Early on in Friday’s game, USC diagnosed a tendency in Washington State’s field goal protection when the Cougars lined up a 50-yard kick for Blake Mazza. So the Trojans adjusted their own setup when Mazza trotted back out to try to tie the game with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Mike Leach was an undergraduate student at Brigham Young, a devout follower of LaVell Edwards’ football team and by virtue, a big fan of the Cougars’ top defensive player.
Like everyone else, Mike Leach replayed Porter Gustin’s controversial hit on Gardner Minshew while he reviewed game tape from Washington State’s 39-36 loss to USC Friday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
An Oct. 6 game between Pac-12 North foes Washington State and Oregon State will kick off at 6 p.m. in Corvallis, the league announced Monday.
After a season-high seven ranked teams lost, the back half of the AP college football poll got a makeover. Five teams entered the Top 25 on Sunday, including No. 17 Kentucky for the first time since 2007.
Washington State (3-1, 0-1) returns to the Palouse to host Utah (2-1, 0-1) in its first home conference game of the 2018 season.
Jake Browning threw a pair of touchdown passes in the first quarter, added a third TD toss early in the fourth quarter, and No. 10 Washington outlasted Arizona State 27-20. Browning rebounded from a handful of shaky moments in the first three weeks of the season to put together a complete performance that didn’t have any of the major miscues he’s made at times early in his senior season.
Dalton Sneed ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns and threw a go-ahead scoring pass to Matt Rensvold to lead Montana past Sacramento State 41-34 on Saturday in Missoula.
Blake LaRussa entered on ODU’s second series and completed 30 of 49 and ran for a score to lead the 28 1/2-point underdog Monarchs (1-3) to a stunning win over the Hokies (2-1) from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
K.J. Costello threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns, the last a 23-yarder pass to Colby Parkinson in overtime, and No. 7 Stanford rallied for a 38-31 victory over No. 20 Oregon on Saturday night in Eugene.
UC Davis’ high-speed offense yielded quick results, and in their return to the Big Sky Conference, the Idaho Vandals found themselves trailing 24-0 in the second quarter before they got off a punch against the Aggies.
Spending 15 minutes inside Washington State’s interview tent following the game, you didn’t get the sense the Cougars (3-1, 0-1) were ready to view their first loss of the 2018 season through the glass-half-full lens.
Just three years removed from his stint as a Cal Poly assistant, Ena knew the chore the Eagles’ defensive line would have in stopping the Mustangs’ triple-option offense, an old-school look capable of moving the chains on the staunchest of FCS defenses.
Eight guys packed it for 19 yards or more on a single play Saturday – and this against a team that’s supposed to be the runningest thing this side of a toddler’s nose on a 20-degree afternoon.
Cole Karstetter and Jim Townsend cashed in on a pair of first-half Cal Poly fumbles, sparking the sixth-ranked Eagles’ 70-17 rout of Mustangs in their Big Sky Conference opener.
Coach Herm Edwards immediately went to work at finding the reasons behind the Sun Devils’ first loss of the season. It was a quick assessment knowing how quickly the Sun Devils needed to move before their conference opener on Saturday night at No. 10 Washington. Edwards’ Pac-12 debut comes in one of toughest places to play in the conference.
As college football continues its high-octane, throw-it-all-over-the-field evolution, Cal Poly’s triple-option offense offers a rare, throwback look for modern defenses. Sixth-ranked Eastern Washington (2-1), which opens Big Sky Conference play Saturday against the Mustangs at 1:05 p.m. at Roos Field, has had the chore of preparing for the run-it-all-day scheme, just days after trying to slow down a vastly different foe – Washington State and its Air Raid offense.
When Idaho travels to UC Davis at 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Vandals will face a team coached by Dan Hawkins, who led Boise State from 2001-2005.
At one point early in the third quarter, Washington State held a 13-point lead at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC’s 17-game home win streak was on the fritz and the Cougars were threatening to beat Clay Helton and the Trojans for the second time in two years.
Difference makers from USC’s 39-36 victory over Washington State
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