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UW’s Locker, Notre Dame’s Clausen share tales as QBs

As a high school quarterback, he turned down USC’s Steve Sarkisian to accept an offer to attend a once-proud program that had fallen on hard times. He entered the college …


Vandals’ O-line matures together

MOSCOW, Idaho – A mere four Saturdays into the season, Dan Finn has gathered enough evidence to be certain of one thing. This is the finest batch of linemen he’s …


Duck has bit of Coug in him

PULLMAN – Carson York grew up a Cougars fan. In fact, the last time he saw Washington State play Oregon was in 2001, when the Ducks were en route to …


Spokane area produces unusual crop at WSU

PULLMAN – There have been many years when you could peruse the Washington State University football roster and rarely see a player from the Inland Northwest. One, maybe two, seemed …


Clot ends Johnson’s season

The blood clot that forced Eastern Washington University’s Zach Johnson into the unfamiliar role of sideline spectator this fall officially put an end to his 2009 football season earlier this …


Pac-10 picks

I would have lost the house, the car and quite possibly the dog last week. It wasn’t good. Luckily, it’s not real.


Big game at different venue

PULLMAN – This was supposed to be “Showdown Saturday” in the Pac-10. When the schedule was released, it was obvious the conference’s really, really big game was set for the …


Wood eschewed bigger schools to play at CWU

Like many who regularly make the I-90 run between Spokane and Seattle, Buddy Wood never thought much about Ellensburg, the town he would cruise past about midway through the drive. …


Huskies work on tackling

SEATTLE – If University of Washington senior defensive end Daniel T’eo-Nesheim was a coach, his motivational speech to a wounded defense this week might be three words long. “Don’t miss …


Sports in brief: Tuel gets nod at QB for WSU

College football: Washington State true freshman Jeff Tuel will start at quarterback against Oregon on Saturday, Cougars coach Paul Wulff said Monday. Tuel becomes only the second true freshman to …


Cougars won’t be bullied

PULLMAN – It showed throughout Saturday’s game. The Washington State Cougars, the 90-pound weaklings of the Pac-10 last season, aren’t about to get sand kicked in their face any longer.


Southern California 27, Washington State 6

High point When Jeff Tuel ran onto the Coliseum turf with 8 minutes, 35 seconds left in the first half, he became WSU’s first true freshman to play quarterback there …


WSU finds silver lining in loss

LOS ANGELES – The University of Southern California defeated Washington State 27-6 Saturday night before 75,216 in the Los Angeles Coliseum. But that probably won’t be what Cougars fans remember.


One way Cougs have chance

LOS ANGELES – They say the best turnovers in Los Angeles can be found at Eilat Bakery on Pico. Paul Wulff knows better.


3 Names to know

DAMIAN WILLIAMS USC wide receiver Williams started his college career at Arkansas, but transferred to USC in 2007. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Williams led the Trojans in receptions last season, catching …


Tardy will get plenty of carries in final meeting with USC

PULLMAN – Dwight Tardy denies it, but Saturday’s game in the Los Angeles Coliseum surely holds special significance. It will be the final time Tardy, a senior, has the chance …


Cougars uncover gem in Pencer

PULLMAN – When you’re recruiting at Washington State University, it isn’t a matter of just walking around and picking up jewels. Recruiting to Pullman takes hard work. You have to …


UW latest to throw wrench in USC’s plans

PULLMAN – It happened again. For the fourth consecutive season, the USC Trojans, while ranked in the top three nationally, found a way to lose a conference game to a …


Coug RB lost for season

PULLMAN – Junior running back James Montgomery underwent emergency surgery Sunday on his left calf and will be lost for the season. Montgomery, a transfer from California who redshirted last …


Carroll’s song pick says a lot

Sounds as if Pete Carroll is still smarting over that loss to Washington. The Southern California coach tweeted “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by Offspring as his song of the day …


Huskies to guard against letdown

SEATTLE – The talk of the Pac-10 last week was whether the third-ranked USC Trojans were setting themselves up for a letdown game at Washington after the big win at …


UI game times change

The University of Idaho football game against Colorado State in the Kibbie Dome on Oct. 3 has been changed from a 2 p.m. starting time to a 7 p.m. kickoff. …


First look: WSU at USC

Time: 7:15 p.m. Saturday. TV: FSN The records: WSU (1-2, 0-1 in Pac-10); USC (2-1; 0-1)


Huskies back in rankings

SEATTLE – Few believed when Washington coach Steve Sarkisian insisted it wouldn’t take long to vanquish that 0-12 season. He proved it Sunday when the Huskies returned to the Associated …


Looking back: WSU 30, SMU 27 (OT)

High point Was it either of the two interception returns for touchdowns? Was it Jared Karstetter’s 33-yard, tip-to-himself catch that gave WSU hope near the end of the first half? …


Interceptions allow Cougars to saddle Mustangs with loss

PULLMAN – It may have been Nico Grasu’s 39-yard overtime field goal that ultimately lifted Washington State University to a 30-27 win over Southern Methodist, but it was the defense …


Lobbestael works his way back

PULLMAN – It’s been a long road back for Marshall Lobbestael. But the redshirt sophomore from Oak Harbor, Wash., hasn’t let the potholes derail him along the journey from last …


3 Names to know

Emmanuel Sanders SMU wide receiver In two games Sanders, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, has already caught 17 passes for 214 yards. The biggest upset, however, is he’s grabbed only one …


Pac-10 picks

If only we had a little faith in USC or UCLA. But we didn’t and last week’s results reflect that. Of course, our lack of faith in Los Angeles teams …


Cougs shake up QBs; Lobbestael new No. 1

PULLMAN – Two weeks into a winless season, Washington State University football coach Paul Wulff is making a major change. Senior Kevin Lopina is out as the starting quarterback. Sophomore …