Cougars Host #1 Trojans This Weekend

Oct. 25, 2004

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FOOTBALL: WSU Cougars To Host USC In Dads' Day Battle

The Washington State Cougars, 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Pacific-10 Conference play, host the nation's top-ranked USC Trojans Saturday in a 4 p.m. football game in Martin Stadium. USC brings a perfect 7-0 overall mark and a 4-0 league record into the game, which will be televised by ABC Sports regionally.

The Cougars are coming off a 38-19 loss at Oregon State, WSU's third straight setback after opening the year 3-1. USC, meanwhile blanked the Washington Huskies 38-0 last week to strengthen it's top ranked rating in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls.

A capacity Dads' Day crowd is expected watch the game on the Pullman campus.

USC is the first team to play in Martin Stadium while ranked number one. In 1951 California was the number two team nationally and escaped with a 42-35 win over the Cougars.

Alex Teems and Scott Davis continue to lead the Pac-10 in three statistical categories. Both Teems and Davis have forced three fumbles this season to share the league lead and Davis is also tied for first, having recovered three fumbles. Kyle Basler is now ranked second in the league and 12th nationally, averaging 43.9 yards per punt.

USC GAME 4 P.M., WASHINGTON 5 P.M.: Washington State's next home game Oct. 30 against the league-leading and number one-ranked USC Trojans will begin at 4 p.m...the Cougars' final home game against Washington will begin at 5 p.m...both games will be televised regionally by ABC Sports.

WSU AT UCLA: Kickoff time for Washington State's Nov. 6 football game at UCLA will be announced later this week...the game will not be televised live by any of the Pacific-10 Conference television partners, but could be picked up locally in the Los Angeles market.

WSU AT ASU: Pacific-10 Conference television partners ABC, FSN and TBS will not select the games they will televise Nov. 13 until early next month, thus the game time for WSU's Pac-10 contest at Arizona State has not been set.

FIRST-EVER #1 VISITS PULLMAN: A check of Pac-10 teams shows the USC Trojans are the first team to ever play in Martin Stadium when ranked #1...prior to this week the highest ranked opponent to visit Pullman was California in 1951 when the Bears were ranked #2 and edged the Cougars 42-35...the highest ranked opponent WSU has defeated in Pullman is Washington...the Huskies were ranked #5 in both 1982 and 1992 and ended up losing to the Cougars.

ABC TO TELEVISE WSU-USC: ABC's announce crew for Saturday's WSU-USC game will include Brad Nessler, who calls the action, color analyst Bob Griese and sideline announcer Lynn Swann.

WSU SELLS OUT FINAL TWO GAMES: All available tickets for WSU's remaining two games, USC and Washington, have been sold, reports Dan Meyer, WSU's director of ticket operations. The only tickets that could become available will be from opponents who have the option to turn back tickets they hold.

2004 CAPTAINS: WSU - QB Josh Swogger (9), OL Sam Lightbody (75), FS Hamza Abdullah (28), LB Will Derting (51), P Kyle Basler (8). USC: QB Matt Leinart (11), DL Shaun Cody (84), LB Matt Grootegoed (6) and two game captains.

INJURIES FORCE BACKFIELD CHANGE FOR WSU: After six games and six starts for both quarterback Josh Swogger and running back Chris Bruhn, the Cougars used a new backfield combination at Oregon State, the result of injuries to both starters...Swogger is out for the year with a broken foot and Bruhn is sidelined with a sore knee...starting for them were Alex Brink, a redshirt-freshman, and junior college transfer Jerome Harrison...Harrison rushed for 98 yards and one score in his first start and Brink completed 15 of 41 passes for 201 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown.

SWOGGER'S SEASON ENDS: Sophomore Josh Swogger's 2004 season ended this week due to a broken navicular bone in his right foot...among his accomplishments were a four-touchdown performance against Idaho and three scoring passes against both New Mexico and Oregon...Swogger threw 93 passes without an interception between the fourth quarter of the New Mexico season opener and the Oregon game last week...the bookends around that string of 93 passes are two interceptions at New Mexico and two against Oregon......he threw for over 200 yards four times, including 282 yards at Arizona...he hit 12 of 19 passes against Idaho before Alex Brink took over in the second half...he suffered several injuries during the season, including his right knee (posterior cruciate ligament), left shoulder (strain) and left ankle (contusion)'s Swogger's six-game summary:

BRAIDWOOD SHINES: Junior Adam Braidwood has his best game as a Cougar last week at Oregon State...the defensive end made six tackles, two short of his highest total, but included in the six stops were three sacks and four TFL's...his three sacks ties him for sixth on the WSU single-season addition, his four TFL's ties him for fourth with 13 other performances by nine other Cougars.

LAST WSU SKID ENDED AT USC: The last time WSU lost four straight games, 2000, they faced USC, just as they do this year having lost three 2000 WSU ended the skid with a 33-27 win in Los Angeles.

COOK PICKS OFF OSU PASS: Veteran Steve Cook has been in the trenches for WSU since 2001, his red-shirt freshman season...against Oregon State he recorded his first interception, diving for and catching a tipped Beaver pass at the line of scrimmage.

PRATOR CATCHES FIRST TD PASS: Junior transfer Greg Prator has made seven receptions for 98 yards this season, but he didn't catch his first TD pass until the fourth quarter at Oregon State last week...he hauled in a 32-yard TD strike from Alex Brink with 4:01 to play in the game...Prator suffered a mild ankle sprain on the play and had to leave the game.

COUGARS AGAINST #1: The last time WSU played a team ranked number one in the nation was in the 1998 Rose Bowl when top ranked Michigan edged the Cougars...the last time WSU hosted the nation's top ranked team was 1972 in Seattle against USC...WSU's only win over the #1 team in the country was 1988 when the Cougars beat UCLA in Pasadena.

WSU ADDS HOLLYWOOD DRAMA TO FOOTBALL: The WSU Cougars have been involved I n several late-game wins and losses...the outcome in three of WSU's seven games this year have been determined in the final 15 minutes of play...two of those contests, Arizona and New Mexico, were won by the Cougars, while the Oregon game ended up in the losing column after the Ducks rallied for 27 points in the fourth quarter...Stanford held off WSU after the Cougars scored 14 fourth-quarter points in the first three minutes of the final quarter...since 1969, WSU has won 28 games by coming from behind in the final quarter...opponents have won 38 times by overcoming WSU leads in the fourth quarter...WSU came from behind twice in 2004, 2002, 1997, 1992 and 1988...interestingly, the Cougars also earned a bowl berth in 1988, 1992, 1997 and 2002...on the flip side, the Cougars lost three times in 2000 and 1985, twice in 2003, 1995, 1990, 1989 and 1988.

COUGS 33-12 THE LAST FOUR SEASONS: Since 2001, WSU has won 33 of 44 games and is tied for 14th among D-I teams the past four years: Miami 41-3, Oklahoma 42-6, Boise State 40-6, Texas 38-8, Georgia 38-9, USC 36-9, Ohio State 36-10, LSU 36-11, Michigan 35-11, Tennessee 35-11, Marshall 34-11, Bowling Green 33-11, Maryland 34-12, WSU 33-12, Iowa 33-12.

COUG DEFENDERS DOING WELL IN NFL: Washington State University defensive alumni are performing well in the National Football League...six Cougar defenders have made 11 interceptions this season...during the weekend of Oct. 10-11 Lamont Thompson picked off two interceptions during the Monday Night Football game, while Jason David returned his first interception for a touchdown and Marcus Trufant had his second pick a day are the six defenders with interceptions:

  • Lamont Thompson (Tennessee Titans) has three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown
  • Erik Coleman (Rookie, NY Jets) has two interceptions
  • Marcus Trufant (Seattle Seahawks) has two interceptions
  • James Darling (Arizona Cardinals) has one interception
  • Jason David (Rookie, Indianapolis Colts) has two interceptions, scoring one touchdown
  • Raonall Smith (Minnesota Vikings) has one interception

    COUGS GO CRIMSON AND GRAY: For the first time since WSU's new uniforms were introduced in 2000, the Cougars wore a crimson top and gray pants at home against Stanford earlier this year.

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

  • The Cougars have scored in 224 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 234 consecutive games since a 44-0 shutout at Ohio State in 1984...the streak is the third longest among D-I schools.

  • The Cougars have scored in 182 consecutive Martin Stadium home games since a 21-0 loss to Oregon State in Pullman in 1956.

    WSU SCORING STREAK SECOND: Here are the two longest current scoring streaks among NCAA Div. I teams: Michigan 245, WSU 234.

    NOTHING LIKE HOME: WSU performs better at home than on the road, as do most schools:

  • Since 1989, at home, the Cougars are 52-35 (59.8%);
  • On the road since 1989 the team is 44-50 (46.8%);
  • WSU's 6-0 Pullman record in 1997 is the best ever for the Cougars, while the 2001 record of 6-1 is the best on the road since the 1988 team also went 6-1;
  • WSU is 17-5 in home games the past four seasons and 16-6 on the road;

    DOBA'S TEAMS SHUT DOWN FOES: Bill Doba has been WSU's head coach for 20 games and he has won 13 those 20 games, his Cougar teams have held the opponents without a TD in the first half nine 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...this year New Mexico didn't score until the third quarter, Colorado had one first half field goal, Idaho was shutout until the fourth quarter, Arizona and Stanford each had one first half touchdown, Oregon had two TDs and OSU three in the opening half.

    SACKS AND INTERCEPTIONS: WSU has been among the nation's leaders in sacks and interceptions over the past several years:

  • 168 sacks 2000-03 led the nation
  • 74 interceptions 2001-04 second nationally to Nebraska's 76 and first in the Pac-10
  • 87 interceptions 2000-04 sixth nationally and leads the Pac-10; Oklahoma leads the NCAA with 96
  • 97 interceptions 1999-04 fifth nationally

    HARRISON, THOMPSON AVERAGE 5+ YARDS: This season junior transfer Jerome Harrison is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and junior Allen Thompson averages 5.6 yards per attempt, while senior Chris Bruhn is sporting a 3.8 yard average...the Cougar three running backs have gained 821 yards and are averaging 4.69 yards per rushing attempt.

    BALANCED OFFENSE: The Cougars have a reputation of being a passing team, but over the past 11 years have actually run the ball more times than they have 11 years WSU has run 4,866 rushing plays (50.2%), 4,820 passing 2003 WSU rushed the ball 484 times (50.3%) and threw 478 far this year in seven games WSU has run 245 times and passed 261 times.

    MULTIPLE RECEIVERS: The Cougars like to use numerous receivers...nine players caught passes at Oregon State, while eight caught passes against Arizona, seven had receptions against New Mexico and Idaho and six caught passes against Colorado, Oregon and Stanford...last year at least seven WSU players caught passes in each of the Cougars' first nine games and in 10 of the 13 games.

    Calvin Armstrong TO MAKE 41ST START: Senior Calvin Armstrong, who was named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference first team as a sophomore, will be making his 41st career start for the Cougars Saturday against USC...Armstrong, from Centralia High, has played in 44 career games.

    COUGS AVERAGE 54 PLAYERS/GAME: WSU's participation summary shows an average of 54 Cougar players see action in each game...against Idaho, 69 players saw action, while only 51 played against's the game-by-game summary: New Mexico 55, Colorado 56, Idaho 69, Arizona 53, Oregon 51, Stanford 53, Oregon State 55.

    WSU JUMPS TO EARLY LEADS: In the first four games this year WSU allowed just 10 first-half points, a Colorado field goal and an Arizona the last three games, all losses the Cougars have allowed 51 points in the first half, 14 by Oregon, 13 by Stanford and 24 by Oregon 2003 WSU outscored opponents 123-25 in the first quarter and 218-104 in the first half...WSU held a 95-79 second quarter scoring advantage, a 84-67 lead in the third quarter and 92-83 in the fourth quarter...the only first quarter points allowed by the Cougs in 2003 were touchdowns by Colorado, Oregon State (interception return) and ASU, a safety by Oregon, and a field goal by USC.

    NO THIRD DOWN SUCCESS IN THIRD QUARTER: Four of WSU's seven opponents have not converted a third down play in the third quarter this year...Colorado and Idaho were both 0-for-4, while Stanford and Oregon State were each 0-for-3...for the season WSU is 38-for-113 (33.6%) and opponents are 40-for-122 (32.8%).

    WSU NATIONAL LEADER IN TAKEAWAYS: WSU led the nation in 2003 in forced turnovers with 48, just ahead of Nebraska's 47 and 42 by USC...the Cougars also led the nation with 24 fumble recoveries and the team's 24 interceptions ranked second nationally to Nebraska's 32...this year WSU has picked off seven passes and recovered 11 opponent fumbles.

    WHEN DEFENSE SCORES, WSU WINS: WSU has won 16 of its last 19 regular season games when the defense or special team units score...the exception was in 2003 at Notre Dame (defense scored) and this year against Oregon (punt return for a TD) and OSU (safety).

    BLOCK THOSE KICKS: WSU has nine blocked kicks in two years, five placement kicks and four punts:

  • In 2003 the Cougars blocked three punts and Cody Boyd blocked two field goals against Idaho and a PAT attempt against New Mexico
  • This year Aaron Johnson blocked a Colorado field goal attempt and Wally Dada blocked a punt at New Mexico;
  • Other current Cougars with blocks last year are Steve Cook, a PAT at Colorado and Jason Hill an Oregon punt.

    COUG TD STREAK: WSU quarterbacks have thrown touchdown passes in 43 of its last 45 games, every game during the 2001 (12) and 2002 (13) seasons and in 11 of 13 games in 2003, plus all seven games this year:

  • This season WSU started with three TD passes in the opener at New Mexico, then one against Colorado, four against Idaho, two at Arizona, three against Oregon, one against Stanford, one at Oregon State;
  • The two games in 2003 when WSU didn't throw a TD pass were against Idaho in the opener and at home against New Mexico...WSU won both games;
  • The last time WSU didn't throw a TD pass at an opponents' home field or in a bowl game was at Hawai'i to close out the 1999 season...since then WSU has thrown at least one TD pass in 26 straight games played at the opponent's field or in a bowl game.

    STREAKING COUGARS: WSU streaks currently include:

  • Won seven of its last 11 games
  • Won 11 of its last 15 Pac-10 road games
  • Won seven of its last eight Pac-10 games in California
  • Won 11 of its last 13 games against California schools

    ARMSTRONG THE STARTING LEADER: Senior Calvin Armstrong has played in 44 games and made 40 starts in career...other double-digit starters on the 2004 offensive team are Troy Bienemann 29, Sam Lightbody 23, and Nick Mihlhauser 17...on defense, Will Derting's 25 starts are the most, followed by Karl Paymah with 23.

    COUGS AMONG SACK LEADERS: WSU has 22 sacks this year, including: New Mexico 3, Colorado 2, Idaho 3, Arizona 2, Oregon 5, Stanford 2, OSU 5...last year WSU finished the regular season with 50 sacks, second behind USC's Pac-10-leading 55...WSU had seven sacks against both Oregon State and Texas last year marking the sixth time in the past two years the Cougar defense has recorded six or more sacks in a game...the Cougars recorded a sack in 22 straight games between 2001 and the Arizona game in 2003.

    FEW FIRST QUARTER TDs: WSU has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in 14 of the last 20 games (since the start of the 2003 season)...the only teams with TDs in the first quarter are Colorado, Oregon State and Arizona State last year and Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State this season.

    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:

  • 1916 Rose Bowl - WSU 14, Brown 0 (W)
  • 1931 Rose Bowl - Alabama 24, WSU 0 (L)
  • 1981 Holiday Bowl - BYU 38, WSU 36 (L)
  • 1988 Aloha Bowl - WSU 24, Houston 22 (W)
  • 1992 Copper Bowl - WSU 31, Utah 28 (W)
  • 1994 Alamo Bowl - WSU 10, Baylor 3 (W)
  • 1998 Rose Bowl - Michigan 21, WSU 16 (L)
  • 2001 Sun Bowl - WSU 33, Purdue 27 (W)
  • 2003 Rose Bowl - Oklahoma 34, WSU 14 (L)
  • 2003 Holiday Bowl - WSU 28, Texas 20 (W)

    WSU STARTS STRONG AFTER BOWL GAMES: The Cougars, in recent years, have started the season strong coming off a bowl game 1989 (after the 1988 Aloha Bowl) the Cougars started 1993 (after the 1992 Copper Bowl) WSU started 1995 (after the 1994 Alamo Bowl) WSU started 1998 (after the 1997 Rose Bowl season) WSU started 2002 (after the 2001 Sun Bowl) WSU started 2003 (after the 2002 Rose Bowl season) WSU finished 10-3 with a Holiday Bowl win over Texas.

    RECRUITING CLASS RANKED: WSU head coach Bill Doba's first recruiting class, the group who signed NLI's last February, was ranked nationally by two organizations...the WSU recruits were ranked 19th nationally by, while rated WSU's class 21st nationally.

    SWOGGER DEBUT AMONG BEST: Josh Swogger completed 24-of-38 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start...his 240 yards against New Mexico ranks well in comparison to some of WSU's recent quarterbacks in their first start:

    Ryan Leaf, 291 yards vs. Washington, 1995 (freshman) [L]
    Jack Thompson, 265 yards vs. Idaho (sophomore) [W]
    Josh Swogger, 240 yards vs. New Mexico, 2004 (soph) [W]
    Mark Rypien, 209 yards vs. Arizona, 1983 (sophomore) [L]
    Drew Bledsoe, 188 yards vs. OSU, 1990 (freshman) [W]
    Jason Gesser, 141 yards vs. Hawaii, 1999 (freshman) [W]
    Timm Rosenbach, 58 Yards vs. Oregon, 1986 (freshman) [L]

    PAC-10 PICKS WSU FIFTH: Despite the loss of 27 letter winners, including seven offensive starters and nine on the defensive side of the ball, WSU was picked fifth by the Pacific-10 Conference media when they gathered in late July...the 2004 Pac-10 Media Poll: 1. USC 240 points, 2. California 210, 3. Oregon 192, 4. Oregon State 138, 5. WSU 133, 6. Arizona State 131, 7. Washington 100, 8. UCLA 98, 9. Stanford 40, 10. Arizona 38.

    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.

    FALL SCRIMMAGE NOTES: In four scrimmages this fall, starting quarterback Josh Swogger hit 40 of his 72 passes for 455 yards, five touchdowns, with three interceptions...Alex Brink was 23-of-49 for 239 yards, with one TD throw and one interception...Jerome Harrison was the top running back with 174 yards and one score on 27 carries...Chris Bruhn had 15 carries for 44 yards...Marty Martin was the top receiver with 12 catches for 126 yards, while freshman Michael Bumpus had 11 receptions for 115 yards...tight end Troy Bienemann caught seven passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns...newcomer Tyron Brackenridge picked off two passes, while eight other players had one interception each...Mkristo Bruce recoreded 4.0 sacks in those four scrimmages, while Adam Braidwood and Aaron Johnson each had 2.5 sacks.

    Brian Winter SCHOLARSHIPED: Early September was an up and then down time for senior Brian Winter, who walked on at WSU three years ago...Thursday, Sept. 9, Bill Doba announced he was putting Winter on scholarship...then three days later, playing against Colorado, Winter suffered a fracture of the left fibula...he is expected to miss several games before returning to action in October.

    OLD FACE, NEW NUMBER: Several members of the 2004 football team opted for new uniform numbers when camp opened in August...among the prominent players wearing new numbers are running back Chris Bruhn, who now sports #3, dropping one three from last year's #33...backup quarterback Alex Brink wore #18 last year and now is wearing #10...Allen Thompson is another regular who switched, going from #38 for his first two seasons to #4 this fall.

    BASLER AMONG BEST IN THE NATION: Kyle Basler stacked up well in the Ray Guy Award's primary categories (average, punts inside the 20, % of punts inside the 20, number of returns, % of non-returned punts) finishing second among the 10 semi-finalists...the sophomore's numbers vastly improved from his freshman season...his average improved from 41.1 yards to 43.5 and more importantly, his net average was up from 35.3 yards to 40.5...he had 15 punts inside the 20 as a freshman, 30 in 2003...he allowed 19 returns for 288 yards in 2002, while in 2003 the returns were up to 29 but the return yards were down from 288 to 2002 he had 10 punts 50 yards or longer, in 2003 20.

    COUGS TV DARLINGS: Seven of WSU's 11 football games this fall have already been selected for live May ABC selected WSU games against Colorado (12:30 p.m.), Arizona (12:30 p.m.), USC (4:00 p.m.) and Washington (5:00 p.m.), while FSN Northwest added the Idaho (7:30 p.m.) game and FSN the Stanford (7:15 p.m.) game to their lineups...ESPN was on hand for WSU's opener at New Mexico (6:00 p.m.)...FSN Northwest also replays the final 10 games of the 2004 season each Sunday morning...several of WSU's other three games could also be selected during the season by Pacific-10 Conference television partners ABC, FOX Sports Net and TBS.

    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 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;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.

    WSU SENIORS: WSU will play its 2004 schedule with just 13 seniors, 10 of them on scholarship...the scholarship seniors include four on offense, OL Patrick Afif, OL Calvin Armstrong, OL Sam Lightbody and RB Chris Bruhn...there are six on defense, LB Pat Bennett, SS Jeremy Bohannon, FS Hamza Abdullah, DT Steve Cook, LB Brian Winter and CB Karl Paymah.

    ROBERTSON HONORED: Veteran WSU radio broadcaster Bob Robertson, entering his 38th season with the Cougar football team, was honored in early August with the Chris Schenkel award, which was presented to him at the College Football Hall of Fame induction weekend, South Bend, Ind.

    WSU AMONG ELITE WITH 10-WIN SEASONS: Washington State is one of just four NCAA Div. I teams to record 10 wins in each of the last three seasons (2001-02-03)...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 is one of just five Pac-10 teams to post back-to-back 10-win seasons since the 10-team league was formed: WSU 2001-02-03, Oregon 2000-01, UCLA twice, 1997-98 and 1987-88, Washington twice, 1990-91 and 1981-82, and USC, 1978-79...WSU is the only team with three consecutive 10-win seasons in more than 50 years...USC achieved the feat in the early 1930's.

    COUGS 10-WIN SEASONS AMONG BEST: WSU and USC are the only Pacific-10 school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch...USC has accomplished the feat three times...however, the Cougars are the only league school with four 10-win seasons in a seven-year stretch since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1979...WSU was 10-2 in 1997, 10-2 in 2001, 10-3 in 2002 and 10-3 in the last seven years WSU has made appearances in two Rose Bowls, 1998 and 2003...UCLA is the only other Pac-10 team with two Rose Bowl appearances in the last 10 back to the start of the PCC in 1916, WSU and USC are the only team to post 10 or more wins three straight years, USC doing so in 1931-32-33.

    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.

    100-YARD RUSHERS FEW: Only 66 running backs have been able to crack the 100-yard mark in the last 17 years and 181 games against WSU's defense...USC's LenDale White and UCLA's Tyler Ebell were the only backs in 2003 to top 100 yards rushing against WSU...this year New Mexico's DonTrell Moore gained 167 yards, Terrance Whitehead from Oregon rushed for 166 and Oregon State's Ryan Cole tallied 104.

    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, Dennis Patchin and Bud Nameck host the shows...FOX Sports Net Northwest's nightly (7:00 p.m.) Northwest Tonight program also gives extensive coverage to Doba and Cougar football.

    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.

    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 this week includes:

    Oct. 30 Stanford at UCLA (12:30 p.m. Pacific) FSN
    Oct. 30 USC at WSU (4 p.m. Pacific) ABC
    Oct. 30 Washington at Oregon (4 p.m. Pacific) FSN Nw
    Oct. 30 Arizona State at California (7 p.m. Pacific) TBS

    FSNW-TV: FOX Sports Net (Northwest) will replay the WSU-USC game Sunday, Oct. 31, 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 available on the Internet through WSU's Web provider College Sports TV and its audio partner Real Audio...the address is:, then use the Audio link in the left column.

    WSU RADIO: Bob Robertson, Jim Walden and Bud Nameck combine talents on the 27-station Cougar Sports Network...Robertson is in his 38th year of broadcasting Cougar sports...Walden, a former Cougar head coach (1978-86), is in his fourth season as a Cougar commentator...Nameck has been broadcasting WSU sports on radio or television since 1981 and is in his third season as part of the radio team...broadcast time is 60 minutes prior to kickoff. Additionally, the one-hour 'Bill Doba Show,' produced and distributed by the Cougar Sports Radio Network and KXLY, airs weekly on most network stations live Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m...Robertson is the show's regular host...all game broadcasts are available via the listen, and for complete broadcast schedules, connect to

    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. 8 and running through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 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 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 Jason Hickman ( at the WSU Media Information Office.

    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.

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    WSU 21, New Mexico 17
    Sept. 3, 2004, Albuquerque, N.M. -- Josh Swogger threw two touchdown passes in the final stanza as Washington State rallied to beat New Mexico 21-17. With the Cougars trailing 17-7, Swogger led WSU on a 14-play, 82-yard drive capped by a 13-yard scoring toss to Trandon Harvey making the score 17-14 with 9:54 remaining. WSU's Omowale Dada followed with a blocked punt that Tyron Brackenridge returned to the UNM 4-yard line. Swogger found Troy Bienemann in the end zone on the next play to put the Cougars ahead 21-17. Swogger finished 24-for-38 for 240 yards, three scores and two interceptions. WSU's defense slammed the door by forcing turnovers on UNM's next three possessions. Husain Abdullah and Alex Teems recorded interceptions and Abdullah recovered a fumble.

    Colorado 20, WSU 12
    Sept. 11, 2004, Seattle, Wash. -- Colorado blocked a punt for a touchdown and returned an interception for another score to defeat WSU at Qwest Field. The Cougars lost despite holding a 402-125 advantage in total yards. WSU had a chance to tie late, but backup quarterback Alex Brink fumbled at the Colorado 2-yard line with two seconds left in the game. Brink replaced ineffective starter Josh Swogger and finished the game 12-for-23 for 251 yards with one interception and a one touchdown. The redshirt freshman's scoring toss went 60 yards to Jason Hill to cut the Buffaloes lead to 17-12 with 8:04 remaining.

    WSU 49, Idaho 8
    Sept. 18, 2004, Pullman, Wash. -- Josh Swogger threw four touchdowns in the first half, including three to Jason Hill as WSU routed Idaho for the fourth straight year. Hill tied the Cougar record for touchdown reception in a game. Meanwhile WSU rushed for 286 yards and its first three TDs of the year.

    WSU 20, Arizona 19
    (Sept. 25, 2004, Tucson, Ariz.) -- Josh Swogger's threw two touchdown passes to Jason Hill in the fourth quarter and led WSU to a come-from-behind victory. The second score came from 15 yards out with 53 seconds remaining. The winning points were set up when Pat Bennett forced a fumble that Husain Abdullah recovered and returned to the Arizona 28. Swogger finished the game 18-for-37 for 282 with the two scores and completed passes to eight different receivers. Hill was the Cougars' leading receiver with four catches for 78 yards. WSU won its Pacific-10 opener for the fourth straight year. Kyle Basler set school records with an 87-yard punt and a 53.4 average per punt.

    Oregon 41, WSU 38
    (Oct. 9, 2004, Pullman, Wash.) -- Kellen Clemens scored his third rushing touchdown of the game with 1:21 remaining to give Oregon a come-from-behind win. Clemens added three touchdown passes as the Ducks piled up 646 yards in offense.

    Stanford 23, WSU 17
    (Oct. 16, 2004, Pullman, Wash.) -- Stanford intercepted three Josh Swogger passes, including two in the second half to preserve a 23-17 win. Jerome Harrison led WSU's rushing attack with 84 yards and one score on 16 carries. Jason Hill hauled in five receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown. Stanford's Trent Edwards completed 15-of-31 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and one interception. WSU lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2000.

    Oregon State 38, WSU 19
    (Oct. 23, Corvallis, Ore.) -- Derek Anderson threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns to lead Oregon State to the win. WSU's Alex Brink completed 15 of 41 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in his first collegiate start. Jerome Harrison added 98 yards rushing and one touchdown for the Cougars. Scott Davis led the WSU defense with 10 tackles and Adam Braidwood contributed three sacks.

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