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Day after St. Thomas Aquinas

No. 13 Gonzaga faced winless Division-II St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) on Saturday and the result was predictable: GU 109, STAC 55. The margin of victory eclipsed GU’s 52-point win over Saint Joseph’s earlier in the week for most lopsided win in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

My game story here (Correction: GU's last non Division I game was last season against D-II Chaminade in Maui, not LCSC two years ago) and Colin Mulvany’s photos here.

More below in the day-after post.

Too many turnovers make Cougars sick


Usually on Saturday night, I have a nice dessert. Something special, as in a piece of chocolate cake or a hot fudge sundae. But last night, after a dinner of comfort food – including mac and cheese – I skipped dessert. Nope, not because I'm watching my waistline. Mainly because I had my sugar quota for the day thanks to Washington State: A lunch that was “highlighted” by five turnovers. Read on.

Morning links: Pac-12 blowouts abound

Stanford outscored California in every quarter of the big game and cruised to a 38-17 victory. That was the closest of the Pac-12's games in a week full of crooked scoreboards.

Game recaps and other links are after the jump.

Gonzaga improves to 4-0

Gonzaga thumped D-II St. Thomas Aquinas 109-55 on Saturday night to conclude a 4-0 home stand to open up the season. None of the four were close. SMU, which was ranked No. 22, trailed Gonzaga by 25 in the second half and trimmed the final margin in the closing minutes.

My unedited game story is below. Check back for a day-after post tomorrow morning.



Final thoughts from the ASU game

WSU got the result expected of unranked teams from WA that visit the desert, but not in the manner most expected.

In many ways Luke Falk still looked very impressive for a freshman quarterback. But for the first time we also saw some blemishes. And against an attacking defense, and with a defense that didn't give him second chances, they were the difference in a blowout loss and an upset win.

I've got a few thoughts from the game after the jump.

Gonzaga defeats St. Thomas Aquinas 109-55

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered GU's home game against St. Thomas Aquinas.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats Shadle Park 35-20

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered Mt. Spokane vs. Shadle Park 3A quarterfinal.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

An early start to college football’s Saturday


I hope the bacon is already cooking. The pancake batter better be mixed and ready to go. And the oranges cut in half, waiting to be squeezed. Why? The Cougar game is about ready to start. Brunch before the game or lunch at halftime? You decide. Read on.

Morning links: WSU is probably already playing

Good morning. Washington State plays at Arizona State in just four hours (probably less by the time you are reading this) so let's get right to those links.

Links are after the jump.

Unloading the quote book: Ernie Kent wins first as WSU coach

It wasn't pretty, but Washington State men's basketball coach doesn't expect many wins to come in that fashion in his first year at the helm in Pullman. 

Friday night's 80-68 win over Idaho State at Beasley Coliseum showed as much. 

I unload my quote book from Kent and players after the jump. 

Republic defeats Cusick 68-13

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Cusick vs. Republic playoff game.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Overlap just makes our laps grow larger


Want to talk football? It's possible right now because the NFL schedule is in full swing and college football is coming down to the wire. Want to talk basketball? Why not, college basketball is ramping up and the NBA has been going for a while. It's overlap season, that exciting time of the year when all manner of sports fight for your attention with ads for Black Friday sales and snow tires. Read on.

Morning links: Luke Falk has already overcome many obstacles

Today we have a feature story on Luke Falk and his winding path to becoming Washington State's starting quarterback.

We supplement that story with a sidebar about Falk's sisters, a pair of country music singers living in Nashville.

There are more WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

WSU underclassmen scrimmage indoors

Keith Harrington starred on Thursday Night Football again. That's not unusual. But he did it in an unusual setting today.

Because of a suggestion to coach Mike Leach made by injured quarterback Connor Halliday during a recent phone call, the Cougars have practiced indoors all week to prepare for the unseasonably warm temperature they'll play in this weekend.

We've got a report from WSU's weekly underclassmen scrimmage after the jump.

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