Jeff Tuel makes his NFL debut

Jason Miller

The Bills played on Thursday and an injury sent Jeff Tuel into the lineup.

It was Tuel Time in Cleveland on Thursday with Jeff Tuel making his NFL regular season debut for the Bills. EJ Manuel injured his knee on a scramble which forced Tuel into action in the third quarter.

Tuel entered the game with the scored tied at 17. He nearly threw a touchdown on his first attempt, but his receiver was interfered with. Instead, he had to settle for handing off for a go-ahead score. Things went downhill from there and Tuel performed how you would expect a rookie quarteback thrust into his first live game action. He finished 8-of-20 for 80 yards and a pick-six interception.

The Bills went on to lose the game, but it was still fun to see Tuel getting some playing time. He become the first WSU quarterback to attempt a NFL regular season pass since Drew Bledsoe. He also became the first player from the most recent departing class to appear in a game, winning the race between Tuel, Marquess Wilson and Travis Long.

For those of you wondering, Tuel is the second player recruited by Paul Wulff to appear in a NFL regular season game. Zach Williams appeared in one game for the Panthers in 2012.

Football:

Thursday Night Football - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Oct. 3, 2013
There was a shakeup along the offensive line for much of Thursday's practice, with Matt Goetz taking over the right guard position and John Fullington sliding over to right tackle.

Pac-12 football: Picks of the Week (Arizona State’s big chance) | College Hotline
WASHINGTON STATE (plus-1.5) at CAL: The line has swung in the direction of the Cougars, who are now a 1.5-point favorite. Having seen both teams in person … and assuming no monsoon … I like the Bears. WSU’s lack of a ground game will make things manageable for Cal’s beleaguered defense: The Bears shouldn’t have to devote their safeties to stopping the run. And GoffKline, or KlineGoff, will move the ball consistently on the Cougars’ vulnerable secondary. Pick: Cal.

Eye on Saturday: A look at the weekend’s top college football games | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
Washington State at California, 1 p.m., Fox Sports 1: Lots of water under the bridge since the Cougars won in this series; it was 2002, their last Rose Bowl season. The three teams that have victimized Cal have a combined 13-0 record.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 6 - ESPN
Gemmell: The Bears, though not wanting for talent, are in a bad spot defensively. Washington State’s offense has been hit and miss, but when it hits, it hits hard. The Bears should be able to score some points, but Washington State’s defense has kept it in games most of the year. That should be the case again in this teacher-versus-student showdown of Mike Leach and Sonny Dykes. Washington State 42, California 31.

What to watch in Pac-12 football games: Week 6 - ESPN

Raids a'plenty: Washington State travels to Cal in a showdown of the Air Raid vs. the Bear Raid. Cal coach Sonny Dykes, of course, learned his offensive philosophies from working under Washington State coach Mike Leach at Texas Tech and was his GA at Kentucky.

Cal's Bear Raid resembles Leach's Air Raid - ESPN

When Sonny Dykes was a graduate assistant at Kentucky in the late '90s under Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, he had a self-imposed gag order. "I just tried to keep my mouth shut and learn as much as I could," Dykes said. "They made a big impact on our profession. It was an exciting time to be a young football coach."

Final Beam of Football Operations Building Signed - Washington State University Official Athletic Site

The Football Operations building construction is progressing every day, and on Wednesday (Oct. 2) after practice, the Washington State Football team and staff signed the final beam of the building.

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