4 takeaways from Cougs vs. Card

SEATTLE -- The rain before the game was definitely memorable, and so was Deone Bucannon's TD-saving interception in the endzone. Much of the rest of the night, at least from a Washington State perspective, was forgettable. But there were four lasting impressions that struck me following the 55-17 rout.

1. Stanford is great. They are bigger, better, stronger and faster than the Cougs. It would have taken a near-perfect game for the Cougars to hang with them for four quarters. The size of the loss is disappointing and all the dropped passes by WSU and long completions by Stanford were frustrating, but I still think the Cougars are good enough to go bowling. The Cal game next weekend will tell us a lot about the future. Some fans have been complaining on the message boards about the loss and the Cougars playing the game in Seattle. The location of the game had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the outcome. Would the Cougs really have won this game in Pullman? Of course not. Stanford's superiority in every facet of the game had everything to do with the outcome.

2. Is it Tyler Bruggman time? When Austin Apodaca was buried into the turf shortly after Connor Halliday left the game, that was the question in the row of seats where I was sitting. I wanted to see Bruggman and others were saying walk on freshman Luke Falk should go in. Coach Leach said after the game he would have put Halliday back in, rather than burn Bruggman's redshirt, if Apodaca hadn't been able to return. That's good news for two reasons: 1) it means Halliday isn't seriously wounded; and 2) and it means Bruggman's redshirt won't be burned without serious discussion. I've never been a huge fan of Halliday's and after Apodaca's first couple series I was ready for Coach Leach to do a "Bledsoe" with Bruggman. Now that the heat of the game has died, and Halliday's health sounds OK and Apodaca showed real promise as the game went on, it's definitely best to redshirt Bruggman. But you have to admit it would be fun to see him on the field sooner rather than later.

3. Walk on freshman receiver John Thompson was playing in his very first college game and he looked good. It's true he dropped a nice pass from Apodaca that would have resulted in a long gain, but the overall way he ran routes and carried himself on the field was impressive. He ended with two catches for six yards. Thompson (5-7, 185) is from Bethel High in Spanaway.

4. I was hoping to see freshman offensive lineman Riley Sorenson get some action. He's supposed to be really coming on strong in practice and the coaches already burned his redshirt against Southern Utah, but the only backup offensive linemen I noticed on the game participation list were Denzell Dotson and Matt Goetz. Disappointing, but I can understand wanting to leave the top tier guys in the game so Apodaca could have the best chance to succeed.

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