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Halliday, Long may miss Apple Cup

With Connor Halliday absent from practice Monday night, Washington State coach Mike Leach said senior quarterback Jeff Tuel will “probably start” Friday in the Apple Cup. Another senior leader for the Cougars, however, might be a spectator against Washington.

Sun Devils succeed in air, on ground, lay waste to Cougs

TEMPE, Ariz. – The bloodied scab atop the bridge of Connor Halliday’s nose said enough about the beating Washington State took from Arizona State here on Saturday. But to really drive the point home, Halliday reflected on more than just ASU’s 46-7 pole-axing of the Cougars at Sun Devil Stadium before a generously announced crowd of 53,438.

Christian Caple’s Keys to the WSU Game

What went right Very little. WSU’s offense was so inconsistent that it required a change of quarterbacks, and the Cougars wound up totaling only 241 yards while allowing seven sacks and converting just one of 16 third-down attempts. Deone Bucannon did have 17 tackles and Cyrus Coen finished with four tackles for loss, tied for seventh- most in WSU single-game history.

WSU notebook: Apple Cup could be Tuel’s finale

TEMPE, Ariz. – With one game remaining in the season, Washington State still hasn’t found a starting quarterback. Jeff Tuel, who was knocked out of last week’s game against UCLA with an apparent collarbone injury, started Saturday’s 46-7 loss to Arizona State but was benched after completing 8 of 16 passes for 67 yards with an interception.

Unrest on the rise in Pullman

PULLMAN – These aren’t the headlines anyone had in mind for Marquess Wilson this football season. The ultra-talented junior receiver, who earlier this season broke Washington State’s record for career receiving yards, was suspended by coach Mike Leach on Monday after reportedly walking out of a late-night conditioning session on Sunday.

Leach has praise for Tuel in defeat

PULLMAN – For once, coach Mike Leach didn’t have to field questions Monday about who his starting quarterback might be come Saturday. Washington State senior Jeff Tuel took hold of the position by throwing for a career-high 401 yards and two touchdowns in WSU’s down-to-the-wire 24-17 loss at Stanford.

Tuel’s performance speaks for itself

PULLMAN – For once, coach Mike Leach didn’t have to field questions Monday about who his starting quarterback might be come Saturday. Washington State senior Jeff Tuel took hold of the position by throwing for a career-high 401 yards and two touchdowns in WSU’s down-to-the-wire 24-17 loss at Stanford. Leach said he was especially impressed by Tuel’s 43 completions in 60 attempts because he was under siege from a Cardinal defense that collected 10 sacks.

Tough task: WSU has to win out to earn bowl berth

PULLMAN – It’s not exactly a gantlet, competition-wise. But for the Washington State football team, the final four games of this season present a daunting task. That’s because the Cougars (2-6, 0-5 Pac-12) have to win all of them to qualify for their first bowl game since 2003, one of WSU’s stated goals this season.

Cougs’ daunting task: Run table for bowl berth

PULLMAN – It’s not exactly a gantlet, competition-wise. But for the Washington State football team, the final four games of this season present a daunting task. That’s because the Cougars (2-6, 0-5 Pac-12) have to win all of them to qualify for their first bowl game since 2003, one of WSU’s stated goals this season.

WSU QB aware of Cardinal pass rush

STANFORD, Calif. – Washington State’s football coaches are running out of superlatives. Before the Cougars last suited up on Oct. 13, linebackers coach Jeff Choate said WSU would be facing the best group of running backs in the Pac-12 against California.

Cougars hope time will heal

PULLMAN – Washington State heads into its bye week wounded. There are some injuries for the Cougars to deal with, too. Add up the physical and mental toll absorbed by WSU in limping to a 2-5 (0-4 Pac-12) start this season, and Saturday’s bye comes at just about the right time. “I’ve always thought that somewhere after the first third of the season’s the best time,” coach Mike Leach said. “Guys just need to recharge a little bit,” senior quarterback Jeff Tuel said. “We’ve got some guys banged up, dinged up and stuff. We need to get physically healthy.”