Cougars Open Road Slate Saturday at Baylor

Sept. 8, 2008

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Washington State Cougars (0-2) vs.
Baylor Bears (1-1)
September 13 - Floyd Casey Stadium
9:30 a.m. (PT) - FSN

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP: The Washington State Cougars (0-2, 0-1) travel to Waco, Texas to face the Baylor Bears (1-1) at Floyd Casey Stadium Saturday, Sept. 13. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (PT), and the game will be televised by FSN. Calling the action will be Bill Land, with Dave Lapham serving as analyst and Emily Jones working as the sideline reporter. The game against Baylor will be WSU's first true road contest of the season, and will mark the third different stadium in three games. The Cougars played at Qwest Field in Seattle to open the season (Oklahoma State) and at Martin Stadium in Pullman last week against California.

LAST WEEK: The Cougars are coming off a 66-3 defeat at the hands of California in Pullman, while the Bears are coming off a 51-6 victory at home against Northwestern.

WASHINGTON STATE vs. BAYLOR - THE SERIES: Washington State and Baylor have previously met five times, with WSU trailing the all-time series 2-3. The Cougars have won each of the last two meetings, and Baylor's last win came more than 40 years ago. WSU knocked off the Bears in 1994 in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio (10-3), and in 2006 at Qwest Field in Seattle (17-15). The Bears were victorious in 1952 (31-7), 1966 (20-14) and 1967 (10-7).

WSU AGAINST THE BIG 12: The game marks the second of the season for the Cougars against a Big 12 school. WSU is 3-4 against the Big 12, including a 2-2 record against the Big 12 South, though the conference is in only its 13th season in its current make-up. The Cougars' all-time record against schools currently in the Big 12 is 12-26, including a 5-13 record against the South. The Cougars have won three of their last five games against the Big 12, with victories over Colorado (47-26) and Texas (28-20) in 2003, and a win over Baylor (17-15) in Seattle in 2006. WSU has faced two teams from the Big XII in the same season on one other occasion. In 2003 the Cougars knocked off Colorado in Boulder, Colo. (47-26), and defeated Texas in the Holiday Bowl (28-20).

HITTING THE ROAD FOR THE BIG 12: The game against Baylor marks the 39th meeting between WSU and a school currently in the Big 12, and each of the 39 games will have been played away from the friendly confines of Pullman and Martin Stadium. The Cougars have hosted a total of seven games in Seattle, Tacoma or Spokane, and played at neutral sites in San Antonio, Pasadena and San Diego, but 27 of the previous 38 games have been played at opponents' stadiums.

WSU IN CENTRAL TIME ZONE: The Cougars have won six of their last nine games played in the Central Time Zone dating back to the 1988 season. WSU has wins over Illinois (three), Minnesota, TCU and Baylor, and losses to Nebraska, Auburn and Wisconsin during the nine-game stretch.

LAST MEETING: WSU and Baylor met Sept. 16, 2006 at Qwest Field in Seattle. WSU kicker Loren Langley connected on a 17-yard field goal with nine seconds remaining to lift WSU to a come-from-behind, 17-15 win. Alex Brink led the Cougars on a 14-play, 81-yard drive to the Baylor one-yard-line before Langley's heroics won the game.

NEARING HISTORY: Senior middle linebacker Greg Trent led the Cougars with nine tackles against Oklahoma State, and posted five tackles against California. With his first tackle against Baylor, Trent will become only the 17th player in WSU history to record 250 tackles in a career. A four-year starter with 26 consecutive starts, Trent currently has 249 career tackles.

ALOHA BOWL REUNION: Members of the 1988 Washington State University Aloha Bowl team were honored at halftime of WSU's game against California last week. This season marks the 20th anniversary of the Cougars' 24-22 victory over No. 14 Houston. Current Head coach Paul Wulff and running backs/special teams coach Steve Broussard were members of the team, which ended an 82-year bowl victory drought.
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