Posted September 21, 2013 on
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Washington State quarterback recruit Peyton Bender didn’t play his best game Friday night -- but he didn’t have to. Bender’s Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs improved to 4-0 by rolling to a 30-0 win over overmatched host Boyd Anderson (0-4).
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Washington State vs. Idaho is a rivalry that only exists because the schools are eight miles apart (as a WSU alum, I will clarify: it’s a dark, twisty, two-lane highway that feels about three times longer than it actually is). Heading into Saturday night, the Cougars held a 70-16-3 advantage over the visiting Vandals, but the two schools hadn’t played each other since 2007. A...
WASHINGTON STATE FOUGHT TO the very end with an inspired goal-line stand, ensuring an Idaho goose egg would remain on the scoreboard in the 42-0 shellacking. It was the first shutout for the Cougars in 10 years -- and the fireworks continued after the clock had struck zeros.
HERE’S A TELLING difference between this year’s Washington State football team and last year’s: The 2013 Cougars have sent out the same starting offensive line in each of their first three games. A year ago after three games, they had yet to start the same five players in the same positions from one week to the next.
FOR OLD SCHOOL DEFENSIVE PURISTS, it was sheer joy to watch. Washington State’s defense shut out the Vandals 42-0, holding Idaho to 253 total yards, logging five sacks and a video-game like 14 tackles-for-loss. Were it not for a trio of Cougar turnovers as they were knocking on the doorstep, it could have been even more lopsided. Imagine how a post-game Bobby Petrino might have reacted then…
IT WAS A DOMINANT effort in the first half by the Washington State defense. With 11 hats swarming to the football, the Cougs wrapped up exceedingly well and forced two turnovers. After a slow start, Connor Halliday found a groove and tossed four touchdown passes as the Cougs took a 28-0 lead headed into the locker room.
Lompoc (Calif.) defensive lineman Ainuu Taua will take his first official visit of the year this weekend when he heads to Pullman to check out Washington State.
PULLMAN — Washington State’s defense has been ahead of its offense for most of the season and it was no different during “Thursday Night Football.” The Cougars’ defensive line made it difficult for the running backs to find any open lanes, while the secondary swatted down numerous passes. Also, offensive line coach Clay McGuire talked with CF.C to give his assessment of...
WASHINGTON STATE'S recruiting shifts into a new phase this weekend -- the formal hosting of prep and junior college prospects on official campus visits. And Mike Leach is kicking things off with a bang.
THREE-STAR LINEBACKER prospect Chandler Leniu has long been hearing from the Washington State staff and he'll touch down in Pullman on Saturday morning for his official visit. He tells CF.C the Cougs are one of two programs recruiting him the hardest and that a close friend and WSU verbal commit is also in his ear singing the praises of Wazzu.