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Washington State removed one Mountain West school from its schedule in 2026 and 2027, and replaced it with another.
In the final rewind of the season, we recap the Cougars’ inability to convert two key fourth downs, two critical injuries suffered on defense and Mike Leach’s abysmal track record in the final two games of the year. The eighth-year coach fell to 3-11 in Apple Cups and bowl games Friday night.
Max Borghi collected the handoff from Anthony Gordon, lifted his head and surveyed the area around him. Washington State’s sophomore, generally a gifted runner in tight spaces, had only a few yards to go but nowhere to maneuver as a wall of white jerseys collapsed on him.
Friday night’s Cheez-It Bowl matchup between Air Force and Washington State served as the ultimate litmus test for Calhoun’s offense, as the 13th-year coach trotted out his triple option “Flexbone” against the infamous Air Raid strategy of Mike Leach.
Maybe it’s the regret of another defining moment slipping through the Washington State Cougars’ paws in Anthony Gordon’s finale – a 31-21 loss to Air Force on Friday night at Chase Field.
If you had contrasting styles as the most on-point cliché of the bowl season, you are a winner. Even if only half of the folks who watched Air Force’s 31-21 win over Washington State in Friday’s Cheez-It Bowl could have been satisfied.
Difference makers from Air Force’s 31-21 victory over Washington State at the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix.
The redshirt senior and former walk-on once again became Anthony Gordon’s primary target early on Friday night and Arconado, on his third reception in the game, reached 1,000 receiving yards on the season to become the first Washington State player to hit the milestone since Gabe Marks did it in 2015.
If it were up to Kirk Herbstreit, the Washington State football program would have spent the holiday season on the couch with family and friends, rather than battling it out with Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl.
Pat McAfee lists a Twiter following of more than 1.7 million, so when the popular football/wrestling analyst and podcast host took a lap around Chase Field Friday night wearing a red Cheez-It Bowl-branded cutoff hoodie, a small fraction of his fanbase trailed behind him, hoping to pose for a photo or mingle with the American media celebrity.
Kirk Herbstreit was a redshirt freshman backup quarterback for Ohio State in 1990 when a seven-win, 24th-ranked, heavily-favored Buckeyes team took on unranked Air Force in the Liberty Bowl.
Air Force’s ground attack eroded the Washington State defense, and the Falcons rushed for 371 yards in a 31-21 victory in the Cheez-It Bowl on Friday night at Chase Field.
Washington State has yet to beat an opponent with a winning record this season – the Cougars’ six wins coming against teams with a combined record of 22-50, and their six losses to teams that went 47-27.
Even with Air Force’s beloved triple-option Flexbone offense pushing 40 years old, does anybody hit Troy Calhoun with, “Coach, why can’t you pass it even a little more?”
It’s about winning a football game for Washington State against Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl, but it’s also about shaping a narrative.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Air Force Friday at the Cheez-It Bowl.
The Pac-12 defensive backs who’ve been left dazed trying to mark him and the Washington State fans who’ve found his emergence to be a delightful surprise would mutually agree there’s much more than meets the eye when it comes to Brandon Arconado.
Even when Washington State tries to take a break from the Mountain West, the Cougars just can’t seem to get away.
Riley Lupfer and the Boise State Broncos have won three Mountain West Tournament titles, a pair of regular season championships and are widely expected win another in March.
In his first few moments as the no-longer-defensive coordinator and now-official head coach of Washington, Jimmy Lake was looking for people to hug.