Washington State was one of just two teams in the Pac-12 without a first team selection, but the Cougars still had 11 players recognized when the conference announced its postseason awards Tuesday.
It may have raised a few eyebrows among Washington State fans when the Cougars added a punter to their 2021 recruiting class during the early signing period last week.
The most peculiar Washington State football season in at least a half-century is in the rearview mirror following the Cougars’ third consecutive defeat, a 45-28 loss to Utah on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Max Borghi had more than a few positive moments in his return to the field for Washington State.
Within minutes of receiving the news, Billy Joe and Danielle Hobert were on the Delta Airlines website surveying flights from Southern California to Salt Lake City. Kevin and Kristin Bacon hopped online to look at the options out of Spokane International.
SALT LAKE CITY – Kyle Whittingham made the adjustments that counted, so the longtime Utah coach got the last word when he returned to the locker room Saturday afternoon at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Difference makers from Washington State's game at Utah on Dec. 19, 2020, in Salt Lake City.
While Nick Rolovich and Washington State exuded the "anytime, any place" mantra with regards to the final game of the regular season, it'd be understandable if in the back of their mind, the Cougars thought "anyone but Utah, anywhere but Salt Lake City."
Follow along here as the Washington State Cougars visit the Utah Utes. The game is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Fox Sports 1.
Nick Rolovich never coached a football game against the University of Utah in his 12 years at Nevada and Hawaii, but by the time he arrived at the podium to meet with reporters Monday afternoon – some 24 hours after the Pac-12 announced its week seven pairings – the Washington State coach seemed to know what the Utes were all about.
Keys to victory for Washington State against Utah
Once again, Washington State’s beleaguered defensive secondary won’t be at full strength when the Cougars play the Utes on Saturday in the season finale at Rice-Eccles Stadium.