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We’ll take another look at what the Cougars did to piece together a defensive effort that was long-awaited and much-needed in this edition of the Washington State rewind, along with Max Borghi’s production and Blake Mazza’s perfect season.
Tim Burmeister, who was formerly in a defensive quality control position with the Cougars, has been elevated to a position coaching role and will spend the remainder of the year as an assistant linebackers coach.
Other than Wazzu’s first step into the Pac-12 win column, the best news out of Saturday’s 41-10 drubbing of hapless Colorado was Borghi amassing a career high for touches – 21 – in a splendid evening that included a team-best nine receptions and 105 yards rushing, making him the first WSU running back since Jerome Harrison in 2005 to post three 100-yard games in a season.
Nonstop rain, the familiar trappings of Martin Stadium and the sight of a Colorado quarterback wearing No. 12 may have been just the blend of things Washington State’s defense needed to turn the corner, or at least take an initial step toward doing so, while snapping a three-game losing streak Saturday against the Buffaloes.
Amid the shuffles on Washington State’s defense, redshirt sophomore Armani Marsh got the start Saturday at nickel.
One week after Washington State’s defense gave up its second-highest yardage total of the season, the Cougars’ lone senior in its secondary, Marcus Strong, bounced back and was at his best on Saturday night.
Two years ago Colorado traveled to Pullman on a rainy Saturday in late October. Quarterback Steven Montez was awful, the Buffaloes’ offense was inept and Washington State earned a four-touchdown win.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 41-10 win over Colorado at Martin Stadium in Pullman
The Washington State Cougars forced three turnovers and held the Buffaloes without a passing touchdown in a 41-10 home victory Saturday, their first of the Pac-12 Conference season and their third in as many seasons against Colorado.
Slip “rain” and “Martin Stadium” into the same sentence and you’re sure to evoke some uncomfortable memories for Steven Montez and any other third-, fourth- or fifth-year player on Colorado’s football roster.
Washington State snaps a three-game losing skid with a 41-10 victory over Colorado on Saturday afternoon in Pullman. Quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns to give the Cougars their first Pac-12 win of the season. Max Borghi racked up his third career 100-yard game, finishing with 162 yards and two scores. The win improves WSU to 3-1 at home this season. – Pac-12 Networks
The Cougars aren’t conceding 47.7 points per game in Pac-12 Conference play – nine more than 11th-place Oregon State – because they can’t stomach the jabs and minor body shots being thrown by their opposition. But they’re definitely giving up too many haymakers.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Colorado Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Few people residing in Pullman have benefited from Washington State’s three-game losing streak, the sudden departure of a high-profile defensive coordinator or the dramatic twists that have emerged from both events.
Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Yogi Roth preview Saturday's matchup between Colorado and Washington State in Pullman. Both teams are seeking bounce-back wins in the Week 8 battle. – Pac-12 Networks
It isn’t that Mike Leach envisioned WSU’s defense giving up 143 points in three games, ceding 1,715 total yards of offense through the first third of the Pac-12 schedule or going 10 full quarters without causing a turnover. But, perhaps he sensed something wasn’t right when the Cougars were exhausting themselves in Lewiston during the doldrums of fall camp.
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.
The Cougars and Buffaloes will kick off at 4 p.m. next Saturday, the Pac-12 announced Monday morning. The ESPN family of networks will carry the broadcast, but it’s still to be determined whether the action will air on ESPN2 or ESPNU.