Grading the cougars
Passing offense B-
The Cougars moved the ball through the air. They still need to shore up the protection.
Rushing offense C
The first drive was B+ material, but after that the holes dried up. Backs ran hard all night.
Passing defense C
If you forget the long TD the Cardinal air attack sputtered, with less than 50 percent completions.
Rushing defense C+
The Cougars held Gerhart to less than 100 yards until he broke free on a long run late.
Special teams D-
The killer kickoff return, a big punt return and missing a short field goal cost WSU.
The team played harder than last, year other than the Apple Cup. But a loss is a loss.