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WSU's win restores some smiles


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The official reason this post is going up at 9:30 p.m. is because I wanted to wait for my follow to be on the website. For the unofficial reason, the one the boss doesn't need to hear, read on.
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• I wanted to watch Family Guy. So sue me. Anyhow, here's the follow I wrote this evening after Paul Wulff's press conference. In it Wulff talks about the emotions the team felt after the first Pac-10 win in a while. He also talks about the bye weeks coming up, what the coaches will be doing and some of the injured players who may be healed in time to face Washington. ... Other than those subjects, about the only other items covered in his call were Jeff Tuel's performance and the running of Logwone Mitz. Both earned praise from Wulff, effusive when talking about Tuel, more measured with Mitz. ... Someone mentioned the Pac-10 scores this week, so I checked it out. And yes, Washington State did put the most points on the board with 31. Heck, Oregon and Cal didn't combine for that many (28). Neither did Stanford and Arizona State (30). ... I almost forgot. During the week leading up to the WSU game, Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers basically said he could see the Cougars were getting better but he sure didn't want their first win to come against the Beavers. I asked Wulff about that and if the rest of the Pac-10 was started to realize what they were getting into when they played WSU now as opposed to last year or the year before. "I think if you watch our football team play on film, like coaches and players do, they see it over and over and over, you see a lot of good things happening from our effort," Wulff said. "You just say, 'hey, if they keep playing that hard, they can't help but win.' That's a tribute to the players and their ability and to our coaches, who keep these guys motivated." ... So Jim Moore has this to say about the win.

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• OK, that's all for now. We're going to take a couple days off during this bye week and one of them will be tomorrow. We'll be back Tuesday, when we will have our usual morning post and cover the basketball game with Idaho. Until then ...




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