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HALF: Cougs lead 17-14 but oh the missed chances on offense for Washington State

WASHINGTON STATE held a slim 17-14 lead at the half but Mike Leach's Air Raid offense stopped themselves with dropped passes and missed opportunities over the first 30 minutes of play.

WSU started slow and Colorado began fast. The Cougs were down 7-0 after Wazzu went punted on its opening possession and the Buffaloes marched 82 yards down the field and into the end zone.  But then the Cougs seized momentum.

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Luke Falk was in the zone but his receivers weren't helping him. Still, despite a lower completion rate than Cougar fans have come to expect, Falk had a pair of touchdown passes to Robert Lewis (13 yards) and Jamal Morrow (46 yards) to give the Cougs a 14-7 lead.  The problem is it could have been more.

Gabe Marks dropped a pass in the end zone, apparently distracted when slot man Kyle Sweet was in the same area, that would have put WSU up 21-7 pending the extra point. Instead, WSU turned it over on downs and Colorado promptly tied the game at 14-14.

There were other drops -- and missed sacks on D -- that could have made for a very different half of football, including when Frankie Luvu pounced on a CU fumble. The Cougs took over at the Buff 38-yard line but came away with zero points after a 51-yard missed field goal.

Washington State leads at the break, yes, but it had a chance to put CU in a very deep hole, and to ratchet up the pressure. Instead it's 17-14 and anyone's game.

The worry for Cougar fans after a half in Boulder: will the missed opportunities come back to haunt WSU?

NOTABLE:
Luke Falk: 16 of 34 for 248 yards with 2 TDs.

Jamal Morrow: 36 yards rushing on two carries and one reception for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Tavares Martin, Jr. leads WSU receivers with two catches for 68 yards.

Check back with CF.C after the game for  our wall-to-wall coverage and during the second half for lively message board conversation.


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