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PULLMAN – The last time Washington State University’s football team flew back to campus from the Midwest, the Cougars were coming off a 48-point pounding.
Kyle Padron threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Southern Methodist to a 35-21 win over Washington State on Saturday.
When playing a June Jones-coached football team, a majority of the pregame hype usually centers round his much-imitated run-and-shoot offense. Rightfully so. While at Hawaii, Jones’ teams were in the top five nationally in total offense each of his eight years. But his Southern Methodist University team that hosts Washington State Saturday may be stronger on the other side of the ball.
Going into last season’s matchup with Southern Methodist University, Washington State’s defensive coaches thought they had a pretty good plan to contain the Mustangs’ run-and-shoot offense. Then the Cougars went out and gave up 504 yards of total offense, including a 46-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
PULLMAN – Four years ago Chima Nwachukwu and Hallston Higgins both made the decision to leave Texas – Nwachukwu from Allen, near Dallas; Higgins from Magnolia, near Houston – and head north to Washington State University.
OK, someone pinch me. This must be a dream, right? I don't think I've ever had a perfect week.
The wearing of hair shirts and the hurling of high, hard ones can resume soon enough this week in and around Washington State. For a few hours, at least, the mantra can be, “No matter the opponent...”
Nico Grasu’s 18-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining capped a 16-point fourth-quarter comeback as Washington State defeated Montana State 23-22 on Saturday to end a 10-game losing streak.
Tyree Toomer usually wears No. 33. But Saturday afternoon he took the Martin Stadium turf against Montana State wearing No. 15 ... and other notes from Saturday's WSU-Montana State football game.
PULLMAN – There’s a gap between the schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision, like Washington State University, and their counterparts in the Championship Subdivision, like Montana State, and it goes beyond the fact the FCS teams actually have a playoff to determine a national champion.
“There is just going to be a lot of raw emotion to the game this weekend,” Jason McEndoo says of the Montana State at Washington State game on Saturday. “I think a lot of people have no idea the underpinnings of the game.”
If there were one thing everyone agreed on following Washington State’s shocking 65-17 season-opening loss at Oklahoma State was the Cougars’ tackling was ... well, let them describe it. “We were horrible, we were absolutely terrible,” said coach Paul Wulff.
Is it already time to reconsider the “Maybe it won’t be as bad as we think” season of Washington State football?
Kendall Hunter rushed for 257 yards and four touchdowns out of Oklahoma State’s new-look offense and the Cowboys beat Washington State 65-17 on Saturday night.
It only happened once last season. And it came in the season’s third game. The “it” would be a Washington State University football victory, of which there have been just three the past two seasons.
PULLMAN – They both threw high-velocity fastballs. But those heaters ended up headed in different directions. Brandon Weeden’s led him into the grow-up-fast world of minor league baseball, a playground of pressure he experienced for five years. Jeff Tuel’s was put away in high school, giving him more time to develop as a football player.
The Washington State football team faces an 11-game stretch without a bye this season.
With a new offensive coordinator, a new offense, a new quarterback, four new starters on the offensive line and nine new starters on defense, this is a rebuilding year for the Cowboys.
PULLMAN – Given that only 189 miles separates Tallin, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia, college football coaches might want to start making stops at both on recruiting trips.