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UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Busy offseason awaits Washington State and it could be a good thing following 25-point Holiday Bowl loss

There should be plenty of storylines to tide the Cougars over until their next chance to play someone wearing a different jersey.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 11:47 p.m.

Mike Leach mum on future of Washington State junior defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa

The Lahaina, Hawaii, native and consensus All-American didn’t play in the first half of the game because of his targeting ejection in WSU’s previous game against Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.

John Blanchette: Luke Falk’s celebrated career, WSU’s solid season come to a tragic end in Holiday Bowl beating

No hand has received this much attention since Thing on “The Addams Family.”


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:22 a.m.

Difference Makers: Michigan State offensive weapons shine in Holiday Bowl win over Washington State

The key players in Michigan State’s 42-17 win over Washington State at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:23 a.m.

Vince Grippi’s three takes: Washington State’s secretive nature regarding Luke Falk was the first of many poor decisions

This one may have been decided before the first kickoff, which featured the first of many poor Washington State decisions.


Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio gets win No. 100 with Holiday Bowl victory over Washington State

While Washington State must wait at least another year for a 10-win season, Michigan State and coach Mark Dantonio reached that plateau for the sixth time in eight seasons.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke proved he was the only quarterback who mattered in convincing victory

Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke was more than the “other quarterback” in Thursday’s Holiday Bowl.


Cougars catch early breaks in Holiday Bowl

The Cougars escaped disaster early in the first quarter on when Jamal Morrow fumbled a punt on his own 7-yard line, but managed to fall on the ball just as …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 12:23 a.m.

Abysmal second quarter, rash of injuries doom Washington State in 42-17 Holiday Bowl loss to Michigan State

Washington State’s history in the Holiday Bowl against the Big Ten Conference and the Cougars’ well-documented inability to contain quarterbacks with the ability to run and pass morphed into one …


Washington State gets tribute from Michigan State marching band prior to Holiday Bowl

The Holiday Bowl pregame show had a little of everything – and something special.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Washington State backup Tyler Hilinski gets first career start in Holiday Bowl

Starter Luke Falk was seen wearing a cast when he arrived at the Cougars’ bowl practice Tuesday at Southwestern College and the Cougars’ fourth-year senior starter was careful to keep …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 10:28 p.m.

Holiday Bowl highlights and links: Michigan State 42, Washington State 17

Highlights from Washington State’s 42-17 loss to Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

John Blanchette: All the world’s a stage and Mike Leach’s Cougars are merely players

It was a couple of weeks ago in a TV interview here that Mike Leach claimed to have booted wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. from Washington State’s football roster “because …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

Under San Diego skies, WSU fans gear up for tonight’s Holiday Bowl

SAN DIEGO – It really was a silly question. Asked why he had trekked to San Diego for his second Holiday Bowl in a row, Washington State football fan Bill …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Washington State defense can’t hold up in crucial second quarter

Even Hercules would have crumbled under this weight.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

The pick: Why Washington State will beat Michigan State in the Holiday Bowl

The Cougars have been hit hard with drama since the their 27-point loss in the Apple Cup, learning first about their head coach’s reported interested in the Tennessee job, then …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

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

Theo Lawson’s keys to a possible WSU victory over Michigan State in the Holliday Bowl.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 3:06 p.m.

Washington State versus Michigan State a study of contrasting styles, coaches

Another Big Ten challenge will be awaiting the Cougars Thursday at 6 p.m. (FS1) as they gear up for their fourth bowl game in five years.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 4:22 p.m.

Linebacker Joe Bachie leads tough Michigan State defense

Joe Bachie is a special player. Special enough to be the first sophomore in 13 years to be named Michigan State’s Most Valuable player and the first in 11 years …


Sons of San Diego and ex-Pop Warner teammates, Jahad Woods and Dominick Silvels now thriving for Washington State at inside linebacker

It takes top-level speed, physical toughness and mental fortitude to thrive as an inside linebacker at Washington State. What it does not take, necessarily, is any sort of experience playing …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch deflects questions regarding Ohio State rumors

WSU’s DC hadn’t spoken with reporters since the week leading into the Nov. 25 Apple Cup despite multiple interview requests from The Spokesman-Review and other entities.


Inevitable friendship: Washington State nickels Hunter Dale and Kirkland Parker share unique bond

Both Louisiana natives who found their way to Pullman in 2015, Hunter Dale and Kirkland Parker share a similar upbringing that’s tightened their bond on and off the football field.


Michigan State offense will be led by inconsistent first-year QB Brian Lewerke in Holiday Bowl

How unthinkable is this? Luke Falk – the all-time passing leader in Pac-12 history – could be the “other quarterback” in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State.


Success after success, Michigan State still wears chip on shoulder

For Washington State fans who wear that underdog mentality against the Huskies like a badge of honor, you’ve just met your match.


First look: Michigan State’s youngsters led to big turnaround from 2016

The food was better at this year’s Michigan State football banquet. So was the morale.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Washington State coach Mike Leach, assistants absent from first bowl practice due to travel issues

Mike Leach may have had an overhead view of Washington State’s first Holiday Bowl practice, but the Cougars’ boss never actually made it to Martin Stadium on Friday evening because …


Holiday Bowl Matchup: Washington State Cougars vs. Michigan State Spartans

Here’s a quick look at the matchup between the Cougars and Spartans.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Washington State interim AD: Mike Leach ‘will be coaching’ in Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl

It had been reported by multiple outlets that Mike Leach met with Tennessee athletic director John Currie last Thursday to talk about the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy and some speculated that …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Washington State to make Holiday Bowl return for Dec. 28 date versus Michigan State

One year after suffering a humiliating 17-12 loss to Minnesota, the Cougars will return to San Diego bowl season for a matchup against the Big Ten Conference.


Minnesota fires coach Tracy Claeys

Minnesota fired coach Tracy Claeys on Tuesday, just over two weeks after the football program became embroiled in a standoff with the administration over the suspension of 10 players in …