Cougars Prepare To Face Top-Ranked Trojans

Oct. 24, 2005

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Washington State University will look to break a four-game slide against No. 1 USC in a game televised by ABC, 12:30 p.m., Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The Cougars dropped another close game last Saturday against No. 25 California, falling 42-38 at Memorial Stadium. After trailing 28-10 at halftime, WSU scored the next 28 points before a late touchdown lifted California to victory.

Junior receiver Jason Hill had six receptions for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns while running back Jerome Harrison broke the 100-yard mark for the 10th straight game, finishing with 162 yards. Sophomore quarterback Alex Brink threw for 423 yards and a career-high five touchdowns as WSU amassed 601 yards of total offense, the second time this season the Cougars have gained over 600 yards.USC enters Saturday's contest with a 7-0 record, 4-0 in conference play, riding a 29-game winning streak. The top-ranked Trojans are coming off a 51-24 victory at Washington as Dwayne Jarrett caught three touchdown passes and Reggie Bush accounted for two other scores.

USC leads the all-time series, 52-8-4, and have won the last two meetings. The Cougars last victory came Oct. 5, 2002, a 30-27 victory in Pullman.

ABC TO TELEVISE WSU-USC MATCHUP: WSU's football game at USC will be televised live by ABC live at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29 from the Los Angeles Coliseum, with Keith Jackson, Dan Fouts and Todd Harris calling the action.

HARRISON PICKS UP TENTH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for 162 yards on 26 carries against California, his 10th-straight game over 100 yards, a WSU record...he had 62 yards at halftime, just the second time this season he had not reached 100 in the first half, before a 54-yard third quarter pushed him over the century mark...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 2005 he is averaging 166.1 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and second nationally...for more on Harrison's season please see page 4.

HILL TORCHES CAL FOR THREE TDS, 240 YARDS: Junior receiver Jason Hill once again showed why he is among the elite receivers in college football this season...against California last Saturday, Hill caught six passes for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns, his ninth straight game with a touchdown reception and 17th straight contest catching at least one pass...he also became WSU's all-time leader with his 23rd touchdown reception...Hill's performance included a third quarter to remember, catching three passes, all for touchdowns, that went for 138 total yards (38-62-63 yards)...this season he is averaging 137.7 yards per game, second in the nation, while his 7.00 receptions per game are tied 13th nationally...for more on Hill please see page 5.

PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the California game were Jason Hill (offense), Scott Davis (defense) and Mike Graise (special teams)...Hill caught six passes for a career-high 240 yards and three touchdowns, Davis tied his career-high with 11 tackles, including eight solo, and Graise made two tackles on kickoff returns.

2005 WSU CAPTAINS: TE Troy Bienemann (81), RB Jerome Harrison (1), LB Will Derting (51), P Kyle Basler (8).

2005 USC CAPTAINS: RB Reggie Bush (5), QB Matt Leinart (11), SS Darnell Bing (20), LB Dallas Sartz (42).

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