WSU Football Report


 

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2016

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2016

Washington State running back James Williams leaps over Boise State cornerback Tyler Horton in the first half on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

Cougars wake up too late to catch Boise State in 31-28 defeat 16 

Cougars wake up too late to catch Boise State in 31-28 defeatBOISE – There may be some more of that old fourth-quarter magic left in these Cougars, but not enough for Washington State to fritter away its opportunities in the first three periods. But the Cougars do not have the toughness ...

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Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols leaps into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half. (OTTO KITSINGER / AP)

WSU at Boise State: Players of the game

WSU at Boise State: Players of the gameGame ball goes to: Jeremy McNichols has averaged more than two touchdowns per game in his career, and the playmaking running back was at his best against the Cougars. McNichols racked up XX yards and two scores on the ground, ...

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WSU at Boise State: How they scored

WSU at Boise State: How they scoredFIRST QUARTERBSU 7, WSU 0Horton 85 interception return (Rausa kick), 4:49BSU 14, WSU 0McNichols 8 run (Rausa kick), 2:15 Drive: 13 plays, 88 yards, 5:22 Keys play: Sperbeck 12 pass from Rypein on 3rd and 8. Sperbeck 17 pass from ...

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Boise State’s Jeremy McNichols runs past WSU defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa during the second half of the Broncos’ 31-28 victory on Saturday in Boise. (Otto Kitsinger / Associated Press)

WSU notebook: Grinch leaves the booth

WSU notebook: Grinch leaves the boothWashington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch took a more personal approach for his game-day duties during the Cougars game at Boise State on Saturday. The second-year assistant eschewed his usual spot in the booth and coached from the sidelines for the first time in his current position.

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Sports letters to the editor

Sports letters to the editorWhat is it with the Washington State coaching staff and their players that they have to get kicked in the teeth on opening day every season before they decide they want to play?

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Washington State QB Luke Falk and the Cougars offense piled up a lot of yards, but a couple of unfinished drives in the second half proved particularly costly when the dust settled on Boise State’s 31-28 home victory. (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Three key moments in WSU Cougars’ loss to Boise State

Three key moments in WSU Cougars’ loss to Boise StateCougars beat reporter Jacob Thorpe tabs his three key moments from WSU’s 31-28 loss to Boise State on Saturday, starting with a costly early interception that went for a touchdown and ending with a pair of crucial stalled drives in the second half.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016

Washington State expects to have safety Shalom Luani back against Boise State. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

Cougars look to bounce back against Boise State 

Cougars look to bounce back against Boise StateAlex Grinch said last week’s game against Eastern Washington was the Washington State defensive backfield’s “worst day since I’ve been here.” That setback against a powerful passing offense mean’s Saturday’s game against the high-scoring Boise State Broncos will be a stress test for a defense that must have better days ahead for the Cougars to achieve any kind of success this season.

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As a freshman last season, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien led the Mountain West in passing yards (3,353) on his way to Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference honors. (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

2-Minute Drill: What WSU needs to do to beat Boise State

2-Minute Drill: What WSU needs to do to beat Boise StateWhat Washington State needs to do to beat Boise State.Don’t take your eyes offBoise State quarterback and Shadle Park High grad Brett Rypien is in the early stages of an exemplary career behind center for the Broncos. As a freshman ...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2016

Cougars-Broncos rivalry has been one-sided so far 

Cougars-Broncos rivalry has been one-sided so farPULLMAN – Ah, but for the days when the game between Boise State and Washington State had some animosity, if not much competitiveness. The Broncos and Cougars met four times in five years between 1997-2001. Perhaps the almost-annual series could ...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2016

Jamal Morrow positive force for Cougars football team

Jamal Morrow positive force for Cougars football teamHow hard is the Washington State football team taking its recent loss to Eastern Washington? On Monday, during the team’s weekly press conference, running back Jamal Morrow was only kind of exuberant.

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Jacob Thorpe’s Week 2 Pac-12 picks

Jacob Thorpe’s Week 2 Pac-12 picksWell, well, I guess some of us are already in midseason form. The Pac-12 picker had a good first week—it's true. But don't worry about overconfidence setting in. I've had my fair share of hubris with these picks and know to just take it one week at a time, getting better as a bettor with every pick.

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Decision on WSU alcohol sales delayed again 

Decision on WSU alcohol sales delayed againThe Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board met Tuesday in Olympia to discuss Washington State University’s proposal to expand alcohol sales inside Martin Stadium to every area except the student section, but the decision was put off as the board had additional questions it wanted the university to address.

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WSU Football chat (transcript)

WSU Football chat (transcript)Sep 7 2016, 9:58 AM srchat: Ask questions now to have them answered in our 10 a.m. WSU football chat. Sep 7 2016, 11:01 AM srchat: Hey everybody, thanks for dropping by. Got any questions? Sep 7 2016, 11:01 AM ...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016

In this Nov. 27, 2015, file photo, Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien throws against San Jose State during an NCAA college football game in San Jose, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Blanchette: Brett Rypien can’t escape the ties to Washington State 

Blanchette: Brett Rypien can’t escape the ties to Washington StateBrett Rypien quarterbacked the process to decide his college destination the same way he does an offense headed for the end zone. Campus visits to five schools his junior year – all “unofficial,” as they had to be by rule. A decision by May. And later, enrollment over Christmas of what was supposed to be his senior year.

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Shalom Luani update: Pullman police to recommend assault charges 

Shalom Luani update: Pullman police to recommend assault chargesPullman police say they will recommend an assault charge against Washington State football player Shalom Luani, even as coach Mike Leach disputes media accounts of Luani’s arrest. Luani, 22, was arrested and then released Aug. 24 after he was accused ...

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Jacob Thorpe’s Week 2 Pac-12 power rankings 

Jacob Thorpe’s Week 2 Pac-12 power rankingsPULLMAN—Well, let's see if these Cougars can climb. Last year Washington State was at the bottom of these Power Rankings after their first game, and they're back at the bottom just one week into 2016. The Cougars did not stay down long in 2015, climbing as high as the No. 1 spot before settling in as one of the conference's better teams.

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Season status

Record: 1-2

Next game:
WSU vs. Oregon, Oct. 1

Previous game:
WSU vs. Idaho


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