Cougars Head to Seattle For Boeing Apple Cup Friday Night
WASHINGTON STATE (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) at WASHINGTON (4-7, 3-5 Pac-12)
5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 • Fox Sports 1
Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium (70,183) • Seattle, Wash.
COUGARS HEAD TO SEATTLE FOR BOEING APPLE CUP FRIDAY NIGHT
Washington State travels to Seattle for a matchup against Washington in The Boeing Apple Cup Series. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Fox Sports 1.
SERIES HISTORY - 113th Meeting, 59th APPLE CUP
Washington State trails the all-time series with Washington 32-74-6, have dropped the last seven matchups and are looking for their first win in the series since a 2012 overtime victory in Pullman. Last season's Apple Cup was canceled due to Covid-19 protocols within the WSU program, marking the first season without an Apple Cup since 1943 and 1944 (World War II). The Cougars are 15-42-5 all-time in Seattle, have dropped the last six meetings in Seattle and are looking for their first road win in the series since 2007. The first Apple Cup was in 1962.
ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State enters the week with a 6-5 overall record including a 5-3 mark in Pac-12 Conference play after closing out their home schedule with a 44-18 win over Arizona last Friday, clinching bowl eligibility for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Cougar defense enters the week leading the Pac-12 and seventh in the country with 23 takeaways including 13 fumble recoveries, second-most in the country. Quarterback Jayden de Laura leads the Pac-12 with 23 passing touchdowns and 250.6 passing yards/g, running back Max Borghi is tenth in WSU history for career rushing yards and sixth in the Pac-12 with 10 rushing touchdowns while receiver Travell Harris leads the Pac-12 with nine touchdown catches and wideout Calvin Jackson Jr. is second with 887 receiving yards. Reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week linebacker Jahad Woods' 96 tackles are second in the Pac-12 and EDGE Ron Stone Jr. is fourth in the league with 10.5 tackles-for-loss.
COUGAR QUICK GAME
• WSU leads the Pac-12 and is 7th in the country with 23 takeaways, 2nd nationally with 13 fumble recoveries
• WSU is bowl eligible for the 6th time in the last 7 years (did not go to a bowl in 2020)
• WSU recorded its 1st four-game conference winning streak since winning 7 straight in 2018
• WSU recorded its 8th straight win over Oregon State, WSU beat Stanford for the 5th straight meeting
• WSU has earned 7 Pac-12 Player of the Week awards in 2021, most in a season since 2017 (8)
INDIVIDUAL (Player Notes Pages 10-20)
• RB Max Borghi was the only player in country named to both Doak Walker and Biletnikoff Award Watch Lists
• Borghi is 2nd in WSU history with 30 career rushing TD and 39 career total TD, trails Steve Broussard (33 rush TD, 41 total TD)
• LB Jahad Woods is 2nd in Pac-12 with 96 tackles, is Pac-12's active leading career tackler with 415, 4th-most in WSU history
• RUSH Ron Stone Jr. enters the week 4th in the Pac-12 with 10.5 tackles-for-loss, tied for 6th with 5 sacks
• QB Jayden de Laura leads the Pac-12 with 23 TD passes and in passing/g (250.6), owns five 3-TD games in 2021
• WR Calvin Jackson Jr. was added to Biletnikoff Award Watch List, 2nd in Pac-12 in rec yards (887), 4th in rec (57), tied for 3rd 7 rec TD
• KR/PR/WR Travell Harris owns WSU career records for kick returns (81), kick return yards (1,975), 4th in all-purpose yards (4,153)
• OL Abraham Lucas is a Preseason 4th-Team All-American by Phil Steele, 3x All-Pac-12 2nd-Team selection
COLLEGE GAMEDAY RECORD
Dating back to the middle of the 2003 season, ESPN's College GameDay has had the WSU flag appear throughout the show. The streak reached 270 after appearing last Saturday in Columbus for Michigan State-Ohio State. The first appearance came in Austin, Texas (10/4/03) and the streak began two weeks later in Madison, Wisc. (10/18/03). Two flags – Ol' Crimson and Gray – have been flown in the background of the GameDay set by dozens of friends and alumni. The Gray flag was added in 2014 after Whitey was retired in honor of Steve Gleason's "No White Flags." Appearance No. 217 was its first in Pullman (10/20/18), a 34-20 win over Oregon.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Washington State heads into Friday's Boeing Apple Cup needing a win AND Oregon State to beat Oregon to clinch the Pac-12 Conference North Division and earn a spot in next Friday's Pac-12 Conference Championship Game in Las Vegas. WSU would win a three-way tiebreaker with Oregon and Oregon State due to record within the north division. The Cougars are seeking their first north division title and first conference championship since sharing the crown with USC in 2002.
LEADERSHIP CHANGE WITH FOOTBALL PROGRAM, JAKE DICKERT NAMED INTERIM HEAD COACH
October 18, due to the requirements set forth in Washington Governor Jay Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.1, Nick Rolovich was no longer able to fulfill the duties as the football head coach at Washington State University. In addition, four football assistant coaches, Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber, are also not in compliance with the Proclamation. As a result, Washington State University has initiated the separation process based on the terms of their respective contracts, effective immediately. Proclamation 21-14.1, prohibits, "Any State Agency from permitting any Worker to engage in work for the agency after October 18, 2021, if the Worker has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provided proof thereof to the agency." Current WSU defensive coordinator Jake Dickert is was elevated to acting head coach Oct. 18 and is now the Interim Head Coach.
WSU, GESA CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCE GESA FIELD
Washington State and Gesa Credit Union announced a partnership to provide Gesa the naming rights to the playing surface at Martin Stadium, now named Gesa Field, pronounced gee-sah. The 10-year agreement is valued at a minimum $11 million, that will escalate as additional Gesa consumer-based incentives are reached. The agreement with WSU Athletics will formalize the first major sponsorship announced under the new Gesa Credit Union which recently merged with Inspirus Credit Union making it the second-largest credit union in the state.
COUGARS PARTNERED IN PAC-12 MENTAL HEALTH WEEK
WSU partnered with Hilinski's Hope, Dam Worth It and The Hidden Opponent as part of the Pac-12 Mental Health Week last week. The week, hosted in conjunction with College Football Mental Health Week, focused on a series of mental health initiatives. Pac-12 Mental Health Week was a conference-wide week of action to end mental health stigma, increase mental health awareness, and supply resources for student athletes. Dam Worth It, The Hidden Opponent and Hilinski's Hope were all founded out of the Pac-12 to focus on ending stigma and increasing mental health resources for student-athletes. The Cougar football team will wear a helmet sticker showcasing a lime green ribbon, the official ribbon showing solidarity for those struggling with mental health and illness, with a "3" on the right corner.
ALL-PURPOSE, ALL THE TIME
Cougar running backs served all-purpose roles for the Air Raid and increased their production in the run-n-shoot offense • last season, Deon McIntosh rushed for a career-high 147 yards in the win at Oregon State, the most by a Coug since Dwight Tardy's 214 yards against UCLA in 2007 • Borghi opened the 2021 season with 86 rushing yards including a 64-yard rushing touchdown against Utah State • Borghi, McIntosh and Jayden de Laura each rushed for a touchdown against Portland State • in the win at Cal, Borghi and McIntosh combined for 93 rush yards and 6.2 yards-per-carry • in the win over Oregon State, the two combined for 98 rush yards and each scored a touchdown, Borghi (2-yard rush) and McIntosh (1-yard rec) • in the win over Stanford, Borghi rushed for 89 yards and a pair of 2-yard TD runs • against BYU, Borghi rushed for a career-high 3 TD (11,1,1) • in the win at Arizona State, WSU carried 42 carries 166 yards and 2 TD, the most carries by a WSU team since 2010 • in the win over Arizona, WSU rushed for a season-high 223 yards led by Borghi's career-high 139 and a season-high 73 from McIntosh • Borghi enters the week 6th in the Pac-12 with 10 rushing TD, 2nd in WSU history with 30 career rushing TD, 2nd in WSU history with 39 career total TD, trailing only Steve Broussard in both catergories (33 career rushing TD, 41 career total TD) • Borghi also sits tenth in WSU history for career rushing yards (2,029)
COUGAR DEFENSE CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
• Since 2015, the Cougars are 33-11 when forcing multiple turnovers • WSU opened 2021 by forcing a pair of turnovers against Utah State, recorded two more against Portland State and added 3 more takeaways along with 9 TFL against USC • WSU forced six fumbles and recovered three at Utah • in the win at Cal, WSU allowed just 273 yards of total offense, the fewest yards allowed since San Jose State week two in 2018 (109) • in the win over Oregon State, WSU picked off two passes, allowed just 158 pass yards and held OSU to 0-for-3 on 4th-down attempts • in the win over Stanford, WSU recovered 2 more fumbles, tallied 8 TFL including 4 sacks • in the win at Arizona State, WSU recorded 5 takeaways (3 FUM, 2 INT), the most since forcing 7 turnovers at Utah in 2017 • WSU held Arizona State to 21 points, the fewest allowed at ASU since allowing 16 in 2001 (last 9 meetings), fewest allowed to ASU overall since allowing 19 in 2003, a 34-19 win in Pullman • WSU tallied 2 more takeaways at No. 3 Oregon, recovering 2 fumbles • WSU enters the week second in the country with 13 fumble recoveries • WSU's 23 takeaways lead the Pac-12 and are No. 7 in the country
SENIOR LINEBACKER DUO SET TO MAKE HISTORY
Senior linebackers Justus Rogers (MIKE) and Jahad Woods (WIL) are closing in on games played record.
• Both have appeared in 54 games, tying former linebacker Peyton Pelluer's (2014-18) WSU record of 54
• Woods broke former OL Micah Hannam's (2007-10) WSU record for career starts (48) with his 49th at Oregon
• Woods recorded his 10th career forced fumble last week against Arizona, breaking Ron Lee and DeWayne Patterson's previous record for most in WSU history
• Woods owns 415 career tackles, most among active Pac-12 players, 4th-most in WSU history
WOODS NAMED PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER ARIZONA WIN
Linebacker Jahad Woods was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week following the win over Arizona. Woods made a game-high 12 tackles, 1.5 for loss, forced a fumble and picked off a pass in the 44-18 win over Arizona on senior night, also clinching bowl eligibility for the Cougars. All 12 tackles came in the second and third quarters as WSU outscored the Wildcats 30-10 and the graduate from San Diego recorded his fourth straight double-digit tackle effort. Woods earns his third career Pac-12 weekly accolade (2017, USC and 2018, Arizona) and WSU's seventh of the season, the most in a season since earning eight in 2017.
BRENNAN JACKSON EARNS COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS
EDGE Brennan Jackson was named to the 2021 Academic All-District Team selected by CoSIDA Nov. 18. Jackson recorded a 3.31 grade-point-average while earning his bachelor's degree in business administration and currently owns a 4.00 GPA while working towards his MBA. The redshirt-junior is the first Cougar to earn academic all-district honors since wide receiver Brandon Arconado and defensive lineman Dallas Hobbs each earned first-team accolades in 2019.
CALVIN JACKSON JR. ADDED TO BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST
Wide receiver Calvin Jackson Jr. was added to the 2021 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation announced Nov. 3, joining running back Max Borghi who was named to the same watch list prior to the season. The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season's outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football's outstanding receiver, not merely college football's outstanding wide receiver. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. native caught two touchdowns in the win at California, had nine catches in the win over Oregon State, had a touchdown grab in the win over Stanford, caught eight passes for a career-high 139 yards with a 45-yard touchdown catch in the win at Arizona State and had two more touchdown grabs in the win over Arizona.
RON STONE JR. NAMED PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK AFTER ARIZONA STATE WIN
EDGE Ron Stone Jr. earned his first career Pac-12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week accolade following the road win over Arizona State. Stone Jr. anchored a Cougar defense that forced five Sun Devil turnovers in WSU's 34-21 win in Tempe. The redshirt-junior finished the day with six tackles, four solo, two tackles-for-loss, one sack and a fumble recovery. The Cougars lead the Pac-12 with three Defensive Lineman of the Week awards after Brennan Jackson earned the accolades after wins at California and against Stanford. Stone Jr. was WSU's sixth Pac-12 weekly accolade of the season; Travell Harris (ST, Portland State), Brennan Jackson (DL, at Cal), George Hicks III (DEF, Oregon State), Liam Ryan (OL, Oregon State), Brennan Jackson, Stanford), the most in a season since WSU earned eight awards in 2017.
JACKSON EARNS 2ND PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK AFTER STANFORD WIN
EDGE Brennan Jackson earned his second Pac-12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week accolade of the season following the win over Stanford. Jackson recorded a season-high six tackles including one sack and recovered the game-ending fumble in the win Stanford, WSU's third-straight conference win and fifth straight victory over the Cardinal. Jackson tallied three tackles in the fourth quarter including a sack with under four minutes remaining and later pounced on a fumble in the final seconds after Quinn Roff sacked the Stanford quarterback. The redshirt-junior from Temecula, Calif. earned the same accolade after making four tackles and a sack in the win at California earlier in the season.
GEORGE HICKS III, LIAM RYAN NAMED PAC-12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK AFTER OSU WIN
WSU collected a pair of Pac-12 Conference honors last week as defensive back George Hicks III was named the league's Defensive Player of the Week and left tackle Liam Ryan was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week Monday. Hicks III earned his first career Pac-12 accolade after leading the team with 10 tackles and his first interception of the season in the 31-24 win over Oregon State. According to PFF College, the senior from San Bernardino, Calif. earned the Pac-12's second-highest overall defensive grade, the best coverage grade in the Pac-12 and sixth-best in country during the win. Hicks' interception came late in the first half and ended an Oregon State rally to keep it a one-score game while seven of his tackles came in the second half, including the final tackle of the game as OSU came up one yard short of a first down inside the red zone in the final minute. Ryan earned his second career Pac-12 weekly accolade (New Mexico State, 2019) after anchoring an offensive line that helped produce 491 yards of total offense in the win. Ryan played a total 71 plays, graded out at 96 percent with six knockdowns, earned the No. 12 OT grade in the country and did not allow a pressure on 47 passing snaps.
JACKSON NAMED PAC-12 DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK AFTER CAL WIN
EDGE Brennan Jackson was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week following the road win at Cal. Jackson earned his first career weekly accolade after recording four tackles with one sack, one pass breakup and helped the Cougar defense record seven tackles-for-loss including four sacks in a 21-6 road win at Cal, WSU's first win in Berkeley since 2013. Jackson was credited with five total pressures including four quarterback hurries while the defense held Cal to just six points, 152 passing yards and 3-of-15 on third downs. WSU held Cal scoreless the final 52 minutes and the six points allowed are the fewest allowed to a conference opponent since shutting out Colorado in 2017. Jackson was the first Cougar to win DL of the Week since its inception in 2019.
HARRIS NAMED PAC-12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK AFTER PORTLAND STATE WIN
Kick returner/punt returner Travell Harris was named the Pac-12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week following the week two win over Portland State. Harris earns his second career conference weekly accolade after recording 188 all-purpose yards including a 50-yard kickoff return and a career-long 22-yard punt return, both set up touchdown drives for the Cougars in the 44-24 win over Portland State. The redshirt-senior also caught six passes for 80 yards including two for touchdowns (19, 13). Harris' 50-yard kickoff return was his seventh career kick return of 40-plus yards. The Tampa, Fla. native earned his first Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week award back in 2018 after his 100-yard kickoff return against Eastern Washington.
COUGAR FOOTBALL BROADCAST TEAM
Matt Chazanow is in his seventh season as the play-by-play voice for Cougar football, men's basketball and baseball broadcasts. Joining Chazanow for his fourth season will be former Cougar quarterback Alex Brink who is the only WSU quarterback to win three Apple Cups and was later a seventh-round draft pick by the Houston Texans. Returning for her ninth season as the sideline reporter is Jessamyn McIntyre, an executive producer for Q13 FOX in Seattle.
16 COUGS HAVE EARNED DEGREES
Renard Bell Social Science
Cammon Cooper Business Administration
Brian Greene History
Jarrett Guarantano Psychology
Travell Harris Sport Management
George Hicks Political Science
Tyrone Hill Social Science
Dallas Hobbs Digital Technology & Culture
Calvin Jackson, Jr. Humanities
Brennan Jackson Business Administration
Armani Marsh Sport Management
Deon McIntosh Social Science
Christian Mejia Kinesiology
Justus Rodgers Business Administration
Liam Ryan Criminal Justice
Jahad Woods Humanities
WSU ATHLETICS ANNOUNCED PROCEDURES FOR VACCINE VERIFICATION AT GESA FIELD
Washington State Athletics, in alignment with our football partners in the State of Washington, the Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Huskies, has implementated new gameday vaccination verification procedures at Gesa Field. All guests 12 years of age and older attending Cougar Football games will need to be verified by providing proof of vaccination or proof of a FDA-approved negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of the event. Fans under 12 years of age are exempt from providing proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Guests planning to attend the game should note that there are no on-site testing capabilities at Gesa Field and it is highly recommended that negative COVID-19 testing be completed before arriving in Pullman. On gameday, fans can be verified before the game by showing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test at various kiosk locations outside of Gesa Field. Gameday verification will be available at the Compton Union Building (CUB), Beasley Coliseum, Cougville and the four guest service kiosks positioned at the perimeter of the stadium beginning three hours prior to kickoff. These stations will close at kickoff. At that time, all verifications will be done at the gate. Guests who do not get verified before heading into the stadium will be screened at the gates. However, all guests are highly encouraged to get verified with a stamp before approaching the stadium gates. There will be express lanes for those that have been verified at Gates, A, B, F, I and the Premium Seating Entrance. Cougar Athletics mandated masks for all fans in attendance at Gesa Field, regardless of vaccination status. This included both indoor and outdoor seating at all times, unless actively eating or drinking. That mandate remains in effect going forward.