MAPS© Report on the Cougs : Week 8

THE BYE WEEK couldn't have come at a better time where the MAPS is concerned. The Cougs host the Sun Devils next Thursday and between now and then, WSU will need to reverse the MAPS trends for both themselves and their opponent if they want to come out with a win on Halloween night.

Arizona State is on an upswing over the last two weeks in the MAPS. Washington State has been heading the other way.

Two fumble recoveries including one for a score by Xavier Cooper could not hide the fact that WSU had a horrific day defensively in Eugene. WSU's offense actually carried the team on its back for a good portion of the game before unraveling themselves in the second half.

If you're looking for a positive, WSU "mapped out" about as good as any opponent Oregon has faced this year, but that isn't saying much.

WSU's offense largely nullified a productive performance with a turnover filled second half. Nonetheless, the Cougar offense should be commended for trying to keep pace with the high powered Duck offense and they kept their defense out of trouble -- the Ducks never started a on WSU's half of the field.

Unfortunately for Cougar fans, field position mattered little in this game -- the WSU defense gave up six touchdown drives of 61 yards or more and showed none of the red zone tenacity they had demonstrated this season. The Cougars forced only two punts when the game was still within reach and never held Oregon to a field goal.




NOTABLE MAPS NOTES:
Washington: The Huskies have been sliding down the MAPS ladder of late -- their defense has fallen to No. 10 in the conference. Offensively, they still rate in the upper half of the conference but that hold is becoming more and more tenuous -- their offense has lost much of its potency of late and UW looked considerably worse against ASU than they did against Oregon.

USC: The Trojans this past Saturday must have been having flashbacks to the WSU game. A brilliant defensive performance went for naught as the USC offense posted a negative MAPS score for the second time this season. Despite not letting Notre Dame cross midfield once in the second half, and moving into Irish territory three times, the Trojan offense did not score a single point over the game's third and fourth quarters.

Stanford: For the first time since the Cougar game, the Cardinal flexed some defensive muscle and looked the part of a BCS contender. UCLA's 10-point effort (6 MAPS points) was overcome with ease and Stanford moved back in control of its own destiny. The trip to Corvallis this weekend is a major hurdle but if the Cardinal wins, they'll have every reason to believe they're still capable of upsetting Oregon in Palo Alto.


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