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Friday Fun With Video – UCLA and WSU

October 3, 2008

I thought with the current state of affairs around here, it might be nice to look back at some history and feel GOOD about some things? And why not? We’re 1-4, the economy sucks, the political debates rage on where republicans and democrats are CONVINCED they won last night, blah blah blah. Besides, it’s Friday and nobody works Fridays, right?

So, anyway, UCLA. We’ve got this funny little recent history with these guys that is fairly impressive, no? Strange. I’ve looked at it several times, and I still don’t get it. We’ve beaten them when we’ve been awful (3-8 in 1995, beat them 24-15 in Pullman). We’ve beaten them when we’ve been great (1997, beat them 37-34 vs. UCLA in a game that started a history-making season). We clinched a Rose Bowl bid against them in 2002, when Jason Gesser limped through as impressive a performance as many have ever witnessed watching football on the Palouse, a 48-27 win in Mike Price’s last regular season game as the REAL head coach of Washington State. The 37-15 win in ’06, securing what we all thought as a bowl bid with a 6th victory of the season…..but we know how that turned out. Heck, we even beat them last year when UCLA was still pretty good, coming into the Pullman match-up at 5-2 and off a huge win vs. Cal the week before.

So 10 of the last 14, and six of the last seven times, WSU has prevailed. But if you go back a little further, there is one game that more or less started it all, all the way back to 1988. WSU has won 11 of the last 17 in the series if you go back to ’88. But believe you me, it wasn’t always this way…..not even close. What’s amazing is that from 1958 leading up to the 1988 game, UCLA was an amazing 17-1-1 vs. WSU! The Cougs beat them at home in 1979, and tied them in 1981, but otherwise, UCLA had completely owned WSU. But then, 1988 happened. A win that kick-started a strong recent run against UCLA, but also regarded as perhaps the best win in school history.

October 29th, 1988 to be exact, a day that will live forever in the hearts of WSU football fans everywhere.

To do a quick recap, ’88 was a big-time breakthrough season for WSU. After a disappointing 3-7-1 first year at WSU in ’87, Dennis Erickson’s second season was a rousing success, a 9-3 season capped by an Aloha Bowl victory. But what many people forget about that season is that when the UCLA game rolled around, the team needed a victory. They were coming in off a two-game losing streak, including a bitter home loss to ASU the week before, and the team was starting to stagger. After a hot 4-1 start, including huge wins at Illinois (44-7), Minnesota (41-9) and Tennessee (52-24), and at home against #19 Cal (44-13), suddenly they were 4-3 and some doubt was setting in. Perhaps they weren’t for real after all?

Meanwhile, UCLA was crazy/sexy/cool, with Troy Aikman and company as the number-one team in the land. Aikman was a legit Heisman candidate, thriving under the bright lights of the LA market. So the task was huge, and the Cougs got off to a slow start as UCLA sprinted out to a 20-6 halftime lead. It didn’t look good. But WSU rallied, big-time, behind Timm Rosenbach, Tim Stallworth, Rich Swinton, Mike Utley, Chris Dyko, and oh yeah, the current head coach of your Cougars, Paul Wulff, for a stunning 34-30 win. Check out the waning moments, plus the on-the-field interview from Dennis Erickson after the game.

I love how that, even in the situation where UCLA had all the momentum (1st and goal on the 6?), the Cougar D still ATTACKED. Those last two pass plays saw blitzes, and Aikman took some heat. No scaling back at that point, might as well force the issue. But man, the joy Erickson had at the end of that game, with his Dad, how cool was that? Talk about pure joy!

I was too young to be at WSU at the time, but our own Hooty McBoob was a mulleted-up true FROSH in the fall of ’88. He said that, while watching the game in Pullman on TV, when that last 4th-down pass was batted down in the corner of the end zone to seal the deal, you could hear a collective roar all across campus. What a moment. Here’s hoping we’ll experience something similar, again….someday.

Enjoy your Friday, and GO COUGS!

Wulff Responds With Audio; Other Links

June 24, 2008

Just a few things to get your Tuesday going.

After the Sunday story in the Times, Paul Wulff came on KJR with Ian Furness and talked about the aftermath. Wulff did his best to explain the different issues he had with the story. Give it a listen. I thought he came out of it fine in how he continually stated that they are moving on and the positive changes are in place and already working. I also like how he stated at the end that this isn’t just a WSU, UW, Oregon or Oregon State issue. It’s about all college kids making mistakes at all programs, and the things that they can do to help correct the issues. It will take some time to “flip this program” but it will happen if Wulff gets the chance.

Interesting read from Cougfan regarding former O’Dea and Cal defensive back Brandon Jones. Jones was regarded as one of the top corners in the northwest in 2005, and he chose Cal over many schools, including UW and WSU, out of high school.

What’s cool though is that he made a strong connection with Wulff while he was back at EWU during the recruiting process. But even though he was regarded by some as one of the fastest players on Cal’s roster for the upcoming year, things didn’t quite work out for him in Berkeley and he has now shown up in Pullman. He’ll sit out 2008, but like fellow Cal transfer James Montgomery, he can play in 2009 and will have two years of eligibility. When you consider that Alfonso Jackson is slated to start at one corner as a senior this year, you can see there will be an opening to start next year.

I can’t help but notice that’s now two players from Cal who have both transferred and will be eligible to play in ’09. This is like getting two impact JC transfers to help immediately next season, a year in which there will be plenty of chances to play for these guys. But the best thing is that both have been in D-1 Pac-10 programs. And unlike your typical JC guy, they won’t need half the season to break into the program. They’ll already be practicing for a full YEAR with the coaches to get ready for ’09. Sounds good to me!

Someone at the Cougfan.com forums found this old article on Timm Rosenbach from the NY Times.

It’s from shortly after Rosey retired from the NFL to pursue other interests, and some of the controversy. The theme that Rosey touched on speaks volumes for what players have to do to get ready to play the game:

But there was more to it than just the bruises of the business. “I thought I was turning into some kind of animal,” Rosenbach said in a recent interview. “You go through a week getting yourself up for a game by hating the other team, the other players. You’re so mean and hateful, you want to kill somebody. Football’s so aggressive. Things get done by force. And then you come home, you’re supposed to turn it off? ‘Oh, here’s your lovin’ daddy.’ It’s not that easy. It was like I was an idiot. I felt programmed. I had become a machine. I became sick of it.”

And this is coming from a QB. Imagine what a linebacker or defensive lineman thinks during a game? Hooty spoke to this on Sunday, about what it actually takes in terms of aggression to get up for the actual games. And sometimes we forget about what happens on the field, the nature of the game itself, how brutal it can be, yet we expect them to grab a halo and angel wings once the game is over?

Finally, the Go-2-Guy caught some crap from UW’ers at the Detlef Golf Tournament. Detlef even yelled “wear it with pride!” when spying Moore wearing his WSU windbreaker. Whatever Det. Moore should have yelled back “play some defense for once!” While everyone loved Det during his Sonics glory days as the third wheel to GP and Shawn, I remember him as the weakest link in the otherwise nasty pressure SOS defense employed by Bob Kloppenberg on George Karl’s staff. Anyway, hat tip to Moore for having the stones to wear the colors to a UW event like that the day after the big story.

ENJOY YOUR TUESDAY!

Six Down, Three to Go?

December 13, 2007

For those of you who wanted Control-Alt-Delete with the coaching staff, you may be getting your wish. Rumors were circulating last night, but today it appears official – According to Howie Stalwick, Wulff has released at least six of the nine existing assistants. Yarno, Burtnett, Walker, Long, Walkosky and Peterson are all gone. As has been heavily speculated before, Broussard stays on as RB coach as part of the new regime. There are also two other potential coaches that will be retained in Rosenbach and Levenseller.

Who knows with Rosey. It’s no secret he wants to be a head coach, and with Todd Sturdy coming to coordinate the offense and also coach QB’s, it’s not really clear what his role would be. In fact, it does seem rather odd that they would attempt to retain him.

Rosey’s been a polarizing figure the last few years among the fans. But I have to admit that I’ve never really had a problem with the guy, at least with his coaching. I thought he did a good job of introducing new wrinkles to the tired old one-back offense that we’ve been running since 1987. Notice how much shotgun we ran this year? And how many times we actually ran out of it? We started to turn into a hybrid one-back this year in very subtle ways. And, even Brinkhater loves to point out how genius the 2003 Holiday Bowl offense was that night in San Diego. Several times Kegel would be in the shotgun, and we ran J-Smooth out of that alignment several times. The trick play on the TD where Kegel motioned out of the backfield like a receiver, and the direct snap to Smith? GREAT call that led to a TD. Texas just hadn’t seen us run much shotgun coming into that game, and especially running out of it was something that they weren’t prepared for.

And I still remember an interview Kegel gave in 2003 about Rosey, and how great a change it was from the previous regime. Remember, Rosey got Heisman votes in 1988 as a QB in this one-back offense. He’s been there, done it, and that carries weight with players. Moreso than just being the son of the coach or whatever.

But it’s also been told to us here that Rosey hasn’t been real happy the last few years. I think the fan criticism has worn him down, and he’s heard it all. In fact, one story is that Rosey used to walk up the stadium stairs before kickoff to get to the coaches box, right through the crowd. I remember noticing it the first time at the New Mexico game in 2003, where he and a couple of others walked right up through the crowd before kickoff. But around 2005, with all the Brink-Swogger controversy, that practice ended. Rosey heard more and more calls of “you f-ing idiot!” and garbage like that as he would make his way up the stairs, so he started to go up to the press box another way. Maybe a change of scenery would be good and he can get a fresh start somewhere else, ultimately leading to a head job.

The real wonder is Levenseller. I want to personally stump for that guy. I really and truly hope that they do the right thing and keep him around. Levy has given everything he has to the program since 1992. Not only one of the best players in WSU history, but he’s openly regarded by many as one of the top WR coaches around. Jack Thompson on KJR Monday night called him one of the best WR coaches in the country and the best he’s been around. That’s saying something. Our WR’s have been pretty special of late. Jason Hill obviously, the biggest TD maker in school history. Brandon Gibson was a 3-star recruit from Puyallup that a lot of schools missed on, and he’s blossomed into a first-team All-Pac-10 pick who set receiving records this year and has a fantastic future on the next level. Bumpus never had top-shelf speed, but is tough as hell with excellent hands. Even Charles Dillon, banged up all season, had a productive senior year. Plus, it’s not just about catches and yards with Levy’s guys. They ALL block on running plays. It’s a requirement when you are a one-back offense that your WR’s also block and not pull Randy Moss-type disinterest when the ball isn’t coming your way, and they do the dirty work as well.

Whatever happens, Levy, WSU Football Blog salutes your years of faithful service and we are all hoping that you return to the Palouse! Do the right thing coach Wulff, and keep this man.

Finally, potential recruiting news. Cougfan has the FREE STORY today of center Jonathan Solomon out of Lawndale, CA. He favors WSU and UW, with “Dad favoring WSU, Mom favoring UW. I probably agree with my Dad more, but we’ll see what happens after I take my trips.” He’ll be at WSU on 1/11, and at UW on 1/18. He’s got a lot of schools in the mix, including Oregon, Boise State, BC, Oregon State, and Virginia among others. All have offered. He’s a sharp kid too, 3.5 GPA and 1490 SAT. One thing that stands out here is that he mentions that Trent Miles of UW is the guy who’s been recruiting him. Well, Trent Miles is no longer with UW, as he accepted the head coaching position at Indiana State University last week. We’ll see if that matters in a month or so.