Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day…or a Season
With Mike Leach as the head coach of the Washington State Cougars, the general consensus for the starving Cougar fan base was a bowl game.
Well, the team fell short, to say the least.
The Cougars finished their season at 3-9. The wins were few and far between, but they did end the year on a high note with an Apple Cup victory over the bowl...
Exclamation Victory in Apple Cup Saves Hopeless Season
Prior to the final game of the season against Washington, the Washington State Cougars couldn’t have had a more disappointing season. They defeated only Eastern Washington and UNLV, while losing to everyone else including Colorado – whom the Cougars gave their only victory.
To add onto that, star wide receiver Marquess Wilson...
Cougars Take Apple Cup!
First and foremost, Go Cougs. The season thus far couldn’t have been more tragic if Shakespeare wrote it. There was only one thing that could surmount some sort of silver lining – an Apple Cup victory in Pullman.
And oh, how sweet it was.
In all of my years here at Washington State, there has never been a sweeter moment than seeing that football leave...
Once every so often something happens that really shouldn't have. November 23, 2012 in Pullman, Washington was a host to one of those moments.One team: a 100+ BCS ranking, losers of eight straight (including losses to juggernauts like Colorado and Utah), plus sporting the 136th ranked defense in all of college football.And having lost their best offensive player two weeks ago...
Maligned for much of last year when it was among the worst units in the country, Washington's defense is now the reason for the Huskies' longest regular-season win streak in more than a decade.
Heading into Friday's Apple Cup against rival Washington State, the Huskies' defense has become a stout unit that doesn't give up points very easily.
After getting routed...
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November 19, 2012
Washington State coach Mike Leach took time on Sunday to explain how and why he makes good Thanksgiving gravy.
He failed to give any explanation as to who will be his starting quarterback the day after Thanksgiving when Washington State hosts rival Washington in the Apple Cup, not yet ready to make a decision about whether Jeff Tuel or Connor Halliday will get the nod against the...
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November 18, 2012
ANOTHER FIRST-HALF MELTDOWN. Washington State coach Mike Leach changed quarterbacks from senior Jeff Tuel to sophomore Connor Halliday, but it made little difference as the Cougars went scoreless during the first half en route to a 46-7 loss Saturday at Arizona State. WSU narrowly produced its first points at Sun Devil Stadium since 2006, but saw its losing streak extended there to 11 years.
Amid controversy Cougs lose 7th consecutive game
After a brutal week for the Washington State Cougars, embroiled in war of words and accusations with departed star wide receiver Marquess Wilson, there was still a game to play against the No. 18 UCLA Bruins on a frigid Saturday night.
Marquess Wilson’s Agenda
Just hours before the nationally televised game, however, Wilson released...
Cougs Take Major Strides in Defeat
Coming off the first bye-week of Mike Leach’s WSU career, it was interesting to see how the team would fair in terms of adjustments and game play. The result was a vast improvement in offense fluidity, an empowered rush defense, and route-running efficiency by the receiving corp.
Unfortunately these improvements were not quite enough to overcome...
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.
Oh So Close!
Headline: The Washington State Cougars lose any and all momentum generated from second quarter play
Missed opportunities happen every game, but Washington State’s loss on Stanford included too many to take home the victory.
Before reminiscing on what could have been for the Cougars, let’s point out some of the positives.
What went right?
The 17th ranked Cardinal...
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...
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October 27, 2012
Can a Bye Week Be Just What the Cougars Needed?
The 2-5 Washington State Cougars are coming off of their bye week to face #19 Stanford on the road.
The game is not anticipated to be a close one, but Mike Leach implemented some interesting strategies over his team’s bye week. We shall see if they can improve the Cougars’ performance on the field.
Match up: Washington St. Cougars...
THE QUARTERBACK DEBATE. That remained the central topic among the media during Tuesday’s Pac-12 coaches’ teleconference as Washington State’s Mike Leach decides whether sophomore Connor Halliday and senior Jeff Tuel starts when the Cougars next play Oct. 27 at Stanford.
Connor Halliday's struggles hurt Washington State's upset bid on Saturday.
Halliday, the Cougars' sophomore quarterback, was pulled early in the second half of a 19-6 loss to No. 14 Oregon State after throwing his third interception.
He was replaced by senior Jeff Tuel, who was 11 of 17 for 126 yards.
Halliday finished 9 of 20 for 81 yards. Tuel briefly replaced Halliday...
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October 06, 2012
Happy Friday Cougs, and as always we wish the best for you and yours as we wind down another week. So tomorrow afternoon, the Cougs invade Corvallis and try to knock off the favored Beavs. And this is really nothing new for little 'ol WAZZU, as the Cougs have been the underdog to Oregon State for four of the last five times they've played. Hard as it is to believe...
“T.I.P.S.” for Colorado v. Washington State
Inconsolable. Despondent. Frustrated. Angry. Upset.
Pick one emotion … Hell, take them all.
University of Colorado fans have run the gauntlet of negative emotions the past few weeks, and that’s not even the worst of it …
… Chances are it is going to get worse before it gets better.
Not lost on Buff fans is the fact that...
Happy Monday Cougs, as we kick off another week. Lots to get to, not enough time to do it, so let's go.....
So we decided to run with another podcast last night, which you can catch here. It was a little bit of a "skeleton" crew, as it was Sutra, Longball and myself driving the bus. I'm not sure what we accomplished last night, other than we all kind...
Not even a question wrong side from the opening kick, and I was kicking myself going against one of my golden rules by taking an OVER in a division game which usually stays UNDER due to the familiarity with the two teams. OVERALL record now at: 9-11 45% -2.63 UnitsToday’s pick comes from the stand alone NCAAF game: UNLV RUNNING REBELS +8.5 -110 vs. Washington State CougarsThe...
Backup quarterback Connor Halliday threw four first-half touchdown passes to help Washington State beat UNLV 35-27 on Friday night.
Starting in place of the injured Jeff Tuel, Halliday threw two touchdown passes to Marquess Wilson, and also teamed with Gabe Marks and Isiah Myers on first-half scoring strikes.
Halliday completed 26 of 45 passes for 378 yards and had two interceptions...
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September 15, 2012
Greetings Cougs, and a happy Monday to you and yours.
So, thoughts on Saturday's squeaker vs. the Eags? It's kind of hard to know where to begin, but, I'll take a stab at a few thoughts anyway.....
1) Consistently Inconsistent - That seems to be the general theme right now. I caught Mike Leach on the post-game radio show, and he said several times that there...
Jeff Tuel threw a pair of touchdown passes to Isiah Myers as Washington State hung on to beat Eastern Washington 24-20 on Saturday in the home debut of Cougars coach Mike Leach.
Washington State (1-1), which lost at BYU in the season opener, also unveiled a $65 million upgrade of Martin Stadium in front of the first sellout crowd here since 2007.
Eastern Washington (1-1), an FCS...
Quarterback Jeff Tuel is listed alone as the starter as Washington State prepares for its home opener against Eastern Washington on Saturday.
Last week, Tuel and sophomore Connor Halliday were both listed as possible starters on the depth chart.
Tuel completed 30 of 45 passes against BYU for 229 yards and was intercepted twice as Washington State failed to score a touchdown in...
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September 04, 2012
There Wasn’t Much to Love…At All
This past Thursday the Cougars headed to Provo with the mind set of defeating Mike Leach’s alma mater BYU Cougars on national television.
Since the signing of Leach in November, August 30th was a day marked on every Cougar fan’s calendar. The game couldn’t come soon enough.
It was the longest day of school for each and every student on...
Just as Blue Cougar Football will preview each game this season with five things to watch for, we will review each game with our five game observations. In these observations, we will review the questions we posed in our five things to watch for article and evaluate our predictions. Question No. 1: Will Jeff Tuel control the game for WAZZU, or will his once promising career continue...