Moos looking for full WSU house on Saturday

BILL MOOS, the former Washington State football star, was ecstatic about Saturday's win over 25th-ranked USC. Bill Moos, the current Washington State athletic director, might be even more excited about the resulting rush at the Cougars' ticket windows.

"Our ticket office is just consumed," Moos said Monday morning on his weekly radio show.

Moos said he's hoping for a "packed house" Saturday when the Cougars make their home debut against Southern Utah on Saturday (3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).

The newest inductees in the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame will be honored at halftime. Tickets for Friday's 6 p.m. banquet are still available.

For more information on game tickets or the banquet, contact WSU at 1-800-GO-COUGS .

Moos praised the football team for "two super efforts" in a narrow loss at Auburn and a close win at USC. The Cougars played in front of 75,000-plus fans in back-to-back games for the first time in school history, and Moos expressed no sympathy for the boos that showered USC players and coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday.

"They're not booing us," Moos said. "They've got their own problems, and that's their situation. We came out of there with a win that I'm hoping, and we're all hoping, will continue to set the foundation for a very exciting year for Cougar football."

Moos and Dave Emerick, WSU's football chief of staff, said excellent conditioning helped the Cougars in two physical games played in hot weather.

"Our strength and conditioning people and our nutritionists and all of our training table, all of that pays off, because it's all part of the equation of building a winning program," Moos said. "As the game wound down into the fourth quarter where it was decided, the Cougars were in better condition, I felt, than USC."

Emerick said Jason Loscalzo, the football team's head strength and conditioning coach, "does an outstanding job in the weight room getting our players physically prepared.

"Obviously, there's a significant difference in the way our players look this year opposed to the way they looked last year. We have a nutritionist here. Bill has made a huge investment in properly fueling our athletes, which is something that not all school do, and it's something that is very important.

"We have a top-of-the-line chef. Our players are fed well. We monitor everything they put in their body to make sure they are properly fueled. It did make a big difference in these two games."

The Cougars were "fueled" in a different manner when dozens of students and other fans greeted the team at 4 a.m. Sunday at the Bohler Athletic Complex after the plane trip home.

"They (players) were pretty excited," Emerick said. "That's something that's pretty neat to see. The fans and the students here, we're kind of all in this together. Pullman and Washington State, it's a unique situation. It's a small town."

Emerick said coaches were making contact with recruits (whether by Facebook, Twitter, the one phone call allowed a week, etc.) before the team's charter plane left Los Angeles.

"When coach (Mike) Leach came in here," Emerick said, "he made it a huge priority for us to recruit Los Angeles and the Inland Empire (of Southern California). Defeating a team with the tradition like USC obviously will go a long way in that area.

"We've made big inroads in Los Angeles with the players we have on our team. This victory will only help more with that."

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