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Grading the cougars: D+

Passing offense: A-

The best performance since Alex Brink was setting Cougar records.

Rushing offense: D

Only a long run by freshman Carl Winston keeps this from being worse.

Passing defense: D

Kevin Riley has struggled against good defenses. He didn’t Saturday.

Rushing defense: F

Jahvid Best is one of the nation’s best, but WSU often overpursued and missed tackles.

Special teams: D

The big kickoff to open the game hurt and the long punt return was a killer.

Coaching: C

The offense took huge strides forward, but the defense did the opposite.