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Sun., Sept. 25, 2011, 8:20 a.m.

The bye week’s morning after

COUGARS

Oh sure, Washington State didn't have a football game yesterday. But that doesn't mean there isn't news for Cougar fans out there. Far from it. Besides checking in with all of Saturday's action, we have a couple other links we feel you'll want to peruse. Read on.

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• Washington State: Had a great time in front of the television yesterday watching college football and sipping on a big glass of ice water (PG version). Actually, watched the last part of the ASU/USC and Oregon/Arizona games on the computer, while sipping on a big glass of Diet Coke (PG13 version). I could get used to this fan stuff, watching games all day and drinking a couple cold beers (R version). ... We had a pretty long interview with Bill Moos this week, which we edited down to this story. Doesn't break much in the way of news, but he did talk about the direction he's taking the WSU athletic department. ... In other, not so uplifting news, former Washington State linebacker Steve Gleason is battling ALS, "a rare terminal disease that damages the nerves that control voluntary muscle movement," to quote the New Orleans Time-Picayune story. This is not good news.

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• Around the Pac-12: So what did we learn this week? ESPN.com's Ted Miller tells us. He also hands out helmet stickers and talks with Bo Moos, the ASU defensive lineman and son of Bill. As an aside, the announcer on the game last night called Bo by his dad's name once. Laughed. ... Washington: Picked this one. The Huskies offense runs roughshod over the Bears and the defense, well the defense made just enough plays to win, 31-23. Though a terrible throw at the end helped. ... Oregon State: Missed this one. The Beavers dug a 21-3 hole and never could get all the way back, losing 27-19. Watched part of this game when ROOT replayed it and realized once again how good Jacquizz Rodgers was and how he helped the Beavers offense. ... Oregon: Here's the glass half full: "How about that LaMichael James (288 rushing yards) and that Oregon ground game, huh?" The Ducks run down Arizona 56-31. ... California: Long before the final series near the goal line, the Bears had squandered away their chances for a road win. ... As for my bowl fractions in this space yesterday, when I became a sports writer I was told there would be no math. ... Stanford: A nice bye. ... Colorado: The Buffs killed themselves in Columbus, helping host Ohio State to a 37-17 victory. ... Utah: Bye. ... USC: During the game last night, one of the ESPN announcers mentioned how different the attitude was on the sideline under Lane Kiffin. Turns out the final score against ASU was as well. ... UCLA: Nothing cures bumps and bruises better than winning, though slowing down a columnist hellbent on getting you fired is harder. ... Arizona State: It took a lot of help and an offensive explosion, but the Sun Devils finally break an 11-game losing streak to USC with a 43-22 win. ... Arizona: Here's the glass half empty: "Wow, that Wildcat rush defense is awful, isn't it?" At least it was Saturday night.

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• That's all for this morning. After a couple days off, the Cougars return to the practice field tonight and we'll be there. We'll also file a blog post afterward. Until then ...




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