Good morning, Cougar fans. I hope it is a sunny day where you are, because that's about the only thing that would help perk things up in our little corner of the internet. After a spring and summer in which we all figured a 3-0 start was likely, and probably necessary to reach a bowl game, here we sit at 0-2. I honestly don't know what to say about it, as my reactions and thoughts have been pretty scattered.
However, this is the third year of the Leach era, and we just scored fewer points against Nevada than Southern Utah did a week ago. This is the third year of the Mike Leach era, and the only game we have a better than 50/50 shot of winning is Portland State. This is the third year of the Mike Leach era (who, along with his staff, got a nice hefty raise for producing a 6-7 record last year) and we've now lost two straight games to teams who are so insignificant on the college football landscape, their longtime conferences don't even exist anymore.
This is where we are as a football program, losing to teams led by Gary Nova and Cody Fajardo. I don't care about missed calls or bad calls. I don't care about lucky bounces. I don't care about injuries. The fact is that, once again, this is a really bad football team. Like so many seasons in the recent past, they're trying really hard to make me not care at all.
Washington State’s defense was better than most Cougar fans likely dared to dream, but penalties and missed opportunities sent the offense back four years to the days when touchdowns were exceptional, rather than expected.
So here’s where things are in the third year of the Mike Leach regime: They’re 0-2, despite having been favored in both games, and a return to a bowl game seems like a wish more than a likelihood.
Washington State suffered a deflating loss at Nevada on Friday night in which the defense played surprisingly well and the offense surprisingly did not.
So . . . it’s a fine mess. You figured WSU, in the third year of the Leach system, was past the point of scoring 13 points against a Mountain West team.
After losing to Rutgers, it was tough to find six wins on the schedule -- and at that point, Nevada was one of the obvious candidates. Now, discussing possible bowl destinations is wasted breath.
Senior Chelsey Bettinson had a career-high 22 kills and hit .543 to lead the Washington State volleyball team to a 3-1 win over host Notre Dame at the Golden Dome Invitational in Purcell Pavilion Friday night.
Washington State battled No. 11 Pepperdine to a hard-fought 0-0 draw at The Outrigger Resorts Soccer Classic at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Stadium, Friday.