Factors in the WSU Game

Washington State has a bit of a hot streak going on against the Bruins, with UCLA having only beaten the Cougars twice in the last ten years. The Cougars are going through a tough season, with an average losing margin in its four losses of 41.5 points...

NOTEWORTHY FACTORS

-- The Washington State Cougars come to the Rose Bowl Saturday, the game kicking off at 7:15 p.m. It will be televised by Fox Prime Ticket with Bill Macdonald and James Washington in the booth.

-- WSU is having a rough season, to say the least, currently at 1-4, with that one win coming from 1-AA Portland State.

-- Its other four losses have come at the hands of Oklahoma State (39-13); Cal (66-3); Baylor (45-17), and Oregon (63-14).

-- That's an average losing margin of a whopping 41.5 points.

-- UCLA and Washington State have played 54 times since 1928, with UCLA leading the series 35-18-1.

-- Washington State is 5-6 in the Rose Bowl against UCLA, and has won the last three in a row.

-- WSU is the only team since 2004 to have two wins against UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

-- The Cougars, in fact, are going through a successful period in general against the Bruins, having won six of the last seven meetings going back to 2001, and 10 of the last 14 going back to 1992. UCLA beat WSU in 1995 in a wild, overtime win in Pullman, but you have to go back to 1998 for its next most recent win.

-- Last year, WSU beat UCLA in Pullman, 27-7, racking up 545 total yards. In 2006, UCLA lost to WSU in the Rose Bowl, 37-15, and the Cougars gained 516 total yards.

-- The Cougars are third to last (117th) in the nation in scoring defense, allowing an average of 44.4 points per game. If you throw out Portland State, they're allowing 53 points per game, which would make them dead last in the nation.

-- By the way, the state of Washington is truly allowing a huge amount of points this season. Not only is WSU allowing 44.4 points per game but the University of Washington is giving up 40.5 per game.

-- Paul Wulff is suffering through a painful first year as the Cougar head coach. Wulff, a former player at WSU, spent the last eight years as the head coach at Eastern Washington and compiled a 53-40 record. Before that he served as EWU's offensive coordinator, offensive line coach, and strength coach. He guided the Eagles to six straight winning seasons, and seven overall during his eight years. Being 41 years old, he's the 12th youngest head coach in 1-A and the youngest in the Pac-10. Wulff is best known for his no-huddle offense.

-- Wulff and UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel are two of 18 coaches across the country that currently hold the head coaching job at their alma mater.

-- The Cougars have had 22 players experience their first collegiate start this season, including 14 on offense and 8 on defense.

-- Washington State has scored in 278 straight games, which is the second-longest scoring streak in the country, going back to 1984. It's also the 4th longest in the history of college football.

-- Either UCLA or Washington State is last in 7 of the 14 team statistical categories in the Pac-10 conference. UCLA is last in Passing Efficiency, Scoring Offense, Total Offense and Net Punting, while WSU takes up the rear in Rushing Defense, Scoring Defense and Turnover Margin.

-- UCLA is ninth in Rushing Offense, Passing Offense, Pass Efficiency Defense and Turnover Margin. WSU is ninth in Passing Efficiency, Scoring Offense, Total Defense and Punt Returns.

-- Even though it's been 100 degrees in Pasadena the last couple of days, it's supposed to cool off to a high of 71 degrees by Saturday, and probably about 60 degrees by game time. There's a 30% chance of showers.


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