I believe something needs to be noted regarding “Oregon breaks free in second half” (Sunday, Oct. 20).
The Spokesman-Review’s coverage of WSU the past two years has clearly implied that the Cougs hanging with Oregon for a half is some kind of barometer.
So if it is, what about the 43-28 final score from Eugene in 2011? That in itself is a step up from 43-23 in 2010. (Oregon had to be ranked in the top five for both of those games).
Neither of those results needed deduc- tion to a halftime score to find the positive in them.
But yet, for the past two years, the Spokesman’s coverage has touted the Oregon game’s halftime score as a key marker.
It’s as if you’re writing on the assumption that WSU was at dead-bottom when Mike Leach took over for the 2012 season, so any improvement will be marked accordingly. But the problem is, losing 43-28 in Eugene is not dead-bottom, for any team.
So, whichever way you look at it, the success against Oregon in the first halves of 2012 and 2013 is well below what the same barometer would say before Leach began.