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Cougars Football

WSU offense has plenty of targets

PULLMAN — Losing the most productive receiver in school history would be a problem for most college football programs.For Washington State, it might be the only way to free up enough catches for everybody.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Sports

Cougars to emphasize the run this season?

PULLMAN — Washington State's running backs would not do well to be greedy this season, although the prize they share is not as small as commonly thought.Last season, the running backs touched the ball during about 40 percent of WSU's offensive plays and that number is...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Sports

Cougars return starters at every position on O-line

PULLMAN — Cole Madison spent the 2014 season for Washington State figuring out how to use his talent.

Date: 08/26/2015 | Sports

Cougars can mix and match on defensive line

PULLMAN — The varying strengths of Washington State's defensive linemen mean that assistant coach Joe Salave'a can turn each defensive series into a game of chess.The other team has it's power back in during rushing situations? Big boys like Ngalu Tapa, Robert Barber...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Sports

Cougars have plenty of options, choices to make at linebacker

PULLMAN — Washington State's veteran-laden linebacker corps presents an enviable dilemma to assistant coaches Ken Wilson and Roy Manning: Experience or exceptional athletic ability?The coaches will choose experience – it won't be a difficult choice. Returning...

Date: 08/24/2015 | Sports

Cougars look for improved play in secondary

PULLMAN — Just 10 months ago, Marcellus Pippins was a freshman cornerback making his debut at the tail end of Washington State’s win over Oregon State.He started the Cougars’ final two games, playing well against Arizona State and Washington.

Date: 08/23/2015 | Sports

Cougars’ Luani goes from futbol to football

PULLMAN — Shalom Luani was the youngest player on the worst team in the world when he made a goal that lifted American Samoa from the cellar of international soccer.Four years later, at Washington State, the Cougars hope he can similarly affect a fledgling defensive...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Sports

WSU’s Priester staying in present

PULLMAN — Kyrin Priester has a past, not that anyone at Washington State will tell you about it.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Sports

Cougars’ Lewis likely to start at receiver this season

LEWISTON — Washington State’s smallest offensive player made the biggest play of the 2014 season.And he didn’t even have the football.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Sports

Cougars' Lemora, Henry, Teglovic vie for playing time at nickelback

LEWISTON — Parker Henry played football on Monday with the vigor of someone who has spent his entire life performing the wrong role, only to discover the ease and comfort that come when a person begins to do what is natural.The ferocity of his tackles drew gasps from...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Sports

Big shoes to fill on Cougars’ defensive line

LEWISTON, Idaho — When Kalafitoni Pole and Xavier Cooper were around, it was certainly possible to win a football game against Washington State by running the ball.But those two defensive linemen didn't make it easy.The Cougars ranked No. 5 in the Pac-12...

Date: 08/11/2015 | Sports

Moving to the sideline

From high school football player to college cheerleader

Date: 08/10/2015 | Sports

Exciting day to be a Cougar defender at WSU practice

LEWISTON, Idaho — The perpetually young Washington State secondary may not have gotten any older, but it sure looked better during the Cougars' first practice of the 2015 season.The defensive backs came away with at least six interceptions during Saturday's practice,...

Date: 08/08/2015 | Sports

After rocky season, Cougars hope to regroup

BURBANK, Calif. — Welcome to Pac-12 media days, where Mike Leach remains in high demand.There are always questions for the Washington State coach. Questions about the books he's co-authored. About the tour he took here at Warner Bros Studios, particularly the Batman...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Sports

Texas high court denies appeal in Mike Leach firing lawsuit

LUBBOCK, Texas — The Texas Supreme Court has denied former Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach’s appeal in a lawsuit over his firing.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Sports

Browns select Cooper from WSU

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns made a trade to move back into the third round and selected Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.

Date: 05/01/2015 | Sports

Cougars hire Missouri assistant Grinch as defensive coordinator

PULLMAN — Alex Grinch will take over as the new defensive coordinator at Washington State and will try to make the Cougars defensive as potent as its offense.

Date: 01/14/2015 | Sports

WSU athletics in the hole $13 million in 2014

SPOKANE — The Washington State University athletic department ran a $13 million deficit at the end of 2014.Spending rose to nearly $60 million, about $10 million more than in 2013.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Sports

Cougars expect to hire defensive coordinator soon

PULLMAN — Washington State coach Mike Leach is in the market for a new defensive coordinator and finding one may not require a lengthy search, according to athletic director Bill Moos.

Date: 12/03/2014 | Sports

Development of young players bright spot for Cougars

SPOKANE — One of the lowest points of Washington State's disappointing season also set the stage for one of the bright spots.

Date: 12/01/2014 | Sports

Cougars fire defensive coordinator Breske, LB coach Volero

PULLMAN — The day after Washington State's season of high-scoring losses ended, head football coach Mike Leach dismissed defensive coordinator Mike Breske and outside linebackers coach Paul Volero.

Date: 11/30/2014 | Sports

Huskies dominate Apple Cup

Washington defeats Washington State 31-13 (gallery)

Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports

Fightin' like Cats and Dawgs

Apple Cup rivalry as intense as any in college football

Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports

Confidence is key to success for Cougars' wide receiver Mayle

SPOKANE — For Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle, it's not just good hands and fast feet that make him the top pass catcher in team history. It's confidence."It's very important," Mayle said. "If you're not confident, and you're just looking...

Date: 11/27/2014 | Sports

Sun Devils beat Cougars

Arizona St. converts 5 turnovers into TDs, beats WSU 52-31

Date: 11/22/2014 | Sports

Cougars battle for starting roles in practice

PULLMAN — At some point in recent weeks, some of Washington State’s football defensive regulars started comparing practice statistics.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Sports

Cougars beat Beavers

Falk throws 5 TD passes, Cougars beat Oregon State 39-32

Date: 11/08/2014 | Sports

Halliday's season over

Leach says broken ankle ends senior QB's Washington State career

Date: 11/03/2014 | Sports

Cougars' Falk steps up to replace injured Halliday

PULLMAN — Washington State head coach Mike Leach knelt beside his injured quarterback on Saturday and tried to comfort and relax Connor Halliday, because what else was there to do?The pain of a broken leg was enough for Halliday to contend with without the added...

Date: 11/02/2014 | Sports

Cougars fall to USC

Washington State QB Halliday injured in 44-17 loss to Trojans

Date: 11/01/2014 | Sports

USC expects ‘fight’ from Cougars

SPOKANE — USC came away frustrated from its latest loss but coach Steve Sarkisian expects his players to display their resilience come Saturday's matchup with Washington State."This team won't get knocked down and stay down," said Sarkisian, whose Trojans...

Date: 11/01/2014 | Sports

Bittersweet season for WSU quarterback Connor Halliday

PULLMAN — George Washington could have used some truth-telling lessons from Connor Halliday.Washington State's quarterback, in his final season as a Cougar, is honest to a fault, even when his coaches and the WSU communications staff might prefer that the senior fib a...

Date: 10/31/2014 | Sports

Solomon leads No. 15 Arizona to 59-37 victory over Cougars

PULLMAN — Washington State fell behind No. 15 Arizona 31-0 early in the second quarter, and coach Mike Leach said his team then tried to do the impossible.

Date: 10/25/2014 | Sports

Cougars refreshed coming off bye week

PULLMAN — Washington State players addressed the media for the first time since the Stanford game on Monday and the consensus was that the players feel refreshed after a badly needed bye week.

Date: 10/20/2014 | Sports

Stanford cages Cougars

No. 25 Cardinal keeps WSU's high-powered offense in check

Date: 10/10/2014 | Sports

Can Stanford ground WSU’s record-setting air attack?

STANFORD, Calif. — On the plane ride back from Notre Dame last weekend, Stanford players watched the Washington State-California game looking to learn about their next opponent.One observation about the Cougars quickly emerged."They really don't like...

Date: 10/09/2014 | Sports

Record-setting Halliday is 'best quarterback' in Pac-12

PULLMAN — Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday's fourth pass of the game went for a 90-yard touchdown, and it was off to the races for the senior on a night when he would throw for an NCAA-record 734 yards against California.

Date: 10/06/2014 | Sports

Halliday breaks NCAA passing record as Cougars fall 60-59 to Cal

PULLMAN — Another game, another shootout for the California Golden Bears.

Date: 10/05/2014 | Sports

Washington State's Air Raid takes on Cal's Bear Raid

PULLMAN — Mike Leach faces a former disciple this weekend in California coach Sonny Dykes, who was a wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator under Leach at Texas Tech.Dykes, who was a graduate assistant at Kentucky when Leach was an assistant coach under Hal...

Date: 10/01/2014 | Sports

Cougars come back

Halliday throws 4 TD passes, Cougars rally to beat Utah 28-27

Date: 09/27/2014 | Sports

Can Washington State halt Utah’s sack attack?

SALT LAKE CITY — The element of time was added to the Washington State offense against Oregon last week. As in, Connor Halliday had all the time he needed to find his preferred receiver and make the throw.

Date: 09/27/2014 | Sports

Cougars have bad memories of last game played at Utah

PULLMAN — For the dwindling number of Washington State football players old enough to remember the last trip, Saturday's return to Rice-Eccles Stadium is a reminder of likely the lowest point in their careers.A 49-6 loss to a 3-5 Utah team was bad enough, but it is the...

Date: 09/24/2014 | Sports

Mariota throws 5 TD passes, No. 2 Oregon beats Cougars 38-31

PULLMAN — Underdog Washington State almost beat No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, but Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was not impressed.

Date: 09/20/2014 | Sports

Defense key for Cougars

PULLMAN — For Washington State to stay competitive with No. 2 Oregon, Connor Halliday and the WSU offense will have to play well.

Date: 09/20/2014 | Sports

Cougars treating Ducks like any other foe

SPOKANE — No. 2 Oregon is as high profile as a team gets but Washington State linebacker Cyrus Coen says he sees the high-flying Ducks as just another “faceless opponent.”“We’re going to do the same thing we do every day,” Coen said. “Work hard, that’s it.”

Date: 09/18/2014 | Sports

WSU releases 2015 football schedule

PULLMAN — Washington State’s football team will play six home games in 2015, including four against Pac-12 opponents.

Date: 09/17/2014 | Sports

Cougars rout Vikings

Halliday throws 6 TD passes, WSU beats Portland St. 59-21

Date: 09/13/2014 | Sports

Leach looking for better focus from Washington State

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington State coach Mike Leach thinks the Cougars' 0-2 start this season is partially tied to a lack of focus during games."I think we need to make sure we're sharper on their focus," Leach said. "Right now we're a team that...

Date: 09/11/2014 | Sports

Leaf sentenced to 5 years in Texas, gets credit for Montana prison time

LUBBOCK, Texas — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation.A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won't have to serve any time...

Date: 09/09/2014 | Sports

Jackson, Fajardo help Nevada beat WSU

RENO, Nev. — Brock Hekking says there was only one reason Nevada’s “blue-collar” defense was so effective against Washington State’s high-powered offense.

Date: 09/06/2014 | Sports

Nevada doesn’t fear Cougars’ ‘big boy’ status

RENO, Nev. ? Nevada's seniors set out to spread a unified message to younger teammates in a shortened week leading up to Friday night's matchup with Washington State: Don't fear the big boys.?They kind of have that Pac-12 intimidation factor going for them,? Wolf Pack...

Date: 09/05/2014 | Sports

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