ROGERS: Makes a prediction

PULLMAN -- Gary Rogers never dreamed his senior season would start out like this. Two games, two starts, two disappointing performances by the offense and two losses. After the loss to Cal, Paul Wulff didn't dismiss the possibility of an open competition for the starting QB job. Rogers says he's ready for whatever may come. And he also offered a prediction.

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"You never imagine it starting out this rough," said Gary Rogers in the wake of the loss to Cal.

Rogers said he was responsible for the Cougar offensive woes.

That's not exactly accurate of course, there are 11 players on offense and there were plenty of problem areas to choose from against Cal on the Cougar O. But Rogers also certainly has not enjoyed a good first two weeks under center.

"Offensively we came out and turned over the ball way too many times...We were putting ourselves in tough situations all day," said Rogers of the home opener.

But Rogers' confidence also remains unshaken.

Indeed, the Wazzu QB offered a prediction that the Cougs are going to win, and that it starts next week.

"We have two games ahead of us we're going to win. And I think we need to battle back and we'll be 2-2 in two weeks," said Rogers.

Rogers, who was 10-21 for 78 yards with two interceptions, might face competition this coming week for the starter's job.

Kevin Lopina started the second half, going 3-for-7 for 32 yards with an interception with Marshall Lobbestael finishing up. Lopina's best showing came in his first drive, where he took the Cougs from their own 30 down to the Cal 12 yard line before an interception killed the threat. Lopina also had a 15-yard run in the drive.

Between the three, the Cougars managed a mere 167 yards of total offense.

After the loss, Paul Wulff didn't dismiss the notion that the there may be an new starter next week after the game.

"I think we need to sit down as a staff and look at it and see where we're at with that. There's no guarantees right now," said Wulff.

"That was the coaches' decision, and (I'm) behind them," said Lopina. "They thought they wanted to get Kevin some reps and maybe Marshall, and that's what they went with...the offensive coaches came in and said they're going to go with Kevin," said Rogers.

Rogers said he's ready, if that's the decision of the coaches, for an open competition for the starting quarterback position.

"That's fine. If that's how it is, then that's how it's going to be. It's going to bring out the best in us, and obviously the best player is going to step up and be that guy," said Rogers.

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