Cougars move up a spot in BCS standings
PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State has moved up one spot, to No. 8, in the weekly Bowl Championship Series standings after the Cougars' 36-30 victory over Oregon State.
The top 12 teams qualify for a BCS bowl and the top six are guaranteed spots.
Cougars coach Bill Doba has said he is only concerned with where WSU stands after the regular season, but his team has a chance to make a significant gain in the BCS standings with a win against Southern California on Saturday in Los Angeles.
The Trojans are No. 4 in BCS standings, which are determined by a formula that uses the AP media and coaches' polls, seven computer rankings, strength of schedule, losses and a bonus-point system for quality wins.
In the AP poll, Southern Cal is No. 3 and WSU is No. 6.
WSU's first eight opponents have a combined 19-35 record, while the final four opponents -- USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Washington -- are a collective 21-11.
Sophomore linebacker Will Derting was named the Pacific-10 Conference defensive player of the week on Monday.
Derting, a native of Okanogan, had eight tackles, three sacks, and forced a fumble to help WSU move to 7-1 for the third straight year.
For the season, the 6-foot, 237-pound linebacker has 52 tackles, including nine for losses, and 6.5 sacks.
Cougars teammates Scott Lunde, a wide receiver, and punter Kyle Basler, received nominations.
The offensive player of the week was Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart. The Cougars will face him next Saturday at Los Angeles. USC also has a 7-1 record.
The last time Washington State beat Southern Cal in the Los Angeles Coliseum, the quarterback making his first collegiate start was Matt Kegel.
That was Nov. 11, 2000, when Kegel replaced injured starter Jason Gesser and completed 12 of 32 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown in a 33-27 Cougars win.
The following week, Kegel started in a 51-3 rout by Washington.
Kegel didn't start again until Aug. 30, 2003, to open this season against Idaho in Seattle.
Last season, the Cougars beat the Trojans 30-27 in overtime in Pullman. The Trojans hold a 50-8-4 all-time record in the series.
The Cougars are trying to stay healthy as they face their toughest test this season.
The offensive line has had the same players at each position for consecutive games only twice this season.
Center Mike Shelford has missed four games with a pinched nerve in his neck. He was replaced by Nick Milhauser. Right tackle Sam Lightbody did not play Saturday because of a similar neck "stinger." His replacement, freshman Charles Harris, left the game in the second quarter with a sprained ankle.
Quarterback Matt Kegel has dislocated both shoulders, yet continues to play.
------ ^@NOTES: Washington State has scored in 215 consecutive Pac-10 games, the longest streak of any team in the conference...The last time two Pacific-10 Conference teams ranked in the Top 10 in The Associated Press poll was Oct. 13, 2001, when No. 7 UCLA beat No. 10 Washington 35-13 at Pasadena...WSU has won 10 of its last 11 Pac-10 road games, including the last six in a row...The Cougars are outscoring opponents 89-15 in the first quarter...For the second week in a row, the Pac-10's total offense leader meets the total defense leader. The Trojans average 444.1 yards per game of offense, while the Cougars are holding opponents to 303.8 yards per game...Washington State has 31 sacks, followed by Southern Cal, with 30.
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