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Cougars Football

Apple Cup

Thiel: Cougs, Dawgs reverse their traditional roles

Date: 11/27/2015 | Sports

No one-trick pony

Huskies wary of Cougars’ running game and defense

Date: 11/25/2015 | Sports

McGrath: Keeping Falk on sidelines in Apple Cup a no-brainer

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...

Date: 11/24/2015 | Sports

Strength vs. strength

Apple Cup pits UW's stout pass defense vs. WSU's air attack

Date: 11/24/2015 | Sports

WSU’s Falk a finalist for Burlsworth Trophy

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.

Date: 11/24/2015 | Sports

‘An awesome experience’

Lake Stevens' Eklund went from walk-on to starter for Cougars

Date: 11/23/2015 | Sports

Falk doing well

WSU athletic director says injured QB might play in Apple Cup

Date: 11/23/2015 | Sports

Injury could keep Cougars' Falk from playing in Apple Cup

PULLMAN — Don't count on Luke Falk playing against Washington in the Apple Cup in Seattle on Friday.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Sports

Falk injured as No. 24 Cougars beat Colorado 27-3

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

Plenty on the line for Cougars against Colorado

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

No. 24 Washington St. sheds losing ways, earns respect

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

Cougars score with 3 seconds to play, beat No. 18 UCLA 31-27

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

Cougars face much-hyped UCLA QB Rosen

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

Cougs' go-to guy

Fiery Marks putting up big numbers for Washington State

Date: 11/11/2015 | Sports

Cougars notebook: O-line critical to Air Raid success

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

Cougars are bowl-eligible

Falk throws 5 TD passes, WSU beats Arizona State 38-24

Date: 11/07/2015 | Sports

Pass-happy Cougars face blitz-heavy Sun Devils

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

Cougars miss FG as time expires, No. 8 Stanford escapes with 30-28 win

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

Pac-12 honors WSU quarterback

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

Cougars top Arizona

Falk throws 5 TD passes as Washington State wins 45-42

Date: 10/24/2015 | Sports

Cougars vs. Wildcats will be show of offense

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

Gritty QB

Falk has Cougars aiming for bowl bid

Date: 10/20/2015 | Sports

Pac-12 honors WSU safety Luani

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

Cougs crush Beavers

Falk tosses 6 TDs, Washington St. trounces Oregon St. 52-31

Date: 10/17/2015 | Sports

Oregon State coach no stranger to Cougars

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

Cougars are not perfect, but they’re definitely improving

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

Cougars upset Ducks in double OT

WSU's Falk passes for 505 yards, 5 TDs in 45-38 victory

Date: 10/10/2015 | Sports

Cougars fall to unbeaten Cal

Goff throws 4 TD passes as Bears rally to beat WSU 34-28 (video)

Date: 10/03/2015 | Sports

Cougars will be busy during bye week

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

Cougars top Cowboys

Falk throws 2 TD passes to lead WSU to 31-14 win over Wyoming

Date: 09/19/2015 | Sports

Cougars try to solve issues at home against Wyoming

PULLMAN — Let's try that one again, shall we?

Date: 09/18/2015 | Sports

Cardiac Cougars (Video)

Last-second TD pass lifts Cougars to 37-34 win over Rutgers

Date: 09/12/2015 | Sports

Cougars face Rutgers with backs against the wall

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

Rutgers to start Laviano at QB against Washington State on Saturday

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

After losing to Portland State, Cougars try to rebound against Rutgers

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

"Barney" Ball shocks Cougs

Portland State upsets Washington State 24-17

Date: 09/05/2015 | Sports

Wicks has stood out among WSU’s backs

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

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

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