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Trivia following a win is much better than trivia following a loss.

William Mancebo

Washington State pulled off a ridiculous comeback against Utah on Saturday so obviously the CCMMTQ this week is going to be geared around comeback questions, right? Well no. That would be way too predictable and so many of those numbers have been tossed around, like right here. Asking when the last time WSU pulled off a 21-point comeback would be futile when the answer is in a tweet embedded on the front page.

Instead, we're going to mix it up a little.

Q1: You probably know WSU's last 21-point comeback came in 1988 against UCLA. You also probably know Vince Mayle hauled in a 81-yard touchdown to set up the 2014 comeback. Well in the 1988 comeback, a receiver also hauled in a key 81-yard touchdown. Who was it?

Q2: California has had a ton of rushing success against the Cougars during the last decade. Cal has topped 200 yards rushing six times against WSU since 2005. WSU's running success -- against anyone -- hasn't quite been to that level. When was the last time WSU rushed for 200 yards or more against a Pac-12 opponent? And who led the Cougs in rushing that day?

Q3: The ball is going to be in the air a lot on Saturday. So much so, records may fall. Let's first see if you know who holds the big three individual records against Cal. Which three players hold the WSU single-game records for passing yards, rushing yards and receiving yards?

Football:

Pac-12 in perspective: Oregon State still can’t win at USC | Bud Withers | The Seattle Times
For WSU, it was the third time in two seasons on the road it upset a team favored by about two touchdowns, joining the USC and Arizona games of last year. The Cougars’ next challenge: Don’t be such a big underdog.

Cougars’ season given new life - Spokesman.com - Sept. 29, 2014
The Washington State Cougars may have saved their football season Saturday night, coming back from a 21-0 first-quarter deficit to beat Utah on the road. The win makes a bowl game path much clearer.

Sunday practice and the sack that wasn't - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - Sept. 28, 2014
At least part of the reason for McLennan's recent success is schematic. Washington State has started employing McLennan and fellow Buck linebacker Kache Palacio at the same time on opposite ends of the defensive line, creating pressure on the offensive pass-blockers that suddenly have to deal with two speed rushing linebackers instead of one.

Pac-12 bowl projections: Week 5 - ESPN
Remember how we talked about Utah-Washington State being a swing game? If the Cougars can somehow rally to find four more wins and the Utes can't find three, we're going to look back at the Cougs' 28-27 come-from-behind win as a tipping point.

WSU football: some things we learned from beating Utah in a monsoon - Pacific Takes

Utah raced out to a 21 point lead in a rainy, windy game but Washington State came to life in the fourth quarter and won the game 28-27.

Mark Rypien Featured on Cougar Athletic Fund Website - Washington State University Official Athletic Site

Rypien delivered the keynote address at the August Cougar Sports Banquet at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. Rypien informed the audience how opposing teams hated coming to Pullman, and his message to the attendees was to go out and spread the word, and fill Martin Stadium this season.