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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Tracy Claeys observing Washington State’s defense from the press box this season

Rather than watch games from the sideline, Tracy Claeys prefers to observe from the press box – and always has. His predecessor Alex Grinch, WSU’s defensive coordinator from 2015-17, spent …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Eastern Washington defensive tackle Dylan Ledbetter, son of a former Washington State linebacker, feels home at his natural position

Jay-Tee Tiuli is back in the middle and now Mark Ledbetter is at home: defensive tackle, the position he was recruited to play out of Seattle’s O’Dea High School.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:34 p.m.

Washington safety Taylor Rapp has long been wreaking havoc in the secondary. Now he’s doing it in the backfield too

In preparation this offseason for his third season as the Huskies’ starting free safety, Taylor Rapp studied film of Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald, two of the NFL’s most feared …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Pac-12 power rankings: USC falls, Arizona State rises after second week of regular season

The weekly Pac-12 power rankings from Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Florence forces 3 games with ranked teams off weekend slate

Hurricane Florence has forced the cancellation of several Top 25 games, including No. 13 Virginia Tech’s home matchup with East Carolina, No. 14 West Virginia’s trip to North Carolina State …


AP All-America Watch: Kansas’ stopper; Colorado’s breakout star WR

The Associated Press has been honoring college football’s best with an All-America team since 1925. This season, the AP released a preseason All-America team and will put out a midseason …


Washington State receives verbal commitment from 6-7 offensive tackle Patrick Utschinski

Washington State’s newest verbal pledge fits the profile of Mason Miller’s ideal offensive lineman. Patrick Utschinski is both big and vertical.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Mike Leach interested in roots of Eastern Washington’s red turf, but Washington State coach prefers ‘neutral’ green field

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Washington State owns top fourth down conversion rate in FBS, but it’s come at a cost

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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Mike Leach laments Washington State’s offensive toughness in win over San Jose State

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 …


Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in AP rankings

Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide made their 106th appearance at the top of the AP rankings, which …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 3:04 a.m.

Analysis: Washington State offense hits some lulls, but defense does enough to preserve shutout in 31-0 win over San Jose State

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 …


Washington State defense limits San Jose State to fewest yards under Mike Leach

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

First look: Eastern Washington at Washington State

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 …


TV Take: Pac-12’s Cindy Brunson, Ryan Leaf make returns to Martin Stadium

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:57 p.m.

Gardner Minshew’s shoes gives Washington State another weapon

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.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:50 p.m.

Difference makers: Gardner Minshew, Tay Martin connect for two TDs in blowout win

Good things usually happened when Gardner Minshew threw it up to the sophomore wide receiver Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:50 p.m.

Washington State offensive line streak of no sacks spans three games

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:48 p.m.

Washington State offense finds fourth-down success in first half against San Jose State

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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:19 a.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Eagles offense puts up big numbers, but defense makes name for itself

With an offense as efficient as Eastern Washington’s, it’s defense – one of the most experienced in the Big Sky Conference – just has to do a serviceable job.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Tyler Hilinski’s family takes part in flag-raising ceremony prior to Washington State-San Jose State game

Tyler Hilinski’s parents, Mark and Kym, and brothers Kelly and Ryan took part in an emotionally stirring moment before Washington State’s home opener, raising a crimson flag in the east …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

Pac-12 roundup: Bryce Love leads No. 10 Stanford to win over No. 17 USC

Bryce Love ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and No. 10 Stanford made talented quarterback JT Daniels look like a freshman in a 17-3 victory over No. 17 Southern …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Dalton Sneed, Montana rout of Drake

Dalton Sneed fired two touchdown passes 22 seconds apart and added a scoring run as the Montana Grizzlies pulled away from Drake 48-16 on Saturday in Missoula.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:20 a.m.

Eastern Washington strikes early, holds off Northern Arizona rally in 31-26 victory

When Northern Arizona quarterback Case Cookus was forced to kick the game’s opening snap out of bounds near his own end zone Saturday, the No. 18 Lumberjacks’ chalked it up …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 7:27 p.m.

No. 9 Washington wakes up late in 45-3 win over North Dakota

Jake Browning threw for 313 yards and two touchdowns, Ty Jones had two touchdown receptions , and No. 9 Washington finally pulled away in the second half for a 45-3 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Georgia turns road test into rout of No. 24 South Carolina

Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia’s latest running combo scored touchdowns and the third-ranked Bulldogs turned an expected Southeastern Conference showdown into a …


The pick: Why Washington State will beat – err, blast – San Jose State

Washington State fans may have to stick around until midnight to see the final play of Saturday’s game, but many will leave three hours earlier knowing the Cougars have stashed …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 12:32 a.m.

Recap and highlights: Washington State beats San Jose State 31-0

Follow along for updates from Pullman as Washington State hosts San Jose State in a nonconference football game. Kick is set for 8 p.m. at Martin Stadium.


No. 16 TCU overcomes slow start to rout SMU

KaVontae Turpin ignited sluggish TCU by returning a punt 78 yards for a touchdown before adding a 42-yard scoring catch, and the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs pulled away for a rain-soaked …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Strong-armed showdown: Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud, Northern Arizona’s Case Cookus set to air it out

Two of the country’s top FCS quarterbacks share a conference, gaudy statistics and the amount of Division I scholarship offers coming out of high school: Zero.