Cougars hoping for quickness on project
If approved, remodel work starts soon at Martin Stadium
Seattle Times staff reporters
While Washington has planned for a brisk start for its stadium renovation after the Oregon game Nov. 5, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos also is hoping for a fast getaway for the Cougars' Martin Stadium remodel.
WSU's project would put a football-operations building at the west end of Martin Stadium, and also redo the south (press box) side of the facility, with luxury suites, club seats and a new press box.
The seating part of the project is due to be completed by the start of the 2012 season, with the football building set for 2013.
WSU's Board of Regents will take up the issue Nov. 17. If approval is forthcoming, construction is due to begin Nov. 21, two days after the Cougars play host to Utah.
Steele names Cougars
Phil Steele's college-football magazine named seven WSU players to a midseason All-Pac-12 list. Making the first unit were wide receiver Marquess Wilson and defensive end Travis Long.
Second-team honorees were linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis, guard B.J. Guerra, safety Deone Bucannon and kicker Andrew Furney. Isiah Barton was a third-team choice as a kickoff returner.
With a good walk-up gate Saturday against Oregon State, the Cougars had a chance to draw their biggest crowd at CenturyLink since 2004, when they had 56,188 for a defeat against Colorado. Since then, their biggest crowd was 51,486 for Grambling State in 2005.
A WSU official said close to 47,000 tickets had been sold as of late Friday.
Wilson goes out
Wilson, the Cougars' standout sophomore receiver, left the field with a knee problem in the second quarter. He received treatment on the sideline and it didn't appear serious as trainers worked on the knee's flexibility, but there was no word on whether he could return.
Wilson caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Tuel in the first quarter and later hauled in a deep ball from Tuel that covered 48 yards and led shortly to another WSU score.
The Cougars had scored on their first possession in four of six games, and it appeared they might make it a fifth against the Beavers. They took the ball at their own 30, and running on 10 of 11 plays, moved to the OSU 24. But a fourth-and-one run by Carl Winston was stuffed and OSU took over and moved quickly for its first touchdown of the game.
Damante Horton may have produced the defensive play of the year for Washington State late in the first quarter.
The sophomore cornerback appeared beaten on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Oregon State quarterback Sean Hannion. But Horton ripped the ball away from receiver Nolan Washington in the end zone to prevent the score.
Horton, who leads the Cougars with three interceptions, has picked off a pass in each of the past three games.
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