TEMPE, Ariz. - Another day, another milestone, another loss for Reid Forrest.
Forrest broke the Washington State career records for punts and punting yards Saturday, but his accomplishments were overshadowed by the latest in a long line of lopsided defeats that have marked his four years as the Cougars’ punter.
“I would have traded (going to) a bowl game for every stat, every record, erase my name from everything,” Forrest said after WSU’s 42-0 loss to Arizona State. “Just to go to a bowl game, it would have been worth it.”
Forrest’s final punt Saturday was the 256th of his career and bumped his career yardage to 10,879. Former Elma High School star Kyle Basler had 255 punts for 10,794 yards from 2002-05.
Forrest redshirted as a walk-on freshman wide receiver after starring as a quarterback/punter at Ephrata High. Forrest said then-coach Bill Doba noticed his strong right leg almost as quickly as Forrest realized he would never make it as a Pacific-10 Conference receiver, so Forrest began to focus on punting.
“I didn’t think as a freshman I’d ever see the field, to be honest with you,” Forrest said.
Despite a 22-yard shank in the third quarter Saturday – and a dropped snap as the holder on a field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter – Forrest averaged 45.2 yards on six punts. His career average of 42.5 ranks second in WSU history for players with 150 or more punts behind Gavin Hedrick’s mark of 43.4.
Wulff said linebackers Myron Beck and Sekope Kaufusi suffered shoulder injuries that make them “questionable” for next Saturday against Cal. Running back James Montgomery (bruised quad) and offensive guard B.J. Guerra (stinger) also were hurt. Arizona State defensive tackle Bo Moos, the son of WSU athletic director Bill Moss, suffered a sprained medial collateral knee ligament late in the game. An ASU spokesman said Moos will be sidelined, but surgery is not anticipated.