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UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

USC looks to extend winning streak vs. Washington State in Pac-12 opener

Southern California looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Washington State


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 31, 2019

Decade in review: History made, records broken during golden era at Washington State

If a decade is measured by hallmark moments, individual records and off-the-field feats, Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars have no shortage of those.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 29, 2019

CJ Elleby scores 22 in Washington State’s 65-50 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

CJ Elleby scored 22 points to lead Washington State to a 65-50 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday night.


Washington State kicker Jack Crane entering NCAA transfer portal

Crane has been a walk-on since he joined the Cougars in the fall of 2017 and conceded the placekicking job to Blake Mazza in 2018 after Erik Powell graduated. Mazza …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Washington State rewind: Mike Leach doubles down on fourth-down gambles in Cheez-It Bowl loss to Air Force

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 …


Analysis: Washington State squanders scoring opportunities, Air Force soars to Cheez-It Bowl title

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Air Force quiets Air Raid sirens as Falcons down Washington State in Cheez-It Bowl

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” …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

John Blanchette: Sour Cheez-It Bowl epitomized how Washington State regressed this season

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

TV Take: Air Force’s early ‘soul-sucking drive’ helped set tone for Cheez-It Bowl full of clichés against Washington State

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Difference makers: Kadin Remsberg punches in decisive fourth-quarter touchdown to propel Air Force in Cheez-It Bowl

Difference makers from Air Force’s 31-21 victory over Washington State at the Cheez-It Bowl in Phoenix.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Brandon Arconado becomes first Washington State receiver to reach 1,000 yards since 2015

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Experts, fans split on bowl eligibility for 6-6 teams like Washington State

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Washington State punter, kicker mingle with celebrity specialist Pat McAfee prior to 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Drawing from his own experience, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit cautions Washington State not to take Air Force lightly in Cheez-It Bowl

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.


Washington State’s Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei accepts invitation to Hula Bowl

Misiona Aiolupotea-Pei, the Washington State nose tackle who came to the United States from New Zealand to chase a dream of playing college football, will have an opportunity to keep …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019

Recap and highlights: Air Force beats Washington State in Cheez-It 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.


The pick: Why Air Force will beat Washington State

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

John Blanchette: Both Air Force, Washington State offenses prove balance is more about perception that percentages

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?”


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

‘You can only be a winner or a loser.’ Narrative of Washington State’s topsy-turvy season comes down to Cheez-It Bowl against Air Force

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Two-minute drill: Keys to victory for Washington State against Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl.

The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Air Force Friday at the Cheez-It Bowl.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Brandon Arconado’s breakout year at Washington State not limited to on-field production for Cougars

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Best of the Mountain West: Looking back at Washington State’s five best games against the conference this decade

Even when Washington State tries to take a break from the Mountain West, the Cougars just can’t seem to get away.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Washington State mailbag: Discussing the potential of another four-year QB starter, estimating Air Force’s rushing total in the Cheez-It Bowl and talking DC candidates

In the final mailbag of WSU’s football season, the calendar year and the decade, we discuss four-year quarterback starters at WSU and if the Cougars will have another, we estimate …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 22, 2019

Ready or not, Air Force and its vaunted triple option are coming for Washington State in Cheez-It Bowl

Most of his teammates have seen nothing like it, but Justus Rogers already has a pretty good beat on the unconventional offense Washington State is up against this week when …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Isaac Bonton’s breakthrough performance guides Washington State past Incarnate Word

Isaac Bonton had a breakthrough performance for Washington State with a game-best 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

‘Delightful clash of contrasts’: What national writers are saying about Washington State’s Cheez-It Bowl matchup with Air Force

It may not carry the same appeal or prestige as last year’s Alamo Bowl, or even the prior two Holiday Bowl appearances, but WSU’s Dec. 27 matchup with Air Force …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Letters to sports: Differences between Chris Petersen, Mike Leach more glaring after Apple Cup

There are many differences between Seattle and Spokane. None more glaring than the post-Apple Cup fallout.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Washington State rides early double-digit lead to comfortable 87-73 win over Florida A&M

Washington State’s quest for a perfect December lives to see another day.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Washington State’s Mike Leach responds to Donald Trump impeachment: ‘I’m yet to hear what he did wrong’

Leach, who’s been busy with recruiting obligations, the early signing period and preparation for the Cheez-It Bowl, hasn’t done extensive research or spent much time reading about Trump’s impeachment, but …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Headlined by quarterback Jayden de Laura, Washington State adds 18 high school prospects on signing day

Mike Leach wasn’t oblivious to the domino effect that occurred not long after the Washington State coach sent one of his assistants across the Pacific Ocean to put a set …