Washington State (3-3, 0-3) looks for an ever-elusive first Pac-12 Conference win when it hosts Colorado (3-3, 1-2) in the Homecoming game.
Washington State will be back on national televsion when the Cougars visit No. 12 Oregon at Autzen Stadium in two weeks.
In this edition of the rewind, we examine the team’s morale after Saturday’s game in Tempe (it might not be what you think), WSU’s tendency to give up explosive plays and the recent drought the Cougars have hit when it comes to causing turnovers.
With just under eight minutes to play at Sun Devil Stadium, Oscar Draguicevich III stood at Washington State’s 39-yard line, caught the snap and put his foot through the football, watching it sail more than 50 yards through the desert air before dropping inside the 5-yard line.
Washington State football players, usually avid social media users, have been noticeably quiet on Twitter and Instagram since their 38-13 loss to Utah two weeks ago.
At times, it looked better for Washington State, and Mike Leach said as much in his postgame press conference. But, far too often in their 38-34 loss to No. 18 Arizona State Saturday afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium, the Cougars mirrored the team they were two weeks ago against Utah, and a week before that against UCLA.
It had been two weeks, two eventful weeks, since Washington State had been on the football field. The Cougars returned Saturday afternoon with another road game against a ranked opponent.
Difference makers from Arizona State’s 38-34 win over Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
Arconado, who’s still second on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (352) suffered an undisclosed lower body injury in the Pac-12 opener against UCLA and didn’t travel to Salt Lake City for WSU’s 38-13 loss to Utah.
Luke Falk’s time as a starting quarterback in the NFL ended earlier this week when the New York Jets cleared Sam Darnold, and the former Washington State quarterback was waived by the organization Saturday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Networks reported.
Jayden Daniels capped a 75-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left, giving No. 18 Arizona State a 38-34 victory over Washington State on Saturday afternoon, the Cougars’ third straight loss to start Pac-12 Conference play.
I’m on a need-to-see-it-before-I-believe-it basis with WSU’s defense and even if Anthony Gordon and the offense can shake off the cobwebs, it’s hard to see them scoring more than 35-40 points against an ASU team that’s giving up only 14.4 per game and has allowed just 38 in its four victories.