Cougars Host Washington in Annual Apple Cup

Nov. 17, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash. -

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Washington State Cougars (1-10, 0-8)
vs. Washington Huskies (0-10, 0-7)
November 22 • Martin Stadium
Apple Cup • Noon • FSN

SATURDAY'S MATCHUP: In the 101st meeting all-time between the two schools, the Washington State Cougars (1-10, 0-8 Pac-10) close out their 2008 home schedule when they host the Washington Huskies (0-10, 0-7) in the annual Apple Cup, proudly sponsored by Boeing, Saturday at noon. The game will be televised by FSN, the ninth time this season the Cougars have been on live television.

WSU-UW SERIES: Dating back to the first meeting between the Huskies and Cougars in 1900, a 5-5 tie in Seattle, Washington leads the 100-game series by a 64-30-6 margin. From 1934-61 the winner of the cross-state rivalry was awarded the Governor's Trophy. In 1962 the Apple Cup trophy was instituted, and Washington holds a 32-13 record in Apple Cup games since. WSU has won three of the last four Apple Cups, however, including last season's 42-35 Cougar victory in Seattle. Washington holds a 15-12-1 advantage when playing in Pullman, including a 35-32 victory in 2006, the last time the apple Cup was played at Martin Stadium.

COUGS LOOKING FOR THIRD APPLE CUP IN FOUR YEARS: Having won Apple Cups in 2005 and 2007, the Cougars will be going for their third Apple Cup victory in the past four years. Should they succeed, this group of Cougar seniors will be just the fourth class to be a part of three victories over Washington. The first group to accomplish the feat dated back to the early 1950's, when the Cougars defeated Washington in 1951, 1953 and 1954. WSU also captured Apple Cup victories in 1982, 1983 and 1985, while last year's senior class earned apple Cup victories in 2004, 2005 and 2007.

TRENT REACHES 300: Senior linebacker Greg Trent had 10 tackles against Arizona and has a team-best 74 total tackles for the 2008 season. With his final tackle against the Wildcats, Trent became the 10th player in WSU history to record 300 tackles in a career. A four-year starter with 35 consecutive starts, Trent finsihed the game with 309 career tackles, placing him eighth on WSU's all-time list.

GIBSON PASSES HILL ON CAREER YARDS LIST: With his second catch at Arizona State, an 11-yard reception from Kevin Lopina, senior Brandon Gibson passed former teammate Jason Hill to become the all-time leader in career receiving yards. Gibson, who also is tied for second on the all-time recpetions list, finished the night with 2,711 career yards, seven more than Hill's record of 2,704.

FIRST STARTS: Through 11 weeks of the 2008 season, 26 WSU players have registered their first collegiate start, 17 on offense and nine on defense. WSU had six offensive players and three defensive players starting for the first time in the opener and since then have had a first-time starter in seven of the following nine weeks. Most recently against Arizona redshirt freshman running back Logwone Mitz as and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Toby Turbin made their collegiate starting debuts. The first-time starters includes four players on the offensive line, all underclassmen, which has used seven different starting units through 11 games this season. The 26 players include punter Dan Wagner and kickers Wade Penner and Nico Grasu.

LEVENSELLER MAKES NUMBER FIVE: True freshman quarterback J.T. Levenseller saw his first action of the season against Stanford, playing three series and completing 2 of 4 passes for 20 yards. Levenseller is the fifth Cougar quarterback to go under center this season, joining Gary Rogers, Kevin Lopina, Marshall Lobbestael and Dan Wagner. Rogers and Lobbestael have been lost to season-ending injuries.

APPLE CUP WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Next week's (Nov. 17-23) media availability preceding the Apple Cup will be slightly different than WSU's normal media times. Student-athletes and coaches will be available before and after practice Tuesday, and before practice Wednesday. Once practice begins Wednesday, players are no longer available to the media until following Saturday's game.

APPLE CUP ON FSN: This week's Apple Cup will be televised by FSN with a noon start time from Martin Stadium. Barry Tompkins, Petros Papadakis and Jim Watson will call the game.

INJURY BUG HITS COUGARS: Through 11 games of the 2008 season, the Cougars have not been able to avoid the injury bug on either side of the ball. 25 of WSU's 45 players to start a game in 2008 have combined to miss 60 games this season due to injuries. The latest injury occured to running back Chantz Staden, who suffered a significant knee injury against Arizona State and is not expected to play again this season. The wounded includes an injury-riddled offensive line, which has used seven different lineups, and eight different starting players, through the 11 games. WSU has also used three different starting quarterbacks, four running backs, five cornernbacks and two punters.

SCORING DROUGHT ENDS: Dwight Tardy's 18-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against Arizona snapped a 10-quarter scorless streak for WSU dating back to the Oregon State game (Oct. 11). The Cougars added 21 more points in the contest, its second-highest scoring output this season.

SCORING STREAK ENDS: Following their loss to USC, the Cougars saw their 280-game scoring streak also come to an end. WSU held the nation's second-longest active scoring streak, dating back to early in the 1984 season, before being held scorless against the Trojans Oct. 18. WSU's streak marks the fourth-longest in NCAA Division I history, trailing only BYU (361), Michigan (296, active) and Texas (282). WSU also saw its conference-leading scoring streak end at 258 games as well as its 203-game Martin Stadium scoring streak.

MULLENNIX LOOKING FOR WIN NUMBER FOUR: Should the Cougars earn a victory this week, senior Matt Mullennix, who was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA prior to this season, would be the first Cougar to be a part of four Apple Cup victories. Mullennix was a redshirt freshman on the 2004 squad that posted a 28-25 victory, though he missed the game after suffering a season-ending injury in the season's fourth game. Mullennix was also a part of the 2005 and 2007 winning teams.

LAST MEETING IN PULLMAN: UW 35, WSU 32, Nov. 18, Pullman, Wash. - Louis Rankin rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns to lead Washington to a 35-32 win over the Cougars in front of a sold out Martin Stadium. The Huskies capitalized on big plays throughout the game, scoring three touchdowns on plays of 64 yards or more, blocking a punt for a score and returning a kick 87 yards to set up another touchdown. WSU quarterback Alex Brink threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns while Brandon Gibson had eight catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. WSU running back Dwight Tardy had his second 100-yard game of the season with 105 yards and one touchdown.

HANNAM NAMED ALL-ACADEMIC DISTRICT VIII: Washington State University sophomore offensive lineman Micah Hannam has been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII First Team. It marks the second straight season Hannam was named to the squad, last year earning second-team honors. Hannam carries a 3.57 grade point average while majoring in civil engineering.
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