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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 …


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: 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 …


For Washington State’s Patrick Nunn and San Jose State’s Leki Nunn, a long journey comes full-circle Saturday night

At Trinta Park in San Mateo, California, Vika Sinipata would station herself in the middle of the two baseball diamonds, planting a lawn chair behind one home run fence but …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 10:53 p.m.

In keeping Gardner Minshew clean, Washington State O-line does something it’s done just seven times under Mike Leach

Wyoming’s defensive line could hardly sneak a glance at Gardner Minshew on Saturday afternoon, let alone forge a path into the backfield and bring the Washington State quarterback to his …


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 …


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, 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, 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: 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: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Craig Bohl’s defense is formidable, but not unfamiliar to Washington State’s coaching staff

Steve Spurrier Jr. spent an entire year at Duke in the mid-1990s trying to crack Craig Bohl’s defense, so if anyone knows what Washington State’s offense is up against this …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

First look: Washington State at Wyoming

Washington State (0-0) opens the season on the road for the first time since 2013, visiting Mountain West opponent Wyoming (1-0).


Aggies, Spartans confirm discussions

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials at Utah State and San Jose State acknowledge they are in discussions with the Mountain West Conference over realignment for 2013 yet say no formal …


Boise State edges Vandals, 76-73

NAMPA, Idaho – Anthony Drmic could barely stand on his feet two days before Saturday’s game, but he had no issues with his shooting touch during Boise State’s 76-73 victory …


Boise State moves to 11-1, but likely still a BCS outlier

BOISE – Boise State safety Cedric Febis hesitated just for a moment when he was asked if Boise State is good enough to deserve a spot in the BCS. Broncos …