PULLMAN – Only two groups of people seem to dread Mike Leach’s arrival at Washington State: Opponents, and WSU football statisticians. Cougfan.com has compiled a list of the 10 WSU individual records we think are most likely to go by the wayside this season. To balance things out, we also list 10 WSU team records that we consider virtually untouchable.
The stats folks figure to be putting in plenty of overtime to keep up with all the records that could fall or be threatened by Mike Leach’s high-octane offense.
INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AT RISK:
1. Career receiving yards: Brandon Gibson set the record of 2,756 from 2005-08. The current St. Louis Rams wideout knows that preseason All-America candidate Marquess Wilson – although he’s only a junior – needs just 363 yards to take over as No. 1. Wilson set the single-season record of 1,388 receiving yards last season.
2. Single-season pass attempts: Alex Brink heaved the ball 503 times in 2007. That’s 71 more passes than the next man on the list (Drew Bledsoe threw 432 passes in 1992), but Jeff Tuel could make both those marks obsolete.
3. Career receptions: Wilson needs 59 grabs to pass Michael Bumpus, who caught 195 balls from 2004-07.
4. Single-season pass completions: Brink holds the record of 305, which averages out to 25.4 per game. That’s within reach for Tuel in Leach’s pass-happy attack.
5. Single-season receptions: Wilson may obliterate his own record of 82, set last year, well before the end of the season. (Given how Leach likes to spread the ball around, you also can't rule out some of the other Cougar wideouts when it comes to single-season marks. Andrei Lintz, anyone?)
6. Single-season completion percentage: Leach wants his quarterbacks to complete at least 65 percent of their passes, and former NFL quarterback Timm Rosenbach has held the WSU record of 64.5 since 1988.
7. Single-season touchdown receptions: Last season, Wilson came up just one shy of Jason Hill’s 2005 record of 13.
8. Career touchdown receptions: Hill, now with the Denver Broncos, set the record of 32 from 2003-06. Wilson is 14 back.
9. Career completion percentage: Tuel’s 59.5 mark currently ranks second to Timm Rosenbach’s 60.1 effort (1986-88).
10. Career field goals made percentage: Drew Dunning set the record of 77.3 from 2000-03. Andrew Furney, 17 for 21 (81.0) in two years at WSU, needs nine more attempts to qualify for the record.
TEAM RECORDS OUT OF REACH:
1. Rushing attempts, game: 76 vs. California, 1974; vs. Washington, 1975.
2. Rushing attempts, season: 639 (58.1 per game), 1973.
3. Rushing touchdowns, game: 10 vs. Idaho, 1975.
4. Points for, game: 86 vs. Blair Business College of Spokane, 1907.
5. Points against, game: 70 vs. USC, 1970 (70-33).
6. Margin of victory: 86 vs. Blair, 1907 (86-0).
7. Margin of defeat: 69 vs. USC, 2008 (69-0).
8. Punts, season: 97 (8.1 per game), 1994.
9. Penalty yards, season: 1,230 (94.6 per game), 2003.
10. Interceptions thrown, game: 8 vs. Michigan State, 1970.