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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Jaguars expect more substance than style from former Washington State standout Gardner Minshew ahead of first NFL start

The Jacksonville Jaguars believe quarterback Gardner Minshew will bring more substance than style to the huddle when he makes his first career NFL start at Houston.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Better after the break: WSU has flipped the script from last season, dominating third quarter

In two games so far this season, against opponents from less heralded conferences, the third quarter marked the difference between enduring an upset bid and enjoying a head-to-the-exits-early blowout for …


Houston’s Dana Holgorsen was right down the road when Mike Leach, Hal Mumme conceived Air Raid offense

Dana Holgorsen wasn’t there for the birth of the Air Raid offense, but he was as close as you could get. If Holgorsen wasn’t inside the labor room itself, he …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Mike Leach says redshirt season could be on the table for injured receiver Jamire Calvin

Wide receiver Jamire Calvin is still recovering from a lower body injury that sidelined him through fall camp and the first two games of Washington State’s season, and there’s a …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 6:13 p.m.

Pac-12 picks: Arizona State, Stanford face especially tall tasks in Week 3

Spokesman-Review Washington State beat writer Theo Lawson picks Week 3 of the Pac-12 college football season.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 10:17 p.m.

Washington State’s leading receiver through two games? Just as you guessed, Brandon Arconado

When Washington State’s wide receivers were handicapped before the season, many expected that a group returning Dezmon Patmon, Tay Martin and Easop Winston Jr. could be among the best in …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Washington State players, coaches were following closely as Gardner Minshew made NFL debut

Just about every member of Washington State’s football team had the same reaction sometime after 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Pull out a cell phone, click on a television, text a friend.


Three-star Florida defensive end Johnny Walker commits to Washington State

Washington State added a standout high school edge rusher to its 2020 recruiting class Monday morning, receiving a commitment from Florida’s Johnny Walker.


Washington State announces late kickoff for Pac-12 opener against UCLA

Washington State fans out East may have to alter their curfew to watch Mike Leach’s first-ever meeting with Chip Kelly in the Pac-12 Conference opener two weeks from now.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 9:33 p.m.

First look: Washington State vs. Houston

Washington State (2-0) returns to the Lone Star State for the first time since the 2018 Alamo Bowl to face Houston (1-1) in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff game.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 9:37 p.m.

Washington State rewind: Even in 42-point blowout, spotty run defense left a sour taste for Cougars

Now that Washington State has cleared the puff pastries from the table, the Cougars can focus on the main course of their nonconference schedule.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

How we voted: Washington plummets to No. 20 while USC, Cal on the cusp of cracking our ballot

The Spokesman-Review’s Theo Lawson is one of 62 national media members voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll this season. Every week throughout the 2019 season, he’ll break …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:43 p.m.

National reactions from Gardner Minshew’s NFL debut with the Jacksonville Jaguars

In case you spent Sunday afternoon beneath a bunker, former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew made his NFL debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars, replacing Nick Foles when the franchise QB …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Washington State rises two places in Associated Press Top 25, Washington falls after loss to Cal

Washington State climbed two spots to No. 20 and jumped ahead of a Pac-12 rival in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday morning.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

John Blanchette: As WSU rises in college football’s ranks, attendance for nonconference tilts sputters

Look, winning football is a fan magnet, but there’s still a limit for a discerning clientele.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Analysis: Some good, some bad for WSU vs. Northern Colorado. In the end? A 59-17 blowout

Mike Leach is Washington State’s head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. On game days, those last two titles are probably more meaningful than the first.


Washington State receiver Brandon Arconado’s strong start to the season continues with career day against Northern Colorado

One season after recording more tackles (one) than receptions (zero), Brandon Arconado asserted himself for the second week in a row on Saturday, hauling in eight catches for 127 yards …


Washington State lineback Rob Stone Jr. ejected after targeting call upheld against Northern Colorado

With one sack already on Saturday, redshirt freshman Ron Stone Jr. rushed into the backfield and honed in on quarterback Jacob Knipp, midway through the third quarter of Washington State’s …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

Former Washington State QB Ryan Leaf soaks up atmosphere at Northern Colorado game following Hall of Fame induction

Amid a sea of Cougars jerseys – some bearing his No. 16 – Ryan Leaf strode across Cougville, next to Martin Stadium, before Saturday’s game against Northern Colorado.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

TV Take: Broadcast quality, not Washington State’s play, leaves fans scratching their heads in Cougars’ rout of Northern Colorado

The second time around, it didn’t seem as easy for Anthony Gordon and the Washington State Cougars.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Difference makers: Easop Winston, Max Borghi spark Washington State offense, while Jahad Woods leads defense

Difference makers from Washington State’s 59-17 win over Northern Colorado at Martin Stadium in Pullman.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

After week one injury, Jahad Woods stands out for Washington State; status of other inside linebackers unclear

After a collision that sent him to the locker room with an apparent upper body injury last week against New Mexico State, Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods was in uniform …


The pick: Why Washington State will beat Northern Colorado

Will Rodgers III wasn’t making any early predictions or forecasting what would happen when WSU faces UNC when the junior defensive tackle sat behind a microphone after a 58-7 win …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 9:25 p.m.

Recap and highlights: No. 22 Washington State handles Northern Colorado 59-17, moves to 2-0

Senior wideout Easop Winston Jr. had six receptions for 113 yards and two scores, while sophomore running back Max Borghi had 51 yards from scrimmage and a career-high three touchdowns.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 6:35 p.m.

Never satisfied: Even after 51-point victory, WSU aims to fix the little things vs. Northern Colorado

Each time after watching a Washington State wide receiver take one of his passes into the end zone, Anthony Gordon raised both of his arms, pointed both index fingers toward …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for No. 22 Washington State against Northern Colorado

The keys to a victory for Washington State against Northern Colorado Saturday at Martin Stadium.


Unsung and untold: As Ryan Leaf enters Washington State’s Hall of Fame, tales from the QB’s prolific college career

Four years ago, as Ryan Leaf was still trying to detach himself from a series of unremarkable decisions that caused him to spend more than 970 days of his mid-30’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 10:57 p.m.

Averie Collins, Washington State quickly sink Gonzaga women’s soccer in overtime

Washington State’s senior midfielder went 90 minutes without seeing the 17th-ranked Cougars – the country’s top-scoring team – slip one by pesky Gonzaga on Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 6:58 p.m.

High-flying Washington State finally making payout games pay appropriate dividends

Will Rodgers III took questions after Washington State’s 58-7 victory Saturday over New Mexico State and lamented that the defense hadn’t fully done its part. As in, the defense hadn’t …


Washington State mailbag: Where can you watch the Cougars on Saturday? What’s up with Jahad Woods? Who has the better WR corps, Wazzu or SC?

In this week’s mailbag, I address how viewers at home can watch the Cougars this Saturday against Northern Colorado (some of you won’t be able to), Jahad Woods’ status/potential replacement …