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The good and the bad of WSU's fall camp

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College football fall camps are the ultimate public relations dream. Because there are no preseason games, or practices against other teams, every fall camp has some positive takeaway. If the defense dominates, it's easy to focus on how good they were and ignore the fact that means the offense was terrible. No matter what, one side did well at something.

That is a common theme from the fall camp scrimmage WSU held on Sunday. On the one hand, WSU ran more than 90 plays and didn't throw a single interception. That is great work out of the Cougar quarterbacks. If WSU quarterbacks attempt 59 passes in games and throw for seven touchdowns without an interception, they would challenge to become the best offense in the history of college football.

On the down side, allowing seven touchdown passes and not picking off at least one of 59 pass attempts is not a great sign for the defense.

Then again, the WSU defense did record seven sacks. That's an impressive number. If the Cougar defense can pressure quarterbacks like that all year, they could be really good.

On the down side, allowing seven sacks is not the best sign for a WSU offensive line that is working in some new starters in key places.

The Cougars held a scrimmage on Sunday. There was a lot of good and potentially a lot of bad. It just depends on how you spin it.

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Football:

Robert Lewis, River Cracraft lead the offense in Sunday scrimmage | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State's offense got the best of its defense during a scrimmage lasting approximately 90 plays on Sunday, WSU's last day of preseason camp.

Cougar Offense Leads The Way in First Fall Scrimmage - WSUCougars.com | Washington State University Athletics
Washington State closed out its nine-day stay in Lewiston with a 90+ play scrimmage at Sacajawea Junior High School in front of a few hundred fans Sunday afternoon. The offense passed for seven touchdowns, ran for four while the defense recorded seven sacks.

Cougars air it out in a scrimmage 59 times without any interceptions | The Seattle Times
Four Washington State quarterbacks combined to complete 39 out of 59 passes without an interception as the Cougars held a scrimmage Sunday.

Basketball:

2016 Olympics Aug. 14 recap: Klay Thompson catches fire in Team USA's win vs. France | Pac-12
Through the first four contests of Team USA’s group stage, Thompson was ice cold from the field -- going a combined 4-of-26 from the field for a total of 11 points. But he looked like a true Splash Brother in Sunday’s 100-97 win over France, guiding the U.S. to its second straight 3-point victory. True to form, the former Washington State Cougar caught fire from behind the arc, hitting 7-of-13 trifectas en route to a game-high 30 points.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Cougar lead slips away in Italy - Coeur d'Alene Press: Sports
Washington State men’s basketball team saw a 29-point halftime lead slip away as it fell in overtime to Loca Ubriaca, 114-109 on Saturday in the final of five games of its foreign tour of Italy.