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Sellout crowd on hand for regional battle between Washington State, Eastern Washington

WSU reported ticket sales at 32,952, which makes Saturday’s game the 13th sellout at Martin Stadium since the beginning of the 2012 season. It comes one week after the Cougars …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:45 p.m.

Recap and highlights: Washington State Cougars fire on all cylinders in 59-24 victory over Eastern Washington Eagles

In seven years under Mike Leach, the Cougars have built a potent offense, strengthened their defense and, a more recent development, have gradually transformed Martin Stadium into a considerably difficult …


The picks: Washington State will remain unbeaten after Eastern Washington test

Both Theo Lawson (WSU beat writer) and Ryan Collingwood (EWU beat writer) give their predictions on Saturday’s showdown between the Cougars and visiting Eagles at Martin Stadium in Pullman.


College volleyball: 22nd-ranked Washington State wins twice at Western Kentucky tournament, remains unbeaten

McKenna Woodford, Ella Lajos and Taylor Mims combined for 38 kills Friday as Washington State capped a 2-0 day at the Western Kentucky Tournament in Bowling Green, Kentucky, with a …


College cross country: Gonzaga’s James Mwaura, Washington State’s Emma Jenkins lead way at Cougar Classic

Gonzaga freshman James Mwaura and Washington State freshman Emma Jenkins had the top times Friday at the Cougar Classic cross country meet on the Colfax Golf Course.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Eastern Washington has proven to be a pest for Pac-12 foes

Since 2011, the Eagles’ six games against the likes of Washington State, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State have been decided by an average of 6.3 points.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 6:03 p.m.

Short memory: Mike Leach, Washington State not letting 2016 loss linger ahead of Saturday’s rematch versus Eastern Washington

In 2018, the Eagles present a few of the same challenges to the Cougars they did two years ago, but they also differ in many respects.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Eastern Washington

Keys to a potential Washington State victory Saturday against Eastern Washington at Martin Stadium.


Rewinding the tape: Cooper Kupp and others tell an oral history of the classic 2016 battle between Eastern Washington and Washington State

With the help of a few prominent cast members, we rewind the tape and take a closer look at the unforgettable game in 2016, placing a magnifying glass on a …


Ryan’s return: Former Washington State QB Ryan Leaf talks analyst debut, Tyler Hilinski and 2018 Cougars in wide-ranging Q&A

Just three days removed from the San Jose State game, Leaf, who will be back in Pullman Saturday as a color analyst for WSU’s game against Eastern Washington, answered a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 5:27 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: Winless Arizona, UCLA teams have chance to avenge early results

It wouldn’t have been totally unreasonable to think a couple of Pac-12 teams could start the season 0-2. You might have expected those would be the ones coached by Jonathan …


Washington State football chat transcript - 9/12

A full transcript from Wednesday’s Cougar football live chat with Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

Tracy Claeys observing Washington State’s defense from the press box this season

Rather than watch games from the sideline, Tracy Claeys prefers to observe from the press box – and always has. His predecessor Alex Grinch, WSU’s defensive coordinator from 2015-17, spent …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Pac-12 power rankings: USC falls, Arizona State rises after second week of regular season

The weekly Pac-12 power rankings from Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson.


Washington State receives verbal commitment from 6-7 offensive tackle Patrick Utschinski

Washington State’s newest verbal pledge fits the profile of Mason Miller’s ideal offensive lineman. Patrick Utschinski is both big and vertical.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 8:47 p.m.

Mike Leach interested in roots of Eastern Washington’s red turf, but Washington State coach prefers ‘neutral’ green field

Mike Leach would like to hear the back story on why Eastern Washington colored its football field red, but the Washington State coach wouldn’t jump at an opportunity to trade …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Washington State owns top fourth down conversion rate in FBS, but it’s come at a cost

The Cougars are proud of their FBS-leading fourth down conversion rate, which stands at 7-of-9 (77.7 percent) after games against Wyoming at San Jose State, but at the same time …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Mike Leach laments Washington State’s offensive toughness in win over San Jose State

Mike Leach’s offense is rarely characterized as pedestrian, so it’s understandable why the Washington State coach was half-irked with the Cougars’ 31-0 win over San Jose State Saturday night at …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

First look: Eastern Washington at Washington State

Washington State (2-0) will try to fend off its only FCS opponent of the season, Eastern Washington (2-0), which likewise will attempt to spring an upset of the only FBS …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

College volleyball: Taylor Mims reaches milestone as 23rd-ranked Washington State remains undefeated

Taylor Mims became the 14th player in Washington State history with 1,000 career kills Saturday as the 23rd-ranked Cougars (7-0) capped off their Cougar Challenge in Pullman with a 3-0 …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 12:32 a.m.

Recap and highlights: Washington State beats San Jose State 31-0

Follow along for updates from Pullman as Washington State hosts San Jose State in a nonconference football game. Kick is set for 8 p.m. at Martin Stadium.


The pick: Why Washington State will beat – err, blast – San Jose State

Washington State fans may have to stick around until midnight to see the final play of Saturday’s game, but many will leave three hours earlier knowing the Cougars have stashed …