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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Sunday Morning Victory Links

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There isn't a whole lot to pass along that Brian didn't already touch on last night. Paul Wulff estimated Jeff Tuel would be out 4-6 weeks and I wouldn't expect to hear anything different for a couple of weeks until the medical staff has an idea of the healing progress.

It will be interesting to see how this team responds to losing their unquestioned leader. According to practice reports, the team has practiced extremely well so far. Let's see if they maintain that focus after suffering an emotional blow.

I originally planned to make GIFs of some notable plays, but the video isn't archived yet, so instead you will have to settle for official stats. There are a few names to note on the player participation page, including nine true freshman. Below is a breakdown of all 69 players listed sorted by their eligibility. 

True Freshman - 9

Redshirt Freshman - 10

True Sophomores - 8

Redshirt Sophomores - 13

True Juniors - 5

Redshirt Juniors - 12

True Seniors - 5

Redshirt Seniors - 7

WSU Football

Washington State overwhelms Idaho State, 64-21, in Season Opener - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - - Backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State overwhelmed Idaho State 64-21 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

Cougars | Lobbestael leads WSU over Idaho State, 64-21 | Seattle Times Newspaper
PULLMAN, Wash. – Backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael threw for 230 yards and two touchdowns as Washington State overwhelmed Idaho State 64-21 in the season opener for both teams Saturday.

Cougars | WSU 2-minute drill | Seattle Times Newspaper
Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, an unexpected starter for the Cougars, threw for 230 yards, nine off his career-high, on 14 completions in 19 tries with no interceptions and two touchdowns.

Cougars | Cougars quarterback jumped into special teams play | Notebook | Seattle Times Newspaper
PULLMAN — Just call him Marshall Lobbestael, the all-purpose quarterback. "Oh man," Lobbestael, Washington State's senior quarterback from Oak Harbor said good-naturedly, "I was hoping nobody noticed."

WSU romps but Tuel fractures clavicle - Spokesman.com - Sept. 3, 2011
PULLMAN – Rarely has a 64-21 season-opening rout seemed like such a downer. It wasn’t because of the way Washington State played in demolishing Idaho State before 22,034 on a beautiful sunny Saturday at Martin Stadium.

Washington State football digging out of hole - The Denver Post
PULLMAN, Wash. — This part of Eastern Washington is called the Palouse. It's an endless wave of wheat fields undulated by babbling brooks and country towns where "family" extends beyond the kitchen table.

Bud Withers | Jeff Tuel breaks clavicle in Cougars' 64-21 win over Idaho State | Seattle Times Newspaper
PULLMAN — They played a football game here at Martin Stadium on Saturday shrouded both in exuberance and dread. And maybe if the Cougars are lucky, over time the first emotion can drown out the other one.

Tuel injured in WSU's blowout victory " Kitsap Sun
The Washington State Cougars have 11 games left to play — 12 if they achieve their goal of playing in a bowl game — but the Cougars will be hard pressed to top their season opener for stunning developments.

Postgame Inverviews Via WSU Athletics

Paul Wulff Postgame (Sept. 3, 2011) (via WSUCougarAthletics)

WSU Football Postgame (Sept. 3, 2011) (via WSUCougarAthletics)