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Instead, Washington State had one of the goofiest seasons in
recent college football history losing a ridiculous five games by
four points or fewer. Obviously the team is going to believe that
just a few breaks here and there and things could change this
season, but it's going to have to make more of its own good fortune.
The Cougars weren't merely unlucky, there were also unclutch. With a
good amount of returning experience and several All-Pac 10
candidates to lead the way when things get tight. While it's not a
good strategy to get into too many firefights in the Pac 10, that's
exactly what this Cougar team is going to have to do. Fortunately,
it's equipped to keep up the pace.
Head coach: Bill Doba
4th year: 19-16
Off. 27, Def. 21, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 20
Best Cougar Players
1. WR Jason Hill, Sr.
2. DE Mkristo Bruce, Sr.
3. QB Alex Brink, Jr.
4. SS Eric Frampton, Sr.
5. LB Steve Dildine, Sr.
6. LB Scott Davis, Sr.
7. WR/PR Michael Bumpus, Jr.
8. TE Cody Boyd, Sr.
9. DT Ropati Pitoitua, Jr.
10. LB Greg Trent, Soph.
at Oregon State
at Arizona State
2005 Record: 4-7
2005 predicted wins
at Oregon State L 44-33
UCLA L 44-41 OT
at California L 42-38
at USC L 55-13
at Washington W 26-22
didn't make a lot of national headlines, the decision of receiver Jason
Hill to come back for his senior year might have changed the Pac 10
season. He's a top gamebreaker with All-America ability, and combined
with Michael Bumpus and Chris Jordan, should make quarterback Alex Brink
look very, very good.
Replacing an All-America running back like Harrison isn't going to be
easy, but there's help from the JUCO ranks with Derrell Hutsona and J.T.
Diedrichs to keep the nation's 15th best running game from slipping off
The defense should be better with a good set of linebackers and end
Mkristo Bruce to be one of the nation's best pass rushers.
Unfortunately, the new corners probably aren't going to help a horrible
pass defense from stopping any of the high-octane Pac 10 attacks cold,
but if they can just make a few more plays on third down, there might be
a slight improvement.
The Pac 10 has improved too much from top to bottom for a team with as
many holes as Washington State has to win the title, but that doesn't
mean it can't be a major factor in the race. With an offense as
explosive as this one will be, there will be a few upsets and more than
a few heart-stoppers. This could be the comeback team of the 2006
Playing Idaho and Baylor in the non-conference schedule should mean
a 2-1 start after a likely opening day loss at Auburn. Most of the
Pac 10 big boys have to come to Pullman with USC, Cal, and Oregon have
making the trip. If Wazzu can win two out of those three, it'll be
in the hunt for the title. Road games at Oregon State, UCLA and
Arizona State should be shootouts of the highest order.
Senior WR Jason Hill. He likely would've been a late second, early
third round draft pick had he left at the end of last year. Now the
senior returns with a great résumé to scare the rest of the Pac 10.
107 career catches, 2,104 yards, 25 touchdowns, and a 19.7
yard-per-catch average should put him on a few preseason All-America
Defensive Player: Senior DE Mkristo Bruce. Bruce is known for
making the big sack, but he's also an active tackler finishing among
the team leaders in each of the last two seasons. He's a blur off
the edge and great at chasing down ball-carriers.
player to a successful season: Senior CBs Tyron Brackenridge and
Don Turner. The Cougar secondary allowed 289 passing yards per game
last season and seemingly never, ever, made a key third down stop.
Brackenridge and Turner take over the starting roles and while they
have size and speed, they have to prove they can produce.
season will be a success if ... The Cougars win eight games and
come up with a few big home upsets. The team is now two seasons
removed from a run of three straight ten-win seasons and needs to
get back on the winning track or there might be coaching changes
next year at this time. There's too much talent to have another
game: Oct. 7 at Oregon State. The trip to play the Beavers comes
after the home game against USC and before battles against Cal,
Oregon, and at UCLA. A third straight loss to Oregon State could
mean an ugly, season-sapping five game losing streak before things
start to ease up.
- Washington State third quarter scoring: 111 - Washington State
fourth quarter scoring: 68
- Punt return average: Washington State 11.6 yards per return -
Opponents 5.3 yards per return
- Passing yards per game: Opponents 289.1 - Washington State 277.3
The Last Time Washington State…
…played in a bowl
game…2003 (Holiday Bowl vs. Texas)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2003 (Idaho)
…was shutout…1984 (Ohio State)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Nevada)
…won a conference title…2002 (share, Pac-10)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2002 (Jason Gesser)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Jerome Harrison)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2005 (Jason Hill)
…had a first-round draft choice…2003 (DB Marcus Trufant)