Quips & Notes

PULLMAN -- WSU redshirt freshman punter <b>Kyle Basler</b> had another fine day, but he wasn't the only member of the Basler family turning heads Saturday.

Kyle averaged 43 yards on five boots against Idaho, but aficionados of the recruiting game were more interested Kyle's little brother Todd, a 221-pound senior at Elma High. He was one of dozens of recruiting prospects on hand for the game. A linebacker/running back, Todd is considered one of the top prospects in the state.

SIDERIUS' BIG DEBUT: Redshirt freshman Graham Siderius was WSU's kickoff specialist against Idaho because senior Adam Holiday is nursing a hip pointer. Siderius, the much-touted Reno Bambino, made the most of the opportunity. His first four kickoffs sailed into the endzone and one appeared to split the uprights and fly into the stands.

PRICE'S RECORD: Mike Price evened his WSU career record at 75-75 with Saturday's win over Idaho.

GESSER'S ACCURACY: Jason Gesser only threw 16 passes against the Vandals, but he completed 12 of them. That's a Ken Stabler-like day of accuracy. And Jason's sole interception of the day came about only because receiver Jerome Riley pulled up lame with a hamstring and wasn't where he was supposed to be when the ball arrived.

MR. EXCITEMENT: JC transfer Sammy Moore was labeled last recruiting season as the type of talent with game-breaking abilities. Last week against Nevada he returned a kickoff 42 yards, offering a glimpse of why there was so much hype around. Against Idaho, however, he stopped a few hearts for a different reason --- by trying to return a punt from five-yards deep in the Cougar endzone and THEN fumbling it at the Cougar five-yard-line. Thankfully, the Cougars recovered. Color commentator Jim Walden said he'd never seen that particular series of mistakes in his entire coaching career.

THE TRIO: For the loyalists who arrived early at Seahawks Stadium last week and Martin Stadium on Saturday, they may have thought they'd walked into a remake of the Three Muskateers. It's true. Receivers Mike Bush, Jerome Riley and Devard Darling go everywhere together. They walk onto the field together. They jog together. They play catch together. They chat on the sidelines together. And then walk back into the locker room before game time together. Asked last week by CF.C if they had dubbed themselves the Three Muskateers, Bush was succicnt: "Nop, we're The Trio. Just The Trio."

SPERRY'S IMPACT: JC transfer linebacker Kevin Sperry led the Cougars with eight total tackles against Idaho even though he didn't start as a reprimand for being late for practice one day last week. A week ago versus Nevada, Sperry tied for the team lead with seven tackles.

DOC FARLEY FAN CLUB: For you loyalists of  the Montana native, you'll be pleased to know Doc was credited with two solo tackles against the Vandals. That gives him three on the season and certainly must give his family, who made the journey from Montana yesterday, some big sky smiles.

BUCKEYE MUSINGS: The Cougars are 0-7 lifetime against their next opponent, the mighty Buckeyes of Ohio State. The first loss was in 1952, the last in 1991 by a 33-19 score. Going back ten years, the Buckeyes have lost only four games in the month of September.

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