Washington State Magazine

Spring 2002

Spring 2002

In This Issue...


Nurses to the homeless :: Gypsy's camp is evidence of the harsh living conditions faced by a growing number of homeless in Spokane. It also doubles as a classroom, and a lesson in reality, for student nurses. By Andrea Vogt.

A campus full of wonders :: All over campus, curiosities emerged from closets to form one of the most popular and unusual shows ever to fill the art museum. By Tim Steury.

What don't we know? :: James Krueger wants to know why the average person will spend 219,000 hours asleep. By James Krueger and Tim Steury.

Memories are made of this :: Neuroscientists Jay Wright and Joe Harding can approximate Alzheimer's symptoms in a rat by injecting a certain protein into its hippocampus. What's more, they can reverse those symptoms. By Tim Steury.

Catherine Mathews Friel is thankful for...Life in a small college town :: Catherine Friel has lived in Pullman nearly 100 years, and she has some stories to tell. By Pat Caraher.

Opening Day...a great way to reunite Cougars :: Cougars batten their hatches and hoist their mainsails. By Pat Caraher.


The Peking Cowboy :: He wanted to tell the story in the third person, but it came out in the first; he wanted to tell it in the past, but it came out happening in the now; even if he wanted to, he could not change a word of it, its sequence and language clarifying its own shape and direction in his voice. A short story by Alex Kuo.




Cover: Student Jennifer Schwarzer and Intercollegiate College of Nursing instructor Carol Allen. Read the story here. Photograph by Ira Gardner.

Running back Dave Minnich displays WSU's Sun Bowl trophy. Steve Hanks

Running back Dave Minnich displays WSU's Sun Bowl trophy. Steve Hanks

The Cougars win their place in the sun

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Forget the adage, “Nice guys finish last.” Coach Mike Price and his Washington State football team are proof to the contrary. The Cougars overcame a 20-17 halftime deficit to defeat Purdue 33-27 December 31 in the Sun Bowl at El Paso. The crowd of 47,812 included more than 5,000 diehard Cougar fans.

WSU surprised nearly everyone, except possibly the Cougar players themselves and their coaches, after the media picked WSU to finish in the Pac-10 cellar. The Sun Bowl win improved the Cougars’ record to 10-2. Only the 1929 and 1997 teams have fared as well since football became a fall pastime in Pullman in 1894.

To win, WSU had to withstand 107 plays on offense by Purdue, including 74 passing attempts. The Cougars shut out the Boilermakers in the second half until the dying minutes.

Cougar heroes were many. Cornerback Jason David had two interceptions. He returned the first 45 yards for a touchdown. Senior safety Lamont Thompson, a first team AP All-American, also had two interceptions to extend his career record to 22. He was voted Sun Bowl MVP. Quarterback Jason Gesser passed for 281 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a one-yard run. Nakoa McElrath caught five passes, all in the second half, for 116 yards. His first catch broke Mike Levenseller’s school single season record of 67 in 1976. McElrath presented the ball to Levenseller, now WSU offensive coordinator. Linebacker Raonall Smith had 11 tackles, helped on a sack, and deflected a pass. Drew Dunning’s accurate toe accounted for 15 points, including field goals of 47, 34, 30, and 37 yards.

“It was a great season,” said Price. “For me it was one of the best experiences of my coaching career.”

Price concluded his 13th season at WSU by being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year by his peers. He was similarly honored after the 1997 season, the same year he was National Coach of the Year and directed the Cougars to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 67 years.

Categories: Athletics | Tags: Football

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