Cougs Get Ready For 2015 Football Season

Coach LeachThe WSU Football team returned to Pullman to get ready for the 2015 football season after practicing in Lewiston the previous week. Coach Leach uses an “away-from-home” mini camp to build relationships among football team members in a very focused environment. Coach Leach also pairs players from very difference circumstances and environments as roommates to build special and unique bonds among players that benefit them both on and off the field.

Last week team scrimmages showed some improvement on the Cougar Defense and also the Offensive line. Coach Leach has not named a starting quarterback yet but its hand not to see Luke Falk handling the ball when WSU’s season gets underway.

Go Cougs!

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WSU loses a heatbreaker to Cal 59-60

Conner HallidayIn a game that saw WSU QB Conner Halliday throw for a NCAA record of 734 yards, the Cougars lost a heartbreaker to Cal 59-60 in an offensive shootout. The Cougs now head home to take on Arizona who has played well this year.

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WSU Comes From Behind To Beat Utah 28-27

WSU logoIn a game that had WSU down 21-0 in the first 5 minuets, it was a huge surprise to all that WSU came from behind to beat Utah 28-27 on a stormy night in Salt Lake City. From their opening drive, Washington State was out of sync with Connor Halliday throwing an interception on the Cougs 5-yard line that was return by Utah for a quick TD with just seconds off the clock. Moments later,  Utah’s Kaelin Clay returns a WSU punt 58 yards for another TD making it 14-0 on its second possession of the game. Utah was not done scoring yet and ran back a 76 yd WSU kick for its final TD of the first quarter leaving WSU fans shocked and fear the save result as the earlier Nevada game.

In the second quarter, WSU finally started to get on track with Halliday throwing a 35 yd TD pass to WR Dom Williams. Utah later kicked a feild goal making it 24-7 at the half. In the 3rd quarter WSU finally started to get it s rhythm with the run with RB Wicks ripping off a first down to set up the Halliday 11 yd pass  to Vince Mayle for the Cougs second TD making it 24-14.

With renewed optimism and some soft Linebacker play, WicksWSU started to move the ball on the ground. WSU’s Wicks was a beast racking up 50 yds on 7 carries and  another 11 yds with 3 receptions. With Utah and WSU now trading blows, Utah kicked another field goal with 14:13 left in the 4th quarter to make it 27-14.  On the following possession, WSU took the ball on a 12 play, 75 yard drive with Halliday tossing Dom Williams a 20 yd TD pass, followed by an extra kick to make it 27-21 with Utah still on top.

WSU finally took the lead, with 4:48 left in the game. Halliday threw nice pass to a wide open Mayle  would knocked down Utah Defender for an 81 yd TD to put the game away 28-27 as time ran out for Utah.

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WSU Almost Upsets Oregon in 38-31 Loss

In their best 2014 game yet, the WSU Cougars almost upsetWSU4 # 2 Oregon on a beautiful fall night in Pullman. While ultimately losing 38-31, WSU scored first and had several changes to win the game before the PAC -12 officials took over and stopped their final drive on Pass Interference call that was so obvious that even casual fans questioned the play. All for not, as the Ducks took final possession to close out the game. WSU’s “D” played huge with 7 sacks on Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota. The 1-3 Cougs now head to Utah to see if they can finally put together a PAC-12 win

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WSU Finally Gets Win and Destorys Portland State 59-21

WSU PIRATE FLAGIn a game that mattered to few outside the Palouse, the WSU football team returned home to Martin Stadium to play FCS Portland State after 2 early road loses to start the 2014 season. Nothing like a little home “cookin” and a flashy new ribbon board in the stadium to right the Cougar’s ship on a sunny day in Pullman. Like pirates boarding a treasure ship, the Cougars jumped on Portland State Vikings early and left their ship smoldering in a 59-21 loss to WSU.

WSU Senior QB Conner Halliday lit up the Palouse sky with his Hallidayaerial passing assault on the undersized Vikings defenders. When carnage was over, Halliday had thrown for 544 yard and six touchdowns leaving the viking remains floating down the mighty Palouse River. First mate, Isiah Meyers, (WR), inflicted his own damage by hauling in 11 passes for 224 yards and 3 touchdowns while shipmate Dom Williams caught 4 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns.

While the WSU offense was feasting on their spoils, the Cougar Defense showed up to join the party and spent most of the day recking havoc and stuffing the Viking run. Viking QB McDonagh did mange to put 269 yards passing on 21 of 51 attempts but little gold was left as the Cougs D had their way.

For WSU fans, this was the team they were expecting to open the season. Both the Offense and Defense played well in what most thought was undoubly thier best game yet. The 2-1 Cougs now return home to take on #2 Oregon next Saturday in Pullman.

Go Cougs

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WSU Cougars Lose To Nevada 24-14, Fans Mutter

Washington State, 0-1, flew in to Reno with high hopes of Coach Leachputting on Air Raid an show for Nevada Wolf Pack. Instead it was the Wolf Pack who grounded the WSU Air Raid and stuffed the Coug’s meager running game. Nevada scored first and never trailed in its 24-14 win over WSU, 0-2, in Coach Mike Leach’s 3rd season. WSU fans were left muttering about what was suppose to be breakout year after the Bill Moos and Mike Leach early pre-season bowl game predictions. The Cougs head home to play Portland State for the first 2014 game in Martin Stadium.

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WSU Drops Season Opener 38-41 to Rutgers

WSU logoWashington State Football opened its season in Seattle with just over 30,000+ fans in attendance at Century Link Stadium. With WSU coaches predicting a better 2014 bowl-bound season, WSU fans had high hopes that they would finally see some of the Mike Leach Air Raid Magic. After an offense shootout, the Cougs dropped its opening game 38-41 to Rutgers leaving WSU fans disappointed with the effort.

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WSU Football sets up camp in Lewiston

WSU Fall Camp LewistonThe WSU Cougar Football team will be traveling to Lewiston, ID to open its 2014 preseason practice camp. After last year’s successful team bonding experience, Coach Leach has decided to head south and set up camp at Sacajawea Middle School again. While the accommodations at Sacajawea Middle School are pretty spartan in comparison to WSU’s home field facilities, several players and coaches attributed the WSU’s 2013 winning success to the bonding that occurred at their camp in Lewiston. Hoping to repeat and build on this success, the Cougs will be in Lewiston from August 2nd to August 13th for WSU fans who may want to check out the action.

Go Cougs!

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WSU Blows Huge Lead To Lose 48-45 To Colorado State In The New MexicoBowl

Live by the sword. Die by the sword.  WSU Head Coach Mike Leach a.k.a. NM bowl WSU‘the Pirate” leaves a sword stuck in the heart of the Cougars and Coug fans by poor game management of the clock. In a freak ending to the game, WSU instead of taking a knee, runs a play and fumbles away the game. Long-time Coug broadcaster, Bob Roberts, ” states he has never seen anything like that in his 50+ years of football.”  Even the Colorado State players were shocked and in a bit of disbelief as they walked away with the win.

In after gCoach Mike Leachame interviews, Coach Leach stuck to his guns that it poor game play and not his management of the game that cost the Cougars the game. Love him or hate him but many fans disagree. The one thing you can be certain about Mike Leach is he “gives no quarter” to use a pirate expression.

One thing you can say for sure is there will be no joy in Cougarville this NM Bowl Santa & GrinchChristmas. The grinch showed his face in the end, making for a long winter for WSU players and fans alike.

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WSU Loses 27-17 in the 106th Apple Cup

ApplecupWashington State came into Husky stadium with game winning hopes only to lose 27-17 in the 106th Apple Cup. The Huskies, while favored, are always a game the Cougs get up for and this game was no exception. UW had other ideas in mind as Bishop Sankey ran for over 200 yards in a sluggish defensive game. WSU’s Halliday had one of his worst games of the season, throwing two interceptions, and 272 yard total for the day. WSU, while bowl eligible must now wait to see if they get the call.

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