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Cougs have only themselves to blame for three-point loss at USC

That missed targeting call didn’t help, either

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Good morning Coug fans. How are we feeling? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Last night’s 39-36 loss is one that will sting for a long time. WSU out-gained USC 435-354. They were perfect on three fourth downs and 7-for-16 on third downs to USC’s 3-for-9. WSU held possession for nearly 12 more minutes than USC.

But life isn’t fair.

If WSU doesn’t screw up that extra point in the first half.....

If WSU doesn’t rack up 118 yards in penalties.....

If WSU didn’t run it on 3rd-and-6 at the end of the fourth quarter.....

If WSU’s line blocked properly on that field goal attempt to tie the game.....

If WSU executed the snap properly on that Big Gulps Left play.....

And, oh yeah, this:

Sigh. Sure would have been nice to have another set of downs.

The Cougs are 3-1, which is probably a record most of us would have gladly taken at this point prior to the start of the season. But, man.....4-0 was there to take.

The Cougs welcome Utah to Pullman next Saturday.


Recap and highlights: Freshman quarterback TJ Daniels sparks second-half comeback as USC tops Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
JT Daniels and USC’s talented crew of wide receivers began to get hot and a 38-yard WSU field goal was blocked with less than two minutes to play, allowing the Trojans to preserve a 39-36 win at the Coliseum and preserve the country’s second-longest home winning streak.

Difference makers: JT Daniels shines in second half of USC’s victory over Washington State | The Spokesman-Review
Difference makers from USC’s 39-36 victory over Washington State.

TV Take: ESPN favors Hollywood | The Spokesman-Review
It took four games, the first three of which they won, but the Washington State Cougars finally made the television big time. All it took was a game at USC. On a Friday night. It was the Trojans, not surprisingly, who played the starring role on the ESPN broadcast, with WSU filling the role of the supporting cast.

WSU football means great time to tailgate | The Spokesman-Review
As the Washington State Cougars battle for the Pac-12 football championship this year, there’s one title they already hold: Best Tailgating School in the West.

Washington State vs. USC - Game Recap - September 21, 2018 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Washington State Cougars vs. USC Trojans football game.

Minshew, Cougs can't overcome miscues in falling to USC |
Minshew delivers, but defense's penalties, kicking woes lead to first loss.

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Lightning In A Bottle, Cougars Take Down No. 8 UCLA, 1-0 - Washington State University
Our futbol team won in L.A. Junior Morgan Weaver's 61' goal was the difference for the Cougs in Westwood.