(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press At the midpoint of Washington State's first season under coach Mike Leach, the Cougars remain a work in progress.
Washington State (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) has problems all around, and so far has mostly failed to produce in the Air Raid offense that Leach made famous at Texas Tech.
The Cougars have twice been held without touchdowns, barely escaped FCS opponent Eastern Washington, and lost to Pac-12 doormat Colorado.
Talk of qualifying for a bowl game, prevalent after Leach was hired, is now muted.
''We've improved as a team, but we've had a lot of missed opportunities,'' Leach said. ''If we were a more mature, mentally tougher team, we could have capitalized on them.''
''Right now we are a team that if we face any adversity, we get discouraged,'' Leach said.
As a result, many veteran players have been dropped from the starting lineup in favor of younger players, he said.
Leach has described some o...