After watching the Cougars’ offense almost do enough to overcome a UCLA rushing attack that covered more ground than Patton, we left the Rose Bowl and caught the second half of a Division III football game. But we still have more thoughts on Washington State, UCLA and comments. Read on.
• Washington State: Watching my nephew play defensive tackle for Occidental College last night – on his 22nd birthday no less – was like a cleansing spa visit following the game just up the road. Why? Because we were sitting on concrete bleachers watching a bunch of guys playing for the love of the game – there are no athletic scholarships – with no instant replay and a lot fewer grumbling fans. Kind of the opposite of Pac-10 football. … Speaking of grumbling, the comments on this site have gotten a little too mean. Hey, I have no problem with folks criticizing the WSU coaching staff, that comes with the territory – or the officiating for that matter, though none of us would ever do that, would we? But when the criticism – and support – starts to get personal with other commentators on this site, then that’s got to stop. There are plenty of place where you can anonymously call others names, but this isn’t going to be one of those. I admit I have been too lax lately, and that is over. If you criticize another commentator on this site – and by that I mean something that is about them or makes fun of their comment – it will be deleted, as will complaints about the process. Sure, it will sit for a while until I read it, but sooner or later it will either disappear or fall so far down the queue as to be irrelevant. And, though I know this will piss some people off, I am the Supreme Court here. I may not be consistent enough for everyone, but that’s the way it is. Live with it or go to another site to comment. You won’t find another with more Cougar information. I don’t want to ban anyone from commenting, because I think everyone’s opinion means something. I just want to keep it civil. That shouldn’t be too hard for folks as intelligent as you. … On to Cougar football. … We asked Paul Wulff last night about replacing Nico Grasu with Patrick Furney and whether Grasu was hurt. He said no, that it was a coaching decision and that Furney has been kicking well in practice and deserved the chance. Pressed, he said Grasu’s second extra point was behind the decision. If you remember, it was quite low and barely avoided the on-coming rush, something that also happened against USC, though that one was blocked. … Furney becomes the 10th true freshman to play this year, some of them almost exclusively on the special teams. … As for links, we have our story on the game along with our notebook. There is also the scoring, statistics and four keys to the game. … We had a couple notes last night at well. … We also have our feature on LeAndre Daniels. He’s a nice kid going through a really tough time. … CougCenter has these interesting thoughts on the officiating. … Next week’s game with Oregon won’t be on TV. The reasons behind it are a little complicated, having to do with Fox and waivers. The Cougars were willing to play at 4 if it could be on TV, but Fox would not grant a waiver for that time. Without a waiver, the 2 p.m. start was preferred. A 12:30 start was too early for the Homecoming activities.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has the things learned and his helmet stickers. … More from Larry Scott on the Pac-12. … Washington: The Huskies’ 32-31 defeat of USC was improbable but not unprecedented. … Oregon State: The Beavers earn some redemption in the form of a 31-28 victory over Arizona State. … Oregon: The Ducks made a statement in their 52-31 victory over Stanford. … They proved they are the best rushing team in the conference. Next up, Washington State. … Cal: Who says vegetarians are small? … Stanford: The loss to Oregon is humbling for the Cardinal. … USC: The Trojan defense is also humbled in defeat. … UCLA: It wasn’t as easy as some thought it would be, but UCLA got the job done against WSU, 42-28, despite not having starting quarterback Kevin Prince. … Arizona State: The defeat in Corvallis makes ASU’s future bleak. … The defense had a letdown. … Arizona: With a bye,