Washington State had its first halftime lead in a Pac-10 game since 2007, but could only manage a field goal in the second half, losing to California 20-13 in Pullman on Saturday, Nov. 6.
PULLMAN – Most schools try to get their games on ESPN. Washington State thinks it’s a big deal if its flag gets air time. For 100 consecutive editions of ESPN’s GameDay, some dutiful Coug has waved the Ol’ Crimson on camera, a bit of notoriety akin to doing a cannonball off the diving board and hollering, “Look at me, Ma!” Rarely has a gesture for posterity felt more pathetic. It almost makes you long for Rockin’ Rollen with his rainbow afro and “John 3:16” sign.
PULLMAN – Paul Wulff had a specific point in mind. But what he said also touched an overarching theme.
As bad as Washington State’s defense has been on third down the past two seasons, the numbers don’t lie: The Cougars have been even worse this year, failing to get off the field 47 percent of the time.