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Though there isn't a drop of WSU news available, that doesn't mean we shirk our responsibilities. Nope. We've got your Sunday morning post right here pal. The highlight of Saturday's football watching? All the great reversals by the instant replay officials. Wow, were they exciting. (If you haven't realized it yet, I'm being sarcastic.) Made my day. Really adds to the enjoyment – and maybe a second or two to the end of the game. ... OK, that's enough. On to the replays of Saturday's Pac-10 games. Read on.
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• Washington State: Nothing much to report, other than the basketball team went through another practice, which we watched a bit of before heading to the TV remote. Fundamentals were the order of the day. But as for football, the only news is Cougfan is reporting another verbal commit, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver from California. The story costs money, so we won't be sending you there. But, with all the commits, there is only another 8 to 10 spots open on the recruiting board for WSU. ... Also, Phil Steele's mid-season all-Pac-10 team was announced this week. Reid Forrest was named first-team punter, center Kenny Alfred was named to the second team and freshman defensive end Travis Long and safety Chima Nwachukwu were both on the third team.

• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller passes out his helmet stickers, mainly to young quarterbacks. ... Washington: If you stuck with the Husky game until the end, you saw former Idaho coach Nick Holt scream at the FSN cameraman for taping Holt's conversation with a player after ASU game-winning touchdown. Yep, that's why UW got beat. Cameras. ... Here's the Times' story from Bob Condotta. Let me tell you from personal experience, it's no fun to be writing a game story over and over again at 10:30 at night. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel covers the final 77 seconds. ... Oregon State: Bye week, no football story. ... Oregon: A day in the life of football coach – and already a legend in some eyes – Chip Kelly. ... Cal: The game I really wanted to watch was the Bears' in Pasadena. Cal is next up for the Cougars and UCLA is not too far down the road. After three hours I'm stuck with the impression next Saturday's game in Berkeley could be awfully interesting. The Bears have rediscovered their offense, which will test WSU's ball-hawking defense. However, despite his success Saturday, quarterback Kevin Riley still seems to be the Bears' Achilles' heel. ... Stanford: For all the talk of the Pac-10's improved defenses, this game was a throwback to the runaway offenses of years past. ... USC: Got to love this rivalry. Over the years – there have been a lot of them, trust me – some of the best game-ending moments have come in these games. This one was no different. ...UCLA: The Bruins' defense was one of the best in the conference on Friday. This morning, it is trying to recover from the Cal-inflicted burns. ... Arizona State: Yes, Chris McGaha was that open. ... Arizona: Last week, a heartbreaking defeat. This week, an exhilarating victory.

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• That's it for this morning. The Cougar football team gets back to practice this evening after a few days off. The most interesting thing this week? Seeing how many players are back at practice and feeling better. We'll be back Monday with more. Until then …




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