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Day after Oregon links

The Cougars gave a national television audience a show last night, nearly knocking off the No. 2 team in the country in front of a packed house. Alas, the Ducks pulled it out in the end and WSU fans are left to grumble about a truly-horrific blown call that would have put Washington State in a great position to tie the score late in the fourth quarter.

But what's done is done and now it's up to use to make sense of it all. In the paper today I have a game story, John Blanchette has his column on a game the Cougars got mostly right and Jim Meehan was good enough to come down and write a notebook. On the blog I have my final thoughts from the game. We also have post game video from Mike Leach, Connor Halliday and Xavier Cooper, courtesy of WSU athletics. Photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland was at the game and has a gallery of photos.

For the opposing perspective check out Andrew Greif's story on questions the Ducks now face after almost getting knocked off in Pullman and Tyson Alger's on freshman running back Royce Freeman who came up big when it mattered most.

Recaps from the rest of Saturday's Pac-12 games are after the jump.

Breaking the rules occasionally pays off


Any list of best or greatest managers in Seattle Mariners' history begins and ends with one name: Lou Piniella. That's how it should be. But last night, Lloyd McClendon went against one of Piniella's cardinal rules and it worked. Boy, did it ever work. Read on.

Game da… night links

The last time the Cougars played at 7:30, a whole fortnight ago, the game ended at 11:04. Let's see if Oregon and Washington State can beat that tonight (they won't).

And now for the links, which are right after the jump.

Just tell me who won


There is something calming in this day an age when you are forced to turn off all your electrical devices and avoid human contact through your smartphone. But it isn't really advisable to do it during a pennant race. Not if you want to have any fingernails left. Read on.

Friday Pac-12 links

Just one more day until Washington State takes on No. 2 Oregon in front of a sold-out Martin Stadium. Can't wait? Time travel may not exist, but watch how quickly the day flies by as you make your way through our morning links.

By the way, it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Do with that what you will.

A big weekend is ahead


You know, this weekend might be the best weekend ever in terms of sports depth around here. The Seahawks are playing the Broncos in a rematch from last year's Super Bowl, the Cougars host No. 2 Oregon, the Mariners face a key series at Houston in their chase for a postseason berth for the first time in 13 years and there are a bunch of other games. Too bad I won't be around. Read on.

Washington State’s receiving corps runneth over

Heading into the 2014 football season the WSU receiving depth appeared pretty set. The Cougars returned their top eight receivers from the previous season and there seemed to be a defined pecking order.

Or not.

Three games into the season and last year's most productive receiver, Gabe Marks, is redshirting and Isiah Myers has already matched his production from a year ago and is on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. I wrote about Myers' emergence the in paper today, and our practice report includes a number of big plays from redshirting freshman receiver who isn't waiting to make an impact.

We have more links after the jump.

Schedule makers always keep your budget in mind


Who knew attending a college football game might actually be good for your budget? It just may be that way next year. Read on.

No weekday games in 2015, except one

With the exception of the Apple Cup, which makes a premature return to Black Friday, the 2015 Washington State football schedule doesn't include any weekday games. By contrast the Cougars have already played games on Thursday and Friday this season, with another Friday contest coming up when WSU travels to Stanford.

Now if only they can do something about those night games.

As you can tell by now, the 2015 football schedule was released yesterday and leads off our notebook in today's paper.

More links are after the jump.

Talk about missing the mark …


It's hard to admit when you are wrong. But it's also good for the soul. Cathartic is the term, I believe. But I could be wrong. Again. Read on.

Washington State’s focus will be tested

The schemes may vary and the personnel is obviously never the same but for all other intents and purposes the Washington State football team considers all opponents to be one in the same.

If the Cougars can maintain that inward focus and block out the fastest, flashiest, highest-ranked team in the west all week then they can do it against anybody. No. 2 Oregon comes to Pullman on Saturday with ESPN in tow. Whether or not the Cougars like it this is a big game, and a big win or even a good performance this weekend could propel the team to some badly-needed wins against Utah and California in the following weeks. But it would be tough to recover from a bad loss or some critical injuries.

Yesterday the Cougars addressed Oregon during their weekly press conference and there were even a few basketball items throughout the day. All that and more is after the jump.

Cougars prepare for Pac-12 play

Washington State begins Pac-12 play this week against No. 2 Oregon. That means that the Cougars will have their weekly press conference today to discuss the Ducks and we'll have some coverage from that in the early afternoon.

In the meantime, we follow Saturday's win with a story today's paper and a report from last night night's practice, which featured a sneak peak at WSU's white helmets.

More links are after the jump.

At least one team got it done Saturday


Yesterday was a bottom-line type of day. And the bottom line was, the Cougars took care of business. The rest of the teams in the region? Not so much. Read on.

WSU wins in a blowout

Last night was fun for just about everybody. It was fun for the Washington State players because they got to pile up stats and pick up that first win of the season. It was fun for the fans because the Cougars won and the stadium looked great. And it was fun for me because my duties actually ended before midnight and the Cougars finally had a home game, meaning I got to hang with Grippi in the press box and listen to old-man stories about the days when practices were open and players and sportswriters conversed as they pleased. Sure, Vince, like that ever happened.

Just about the only people it wasn't fun for were the Portland State Vikings, who not only had to suffer through a game they never really had a chance in, but then boarded a bus for a five-hour return trip to Portland. That's a rough travel day.

But there was a lot of good stuff that came out of yesterday so let's get to those links, which are right after the jump.

Get ready to rake, autumn is here


Summer is unofficially over in the Inland Northwest. The Cougars are playing a home football game. In the more than 30 years I've lived in this area, that's always seemed to be the unofficial kickoff of autumn. Read on.

Pullman, populated

The is gridlock on Grand Ave, crowds at Cougar Country and I'll thank all you people to kindly get the heck out of My Office! Yes, Cougar football weekends must have returned to Pullman and if the sheer number of people that seem to be milling around my normally quiet college town are any indication, there should be a sizable crowd at the game today.

Because Washington State only offers night classes in football 101 these days the game won't kick off until 5 p.m. We'll get started early with a live chat an hour before kickoff, but until then the links will have to do.

Links are after the jump.

There are a few ‘must-wins’ out there this weekend


The weekend ahead? Let's pretend we're ESPN and have to label it, as the self-proclaimed world-wide leader is wont to do with everything. We'll call it “Must-Win Weekend,” and admit we have no future in marketing. Read on.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

College football returns to Pullman tomorrow and the Cougars will finally be able to show off their new digs. Their opponent, Portland State, is the subject of our story in today's paper.

We have more WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

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Jim Allen (@srjimallen) Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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Jim Meehan (@srjimm) Jim Meehan's coverage areas include Gonzaga University men's basketball, Spokane Shock football, golf and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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Vince Grippi is the online producer for SportsLink, a product of The Spokesman-Review.

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