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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship claims Lou Groza Award, beating out Washington State’s Blake Mazza, Iowa’s Keith Duncan

Mazza, one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation’s top kicker, lost out to Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship. Iowa’s Keith Duncan was the third finalist for …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Wide receiver from San Diego becomes 19th player to pledge to Washington State in 2020 class

Keyshawn Smith, a 6-foot, 165-pound wide receiver from Lincoln High in San Diego, pledged to the Cougars Thursday afternoon. Smith and at least 18 other high school prospects are expected …


Trio of Washington State players named to Associated Press All-Pac-12 teams

Similar to the coaches, the Pac-12’s writers collectively agreed Washington State had the top kicker in the conference this year, voting Blake Mazza to the Associated Press All-Pac-12 First Team.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

In second NFL season, ex-Washington State star Hercules Mata’afa still trying to outplay his size

Fewer than two full seasons into his professional career, Mata’afa is still fighting a stereotype that some thought would preclude him from playing in the NFL at all.


Hawaiian defensive back Alaka’i Gilman decommits from Washington State

A promising defensive back prospect from the Hawaiian islands has chosen to reopen his recruitment six months after committing to Washington State.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Washington State linebacker Dominick Silvels announces decision to enter transfer portal

Dominick Silvels, a Washington State linebacker who led the Cougars in sacks last year but missed the entirety of the 2019 season with undisclosed personal issues, has entered the transfer …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Washington State’s Blake Mazza named to All-Pac-12 first team; Spokane’s Evan Weaver earns top defensive honor

Despite boasting the league’s most potent scoring attack at 39.2 points per game, Washington State didn’t place an offensive player on the All-Pac-12 first team, but eight Cougars were named …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Three-star offensive line prospect from Utah commits to Washington State

Almost one week before national signing day, Mason Miller and Washington State apparently have added another piece to their offensive line, receiving a commitment from Utah offensive tackle Rodrick Tialavea.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Brandon Arconado becomes first Washington State first-team Academic All-American since 2010

Washington State’s Brandon Arconado was named Monday to the Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Monday, a distinction given to only 25 football …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 8, 2019

High-powered offenses with contrasting styles set to meet when Washington State takes on Air Force in Cheez-It Bowl

Washington State’s 2019 football season, one that has traversed as many high points as it has low points, will conclude with a post-Christmas trip to Arizona, where the Cougars will …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington State sophomore CJ Elleby’s restraint a sign of maturity

The game’s final pass went deep beyond the defensive pressure to CJ Elleby, all alone in the frontcourt with but a few unimpeded steps between himself and the ritualistic exclamation-point …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 7, 2019

CJ Elleby shines as Washington State outlasts New Mexico State at Spokane Arena

Elleby fired in a game-high 20 points after a slow start, and WSU (5-4) collected a nonconference win against the Aggies (5-5) in its annual trip to Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Washington State puts Apple Cup, coaching rumors behind it in preparation for bowl game

The Cougars started preparing for a bowl destination they won’t learn until Sunday. The work probably helped them put the Apple Cup defeat a little farther in the rear-view mirror.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Mike Leach agrees to contract extension amid rumors, keeping Washington State coach in Pullman through 2024 season

Despite reports stating he’d met with administrators from Arkansas earlier in the week about the Razorbacks’ coaching vacancy, Leach officially hopped off the coaching carousel Thursday morning, agreeing in principle …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Miller time: Washington State sparked by walk-on forward Tony Miller in 13-point win over Idaho

Their rotation shortened because of illness and their top scorer battling offensive inconsistency, the Cougars turned to an unlikely source in the Battle of the Palouse. Tony Miller showed up …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Washington State pulls away, beats Idaho 78-65

Miller, who averaged 3.2 points per game entering the night, was 6-of-7 shooting, and made 6-of-8 free throws.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Once again, Washington State’s Mike Leach making his way through coaching rumor mill

Washington State fans watched their team lose in the Apple Cup for the seventh straight time last Friday, 31-13 in Seattle, but now it’s onto something that causes them even …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew hopes work as backup benefits him as starter

Jacksonville Jaguars rookie and former Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew hopes the extra work he got as a backup over the last month benefits him as a starter.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Heart infection likely to keep Washington State’s Deion James off court for remainder of 2019-20 season

The Colorado State graduate transfer posted on his Twitter account Wednesday morning that he’s been diagnosed with a heart condition called myocarditis and will “miss 3-6 months of basketball.” Even …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Anthony Gordon becomes third straight Washington State QB to nab Senior Bowl invite

For the third time in as many years, a Washington State quarterback will have an opportunity to boost his NFL stock in front of professional scouts, general managers and head …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Washington State rewind: Max Borghi says Cougars hung their heads early on in 31-13 Apple Cup loss

WSU now gets what essentially equates to a third bye week before learning its bowl destination, which will be announced next Sunday and perhaps unofficially revealed a day or two …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

John Blanchette: Washington happy to let Mike Leach keep getting in Washington State’s way at Apple Cup

Sometime in the second half of Friday’s Apple Cup, a Fox camera zeroed in on a couple in the stands, the female decked out in Husky purple, the male in …


After 31-13 Apple Cup loss, Washington State’s Mike Leach suggests Washington’s Jimmy Lake ‘likes to take a lot of credit for everything’

Jimmy Lake didn’t have an opportunity to comment on another dominant effort from his defense in the Apple Cup. The Huskies didn’t make their defensive coordinator available to reporters following …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Excerpt: Washington State coach Mike Leach’s postgame exchange with Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette

The following is an excerpt from Friday’s Apple Cup postgame news conference in which Washington State coach Mike Leach took exception to a question from Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Analysis: Washington employs familiar strategy to manufacture similar result against Washington State in 31-13 Apple Cup win

There wasn’t a Shelton, a Qualls, a Vea or a Gaines playing on Washington’s defensive line Friday afternoon. The Huskies still got all the pressure they needed, and then some.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Difference makers: Hunter Bryant sparks Washington offense, defense makes timely plays in victory over Washington State

Difference makers from Washington’s 31-13 victory over Washington State in the 112th Apple Cup in Seattle


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

TV Take: Mike Leach, Jimmy Lake take center stage in Washington’s latest Apple Cup beatdown of Washington State

There have been 112 Apple Cups and, no, Tim Brando hasn’t called them all. It just seems that way.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Washington State WR Brandon Arconado doesn’t return to field after suffering apparent wrist injury

For the second straight game, Washington State’s Brandon Arconado took an early trip to the injury tent and missed the remainder of the first half after an apparent injury to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Washington State’s Anthony Gordon becomes 13th QB in college football history to throw for 5,000 yards in single season

Gordon came into the Apple Cup needing just 80 yards to become the 13th QB to pass for 5,000 in a single season. It was a small amount for the …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 29, 2019

Mike Leach, Washington State end first-quarter touchdown drought in Apple Cup

Anthony Gordon completed nine of his first 10 passes and handed off to his roommate, sophomore running back Max Borghi, on the 1-yard line to put the Cougars up 7-0 …