Marquess Wilson breaks yardage record at WSU
He needed 45 yards entering Saturday night's game to set the WSU career mark.
Seattle Times staff reporters
Marquess Wilson, the junior receiver at Washington State, set the mark for most career receiving yards on a 7-yard reception in the third quarter Saturday night against Oregon at CenturyLink Field.
With his 48 yards at that point, Wilson has 2,759 yards receiving, topping the mark of 2,756 held by Brandon Gibson (2005-08).
Wilson was just getting started on that third-quarter play. He finished with 182 yards on a career-high 12 receptions and a touchdown.
Third on the list is Jason Hill (2,704 from 2003-06) and fourth is Hugh Campbell, who had 2,459 yards from 1960-62, when varsity players had only three years of eligibility.
Gibson, a possession receiver from Puyallup Rogers High School, is in his fourth year with the St. Louis Rams.
Entering the game Sunday with the Seahawks, he has eight catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns this year. His career statistics include 131 receptions for 1,522 yards and six TDs.
Wilson would be eligible for the NFL draft after this season if he chooses to go professional early.
Earlier this week, Wilson's position coach, Dennis Simmons, told Cougfan.com, "I'll tell you what I told him. Maturity-wise, he's nowhere near ready for that level. Even from a body standpoint, no, he's not ready physically."
Barner burns it up
It wasn't a banner night for Oregon's Heisman Trophy candidate, De'Anthony Thomas, but it was one to remember for running back Kenjon Barner, who had 20 carries for 195 yards and four touchdowns.
WSU safety Deone Bucannon ascribed that to a concentration on Thomas, saying, "We'd take somebody out of the box to cover De'Anthony, and they'd run somebody where the vacated spot was."
Thomas, featured on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday morning, a week after making the cover of Sports Illustrated, had six rushes for 26 yards and six receptions for 28. He returned four kickoffs with a long of 19 and two punts for 19 yards.
Mike Leach, in his first year as the Washington State coach, had two victories entering the Oregon game Saturday night, which puts him in the vast middle among 27 Football Bowl Subdivision teams with coaches taking over programs in 2012.
The breakdown, not counting games Saturday night:
Five victories: Urban Meyer, Ohio State.
Four: Kyle Flood, Rutgers; Todd Graham, Arizona State; Jim Mora, UCLA.
Three: Matt Campbell, Toledo; Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; Bill O'Brien, Penn State; Larry Fedora, North Carolina; Hugh Freeze, Mississippi; Rich Rodriguez, Arizona.
Two: Leach, WSU; Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh; Tim DeRuyter, Fresno State; Gus Malzahn, Arkansas State; Tim Beckman, Illinois; Bob Davie, New Mexico.
One: Charlie Weis, Kansas; Terry Bowden, Akron; John L. Smith, Arkansas; Jim McElwain, Colorado State; Carl Pelini, Florida Atlantic; Norm Chow, Hawaii; Tony Levine, Houston.
Zero: Justin Fuente, Memphis; Curtis Johnson, Tulane; Garrick McGee, Alabama-Birmingham; Ellis Johnson, Southern Mississippi.
Freshman linebacker Kache Palacio appears to be rising up the depth charts even though he plays the same position as defensive standout Travis Long.
"We got a lot of freshman contributions out there and Palacio has done well," Leach said last week. "He's kind of risen to the point now he's in the starting rotation.
"He brings a lot of energy. Lot of enthusiasm. Plays hard. Has a good motor. He's competitive. We need to polish his technique and get him faster."
• Leach called it "our most complete game. I thought we competed better from start to finish than any other game this year."
• Mike Bowlin, the WSU punter/kickoff man, was competing for the first time against Oregon since he was booted from the team there as a freshman. He then attended junior college before signing with WSU. Bowlin averaged 40.7 yards on six punts.
• Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel made his first appearance since Sept. 8 when Connor Halliday was shaken up late in the game. Tuel was 4 for 4 and threw a 25-yard TD pass to Wilson to complete the scoring.