HALFTIME: Cougar D resembling turnstiles

THE WAZZU D must have been in The Coug for the first half, because they sure didn't show up in Martin Stadium for the first half on Saturday night. Washington State found themselves in a real fight with Wyoming at the break, with the Cougars leading just 21-14 in a game they were favored by 24 points.

Dom Williams had a sweet one-handed grab from Luke Falk against tight coverage in the end zone, Keith Harrington zipped 36 yards for another score and the Cougar offense overcame a slow start to put up 21 points after its first two drives ended in punts.

The Washington State D meanwhile remained stuck in reverse for virtually the entire first half.

Wyoming seemed to run and pass at will against the Cougar D, slipping tackles and ripping off large chunks of yardage. On multiple occasions, WSU players pulled up and didn't play to the whistle. The Cougs spend a good deal of practice week working on gap integrity but you couldn't tell on Saturday -- Cougar d-linemen and linebackers flowing the wrong way rather than staying at home was omnipresent.

Wyoming had 110 yards on 20 touches(5.5 ypc) and were 11-16 passing for 157 yards and two TDs.

Unofficially, Falk was 18-21 for 160 yards with one TD at the break.

WSU debuted a new three running back set, with Harrington and Jamal Morrow joining Gerard Wicks in the backfield in some sets. Wicks continues to be a bright spot on offense, with some tough running and a key third down catch and run to move the chains. The next play, Harrington slipped through the left side to put the Cougs up 21-14.

Stay tuned to Cougfan.com, we'll have much more after the game.


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