MERCIFULLY, FSN did on air what couldn't be done on the field. They pulled the plug on the hapless Cougars. It came, courtesy of the Mariners, mid-way through the fourth quarter Saturday at Oklahoma State. There's got to be a punch line somewhere in that exchange of ineptitude. Alas, if only this one could really have been stopped, say, when the score was a respectable 17-10 in the second quarter.

But the floodgates opened, as they always seem to do when Washington State steps on the field against a BCS conference opponent and the result was another blowout loss, this time to Oklahoma State and their all-world running back Kendall Hunter.

The final was 65-17, but for all intents and purposes it was over after the game's first 30 seconds. In that proverbial blink-of-an-eye the Cougs took an entire off-season of positive feelings and effectively flushed them. A WSU fumble on the first play from scrimmage was recovered by OSU and then turned into a 7-0 lead two plays later.

The Cougar offense proceeded to follow with negative yardage on three of its next four possessions.

Not all was bad. The Cougars actually flashed some bright spots along the way -- none bigger than the nifty TD connection between Jeff Tuel and Marquess Wilson that narrowed the score to 17-10. But the outcome was sealed by an inconsistent -- and too often anemic -- offense that kept a young defense on the field too long to not have its deficiencies exposed.

One of the questions heading into the season -- whether sophomore running back Carl Winston would redshirt this campaign -- was answered in an unfortunate way. WSU freshman back Rickey Galvin went down early with what looked like a nasty wrist or arm injury. Look for Galvin to now redshirt. Winston saw action in the second half.

So there are the basics of this season-opening meltdown in Stillwater. will be back later with much more coverage. Stay tuned.

Cougfan Top Stories