BILLY THE HITTER
After registering seven stops against the Broncos, safety Billy Newman passed former Cougar greats Brian Flones, Tuineau Alipate, and James Darling on the WSU career tackles list. He is now twelfth on the tally with 259 total tackles. Newman needs just 22 more stops to crack the top-10.
For the second week in a row, Jim Walden proved to be a fantastic addition to the radio booth. Not only does he compliment the legendary Bob Robertson, his maniacal laughter during the Cougs' big plays was a welcome return of "homerics" to the Wazzu airwaves. In fact, broadcasts haven't been this much fun since Paul Sorensen was doing color. Our favorite bit of Waldenese occurred when receiver Trandon Harvey seemed to cause his own fumble, prompting the Coach to note, "He was the victim of his own fumblization."
MAKE ROOM IN THE RECORD BOOK
Rapidly rising star Nakoa McElrath's 210 receiving yards is the sixth most ever by a Cougar. Deron Pointer set the record in 1993 with a 255 yard performance against Arizona State. In the season opener against Idaho, McElrath became just the eleventh Cougar to catch 10 passes in a game. Doug Flansburg holds the record with 12 grabs, set 35 years ago against Houston.
HE'S HIS FATHER'S SON
When receiver Collin Henderson hit McElrath on a 71 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, it made him a perfect 6-6 as a passer with 4 TDs in his 3 years at Wazzu. Genetics play a large part in his success, because—as Cougar faithful are all aware—his father is none other than Jerry Henderson, an outstanding Crimson QB in the late 1960s. In fact, senior Henderson was on the throwing end of Flansburg's record setting day back in 1966.
IN DEFENSE OF THE DEFENSE
Sure, the defense gave up some big numbers to a Boise State QB who may or may not turn out to be a great one. But with seven sacks and 3 interceptions, including Raonall Smith'spic returned 54 yards for a TD, we're not exactly pushing the panic button. Oh, and did we mention the Cougar D limited the Bronco ground attack to just 54 yards?
WHAT'S A TURNOVER?
While production of penalties is still obscenely high, the Cougs have been darn near perfect in keeping their mitts on the ball, giving it away just twice this year. Better still, nary a WSU pass has been intercepted in 67 attempts (by 4 different tossers).
ODD BALL STAT: THE SEQUEL
WSU had two touchdowns called back against Boise State. That brings their season total TDCB to seven. Both call-backs were redeemed on the very next play.