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The day after it broke bad

Reading a dozen recaps isn't the best way to get over WSU's collapse, but it is an option.

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Well, that didn't go how we hoped.

WSU added another chapter to its book of bowl history, but I'd just assume someone burned the last few pages of this chapter. The Cougars were so very close -- possibly a knee or three -- away from having a shiny bowl trophy to put in the soon-to-open WSU Hall of Fame. The New Mexico Bowl was firmly in the Cougars's grasp for most of Saturday ... and then it wasn't.

There were a lot of disappointing things about that game. We'll get into some of them in more detail later today and in the coming days but, one of the most-frustrating things is what a terrible way to send out the senior class. I'm going to miss watching Deone Bucannon, Andrew Furney and the rest of the departing seniors. Wish they ended on better terms.


Why are you still reading this? You don't want any part of these links. Unless you enjoy being sad. Which in that case, cheer up. Go eat some pumpkin pie or something, it's delicious.


New Mexico Bowl: Colorado State rallies for stunning win | NEWS.GNOM.ES
It was deja vu at the New Mexico Bowl. One year after Arizona’s improbable rally against Nevada, Colorado State pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat Washington State 48-45 on Saturday afternoon.

Last-second field goal boosts Rams to bowl win | The Coloradoan |
Improbable. Impossible. Describe it how you will, but CSU’s stunning 48-45 win over Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday was without question miraculous.

Blanchette: It was high time to watch the clock - - Dec. 21, 2013
Perhaps with the next Pac-12 TV check, Washington State can hire someone to be in charge of bowl game clock management. Apparently $2.2 million isn’t enough to get that job done.

Colorado State Rams Washington State New Mexico Bowl instant analysis - ESPN
It means most of the momentum Washington State gained from playing in its first bowl game since 2003 reverts to frustration. The Cougars will almost certainly make every postseason bowl game review for being the bowl season's biggest chokers.

Colorado State shocks Washington State in New Mexico Bowl - Sports Update
With less than 2 minutes to play and Colorado State down by eight points, Shaquil Barrett knew the Rams needed the ball back quickly to finish an improbable comeback against Washington State.

Colorado State 48, Washington State 45: Cougars lose bowl game in OT |
In an incredible finish in the New Mexico Bowl, Colorado State scored 18 points in the final three minutes Saturday and stunned Washington State, 48-45.

Washington State collapses, loses New Mexico Bowl, 48-45 | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
Mike Leach, Deone Bucannon and Connor Halliday sat on a podium, trying to explain the inexplicable, when a well-meaning New Mexico Bowl operative interrupted the proceedings.

WSU Football, New Mexico Bowl, Washington State Cougars, Colorado State Rams, Ken Wilson, Elliott Bosch, Pac-12, Deone Bucannon - - Dec. 21, 2013
Just more than a year ago, Washington State linebackers coach Ken Wilson was coaching the same position in the New Mexico Bowl for the University of Nevada. The Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaker to Arizona, getting outscored 21-3 in the fourth quarter to lose 49-48.

Men's basketball:

The WSU men's basketball team got blown out at home against UTEP. On the plus side, Que Johnson scored 21 points. On the negative side, the still can't shoot and got blown out at home by UTEP.


PULLMAN, Wash.: UTEP beats Washington State 64-51 | WSU Cougars | The Bellingham Herald
UTEP coach Tim Floyd had one goal heading into Saturday night's game against Washington State — stop DaVonte Lacy. His team succeeded and beat the Cougars 64-51.

Cougs Fall to Miners, 64-51 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Vince Hunter scored 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting as four players scored in double figures to help UTEP beat Washington State 64-51 on Saturday night.

Women's basketball:

It was against NCAA rules for a WSU team to win on Saturday. So obviously the women's team lost to Gonzaga.


WSU’s Comeback Against Ranked Gonzaga Falls Short - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Four Cougars scored in double figures, led by junior Tia Presley with 19 points, as Washington State University women’s basketball fell to No. 25/22 Gonzaga, 70-62, Saturday at Beasley Coliseum