Bill Moos on Cougars' 0-2 start: No one wants to hunt

ON HIS MONDAY radio show, Washington State AD Bill Moos pointed out the Cougar offensive line did a standup job in pass protection against Boise State -- but that run blocking was a completely different story.

Moos said with five offensive linemen going against three Boise State d-linemen much of the game, the Cougars ought to have averaged five yards a pop on the ground. The Cougar running back trio of Jamal Morrow (8 carries); James Williams (4 carries) and Gerard Wicks (2 carries)  rushed 14 times for 41 yards (3.1 ypc).

“We’ve lost both by three points and we missed field goals in both games, but there were a lot of missed opportunities in both games,” said Moos.

Moos also indicated before the season began, he didn’t see WSU going undefeated in the non conference slate.

“To be quite frank, and I can say this now, I really thought after the preseason we’d probably be 2-1. .. I thought we’d be 2-1. We definitely have got to take care of business this week (vs. Idaho) or we’ve got damage control to get back in and in a very tough conference and get our six wins,” said Moos, referring to bowl eligibility.

WSU has 10 regular season games left.

“We’ve definitely got the ability, the skill, the coaching and everything else to win every game left on the schedule,” said Moos. “But we’ve got to get it together and start doing it… we (were) capable of being 12-0, but we’ve got to figure it out. We’ve got to not look at someone else to be the playmaker. A playmaker can be a left guard… strong safety… defensive tackle … Right now everybody wants to eat but nobody wants to hunt.”

Moos and radio host Derek Deis brought up one of the most talked-about fan observations from the loss -- that Luke Falk looked tentative and didn’t throw the ball downfield enough.  Jason Gesser disagreed.

“Early on Boise said we’re going to play a high shell zone, make you throw everything underneath and you’re going to have to be perfect on third downs.  Later, they rotated more guys into the box allowing for more one-on-ones.  And that’s when Falk started to go up top more,” said Gesser.

Gesser also said Wazzu's 0-2 start has not swayed him from his preseason assessment of this 2016 Cougar team

“Nobody needs to freak out, (WSU lost) to two very good teams in Eastern and Boise State… We win these next two games (and) how does everybody feel then? There’s no reason to panic, there’s no reason to start talking about whose fault it is,” said Gesser.

Deis opined that Eastern made plays to beat WSU, but that Boise State did not, as the Cougs beat themselves on Saturday night on the road.

“Good teams make plays and can score on turnovers. We need to do that,” said Moos.

Cal has signed a $100 million, 10-year multimedia deal Learfield, according to the Mercury news’ Jon Wilner. The new agreement will cover marketing and sponsorship for athletics and university-wide strategic initiatives, with a Learfield staff based on campus.  Cal five months ago broke with NIKE as their equipment sponsor, replacing them with Under Armour.  IMG and Nike had totaled approximately $5.5 million annually for Cal.  With the new deals with Learfield and UA, Cal now stands to pocket $13.5 million annually, an increase of $8million. 

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