HOT COUGAR ACTION: Monday Morning Trivia And Links

Looking at the season stats Sunday afternoon I couldn't help but notice a shiny 1-0 conference record next to Washington State. That got me to thinking and that thinking leads us to today's MMTQ.

The Pac-8 was officially named in 1968. Since that time, WSU has played 44 conference openers. So the question is, including yesterday's win over Colorado, how many times has WSU won their first Pac-8/10/12 conference game of the season? Here is a clue, the answer lies somewhere between one and 44.

MMTQ Season Standings

1.  BigWood -15 points

T2.  Bearcat44 - 10 points

T2. Tinit - 10 points

4.  Johnnycougar - 3 points

5. 1,490 members - 0 points

WSU's Tuel cleared for practice - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 2, 2011
We're still traveling, believe it or don't, so we're going to pop out a quick blog post and get on our way. Read on.

Wulff sees room for improvement after win over Buffs - Spokesman.com - Oct. 2, 2011
PULLMAN – Paul Wulff spent Saturday afternoon trying to help his Washington State football team overcome a mountain of adversity in Boulder, Colo. He spent Sunday decoding how they did it.

WSU Football: Tuel cleared for full practice " Kitsap Sun
Washington State football coach Paul Wulff may find himself in the unusual position of benching the sixth-ranked passer in the country when the Cougars visit UCLA on Saturday.

Bud Withers | Pac-12 newbies get rude welcome from Washington schools | Seattle Times Newspaper
Initiation: It's a rite of passage for entry into fraternal organizations, ranging from major-league baseball rookies carrying pink Barbie backpacks to the bullpen before the game, to more hot-button activities.

what-we-learned-100211 - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
Hope in Pullman: Washington State's visit to Colorado was a must-win. And guess what? The Cougars not only produced that victory, they did so by overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit on the road. And with their backup quarterback. There have been strong suggestions that the talent is better in Pullman this season. But this is the first suggestion that this team might be mentally tough. That matters almost as much as talent.

Washington State tweaks play that produces winning touchdown against Colorado - The Denver Post

BOULDER — How's this for a creative call? Washington State scored the winning touchdown Saturday in the 31-27 victory over Colorado on a variation of a play that earlier had resulted in a Buffaloes interception. This time, standout Cougars wide receiver Marquess Wilson made a double move off the slant-in, pausing almost to a stop and then sprinting down the left hash marks. 

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