WSU 10 - USC 7
THANK YOU MIKE
And the WSU Cougar defense!
We should support Mike
Leach as coach at WSU.
The carefully worded letter from Marquess Wilson released
a couple days ago was designed to blame the Mike Leach for all
problems and make you believe "this was the year" for Paul
Wulff's staff if only Mike Leach hadn't screwed it up. We
will never know the truth of what would have happened had Paul
Wulff stayed. We do know what had already happened.
WSU was correct to bet that a charismatic coach who had taken
his team to 10 bowl games in 10 years was more likely to be
successful than a coach whose BEST year at WSU was 4-8 with all
4 of those wins against horrible teams (Idaho state, UNLV,
Colorado, and ASU as they were disintegrating). The best
win in 4 years under Paul Wulff was a win over unranked Oregon
State in 2010 - and OSU finished the season 5-7.
Marquess Wilson was a prima donna who seemed to take plays off
when they were not designed for him - and though he has piled up
a lot of yards he has only scored touchdowns in 3 of 9 games
this year including some notable drops when the game was on the
line - Paul Wulff's answer was to throw him the ball all the
time and that worked OK, though it didn't produce wins.
Because of the situation at Texas Tech any time someone like
leaves they will take their cue from what has already been
written because it is more likely to believed. I have not
been in the locker room, but I have met parents of players who
seem to think Mike is doing a great job. The thought that
Wilson is doing this for anyone but himself is laughable.
He is trying to get a free move to another team next year where
he won't have to share the limelight so he can try to ensure a
big check from the NFL. While even his stats to date will
get him drafted, he isn't fooling anyone in the NFL.
It is very possible that in the last 4 years the
players might have been given TOO much leeway, and students
steeped in that tradition - especially the few who
benefitted from it while the rest of us suffered - might pine
for those days and be unable to make the change. I think
the POINT of this season for Coach Leach was to toughen up the
players and build for the future.
The Mike Leach system depends upon balance and the defense NOT
knowing who the ball is being thrown to. It felt
like the team was better off without Marquis Wilson for much of
the day against UCLA - which none of us would have guessed.
Even the running game began to work a little.
Lets hope that WSU wins at least one of the next two games so
that there is some kind of momentum going into recruiting
WSU loses to #17 UCLA 44-36
Yesterday the WSU offense turned in a great performance
and the defense played much better than the score indicated, it
was really the kicking game that cost them the game. After
driving the field easily and getting stalled within a couple
yards of the goal line on their first drive Wazzu lined up for a
field goal which was blocked and returned for a touchdown by
UCLA. that was a 10 point swing. WSU drove the field
again, only to have another field goal blocked. Then a
punt was blocked. Then Teondray Caldwell fumbled a kick off
return and the defense scored again on a Halliday fumble,
allowing UCLA to build a commanding lead going into the Locker
room at halftime. UCLA scored 5 times in the 2nd quarter.
Without Marquess Wilson and after such
ineptness in the first half WSU showed a lot of heart in the 2nd
half, outscoring UCLA 27-7 for the final two quarters. The
kicking game HAD redeemed itself a little by creating a turnover
on a UCLA kick-off return that became the last points WSU
scored. But they were unable to recover the onside
kick and the game ended. As with Stanford and Colorado
they were in position to win the game but could not quite pull
Good young players stepped up, a good omen for the future.
The team I saw yesterday (understanding the kicking as a fluke)
could beat the huskies in a couple weeks, which would be a great
way to end the season.
Encouraging stats from yesterdays game:
1st downs - WSU 30, UCLA 15
Total yards - WSU 524 UCLA 334
RUSHING! - WSU 67 UCLA 73 - we almost rushed for more yards than
Finally, Halliday threw 5 TD's and was only intercepted once.
Before this game he had 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
He had by far his best game of the season. Lets hope it is
because he is beginning to understand Mike Leach's system.
In Defense of Connor
Connor Halliday is the best quarterback for the Cougars -
at least that is on campus at this time. I went back and
checked some stats. Here is a comparison of Halliday and
Tuel (sr) this year with some of the notable Cougar Quarterbacks
of the past as sophomores - Caveats: Ryan Leaf and Jason Gesser
already had a full year of starts under their belt by their
sophomore year, Tuel had started 6 games and obviously they had
different coaches etc.: Best number highlighted in Green -
worst in Red
|Connor Halliday 12
|Jeff Tuel 12
It is also true that the full year stats include some really
tough games, but BYU and Oregon aren't slouches. Connor is not
doing the job we need, but even after yesterdays' disaster
(which has heavy weight because only 6 games have been played),
he's not THAT far behind Drew Bledsoe at the same age. The
difference seems to be twofold - the time given by the offensive
line and the last second decision making. The first
could be because of a lack of talent - I think the 2nd is just a
lack of experience, and if experience is going to make the
difference Halliday should be the choice, because he will be
here next year. Jeff Tuel completes more of his passes
than anyone on the list, with fewer interceptions, but he is a
senior, and he is so cautious he has the lowest TD%. That
may be an indication that as the field shrinks and timing
becomes more critical he holds the ball too long. Against
Oregon State sometimes Connor didn't hold the ball long enough.
But he will be here next year with another year in this offense
with better more prepared players around him. That should
lower the interception number, which will increase all of the
others....I'm a Connor Halliday fan and will continue to be one!
If you disagree come argue on our
WSU Defense puts it together -
Offense forgets where they put it in loss to Oregon State 19-16
It was amazing to see the defense play so well
on Saturday against Oregon State. Going against a ranked
offense that was on a roll the Cougar defense looked like -
well, not themselves - intercepting OSU Quarterback Mannion 3
times and handing the game to the cougar offense on a platter
which the offense immediately dropped time after time.
This was the most improbable loss of the season in the way it
was played. The sacks of previous weeks have become ghosts
following Connor Halliday and affecting his current play.
Getting pulled for Jeff Tuel twice didn't help that, but no one
blamed coach Leach for making the change when he did - OK, I am
sure some people wondered why Connor started the 2nd half,
especially after he immediately threw and interception.
Sucky game all around.
WSU will beat Oregon State
Saturday (wait - never mind)
I believe WSU will put together its first
complete game effort on Saturday in Corvallis. The offense
will score points in bunches and the defense will play well
enough. That is assuming of course that Conner Halliday is
healthy, which we won't really know until game day. One
key to the game will be pressuring Oregon State's hot
quarterback Sean Mannion, so that our cornerbacks can keep up
with the Oregon State receivers, who are good and fast. I
believe that the defensive schemes will have progressed enough
to slow down Oregon State enough for a WAZZU victory.
Maybe I'm just being a homer because I resent having to pick
against WSU last weekend, but it just FEELS like WSU is getting
better quickly. I figure a football team is like a
business. As a business owner I know there are 10 times as
many things to do as there is time in the day - the key is
organization and knowing what to spend your time on.
Having a coach with the perception to know WHAT the team should
spend its time on each week to improve faster than the other
guys is the difference that gives me confidence that they will
win this weekend. Lets hope I'm right.
The Only Way Mike Leach is
like Paul Wulff
Mike Leach sacrificed wins this year to try to
create a better future team. How? It was never more
evident than in the Colorado game, but has been evident in each
game this year. The cougars have outscored the opposition
by a LOT of points in all games other than the BYU game, but
have been epic failures in the 4th quarter, partly because of a
lack of depth on the defense. Mike Leach kicked linebacker
C.J. Mizell, Linebacker Sekope Kaufusi and Defensive tackle
Anthony Laurenzi off of the team for various infractions (Kaufusi
was for marijuana - that one was a no brainer).
Three starters, and 2 of them the best players on Defense.
How much more stout/deep would the Cougar defense be if those
three were still on the field? It almost certainly was the
margin of victory last Saturday. Only time will tell if
that sacrifice was worth it. The years those players spent
learning the ins and outs of Oregon's offense will be sorely
missed today as well, as the cougars are basically a "why bother
showing up" underdog against the ducks this weekend.
Mike Leach blamed the team psyche for part of the loss last
weekend. May be, but having those three experienced
"psyche's" on the field would have helped. The experience
other younger players are getting and the spots freed up by
those scholarships will help the cougars in future years, as
will the no nonsense discipline Mike Leach is instilling in the
players. They will end up better young men because of it.
The cougars will win more games in the future because of it.
They probably lost the last game because of it. And those
three players would not have changed who wins the game today -
Oregon by a bunch....
We all are praying for a breakout performance from Connor
Halliday and the Mike Leach offense, along with enough defense
to keep the ducks under 50 points. Likely outcome?
Oregon 48 WSU 10. With the Oregon D working with the
Oregon offense in practice the WSU speed will hardly impress.
Mike, my wife is an Oregon duck, please make my home livable
WSU vs. Colorado - Wazzu
loses in a heartbreaker
Connor Halliday looked amazing the first half.
That guy is fearless when it comes to throwing the ball
downfield. I like Jeff Tuel as a quarterback, but he
doesn't seem to have the downfield swagger of Halliday. Third and 13?
No problem. Throw the ball back across the field deep?
Check. He has a gunslinger mentality and believes he can
throw any ball any time. he's no John Elway, but he
certainly has that much confidence in his arm.
Because of Halliday the Mike Leach offense was hitting on all
cylinders, seemingly moving the ball at will for a good part of
the first half.
The defense is still a weak however, with a lot of missed
tackles considering who they were playing. It seemed like
the Colorado offense was shooting themselves in the foot more
than the cougar defense was making plays.
Wazzu was cruising until about the 10 minute mark of the
third quarter when Colorado defender Paul Vigo knocked the ball
out of the hands of Winston, returning the ball to the 1 yard
line, they scored a touchdown on the next play. The
youthful cougars went flat after that, dropping well thrown
Fortunately the defense made up for the offensive slump.
On the first play after Colorado got the ball Simmons
intercepted a deep ball. From there Marquis Wilson made
his presence known with an awesome run off of a bubble screen
for a touchdown. Suddenly instead of Colorado driving to
tie the game they were looking up at a 14 point spread and the
cougar defense was able to pin their ears back and Colorado
collapsed. With their record this season they don't have a
lot of confidence. They remind me a lot of some WSU teams
the past few years..
Mike leach goes for it on 4th down so often you gotta love
it. But it seemed like he handed off the ball A LOT on 1st
down. it seemed very predictable. You might want to
mix up which down you do that.
I was pleased with the defense after half time, they seemed
to make great adjustments, making life much tougher for Colorado
for most of the third quarter.
Just under the 5 minute mark Colorado QB Jordan Webb was
nailed right in the middle of his chest on a throw. As he tried
to get up he fell down twice looking like a punch drunk fighter.
But as the new quarterback came into the game the first hand off
resulted in an 84 yard touchdown. And it went downhill
The Cougars look pretty good sometimes, but these
were the easy games. Unfortunately all of the teams the rest of
the season are as good or better than any of the teams they have
They do not look strong in the 4th quarter. The offense
seemed like it tired itself out and got sloppy.
With teams only putting three guys on the line, maybe Coach
Leach should suddenly crunch the 5 lineman into a normal
formation and run the ball when not expected. Seems like
it would really throw off the defense. Even if you did
that and then threw the ball it would really throw the other
team off. they would have no clue what he was going to do.
Or you could start that way and shift out. What law says
you have to predictably have that space all the time.
There was a fumble with less than a minute left, had the
cougars recovered the game would have been over. Colorado
came out of the pile with it.
Drive into the line, Drive into the line. One final
play to decide the game....
No one covers QB Webb and he runs untouched into the end zone to
take the lead with 11 seconds left.
Mike Leach is brilliant - so he needs to come up with a 4 minute
offense that runs the clock down.....
Well, I guess we won't win
Come on, admit it.
In your heart of hearts you were hoping that suddenly WSU
would go "Boise State" on people, win almost every game and
flirt with an undefeated season because of the Mike Leach hire.
Me too. What last night proved is that there are other
schools that also have great coaches and good players. It
proved that the BYU defense is good. And fast. Plays
like that quick shovel pass which thrilled WSU fans ended up
going for only a few yards. Often Jeff Tuel had all day to
pass, and yet could still find no one to throw the ball too.
As the game went on he looked more and more indecisive. Rest
assured that this is not the cougar offense you can expect for
the remainder of the year. What the cougar faithful can
hang their hat on is the fact that they were only outscored 6-0
in the second half, despite being put in a horrible situation
right out of the box. The defense at least made great
adjustments at halftime.
1 - Going for it on 4th down on the first drive and making it
was an exciting glimpse of the swagger that could be coming as
the season goes on.
2 - The offensive line. Through most of the game the
offense did a great job of protecting Jeff Tuel.
3 - WSU only lost 6-0 in the second half.
1- With no beer being sold at the stadium WSU fans were
forced to watch the game sober.
2 - The offensive line. No Mike Leach offense will ever be
mistaken for a running team, but SOME running is required to
keep the defense honest. Because the Cougars could
not run the ball (ground game accounted for a net -4 yards...)
there were frequently as many 8 defenders in coverage.
3 - The two best opportunities to score, the first drive of
each half - were ended by interceptions. The one at the
beginning of the second half came after an amazing kick return
that had comeback written all over it.
4 - New coach, but the players still play like a team that
expects to lose. Kind of a glass jaw emotionally.
Hopefully next weeks game against a much more manageable
opponent will be the real beginning of the season for WSU.
1 - It was so quiet in that stadium. I have never been
in a stadium that felt "reverent" before. Polite doesn't
describe it. When I went down to the concession stand I
half expected to see kids walking in church dress with their
arms folded.... That did change during one drive where BYU was
called for several penalties in a row. Growing up LDS
myself and with a daughter attending BYU I have always been
aware of BYU football. But that felt weird.
2 - More commercials in the stadium than I have ever seen.
It was like a bad Saturday Night live skit.
Mike Leach and WSU get a
big test vs. the BYU defense
The waiting is finally over, and I will be
happy (almost) no matter what the outcome is tonight, because
win or lose, the Cougars look like they have a future again.
It would be surprising and impressive if we could pull out
a win, but it will be exciting to see both the Mike Leach
offense and new look defense. I mean face it, we scored
some points in the past 4 years, it was frequently the defense
that let us down (I know, turnovers...). The BYU defense
is stout returning 11 of 12 starters, and I think they will
always be up more for Pac-12 opponents because of the whole
University of Utah thing. Praying for a close win - though
being Mormon myself and wearing WSU colors on the BYU campus I
feel like I might lose my temple recommend or something......
One thing I DO know. With Mike Leach at the helm USC
will never take a knee going into halftime to avoid running up
the score... Cannot wait to get to the stadium tonight!
Jim Walden Out as WSU
Broadcaster - Still a WSU Icon
He won't question the officials on this one on
the air - though it would have been nice to give him one more
season worth broadcasting to make up for the last few.
I am sure being a broadcaster during the Wulff era was
difficult, especially since Paul played for Jim.
I am a "Jim Walden Cougar" - I entered WSU in the fall of
1979. Leaving that aside, here is a reminder why Jim is a
pivotal coach in WSU history. Walden was coach of the Cougar
football program from 1978 to 1986. The win loss record at WSU
during his tenure does not tell the whole story of his impact on
the program and the psyche of the school. Our football program
was a shambles when he arrived. Management of the program was so
poor before Walden arrived that the Apple Cup had actually been
played in SPOKANE (except 1954) from 1950 to 1980! How spineless
is that? Jim turned the program around then beat the
Huskies 3 out of 4 years (after 23 years in which WSU only won 4
Apple cups and had gone 0 for the previous 8). He recruited
and/or coached some of the greatest players ever to come out of
WSU: Jack Thompson, Rueben Mays, Mark Rypien, as well as the
best football NAME ever - Quarterback Cleat Casper. He also
coached a great young player named Paul Wulff. A win in the
Apple Cup of 1981 would have taken the Cougars to their first
Rose bowl since 1931. After that heartbreaking loss he pushed
hard to move the Apple cup back to Pullman, which created the
backdrop for the historic 1982 Apple cup and that goal post in
the Coug ceiling.
As a broadcaster we love Jim because he frequently said what we
were thinking, sometimes that was cheering a great play, other
times it was "what the F(*@%. was that ref thinking?". If he had
a fault it was being a homer when the replay seemed to show
something else, but I can live with that. I guess I get making a
change now - it is a good year to make changes, with Mike Leach
coming in, and when the youngest guy in the booth was born in
1938 the younger crowd is probably not being served as well as
you might like. Was his long association with Paul Wulff and his
possible impact on that hiring decision a factor? We'll probably
never know how much Jim went to bat for Paul before he was let
go. I know that once the decision was made Jim was
excited about Mike Leach. His loyalty to WSU could never
Here are a couple of my favorite Jim Walden Quotes - we'll miss
“Well, I don't know what they do on the west side of the state,
but over here whenever it gets dark, we just turn on our
lights.” (about a night time apple cup)
"I realize there are some Sherman Tanks in this league, but we
just got run over by a damned moped." (that would be cal)
"I remember the goal posts coming down - I don't need much
else". (about the 82 apple cup)
"when you're not competing, it's not a rivalry, it's just a
And maybe the biggest quote of all. It describes the
through process he instilled in the players and that still
carries us through hard times today:
"Before we'd come out of the locker room, I'd tell the kids,
this isn't a cure for cancer, but it's the closest thing in
importance to you for the next three hours," Walden said. "I'm
sorry, but that's the way I felt about it. Keep everything in
perspective and all, but for the rest of your life, you'll
remember this day."
"The greatest thing I can do," he said, "is beat the Huskies."
If you have a favorite quote not listed here, come over to our
Here and let us know.
Whoever is the replacement for Jim - you have your work cut out
Would WSU's Mike Bowlin have given Oregon a championship?
New WSU kicker Mike Bowlin was originally a
redshirt for the University of Oregon, and was to be part of a
three way battle for the kicking duties there with Rob Beard and
current kicker Alejandro Maldonado. An unfortunate
incident on campus (Bowlin
pleads guilty) resulted in Bowlin leaving Oregon for
Saddleback JC where he kicked extremely well (11/15 on
Field Goals, but his strong suit was kickoffs with 14
touchbacks). What if he had remained in Oregon, won the
competition that fall and MADE the kick Maldonado whiffed
against USC? That kick likely cost Oregon the possibility of a
National championship matchup with Alabama (instead of the inept
LSU passing game we saw). A match up between the
Oregon offense at its end of the season best vs. that Alabama
defense would have been worth the price of admission.
BTW I am
SO tired of talking about contending teams that are not WSU!
WSU 2012 Fooball Schedule - this FBschedules.com page is a
nice way to look at the Cougars 2012 schedule - also has links
to purchase tickets for away games.
night before Christmas - Bill Moos style.
Twas the first of December, when on the
not a cougar was happy, except for
Our bells had been rung by the Huskies with flare
and keep poor Paul Wulff? Well,
the school didn't dare.
The Coug fans were nestled all snug in their beds
while dreams of some
other sport danced in their heads.
And mamma in her kerchief and I in my cap (really? a
Kerchief? Who does that?)
Had just got in bed to
watch sports news and nap
When on ESPN there arose such a clatter,
I grabbed the remote to
see what was the matter
Away to the big screen I flew like a flash
turned up the volume and
sat on my - s - sash....
The camera zoomed in to Joe Schad on that show
and he said of Mike Leach
"To Wazzu he will go!"
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear
but a new cougar coach
that can win every year.
With him as the driver, our genius Mike Leach
I knew in a moment that
bowl games we'd reach.
More rapid that Reindeer commitments they came
First coaches then
players to join in Mikes fame
New offense new defense, new players new fans,
and even the treat of
some brand new grand stands.
To the top of the Pac to the top of them all
With this Pirate flag
even Corso will call!
And I heard Mike exclaim err he road out of sight
Merry Christmas you Cougs
- You're back in the fight!
When my wife asked what I wanted for Christmas, I thought of
the upcoming football season
and told her "I'm good". Looking forward to spring ball
and the coming season more than any football season I can
WSU - Hiring of
Mike Leach has immediate impact
Does anyone else feel like the ugly girl asked
to the prom? I caught a sportscenter piece on Mike Leach coming
to WSU yesterday (nice suit)
and had felt proud of the direction of the program, and the guy
hasn't really done anything yet. Its like suddenly black
and white becomes color. Some people wonder if parents
will hesitate to send their kids to WSU because of the fake
charges at the end of his tenure at Texas Tech. Anything that
allows WSU to distance itself from the W/L record of the past
few years has to be a good thing.
So here is the golden question of the moment:
Who would you keep from Paul Wulff's staff and why?
Give me your answer and argument on our facebook page
WSU moves back
from the Palouse to the Pac-12
And some place south of Tortola....Cue
"Pirates of the Caribbean" theme music (right
There is no truth the rumor that the skull and crossbones
will replace the familiar cougar logo when Mike Leach reaches
campus, but you can count on seeing a lot of pirate flags and
swashbuckling swords in the stands next fall as the cougar
faithful revel in the notoriety, character, and most importantly
SUCCESS that is Mike Leach football. As someone who was in
college during the Jim Walden years, I remember the difference a
passionate coach can make to the psyche of a football team and
fan base. Bill Moos couldn't have made a better hire at
this time and place than he just did.
I can't STAND Jim Rome's style of broadcasting, but check out
this fun commentary -
take on Mike Leach
For a hint at the kinds of games that COULD be in store for
the cougar (long suffering) faithful check this out from Mike
2008 Texas Tech Red Raiders Team.
Connor Halliday, Jeff Tuel, Mike Leach? Visions of sugar
plumbs baby! Merry Christmas!
WSU football history
No longer on strike - time to clear up some
Many have taken up Paul Wulff's Mantra that he should be
given a lot of credit for his 9 and 40 record because of how bad
things were when he arrived. It is true that Coach Doba's
best season was his first (10-3), and because we had won so much
earlier in the decade his 20-26 record after that made us kind
of surly, but his total record of 30-19 dwarfs Paul Wulff's.
Yes, Coach Doba only won 5 games his final year and there were
some academic issues that Coach Wulff had to clean up, But the
teams Palouse police blotter wasn't exactly pristine the past 4
years, either. For any other coach 4-8 is a down year, not
a sign of improvement. Here are some facts:
Coach Doba won 2 of 3 bowl games and beat UW 3 times.
After 4 years Paul Wulff ALMOST got back to the worst year in
the Doba era (4-8 vs. 4-7, and he lost to UW).
Paul Wulff Beat: Portland State (4-7), UW (0-12), SMU (8-5),
Montana State (9-3), Oregon State (5-7), Idaho State (2-9), UNLV
(2-9), Colorado (3-10), and Arizona State (6-6). The ONLY
quality win in 4 years was the last one over Arizona State.
The combined record of the teams WSU beat this year was 13-34.
While that is a better win% than Paul Wulff had, its not like he
beat Alabama and LSU.
Contrarians who believe that he would have been a great coach
with just one more year probably are also counting on Barack
Obama to be more fiscally conservative in his second term....
They got Mike Leach?
fired - WSU football suddenly more interesting.
Why did he lose so many games? The
simple answers: 1 - he took all the scholarship hits at once when
he didn't have to. 2 - Partly because of 1 He didn't find
a way to win enough to keep good players. 3 - He brought
in talented but diminutive quarterbacks in a system not designed to
protect a quarterback. When Connor Halliday went out of
the game with an injury were you surprised? Me neither.
BTW they SHOULD keep the people who were going out and looking
for players, because obviously there are some good players on
campus looking for the right system.
WSU's Bill Moos
has his work cut out for him. Unfortunately, much like a
homely girl on February 13th everyone knows that WSU is
desperate to find someone who can make them feel better about
themselves, so it will cost all of the money they saved on Paul
Wulff and then some to land a coach worth his salt.
Hopefully the staff has learned the error of hiring a coach you
know will never leave for a better gig. Imagine the woman
you would end up with if you had that attitude....She would look
like - Well - Paul Wulff.
All joking aside I hated being on strike, and I do wish Coach
Wulff the best. I hope he ends up in a situation where he
wins a lot of games. Hopefully this WSU experience will
teach him what he needs to do to become a great coach. In
a way WSU used him, if they forced him to take all of those
scholarship hits at the beginning of his tenure instead of
spreading them out. That would have meant several more players
on campus. Maybe one of them is a starting punter, or left
tackle, or safety and this season has 2 more wins. That is
all it would have taken to save his job. If it really was
his decision, I am sure the lesson was painfully learned.
Good Luck Coach Wulff.
Tomorrow - a rundown of the possibilities and sorry, no coach
Peterson this time - he WAS available when Paul Wulff was hired
- I tried to get him hired. I really did. I would
love having Mike Leach but if he takes the job would be a real
Shocker. WSU won't pony up the dough and Mike will have
better options this time around then he did a year ago - when
Paul Wulff was given another year....
WSU ends my
(read below I sounded so desperate).
Since people have been asking, no, I haven't disappeared, I'm on
strike. Yes I'm still watching or listening to the
games, but I refuse to waste my time writing columns and working
on this site until Paul Wulff is removed as WSU head coach.
I made that decision after the Hawaii game (not this year, Last
year). Come on, after this latest embarrassment at Oregon
does ANYONE believe Paul Wulff can coach at this level?
His players obviously don't. We are a laughing stock....
Remove Paul Wulff and make Jim Walden the interim head
coach for the rest of the year. At least then there is a
REASON to lose this bad. If they try to say Wulff needs
time have them look at the turnaround at the montlake mutts.
If they say you can't get a good coach in OUR situation, have
them look at BSU. BSU has a small market, no Pac-10
affiliation, and a VERY small university that is really not much
more than a community college, yet they are ranked 5 in the
nation right now. 9 minutes left in the 2nd half and not
one complete pass in the half..... I find myself looking
forward to the silence during the timeouts.....
WSU loses to
Hawaii 24-10, Levenseller shows potential
Did you pass the "I bleed crimson" test? If you wanted to
see Saturday nights game between 2-10 WSU and Hawaii you needed
to pay 12.95 for the privilege. Those of you who did saw a
somewhat improved team from previous weeks. They seemed less
disorganized and much better on defense even though injuries
forced them to play with only three down linemen.
The highlight defensively came after a Lopina fumble left the
ball on the 4 yard line. Everyone in crimson expected an
easy score for Hawaii, but a timely sack forced a field goal
that was missed. In the 2nd half WSU did a great job (for
the most part) putting pressure on Alexander, which was missing
in the first half.
The offense was weak as usual, and again
Levensellers numbers ended up better that Lopinas'. Even
the Hawaii announcers seemed to wonder why he wasn't the
starting quarterback. You burned his redshirt, he is the
future, why not play him?
We should never have to endure a season this bad again,
though anyone with hopes that Coach Wulff would be sent down the
highway should be aware that with the current financial mess
paying a coach a pile of money NOT to play won't sit well with
the powers that be. Coach Wulff gets at least 2 more years
to prove his system will transfer to the major college level.
I feel the same way I do for President elect Obama - He wasn't
my choice, but he's my leader. I devoutly wish for success
for both of them. Hopefully they will both be so
impressive that they deserve 8 years in charge.
Coach Wulff is quoted after the Hawaii game saying:
“We’re going to ask guys to do things they’ve never done before
in this program”. That is already true. No one has
ever been on a team that gave up so many points in a season
(570), which is particularly galling when you consider the
expanded number of games played. You know the litany of
other records ( four 60+ point losses, most kick returns by a
player, etc.). Hopefully the thing he is going to ask them
to do is be more learned about the offense, disciplined in the
system and conscientious about turnovers. Can anyone say
Watching the WSU
vs. Hawaii game
Earlier this week, the game was listed on ESPN Gameplan, but
no longer the case.
Oceanic Cable will be
live via their UH sports web video service. The game is
priced at $12.56 on their schedule. There are some
If you live in the state of Hawaii, you need to be a Road
Runner customer to subscribe to the video streaming service.
Individuals on the mainland or anywhere else in the world,
do not need to be Road Runner customers. Ordering is only
available 1 hour leading up to the scheduled event.
Hawaii IPTV should
also be streaming it live. To use this service, you cannot be a
resident of Hawaii. You'll need broadband internet access, and
you need to use their
webplayer to view it on your computer. you need to
subscription of $21.50 a month or $180 a year.
Thanksgiving present from Coug.com:
WSU goals for
the game Hawaii Saturday
(11:00 PM Start
stopping Hawaii's offense - that's a given goal of course,
but after Saturday the cougars will go into the game with a
feeling that it might even happen. Hawaii is much
better than UW - isn't everybody? They are 5-3 in the
WAC, a conference that has embarrassed the Pac-10 several
times this year (not the kind of change Barrack Obama was
talking about). It will be all about stopping that
high powered offense. They need to get to QB Greg Alexander
early and often to have any shot.
from scoring 18 points. If they do then WSU will hold
the record for most points given up in a season.
Sometimes is just about avoiding embarrassment.
scheduled the game for 11 PM pacific time. Hopefully
the last think most recruits will remember will be 4 out of 5 apple
cup wins and 16 points on Saturday.
Hawaii has a lot to play for, a
win probably gets them into a decent bowl game, while a loss to
WSU would make any bowl official think twice. Last week
Hawaii took little brother U of I (thank GOD we aren't playing
them this year - that would be too hard to take) to the woodshed
49-17 last week, scoring more points than WSU has scored in the
last 5 games combined (45). Comparing the offense of June
Jones to the defense of Paul Wulff is like, ummm, anyone
remember the Iraqi army in the first gulf war?
Special thanks to Jeff McQuarry of
"Legends of the Palouse" fame for this
great picture from the game Saturday, those Huskies never could
hold their liquor.
Of course this
could also have been another one of those irate Huskies trying
to get his hands on Tyrone Willingham.
are now just funny (for us anyway).
KOMO 4's Eric Johnson hit it out of the park with this one,
take a look
My favorite line? "it's a
completely resistible force against a ridiculously movable
object". That's why they pay him the big bucks.
How quickly things change.
Suddenly the Cougs are 2-10, the mutts are 0-11 and any question
about which team will go down as the worst in Pac-10 history has
been settled, because epic badness in one game and lopsided
margins by the cougars only emphasize just how bad the Huskies
are. We set a record by losing 4 games by over 60 points -
We had the 118th worst defense in football - and the Huskies
could only score 13 on us. In the last minute of
regulation and through 2 overtimes the Huskies let the 118th
worst offense in football score 3 straight times (all field
goals, of course) - the same offense that was shut out in 3 of
the last 4 games!
WSU Wins 2008 Apple Cup
16-13 in Double Overtime
Washington Huskies are officially the Worst team in the Nation
I said we could
not expect the Cougars to score more than 10 points against the
hapless Huskies and that is exactly what they scored over the
first 4 quarters - fortunately the Huskies field goal kickers
are even worse than the rest of the team, so the Dawgs also
ended regulation with only 10 points. In two overtimes the
WSU Cougar football team was just good enough to squeak out the
narrowest of come from behind victories over what will certainly
go down as the worst team in UW history.
It feels SO good to not be talking
about how bad the Cougars are for one night. As everyone
knows this victory is as sweet as any 5 victories over other
teams COMBINED for a WSU student or alumni.
Not only are we NOT the worst team
in America, the University of Washington Huskies have no
competition for that title - they are the only team in football
that still has not won a game this year (the 1991 Huskies have
left the building). The Cougar nation really will miss you
Tyrone Willingham - there's like, a tear in my eye....
At the beginning of the game I was
depressed to see Kevin Lopina (0 touchdown passes 10
interceptions for the year coming into the game) actually start
the game. 0 -10.... Levenseller HAD to have a better shot
than that, right? Lopina couldn't seem to throw the ball
more than 5 yards past the line of scrimmage all season. That
was true through most of 4 these quarters of ineptness as well.
In the first half there were a
couple big plays. On the very first play of the game Q
Richardson ran the kickoff back about 50 yards, into WSU
territory, but he was sprung by an obvious block in the back by
UW and they instead began the drive on their own 15 yard line.
Thankfully we will never know what would have happened had that
run been allowed to stand.
The other great play came on
special teams, late in the 2nd quarter R Forest got set to punt
the ball a 4th and 17 (4th and 17 from the WSU 31 yard line!)
but noticed a WHOLE lot of real estate in front of him and took
off for 28 yards. I'm sure Paul Wulff and his staff were
all thinking "NO!" but somehow Forrest got the first down and
then some. The drive stalled, but the psychological lift
was dramatic on the cougar side of the ball and it had to help
the WSU attitude as they went into the tunnel down 10 at the
In the 2nd half it is notable that
the Cougar defense did not allow the Huskies to Score (though
they missed two makeable field goals). That is the first
time that the WSU defense has held a team scoreless all year in
the 2nd half of a game. Even Portland State Scored 6
points in the 3rd quarter of their loss to the Cougs.
Offensively one play kept the cougars in the game and within a
single field goal of the Dawgs, a breakaway run by Logwone Mitz
in the 3rd quarter for a touchdown. The Huskies had two
opportunities to add to their lead but both of their kickers
missed field goals. Still it seemed that the Huskies were
doing a much better job at the line of scrimmage than the
struck in the final minute of the game. Stranded on his
own 34 with 31 seconds left Kevin Lopina threw the longest pass
of his Cougar career 45 yards into he waiting arms of freshman J
Karstetter in the biggest play of the game. Lopina hit
Karstetter again for 7 yards but he was caught before he could
get to the sidelines. Thinking quickly Lopina (evoking shades of
Ryan Leaf in the 1998 Rose Bowl) got his team to the line and
was able to ground the ball with 2 seconds left, preparing the
way for a Nick Grasu 28 yard Field goal to send the game into
1st overtime: Both teams
were equally matched (inept?) in the first overtime, the Cougars
took 11 plays (equaling the most plays on any drive the rest of
the game) trying to force the ball into the end zone, including
a daring move by Paul Wulff who chose to go for it on 4th and 1
from the 4 yard line. Freshman Logwone Mitz got the
1st down by the length of the football. But the Cougars still
had to settle for a field goal. The Huskies also drove to
the 5 yard line and settled for a field goal.
2nd overtime: The Huskies
kicker R Perkins choked and kicked his field goal attempt from
37 yards wide right, and the Cougars suddenly had the chance to
put the Huskies away. The Cougars didn't get a first down
but they didn't need to, gaining 5 yards on 3 plays before Nick
Grasu sealed the game with his own 37 yard field goal.
These are two awful teams this
year (this was the first time two Pac-10 teams had EVER met with
10 losses each), but the feeling of victory was made in a way
even sweeter because of it.
There is one more game left
against Hawaii, a very solid team. while I don't expect
WSU to win, if they put forth the effort they did in this game
it will serve them well next week against a very good Hawaiian
Note for Coach Wulff - Lopina
can't throw the ball on the run when he is running to the left -
don't let him do it!!!
The 2008 Apple Cup
- WSU Cougars vs. UW Huskies
commiserated with a Huskie at a cross country meet last weekend,
we agreed that the only silver lining in either teams season is
that the other team sucks too. I have to say the Cougars
are going to win, don't I? Its a solemn obligation for all
Cougar faithful to say we will win, but I feel a little like the
crowd on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky Show "y-e-a-h"
Here's one flag waiving. IF we do win it will have
to be with our defense and turnovers, because we really can't
expect the WSU offense to score more than 10 points even against
the huskies, since that is their average for the season (if you
don't count Portland State) AND we are starting yet another
Freshman replacement quarterback. We have to pray for a
Levenseller coming out party of dramatic proportions and 2 EARLY
turnovers to break the back of the Huskies who are just as inept
as we are. The Huskies are a 7 1/2 point favorite even
though they have fired their coach, haven't won a game, and are
playing in Pullman.
If this Cougar team has any
"Pride" left at all, they will get off the mat and make us proud
this weekend, but I would be willing to take the loss if it
ensured a new coach in 2009.
Monument to be unveiled prior to Apple Cup
"In other news
the WSU administration expresses regret for buying betting the
house on GM at 45.00 per share earlier in the year." OK
that didn't happen, but the timing of a "Cougar Pride Monument"
couldn't be more laughable, its like being kicked while you are
down by your own brother. Unveil it at the beginning of
next season for gosh sakes, when we will be at least HOPING for
a decent season.
I am sure it will be wonderful,
(remember the REAL Butch?) and the rest of the school has a lot
to be proud of, it just serves to shine a spotlight on a team
that it is very difficult to be proud of in 2008. Of
course I guess it could be worse, I am sure no one suggested
unveiling it after the game, when the WSU Cougars could be 0 for
The Cougars lose
by 31 again to ASU 31-0
RE: last weeks
comment about the slightly improving WSU offense - Never mind.
I'm not even giving them a break for losing Lopina as
quarterback - by now they should be used the quarterback
shuffle, especially against the team most likely to come in 7th
in the Pac-10. I love the thankfully short WSU press
release that includes this:
Washington State had a chance to take the
lead against Arizona State, driving from its own 20 to ASU's 24
midway through the first quarter.
Patrick Rooney missed a 41-yard field goal attempt, and
Arizona State never trailed after Thomas Weber kicked a 21-yard
field goal early in the second quarter.
SO BASICALLY, he is saying that WSU had a chance to take the
lead - when the score was 0-0. Really, not much of an
accomplishment. I'm thinking most teams are in that
position at least once a game. It is a sad state of
affairs when that is the most positive thing you can say about
the WSU Cougar Football team.
This week we can give credit to the Defense for at least keeping
it close into the 3rd quarter. So we're loosing by 30
instead of 50, is that something to be proud of?
The Cougars had a
lead! - WSU only loses by 31 (59-28)
Thank God for
small favors I guess. At least the offense showed some
signs of improvement in a game against the 4th ranked team in
the conference who was coming off of a close loss to USC last
week (not us, them....). While the defense gave its usual
performance against a team AVERAGING 39.1 points per game, the
offense showed signs of life, especially in the first quarter,
when they scored first (their first lead of the season against a
Pac-10 team. They also tied the game at 14, but a horrible
2nd quarter left the cougars expecting a loss again by
One big glimmer of hope was that
Arizona came into the game allowing less than 19 points per
game, including only giving up 10 points last week to USC.
For the first time this year you have to say the offense almost
did its job. I say almost because 4 turnovers undid much
of the success, leading directly to 14 points. Having said that
I would rather have some turnovers AND points than no turnovers
and no points. At least the offense was getting more
aggressive. You can't say the same for the defense.
WSU could learn a lot from Arizona
in the penalties department - Arizona does NOT shoot themselves
in the foot - being the least penalized team in the Pac-10, with
only 32 flags for 277 yards) as opposed to WSU's
undisciplined 80 penalties for 773 yards. This is maybe
the most damning evidence against Paul Wulff, because it is an
indication of a lack of discipline and poor teaching when it
comes to the basics of college football. You can win
committing penalties - for instance USC is 2nd in penalties
committed - but the kinds of penalties WSU is committing are not
for being too physical and intimidating, but more for forgetting
the snap count, delay of game, and blocking in the back.
On Saturday Arizona committed more penalties than usual,
matching the cougars in that department with 7.
Now comes two much more winnable
games, against Dennis Erickson and ASU, who are coming off of
their win against UW, and against the hapless lame dog huskies,
coached by outgoing (the only time he will ever have that
moniker) Tyrone Willingham. Both of these games will be
emotional for different reasons, but watch for the cougars to
get beaten soundly by ASU anyway, and play a tough game against
WSU Cougars vs.
The Arizona Wildcats
There is no
television again this week, as both the Cougars and Wildcats
don't seem to be worth the money this year. In past years
we ranted about how the Cougars deserved more respect and should
have been on television more. This year we are stuck
saying "OK, I get that".
It is a little uncertain when this
game starts - in the WSU press release a 2 PM start time heads
the release, and a 3:30 Arizona time (2:30 Pacific Time) start
time is mentioned lower in the release. Its seems the Paul
Wulff attention to detail extends to other parts of the athletic
department. Since the University of Arizona website shows 2 PM,
you might want to have your radio on before then. Lets
hope the Cougars can do better than the Republicans did this
Why the cougars
COULD win another game this season.
Laugh if you
will, cry if you must, the games against ASU and UW are shaping
up as the best chance WSU has had all season to win another game
(We won't beat Hawaii). Arizona State and Washington have
a combined Pac-10 record of 1-9, And they are 2-14 over all.
The Cougars aren't going to beat Arizona because they have
better players AND better coaches - ASU has a better coach, but
they also have their own injury problems and lack of confidence.
The ASU game should allow the Cougars to get some points on the
board and lose by a respectable margin (24-13?).
But the Huskies without their
starting quarterback are certainly showing an ineptness that
approaches our own. There will be some emotion on the
Huskies sideline because we've beaten them so frequently lately
and because it will be Coach Willingham's last game as a Husky.
Prediction? The 2008 Apple
Cup will go down in history! It will be the only game ever
decided 2-0 in the 6th overtime when one of the quarterbacks
runs to other end zone and falls down simply to end the misery.
Ok, seriously, the Apple Cup is a
home game for us Cougs. Look for almost NO Huskies to
bother making the trip, hope for bad weather (the colder the
better), and hope the Huskies get down early. It is very
likely that the first team to score will win the game.
Lets hope that team is us. Unlike the past century, this
group of Huskies is NOT used to beating the Cougars like a red
headed step child and will be petrified of being the first
Huskie squad ever to lose 4 out of 5 to WSU, and doing it when
WSU was fielding its worst team ever? Priceless.
That fear will turn into depressed certainty if they fall
WSU wins 21-17.
State Setting Records for Misery
Stanford 58 WSU 0
didn't start out all that bad. The Cougs drove the ball
pretty well in the first quarter, but because of interceptions
and a blocked field goal could not put points on the board.
So they gave up about half way through the 2nd quarter.
J.T. Levenseller blew his redshirt season why, exactly?
"Cool" (?) record of the day..
Chantz Staden set the record for the most kick-offs returned by
a single player in one game in WSU history - 8. Obviously
there is only one depressing way to break that record. I
was going to say I remembered when the Seattle Mariners were
this bad, but I'm not sure any Mariners team was ever this
inept, and that's saying a lot.
The press report said that turnout
for the game was diminished because of a driving rain. I
think the records of the respective teams had something to do
with it. Cal and Oregon were playing across town and their
turnout was just fine.
My friends from other schools
don't even bother to laugh any more. They just comfort me
like my team has a terminal disease that has no cure....It won't
be long now.... (shhhh, talk quietly, the husky in the other bed
WSU game tracker makes
listening on radio bearable.
by CBS, and you get the little helmet guys moving, players
names, current stats all in the same place. Check
out the game replay modes - awesome! You can start the
game over or even go back to the last play or two and replay
them. Now if they could just get some pop up pictures of
Stanford is a game we can at
least play tough, right?
They still need
some wins to become bowl eligible, and have had a mediocre year
so far, very middle of the Pac. Even so they will look
past us (as they should), so maybe there is a chance that a
newly healthy and rested cougar squad will jump up and bite
them, but at this point no one is placing any bets, since we are
the worst at the run and they are almost the best in the Pac 10.
looks like another big L for the WSU Cougars.
Why burn JT Levensellers'
Well, to try to
save your job, of course. With a historically bad season
already assured, Paul Wulff is now going to compound it and
insist that it affect us to an even greater degree by playing
Levenseller, the Red Shirt Freshman being held out and hyped as
the Cougar Quarterback of the future. The ONLY reason to
play him now is if you think he is going to jump ship and change
schools in the off season anyway, so you want to avoid that by
making it more difficult for him to leave. That has to be
the reason, right? Its not like you are going to salvage
the season at this point.
WSU "Takes a Knee" from the
beginning - USC 69 WSU 0
This is "one for
the ages" in all the wrong ways. Maybe the most
embarrassing moment came at the end of the first half, when USC
"Declined" attempting to score from the 10 yard line as time ran
out in the first half. Believe it or not USC scored the
last 28 points mostly while running off tackle to keep the score
down. Heck, Pete Carroll started taking his starters out
after the FIRST quarter. Half time stats looked like this:
First Downs - 1
Rushing - 5
Passing - 12
Total yards - 17
Yards Per Play - .8
Its easy to see why WSU was just
shut out at home for the first time in 52 years. The last
time we were shut out at home John McCain was 16 years old.
I have never seen a coach give up
in the game plan itself..... Coach Wulff obviously wanted
to keep Lopina from getting hurt and get to the bye week with as
few injuries as possible, So he basically ran the ball into the
line for 4 quarters and went home. In the process stored
up even more trouble for an off season when recruiting ANYONE of
quality will be almost impossible. What High School
student watching the game today would EVER want to come to WSU?
Paul Wulff even wasted this game
as a learning tool, allowing Lopina to throw only 6 passes on
the game. If that is all you are going to do why not let
the WSU student who we signed last week give it a shot?
Tell the press that Lopina is too hurt to play! Give us
something to at least take our mind off of the drubbing, and
give us an excuse WHY we lost by 69 points. If you can't
coach the team at least make the sale! If I had purchased
a ticket to this game I would want a refund, since WSU didn't
even TRY to be competitive.
"Its his first year, there are
injuries - yadda yadda yadda - There are a lot of coaches that
have trouble in their first year - there are a lot of coaches
who inherit a mess. But literally NEVER in 100+ years of
football has a team looked so hapless through half a season as
the WSU cougars. And there are things Paul Wulff CAN
control, like the number of penalties his team commits.
Coming into the game WSU was the 2nd most penalized team in
college football - hardly an indicator of a change in direction
for the program. This is such a dramatically bad Season that
Paul Wulff should not be allowed a second season to see what he
could do unless he can win at least 2 of the remaining games.
If you don't believe me then ask
yourself if Mike Price, Jim Walden, or Dennis Erickson would
ever field a team that looked this bad. Then ask yourself
if any team in the nation worth its salt would retain a coach
that performed this badly - no matter how many years they had
In the great depression stock
brokers threw themselves out of the windows of tall buildings in
despair. That has not happened this time because all of
the windows are being used by WSU fans. I'll high five you
on the way down.
Lobbestael lost for the
Season, Lopina to start against USC
Kevin Lopina is
the closest thing to good in the quarterback spot this year.
He's also the only one left. The key to Saturdays game is
to get through it without injuries so we can get to the bye week
and get healthy. Hopefully a week off to rest the wounded and an
extra week to prepare for the game against Stanford will result
in a win against the "not as bad as usual" Stanford Cardinal.
The following game against Arizona and the Apple cup against the
hapless Huskies are both more winnable than any of the Pac-10
games we've played so far. The game against ASU will be
more like last week, unfortunately. Lets be optimistic and
predict wins against Arizona and UW to salvage at least a
modicum of decency and avoid the abject failure this season has
been so far. NO, I have no logical reason to predict those
wins other than the fact that Arizona and UW suck too, and going
0-10 in the Pac-10 and having to listen to the Huskies for 11
months is something I couldn't take.
WSU vs. USC - do we HAVE to?
It is small
consolation that USC beats most teams by a significant number,
but playing them when they are trying to impress the national
media into increasing their ranking in the polls means that this
might (again....) turn into the latest greatest loss in WSU
football history. We saw a glimpse of what COULD happen at
WSU in the 2nd quarter last week, but with Lobbestael out for
nine months things can only get more miserable for the cougars
this Saturday. Could we see the first 70 point spread in
5th String RB, 5th String QB
Finish Game For Cougars L 66-13
this year is like Watching the Stock Market - every once in a
while it give you a glimmer of hope then drops 600 points - OK
66, but you get the point. The degree to which coach Wulff
can be blamed for this loss is somewhat limited, since he ended
the game using his 5th string quarterback - who is that?
Well, its Walk on freshman backup punter David Wagner. No
he didn't try to pass the ball, though a quick kick wasn't out
of the question. Wagner handed the ball off every snap he
took in the 4th quarter after starting quarterback Marshal
Lobbestael was injured. The scary thing is that the
cougars piled (?) up more offense doing that than they did in
the 3rd quarter when WSU amassed a negative 4 yards on offense.
How bad was it? At one point WSU
had 85 yards of total offense, and -155 yards in penalties - we
finished the game with 132 yards total offense.
To go back a second, WSU fell
behind in dramatic fashion in the first quarter, dropping a
quick 21 points, and were on the brink of 28 until OSU
Quarterback Moevao was intercepted in the end zone by
........Beck on a cool tipped pass. The game turned in the
Cougars favor from then until the end of the half, with WSU
intercepting a total of 4 passes, though they only had 13 points
to show for it - and that included an interception run back for
a touchdown. The WSU defense showed a glimpse of its
former self - or a glimpse of what might be coming down the road
- in that quarter. It was the first quarter this season
where I actually could cheer and enjoy myself.
Unfortunately Oregon State Scored 21 points in EACH of the other
three quarters, leading to another of the worst losses in WSU
history. This squad must already have several records:
1 - most "worst games in the
history of the school" in any season - and counting.
2 - most quarterbacks and running backs going down because of
3 - most opposing fans trampled as the cougar unfaithful run for
4 - most pitied team in WSU history. Even my HUSKY "so
called" friends feel sorry for me - until I point out that they
are still below us in the Pac-10 standings :-)
That pity even seeps out in the
opposing coaches comments like "We worked hard this week to get
our kids up for this game, because any Pac-10 team can beat you
at any time" And Coach Riley actually said that with a
After half time WSU seemed to come
out with great fire and verve, but on a key 4th down play Moevao
was leveled but just got the ball away for a first down, and the
WSU defense crumbled like, well like only this years WSU defense
NO, you can't blame all of this on
the coaches system, but even if he only deserves half of it,
doesn't it still put him at the bottom of barrel and sinking
The scout team quarterback was
signed this week after an on campus open try out.....
At least this is a season that
will be remembered.
WSU loses to UCLA
Pac They were actually
in this game for a while, and really this should be considered
their best game of the year on defense.
puts away Portland State
That is a good thing, even
though WSU only put 17 points on the board before the half.
Sure, the Pac - 10 got wacked by the Mountain West last weekend,
but this is Portland State (for Husky fans, no there is not
actually a State of Portland). USC would have scored 17
points on the coin toss. But this game will not be
remembered for the score or the "feisty PSU defense" in the
Portland State went into the half excited about their play up to
The cougars didn’t blow PSU off the field until Marshal
Lobbestael (9-12, 149 yards) came into the game after both
Lopina and Rogers were injured and threw touchdown passes on his
first two attempts. Seattle residents will remember him as the
Quarterback to led Oak Harbor to the 4A State Title in 2006. He
showed poise and didn’t seem nervous when he was in the game.
After that the Cougs cruised to their first win of the season.
But this game will be remembered -
if at all - for the career ending late hit placed on Quarterback
Gary Rogers. The Fractured neck he was left with makes it
impossible for him to play college football. Fortunately
it doesn’t sound like the type of injury that will affect the
rest of his life. But it has to be very frustrating for him and
his family. As a backup to Alex Brink waiting for his turn he
had to wonder (as some of us did) if the win loss record for the
Cougars would have been different if he had been QB even though
he couldn’t have amassed the number of yards Alex did. Then
when he was finally handed the ball it was with a group of
players so inexperienced and undermanned (not to mention
learning a new system) that success was not even an expectation
coming into the season. After two bad team performances he is
pulled, but gets another chance when Lopina goes out with an
injury, only to have this injury happen right when he was
beginning to have some success on the field.
Coach Wulff said that it was a
late hit but not a cheap shot, and that it wasn't intentional.
That is probably true.
WSU Cougar Football news and
WSU - An Unnatural Disaster
They are just learning the
system, yada yada yada. A 45-17 "blowout" what ever.
After the first drive the only thing that looked good for the cougars this game was
3rd down performance and Kevin Lopina. While he was picked off
way to much, his performance was much better than Gary Rogers in
the past couple weeks. (17 of 26, 174 yards). He can run
with the ball but makes some bad decisions. Plus, he
stands solid in the pocket and scrambles, but sometimes doesn't
feel back side pressure. He was also responsible (with
help from the center) for the most bonehead play of the game,
when he turned his head just before the center hiked the ball -
the ball hit him in the facemask and bounced right to a Baylor
player, allowing Baylor to take the lead a couple plays later. I
had the feeling at the half that without the turnovers we would
have been ahead, but who knows.
For the WSU "why run when you can
walk" defense seemed to fall apart as soon as Baylor got into
the secondary. Our defensive backs seem so slow (or is it
the SYSTEM) that 15 yard runs become touchdowns. Portland
State...I almost can't bear to watch.
Lets Talk Norm Chou, can we?
With a season like this Paul Wulff will find it difficult to
recruit players, no matter how far away they live (further may
be better at this point). Norm Chou has wanted a head
coaching job and hasn't achieved that goal. Our recruiting
is going to be zero with Paul Wulff, so we need to bring in
someone who has the cache to entice players to come here on his
own. Enter Norm Chou.
What? You're darn right I am
jumping ship after three games! We play Portland State
this weekend AND MIGHT NOT BE FAVORED.
Norm Chou wants to be a head
coach. We desperately need one - credentials? check
this out from Wikipedia:
Pay what he wants, Hire him, and
he will attract good coaches because of his reputation alone -
and his offense would NEVER look like this. I'm not saying
we must win every game ever, but actually being in one after
halftime would be nice.
I haven't seen anything that says
Paul Wulff can do this job, and don't want to wait 4 years to
Baylor Game Moved
to Friday at 5:30 Pacific Time
REALLY could have used the time to practice!
Hopefully the storm will
arrive early and this game will be reset to a later date.
The embarrassment of losing to Baylor would be immense, and cost
us recruits - if last week didn't send them running for the
hills - With a new coach, new quarterback, young players,
and a new system an extra week of practice would be huge, and
playing Baylor later in the year we would be much more likely to
win. Fortunately or unfortunately most people won't see
this game because it was moved, though I have heard that it can
be found on comcast.
YOU CAN WATCH THE BAYLOR GAME ON THE INTERNET FOR FREE!
Just click on the link above and it will take you to the WSU
site, then to a CBS feed.
you will need to download
"Microsoft silverlight" if you don't already have it. this
is probably a good idea anyway, so you can more easily access
the videos that WSU has made available on the school site.
If you don't want to do that, the
modified telecast will air live nationally on Fox College Sports
and locally on FSN Southwest. Fox sports Northwest will be
televising the Mariners game...I'm not sure which team is doing
worse right now, unfortunately.
There is no
place to go but up! Worst WSU loss ever - 66-3
Lets Hope Cal Wins the
National Championship This year - this is the only way that this
loss will lose a little of its sting.
We WSU cougar
fans have grown used to losing in unique and interesting ways
over the past couple years, but seldom have I been embarrassed
at the end of a game like I was Saturday. From the first
play by Cal (LONG touchdown
run) to the first play by the WSU offense (short interception)
to the first play by the special teams defending a punt return
(another LONG touchdown) this game was almost a complete
disaster for the Cougs. "Almost?", You say? Two good
1: We might have found our
starting quarterback. Kevin Lopina came on at the
beginning of the 2nd half (admittedly NOT against Cals starting
unit) and immediately picked up the WSU offense. He a
couple beautiful long balls, moved smoothly and athletically
when he had to, and might have had a couple scores if not for
mistakes by receivers, a bad call on one long ball, and a ticky
tack procedure call on another bomb. He ended up 3/7 with
a pick, but he was better than theat. Even though the
cougars scored even fewer points in the 2nd half than the first
(0), Lopina felt like he understood the offense more and almost
felt a little like Jake Locker, running for first downs and
directing his team when necessary. Add in the fact that
he's not a 5th year senior and has time to improve, and he gets
my vote as starting quarterback next week against Baylor -
though I expect Paul Wulff to start Rogers again and go quickly
to Lopina if things go south. those three 10 win seasons
feel like ancient history at this point.
WSU vs. Cal Golden Bears -
Masters Of The Universe or
Saturdays performance didn't exactly fill the cougar fans with
confidence but like cub fans hope springs eternal in the Wheated
wilderness known as the Palouse. The crowd is still going to
give Paul Wulff a giant welcome to Martin stadium, and everyone
hopes that the Cougars will look more like the Oregon no huddle
than the Huskies mostly muddle offense when they take the field.
Cougar Guest analyst Jason Gesser and ex-sonic announcer Kevin
Calabro will be calling the game. Other than Bob
Robertson and Jim Walden I can't think of two guys I would
rather have in the booth. Both know a lot about WSU,
and what each lacks the other provides. Gesser isn't really
a pro announcer, but you know where his heart is and he's a
great guy who knows a lot about Cougar Football. Calabro
is a pure professional. Is this a glimpse
of announcers to come? I hope so. At least we know
that if the Cougars do something great Saturday it will be
"appropriately rendered" in Dolby Digital by one of the truly
great announcers in any sport. If you are unfamiliar with
Kevin Calabro or if you miss his signature lines, check out this
article by the Seattle Times, written after his last game as the
full time announcer for the Sonics:
Kevin Calabro. It includes recordings of some of his greatest
calls. Lets hope he gets that chance to add to that legacy
on the cougars behalf on Saturday.
OK, Cal beat Michigan State last Saturday 38-31. That was a
solid win for California. Combine that with the cougars
performance last weekend and all of the pundits (and most fans)
are writing us off for dead this game. Yeah, uh, me to, (SLAP!@!) sorry dad...OK, OK, how could we win this
weekend. Maybe if we got Sarah Palin - after all she did go to U
of I, and she seems to pack quite a punch (If only she
still owned that jet).
All joking aside, Last
year Cal at one point was ranked number 2 in the country, almost
became number one, then lost six of the next seven games.
To say the least fans were disappointed. Fast forward to
now, and Cal has a new quarterback, inexperience at other key
positions and a defense returning that fell apart last year. If it
wasn't for the game against Michigan State you would have to
like our chances, but obviously they have figured things out
more quickly than the cougars have. IF the cougars can get
on top early then the fragile psyche of the bears is
susceptible. Quarterback Kevin Riley will be looking over
his shoulder with ex-starter Nate Longshore on sidelines.
Nate lost is starting position in the spring. After last year they are just not sure they
are good. Jeff Tedford is a fun and good coach - a little like Mike Price -
he likes trick plays. He called a double pass for their
opening play against Michigan State (incomplete).
The Cougar defense will be
pressed, but it won't matter what they do if the offense can't
move the ball more effectively than last weekend through the air
- they actually ran the ball pretty well on the ground in the
I wondered (as did many)
what experience Steve Broussard brought to the table on special
teams - well here is the answer from his own mouth:
|Did you play special teams as a Coug
and are there any players that might break out this
||Steve Broussard: Yes I
did play on special teams. I played on kickoff
return as a returner. When I was with the
Seahawks I was on the punt team as a personal
protector and a kick returner. Also, in my brief
stint with the Baltimore Ravens, I played on
kickoff cover and punt return teams. Our punter,
Forrest Reid ,we have back this week, so he is a
guy to look out.
That was taken form a live
chat Steve did the other night. I assume he also got some
experience as a coach at Portland State. Didn't seem to
matter Saturday, but some coaches are better at adjusting than
they are preparing for the season (see "hope springs eternal"
The 1988 Aloha Bowl team
will be honored at halftime. Paul Wulff and Steve
Broussard were both on that team. Hopefully they will have
something to smile about.
If you are at the game
Saturday and get some pictures send them to us! If you
have a myspace page dedicated to the Cougs tell us!
Special Teams Sinks Paul Wulff Debut
WSU 13 - Oklahoma
wondered where the impact of fewer scholarships was going to be
felt the most they got their answer Saturday, when the WSU
Special teams gave up a 42 yard punt return which set up one
Oklahoma score, and Perish Cox ran a kickoff back for 90 yards
for another touchdown that snuffed out Cougar comeback dreams in
the third quarter. Special teams also missed a point
after. The poor performance in that area may not be just
because of scholarships. While taking the scholarship hits
all this years is admirable, there is no football reason I can
think of for putting an ex-running back in charge of special
teams. The WSU kicking game only averaged a net 23.5 yards
per punt. Maybe they should go to that roll out soccer
kick style of kick - it couldn't get much worse.
Offensively It didn't
matter that the Cougs tried to run a no huddle, because they did
it so slowly that it seldom caused as much confusion for
Oklahoma state as it did for the cougars themselves. The
cougars managed just two sustained drives for touchdowns:
It did make a difference on one play late in the game, when WSU
caught Oklahoma trying to substitute players at the goal line,
snapped the ball and pushed their way into the end zone while
Oklahoma players were still running onto the field. As
mentioned Cougar hopes were immediately dashed on the ensuing
kickoff, which was run back for a touchdown by Perish Cox.
82 total yards passing for a WSU offense in a game is shocking
to say the least. Statisticians would be hard pressed to
find the last game when WSU had more yardage on the ground than
in the air (The Broussard game against Oregon maybe?).
The Defense actually
played OK especially in the first half, considering the horrible
field position they were handed and the consistent 3 and outs by
the offense. WSU started the game with 7 punts and a safety,
with none of those drives going more than 5 plays or 18 yards.
The defense held Oklahoma State to only 4 of 13 on third down
(WSU was 2 of 13). If the kicking game had
been better that performance would have kept the game closer,
but eventually the defense wore down and they gave up 3
touchdowns late in the game.
Optimistic cougar fans
take heart from the increased offensive production in the 2nd
half and a defense that at least slowed down the Oklahoma
express. Besides, new coach, new system, its going to take
a couple games to get things going right (umm, if you think that
do NOT look at the Neuheisel debut at UCLA).
Count on California to
focus on Brandon Gibson this week, who seemed to be the only
spark of life in an otherwise confused and lackluster cougar
offense. When he wasn't involved the WSU offense stood
still. Cougars will get back Vaughn Lesuma, who missed
Oklahoma State with a back injury. That should help the
run game look a little less anemic, but on the defensive side of
the ball Alfonso Jackson and Jason Stripling are questionable.
Our only consolation was
watching how bad the Huskies were against Oregon later in the
evening. Faithful Dawgs have got be wondering how many
more games the UW administration is going to put up with coach
"mess at Montlake" Willingham. You know, I actually felt
sorry for huskies QB Jake Locker, who seems like a great guy -
(should have been a cougar) and is obviously a great running
quarterback. You could see the punishment he was taking,
especially after the rest of the huskies quit on him late in the
game. I ate popcorn and smiled.
The other coaches in the
Pac-10 are all big fans of Willingham, as noted by Mike
like and respect Ty Willingham," Bellotti
said. "I think he's a very good person and
coach. He has a young team. We played
probably better than we expected."
Translated into English?
"Keep him! I LOVE kicking his teams butt all over the
field! NO really, we were lucky....." With
comparisons to the cougars previous favorite Huskies coach
Gilbertson coming fast and furious from fans, Rich Neuheisel immediate success at
UCLA must only twist the knife in the backs of the Husky
If you want to look at the game
states for the Oklahoma State WSU game click
Cougar New Head Coach Paul Wulff Article on Athlon Sports
He may not be picked to
win the Pac 10, but he is getting attention, Cougar head coach
Paul Wulff has been profiled by Athlon sports. They are
positive about his background but uncertain that he is really
bringing anything new to the table. Our current lack of
national respect is shown by the comment
"Cougar fans like him, partly because he’s an alum, partly
because he’s just like them, an average guy who skis and
hunts and drinks beer..."
believe a comment like that? Everyone knows there isn't
any good skiing near Pullman!
more serious side, the article goes into great detail regarding
Coach Wulffs' unusual family situation and the mysterious death
of his mother, which is unsettling. When you read about
his life you can't help but root for him. You get the
feeling Jim Sterk is hoping to catch another Tony Bennet, - a
creative mind and hard working coach who is humble and who loves
the Pullman culture enough that if he is successful he won't
immediately jump ship. Its a long shot bet but if it works
out then the Cougars would be set for many years to come.
For more click:
Paul Wulff Athlon article.
Cougars Picked to finish 9th
The most recent
edition of Athlon College football lists the Cougars in the
proverbial 9th spot, just above Stanford and just below UW.
Painful, but really, when have we EVER been picked to win the
Pac -10, or even more than 6 games in a season? Now that I
have had the time to drown my "its not Mike Price" sorrows I am
ready to throw my support behind Coach Wulff like a loyal cougar
fan and see what he can accomplish. Hopefully we can at
least finish in the middle of the pack this year. You know
Paul comes from a small town when the directions are "80 miles
north of Pullman", guess the writer has never been to Spokane.
WSU Hires New
Coach - Mike Price was the better choice.
Mike Price "Withdrew"
his name from consideration. Whether that was because of a
better offer from Texas-El Paso or because of bad blood left
over from when he "Bama'd" us up side the head in the Rose Bowl
we may never know, but with his resume at WSU you would
think they could look past that irritating moment and give him
another shot. Paul Wolff has an intriguing record at
Eastern, and he bleeds cougar gold, but so did Coach Doba.
The cougars should be able to move the ball, but our problem was
really on defense, wasn't it? Next year will be a
challenging one, with the Huskies getting much better (7 of the
top 10 recruits in Washington have already committed to the U).
Mike Price could have flashed Rose Bowl rings, while Paul Wulff
has only his record at Eastern to lean on. He will have
the tough job of proving he can win at the next level before the
big recruits take a chance on him, which can be extremely
difficult to do. Most of us wanted a change, and we got
it, its only fair to give Wulff 4-5 years before we make a final
judgment on him. It will certainly be interesting to
So... What ARE they saying about Cougar Football 2007?
Expect terms like
"Flying under the radar" and "Sneaking up on people" from coach
Doba this fall. Here are some quotes from the "pundits"
(of course they ALWAYS underestimate us, right?)
"The Cougars can probably go
as high as 7-5 – in theory – but that is so far, an unproven
theory and it is more likely that their defensive secondary
weaknesses will be too much to overcome in the end."
Rivals.com sports writers.
"The defense has just 5 starters
back but was hard with by injuries last season and Doba has gone
the JUCO route to shore it up. The Cougars take on the NCAA's
3rd toughest schedule however and it will be tough to top last
year's 6 win total." -
"With each passing year, it becomes painfully apparent that Doba
-- a super-nice guy and former legendary high school coach -- is
in way over his head. After a successful 10-3 debut in 2003,
he's gone 8-17 in the Pac-10 since."
From Coach Doba's listing on the
"Five Worst Coaches" in SI.COM
WSU's only consolation in the above
quote is that both UCLA's Karl Dorrell and Arizona's Mike Stoops
are mentioned in the article as well. His Best Coach?
If you need to ask then you probably graduated from an SEC
school (So why would you be reading this?).
The Consensus at the Pac-10 Media
day was an 8th place finish. Coach Dobas assessment of our
chances? "The key is staying healthy," Doba said, "and
having a little luck." Funny, that's what Pete Carroll said when
they asked him about USC's chances of another national title
Why WSU is a better football program than UW
If you are a High
School student trying to choose between the two Washington
schools let's get past the Seattle hype and REALLY compare the
football programs. There is a perception (reinforced by the
biased Northwest Sports Report) that somehow
the University of Washington is a better football program than
WSU and sadly, for many years that was true. But let's
take a look at recent history. Let's compare 2001 though
1. Since the Huskies
had their one great (lucky?) year (2000), they have NEVER
finished higher in the Pac-10 standings than the WSU Cougars.
2. Since the beginning of 2001 they have NEVER
finished with a better overall record than the Cougars.
3. Their last squeaker victory over the WSU Cougars
in the Apple Cup was 2003 (remember disco?), and even that only
came after our starting quarterback was put out of the game by a
4. In 2004 the "Measly Mutts of Montlake" were so
bad that they finished 0-8 in the Pac-10. That year they
went 1-11 on the season, and even lost to Fresno State.
There isn't even a state "of" Fresno - That's how small Fresno
State is. The Huskies only win that year was against
powerhouse San Jose State (ibid). By the way, if you just
thought "I bid what?" enroll at Washington.
5. NONE of the Current Huskies has ever gone to a
bowl game. The UW graduating seniors will never go to a
bowl game, because UW, alone with Stanford, has already been
knocked out of Bowl eligibility.
6. UW embarrassed themselves by losing both bowl
games they went to over that stretch, while WSU won 2 of the
three bowl games they played over the same time frame.
7. Their last coach was fired in disgrace because
of "Personal Vices" - though he did came back and beat the
Huskies later in court.
8. The Current head coach was fired from Notre Dame
after making one of the nations historic power houses look like,
well, UW. His successor immediately won with almost the
same players, and is now taking his team into the BCS.
9. Current head coach Tyrone Willingham is so
callous about his own players futures that 4 players that should
have had another year of eligibility left (They have been listed
as juniors all year) Have been already told by Willingham
that they will be "honored" as seniors and won't be returning
next year. What if that happened to you? How
embarrassing would that be, walking out on the field in Pullman
as the starting kicker, knowing you've already been cut, and
everyone knows it?
10. It won't get better any time soon. Tyrone
Willingham is in the 2nd year of a 5 year contract.
Because of the money paid out to shyster Rick Neuheisel they
really can't afford to pay off another coaches contract right
now, so they would have to go 1 and 11 again next year for him
to be fired.
So, while because of injuries this
years game will be close, see past the PR machine and understand
that no matter what the outcome (we should win) know that in
this century WSU has a better, more powerful, more consistent
football program than UW. Take it to the bank.
Joke #2 (their offensive line is joke #1)
An UW graduate was
walking down the street, when his old college buddy pulled up in
a new Porsche. "Where the hell did you get a Porsche?", the
Husky asked in disbelief. "Well," his buddy replied, "Last night
I was at a bar and started dancing with this girl. When the bar
closed, she motions for me to follow her. We jump in her
Porsche, and drive off into the Cascades. She stops, jumps out
of the car, takes off all her clothes, and tells me, 'You can
have anything you want'. So I took the car." "That was pretty
smart", said the UW graduate, "Seeing as how her clothes
probably wouldn't have fit".
"Northwest Sports Report" isn't.
I was TIVO'ing my way through the so called "Northwest
Sports Report" last night and once again WSU gets no coverage to
speak of. I understand them covering the Seahawks and
Mariners a lot, since everyone that gets the show have those two
teams in common. But the nightly hype of the Huskies over
the other Pac-10 schools gets irritating after a while.
They don't even bother to go to the other schools campuses any
more, but instead opt for "Campus Cams" You know, the same
thing you can set up with your girlfriend when (Wait. Uh, never
mind). The only time you can count on any significant
coverage is the week you play the Huskies. Maybe it's time
they spin off some of the cities into their own Northwest Sports
report, or better yet, Why not have a half hour of "Northwest
Professional Sports" including the Seahawks, Mariners, Sonics
and Blazers - OK Hockey and Soccer too if you insist - but no
women's basketball please! - then create a half hour sports
report for each major Market (Seattle, Portland, Spokane, and
even Boise) so that the college programs (and the lesser sports)
can be covered in a more interesting way than "And this on the
Cougars, Mkristo Bruce is still a good player". You can
tell that the sportscasters on NWSR are bored to death anyway.
They even give the Huskies their own show every week - does WSU
not get that because they won't pony up the money to produce it
themselves? Or were they not even asked? There used
to be an argument that the Huskies were covered so heavily
because they were the best team in the Northwest, but...
In summary, it seems that the Northwest Sports Report doesn't
think they have any competition because they actually have video
with their stories. Sometimes I get the feeling that in 50
markets across the nation the exact same story is being read by
a different announcer inserting the name of the local team into
the text, or that the announcer is reading verbatim from a press
release created by the team. The whole show has just
become, well, overly formatted and flat. Did you notice they
waste time by throwing in a huge number of screen titles and
"Coming Up" type lead ins. Way more than you get on a lot
of other sports shows. How many minutes of actual sports
reporting do you really get?
Places you CAN read original stories about the Cougars
include the Spokesman Review, Tacoma News Tribune, and the Daily
Evergreen. And of course, here! But the place I seem
to get the most original information from the Seattle Times.
I'll add links to each of these soon, if you aren't sure where
to find them.
To give credit where credit is due, they did do a nice
feature on WSU's 2000 victory over USC this week.
rules might favor the games elite teams
Saturdays' game between WSU and Auburn lasted only 3
hours and 2 minutes, shorter than any game last year.
That's great for fans who like a quick game, great for
advertisers (they probably got the same number of
commercials in OR MORE), and great for the elite teams
in the country like Auburn. Football game times
last year in the NCAA averaged 3 hours and 20 minutes,
and as cougar fans know, with all of our passing we even
exceeded the 4 hour mark on some games.
All of that efficiency comes with a cost: compressing
the games and taking out the breathing time between
plays places a premium on depth - the ability to replace
your starter with someone almost as good, so that you
can keep your starters fresh into the 4th quarter.
20-30 minutes or more doesn't seem like a lot of time,
but it could mean cutting the game time by almost 20% in
some cases. The next time you go to your health
club try to complete your workout 20% faster and see how
you feel. Certainly injuries were more of a factor
than the clock in the Cougar fatigue, but a few more
minutes (they even cut half times by 5 minutes) would
have been a blessing for the Cougar defense.
WSU certainly will get the benefit of the rule
changes against teams like Idaho and Baylor, but in the
games you want to win most, upsetting a supposedly
superior opponent, you will be at a greater disadvantage
compared to past years. Football is not only a
game of inches, it is a game of seconds.
Hmmmm, maybe I should start placing bets on the
favorites this year....
The Cougar faithful had an awesome time in Auburn (all
things considered). To take a look at some
pictures we've received, click
"WSU vs. Auburn".
Thanks to all of the Cougar Faithful who sent us
The lone bright spot in the second half was the
sparkling entry of Gary Rogers as quarterback. Coach
Doba put Gary in to give Alex a break, and Gary
proceeded to hand off he ball for 5 yards (check out the
Yahoo play by play, they show "J. Harrison" rushing
for the Cougars in the second half - we wish!). Then he
threw a bullet to Cody Boyd for 8 yards, another to
Bumpus for 9, then Gibson for 8 and Jason Hill for
another 10 years before hitting a wide open Cody Boyd
for a 50 yard touchdown. For one series the Cougars
looked like we all wished they would. Gary was
5/5, and the crowd actually got quieter for a minute.
On the next series Auburn was stuffed by the defense but
got a second chance on a daring fake punt. The
fake was so close to Auburns' goal line that had we
stuffed it we could have easily scored and made the game
close. Unfortunately we did not, and Auburn got
another series of plays, even though they missed the
field goal. Our defense could ill afford to be on the
field for those extra plays. Then, to make sure we
didn't spend the next week in a quarterback controversy
coach Doba put Alex back in - to everyone's
disappointment but Alex's mom - and Alex continued the
"Too short for first down" passing game he had been
using earlier. Even when he tried to throw it long
he was off the mark. The rest of the game was
pretty uneventful; Alex threw one pick and Auburn scored
some more points. It would have been much more
exciting to leave Gary in the next series to see if we
could catch lighting in a bottle. When Gary did
get back in the game it was the last offensive series
and Auburn was coming at him with their ears back.
Game set and match to Auburn.
About Gary Rogers. I remember when I was at WSU
long, long, long ago we had a great quarterback who
threw the ball so hard that it bounced off of the
receivers hands. That quarter back was Mark
Rypien. Rogers' passes had that kind of zip to
them. He spread the ball around and seemed
confident and decisive. The future looks bright at
the quarterback spot. But Alex isn't going to lose
his job unless he gets hurt, coach Doba has too much of
his reputation invested in the decision to bench and
eventually lose Josh Swogger to pull Alex for more than
a series or two. I wonder with these injuries if
the WSU football team en mass can take this year as a
redshirt season and come back next year?
While we're at it, WSU put a neat page together
recently showing some of the most memorable wins in
Martin Stadium. It includes my favorite game, click on
the picture of our favorite quarterback Drew
Bledsoe below to take a look.
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of seeing your words in print, but it's fun. If you are a
photographer? We could use some more awesome pictures!
WSU Mascot "Butch T Cougar" Crowned 2006
"Capital One National Mascot of the Year"!
Check it out at
Here is the web bio for
"Butch T Cougar".
We always knew Butch was the
best, now he's getting some national recognition, due in no
small part to cougar faithful around the country, I'm sure.
Way to show your cougar spirit! First the Space Needle,
then the Nation.
Can the world be far behind?
The Seattle Space
Needle Never Looked Better!
When this competition was announced all cougar
faithful had to assume the Huskies would win it - it was in
Seattle, after all. Downtown Huskyville. Then we won many
of the early days of the competition and my thought was "Oh my
gosh, we are going to lose this competition at the last second
too!" Fortunately our defense was not allowed near the
space needle, and we won! If you want to check out the
beauty that is a crimson and grey Cougar Space Needle,
Click here The Space Needle. Proof again that
Cougars have more heart, soul, and spirit than the "Dugs".
But you already knew that, didn't you?
out the WSU Cougars Football Movie
Cougs Never Forget about Cougar football:
How the huskies made us feel
when we lose the Apple Cup.
2: Ted Bundy was a Husky
The Snow Bowl - a glorious slide into a snow bank, followed by a
4: Drew Bledsoe, the patron
saint of Cougar football (Gesser needed another YEAR to
pass him, by the way so don't even go there!)
Holding Roses high in the air in Husky stadium - and done with
much more class than
the Huskies in our stadium this year.
Did we mention Ted Bundy was a Husky?
For us old guys, Beating Washington in those great blood red
uniforms IN PULLMAN,
after way too many defeats in a row and a lost Rose Bowl
opportunity the prior year.
8. The goal
post stuck in the ceiling of the Coug (from game above,
9. "Today we got run over by a
moped." (Jim Walden, for giving us heart!)
10. The Aloha
Bowl, did anyone ever ask Jason Gesser if he saw that game?
11. The fearlessness that teams under Dennis Erickson had.
Uh, both of them?
12. Paul Sorenson, for saying the
things that we would have said if anyone would have
been stupid enough to give us a microphone.
Sneaking in to Martin Stadium with a pony keg - OK, that's
personal, but I'm sure
my friends and I weren't the ONLY ones to ever accomplish it.
14. Bob Robertson for all those years, and years, and
What's your favorite Cougar
(Sexual conquests aside, of course!)
Let me know. Here are some
moments I remember, but need to get the details of:
The name of the WSU kicker that kicked a punt in a driving wind
storm in Spokane
that actually landed behind him!
(I didn't say I was proud, just curious).
That really cool picture of the skier flying off of the roof of
that frat, who was he
and which frat was it?
Anyone have a copy I can post here?
Jim "Tiger" Engstrom for this answer to one of my favorite
"Cougar punter Glenn Harper in the 1983
Apple Cup is the one who "ballderdashed " Husky return man Danny
Greene. Glenn went on to play many years in the CFL.
didn't see it, you missed one of the funniest moments in cougar
football history. In a special "where are they now"
segment, I heard that Danny Greene went on to a 7 year career as
a soprano for the Vienna boys choir.