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Sat., Sept. 12, 2009, 5:56 p.m.

Poor 20 minutes bury WSU


Washington State might have played its poorest 20 minutes of the Paul Wulff era to open Saturday's game with Hawaii, falling behind 35-0 in that stretch. Read on for more.

• Let's see how the Cougars did on our three keys in the first 20 minutes. They didn't make tackles in space, or anywhere else for that matter. They failed to get any push up front and ran the ball only fair. And they lost the turnover battle. ... Even when WSU forced Hawaii to punt, the Cougars Brandon Jones muffed it and the Warriors scored again. ... Three easy drives, two long touchdowns and WSU's chance to win was gone.

Of course, there were the two forced turnovers late in the second quarter – 67 percent of the fumble recoveries of last season – that gave Coug fans hope. Maybe that's why they booed so loudly when Paul Wulff decided to kick a field goal from the 2-yard-line with 2:03 left in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 35-3.


• That's it for now. We'll be back after the game. Until then …

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