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:
Coach Leach to Jess: Right now we're not even playing hard. .. One of least courageous efforts ever seen by O and D lines ..— COUGFANcom (@COUGFANcom) November 3, 2012
Yep, that about says it all.