Football footnotes 9/30

Some interesting facts and figures from the Cougars' glorious victory over Arizona:

EYE ON THE PRIZE

David Minnich's four trips to the end zone was just one visit shy of the Cougar record. The single game scoring mark is shared by two star running backs from the 1980s: James Matthews, who did it in 1982 against Idaho, and Rueben Mayes, who got his handful against Stanford in 1984.

SWEET SIXTEEN

Lamont Thompson broke his week-old record of fifteen career interceptions by picking off number sixteen just seconds into the game. It was, however, the first time Thompson took an air-theft in for six.

WHAT PENALTY PROBLEM?

For the second week in a row, the Cougs—long renowned as a penalty prone team—kept the yellow hankies under double digits. WSU was cited just seven times for 54 yards. 

THE HIT PARADE

With six defensive stops against Arizona, DB Billy Newman moved within 5 tackles of tying 70s star Dean Pedigo for eleventh place on the WSU career list. Newman now has 274 total tackles and is just seven stops shy of cracking the top ten. Another 70s stud, LB Don Hover, currently holds the number ten spot with 280 tackles.

SOMEWHERE, WILD BILL IS SMILING

With the victory over Arizona, the 2001 Cougs became just the twelfth team in school history to start the season with four wins. Four previous Mike Price teams have come out of the gate with four W's. Three of those fast starters earned bowl berths, the most notable being the 1997 Rose Bowl Squad. The first time ol' Wazzu won the first four was in 1900, when the Cougs (nee: Warriors), coached by Wild Bill Allen, shut out Lewiston AA, Walla Walla AC, and a tough Spokane AC twice.


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