One week after Washington State’s defense gave up its second-highest yardage total of the season, the Cougars’ lone senior in its secondary, Marcus Strong, bounced back and was at his best on Saturday night.
Two years ago Colorado traveled to Pullman on a rainy Saturday in late October. Quarterback Steven Montez was awful, the Buffaloes’ offense was inept and Washington State earned a four-touchdown win.
Difference makers from Washington State’s 41-10 win over Colorado at Martin Stadium in Pullman
The Washington State Cougars forced three turnovers and held the Buffaloes without a passing touchdown in a 41-10 home victory Saturday, their first of the Pac-12 Conference season and their third in as many seasons against Colorado.
Slip “rain” and “Martin Stadium” into the same sentence and you’re sure to evoke some uncomfortable memories for Steven Montez and any other third-, fourth- or fifth-year player on Colorado’s football roster.
The Cougars aren’t conceding 47.7 points per game in Pac-12 Conference play – nine more than 11th-place Oregon State – because they can’t stomach the jabs and minor body shots being thrown by their opposition. But they’re definitely giving up too many haymakers.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Colorado Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Few people residing in Pullman have benefited from Washington State’s three-game losing streak, the sudden departure of a high-profile defensive coordinator or the dramatic twists that have emerged from both events.
Mike Leach has vehemently refuted a claim by his former quarterback, Connor Halliday, that a feud existed between Tracy Claeys and Darcel McBath, and that feud is what caused Washington State’s defensive coordinator to resign from his post in the middle of the season.
Christian Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound wide receiver from Southfield, Michigan, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he’d reopened his recruitment, thanking WSU head coach Mike Leach and outside receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. “for their belief in my ability.”
In this week’s mailbag, we tackle the defense (duh), provide some thoughts on Connor Halliday’s account of why defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys resigned and tell you how Mike Leach decides to receive the ball or defer if the Cougars win the pregame coin toss.
Heading into Saturday’s home game against Colorado, the Washington State passing offense hasn’t had the balance through six games this year as it had last season – or rather, that balance has shifted.