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A good effort, but Cougars still have plenty to prove

In a small, underground room on the bottom level of their new football operations building, Washington State’s players and coaches gathered before midnight on Saturday and acknowledged that they had played a pretty good game, even in defeat. Read more

Video: Connor Halliday after Oregon

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Final thoughts from the Oregon game

The Cougars came up just a few plays short of knocking off the No. 2 team in the country in…

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WSU notebook: Mariota saves Ducks

PULLMAN – Washington State’s front seven made life miserable at times on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. But Mariota returned the favor, overcoming seven sacks with five touchdown passes that carried the second-ranked Ducks to a 38-31 victory Saturday night at Martin Stadium. Read more

Washington State upset bid comes up short versus Oregon

PULLMAN – There were less than a handful of plays in which Washington State didn’t play well enough to beat Oregon on Saturday night. A break here, a break there and the Cougars would be undefeated in the newly-renovated Martin Stadium and the Mike Leach regime would have a win that would resonate long after he finishes coaching. But making those critical few plays are what make the Ducks the No. 2 team in the country, and what made the difference in UO’s 38-31 escape in front 32,952 fans at Martin Stadium. Read more

Grip on Sports: Hard to count on streaky Mariners

Tuesday: 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. Looking at the Mariners’ schedule down the stretch last week, I noticed something simple. They had James Paxton pitching Friday night against the A’s in the opener of a key three-game series. After that was: Felix Hernandez, one of the top three pitchers in baseball; Chris Young, at Safeco, where he’s really tough; and, on Monday night in Anaheim, Hisashi Iwakuma, though struggling, still lights out in his career against the Angels. Read more

Give and Take: Sunday letters

A running game? Perhaps Jacob Thorpe (“Cougs Pound Ground”) scarfed down too many chunks of aged Cougar Gold cheese well past their expiration dates. Or maybe he chugged an excess of spiked crimson and gray Kool-Aid last Saturday in the Martin Stadium press box. Read more

WSU vs. Oregon scoring summary

First Quarter WSU 7, Oregon 0 Read more

Cougar notes: Mariota saves Ducks

PULLMAN – Washington State’s defensive front seven made life miserable at times for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Read more

WSU pregame chat

 

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Oregon Ducks projected starters for Sept. 20 at WSU

PosName#YrQBMarcus Mariota8Jr.RBThomas Tyner24So.XDevon Allen5Fr.YKeanon Lowe7Sr.LTJake Fisher75Sr.LGHamani Stevens54Sr.CHroniss Grasu55Sr.RGCameron Hunt78So.RTTyrell Crosby73Fr.TEPharaoh Brown85Jr.ZDwayne Stanford88So.PosName#YrDEArik Armstead9Jr.NGAlex Balducci56Jr.DEDeForest Buckner44Jr.OLBTony Washington91Sr.ILBRodney Hardrick48Jr.ILBDerrick Malone Jr.22Sr.OLBTyson Coleman33Jr.CBIfo Ekpre-Olomu14Sr.FSReggie Daniels8So.SSErick Dargan4Sr.CBTroy Hill13Sr.PosName#YrKMatt Wogan49So.PIan Wheeler38Fr.KRKeanon Lowe7Sr.PRIfo Ekpre-Olomu14Sr. Read more

Washington State Cougars projected starters for Sept. 20 vs. Oregon

PosName#YrQBConnor Halliday12Sr.RBJamal Morrow25Fr.XVince Mayle1Sr.YRiver Cracraft84So.LTJoe Dahl56Jr.LGGunnar Eklund63Jr.CRiley Sorenson58So.RGEd Middleton73So.RTCole Madison61Fr.HRickey Galvin5Sr.ZIsiah Myers88Sr.PosName#YrDTXavier Cooper96Jr.NGRobert Barber92So.DEDaniel Ekuale90Fr.BLBKache Palacio40Jr.SLBCyrus Coen42Sr.MLBDarryl Monroe13Jr.WLBJeremiah Allison8Jr.CBDaquawn Brown4So.FSTaylor Taliulu30Jr..SSDarius Lemora28Fr.CBCharleston White16Fr.PosName#YrKQuentin Breshears41Jr.PJordan Dascalo45Fr.KRJamal Morrow25Fr.PRRickey Galvin5Sr. Read more

For WSU, defense is key to beating Oregon

So the determining factor in a WSU win today will be: whether or not the defense can rise to the challenge of slowing the unstoppable Ducks offense. Read more

Week four Pac-12 picks

Give credit to Utah for making a trip to the Big House to make Week 4 interesting for Pac-12 viewers…

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Oregon defense: It ain’t broke

PULLMAN – At Oregon, the novelty is a lie. Thanks to a never-ending cavalcade of new uniforms and facilities, the Ducks give the impression of a football program that is trying to evolve as quickly as its offense scores. Read more

The future of the WSU defense looked bright on Thursday

After Washington State finished its final full practice before Saturday's game against Oregon the underclassmen had their Thursday Night…

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Week four Pac-12 power rankings

The out-of-conference games took their toll on the Pac-12 and now that the conference’s teams are sufficiently beaten up…

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Cougars receiver Isiah Myers adds discipline to game

PULLMAN – There is nothing unusual about the fact that the current Pac-12 leader in receptions and receiving yards plays for Washington State – the Cougars have attempted more passes than any other team in the country. But it’s a little strange when that player has not been listed as a starter on the depth chart once this season. Read more

Pac-12 picks: Utah takes big trip to Michigan

Give credit to Utah for making a trip to the Big House to make Week 4 interesting for Pac-12 viewers. The rest of the nonconference schedule is as bland as a beige rainbow. The week’s most interesting storyline can be found in Colorado, where the Buffaloes take on a Hawaii team that lost close games against Washington and Oregon State. Can we just decide that the winner of that game gets to stay in the Pac-12? Read more

Cougars receiver Isiah Myers adds discipline to game

There is nothing unusual about the fact that the current Pac-12 leader in receptions and receiving yards plays for Washington State – the Cougars have attempted more passes than any other team in the country. Read more