Cougars Host Oregon In 2005 Home Finale

Nov. 7, 2005

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Washington State University concludes its 2005 home schedule when it hosts the Oregon Ducks in a 7:15 p.m., televised by Fox Sports Northwest, at Martin Stadium. The Cougars are looking to break a six-game skid while also searching for their first conference victory of the season.

WSU dropped a narrow 27-24 defeat at the hands of Arizona State last Saturday, despite limiting the high-powered Sun Devil offense to just three second half points. After trailing 27-10 early in the third quarter, the Cougars responded with touchdowns from Jerome Harrison and Jason Hill to close the gap to three at 27-24, but that was as close as they came.

Harrison topped the 100-yard mark for the 12th straight game, tying a Pac-10 record, as he rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Hill extended his school record with his 24th career TD reception as part of a four-catch, 92-yard afternoon.

Oregon enters Saturday's contest off a 27-20 overtime victory against California. The Ducks improved to 8-1 with the win, 5-1 in Pac-10 action, as Terrence Whitehead rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown and backup quarterback Brady Leaf threw a four-yard touchdown pass to James Finley in overtime for the winning margin.

Oregon leads the all-time series by a narrow 38-37-7 margin, including a 20-19-2 record when playing in Pullman. The Ducks came away with a 42-38 victory in last year's meeting.

FINAL TWO COUGAR GAMES TELEVISED BY FSN: The final two Cougar football games of the season will be seen live on FSN. The Nov. 12 contest against Oregon begins with a 7:15 p.m. kick while the No. 19 Apple Cup is scheduled for a 12:15 p.m. start from Husky Stadium.

HARRISON PICKS UP 12TH STRAIGHT 100-YARD GAME: Senior running back Jerome Harrison rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns, his 12th-straight game over 100 yards, tying a Pac-10 record shared by California's J.J. Arrington (2004)...he had 138 yards at the half, the seventh time in nine games this season he reached 100 yards by halftime...Harrison is only 87 yards shy of breaking Rueben Mayes' school record of 1,637 yards in a season (1984) 2005 he is averaging 172.2 rushing yards per game, tops in the Pac-10 and second nationally...for more on Harrison's season please see page 4.

HILL EXTENDS TOUCHDOWN RECORD: Junior receiver Jason Hill's third-quarter touchdown reception against Arizona State gave him 24 for his career, extending his school record...Hill also tied his own single-season mark with his 12th touchdown reception, tying the mark he set last season...he also increased his streak of games with at least one reception to 19...this season he is averaging 120.9 yards per game, second in the nation, while his 6.50 receptions per game are 18th nationally...for more on Hill please see page 4.

PACIFIC-10 NOMINATIONS: WSU's Pacific-10 Conference award nominations after the Arizona State game were Jerome Harrison (offense) and Alex Teems (defense). There was no special teams player nominated this week...Harrison rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns, his 12th-straight game over 100 yards and the third time this season he eclipsed 200 yards, while Teems was credited with 11 tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception.

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

2005 OREGON CAPTAINS: QB Brady Leaf (16), DE Devan Long (92), C Enoka Lucas (55), LB Brent Haberly (42)

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