Nov 16, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Washington State Cougars kicker Andrew Furney (49) prepares to attempt a field goal during the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium. The Cougars beat the Wildcats 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
WSU athletics has put up infographic number 4, looking at the special teams play of Washington State and Colorado State. Let’s take a look at some of those all-valuable numbers.
Do you see this kicker for Colorado State? My goodness he’s accurate! If this game comes down to a field goal it’s pretty much a matter of who needs it, cause either of these kids will come through. Furney’s career field goal pct. isn’t all that impressive next to Roberts’, but he is one of those kids you want with the game on the line. Since Leach arrived, Furney has turned around what was a sketchy career with the old boot.
The surprising number up there though, is punts inside the 20 without a touchback for WSU. The punter situation has been a mess all season, but inside the 20 is something that Mike Bowlin’ excelled at. Of course we’re not entirely sure if he was just never consistently strong-legged enough to actually get a punt into the endzone, or if it was jus that he’s a better short-placement guy. At any rate he was replaced in the Apple Cup and chances are Concepcion is the guy to punt again in the bowl game.
Far as the return game goes, all you need to know is that the Rams have a kid back there who is capable of breaking one while the Cougs are mostly a get-what-you-can team returning the ball. Would be surprised if either team had a game-changing return touchdown in this game, the Cougs have been pretty solid in their coverage units since week one.