More good than bad, Leach says of loss at Cal

WASHINGTON STATE head coach Mike Leach praised the work of his first-year defensive coordinator, Alex Grinch, following the Cougars' narrow loss to No. 24-ranked California on Saturday.

While Leach acknowledged some key break downs on defense, he saluted the game plan -- one in which Bears star quarterback Jared Goff was harassed much of the day -- Grinch put together.

“I thought he did a really good job," Leach said in the locker room after the game. "He showed a lot of enthusiasm.."

"... if we get one more sack, one more turnover then we can get (the ball back on offense). I appreciate that he is like me -- he goes out there and attacks. You never ever hear an excuse out of him, and I like that.”

Leach also said he "thought we played hard all the way around ... Our guys played really hard. O and D put together some good drives. We’ve got to take the positives here and build on it. There were more positives than negatives in this game. We’ve got to be able to take games away from people.”

On receiver Gabe Marks, who caught 10 passes for 141 yards and a TD and also lost a fourth quarter fumble, Leach said, “... Stuff is going to happen ... I thought he was explosive. I thought Gabe played really well. I think he needs to focus on the positives and just protect the football. There’s a lot of slack in the rope though. Everyone could have gotten one more block or one more tackle.”

Leach also took responsibility for WSU's ill-fated fake punt in the third quarter, saying it was all his call.

The Cougars (2-2/0-1) now travel to Eugene next weekend to face the Ducks. They return home on Oct. 17 against Oregon State.

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