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WSU finds a way, defeats ASU, 37-27

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I would love to go back to apartment, take the shoes off, grab a cold beverage, sit down and exhale. But I can't. Not after that game. Not after that performance. Read on.

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• I have witnesses for what I am about to write. I have been saying since early last year Connor Halliday could be an NFL quarterback some day. OK, I would never have said that if Mike Kramer, a football man I respect greatly, hadn't led me down that path. But Halliday's arm, his release, his unbelievable cocky attitude on the field, they all add up to a successful quarterback down the road. For now he'll be the Cougars' starter the final two games – if Jeff Tuel doesn't recovery – and he'll get every opportunity to repeat tonight's performance, one that may have cemented his place in Cougar lore and saved Paul Wulff's job. Remember this caveat, though. Halliday can make all the throws and sometimes tries to make ones he shouldn't. It didn't hurt him tonight. It could down the road. ... There were about a million story lines tonight, and the late start meant we couldn't get to them. But we'll try to recount them quickly here. ... There's the Cougars' problems on special teams. Four kickoff returns for touchdowns this season? Really? And the bad snap on the extra point? This stuff has to stop. ... The defense came with guns blazing, blitzing on almost every down, many of them designed to kill the Sun Devils rushing attack. Coordinator Chris Ball said they had a good idea of what the Sun Devils were going to do based on formation and that helped them snuff the running game. ... The weather, what with the snow before the game and the showers throughout, sometimes rain, sometimes snow. ... The crowd. Despite the weather, most of the folks stayed and the noise they made helped the Cougars down the stretch. ... The fourth quarter, when WSU outscored ASU 14-0 to come from behind and win. ... Maybe I'll write a follow novel tomorrow. ... We have our game story, the second one we wrote after talking with some Cougars and Wulff. We also have John Blanchette's column about Steve Gleason, who, if football had this stat, would get an assist on this one. And that's it for tonight.

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• We'll be back sometime tomorrow morning, whenever I crawl out of bed. Until then ...




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Vince Grippi
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