Key Factors in the WSU Game

UCLA will take one of the most difficult trips in college football when it goes to Pullman, Washington, to take on Washington State Saturday. Here are some of the history, records and tidbits that could factor into the game...



-- UCLA travels to Pullman, Washington, to take on the Washington State Cougars Saturday at 3:30.  The game will be televised by FSN nationally (FSW West in Los Angeles) with Brian Davis, Mark Rypien adn Michael Eaves calling the action.


-- UCLA is 5-2 overall and 4-0 in Pac-10 play, which makes the Bruins tied for first in the conference with Arizona State.


-- Washington State is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10.


-- The Cougars lost at Wisconsin, then notched two wins at home against San Diego State and Idaho. They then lost on the road against USC and Arizona, at home against Arizona State and then two weeks ago on the road against Oregon. Last week they had a bye.


-- The Bruins lead the series with the Cougars, which dates back to 1928, with a 35-17-1 edge.


-- Last season, UCLA lost to WSU, 37-15, in the Rose Bowl.  UCLA led at halftime, 15-14, but the Cougars scored 23 unanswered points in the second half.  In that game, WSU quarterback Alex Brink threw for 405 yards, the seventh highest mark by an opponent in Bruin history.  The 515 total yards of offense gained by the Cougars was the most by any 2006 opponent.


-- The last match-up in Pullman saw UCLA win, 44-41, in overtime. UCLA trailed 21-0, and still trailed 38-21 in the fourth quarter before Drew Olson threw touchdown passes to Marcedes Lewis and Marcus Everett, and then Maurice Jones-Drew ran for a touchdown in overtime to seal the win.


-- That win by UCLA in 2005 was the one win for Bruins in the last five meetings between the two schools in Pullman, and was the only one in the last six meetings between the teams overall. 


-- UCLA, also, is 6-10 overall against WSU in the last 20 years.  It's UCLA's worst record against a Pac-10 opponent in that time, the next worst being the 9-10-1 record against USC.


-- Washington State is coached by Bill Doba, in his fifth year as the head coach of the Cougars.  In that time, he's gone 27-26. Doba, a longtime WSU assistant and defensive coordinator, was moved to head coach when Mike Price took his short-lived head coaching job at Alabama in December of 2002.  He led the Cougars to a 10-3 record in 2003, a Holiday Bowl win over Texas and a final national ranking of #9.  The win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl was the biggest bowl victory in the school's history.  Doba, however, hasn't posted a winning record since 2003, going 17-23, and is on the hot seat in the Palouse.


-- The Cougars are definitely going through a tough part of their schedule. Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and Cal combine for a record of 23-5. 


-- Each of the last two times Washington State entered its game with UCLA on a four-game losing streak, like it's doing this week, the Cougars came away with a victory.


-- Washington State has scored at least 20 points in each of its last nine home games against the Bruins.


Washington State is the school that perhaps handed UCLA its most disappointing loss in the last 20 years. In 1988, UCLA was ranked #1 in the country, the only time in the last 40 years.  It was 7-0 and had perhaps its most talented team ever, when the unranked Cougars came from behind to beat the Bruins in the Rose Bowl, 34-30.  UCLA went on to go 10-2, losing to USC that year, but it's not hard to assert that if the Bruins had beaten the Cougars on October 29th, 1988, they very well might have gone on to beat USC three weeks later and perhaps win a national championship.


-- Pullman, Washington, is considered one of the toughest places to play in the conferences. Martin Stadium, which seats just 35,117, isn't necessarily tough because of the fans, even though Cougar fans aren't quiet. But the combination of typically how cold it is and how difficult the trip to Pullman can be makes it draining on visiting teams.

-- Saturday's weather in Pullman calls for a high of 53 degrees and a low of 35 degrees, with sunny skies.





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