Washington State Scouting Report

2009-11-16T21:00:00Z Washington State Scouting ReportBy Cliff Kirkpatrick, Gazette-Times Reporter Corvallis Gazette Times

KICKOFF: 2 p.m. Saturday in Martin Stadium

TV/RADIO: None/KEJO (1240 AM)

RECORDS: No. 20 Oregon State 7-3, 5-2 Pacific-10 Conference; Washington State 1-9, 0-7

SERIES: Washington State leads 47-43-3

LAST MEETING: Oregon State won 66-13 in 2008

LATEST LINE: Oregon State by 29

COACH: Paul Wulff, second season at Washington State (3-20) and 10th overall (56-60)

OFFENSE: The Cougars are last in the Pac-10 in scoring offense (13.4 ppg), rushing offense (74.2 ypg) and total offense (260.8 ypg). ... They are ninth in passing offense (186.6 ypg). Only Oregon is worse (177.8 ypg), but Ducks mostly run the ball. ... The passing efficiency is last in the conference with a 108.9 rating. ... The turnover margin is last in the Pac-10 at minus-7 due to 15 INTs and 13 fumbles. ... Due to the turnovers, the time of possession is last in the conference (26:22). ... The line has allowed a ridiculous amount of sacks (47 for minus-285 yards). ... RB Dwight Tardy is the team's most productive rusher (34.3 ypg). ... Marshall Lobbestael has played most of the QBs (58-for-122, 583 yards, three TDs, eight INTs). ... Jared Karstetter is the top receiver (28 catches, 435 yards, six TDs).

DEFENSE: The Cougars are last in the Pac-10 scoring defense (39.0 ppg), rush defense (228.9 ypg), pass defense (282.7 ypg) and total defense (511.6 ypg). ... They lead the conference in fumble recovers with 13. ... There has been a conference-low 11 sacks. ... S Xavier Hicks is the team's top tackler with 75. ... LB Myron Beck is the top pass defender with two INTs and four pass breakups. ... DE Travis Long, DT Toby Turpin and DE Casey Hamlett have two sacks each.

SPECIAL TEAMS: PK Nico Grasu is 6-for-10 on FGs with a long of 44. His missed are from in close and far. ... P Reid Forrest averages 44.2 yards and has had one blocked. ... Several players have returned kicks but Tardy is the most effective (20.6 ypr). ... Jeffery Solomon (6.4-average) and Gino Simone (9.0) have been the usual punt returners.

NOTABLE: There are four Oregonians on the roster: DE Adam Coerper (Hood River Valley High), S Jay Matthews (Lake Oswego), TE Zach Tatman (Sprague) and QB Daniel Wagner (Jesuit). ... The only win of the season was a 30-27 overtime victory over Southern Methodist in the third week of the season.

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