Washington State’s newest verbal pledge fits the profile of Mason Miller’s ideal offensive lineman. Patrick Utschinski is both big and vertical.
Mike Leach would like to hear the back story on why Eastern Washington colored its football field red, but the Washington State coach wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to trade the green turf in Pullman for the non-traditional surface in Cheney.
The Cougars are proud of their FBS-leading fourth down conversion rate, which stands at 7-of-9 (77.7 percent) after games against Wyoming at San Jose State, but at the same time cognizant of the fact it’s partly a byproduct of the opportunities they’ve squandered on third down.
Mike Leach’s offense is rarely characterized as pedestrian, so it’s understandable why the Washington State coach was half-irked with the Cougars’ 31-0 win over San Jose State Saturday night at Martin Stadium.
The wide receivers weren’t playing with the same gusto they’d shown earlier, the quarterback wasn’t syncing up with them like he had in the first half and despite an otherwise superb effort, the offensive line was still lacking a little something in pass protection.
Washington State’s Air Raid offense may get most of the attention but the Cougar’s defense held San Jose State to the fewest yards of any opponent for the past 24 years.
Washington State (2-0) will try to fend off its only FCS opponent of the season, Eastern Washington (2-0), which likewise will attempt to spring an upset of the only FBS team on its 2018 slate.
When Andy Grammer’s song, “Back Home,” resonated through Martin Stadium Saturday night during the second quarter of Washington State’s easy win over San Jose State, it had special meaning for one member of the Pac-12 Network broadcast crew.
Some 32 yards don’t sound like a lot, but Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew’s scrambles Saturday night against San Jose State actually scored quite high compared to predecessor Luke Falk.
Good things usually happened when Gardner Minshew threw it up to the sophomore wide receiver Saturday night.
Gardner Minshew’s feet kept him out of several sacks in the first two games, but the Washington State offensive line also deserves much of the credit for keeping the Cougar passing attack on its feet.
The Cougars five times left their offense on the field on fourth down in the first half against San Jose State on Saturday and came away with five first downs and one touchdown to Tay Martin.