Because Washington State coach Mike Leach keeps a steadfast policy against discussing the health of his players, quarterback Luke Falk's status for the Apple Cup remains questionable.What nonsense. Why is the possibility Falk will suit up Friday against Washington even a...
Apple Cup pits UW's stout pass defense vs. WSU's air attack
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, Penn State defensive end Cal Nassib and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk are the finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the most outstanding college football player to begin his career as a walk-on.
Lake Stevens' Eklund went from walk-on to starter for Cougars
WSU athletic director says injured QB might play in Apple Cup
PULLMAN — Don't count on Luke Falk playing against Washington in the Apple Cup in Seattle on Friday.
PULLMAN — Any celebration about another accomplishment for No. 24 Washington State was tempered by concern over an injury that resulted in quarterback Luke Falk being carted off the field.
Date: 11/22/2015 | Sports
If not for the proper context, the opportunity that is still out there for No. 24 Washington State might seem meaningless.If the Cougars can win their final three games — beginning with Saturday night's home finale against Colorado — they would finish with 10...
Date: 11/20/2015 | Sports
Washington State safety Taylor Taliulu remembers the lean years, when the Cougars were barely a footnote in the Pac-12 standings.Now No. 24 Washington State (7-2, 5-2 Pac-12) is the surprise team of the league and aiming for a prestige bowl game.
Date: 11/19/2015 | Sports
PASADENA, Calif. — A few UCLA players warmed up on Washington State's side of the Rose Bowl field before the game, and the Cougars felt disrespected. That's not a new emotion for players at a long-struggling, constantly overlooked Pac-12 school.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — He has, for the most part, lived up to the hyperbolic expectations placed on The Chosen One since long before he ever enrolled in college.The Bruins are just glad he chose UCLA.Josh Rosen, at the time a high school junior and the No. 1 quarterback...
Date: 11/13/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Compared to the offensive line, NCAA passing leader Luke Falk is but a football distributor. Washington State's receivers are just deliverymen, its running backs merely glorified porters.The offensive line is the engine that makes the Air Raid offense go. At...
Date: 11/10/2015 | Sports
Falk throws 5 TD passes, WSU beats Arizona State 38-24
Date: 11/07/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Washington State throws on nearly every down. It's at the core of why the offense led by Luke Falk goes by the nickname "Air Raid."Arizona State is big on the blitz and leads the Pac-12 in sacks.Something will have to give when the...
Date: 11/06/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Washington State came within a missed field goal of upsetting No. 8 Stanford on Saturday night.That didn't impress wide receiver and fiery team leader Gabe Marks.
Date: 10/31/2015 | Sports
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.
Date: 10/26/2015 | Sports
Falk throws 5 TD passes as Washington State wins 45-42
Date: 10/24/2015 | Sports
TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona runs an up-tempo spread offense that has been among the national leaders since Rich Rodriguez became coach.Washington State has had similar success with its spread offense under coach Mike Leach. The difference is how the two teams get to where...
Date: 10/23/2015 | Sports
Washington State junior safety Shalom Luani has been named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.
Date: 10/19/2015 | Sports
Falk tosses 6 TDs, Washington St. trounces Oregon St. 52-31
Date: 10/17/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — First-year Oregon State coach Gary Andersen may be new to the Pac-12, but he's no stranger to the Washington State football staff, or the Cougars quarterback.Andersen, who played center on the offensive line in college, developed his chops as a defensive...
Date: 10/16/2015 | Sports
EUGENE — The truly “complete” game is an elusive, taunting leprechaun the Washington State football team will never catch yet will never stop chasing.
Date: 10/12/2015 | Sports
WSU's Falk passes for 505 yards, 5 TDs in 45-38 victory
Date: 10/10/2015 | Sports
Goff throws 4 TD passes as Bears rally to beat WSU 34-28 (video)
Date: 10/03/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Fans of Washington State football can take a break this week. The team has a bye week and that means next Saturday can be spent catching up on honey-do lists and cartoons.Joe Fan can take a break. The Cougars, well they'll be busy."We've got...
Date: 09/21/2015 | Sports
Falk throws 2 TD passes to lead WSU to 31-14 win over Wyoming
Date: 09/19/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Let's try that one again, shall we?
Date: 09/18/2015 | Sports
Last-second TD pass lifts Cougars to 37-34 win over Rutgers
Date: 09/12/2015 | Sports
NEWARK, N.J. — Tension exists in any post-loss press conference, and even more so when those in the room are fully aware that the loss will be remembered as historically embarrassing.The severe mood last Saturday spiked, momentarily, when a reporter asked head coach...
Date: 09/11/2015 | Sports
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Chris Laviano has been selected to be Rutgers starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Washington State.
Date: 09/07/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — Wide receiver Gabe Marks was defiant as he addressed the media members who pressed him about what the Cougars would fix after Washington State's calamitous loss to Portland State, challenging the idea the Cougars need to change weekday preparations at all.
Date: 09/06/2015 | Sports
PULLMAN — To hear Washington State’s coaches gush about their trio of running backs, you’d think they prefer to never name a starter.
Date: 09/03/2015 | Sports
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
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
PULLMAN — Cole Madison spent the 2014 season for Washington State figuring out how to use his talent.
Date: 08/26/2015 | Sports
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
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
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
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
PULLMAN — Kyrin Priester has a past, not that anyone at Washington State will tell you about it.
Date: 08/20/2015 | Sports
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
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
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
From high school football player to college cheerleader
Date: 08/10/2015 | Sports
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Washington defeats Washington State 31-13 (gallery)
Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports
Apple Cup rivalry as intense as any in college football
Date: 11/29/2014 | Sports