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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 10:12 a.m.

Pac-12 power rankings: South division continues to nosedive after another forgettable week

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


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Washington State outscoring opponents 52-0, outgaining them 462-92 in 4th quarter

If football games ended after three quarters, Washington State’s record would be no different than it is now. The Cougars have played well enough through the first, second and third …


USC to play first half of Washington State game without standout linebacker Porter Gustin

In the third quarter of USC’s 37-14 loss to Texas, Gustin was first flagged for a personal foul penalty after a punishing hit on Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger and later …


Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew, receiver Travell Harris earn weekly Pac-12 honors

After going two weeks without recognition, Washington State players picked up two of the three weekly Pac-12 Conference honors after Saturday’s 59-24 blowout win over Eastern Washington at Martin Stadium.


Afternoon kickoff announced for week five matchup between Washington State, Utah

The Cougars will follow Friday’s late-night kickoff at USC with a mid-afternoon game against Utah the following week in Pullman.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

First look: Washington State at USC

Washington State (3-0) looks to stay unbeaten when it opens up Pac-12 Conference play against USC (1-2).


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Offensive camaraderie apparent for Washington State through three games

Too bad Mike Leach had already exited the interview room, because even Washington State’s coach – candid and blunt as he can be – may have cracked a smile hearing …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:47 p.m.

Eastern Washington notebook: Second-half momentum killed on a holding penalty in loss to Washington State

Its offense flummoxed and its defense on skates most of the first half, Eastern Washington had finally strung together a sequence of yard-churning drives.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:29 p.m.

Travell Harris gives Washington State a boost with 100-yard kickoff return for touchdown

Travell Harris is debuting as Washington State’s new kick returner this season, but up until Saturday’s game against Eastern Washington, the redshirt sophomore wide receiver hadn’t had many opportunities to …


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

Peyton Pelluer briefly contemplated move to Alabama before deciding on return to Washington State

Alabama knew of Pelluer because defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi, a former defensive line coach and defensive run game coordinator at the University of Washington, is married to the WSU linebacker’s …


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

John Blanchette: Washington State has every reason to believe early-season momentum will carry into Pac-12 play

So the Washington State Cougars have navigated their minefield of a non-conference schedule – they just took down the heavyweight of the first three weeks, Eastern Washington, in a fun …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 11:13 p.m.

Analysis: Washington State wins ninth straight at home, defeating Eastern Washington 59-24 behind dominant offensive performance

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Difference makers: James Williams scores a trio of touchdowns in Washington State’s blowout win

Difference makers from Washington State’s 59-24 victory over Eastern Washington


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

TV Take: Washington State provided plenty of highlights for Pac-12 Networks to replay in 59-24 win over Eastern Washington

There is an argument to be made instant replay is the most significant invention in the history of football. At least the broadcast part of it.


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 …