Record great for player, but not the team
With tons of chances, Reid Forrest sets career punting records
TEMPE, Ariz. — It was another big day for Reid Forrest. Maybe his biggest.
Washington State's senior punter from Ephrata High punted six times for 271 yards, a 45.2 average. Nothing unusual about that.
But his fifth punt — with 13:16 left in the third quarter — a high, driving boot that traveled 57 yards, gave him two WSU career records.
It was the 255th punt of his career, tying him with Kyle Basler atop the list — a record he broke a quarter later. And the punt gave him 10,845 yards, passing Basler's record of 10,794 that has stood since 2005.
"It's something that, as a freshman, I thought I would never attain," Forrest said after the Cougars' 42-0 defeat against Arizona State. "Looking at the numbers I had to go after ... I didn't think as a freshman I would ever see the field."
There is one mark of Basler's that Forrest will not surpass. As the Cougars' punter from 2002 to 2005, Basler appeared in two bowl games, including the 2003 Holiday Bowl.
Basler punted so well in that 28-20 victory over Texas he was named the most valuable defensive player.
"I would trade every stat, every record, for a bowl game," said Forrest. "Erase everything just to go to a bowl game. It would have been worth it."
It's that attitude that endears Forrest to coach Paul Wulff.
"In this rebuilding deal, he's been one of the catalysts," Wulff said. "He's a strong-willed, do-it-right person all the time."
Moos' son injured
It was a sad day for WSU athletic director Bill Moos.
Not only did the Cougars get stomped into the turf, with 3:55 left to play his son, Bo, an Arizona State junior defensive tackle, was on that grass, unable to get up.
Though he didn't record a tackle, the younger Moos had played quite a bit inside, helping the ASU defense limit WSU to 8 yards rushing.
But caught in a scrum on one of the few times WSU got inside the red zone, Moos went down. After being helped off the field, his knee was examined. The verdict: a sprained medial collateral ligament. No surgery is needed, but he will miss some time.
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