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Ayden Hector gave Washington State's defense a spark in the first half of Saturday's game against No. 11 Oregon.
Washington State will play a second consecutive game without all-conference running back Max Borghi, the Cougars will also be without outside receiver Calvin Jackson Jr., who limped off the field in the season opener with an apparent lower body injury.
Bill Gaskins, an ex-Washington State defensive back and halfback who starred on Bert Clark's 1965 "Cardiac Kids" team, has died at the age of 76.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is you favorite college football team playing today? Before you answer, you better make a quick check of your newsfeed. Games have been canceled that quickly these days. Or changed. Meanwhile, in the real world ...
Last Saturday against Oregon State, Washington State fans saw glimpses of the defense they hoped the Cougars had been building through the offseason, followed by glimpses of a defense they hoped had been left at Chase Field in Phoenix.
The Washington State Cougars host the No. 11 Oregon Ducks in a Pac-12 Conference game at Martin Stadium in Pullman on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST. You can watch the game on Fox.
No. 11 Oregon moves to 2-0 on the season after picking up a 43-29 win over Washington State in Pullman. The Ducks win for the first time in Pullman since 2014 and were led by quarterback Tyler Shough who finished with 312 passing yards and four touchdowns against the Cougars. CJ Verdell handled things on the ground for Oregon totaling 118 yards and one touchdown. Washington State falls to 1-1 as they gear up for a matchup at Stanford next week. – Pac-12 Networks
Unless the cardboard cutouts at Martin Stadium are programmed differently than those elsewhere in the country, Saturday's game between Washington State and No. 11 Oregon won't end the same way it did the last time the teams met on the Palouse, with tens of thousands of students and fans converging onto a football field to mob Gardner Minshew and his teammates following a euphoric 34-20 win.
Keys to victory for Washington State against No. 11 Oregon
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is going to be an odd weekend ahead. No, we’re not talking about the weather, though it looks a little like Chicago in January around Spokane this morning. We’re looking at a college football schedule that is not only light on games but light on decent matchups as well. At least there is golf.
Quarterback Tyler Slough will lead the No. 11 Oregon Ducks into Pullman where the Washington State Cougars will be waiting. – Pac-12 Networks
Fans on both sides of Saturday's game between Washington State and No. 11 Oregon will be eager to see how first-year starting quarterbacks Jayden de Laura and Tyler Shough fare coming off equally impressive college debuts.
In 2010-11, Columbia's basketball program made many of the strides fans hoped it would when the Lions hired first-year coach Kyle Smith, going 15-13 with an improved 6-8 record in the Ivy League. But Smith's team experienced a small dropoff in year two, finishing with a 15-15 record while going just 4-10 in conference play.
A Washington State men's basketball team that's coming off its best record since 2011-12, but also one that's losing its top scorer and rebounder, was chosen 11th in the preseason Pac-12 media poll that was released Thursday.
Post-Thanksgiving food comas will have worn off by the time Washington and Washington State take the field for the 113th Apple Cup later this month.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • You want normal? You crave normal? Than the irony of what’s happening today in Georgia should fill your heart with, well, not joy, but something. The best golf tournament in the world spent part of its morning on pause. All because of inclement weather. It was raining in Augusta. That’s about as normal as life gets.
Clarity has come to the South division race, if there is a division race.
A bit of trivia before we jump into this week's mailbag.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are any number of things we could say about Washington State football this morning, but five of them stood out to Theo Lawson. And, more than likely, you as well.
Times are a changing at Washington State. It’s 2020, what else do you expect?