WSU Back On The Road; Face USC At The Coliseum
Oct. 27, 2003
WHO: #6/6 WSU Cougars (7-1 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) vs. #3/3 USC Trojans (7-1 overall, 3-1 Pac-10)
WHAT: 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Football
WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 1; Kickoff 4:00 p.m. PDT
WHERE: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (92,000, grass), Los Angeles, Calif/
TV: Live ABC Sports, WSU replay by FOX Sports Northwest Sunday, Nov. 2, 10:00 a.m.
THE COACHES: WSU - Bill Doba (Ball State '62) is in his first season as WSU'shead coach (7-1) and in his first season as a college head coach (7-1). USC - TheTrojans are coached by Pete Carroll (Pacific '73), who has a 24-9 career and USCrecord in three seasons as a head coach.WSU VS. USC: The Cougars and Trojans have played 62 times, with USC winning 50and WSU eight, including a thrilling 30-27 overtime victory in Pullman lastyear...there have been four ties...the Cougars have won three of the last five gameswith USC, including the last two in Los Angeles, 28-21 in 1997 when WSU went onto win the Pac-10 title, and 33-27 in 2000...the two teams did not meet in 2001.Most WSU Points: 35, 1973 (35-46) Most USC Points: 70, 1970 (70-33)Widest WSU Victory: 20 (34-14, 1986) Widest USC Victory: 49 (49-0, 1967)Longest WSU Winning Streak: 2 (2000-02) Longest USC Winning Streak: 16, 1958-85Last WSU Win: 2002 (30-27, ot) Last USC Win: 1999 (31-28)Last WSU Win Pullman: 2002 (30-27, ot) Last USC Win Pullman: 1999 (31-28)Last WSU Win Los Angeles: 2000 (33-27) Last USC Win Los Angeles: 1995 (26-14)WSU at Pullman: 4-9-2 (+1) USC at Home: 34-4-2 (-2)WSU at Los Angeles: 4-34-2 (+1) USC at Pullman: 9-4-2 (-1)WSU at Spokane: 0-7-0 USC at Spokane: 7-0-0Bill Doba vs. USC: 0-0 Pete Carroll vs. WSU: 0-1WSU Streak: +2 USC Streak: -2
COUGARS REMAIN SIXTH IN THE POLLS: Washington State remained sixth forthe third straight week in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches poll and theAssociated Press media poll...over the course of the 2001 and 2002 seasons, theCougars were ranked a school record 28 straight weeks, but didn't appear this yearuntil Sept. 14....WSU moved to eighth this week in the BSC ranking. (see page 3)DOBA LEADING ROOKIE COACHES: Washington State first-year head coachBill Doba is one of three rookie Div. I coaches who are 7-1...the others includeBowling Green's Gregg Brandon and Louisville's Bobby Petrino...Michigan State'sfirst year coach John L. Smith is also 7-1, but he has head coaching experience priorto taking over at MSU this year.
WSU GAME NOTES VS. IDAHO (25-0):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NOTRE DAME (26-29, ot):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. COLORADO (47-26):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. NEW MEXICO (23-13):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. OREGON (55-16):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. ARIZONA (30-7):
WSU GAME NOTES VS. STANFORD (24-14):
SUCCESS ON THE ROAD: WSU has won 10 of its last 11Pac-10 road games...WSU closed out the end of the 2000season with a win at USC...in 2001 the Cougars defeatedArizona, Stanford and ASU on the road before a loss atWashington, while in 2002 WSU defeated California,Stanford, Arizona and UCLA in Pac-10 action...this yearWSU has won at Oregon and Stanford.
DARLING HAULS IN NINE PASSES: Junior DevardDarling caught a career-high nine passes for 113 yardsagainst New Mexico, just one reception short of making theWSU single-game list and only three short of the WSUrecord for one game...Darling caught 54 passes for 800yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns last year...he hastopped the 100-yard mark three times in his career, 133against Oregon and 109 at California last year and 113against New Mexico this season...his 15 career TDreceptions is eighth on WSU's all-time list...
WSU TRAILS THREE TIMES: In outscoring opponents 116-56 in the first half, WSU has trailed just three times inseven games this year...the Cougs trailed at Notre Dame,came back to tie the game, then lost in overtime...NewMexico led before WSU came back to take the lead in thethird quarter...OSU led into the final quarter before WSUscored 20 fourth-quarter points...in all, WSU has trailed for41:06 and has been tied for 54:29.
COUGS 27-6 IN LAST THREE SEASONS: Since the startof the 2001 season, WSU has won 27 of 33 games...in the1929-1930-1931 seasons WSU went 21-3, including 10-2(1929) and 9-1 (1930) seasons...WSU is currently tied forsixth among D-I teams the past three years: Miami 31-1,Oklahoma 31-4, Ohio State 28-6, Texas 28-6, Georgia 28-6,WSU 27-6, Boise State 27-6, and Marshall 27-7.
MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: At least seven players have caughtpasses in every game this year...in all, six wide receivers,two tight ends and three running backs have catches.
WSU AND USC AMONG PAC-10'S BEST: WSU leads thePac-10 in nine categories, scoring defense, pass offense,rushing defense, total defense, turnover margin, sacks, passdefense efficiency, opponent 3rd down conversions andfield goals...USC leads in six categories, scoring offense,punting, rushing offense, total offense, pass efficiency andsacks against.
SCORING STREAKS: WSU currently has three significantscoring streaks on the line:
COUGS IN THE POLLS: Washington State, during the courseof the 2001 and 2002 seasons, was ranked for 28 straightweeks, the longest continuous stint in the polls forWSU...after finishing 10th in both polls at the close of the2002 season, WSU was not ranked at the start of the 2003campaign...
COUG DEFENSE HALTS RUSHING TDs: WSU opponentshave not had much success rushing for touchdowns againstthe Cougars this year...WSU has allowed 11 passing scoresand three rushing touchdown...Notre Dame, Oregon andStanford are the only teams to score a rushing TD on WSU.
WSU WINS WHEN SCORING IN THE THIRD: WSU haswon 25 straight games when scoring in the thirdquarter...the last time WSU scored in the third quarter anddid not win was the 2000 Apple Cup...conversely, theCougars are 2-6 since the Apple Cup game when they didnot score in the third quarter...the string is 19 straight winswhen WSU has scored a touchdown in the third quarter.
COLEMAN NINTH WITH 9 INTERCEPTIONS: Whensafety Erik Coleman picked off his fourth pass of the seasonagainst Oregon State, he moved into a tie for ninth onWSU's career list with nine interceptions...Greg Burns,1991-95, also had nine during his career.
BROWN, ACHOLONU AMONG TFL/SACK LEADERS:WSU's senior defensive ends, D.D. Acholono and IsaacBrown, both rank among the leaders at WSU in both tacklesfor-losses and in sacks, and in yardage lost for bothcategories...while Brown started throughout the 2002season, Acholonu started his first game against Idaho earlierthis year...
SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has 149 sacks since2000, the most in the nation over the last fouryears...Louisville also has 149 and TCU 147...WSU has 85interceptions since the start of the 1999 season, the sixthmost in the country...Oklahoma's 95 is the leader.
COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: The Cougars currentlyare first in the Pac-10 with 31 sacks...USC has 30...theCoug's seven sacks against Oregon State marks the fifthtime in the past two seasons that the Cougar defense hasrecorded six or more sacks in a game...WSU also had sevensacks at Notre Dame earlier this season...the Cougarsrecorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and theArizona game earlier this season...WSU had three sacksagainst Idaho, seven at Notre Dame and against OSU, two atColorado and four against New Mexico, Oregon andStanford.
COUGS SWEEP OREGON: WSU defeated Oregon 55-16and Oregon State 36-30 this season, the first time since 1996the Cougars have swept the two Oregon schools.
PAC-10 HONORS COUGARS: Four Washington Statefootball players have been honored six times by the Pacific-10 Conference this year with Player-of-the-Week honors:
WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: TheCougars, in recent years, have started the season strongcoming off a bowl game appearance...in 1989 (after the1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 6-1...in 1993 (afterthe 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 5-2...in 1995 (afterthe 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 3-2...in 1998 (after the1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 3-0...in 2002 (afterthe 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 9-1...this year (after the2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU is 4-1.
BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has blocked four placementkicks this season and blocked two punts...in WSU's openeragainst Idaho, freshman Cody Boyd got his hand on twofield goal attempts by the Vandals, helping preserve WSU'sshutout...he also had a blocked PAT against NewMexico...at Colorado defensive tackle Steve Cook blockedthe Buffs' first PAT attempt...against Oregon D.D.Acholonu and Jason Hill each blocked a Duck punt.
THREE OF LAST FIVE FOES UNDER 260 YARDS: WSUhas held three of its last five opponents, New Mexico (257),Arizona (198) and Stanford (259), to 259 or fewer yards intotal offense...Idaho (250) also was under that total...onlyOregon (414) and Oregon State (291) had more yardsamong the last five opponents.
DUNNING SETS RECORD: Senior Drew Dunning set aWSU record with five field goals against New Mexico,hitting from 37-36-23-21-49 yards...in 2001 Dunning set aWSU record for kickers with 101 points and then broke hisown record with 113 points in 2002...this year he is reallyon a tear...he currently is the national leader with 18 fieldgoals in 20 attempts (90.0%):
BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation ofbeing a passing team, but over the past 10 years haveactually run the ball more times than they have passes...in10 years WSU has run 4,437 rushing plays (50.3%), 4,382passing plays...this year WSU has rushed the ball 300 timesand thrown 301 passes...the passing game has had the upperhand in six of the 10 seasons, but usually by a small margin.
STREAKING COUGARS: WSU has won six straight Pac-10road games, seven straight Pac-10 games in California, 10straight games against California schools and five straightleague games.TURNOVERS = 112 POINTS: WSU has turned 19 of theopponent's 31 turnovers into 112 points this year...theCougars have taken the ball away from the opponents 18times with interceptions and have recovered 13 of theopponent's 27 fumbles.
SAMMY MOORE MAKES CRUCIAL CATCHES: SeniorSammy Moore is becoming known as the Big Playguy...here's a look at some of Moore's big plays in 2002and 2003:
MOORE ON NEAR-RECORD PACE: Sammy Moore isaveraging 126 all-purpose yards per game, which puts himon pace to finish the year with 1,512 yards...that wouldplace him fifth on WSU's single season list...the top fourare Bernard Jackson (2,118 in 1971), Steve Broussard (1,790in 1989), Rueben Mayes (1,768 in 1984) and Broussard(1,533 in 1988)...Moore has 428 receiving yards, 232 puntreturn yards and 348 kickoff return yards for 1008 total.
WSU START AMONG BEST: WSU's 7-1 start in 2003 is thesecond best ever for the Cougars through eight games...thebest start was an 8-0 beginning to the 1930 season (finished9-1, losing to Alabama in the Rose Bowl)...six other Cougarteams have started the year 7-1...they are the 2002, 2001,1997, 1929, 1928 and 1907 clubs.
WSU STOPS OSU RUSH: OSU rushed for a net 15 yards, thefewest allowed by WSU since Arizona was -17 last year.
DAVID SETS INTERCEPTION RECORDS: Jason Davidnow stands second on the career interception list with 15and now holds three career interception records:
COUGAR SPECIAL TEAMS HOT: College Football Newspredicted WSU has the fifth best special team units incollege football...they base their prediction on the basis ofkicker Drew Dunning, punter Kyle Basler and returnspecialist Sammy Moore...so far this season WSU's specialteam units have lived up to the billing...Basler is averaging43.9 yards per punt (17th nationally) and has dumped 16 ofhis 51 kicks inside the 20 yard line...his long this year is acareer best 65 yards...Dunning has hit 19 of 21 field goals(2nd nationally) and has scored 80 points in eightgames...Moore is also off to a great start, averaging 29.0yards per kickoff return (sixth nationally) and 8.3 yards onpunt returns...he also has a 97-yard kickoff return for a TDto his credit, along with four receiving touchdowns.
COUGS LIMIT THIRD DOWNS: WSU rarely allows anopponent a third down conversion in the first and fourthquarters and only a 20% success rate for thegame...opponent conversions are 2-for-25 in the firstquarter, 8-for-37 in the second quarter, 12-for-33 in thethird quarter and 3-for-29 in the fourth quarter, a total of25-for-124 (20%) for the season...WSU has not allowed afirst quarter third down conversion in the last five gamesand none in the fourth quarter in the last fourgames...
KEGEL IMPROVES EACH GAME: Matt Kegel has shownsteady improvement as a quarterback this year and currentlyhas completed 55.1% of his passes...Kegel also is protectingthe ball well, other than the OSU game when he was pickedoff five times...he's thrown just four interceptions in theother seven games...against New Mexico he had careerhighs in completions and yardage...against Colorado,Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State he threw threetouchdown passes...in the past four games he has 11touchdown passes.
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