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How the Cougs fared in Week 17 of the NFL season

Happy 2018 everyone.

The year came to a close on Sunday and with it so did the NFL regular season. While Week 17 is in the books, the Cougs aren’t quite done for the season just yet. Destiny Vaeao and the Philadelphia Eagles move on to the postseason.

Here is how the rest of the Cougs wrapped up the year.

Deone Bucannon - Arizona Cardinals - Linebacker/Safety

Bucannon recorded six tackles against the Seahawks, tied for the most on the team.

Xavier Cooper - New York Jets - Defensive Line

Cooper recorded a pair of tackles and a sack of Tom Brady onSunday. It was his fist sack since joining the Jets.

Joe Dahl - Detroit Lions - Offensive Line

Dahl started the final game of the year at left guard.

Shalom Luani - Oakland Raiders - Safety

Luani recorded five tackles and defended one pass. The five tackles were the second-most he recorded in a game this season.

Destiny Vaeao - Philadelphia Eagles - Defensive End

Vaeao recorded one tackle and will get a bye week before moving on in the playoffs.

Vince Mayle - Baltimore Ravens - Tight End

Mayle recorded one special teams tackle and was flagged for holding on another punt. It appeared he was headed for the playoffs, before the Ravens’ defense collapsed and Baltimore was eliminated with a loss to the Bengals.

Kache Palacio - Seattle Seahawks - Linebacker

Palacio ended the season on the Seahawks practice squad.

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Hercules off to the NFL:

WSU’s Hercules Mata’afa to skip senior season to enter NFL Draft | The Seattle Times
After completing his best season in college, WSU's Hercules Mata'afa has declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.

All-American Washington State defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa departs for NFL | The Spokesman-Review
The junior defensive tackle announced on Twitter Sunday he’ll forgo his senior season in Pullman and get an early start on his professional career, entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

Football:

Mark Dantonio: Spartans 'reaffirmed our stature' in with 2017 turnaround
10-3 season quickly puts MSU back in national conversation

Pomona's Max Borghi cites playing time, legacy, loyalty in decision to sign with Washington State
But Borghi — citing the combination of the three primary factors in his decision — instead sent in his National Letter of Intent to WSU on Dec. 22, the final day of the early signing period.

Men’s Basketball:

Trojans hurt Cougars more ways than one - LA Times
Chimezie Metu gets ejected for a low blow, but Trojans rout Washington State, 89-71.

Stewart scores 17 as USC beats Washington State 89-71
Elijah Stewart 17 scored and Bennie Boatwright added 13 points to lead Southern California to an 89-71 victory over Washington State in a Pac-12 game

Women’s Basketball:

Kat Tudor scores 27, No. 17 Oregon State women top Washington State 71-53 | The Spokesman-Review
Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles and No. 17 Oregon State pulled away for its eighth-straight win, 71-53 over Washington State on Sunday.

Kat Tudor scores 27, No. 17 Oregon State women top Washington State
Kat Tudor hit seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, Marie Gulich and Mikayla Pivec had double-doubles.

No. 17 Oregon State women beat visiting Washington State | The Seattle Times
Kat Tudor made seven three-pointers and scored 27 points, both career highs, and Oregon State defeated Washington State 71-53. Reserve Chanelle Molina scored 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting to lead WSU.