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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Washington State was trying out ‘different technique’ when game-tying FG was blocked

Early on in Friday’s game, USC diagnosed a tendency in Washington State’s field goal protection when the Cougars lined up a 50-yard kick for Blake Mazza. So the Trojans adjusted …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 9:01 p.m.

Mike Leach was a Kyle Whittingham fan long before Washington State, Utah became Pac-12 rivals

In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Mike Leach was an undergraduate student at Brigham Young, a devout follower of LaVell Edwards’ football team and by virtue, a big fan of the …


Washington State’s Mike Leach declines to comment on Porter Gustin’s vicious hit, but suggests reporters take deeper dive

Like everyone else, Mike Leach replayed Porter Gustin’s controversial hit on Gardner Minshew while he reviewed game tape from Washington State’s 39-36 loss to USC Friday night at Los Angeles …


Pac-12 announces kickoff time for Oct. 6 battle between Washington State and Oregon State

An Oct. 6 game between Pac-12 North foes Washington State and Oregon State will kick off at 6 p.m. in Corvallis, the league announced Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 8:09 p.m.

First look: Utah at Washington State

Washington State (3-1, 0-1) returns to the Palouse to host Utah (2-1, 0-1) in its first home conference game of the 2018 season.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

Analysis: Washington State could’ve used mulligan three times during final drive of narrow loss to USC

Spending 15 minutes inside Washington State’s interview tent following the game, you didn’t get the sense the Cougars (3-1, 0-1) were ready to view their first loss of the 2018 …


USC escapes Coliseum with 39-36 win over Washington State after blocking late field goal

At one point early in the third quarter, Washington State held a 13-point lead at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC’s 17-game home win streak was on the fritz and …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 11:56 p.m.

Difference makers: JT Daniels shines in second half of USC’s victory over Washington State

Difference makers from USC’s 39-36 victory over Washington State


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 12:24 a.m.

TV Take: ESPN seems to favor Hollywood in USC’s win over Washington State

It took four games, the first three of which they won, but the Washington State Cougars finally made the television big time. All it took was a game at USC. …


Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum more than half full for Washington State, USC game

The Coliseum may not have drawn record numbers, but it was still more than half-full for a Pac-12 duel against the Cougars.


USC racks up the rushing yards early, but loses steam late in first half against Washington State

Stephen Carr broke away for a long 50-yarder and Vavae Malepeai capped the drive with a strong 3-yard touchdown. Then, quickly as it arrived, the Trojans’ run game disappeared into …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 12:44 a.m.

Recap and highlights: Freshman quarterback JT Daniels sparks second-half comeback as USC tops Washington State

JT Daniels and USC’s talented crew of wide receivers began to get hot and a 38-yard WSU field goal was blocked with less than two minutes to play, allowing the …


The pick: Why Washington State will beat USC

USC’s current point-per-game average (20) certainly doesn’t hold up against a WSU team that’s averaging more than 43 and if the Trojans offensive line can’t find a way to protect …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Washington State seeking consecutive wins over USC for second time in program history

The objective for any road football team is to play so well through the course of a game that it can zap energy and passion out of the crowd and …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

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

Keys to a potential Washington State victory Friday against USC at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


Why Washington State keeps going back to Los Angeles’ Cathedral High

Both receivers, and now Djibril, have expanded WSU’s footprint at Cathedral, but so would a big result for the Cougars (3-0) this Friday night against USC (1-2) at Los Angeles …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 6:09 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: A smaller slate this weekend means a better chance for perfection

We correctly picked the winners for 10 of the 11 games last weekend, and could have been 11 for 11 had officials in the game between Arizona State and San …


Weekly WSU football chat transcript - 9/19

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


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

USC game carries more significance for 33 Southern Californians on Washington State roster

The Cougars’ Pac-12 opener is meaningful because it’s the first of nine games that counts toward conference standings. But, similar to how the Apple Cup excites just about every Washingtonian …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 4:51 p.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 …