in 1985 when Jim Walden was WSU's coach...the seven games in 1985 were: Oregon 39-42, California 20-19, Arizona 7-12, Utah 37-44, UCLA 30-31, ASU 16-21 and Washington 21-20...WSU was 2-5 in those games and finished 4-7 overall.

    2000 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Jason Gesser (17), RB Adam Hawkins (37), DE Austin Matson (61), WR Farwan Zubedi (41). WASHINGTON: The Husky captains are QB Marques Tuiasosopo (11), NT Larry Tripplett (70) and OG Chad Ward (71).

    GESSER'S SEASON ENDS AGAINST OREGON: Sophomore quarterback Jason Gesser, who started WSU's first nine games, suffered a broken tibia in the second quarter of WSU's overtime loss to Oregon, ending his 2000 season...Gesser suffered the broken leg while being sacked on WSU's first play of its second possession of the quarter.

    MOST STARTS: Billy Newman and Chris Martin lead WSU in consecutive starts at 20 after Austin Matson's string of 26 straight was snapped Oct. 21 when he did not start against ASU.

    INJURIES: WSU's injury report for Monday, Nov. 13 from the training staff: Brad Philley (concussion, knee bruise, doubtful), Derrick Roche (hip pointer, probable), Eric Coleman (broken finger, doubtful). Out indefinitely are: Lamont Thompson (neck), Wendell Smith (shoulder), Sam Lightbody (ruptured thumb ligament), Reed Raymond (left knee, torn MCL), Ryan Raymond (neck), Adam Davis (back), Derrick Dillon (broken collar bone), Jason Gesser (broken left tibia), Jason White (ankle).

    NEWMAN NEARING TACKLE LIST: Billy Newman, WSU's junior safety, now has 237 career tackles, leaving him 11 short of 15th on WSU's single season list...a junior, Newman is only 43 tackles away from Don Hover, tenth on the list with his 280 tackles, 1973-77...Newman made 45 tackles as a freshman and led WSU last year with 105...he has 87 this season...he also has five career interceptions.

    BURNETT TOPS 1300 RUSHING YARDS: Sophomore Deon Burnett has now run for 1,319 career yards, leaving him 420 yards short of a spot in WSU's top 10 list...tenth on WSU's all-time list is Dan Doornink, who gained 1,739 yards during his career, 1974-77.

    BURNETT & MINNICH GIVE WSU 1-2 PUNCH: Last year's leading rusher Deon Burnett has a lot of help this year from Dave Minnich, the ex-Marine who transferred this fall from Mt. San Jacinto JC...Minnich has played in all 10 games, rushing for 641yards and four scores, while Burnett has gained 345 despite missing the Cal game with a bone bruise...Burnett is averaging 3.7 yards per carry and Minnich 4.4.

    SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significant scoring streaks on the line:

  • The Cougars have scored in 196 consecutive Pacific-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team...the last time WSU was shut out in Pac-10 play was at Oregon State in 1975,
  • WSU has scored in 188 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984,
  • The Cougars have scored in 162 consecutive home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    WYNN FOURTH WITH 943 YARDS...Junior Milton Wynn now ranks fourth on WSU's single-season receiving list with 943 yards...also, Wynn's 50 catches leaves him four short of a spot on WSU's Top 10 list, where Doug Flansburg, Phillip Bobo and Leaford Hackett all had 54 receptions in a single season.

    TURNOVERS: WSU is -1 in turnovers this year...WSU was +5 after five games and is now -6 over the last five games...WSU's turnover margin was -4 in 1999, -17 in 1998, -1 in 1997, -9 in 1996, 0 in 1995, +9 in 1994.

    LAST TOUCH WINS: In four of six losses this season, Idaho, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon, WSU opponents pulled out the win on their last possession...Idaho drove 57 yards to score the deciding points with 40 seconds to play...Arizona scored in the third overtime and then picked off a WSU pass to preserve their win, while ASU stopped WSU with an interception in the first overtime and then kicked the winning field goal...Oregon kicked a field goal in the first overtime and then blocked WSU's FG attempt...Stanford and OSU are the only victors over WSU not to decide the game late.

    FUMBLES NOT GOING WSU'S WAY: The Cougars are having a little problem with fumbles bouncing the wrong 10 games, the Cougs have lost 13 of 23 fumbles...the opponents, meanwhile, have fumbled 18 times, with WSU recovering just nine...the Cougars have fumbled the ball four times in games against Utah (a win), California (a win) and Arizona (a loss)...WSU had no fumble against Oregon, the first time since Louisiana last year the Cougs have not fumbled and the first time in a Pac-10 game since Stanford and Washington at the end of 1998.

    BREAKING DOWN TOP 22-44: Against Southern California WSU's starting lineup of 22 players included 3 freshmen, 9 sophomores, 6 juniors and 4 seniors, while the Top 44 (two-deep) consisted of 12 freshmen, 12 sophomores, 11 juniors and 9 the two-deep, WSU lists 24 freshmen and sophomores and 20 juniors and seniors.

    MINNICH TOPS 100 YARDS FOR A THIRD TIME: Junior Dave Minnich has topped the 100-yard rushing total three times this year, a season-high 118 yards at Utah, 101 yards at Arizona and 108 yards two weeks ago against Oregon...Minnich transferred from Mt. San Jacinto College in August to shore up WSU's thin running back stable and now has started two games, Boise State and Oregon.

    GESSER'S 348 A CAREER HIGH: Jason Gesser threw for a career high 348 passing yards against Arizona and then came back the next week with 321 yards against ASU, giving him 669 yards against the schools from Arizona.

    GESSER STREAK HALTED AT 130 PASSES: Sophomore Jason Gesser threw 130 straight passes without an interception over nearly five games before Michael Jolivette of Arizona picked off one in the fourth quarter two weeks the season opener against Stanford Gesser threw two picks, the last one on WSU's last possession...he was 20-of-36 for 161 yards, two interceptions and no TDs against Stanford, a QB rating of the next five games, he hit 81 of 139 passes (two interceptions) for 1,346 yards and 15 those five games Gesser's QB rating was 172.34, which elevated his season rating to 153.76, a mark that ranked first in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation...since throwing that first interception at Arizona, Gesser has completed 31 of 80 passes (38.8%) with eight interceptions and three touchdowns...out for the rest of the season, Gesser finishes with 132.53 rating, which still leads the Pac-10.

    GESSER THROWS FOR TD RECORD: In the second overtime period at Arizona Oct. 14, Jason Gesser drilled a 19-yard scoring pass to Nakoa McElrath, Gesser's sixth TD pass of the game and a WSU record...the previous record of five was shared by Jack Thompson (vs. Washington, 1976), Timm Rosenbach (Tennessee, 1988), Drew Bledsoe (Oregon State, 1991), and Ryan Leaf (California, 1977).

    GESSER ALMOST HIT TOP 10 LISTS: Sophomore Jason Gesser's untimely injury, a broken left tibia that will sideline him for the rest of the season, has halted his chances of gaining a spot on WSU's single-season Top 10 lists...he closes out his sophomore year with 1,967 passing yards and 2,014 yards in total offense...his passing total of 1,967 yards is 324 yards short of tenth on the list (Chad Davis is tenth with 2,291 in 1994), while his total offense of 2,014 yards leaves him 250 short of tenth on the single season list (Jack Thompson's 2,264 yards in 1978 is tenth) his brief two-year career Gesser has passed for 2,412 yards and has 2,604 total offense yards.

    McELRATH TIES RECORD: Junior Nakoa McElrath tied a WSU single game record with his three touchdown receptions from Jason Gesser Oct. 14 at Arizona in a triple overtime loss to the Wildcats...the transfer from Palomar College and graduate of Scripps Ranch High in LaJolla, Calif., hauled in a 54-yarder from Gesser in the second quarter, a 19-yarder in the fourth quarter that earned WSU a 26-26 tie, and then another 19-yarder in the second overtime that put WSU ahead 47-40...six other Cougar receivers have also caught three scoring passes in a game.

    COUGS STINGY IN FIRST QUARTER: WSU's defense has allowed 443 first quarter points in the last 90 games (4.92/quarter) over the past eight years...WSU allowed 41 first-quarter points in 1993, 29 in 1994, 45 in 1995, 43 in 1996, 48 in 1997, 87 in 1998, 71 in 1999 and 72 in 2000...BSU and ASU both scored 14 first-quarter points against WSU and Oregon 13...Stanford, Utah and USC failed to score in the opening quarter against the Cougs.

    COUGS AGAINST RANKED TEAMS SINCE 1995: WSU did not meet a ranked team in 1998 WSU lost to No. 4 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 10 1997 WSU defeated No. 22 USC and lost to 21st ranked ASU...unranked at the start of the season when WSU won, UCLA finished the year ranked the final game of the year, WSU lost to co-national champion 1996 WSU lost at No. 5 Colorado, defeated No. 25 Oregon and No. 19 California and lost to No. 12 Washington...WSU, in 1995, suffered losses to three nationally ranked teams: No. 2 Nebraska, at No. 5 USC and at No. 12 Oregon.

    RECEIVERS SET STANDARD: Nakoa McElrath, Deon Burnett, Marcus Williams and Milton Wynn have done something never done by a group of WSU receivers...against Arizona McElrath racked up 106 receiving yards and Burnett had 101 yards to become the tenth WSU receiving duo to each account for over 100 receiving yards in a game...the next week against ASU Williams had 138 receiving yards and Wynn 143 to duplicate the effort...that marked only the second time two pairs of receivers had each gone over 100 yards in a season...the last was in 1992 against Temple early in the season and against Utah in the Copper also marked the first time a pair of receivers had topped the 100 yard total in back-to-back games.

    PRICE THIRD IN WINS: WSU coach Mike Price is third among the current Pacific-10 coaches with 1098 wins... Arizona's Dick Tomey leads Pac-10 coaches with 158, followed by ASU's Bruce Snyder with 125 and Price...Price, in his 12th season at WSU, is second in consecutive years at the same school...Tomey is in his 13th year at Arizona.

    MIKE PRICE AMONG WSU'S BEST: Only one Washington State football coach with tenure of five years or longer at WSU put together a better record than Mike Price...Price, in his 11 seasons at WSU, is 63-72-0 (.467), while his career mark is now 109-116-0...Babe Hollingbery was 93-53-14 (.625) during his 1926-42 (17 years) tenure...Price's record is the best at WSU in the last 50 years for coaches with a tenure of three or more years...Price's 62 wins at WSU ranks second to Hollingbery's 93...Jim Walden is third on the victory list at 44.

    WSU SECOND IN PAC-10 DEFENSE: Since 1992 WSU has been in the top half of the conference in defense all but once (1992)...the Cougs won the defensive title in 1994, allowing 229 yards a game, the best average in the league since 1982 and the second best since 1993 and 1997 WSU's defense was ranked second in the Pac-10.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: The Washington State Cougars perform much better at home than on the road during Mike Price's 12 year home the Cougars are 35-29 (54.7%) and on the road the team is 28-43 (39.4%)...WSU's 6-0 home record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars.

    WSU'S OVERTIME EXPERIENCE: WSU played and lost back-to-back overtime games at Arizona (3 OT) and at home against ASU (1 OT) earlier this year...then came a one-overtime loss to Oregon last week...the three OT games this year pushes WSU's all-time OT games to 1996, Washington beat WSU 31-24 in overtime in Pullman...WSU's second OT game also involved Arizona and came in 1997 when WSU prevailed 35-34 in Pullman.

    GESSER/WILAIKUL PAC-10 HONOREES: Quarterback Jason Gesser and kicker Anousith Wilaikul have each received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season...Gesser, for his play at Utah when he completed 11 of 18 passes for 211 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 37 yards, won offensive honors, while Wilaikul [pronounced A-new-sit Vee-lie-khoun] was the special teams winner after his three field goals of 38, 22 and 34 yards against Boise State...Gesser was the first Cougar to earn conference player of the week honors since Nian Taylor in 1998.

    100-YARD RECEIVING GAMES: Only two WSU receivers have ever had more than four 100-yard receiving games in a single season, current assistant coach Mike Levenseller, who had seven in 1976, and Tim Stallworth, who had five in 1988...current Cougar receiver Milton Wynn has four games this year with over 100 receiving yards...the others with four in a season are Hugh Campbell in 1962, C.J. Davis in 1992 and Chris Jackson in 1997...Levenseller also holds the WSU record with 11 100-yard games in his career...Stallworth had nine and Campbell seven.

    ROCHE A ROCKY FAN: Derrick Roche, a sophomore starter on WSU's offensive line is a big fan of the Rocky movies...he is such a big fan, in fact, that he has watched Rocky IV before every football game since he was a junior in high school.

    COUGS GO MARINES: While looking for a few good men the past two years, the WSU coaching staff discovered the Marines...a pair of WSU players are former Marines, Wendell Smith and Dave Minnich...Smith, from Spokane's Gonzaga Prep, joined the Cougars last fall as a freshman after four years in the service...this season WSU brought in running back Dave Minnich from Mt. San Jacinto College...originally from Stonington, Conn., Minnich spent four years in the Marines before going the jaycee route...Smith is currently sidelined following shoulder surgery in the spring.

    ZUBEDI'S SLIPPERY PET: Receiver Farwan Zubedi, one of WSU's four co-captains, has a unique pet that draws some folks to him while others will take the long way around him - a pet snake...not just your common garden snake hidden in the folds of his cloths or in a's a 4-foot boa named Unique...hard to hide and not everyone's favorite pet...Unique has yet to make an appearance on the field.

    COUG LINE AVERAGES 286: WSU's offensive line currently weighs in at a collective 1,430 pounds, or an average of 286 pounds...the heavyweight of the group is Phil Locker at 311...Josh Parrish weighed in at 284 this fall, while Tyler Hunt and Derrick Roche checked in at 280 and Billy Knotts at the start of the season, with both Reed (312) and Ryan (304) Raymond in the lineup, WSU's line averaged 294...the averaged dipped to 291 after the loss of Reed Raymond and now to 286 with both on the sidelines.

    OFFENSE ROLLS AGAINST ARIZONA SCHOOLS: WSU's offense generated 490 yards at Arizona and 488 yards against ASU in back to back games...50 of the yards against Arizona came in overtime and five yards against ASU were in the two games overall WSU generated 978 yards of total offense and in regulation time 923 yards...only once last year did WSU generate over 400 yards against a Pac-10 foe - 420 against 1998 WSU had 551 yards against Stanford and 482 against ASU...against the Sun Devils the last three years WSU has generated 1,261 yards, or 420 per game.

    LAMONT THOMPSON REDSHIRTS: Senior Lamont Thompson, who shares the WSU record with 14 career interceptions, will redshirt during the 2000 season and rehab his sore neck that has kept him out of all workouts since last spring...the senior is currently undergoing physical therapy and neck strengthening exercises...several visits to specialists revealed no structural damage to Thompson's neck and shoulder areas.

    DEFENSE SCORES TWICE: WSU's defense scored twice against USC, the first time since 1992 the Cougars have scored twice on defensive plays...the first score was Jeremy Thielbahr's recovery in the endzone of a blocked USC punt and the second was D. D. Acholonu's 35-yard return of a fumble forced by Billy Newman.

    COUGAR NOTES: WSU's win over USC was its second straight over the Trojans, a first in the 61-game series...the win also was WSU's second straight in the LA Coliseum (the two teams did not play in 1998 and 1999)...WSU also won in LA in Mike Price's 11-year WSU career, the Cougar road record of 3-2 this year marks the first time the Cougs had a winning record on the road and did not go to a bowl game...WSU was 4-2 on the road in 1992 and played in the Copper 1994 WSU was 5-2 on the road and played in the Alamo Bowl...and in 1997, the year of the Cougs' Pac-10 title, the team was 4-2 on the 1998 and 1999, WSU's only Pac-10 wins were over Cal...this year the Cougs dumped both California and USC...not since 1997 has WSU won two road games against Pac-10 foes and won three road games in a season.

    USC TRIES THE AIR: Oregon (94) and USC (91) have combined for 185 rushing yards the last two weeks against the Cougars...USC was forced to the air, throwing 54 passes and completing 29...the last team to throw more passes against the Cougars was Oregon' with 63 passes in 1996, while Cal completed 33 passes in 1996, the last time a team had more completions than USC's 29.

    WILLIAMS GOES DEEP: Senior Marcus Williams caught the second longest pass play in Cougar history when he hooked up with Matt Kegel on an 88-yard pass and run play against the USC Trojans...the longest is the 97-yard play by Steve Birnbaum and Nian Taylor in 1998...Williams caught four passes for 126 yards, averaging 31.5 per catch, at USC.

    JAMES PRICE LEADS DEFENSE: James Price made 11 tackles at USC last Saturday, including four TFL's for -12 yards and one sack...he also had a blocked punt that Jeremy Thielbahr recovered in the USC endzone...Price has 71 tackles and eight TFL's this year, both second on WSU's list this year...he had 83 tackles as a sophomore in 1998.

    MEET MATT KEGEL: WSU will start redshirt-freshman Matt Kegel (pronounced Key-gull) against Washington...Kegel will enter the game with one career start - USC last week...who is Matt Kegel, the player who must now guide WSU's offense following the loss of sophomore Jason Gesser to a broken leg against Oregon two weeks ago...Kegel is a 6-5, 225-pounder out of Havre, Mont...he is a first cousin of former Cougar QB Ryan Leaf, who made his starting debut in 1995 against Washington in the final game of the season (Leaf hit 22 of 33 passes for 291 yards in a 33-30 loss to the Huskies)...Leaf's mother Marcia and Matt's mother Sherry are Leaf, the new Cougar QB is tall, solidly built and has a very strong arm...and they are both from a senior in 1998 at Havre High, Kegel led his team to the state championship game and was rated by Super Prep Magazine as one of the top signal callers in the nation...he threw for 2,004 yards as a senior, hitting 130 of 257 passes...22 went for touchdowns...Kegel is working toward degrees in communications and sports management.

    COUGS HOLD DOWN LONG PLAYS: While the Cougars did allow USC to run 95 plays for 470 yards (151 yards and 30 plays in the fourth quarter after WSU led 26-7), WSU kept the big plays to a minimum...none of USC's 41 rushing attempts went for more than 18 yards and only four were longer than 10 yards...USC's 95 plays is the most by a Cougar attempt since Oregon ran 98 in 1996, while their 29 first downs (12 in the final quarter) were the most since 31 by UCLA in 1931.

    WSU ON THE ROAD AT HOME: In years to come it may be a trivia question - When did the Cougars play on the road at home?...Sept. 18, 1999 Idaho was officially the home team and the Cougars were the visiting team, complete with white uniforms...Idaho currently uses WSU's Martin Stadium as their home field in an effort to qualify for NCAA D-I status...the Vandal's Kibbie Dome is not large enough to allow Idaho to meet the average needed for D-I status.

    COUG FOOTBALL HAS TWO SETS OF TWINS: WSU's football roster in 2000 includes two sets of identical twins...they are offensive linemen Reed and Ryan Raymond (Moses Lake, Wash., born 10/23/77) and linebackers Brandon and Ryan Pickering (Monroe, Wash., born 3/31/77).

    MORE BROTHERS: In addition to two sets of twins on the Cougar roster, there are five other pairs of brothers...they are Fred and Josh Shavies, Adam and Blair Hawkins, Pat and Collin Henderson, Raonall and Kealan Smith, and Deon and Anthony Burnett.

    WSU-WASHINGTON CONNECTION: Two members of WSU's 2000 football roster boast brothers who have played at Washington...Cougar Ing Aleaga's brother Ink was a standout 1994-95-96, while Russell Mizin's brother was a senior in 1999.

    SECONDARY PICKS 13 PASSES: Each starter in the secondary has made at least two interceptions this season...Billy Newman leads the quartet with four, while Mory Banks, Marcus Trufant and Billy Martin each have three picks...for their careers, Martin has six interceptions, Trufant and Newman five each and Banks three.

    COUGAR OFFENSE IN HIGH GEAR: WSU has generated 3,780 yards in total offense through 10 games, averaging 378.0 yards...on the ground WSU averages 124.6 yards, plus 253.4 in the air...throwing out WSU's two lowest totals this season, 252 against Stanford and 240 at Oregon State, WSU has averaged 411 against the other eight opponents.

    LONG DRIVES: WSU has had 15 scoring drives of 70 yards or longer in the first nine games, including eight drives of 80 yards or more.

    NEW FIELD TURF FOR MARTIN: WSU opened the season with a new look when it hosted Stanford Sept. 2...the Cougars sported new uniforms and helmets, played on a new artificial turf, FieldTurf and were finally back at home in Bohler Gym with new offices and a new lockerroom...Nebraska was the first NCAA Div. I football school to use FieldTurf, followed by WSU...FieldTurf is a surface that looks and feels very much like grass...the Cougars' practice facility, Rogers Field, also sports the new turf.

    MIKE PRICE TV SHOWS: The 'Mike Price TV Show' airs Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. PT on KHQ, KNDO (Yakima) and KNDU (Tri-Cities) television stations....KHQ's John Fritz hosts the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Price and Cougar football.

    JIM STERK RADIO SHOW: 'Cougar Conversation with (WSU AD) Jim Sterk' is aired each Sunday for 30 minutes at 10:30 a.m. on Spokane's KXLY Radio (920)...former Cougar player Paul Sorensen hosts the weekly show with the WSU athletic director.

    WEEKLY WSU PRESS CONFERENCES: WSU hosts a weekly press conference each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Media Information Conference Room, Bohler Addition 195. 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.

    LISTEN TO COUGAR GAMES ANYWHERE: Cougar football fans can listen to the Voice of the Cougars Bob Robertson's broadcasts, even if a network station is not in your locale. TRZ Sports Service Inc.'s 'Teamline' provides the hookup directly into the Cougar Sports Network. Call 1-800-846-4700 and punch in the Cougar access code 5938. The cost is charged to your VISA or Mastercard.

    LIVE TELEVISION: Pac-10 television action Saturday, Nov. 18, will include Oregon at Oregon State on ABC regional at 12:30 p.m. PT. Fox Sports Net will show the Washington at Washington State game on national cable at 3:30 p.m. PT.

    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay Washington State's game against Washington Nov. 19 at 10:00 a.m.

    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).

    AUDIO ON INTERNET: WSU's football broadcasts are now available on the Internet through FansOnly, WSU's Web provider...the address is:

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Scott Pelluer, Jeff Aaron, and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 24-station Cougar Sports Network. Robertson is in his 34th year of broadcasting Cougar sports, while Pelluer, a former Cougar player, is in his second season as a Cougar broadcaster. Broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour 'Mike Price Show,' produced and distributed by Learfield Communications, airs weekly on most network stations live at 7:00 p.m.. Robertson is the show's regular host...all broadcasts are available via the internet. To listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to

    SATELLITE: WSU uplinks a 15-minute football video package each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. (C-Band, Telstar 6, Transponder 19 V, 93 degree west, ) with coach and player interviews recorded at practice that afternoon...the service is provided by Northwest Public Television on the WSU campus (if trouble, call 509-335-5177). The Pacific-10 office transmits a weekly 30-minute highlight package each Wednesday at 12:00 noon PDT on Telstar 5, Transponder 16, C-Band (if trouble, call 310-543-1835 or the Pac-10 office).

    PRICE AND PLAYERS AVAILABLE: WSU head football coach Mike Price is available for individual media interviews 11:00-Noon Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (expect prior to road games). Arrangements for Price interviews must be made through his office, 509-335-0250. WSU players are available for interviews before and after practice Tuesday and before practice Wednesday. Contact Rebecka McKinney at the WSU Media Information Office.

    PRICE PHONE CONFERENCES: Mike Price 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 2:30 p.m. For access information contact the WSU Media Information Office.

    COUGAR INFOCONNECTION: Members of the media may access WSU press releases, game statistics and other sports specific information through InfoConnection. For information on how to access information from all 10 Pac-10 schools and the Pac-10 office, contact the league office or any of the Pac-10 sports information offices.

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