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WSU vs. Utah: Utes destroy Cougs 49-6 behind John White's big day

John White gets on the board with a long run to help stake Utah to a big halftime lead as WSU has taken a big step back from last week's progress made against Stanford.

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Examining the woes of the offensive line

Jeff Tuel has suffered a lot of criticism for holding the ball too long. We throw the Stanford game - the nadir of pass protection - under the microscope. How much time did he have before the Cardinal defense got in the backfield? We'll break down each sack, examining what happened up front, and draw some conclusions for what it means going forward.


Hot Cougar Action: The day after Utah

News, recaps and analysis following WSU's loss to Utah.


Utes embarrassing WSU 31-0 behind White's big day

Coming off what might have been their best performance of the season, against then-No. 17 Stanford, the Washington State Cougars are laying an egg against the Utah Utes in Salt Lake City, trailing 31-0 at halftime.

We thought this game would probably tell us a lot about this team. The last two years, WSU was making progress and had a chance to show it was ready to win a big game: Against Arizona State in 2010 and Oregon State in 2011. Both times, the Cougars had perhaps their worst performance of the season.

History is repeating itself today.

Utah has a fairly terrible offense, yet is averaging 7.0 yards per play against the Cougs - well above its season average of 4.6 yards per play. John White, who's averaged less than four yards per carry this season, has 96 yards on 15 attempts. Basically, the Cougs are doing what they do: Make bad teams look great, thanks to their own, unequaled terribleness.

The Cougar offense has been awful, as Jeff Tuel has been under duress all day ... again. He's 10-of-24 for 131 yards with an interception and five sacks. The Cougars' two best passing plays have been when Tuel broke the pocket and found a guy uncovered.

This about covers the first half:

Yep, that about says it all.


Cougars down 14-0 after the 1st quarter

The Washington State Cougars trail the Utah Utes 14-0 after the first quarter of Saturday's game.

WSU moved the ball on its opening possession, but were unable to come away with points. The Cougar defense forced a three-and-out but the offense took over deep in their own end. After a punt, John White got free for a 47-yard touchdown run to give Utah the early 7-0 lead.

After another WSU punt, Utah was again able to move the ball, driving into the WSU redzone. Once again, the Utes were able to capitalize with a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. Utah was able to convert a third-and-19 to keep the drive going which was aided by a questionable personal foul call against Casey Locker.

For the third straight possession, WSU was unable to get anything going and was forced to punt after its second three-and-out of the game. The Utes are once again moving the ball and will open the second quarter with the ball at midfield.


Game thread: Join the discussion (if you dare)

The time is almost here for the Cougs to battle the Utes. Join us for the disussion.


Bax honors his home state's coolest industry today

Baxter heads west for this week's selection, and shows a little regional pride.


Hot Cougar Action: Gameday links

Gameday is here, but before the Cougars take on the Utes, we have plenty of morning links.


Game time, TV and radio info for WSU-Utah

The Cougs head to SLC on Saturday in search of their first Pac-12 win under Mike Leach.


Preview: Utah's 'Star' on D will be the focus

The Cougars offense has shown some improvement over the last couple weeks, but their offensive line will be put to the test again in Salt Lake City.


Preview: Cougs face another run-heavy O in Utah

The Cougars are still seeking their first conference win as they head to Salt Lake City this weekend.


Hot Cougar Action: Can WSU close season strong?

WSU has played better in recent weeks, but can they close the season strong?


O-line is the most important 'person' vs. Utah

The big boys up front must keep Jeff Tuel upright against a stout Utah defensive line.


A closer look at the 2013 football schedule

With the Auburn game set, we take a closer look at WSU's 2013 football schedule.


Your gameday information for WSU vs. Utah

The Cougars were finally able to put together a complete game and show a little fight. They look to continue the momentum on the road in Utah.


Travelin' with the Cougs: Salt Lake City, Utah

For the second time this year, the Cougs travel to the Beehive State (no, seriously) to face the other half of the Holy War. They'll take on a Utah Utes squad struggling in their second full season in the Pac-12.

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