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Pac-12 coaches not surprised by expansion talk

PULLMAN – The Pac-12, we hardly knew ye. As the events of the past week have shown, the college sports landscape is about as anchored as a palm frond in …


Cougars, 1-0 for first time since ’05, prepare for UNLV

PULLMAN – For the first time in six years, Washington State will take a 1-0 record into the football season’s second game. The Cougars will also not take their usual …


Vince Grippi’s Keys to the Game

What went right Almost everything. The offense was efficient, scoring on its first four possessions and six of seven in the first half. It ran up 590 yards of total …


Pac-12 roundup: Sacramento State beats Oregon State in OT

Oregon State coach Mike Riley shrugged when asked whether Saturday’s overtime loss to Sacramento State in Corvallis, Ore., was one of the worst of his career with the Beavers. “I …


Oregon Ducks no match for huge LSU Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas – LaMichael James hardly had room to run and Darron Thomas looked rusty. Oregon’s youngsters seemed awed by LSU’s size and intimidated by playing in front 87,711 fans, …


Statistics: WSU and Idaho State

For 09-04-2011


How they scored: WSU and Idaho State

First quarter WSU 7, ISU 0


WSU notebook: Sacks galore and a pick for a score for Cougars

PULLMAN – Alex Hoffman-Ellis is not a running back. But sometimes Washington State’s senior linebacker plays one at Martin Stadium. Two years ago against SMU he returned an interception 52 …


Cougs rip Idaho State but lose Tuel to fractured clavicle

PULLMAN – Rarely has a 64-21 season-opening rout seemed like such a downer. It wasn’t because of the way Washington State played in demolishing Idaho State before 22,034 on a …


Idaho State coach Kramer sees Cougs as his family

PULLMAN – Often times Washington State coaches end radio or television appearances with a “Go Cougs.” They’re fans, too, so it seems appropriate. But when the opposing coach punctuates an …


New Pac-12 member Utah stops Montana State

John White rushed for 150 yards with two touchdowns in his major-college debut and converted linebacker Brian Blechen intercepted two passes as the Utah Utes opened with a 27-10 victory …


WSU’s Hoffman-Ellis has the quickness to make up for lack of experience

PULLMAN – When Alex Hoffman-Ellis committed to Washington State in the summer of 2008, information about the Moorpark College freshman was hard to come by. Then someone found a video …


Blanchette: Cougars’ surprise party would include bowl bid

This is probably hair-splitting of Miami-cheating proportions, but it’s time for federal regulation of the surprise team industry. “Biff, who’s your surprise team in college football this year?”


At last, these WSU redshirts will be back in the game

PULLMAN – For three Washington State football players, the wait for Saturday’s 2011 season opener has been interminable. Rickey Galvin, Toni Pole and Kristoff Williams were supposed to make their …


Exactly what is speed and what does it mean?

PULLMAN – “I want you to do a story on how speed has changed college football the past 10, 15 years or so,” says the boss who in his younger …


WSU/Pac-12 story lines

The first year of the Pac-12 doesn’t seem to be fair or balanced. In the North, there’s Oregon and Stanford, ranked third and seventh in the nation, respectively. In the …


Pac-12’s first week starts, ends with new members

PULLMAN – This is the first week of Pac-12 football and it is fitting the conference’s two newest members bookend the games. The University of Utah hosts defending Big Sky …


Pac-12’s new teams start, end first week

This is the first week of Pac-12 football and it is fitting the conference’s two newest members bookend the games.


Analysis: Cougars to watch as season approaches

PULLMAN – When coach Paul Wulff called his team together to end practice at around 11:30 Saturday morning, it marked the finish of Washington State’s 2011 preseason football camp. Next …


Injuries take off some gleam off WSU’s progress

PULLMAN – As practice wound down Friday afternoon, the Washington State Cougars began the process of getting ready for their football opener next Saturday against Idaho State. And with that, …


Cougars avoid injuries in night scrimmage

PULLMAN – Washington State football coach Paul Wulff got what he wanted out of Thursday’s night scrimmage before a smattering of fans at Martin Stadium. The starters got some reps. …


Cougars approach decision time on freshmen

PULLMAN – It seems simple enough. A freshman joins a college football team. Either he’s physically ready to play, so he does. Or he’s not ready, so he redshirts, sitting …


WSU’s Gilbertson, Lappano chose own paths

PULLMAN – The bios read more like a road map than a résumé. Logan, Utah. Moscow, Idaho. Laramie, Wyo. West Lafayette, Ind. Corvallis, Ore. Berkeley, Calif. Los Angeles, Seattle, San …


WSU’s special teams start from scratch

This is the last of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2011 football team. Today: Special teams. PULLMAN – There is no debate.


WSU’s secondary emphasizes stopping run

This is the sixth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2011 football team. Today: Defensive backs. Sunday: Special teams. PULLMAN – When rating any team’s defensive secondary, the …


WSU linebackers have everything but experience

This is the sixth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2011 football team. Today: Linebackers. Friday: Defensive backs. PULLMAN – One thing can be said about Washington State’s …


Offense dominates Cougars’ second scrimmage

PULLMAN – For the second time in the preseason, Washington State held a live scrimmage, this one Wednesday before a smattering of fans at Martin Stadium. And for the second …


Great expectations

This is the fifth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2011 football team. Today: Defensive line. Thursday: Linebackers. PULLMAN – There are not usually many surprises in the …


Nowhere to go now, but up

If you look at the stats, the tight end position wasn’t an integral part of the Washington State offense last year. After all, Andrei Lintz was the only tight end …


Big horse to lead way

This is the fourth of eight position previews of Washington State University’s 2011 football team. Today: Running backs and tight ends. Wednesday: Defensive line. PULLMAN – When Washington State’s running …