Posted October 28, 2012 on
IT WAS FAR from a perfect effort. But on Saturday, Jeff Tuel was the mechanic that kept the Cougars humming along – and close to a win against No. 19 Stanford. Granted, if there were a school record for being sacked the most times in one game, Tuel would be right up there after Saturday's 24-17 loss. But he also kept the Cougars’ hopes alive for the first time in weeks.
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Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown and No. 19 Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times to overcome a sloppy offensive effort in a 24-17 victory over Washington State on Saturday.
Reynolds stepped in front of Tuel's pass for the safety's fourth interception - and second returned for a score - this season early in the fourth quarter. He ran 25 yards untouched into...
WASHINGTON STATE MOVED the ball during the first half. But a pair of negative plays – one on both sides of the ball – proved to be too much to overcome as the Cougars remained winless in the Pac-12 after a 24-17 loss Saturday at Stanford.
THE OLD ADAGE is one play never determines the outcome of a game. But Washington State players could argue that two plays were enough to shift Saturday’s outcome, 24-17, in favor of No. 19 Stanford. And neither was related to the final possession of the game when the Cougars drove down to the Cardinal 9-yard line before a grounding penalty and sack thwarted their comeback hopes.
KEN BONE HAS landed his third commitment in the Cougars' 2013 recruiting class. A power forward prospect from California was on his official visit in Pullman this weekend and on Monday afternoon, via twitter, announced his decision that he will play for Washington State in 2013.
PULLMAN -- Coug fans are split. Is Washington State on the verge of turning the corner? Or is it another false hope? Either way, the Cougars showed progress Saturday in Palo Alto in taking the game down to the last second, say the scribes. And while it has become apparent that the offensive line is a big issue, other aspects of the team seem to be developing some continuity.
Auburn opens the season at home against Washington State on Aug. 31 and then faces Arkansas State on Sept. 7.
SPOKANE -- Coming off what was widely considered Washington State's best effort of the season at Stanford, linebackers coach Jeff Choate hinted to the Spokane Cougar Club luncheon on Monday that the Cougs may be turning the corner. And that theory will be tested this week at Utah, who may try much of the same things Stanford did on offense -- but with a twist.