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Game Week: UCLA v. Washington State Facts and Factors

Oct. 11 -- UCLA will try to overcome an under-achieving loss against ASU while Washington State is probably still in after-glow after soundly beating Stanford...

• UCLA treks to Pullman, Washington, to take on the Washington State Cougars Saturday night. 

• The game will be televised by ESPN at 7:35 p.m. Allen Bestwick and Mike Bellotti will call the game from the booth, while Kris Budden reports from the sideline. 

• UCLA fell to 3-3 and 1-2 in the Pac-12 Conference last week after a disappointing loss to Arizona State, 23-20. 

• Washington State turned around its season in the last two weeks by beating Stanford, 42-16, last week and Oregon the week before, 51-33, improving its record to 3-2 and 2-0 in the conference.  It started the season with losses against Eastern Washington and Boise State, but then had a bye week where it clearly regrouped to go on a three-game winning streak (beating Idaho in its third game of the season).  

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• For Washington State, it's the first time in 10 seasons, not since 2006, it beat perennial Pac-12 North powers Oregon and Stanford in the same season. 

• WSU’s win at Stanford was its first win over at Top-15 team since 2003 (vs. #5 Texas in Holiday Bowl).  

• UCLA leads the all-time series against WSU, 40-19-1. 

• Even though Pullman is traditionally a tough place to play, the Cougars haven't beaten UCLA on their home turf since 2007, having lost the last two match-ups.  

• Last year, WSU beat UCLA in the Rose Bowl, which was a turning point in the Bruins' season. UCLA was ranked 18th in the nation, and was in the driver's season to win the Pac-12 South title.  After UCLA looked like it had won the game on a late-fourth-quarter drive capped by a touchdown scramble by Josh Rosen, Washington State drove the field and quarterback Luke Falk threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Marks with three seconds left to record the 31-27 win.  

• If Washington State wins Saturday, it will be the first time the Cougars beat UCLA in consecutive seasons since 2007. 

• Washington State's record of 9-4 in 2015 was the first time it's posted a winning record since 2003, when it went 10-3. That was three head coaches ago, when Bill Doba was the Cougar head man. 

• WSU recorded a sellout in the season opener against Eastern Washington, and also against Oregon. It now has nine sellouts since coach Mike Leach arrived at WSU in 2012, after only one sellout in the five prior seasons. 

• WSU, know for its high-flying passing offense, has recorded two straight games with 200+ rushing yards for the first time since 2005.

• Mike Leach (55) is in his fifth season as head coach in Pullman, with a record of 24-31 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.  Taking the Cougars to two bowl appearances in his first four seasons was a first for a coach in Washington State football history. After last year's 9-4 season, WSU's first winning season since 2003, Leach was named co-Pac-12 Coach of the Year.  

Washington State's Martin Stadium

• Washington State plays its home games at Martin Stadium, which holds 32,952 seats and utilizes field turf.  It's the smallest stadium in the Pac-12.  

• Washington State is currently favored by 5, according to most betting lines.  

•  The weather forecast calls for a high of 56 degrees on Saturday, with a game-time temperature in the high 40s.  


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