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WSU vs. UCLA: Cougar football ready to take on No. 18 Bruins

The 6-3 Cougars take their momentum to the Rose Bowl tonight for a late night showdown with the 7-2 Bruins.

Luke Falk walks off the field after defeating Arizona State 38-24.
Luke Falk walks off the field after defeating Arizona State 38-24.
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It's game day and Cougar nation is hyped. I mean after this video how can you not be?

The best part is that this team has good reason to be pumped. Last season, the Cougar defense was dead last (127th) in forcing turnovers. This season the Cougar D has sky rocketed all the way to 44th. Combine suffocating defense and the nation's third ranked passing attack and you are going to put up W's. But can the Cougs snatch one from No. 18 UCLA?

Last week's win at Martin Stadium put the Cougars in the postseason picture, and a win on the road over a top 25 squad could go a long way towards securing a significant bowl game. WSU has not beaten a ranked opponent since defeating No. 25 USC at the beginning of the 2013 season. WSU has taken the field opposite of two ranked opponents so far this season, Cal and Stanford. The Cougars nearly upset both teams.

Tonight's #Pac12AfterDark battle will likely be the Cougs last chance to get over that hump this season. A win against the Bruins will take Falk and the gang's best football, the best part is they can't wait to bring it to them. Go Cougs!

Kickoff is at 7:45 p.m. PT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Football

Cougars have the momentum to pull off another upset of UCLA - WSU Cougars | 710 ESPN Seattle
Washington State's matchup with UCLA in the Rose Bowl brings back memories of the Cougars' 1988 upset of Troy Aikman and the top-ranked Bruins. Jim Moore predicts another upset win for WSU on Saturday. - WSU Blog articles - 710 ESPN Seattle

WSU-UCLA preview: 2-minute drill - Spokesman.com - Nov. 13, 2015
Four keys to a Cougars’ victory over the Bruins

Cougars’ expectations growing by the week - Spokesman.com - Nov. 13, 2015
Like the wide receivers and running backs that flood the football field in search of open spaces in his Air Raid offense, Mike Leach’s expectations are a moving target.

What the WSU Cougars have to do to beat No. 18 UCLA | The Seattle Times
What to watch for when WSU takes on UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.

How WSU football matured into a bowl-eligible team this season | The Seattle Times
As the Cougars prepare to square off with UCLA on the road on Saturday night, coach Mike Leach and the players have taken note of how the team came together this season to the point that it became bowl eligible with three games to go in the regular season.

Men's Basketball

Washington State tops Northern Arizona 82-70 in opener
Hawkinson, Daniels score 15 to lead Cougars in 82-70 win over Northern Arizona

WSU vs. Northern Arizona final score: Cougars easily handle Lumberjacks, 82-70 - CougCenter
Josh Hawkinson posts another double-double, while true freshman Viont'e Daniels drops in 15.

Cougars Open Season with Victory Over Lumberjacks - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Freshman Viont'e Daniels and junior Josh Hawkinson paced the Cougars with 15 points each.

Women's Basketball

Cougars Beat Gauchos in Season Opener - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU handed UCSB a 61-44 loss, led by freshman Borislava Hristova with 15 points.

Highlights: WBB vs. UCSB - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State University Official Athletic Site, partner of NeuLion, Inc. The most comprehensive coverage of Washington State University Athletics on the web.

Cross Country

WSU XC Men's Team Fourth at NCAA West Regionals - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
John Whelan and Michael Williams lead unranked WSU to fourth-place finish.

Cross country: Whelan, Williams lead WSU men to fourth place at NCAA West Regionals - Spokesman.com - Nov. 13, 2015
John Whelan and Michael Williams finished second and third, respectively, and the Washington State men’s cross country team took fourth place out of 35 teams at the NCAA West Regionals at a rain-soaked Jefferson Park Golf Course Friday in Seattle. Whelan covered the 10,000-meter course in 30 minutes, 54.9 seconds and Williams finished in 31:05.4. Oregon’s Edward Cheserek claimed medalist honors with a time of 30:43.2.

Volleyball

Volleyball Sweeps California at Bohler Gym - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Freshman McKenna Woodford led the Washington State volleyball team (15-12 overall, 4-11 Pac-12) to a 25-23, 25-16, and 25-21, win over California (9-17 overall, 3-12 Pac-12) in Bohler Gym Friday night.