Posted August 31, 2012 on byu.scout.com
When BYU opened the season against Washington State on Thursday night, Total Blue Sports photographer Troy Verde was on hand to capture the excitement. Here are some of the images he shot of BYU’s 30-6 victory.
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Game report: BYU vs. WSU

The Cougars of BYU defeated the Cougars of Washington State 30-6 with an offensive performance that included an attack on the ground as well as through the air. If BYU had been able to convert the three second-half trips into the blue zone into touchdowns, the score would have been much higher. Regardless, BYU welcomed WSU head coach Mike Leach back to college football with a resounding defeat.

NOTEBOOK: Cougs must stay confident

PROVO, Utah – Washington State’s execution between the sidelines left much to be desired Thursday evening, and coach Mike Leach said his players also need to execute better between the ears.

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When BYU takes on the Cougars of Washington State Thursday night, there will be some key matchups battling out on the field. Total Blue Sports takes a look at a few of them.

Poll Results: What will be a bigger success?

The white-out orchestrated by the Brigham Young Cougars athletics administration received 65% of the votes compared to 35% for the new BYU tailgating rules.My vote goes to the white-out as well.I heard ample moaning and groaning about both the white-out and the tailgating rules. In the end, the tailgating and the fan adherence to the dress code both went well on Thursday. Tailgating...

Photo Gallery: Cougs vs. Cougs

PROVO -- The game was forgettable, at least from the Washington State standpoint, but the photos coming out of the BYU-WSU laugher on Thursday were downright eye-catching. Here's a sampling.

Positives from week one

The Cougars of BYU handed their Cougar counterparts from Washington State a 30-6 defeat, relegating Mike Leach’s air raid offense to just two field goals that were set up by penalties. BYU came away with a resounding win, so let’s take a look at some positives that BYU fans can take away from the game.

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THE COUGARS’ SEASON-OPENING debacle in Provo was aptly summed up as being a game with a “really thin line between success and failure.” Go figure – one wouldn’t expect a 30-6 drubbing by Brigham Young in which Washington State didn’t score a single touchdown to evoke the word “thin.”

IN THE STANDS: First-hand observations on WSU

PROVO -- The beauty of being in the stands for a Washington State game is you can observe things you can’t on TV – rather than just the offensive backfield to part of the linebacker box, your field of vision is unlimited. I was in the stands at the BYU game and filed these observations with Cougfan.com via the phone and email.
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