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The happier morning after

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FROM PULLMAN — As victories go, yesterday's was relatively lackluster for Washington State. But the fact remains: the Cougars are 1-1 with two games upcoming against teams they will be favored to beat. So it should be a happier Sunday morning this week for WSU fans. With that, let's round up yesterday's action.


Before we get to the links, we'd like to write a bit more about the final play of the game. As noted in our game story, WSU players seemed fairly certain that Marquess Wilson, who was on the field as part of WSU's “Victory” defensive formation, was the one who batted the ball away. I'll admit that on my 21-inch television, in standard definition, it's pretty hard to say definitively whose hands actually touched the ball. But I'm fairly certain Wilson didn't. And if I had to guess, I'd say Nicholas Edwards most certainly got at least one hand on it, likely both, and it's possible that Brandon Kaufman was in the mix, too. Truth be told, though, it didn't appear as if any of the five WSU players surrounding the ball were able to actually make contact with it. Oh well. Moot point now, I suppose.

We'll start by linking to our afforementioned game story, along with this notebook, our keys to the game, scoring summary and the game statistics. We also posted video on the blog of Cyrus Coen, Deone Bucannon, Jeff Tuel, Andrew Furney and Mike Leach, and had blog posts updating Tuel's injury situation and offering a capsulated overview of the game, plus a transcription of Leach's comments. Jim Allen wrote a story from the Eastern Washington perspective, and John Blanchette has a column about the Cougars' slow progression. We also have a pretty cool photo gallery. … Bud Withers has his game column and a notebook in The Seattle Times. … Howie Stalwick has a story in the Kitsap Sun, which also has a story about new-look Martin Stadium. … In upcoming opponent news, UNLV lost, 17-14, to Northern Arizona last night. Yikes.

Around the Pac-12 …

California 50, Southern Utah 31 — The Bears won, but not in convincing fashion against a pretty weak opponent. It gets tougher from here.

Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28 — Things are getting very ugly, very fast in Boulder.

USC 42, Syracuse 29 — Another Pac-12 team that didn't look great in victory over a weaker opponent.

Oregon State 10, Wisconsin 7 — Probably the biggest surprise in the conference on a day full of them.

Oregon 42, Fresno State 25 — Oregon was in the same boat as USC yesterday, winning a boring game without playing real well. The Ducks seem to have lost a key defensive player.

LSU 41, Washington 3 — The Huskies were physically overmatched from the get-go and never had a chance.

UCLA 36, Nebraska 30Looks as if Jim Mora might be on to something, again.

Arizona State 45, Illinois 14 — Not a bad night in the desert, as ASU and Arizona both came through with big wins.

Arizona 59, Oklahoma State 38 — A big-time statement for Rich Rodriguez, who appears to have the Wildcats' offense clicking already.

Stanford 50, Duke 13 — Stanford looked much better this week, pushing Duke all over the field in an easy win.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple


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