Cougs come out flat, dig too deep of hole

SATURDAY IN SEATTLE, early on, brought out the sloppiest in the Cougars. The defense was a step slow and proceeded to fold like a deck chair in allowing three first quarter touchdowns. The offense fumbled away a big early scoring chance and then gift wrapped another Hawaii TD via a special teams blunder. And it got worse before it got better.

Washington State came into the game looking to build off the good things from Week 1. Instead, in the first half, it looked like they hadn't played a game in months.

Washington State allowed 24 points to Hawaii in last season's finale. Today, the Cougs allowed Warriors 35 points in the first half.

Wazzu, on both sides of the ball, played better in the second half. Considerably better.

They kept Hawaii out of the end zone and scored two TD's of their own to cut the lead to 35-20 with 13:18 remaining in the final quarter.

But although they held UH to three points in the second half, it was too big a hole. The WSU defense didn't stop Hawaii enough, didn't force enough punts and didn't make the most of their scoring chances.

We'll have more later on.


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