The Washington State Cougars lost big in Seattle 21-44 to the Oregon State Beavers. The Cougars looked completed unprepared for OSU as over 50,000 fans watched them collapse as they were outplayed in all aspects of the game. The Cougs now 1-3, 3-4 overall now find themselves in the last place PAC-12 North after a very promising start. They also find head Coach Paul Wulff & Defense Coach Chris Ball on the hot seat with fans and Alumni calling for their removal after such a poor performance in a game that they were favored to win by +2/3 points.
After losing 3 conference games in a row the Cougs will have to regroup with a road trip to Oregon which is no easy place to win. It appears they may be without starting quarterback Jeff Tuel as he re-injured his shoulder as his pass protection broke down in the first half of the game. Tuel was 11-of-13 for 127 yards & led two scoring drives prior to his injury Back-up QB Marshall Lobbestael then went 10-of-20, 105 yards and one interception after OSU put the game away with 3 TD’s in the 3rd QTR alone. The WSU running game was not much help either. RB Carl Winston carried the ball for 41 yards on 12 carries, including a 2-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The biggest problem of all for the Cougs was simply their defensive effort. WSU barely had pass rush & their secondary was beat on almost every pass play. OSU QB Sean Mannion completed 26 of 34 passes for 376 yards & 4 touchdowns making him look something like Andrew Luck. Both WSU’s offensive and defensive lines was run over dominated up front. The Cougs had better improve quick because these numbers while impressive for OSU are nothing compared to what the Ducks can potentially put up. Vegas has Oregon favored by 35 points so the Cougs will have to come up with some answers this week in practice.