Celebrity experts break down WSU victory

JOHN HUSBY, the former all-Pac-10 lineman at WSU and one-time assistant coach under Jim Sweeney at Fresno State, says the Washington State offense lacks "that hunger" and the defense, while inconsistent, rose to the occasion when needed. Here's everything he and two other well-known former WSU players had to say about WSU's victor over Wyoming.

CODY BOYD
2005 & ’06 Apple Cup standout, tight end

"The defense looked much better after making a few adjustments. It was great seeing the team tackling and people flying around. The red-zone offense needs to attack the end zone!
Great win and great to be in Pullman!

JOHN HUSBY
1988 Aloha Bowl and 1989 All-Pac-10 offensive lineman

"First and foremost, win number two and a win at home going into conference play. Should be 3-0. Good and great teams win games they should, and some signature wins that define the season. To quote former WSU coach Jim Walden, “In a conference of trucks and tanks” we need to improve in all three areas in order to be competitive.

The Cougar offense vs. Wyoming: Performed good enough to win. However, the unit still lacks that hunger an offense of this nature must have. Third and short should not be a difficult down-and-distance, but against Wyoming it was. Happy to see the run game getting better and more consistent. Good job RBs and OL.

The Cougars on defense: Very inconsistent, but they did make some critical plays and stops when they had too. Some great individual efforts, but they need to play more like a unit. Way too many missed tackles. Peyton Pelluer played like a warrior!

Coach Leech is in his fourth season, playing with his recruits. Pre-season statements were made that this is the most talented group of his tenure. If that is the case, then the staff needs to do a better job of motivating. Cougs need to play with a greater sense of urgency.”

RICKY TURNER
1981 Holiday Bowl quarterback

“Aloha Cougar Fans Around The World. I would have to give the game ball to the defense. I thought they did a good job of turning away the Cowboys' offensive unit in critical times of the game, switching the momentum toward the Cougar side. It was nice to witness our offensive unit scoring seven points when they entered the red zone, as compared to only getting three points so often in the past. However, I would like to see our special teams tighten their game plan, because close games are won or lost with special teams. Nonetheless, it was a good win for us Coug Fans and let's hope we continue to do so!Go Cougs!”

PHOTO ABOVE: WSU receiver River Cracraft

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