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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

WSU’s bizarre trick play was a collaboration between Mike Leach, Microsoft engineer

The concept that produced the 9 most interesting yards of Saturday’s game was not devised during one of Mike Leach’s long strolls to work – often used as brainstorm sessions …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 3, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

First look: San Jose State at Washington State

Washington State (1-0) will face its second Mountain West team in as many weeks when the Cougars play host to San Jose State (0-1).


No. 25 LSU off and running with 33-17 win over No. 8 Miami

Nick Brossette ran for 125 yards with two touchdowns, grad transfer quarterback Joe Burrow won his first college start and No. 25 LSU made an opening statement with a 33-17 …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

What question marks? Washington State’s defense clears up any uncertainty in season opener

Due to graduation and one early defection to the NFL, the Cougars are forfeiting plenty of experience at a number of spots on defense this season – and some considerable …


Fresno State jumps on Idaho early, often in season-opening 79-13 rout

The Vandals got in trouble early. They suffered a disastrous first half, largely of their own making. They had two of Cade Coffey’s field-goal attempts blocked and returned for touchdowns …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

First impression: Washington State running back James Williams has another solid season-opening performance

One year after bursting for 211 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a 28-0 win over Montana State, the junior tailback once again found his groove in the first game …


Nnamdi Oguayo makes big impact for Washington State after absence in August

Nnamdi Oguayo’s mere presence seemed to uplift the Cougars, who’ve been confronted with adversity on the defensive line all preseason – first when highly-touted nose tackle Pono Lolohea left the …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 10:21 p.m.

Big Sky roundup: Dalton Sneed helps Montana to win over N. Iowa in Hauck’s return

Bobby Hauck, who guided the Grizzlies (1-0) to Big Sky Conference titles in each of his seven seasons as the helm from 2003-09, saw his defense hold Northern Iowa to …


Washington State freshman Max Borghi makes amends for early mistake with strong showing against Wyoming

Max Borghi will make fewer of those “freshman mistakes” than the majority of his peers this season, and if the running back’s college debut was any indication, he doesn’t let …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 11:32 p.m.

Pac-12 roundup: Urban Meyer-less No. 5 Ohio State routs Oregon St 77-31 in opener

With coach Urban Meyer serving a suspension, new starting quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. had a record-setting day, throwing five touchdown passes to help Ohio State rout Oregon State 77-31 in …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Analysis: Led by fresh faces, Washington State trounces Wyoming in season opener

The amount of confidence pollsters and prognosticators have in the 2018 Washington State Cougars was perhaps best illustrated in an early-August preseason ranking of all 129 FBS teams, courtesy of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

John Blanchette: Surrounded by oddities, Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew was the Cougars’ key to staying calm

What restored the psychic equilibrium, oddly enough, was something the Cougars had that maybe no one was quite ready to accept: an assured, tested, steady hand at quarterback, who looked …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Nsimba Webster steps up as big-play receiver

On an almost annual basis, Eastern Washington has produced some of the Big Sky Conference’s most dynamic pass catchers. Senior Nsimba Webster, a shifty, athletic former high school quarterback, appears …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Top 25 college football: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17

Brandon Wimbush connected on a long touchdown pass to help No. 12 Notre Dame jump out to a big first-half lead, Te’von Coney and the defense made it stand with …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:49 p.m.

Leif Ericksen takes over Whitworth offense in season-opening rout of La Verne

After coasting to a 53-0 win at home last season over La Verne, Whitworth once again put its celebratory cannon to work after beating the Leopards 38-2 on Saturday on …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 7:17 p.m.

Auburn scores early, late touchdowns to beat Huskies

Jatarvious Whitlow ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 6:15 remaining and the Auburn defense came through at the end, leading the No. 9 Tigers a 21-16 victory over No. …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State fans greeted by familiar broadcast voice of Rich Waltz in victory at Wyoming

Rich Waltz began his career here, calling Indians and Chiefs games fresh out of college in the mid-1980s. That started him down a road that led to a variety of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 4:53 p.m.

Difference Makers: James Williams and Gardner Minshew lead offensive charge in Washington State’s 41-19 win over Wyoming

The junior running back finished with 135 total yards and two scores for the Cougars


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Eastern Washington offense totals 677 yards as Eagles rout Central Washington in season opener

The ninth-ranked Eagles scored on the first play from scrimmage, jumped out to a swift 20-point lead, and kept their foot on the throttle in a 58-13 rout of NCAA …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

Former Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, wide receiver River Cracraft waived by NFL teams

Former cornerstones of Washington State’s Air Raid offense, quarterback Luke Falk and wide receiver River Cracraft weren’t able to hold onto jobs Saturday as NFL teams trimmed their rosters down …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 8:36 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Washington State uses late surge to top Wyoming 41-19

Recap and highlights from Washington State’s 41-19 season-opening win over the Wyoming Cowboys in Laramie, Wyoming.


The pick: Why Washington State will (barely) beat Wyoming

Wyoming could be better on the offensive line, but the Cougars have the more experienced at quarterback, are vastly more talented at wide receiver and probably have the slight edge …


Idaho hopes to keep Fresno State grounded, off-balance in opener

Job one for Idaho when it opens the season against Fresno State Saturday is to introduce doubt to the Bulldogs.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Top 25 college football: No. 11 Michigan State rallies to beat Utah State 38-31

Connor Heyward scored his second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put No. 11 Michigan State ahead and the Spartans held on to beat Utah State 38-31 on Friday night …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 12:20 a.m.

Retooled, reloaded Washington State Cougars brace for season opener against Wyoming

In all likelihood, a football game played between Wyoming and Washington State in 2017 would’ve been more appealing from a promotional standpoint, would’ve come with a different level of fanfare …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

New-look Whitworth welcomes La Verne to the Pine Bowl in season opener

Whitworth leads the series 11-1 and has won the last four meetings after dropping a game to La Verne in 2013.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

Myles Gaskin, Washington’s offensive line know they have something to prove vs. No. 9 Auburn

Against Alabama in the national semifinals here in 2016, Nick Harris was a 270-pound true freshman making just the fourth start of his career as the Washington Huskies’ right guard. …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 12:19 a.m.

Two minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Wyoming

Keys to a potential Washington State victory Saturday against Wyoming at War Memorial Stadium.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

41-40 Cody (3 OT). As Washington State coach Mike Leach returns home to Wyoming, one memory stands out from the rest

The 1976 Wyoming AA State high school football championship was played on a frosty Saturday in Cody, on Nov. 13, between Leach’s Cody Broncs and the Laramie Plainsmen.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

No. 21 UCF extends winning streak to 14 with rout of UConn

McKenzie Milton threw for 346 yards and five touchdowns and No. 21 UCF routed UConn 56-17 to extend the longest winning streak in the nation to 14 games. The reigning …