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The Washington State football team has quite a challenge this week, traveling to face Oregon in unfriendly Autzen Stadium. The Ducks lead the conference in both passing and rushing, and have a fearsome defense. That means the Cougars won’t have any time to sulk over their disheartening loss to OSU on Saturday. But CougCenter gives us a look back at that game. Here’s our first look at that game.
In case you missed it, we tried out a new feature on the blog yesterday … And Ken Goe had a controversial column about Cougar coach Mike Leach … De’Anthony Thomas may not have practiced on Monday, but still hopes to play against WSU … Marcus Mariota is getting a lot of well-deserved praise, and handling it well … Greg Bishop of the New York Times has a good read on the Ducks.
Continue reading for more links from around the conference.
Washington State postponed its Sunday night football practice until 9 p.m., but didn't officially get started until 10 p.m. That was when the coaches and a number of starting players arrived at Martin Stadium. Most of the team arrived at 9 p.m. and participated in drills that were overseen by graduate assistants. Once everyone was accounted for the practice lasted around 40 minutes.
Unofficially, the players that arrived at 10 were:
Offense: Quarterback Connor Halliday, receiver Gabe Marks, running back Marcus Mason, center Elliott Bosch, offensive tackle John Fullington, offensive lineman Joe Dahl, offensive tackle Gunnar Eklund and receiver Kristoff Williams.
Defense: Linebacker Darryl Monroe, linebacker Justin Sagote, safety Deone Bucannon, cornerback Damante Horton, defensive linemen Xavier Cooper, Toni Pole and Ioane Gauta.
Practicing at cornerback was Nolan Washington, who warmed up with the wide receivers before Saturday's game.
After practice we had our first chance to speak with defensive coordinator Mike Breske since the OSU game. More on that after the jump.
S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the WSU home game against Oregon State. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos.
Happy Friday, everyone. USC's 38-31 victory over Arizona last night was a fun start to what should be a great weekend of football in the Pac-12. Prepare yourself for your Saturday sports binge by scouring these links.
Here's my Pac-12 picks, so far I'm off to a decent start … WSU's Kalifitoni Pole is coming into his own … In case you missed it, here's our recap from Thursday Night Football … Expect OSU to use a lot of sub packages on defense … OSU's offensive line is almost back to normal.
Links from around the conference below.
It's Must Win Week in the Pac-12. A number of teams are playing do-or-die games. WSU against OSU has the feeling of a game that will determine whether or not each teams season is good or mediocre. UW has it's best chance in years to knock off Oregon, and on College Gameday no less. Arizona needs a bounce back win against USC, but who knows how the Trojans will respond to the recent coaching change? Is Utah legit? They've got a chance to prove it against Stanford.
More links from around the conference after the jump.
Enjoy some links to tide you over until our live chat, which will take place at 1 p.m.
From Pullman — If you're following the fallout of last week's Emmitt Su'a-Kalio arrest, Scout.com has named the alleged victim, while also disclosing his medical information. We shan't be following suit, but advise that nothing has been proven nor confirmed.
In lighter news, Mike Leach had reporters rolling at his weekly press conference, which highlighted topics such as the Cal game, the upcoming OSU game, and preferred dog breeds … here's our notebook following the presser … the Beavers know they've got something special in Brandin Cook … OSU is expecting a challenge from WSU's passing game.
More links after the jump.
From Pullman — After a 44-22 win at Cal in which the teams combined to pass for over 1,000 yards, expect more of the same this week. Sean Mannion and the Beavers didn't play last week, but the talented quarterback still leads the conference with 2,018 passing yards. The Cougars were able to win on Saturday despite giving up a lot of passing yards, but that's an area where they need to improve.
There wasn't a lot of news on Sunday, but we have a few links from around the conference after the jump.
The Cougars improved to 2-1 in conference play on Saturday afternoon, and 4-2 overall. Connor Halliday bounced back from the Stanford game by throwing over halfway to 1,000-yards in a single game, 521 to be exact.
Here's our story on the game… a couple of defensive linemen who have been contributors for awhile still managed to have breakout performances … over on Sportslink we've got postgame video … and here's a column on Halliday's performance from the indefatigable Bud Withers.
But that's not all that happened on Saturday afternoon. Follow the jump for links from around the conference.
From Berkeley, Calif. —Today at 1p.m. the Cougars will take on California in what could easily be WSU's most important game of the season. We detail what they'll need to do to win here … If Cal wins, blame the socks … Not helping matters is the revelation that a WSU football player was arrested this week … The San Francisco Chronicle has a video preview of the game … A Cal safety decided to turn in his mouth guard. More links from around the Pac-12 after the jump.
In case you missed it, Utah and UCLA kicked off this week's Pac-12 play last night. Entering the game, Travis Wilson and Brett Hundley had similar stats. That certainly wasn't the case during the game, as Hundley found three different ways to score a touchdown while Wilson found six different occasions to throw interceptions.
In WSU news, here's our story for tomorrow's paper, as well as our report on Thursday Night Football … The story that wouldn't die has made its way to Mashable of all places … Mark Sandritter asks how confident WSU fans are. Why don't you go tell him? … Will Cal's running back break out against the Cougs? … Links from around the conference after the jump (don't actually jump).
Good morning! The Cougars had a fine practice yesterday. Connor Halliday highlighted the evening with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Gabe Marks. The team had a mixed special teams session, as Feddie Davey ran into punter Wes Concepcion and Alex Jackson fumbled while running back a kickoff.
In other WSU news here's our story on the relationship between WSU head coach Mike Leach and Sonny Dykes of Cal … In case you missed it, here's our Pac-12 Power Rankings … Basketball is just around the corner and we've got a first look … Here's more on WSU basketball from The Daily Evergreen … The San Francisco Chronicle has an interview with some idiot reporter … Samuel Becker says the Cougars needed an attitude adjustment … Some good stuff here from Golden Bear Lair …
More links from around the conference below.
From Pullman — As this is the first iteration of my Pac-12 power rankings, there has been no movement from the previous week. I promise it won’t happen again. Keep in mind that these are merely snapshot of how these teams matchup on Wednesday morning, not a predicted order of finish. They take into account injuries, recent firings, and anything else that could affect on the field performance in Week 6. With that, the rankings:
From Pullman — As you wrack your brain in search pertinent of questions for the live chat we'll be holding on SportsLink at 11 a.m., why not prep by reading our Pac-12 notes? … The basketball team got some bad news with the suspension of a post player … The San Francisco Chronicle has a First Glance at the Cougs.
Read on for links from around the conference.
FROM PULLMAN — Mike Ladd's absence was killer for Washington State on Wednesday, as the Cougars fell to Oregon State 67-66 at Beasley Coliseum. Here's our usual recap.
FROM PULLMAN — As if there wasn't enough pressure on Washington State already, the Cougars now must try to defeat Oregon State without the services of starting point guard Mike Ladd, who will miss tonight's game with a left knee injury. Read on for more.
FROM CORVALLIS — Here's the transcript of Mike Leach's postgame comments following Washington State's 19-6 loss here Saturday.
FROM PULLMAN — Washington State beat Oregon State for a third time this season on Wednesday, and this one was their most dominating win over the Beavers yet. It also allowed the Cougars to advance to next week's best-of-three championship series against Pittsburgh. We watched the game with about 50 others at Beasley Coliseum, and have our postgame wrap after the jump.
Coming into the year, Idaho coach Don Verlin looked at this week — with games at home against Washington State and at Oregon State separated by three days — and knew it would be telling for the Vandals. Could they hang with two Pac-12 schools? It turns out they could, and they almost went 2-for-2 in upsets for the week. UI squelched every Oregon State rally attempt in the second half and rolled to a 74-60 rout of the Beavers in Corvallis — its most decisive win over a Pac-12 school since 1992. Idaho moved to 5-4, while OSU dropped to 6-2/Josh Wright, SR SportsLink. More here. (AP/Corvallis Gazette-Time photo: Oregon State's Jared Cunningham (1) faces defensive pressure from Idaho's Matt Borton (20) Friday night)
- Also: Freshman Connor Hill of Post Falls scores 8 off the bench (ESPN boxscore here)
Question: Do you follow Idaho Vandal basketball?
Since they let the fans pick the uniforms online last week, maybe the next step for the Washington State Cougars is to let them call the plays from the stands. On the next-to-last snap before halftime here Saturday night, quarterback Jeff Tuel ducked and wiggled and shuffled to buy himself more time for a pass downfield, and what he bought himself was a long incompletion and a vicious lick from Oregon State linebacker Tony Wilson. One second remained and WSU coach Paul Wulff, even with a timeout in his pocket, either out of compassion or common sense ordered Tuel to take a knee on the final play rather than wager on a miracle from midfield. And thousands among the 49,219 gathered – egads, they drew more here for Grambling – for the misbegotten idea of the Cougs ceding a Pacific-12 Conference home game off campus booed/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP photo: Coach Paul Wulff, right, protests an unnecessary roughness penalty)
Question: Is it time to get a new coach and a new direction for Washington State?
With everyone focused on the Super Bowl yesterday, and I can think fondly of one life-long Packer fan (and that means almost 60 years) who I sincerely hope had a great day yesterday, there is little to pass along concerning Washington State in particular and the Pac-10 in general. But there is some. Actually, some fun Cougar news, so read on.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 9:55 A.M.
No sleeping in this morning. We're on our way to Portland to catch the flight back to Spokane, but before we go, we have some Washington State links you may want to check out. Read on.
It may not have been the prettiest game of the season, but it was exactly what Ken Bone wanted. It was a victory. And those, on the road, have been hard to come by for Washington State since Pac-10 play started. Though, at times, it didn't seem like a road game. For more on that and other things, including our game story, read on.
It was 11-10 Oregon State with 13 minutes, 40 seconds to play in the first half. But when Abe Lodwick nailed a 3-pointer from the corner 7:35 later, it was 28-12 Washington State. An 18-1 run would usually be a reason to celebrate for the team with the 18, but the roots of the run were rotten. In the time frame, WSU was whistled for five fouls, laying the groundwork for a 12-1 Oregon State run to end the half. Not only that, but the Beavers missed three front ends during the WSU streak, accounting for almost a third of their 10 empty possessions. … Two Cougars who were having a big impact on the first half, Lodwick (six points off the bench) and Marcus Capers (three rebounds and a handful of exceptional block outs), missed the end of the half thanks to three fouls. Klay Thompson missed some time as well with two, as did Brock Motum. … That did open the door for Patrick Simon, who chipped in four points, and Will DiIrio, the walk-on who flew in for an uncredited offensive rebound that Simon finished along with a defensive rebound. … Reggie Moore had a decent offensive half despite hitting just 1 of 6 shots. He had an assist and four free throws. … The Cougars shot 39.3 for the half, though they missed their last seven shots. They were over 50 percent with 5:11 remaining and led 31-15. Oregon State shot 40 percent, hitting 6 of its last 9. … We'll be back a couple hours after the game with our story. Until then …
Is there a little less consternation out there now that Oregon has also handled Washington today? Or does that create more worries in that Oregon State defeated the Huskies here Thursday night? More thoughts on that, and the extra "g" I had this morning on the link, so read on.
There's nothing better than sleeping late on a Saturday morning. Yes, 7:30 a.m. is the new 11. At least it is for me. Read on for our morning report.
We're back this evening with a few thoughts about Matt Court, a quick look at some of the doings around the Pac-10 and a link to our story for tomorrow. Enough for a Friday night? If it isn't, you have my pity. Read on.
Coeur d'Alene High School cross country runner Kinsey Gomez is shown during practice in October. SR sports buddy Greg Lee reports that Kinsey has chosen to run cross country at Oregon State, rather than Arizona State and Utah, which also pursued the standout. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
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We – meaning most readers and myself – have a difference of opinion when it comes to Washington State's home games not being televised, as was the case with last night's 84-70 win over Oregon State. You folks hate it. We like it. If you want to know why, read on.