Steve Dykes

WSU vs. Oregon football: Cougs can't keep up in the second half

The odds said that WSU didn't stand a chance at Autzen Stadium. But the Cougs hung around for a half before fading behind another avalanche of Connor Halliday interceptions.

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The Monday (Thursday) After: Oregon loss edition

What's that you say? It's not Monday? I hope you can forgive me.

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Nick Aliotti apologies for ripping Mike Leach

Oregon's defensive coordinator apologized for some heated post-game comments where he called WSU "classless" for continuing to throw at the end of the game.

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Video and stats from a weird record-setting day

There were a number of records set by WSU players in yesterday's loss to the No. 2 Ducks, particularly by quarterback Connor Halliday. Here's a look at all of them, as well as other notes, stats and some highlights.

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VIDEO: Oregon's Nick Aliotti is mad at Mike Leach

In case the quotes weren't enough, check out Oregon DC Nick Aliotti getting mad about WSU throwing the ball in the fourth quarter.

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HCA: Cougars lose and Mike Leach is 'low class'

WSU's game against Oregon went how many expected it may. The result didn't stop one Oregon coach from having some choice words for Mike Leach.

Update: Nick Aliotti has apologized.

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Recap: Cougs get blasted by No. 2 Ducks, 62-38

Another Connor Halliday meltdown put what had been a two-score game at halftime out of reach for the Cougars.

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Halftime score: Cougs trail Ducks by just 10

WSU entered tonight's game as a heavy underdog, but a trio of fumbles by the No. 2 Oregon Ducks -- including one that was returned for a touchdown -- have the Cougars within striking distance at halftime, 34-24.

The Ducks have had their way on offense when they've been able to hold onto the ball, racking up an astounding 483 yards in the first two quarters. But once the initial burst passed in the first quarter, the Cougar defense started to stand up a little bit. A sack of Marcus Mariota forced a punt, then Mariota started getting loose with the ball in the pocket as the Cougars recovered a pair of strip sacks.

One of those resulted in this touchdown by Xavier Cooper:

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Meanwhile, the Cougar offense got off to a rocky start, but Connor Halliday has found his stride, which he hopefully will continue as long as his arm doesn't fall off -- he's 27-of-43 for 319 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. That's good for an excellent 7.4 yards per attempt, a testament both to Halliday finding his receivers down the field and also guys running after the catch - Gabe Marks had a long gain on a shallow cross, while Isiah Myers had a long gain on an inside screen.

The Cougars finished off the scoring in the first half when Andrew Furney hit a 49-yard field goal as the clock expired.

Whether the Cougars can truly make a game of it in the second half will largely depend on the defense. It's unlikely that Oregon, which is on pace for nearly 1,000 yards(!!!) of offense, will continue to turn the ball over -- they had three turnovers this year coming into the game.

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WSU vs. Oregon: Open game thread!

Most observers don't give the Cougs much of a chance. We'll be here to talk about the game as it unfolds anyway!

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How to pull an epic upset in 4 easy steps

There's a definite strategy for hanging with an opponent when you're outmanned. Will the Cougs do what it takes to give themselves a chance to win?

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HCA: Cougar Football Saturday, Oregon edition

WSU will be back on the field in a few hours. How do you think the game will go?

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How to watch/listen to Cougs vs. Ducks

The Cougars will be major underdogs as they visit Eugene and the second-ranked Oregon Ducks.

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Get to know the Ducks: Q&A with Addicted to Quack

We preview the upcoming (mis)matchup between the Cougars and the No. 2 ranked team in the country with the blog that knows them best.

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