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Decisions, decisions for WSU this week vs. Oregon

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Wulff must decide on Tuel, Lobbestael

The final score doesn't tell the whole story for Washington State. The Cougars, who lost 27-6 to USC on Saturday, will look to bounce back this week against Oregon.  The big question is who will take the snaps from center against the Ducks.

Coach Paul Wulff burned freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel's redshirt, putting the young signal caller into the game in the second quarter.  He left him in for the rest of the game and watched him throw 22 times, connecting 14 times for 130 yards.  He threw one interception and was sacked four times, although much of the blame can be put on the Cougars' inexperienced offensive line.

"It was an amazing experience, and it meant the world to me to have my teammates getting my back like they did," said Tuel in a news release after the game.  "I'll learn from everything tonight."

Now Wulff has a decision to make.  Does he start Tuel against the Ducks, who manhandled California on Saturday?  Or does he return to Marshall Lobbestael, who went 2-of-9 for 15 yards against USC before being benched?

Tuel, from Fresno, has impressed coaches with how fast he's picked up the Cougar offense.  On his first drive as a Cougar, he led the team down the field on a clock-consuming 58-yard drive.  It ended when kicker Nico Grasu missed a 34-yard field goal at the halftime whistle, visibly deflating the Cougars.

Washington State didn't score in the game until Dwight Tardy ran the ball into the end zone with :22 left in the game. 

Saturday's performance against USC Saturday was immensely better than last year's game when they lost 69-0.  Saturday's loss in Los Angeles was WSU's seventh-straight loss to the Trojans.

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