Washington State returns to Martin Stadium to host Oregon State for a Pac-12 Conference match up Saturday night during WSU’s Dad’s Weekend. Kickoff is slated for 7:30PM. Pre-Game Coverage Starts 2 hours before kickoff – listen on 1030 KMAS.
WSU Defense Setting The Tone
The Cougars defense has posted some impressive numbers through the first half of the season. WSU held Auburn to 99 yards passing and 4-of-13 on third down, limited No. 25 USC to 54 yards passing, 193 yards in total offense and All-American wideout Marqise Lee to 51 all-purpose yards. The Cougar defense did not stop once returning to Martin Stadium, holding Southern Utah to 219 yards in total offense and Idaho to 253, the first time WSU held three straight opponents under 260 yards in total offense since limiting Washington to 197, Baylor to 151 in the Alamo Bowl to close the 1994 season and starting the 1995 campaign allowing 244 yards to Pittsburgh. WSU enters the week fifth in the country in red zone defense (58.3), No. 27 in third down defense (31.9) and No. 45 in total defense (367.3 ypg). The Cougars are tied for the Pac-12 lead with 14 turnovers forced including a conference best nine interceptions, seventh-most in the country.
Cougars Post First Shutout Since 2003
Washington State’s 42-0 win over Idaho in week four gave the Cougars their first shutout since 2003 (Idaho, 25-0 in Seattle) and the first home shutout since 1999 (Louisiana-Lafayette, 44-0). The defense tallied 14 tackles-for-loss, the most since making 14 against Arizona State in 2007, and a season-high five sacks, the most since recording six against Colorado last season.
OREGON STATE vs. WASHINGTON STATE
7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12
Martin Stadium (31,700)