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WSU drops a tough 28-25 decision

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It's after midnight, so I really don't know why I should be blogging, but I am. We have some thoughts, so read on.

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• All of you who thought in the first half the field goals would come back to haunt Washington State, you can pat yourself on the back if you want. But I'm sure you didn't get any satisfaction out of being right. Paul Wulff wasn't. He knew the three first-half field goals weren't going to be enough. But it was what presented itself. The Cougars struggled inside the 10 all night, until Jared Karstetter finally caught a touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Then Rickey Galvin and Marshall Lobbestael improvised another score – a 21-yard pass that was supposed to be just a short throw in the flat – and WSU led by eight. ... But UCLA's receivers seemed to be overreaching all night, in more ways than one. I can't remember how many times they seemed to just reach over a WSU defensive back for a catch. Other than Damante Horton's end-of-the-first-half pick, I can't remember the defensive backs winning that battle. ... This was a frustrating loss for the Cougars, because they were the better team and didn't win. They haven't been in this position often and it could come back to haunt them down the road. ... Sorry I couldn't tweet in the second half. I had three stories to write and two of them had to be done as soon as the game ended, so that took priority. Here's our game story along with our notebook.

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• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning, though it will be from the airplane as we have an 8 a.m. flight. Until then ...




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