We correctly picked the winners for 10 of the 11 games last weekend and could’ve been 11-for-11 had officials in the game between Arizona State and San Diego State determined Manny Wilkins’ 48-yard pass to Frank Darby was complete – a decision that would’ve given the Sun Devils the ball back on the 2-yard line trailing by seven points with six seconds left.
A transcript from Wednesday's Cougar football live chat with Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.
The Cougars’ Pac-12 opener is meaningful because it’s the first of nine games that counts toward conference standings. But, similar to how the Apple Cup excites just about every Washingtonian on the Cougar roster, the USC game bears that much more importance for 33 players who hail from Los Angeles, San Diego or a close-by suburb of those two.
The weekly Pac-12 power rankings from Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.
If football games ended after three quarters, Washington State’s record would be no different than it is now. The Cougars have played well enough through the first, second and third quarter this season to dispatch Wyoming, San Jose State and Eastern Washington. But the fourth is why all three have been so lopsided.
Former Eastern Washington standout Aaron Neary, a center on the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad, has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and damaging property.
In the third quarter of USC’s 37-14 loss to Texas, Gustin was first flagged for a personal foul penalty after a punishing hit on Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger and later ejected from the game when officials determined the Trojans defender had led with his head.
After going two weeks without recognition, Washington State players picked up two of the three weekly Pac-12 Conference honors after Saturday’s 59-24 blowout win over Eastern Washington at Martin Stadium.
The Cougars will follow Friday’s late-night kickoff at USC with a mid-afternoon game against Utah the following week in Pullman.
Washington State (3-0) looks to stay unbeaten when it opens up Pac-12 Conference play against USC (1-2).
LSU surged to No. 6 in the Associated Press college football poll after its second victory of September against a highly ranked team, and Wisconsin tumbled to No. 18 after becoming the first top-10 team to be upset by an unranked team this season.
Too bad Mike Leach had already exited the interview room, because even Washington State’s coach – candid and blunt as he can be – may have cracked a smile hearing the exchange between Andre Dillard, Gardner Minshew and James Williams.
Its offense flummoxed and its defense on skates most of the first half, Eastern Washington had finally strung together a sequence of yard-churning drives.
Travell Harris is debuting as Washington State’s new kick returner this season, but up until Saturday’s game against Eastern Washington, the redshirt sophomore wide receiver hadn’t had many opportunities to do what he does best: return kicks.
Alabama knew of Pelluer because defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, a former defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at the University of Washington, is married to the WSU linebacker’s older sister, Jordan. Pelluer’s family is from Sammamish, Washington – a suburb of Seattle.
Myles Gaskin ran for 143 yards on 30 carries and added a touchdown, and Washington’s defense forced three turnovers as the No. 10 Huskies beat Utah 21-7 on Saturday night. Jake Browning threw for 155 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Aaron Fuller led the way with 108 yards on six catches. Washington beat the Utes for a third straight season, and holds an 11-1 lead in the all-time series.
So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun 59-24 shootout-turned-beatdown Saturday to run their record to 3-0.
In seven years under Mike Leach, the Cougars have built a potent offense, strengthened their defense and, a more recent development, have gradually transformed Martin Stadium into a considerably difficult place to win a football game if you aren’t wearing crimson and grey.
Texas, which had started 1-2 in four of the previous five seasons, trailed 14-3 in the first quarter before shutting down freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels and scoring 34 unanswered points.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 59-24 victory over Eastern Washington
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