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<b>IN THIS ISSUE:</b><ul> <li>San Jose Shocks Big Ten Champs <li>Portland State Upset By Ducks <li>Beavers Exact Revenge on Fresno State <li>Montana State Decimates Cougar Lineup <li>Wyoming Loses To "Soft" Dawgs</ul>

Cody Ropes Pokes – Huskies Cruise
Race Bannon

A fired up bunch of Cowboys sauntered into the Husky Stadium Saloon Saturday night, looking to pick a fight with a bunch of sissified city boys. Marshall Cody Pickett put a quick end to those plans as he made the Pokes dance to the tune of his six-shooter, before he locked them up for good.

Cody threw for 404 yards and the Huskies routed the high plains visitors 38-7. It could have been worse, but the compassionate Huskies fumbled four times in the red zone, keeping the score somewhat respectable.

The much-maligned defense shut down the tricky Wyoming attack, as Pac 10 player of the week Marquis Cooper led an eight-sack attack. Derrick Johnson had a key interception, as the ever-improving pass defense continues to get tested by wide-open passing attacks.

Despite the performance, many fans continue to claim the sky is falling, and it can't get up. Conference play can't get here fast enough, as many around the program are suffering from low blood sugar due to over consumption of cupcakes.
Beavers Smash Bulldogs – As Predicted Here
Benny B. Eaver

The Beaver fans can't wait for the Civil War. But first there was a small matter of payback on the Bulldogs of Fresno who humiliated the Beavers in last year's opener. The Beavs frisky attack and rock solid defense were too much for the Dogs, who played Oregon down to the wire, and probably should have beaten them.

Beaver fans can't wait for the Civil War.

Now we get to upset USC again, although this year it won't be an upset. The Sour Mash defense against the glitz of Watts, it'll be a no-contest. In fact, maybe Dennis will run the score up on those bozos. I wish we were playing Oregon this week.

Did I mention that Beaver fans can't wait for the Civil War?
Ducks Struggle to Beat Portland State
There will be no game story this week, as Mallard N. Moore was on special assignment to the Husky Game day Program, helping with layout and picture placement.

However, Oregon is forced to go on the road now, after a bye week. What's up with that? That wasn't part of the Nike deal! Who on earth scheduled this???
Gesser Hurt, Cougs Bounce Back
Rob Bobertson

The wounded Fighting Cougs of WSU bounced back against long time rival Montana State, holding the mighty Bobcats to 28 points with the best defense in the Pac 10. Jason Gesser got his ribs cracked just in time for Pac 10 play. Matt Kegel filled in admirably before he, too, went down. Several key players will be back from suspensions that came in the fallout of the big loss to Ohio State. The Cincinnati quarterback replaced Gesser on the Heisman watch list by nearly leading CU to a win over the Buckeyes. Schmidt Beer is pulling their Gesser poster.

Ryan Leaf, who is unemployed, may start for the Cougs this week against Cal. He can still throw the pigskin when he's not being misunderstood or spending his hard-earned NFL cash.
League Play to Begin
Race Bannon

Oregon State travels to Los Angeles to face the revitalized Trojans in the big match up of the week. The Trojans dug a big hole at Kansas State with some incredibly sloppy special teams play. But showing the new Pete Carroll spirit, the Trojans fought on and back to get in position to steal the game. If the Trojan receivers can just hang on to the ball, USC will be tough to stop. The Beavers are simply the number one team in America, masters of all they survey, and are anxious for their first win in LA since 1960. Paul Allen could help two teams in Seattle by calling up Dennis Erickson and giving him that 5 million a year he's wasting on Coach Total Control. We smell an upset…..first big road test for the new OSU QB.
USC – 21, OSU – 17

The Cal Bears, America's sweetheart just last week, found that their practice team was not good enough to prepare them for Air Force, as we feared, and suffered their first loss of the year. They should bounce back at home with an upset over the league favorite Cougars, who may play Paul Sorenson at quarterback. He's put down the microphone so why not?
CAL – 49, WSU – 38

UCLA to beat San Diego State, Arizona State over Stanford, and Oregon has a bye, delaying the inevitable reality check one last week.

Yes, sports fans, UO is actually going to play a road game in two weeks.

Washington will continue their long time mastery over former Pacific Coast league power, Idaho, who rang up 26 first downs and 428 yards against the mighty Oregon defense a couple of weeks ago. After the scrimmage, the Dawgs will head to the gym to burn off all the extra calories that this year's non-con schedule put on them.
UW – 56, Idaho – 17

And Finally…… Notre Dame became BCS Championship eligible with their third win, another come from behind classic. NBC dropped plans to replace their games with NASCAR Talk…….The well respected Barney Barnett rallied the troops to a thrashing of the UCLA Bruins, who are still trying to find the stadium……..The head referee at the USC – Kansas State game was the same gent who called the ‘91 Husky – Husker game in Lincoln. This time the right team won……Hi Tom Ramsey…...Florida soothed the worried natives with a big win at Tennessee. Phil Fulmer asked for an increase in the recruiting "budget"……Arizona got crushed at Wisconsin, leaving the Pac 10 1-3 at Big Ten venues this year……this week the Wildcats will look to suspend or injure most of their starters to get ready for Oregon.

Thanks for reading! – Race
Race Bannon can be reached at duckfighter@dawgman.com

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