Game Week: WSU Facts and Factors

Nov. 11 -- WSU head coach Mike Leach is putting together a turnaround season for the Cougars, having a chance to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2003...

• Washington State comes to the Rose Bowl Saturday, with kick-off slated for 7:45 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN.

• UCLA is ranked #19, is 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Pac-12 South.

• The Cougars are 6-3 and 4-2 in the Pac-12 North.

• WSU beat Arizona State last week in Pullman, and the week before barely lost to #8 Stanford, missing a last-minute field goal to win the game.  The Cougs also beat Oregon at the beginning of October in Eugene, in two overtimes.

• UCLA leads the all-time series between the two schools, 40-18-1.  The Bruins have won the last five matchups, with the last meeting being in Pullman in 2012. 

• Washington State’s last win in the series was in 2007, in Pullman.   It hasn’t won in Pasadena since 2006.

• WSU’s 6 wins in its first nine games marks its best start since 2006.

• Washington State hasn’t beaten a ranked team since 2013, when it beat USC.  It has since lost nine straight.

• WSU has a chance to post its first winning season since 2003, when it went 10-3.  That was three head coaches ago, when Bill Doba was the Cougar head man. 

• After the UCLA game, WSU will face Colorado at home and then Washington in Seattle.

• A ranked UCLA has only lost twice to a lower-ranked or unranked Washington State team in Los Angeles.  Of course, the most infamous was in 1988, when UCLA was ranked #1 in the country and lost 34-30.   It also lost in 1994, when #22-ranked WSU beat #18-ranked UCLA.  

• Ranked UCLA teams are 19-4 overall against a lower-ranked or unranked WSU team.

• Mike Leach (54) is in his fourth season as head coach in Pullman, with a record of 18-28 with WSU.   He spent ten seasons at Texas Tech, where he posted an overall record of 84-43 and gained notoriety with the Air Raid offense.  His best season was in 2008 when he guided the Red Raiders to an 11-2 record overall, won the Big 12 and finished the season ranked 12th.  He never had a losing season at Texas Tech.   Leach was fired from Texas Tech after a controversial incident involving a player, Adam James, the son of former ESPN commentator Craig James, and sat out two seasons before being hired at Washington State.  He holds a law degree from Pepperdine and is only one of four current D-1 coaches who did not play college football.

• WSU started the season losing to FCS Portland State, and since has gone 6-2, its two losses coming against two then-ranked teams, California and Stanford. 

• There are 38 players on the Washington State roster from Southern California.

• Last week in its game against ASU, the refs officiating the game erroneously gave Washington State a fifth down, and they subsequently scored a touchdown.  The line judge for the game has since been suspended for one game.

• Pac-12 refs have earned a reputation for being notoriously bad.  But Mike Leach said, “Personally, I think the Pac-12 officials are doing a great job this year.”

• UCLA is favored by 8.5 points.

• The weather forecast calls for a high of 77 degrees and should be about 60 degrees at game time.




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