THERE WERE SOME gutsy performances in the first five wins of the season for Washington State, but the sixth may have been the grittiest of all. There were three changes on offense and defense I saw that made the biggest difference in the Cougs turning things around after digging an early hole in the 38-24 win over ASU.
November 9, 2015
AS A TEAM still learning to win big games, Washington State found out Saturday that the margin for error is razor thin. As dominant as the Cougars were for most of the night, the outcome of this game was determined by two things.
November 2, 2015
LIKE SO MANY of you, I have plenty of negative thoughts about the 24-17 debacle at Martin Stadium this past Saturday. Let me first say there are absolutely no excuses for what occurred against Portland State. It was a meltdown of unequivocal proportions. With that being said, I am choosing not to take the easy road on this one. I believe there is a chance for redemption.
September 8, 2015
THE GROUP OF former Washington State quarterbacks is a close-knit fraternity. Each new starter leans on the guys before him for on-field advice and off-the-field counsel. It's not easy playing quarterback under the microscope in Pullman. At a school that cares deeply about football, you carry the mantle of the players before you and are expected to uphold a tradition.
October 6, 2014
FOR TWO REASONS, the Cougars' Apple Cup loss Friday was tough to take. First, getting to the seven-win mark after so many down years would have guaranteed a bowl berth. And second, the game was pretty much lost on just three plays. Mike Leach described the contest as "sliced very thin." That's a perfect description.
December 2, 2013
CONTAIN THE quarterback. That's the key to Washington State's defense holding its own against the Washington offense on Friday in the 106th showdown between the schools. Wait a moment, you may be saying, stopping the run is going to be key. I could easily have said that, but I'm fairly certain Bishop Sankey is going to get his yards.
November 27, 2013
RIVALRY GAMES, they say, bring out the best in every player. And the following five Cougars proved it more than once. Looking only at offense, these are the Cougfan.com picks as the five greatest Apple Cup gamers on the crimson side of the annual battle over the last 50 years.
November 26, 2013