Football footnotes 10/15

More fun with facts and figures in the afterglow of the Cougars' glorious victory over Stanford.


What do Dean Pedigo, Don Hover, and Steve Gleason all have in common? Aside from being some of the best hitters ever to wear the Crimson and Gray, all three were passed by Billy Newman on the WSU career tackles list Saturday. Newman's eight stops moved him into the number nine position with 285 halts. He's just 18 tackles shy of bumping legendary linebacker Ron Childs from the eight spot.


Next up for the 18th ranked Cougars is Montana State, which won its third straight game Saturday with a 20-0 pasting of Sacramento State. The Bobcats are 4-2 overall but 3-0 in conference to lead the Big Sky --- a big-time surprise considering that they entered the season with 17 straight losses. The 'Cats are coached by former Eastern Washington headman and Idaho Vandal grad Mike Kramer. Game time is 7 pm this Thursday in Martin Stadium. To help fill seats, WSU is letting any college student from any school into the game for free. The Cougs have a perfect 5-0 record against MSU, winning the first meeting 32-0 in 1905, and the last meeting 54-14 in 1993.


Another game, another Cougar defensive touchdown, the latest courtesy of Newman who intercepted a Randy Fasani screen pass and sprinted 54 yards to paydirt. It's almost easier to report which defensive starter hasn't reached the end zone. Newman joined mates James Price, Raonall Smith, Eric Coleman, and Lamont Thompson on the growing list of Wazzu defenders who've reached the Promised Land.


With the victory over Stanford, the 2001 edition of Cougar football became just the sixth team in school history to start the season a perfect 6-0. The 1906 squad was the first, winning all six of their contests over collegiate powerhouses like Blair Business College. The 1915, 1930, and 1997 Rose Bowl teams also began the season so promising, as did the 1992 Copper Bowl squad, led by Drew Bledsoe.

MR QB?Jack Thompson 

Speaking of Bledsoe, we've had some great passers at WSU—Ryan Leaf, Jerry Henderson, Jack Thompson, Mark Rypien, and Bobby Newman, to name some—but none can boast the numbers of the true Wazzu Mr. QB, wide receiver Colin Henderson. His 62-yard scoring strike to Mike Bush was his fifth at WSU. In all, Henderson has completed 7 of 7 for 311 yards.


UCLA Bruin DeShaun Foster's 301-yard game against a grasping-for-air Washington Husky defense was the third best single game performance in Pac-10 history. His performance is still over half a football field short of the record, which was set in 1984 when WSU Cougar Reuben Mayes danced for 357 yards against Oregon.


The Cougars tallied a mere three penalties against Stanford? How many of you thought that was a misprint when you read the game stats? WSU hasn't been spared the flag that much since a 33-0 victory over Spokane YMCA in 1908. Yes, I just made that up. I'm ashamed to report I have no "fewest flags" stat to offer.

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