Washington State Cougar Preview

BeaverFootball.com breaks down the Washington State Cougar football team.

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Head coach:  Bill Doba (2nd year at WSU)
(Career: 13-6 | At WSU: 13-6 | Pac-10 record: 7-3)

Current ranking: NR in either poll
Current record: 3-2, 1-1
Last year's record: 10-3, 6-2 (2nd in Pac-10)
Bowl game: Defeated Texas 28-20 in the Holiday Bowl
Streak:  Two game losing streak


Last week...
Lost to Stanford at home 23-17
Trent Edwards threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore to help Stanford beat Washington State 23-17 on Saturday night.  The Cardinal (4-2, 2-1 Pac-10) intercepted three of Josh Swogger's passes and the Cougars (3-3, 1-2) blew two third-quarter scoring chances inside the Stanford 5.


Last time WSU and OSU met...
Oct. 25, 2003, Washington State 36, Oregon State 30
The Cougars rallied from a 28-16 fourth quarter deficit for the win in last year’s game. The two teams combined for 12 turnovers. Beaver defenders intercepted Cougar quarterback Matt Kegal five times with safety Mitch Meeuwsen accounting for three, including a 45-yard return for a score...Recap | Box Score


Last time WSU and OSU met in Reser Stadium...
Oct. 28, 2000, No. 18 Oregon State 38, Washington State 9
Ken Simonton carried Oregon State again, and the Beavers stayed among a shrinking pack of teams still alive for the Rose Bowl.  Simonton ran for 169 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first player in Pac-10 history to run for at least 1,000 yards in his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, as the No. 18 Beavers overpowered Washington State 38-9 on Saturday night.

Series history (WSU leads 46-39-3)...
Washington State has a 46-39-3 advantage in a series that dates back to 1903. The Cougars enter the game on a two-game winning streak in the series as a result of a 34-27 win in 2001 and 36-30 last season.  The home team has won each of the last three games.  WSU and Oregon State did not play each other for three years, 1997, 1998 and 2002…the end result is WSU has only played in Corvallis once over the past seven years…in 2000 OSU won 38-9…since 1977, the Cougars have won eight of 10 games played in Corvallis…no member of the Cougar team has played at Reser Stadium on the OSU campus.


WSU Connections...
Oregon State defensive line coach Greg Newhouse and WSU offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller were on the same staff with the B.C. Lions of the CFL in 1986 and ‘87. Beaver special teams coach Bruce Read and WSU assistant Robin Pflugrad were long time assistants at Montana. Beaver football operations director Ron Davis is a 1986 graduate of WSU and later served as a graduate assistant football coach and in athletic administration for the Cougars.

In addition to their Land Grant connections, WSU and OSU have a common thread in the coaching ranks…current San Francisco 49er head coach Dennis Erickson spent two years on the Palouse and guided WSU to the 1988 Aloha Bowl…Erickson later spent four seasons at Oregon State, 1999-2002.


It's been awhile...
The last time Oregon State defeated Washington and Washington State in the same season was 1974. The ‘74 led Dee Andros club defeated UW Oct. 12 of ‘74 in Corvallis 23-9 and won in Pullman Nov. 9 of ‘74 17-3. The ‘74 season also represents the last time OSU defeated all three of its Northwest rivals in the same year.


Airing it out...
Saturday’s match-up between WSU and Oregon State will match two of the Pacific-10 Conference’s best passing teams…OSU currently ranks first, averaging 299.5 yards per game, while the Cougars are third
in passing, averaging 270.0 yards per game…OSU is ranked seventh nationally and WSU 19th…when it comes to running the ball, the Cougars have the edge, averaging 113.82 yards per outing, almost 40 yards more than the Beavers’ 73.2 yard average…when it comes to total offense, the two teams are neck and neck, with WSU sixth and Oregon State seventh in the league…WSU averages 383.8 yards, the Beavers 372.7.


Players to watch:

QB Alex Brink - young and inexperienced, but mobile...the Beavers will blitz often on Saturday as they try to get inside the young players head...if Brink plays poorly or is knocked out of the game, the Cougars probably won't win.

WR Jason Hill - big and explosive and on a hot streak...eight of last 14 receptions have been good for six points...leads the conference in receiving touchdowns with nine.

LB Scott Davis - a fumble forcing and recovering machine as he has grabbed three of each...also leads his team in tackles (49), tackles for loss (seven), and quarterback hurries (three).

P Kyle Basler - leads the conference in punting with a 45.1 average...crucial in the field game battle.


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