Stanford-Washington St. Preview

It was a year ago this weekend that things came apart for a 3-0 Stanford team with a top-10 ranking against an unranked opponent in the state of Washington. The No. 5 Cardinal will try to avoid a similar fate Saturday when they play Washington State in Seattle, 366 days after losing their perfect record at Washington. The Cardinal meet the Cougars at CenturyLink Field for the neutral...
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September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots Should Have No Issues Beating Bills in Week 1, Despite Facing C.J. Spiller, Mario Williams (Video)

FOXBORO, Mass. — The beginning of the Patriots’ schedule couldn’t have stacked up better. While Rob Gronkowski continues to recover from back surgery, New England will face off against the Bills, Jets and Buccaneers. To add to the ease, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel is expected to start for Buffalo. Tuel shared the starting duties in 2012 with Connor Halliday for the 3-9 Washington...
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Wazzu Rise 'N Grind - Independence Day Edition

Happy 4th of July Cougs!  We at the blog hope that you enjoy a fun, safe and SANE holiday weekend with friends and family over the next few days (and hopefully you got a 4-day weekend out of the deal?).  Plans are still forming for yours truly but I'm sure whatever it is we settle on, it'll involve food, drinks and explosions. Gotta be safe and SANE though.  My Dad...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Basement to Bowl: Pac-12

Our Basement to Bowl series has just two stops left, and today we're hitting up the Pac-12. Many teams in the conference are on the rise, but there are three basement dwellers that standout...way out...from the rest. Which one, if any, will be able to turn it around in 2013 and go bowling? Click here for our previous B-to-B posts: AAC, ACC, B1G, Big12. California ...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington State Cougars football: Five things we learned

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...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington State Cougars 2012 football season rewind

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...
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December 04, 2012  |  Discuss

UW Huskies vs. WSU Cougars 2012 Apple Cup game balls & stats

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...
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November 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington at Washington State: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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...
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November 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington-Washington St. Preview

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  |  Discuss

Leach doesn't say who'll start at QB in Apple Cup

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  |  Discuss

Cougars drubbed in the desert

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.
November 17, 2012  |  Discuss

UCLA vs. Washington St.: The Aftermath, what went wrong?

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...
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November 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington St. Cougars vs. Stanford Cardinal: love ‘em hate ‘em Week 9

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...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Tuel Keeps Cougars' Hopes Alive At Stanford

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.
October 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Cougars vs Cardinal: The aftermath, what went wrong?

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...
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October 28, 2012  |  Discuss

No. 19 Stanford 24, Washington St. 17

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  |  Discuss

Week 9 NCAA football preview: Washington State vs. Stanford match up

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...
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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Leach: QB debate fueled by inconsistency

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.
October 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Halliday struggles in Cougars' 19-6 loss

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  |  Discuss

WSU Fun With Video: Last Time in Corvallis

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...
Via WSU Football Blog
October 05, 2012  |  Discuss

“T.I.P.S.” for CU/Wash. State

  “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...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

WSU Monday Links - Podcasts, Blog Ballots, Etc

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...
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September 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Backup QB shines in WSU win

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  |  Discuss

WSU Blog Ballot Monday, Plus More

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...
Via WSU Football Blog
September 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington St. 24, E. Washington 20

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...
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September 08, 2012  |  Discuss
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