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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Analysis: Trio of seniors leads Gonzaga past Texas Arlington in first test of young season

Gonzaga finally faced adversity, a serious challenge and a physical foe that didn’t back down. The eighth-ranked Zags didn’t back down either.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

Analysis: Washington State finds remedy for recent struggles, beats Stanford soundly in return home

Before Washington State and Stanford met at the middle of the field to exchange handshakes, pleasantries and well wishes, Cougars receiver Travell Harris took out his own patch of turf …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Analysis: Defense delivers happy homecoming for Gonzaga’s Texas trio in blowout win over Aggies

Gonzaga shut out Texas A&M over an 8-minute, 43-second stretch, turning a small deficit into a comfortable lead and providing all the cushion the eighth-ranked Zags would need in an …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Analysis: Inside job as Gonzaga pounds North Dakota 97-66

No. 8 Gonzaga used its superior size and strength inside to work over North Dakota to the tune of 64 paint points, fueling a 97-66 victory Tuesday in front of …


John Blanchette: Grad transfers Admon Gilder, Ryan Woolridge more than final ingredients in Gonzaga’s recipe for success

This grad transfer business – it’s a little like Christmas shopping, right?


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Analysis: Washington State’s season takes another unfortunate turn in 33-20 loss to California

The Cougars lost 33-20 to the Golden Bears at Memorial Coliseum, giving up more than 30 points to a team that hadn’t scored that many since Nov. 24, 2018. Until …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Analysis: Gonzaga’s Ryan Woolridge, frontcourt shine in another lopsided victory

There are limited conclusions that can be drawn from a pair of blowout wins, both against overmatched opponents, but it’s safe to say Gonzaga point guard Ryan Woolridge and the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Analysis: Third-down shortcomings rank as minor knock against Washington State’s efficient offense

After reviewing film of the Washington State loss to Oregon, Max Borghi lamented the Cougars’ struggles on third down.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Analysis: Seahawks have shown they can win close games, but can that trend continue all season?

Predicting anything in the “Any Given Sunday” NFL with any degree of certainty is about as risky as trying to tackle Chris Carson with just one arm.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Analysis: Corey Kispert shows off what he’s been working on in Gonzaga’s 95-64 win over Alabama State

Corey Kispert had some off-season goals. By reaching them, he started off the new season with a bang. Kispert put it all on display with five 3-pointers, a pair of …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Analysis: Freshmen Anton Watson, Drew Timme impress as Gonzaga routs Lewis-Clark State College

The two freshmen forwards made 21 of 23 field-goal attempts and combined for 46 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists as the eighth-ranked Zags cruised to a 116-61 victory over …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Analysis: Young Washington State defense learns on the job against tough Pac-12 offenses

In a tent outside Autzen Stadium, redshirt freshman Armani Marsh answered questions on behalf of a Washington State defense that yet again struggled to contain its opponent on Saturday in …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Seahawks midseason awards: Who’s the MVP? Most improved? Best play? Most troubling trend?

The Seahawks have reached halftime of the 2019 season, and at 6-2 they have their best midseason record since their Super Bowl championship season in 2013.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Analysis: Washington State loses track of CJ Verdell, Oregon snaps losing streak with 37-35 win

In the city known as TrackTown, USA, what started as a football game evolved into a footrace. Oregon running back CJ Verdell in one lane, Washington State’s defense in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Strong ground game, second-quarter successes have helped Washington State rack up four straight wins against Oregon

While the Washington State football team has had a devil of a time beating its primary rival, it has had its way with the teams from Oregon the last four …


Tim Burmeister elevated to assistant linebackers coach for Washington State

Tim Burmeister, who was formerly in a defensive quality control position with the Cougars, has been elevated to a position coaching role and will spend the remainder of the year …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 19, 2019

Analysis: Convincing statement just what Washington State defense needs in 41-10 win against Colorado

Nonstop rain, the familiar trappings of Martin Stadium and the sight of a Colorado quarterback wearing No. 12 may have been just the blend of things Washington State’s defense needed …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 17, 2019

Early season successes of Easop Winston Jr., Dezmon Patmon throw Washington State passing game off-balance

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

Analysis: Defensive woes follow Washington State into the desert in 38-34 loss to Arizona State

At times, it looked better for Washington State, and Mike Leach said as much in his postgame press conference. But, far too often in their 38-34 loss to No. 18 …


Analysis: Seattle Seahawks find blueprint against Cardinals, but real test awaits vs. Rams

The Seahawks leaned heavily on the running of Chris Carson and got big plays from their defense in a romp over Arizona.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019

Assessing the step back: The Mariners’ 2019 season had a little good, but mostly bad and ugly

The Mariners began the 2019 season offering false hope to their fans. What followed that hot start was a step back in almost every facet of the game.


Analysis: Washington State offense, defense trade struggles in 38-13 loss to No. 19 Utah

The Utes’ offense punished the visitors through the air, on the ground and through the air again, while Utah’s defense stymied Anthony Gordon and the Air Raid en route to …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Washington State defense has room to improve after first four games, but history is not on its side

In the wake of losing the highest-scoring football game in Pac-12 history, the Washington State defense is looking to bounce back against a Utah team that might be without two …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Analysis: Reviewing the Seahawks’ rookie draft class as season hits the quarter pole

On Sunday, just one of the 11 players taken in the draft figures to be in the starting lineup – receiver DK Metcalf.


Analysis: Problems for mistake-filled Seahawks begin with coach Pete Carroll

While he’s shown willingness throughout his time in Seattle of taking accountability for decisions, it hasn’t been often where Pete Carroll straight up calls out his own performance in general …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Analysis: Second-half collapse dooms Washington State in 67-63 upset loss to UCLA

There were only three things the Washington State Cougars would’ve done differently in the third and fourth quarter of a 67-63 upset loss to UCLA Saturday night. Just three. Offense. …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Triple-threat: Washington State must stop trio of the Pac-12’s best running backs to open conference slate

Gouged by the likes of Patrick Carr and Milo Hall the last two weeks, the Washington State Cougars’ front seven is about to face three of the best ball carriers …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019

Analysis: Washington State rides offense, second-half defensive surge to 31-24 win over Houston

Mike Leach placed a black hat squarely over his head, posed for photos, then dug deep into his library of Texas idioms to describe how his Washington State team and …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019

Analysis: Some good, some bad for WSU vs. Northern Colorado. In the end? A 59-17 blowout

Mike Leach is Washington State’s head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. On game days, those last two titles are probably more meaningful than the first.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

High-flying Washington State finally making payout games pay appropriate dividends

Will Rodgers III took questions after Washington State’s 58-7 victory Saturday over New Mexico State and lamented that the defense hadn’t fully done its part. As in, the defense hadn’t …