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  1. LTL7360

    LTL7360 Play hard for the name on your chest: Texas A&M

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    The Mike Leach era has begun at Pullman as the Cougars take down the Knights of UCF. Anticipation for the first game was high and pass happy pirate Leach didnt disappoint as the Cougar offense threw for 363 yards and ran for 95 yards in a nail-bitter winning 34-28. Coach Leach made it obvious to the world his strategy for the season, give the ball to your playmakers, which in this case is star WR Wilson hauled in 11 catches for 151 yards. QB Tuel ended the game throwing 23-39 with 3 TD strikes, 2 of which went to TE Lintz. The offense wasnt without its faults however by throwing 3 INT's, and 1 fumble including a pick 6. The game started as a defensive struggle as both teams couldnt find a rhythm, but the 2nd quarter exploded with offense as both teams combined for 31 points and UCF lead WSU 21-17. After halftime we caught up with coach Leach for a moment to ask what he would like to change in the second half, to which he replied, "We'd like to score more F***in' points than the other team thats what! We would like to stop the damn arm tackling! We'd like to hold onto the ball!". While his Cougars hung another 17 points on the board in the 2nd half, the Cougar D held the knights to just 7 points.​

    After the game we tried to catch up with Coach Leach but refused interviews for him and his players. If we had to guess, the talk was similar to Leach's rant in 2009 when he was with Texas Tech: WARNING! EXPLICIT LANGUAGE!


    Next week the Cougars take on the Cornhuskers which should be prove to be a true measuring stick to if the expectations are as large as Leach has for this season and many to come.

    Notable stats:
    QB Tuel: 23-39, 363 yards, 3 TD's, 3 INT's.
    RB Galvin: 97 yards on 17 attempts, 1 TD, 1 rec, 21 yards
    WR Wilson: 11 rec, 151 yards
    TE Lintz: 2 rec, 73 yards, 2 TD's
    Cougar D: 4 sacks, 2 INT's, 9 TFL
     
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  2. Flyinhi2005

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    i like the vid.. 1st time i seen that lol
     
  3. LTL7360

    LTL7360 Play hard for the name on your chest: Texas A&M

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    Mike Leach made it clear all week, "Champions are found when you are the underdog. Champions want the ball. Champions pick up their teammates and guide them to the promise land". It was clear to the state of Washington, and Nebraska for that fact, that Tuel accepted Coach Leach's challenge and become their champion. Washington State upsets #24 ranked Nebraska by the score of 31-24 in the shocking upset for the Cougars first win against a ranked team since 2006 against Oregon. With the heavy rain, the game was heavily favored by Nebraska's running offense lead by Taylor Martinez. However the cougar defense was able to hold martinez to 63 yards on the ground and 176 through the air with only a 43% completion rate. Tuel didnt let his team down by going 22-32 with 309 yards passing with the cougars nearly 1-dimensional attack. However the win came at a big cost. RB Galvin went down in the 3rd quarter after running for 66 yards and 2 TD's pounding in between the tackles. After the game, the cougars learned that he will be out at least 5 weeks and will miss key games like conference games including games versus Oregon and Colorado. Galvin was the cougars best chance for moving the ball on the ground, while also being a backfield threat in the passing game, but now that he is gone, Leach will look to backup RB Carl Winston to make up the difference. Winston saw 7 carries vs the black shirts, but only gained 4 yards. If Leach wants to get winston to be a factor, he will have to get him the ball on a few 1st and 10's because Winston doesnt have the ability to run the ball on a 3rd and 2 when the defense is expecting a run. The receivers really shared the load this week with Wilson only catching 3 passes for 64 yards after his terrific game last week.​
    But the offense didnt do this game alone, the defense needed to show up big after the cougar offense allowed a scoop and score on their first drive. The defense held the husker offense to 7 points in the first half and just 10 in the 2nd half while holding the strong rushing game to only 138 yards. With the absence of the run game, nebraska had to go to the air, nd it was clear martinez looked like a fish out of water, going 13-30 and throwing a pick 6 in the 2nd quarter. After the game Leach said. "Well we wanted to take away what they do well, and that was the run. Anybody would do the same thing".​
    Next week the undefeated cougars take on the rebels on UNLV in the first road test of the season, and then looming after that is Pac-12 play. With the injury bug hitting pullman hard, it looks like Tuel is the champion the cougars need if they want to prove doubters wrong.​
    Notable stats:​
    QB Tuel: 22-32, 309 yds, TD, INT​
    RB Galvin: 10 att, 66 yards, 2 TD's (Out 5 weeks)​
    WR core: 5 players with 50+ yards of receiving.​
    Cougar D: 2 sacks, 8 TFL, INT, TD, 3-11 3rd down​
     
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    LTL7360 Play hard for the name on your chest: Texas A&M

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    RB Carl Winston cutting through the Rebel Defense​
    Last week Jeff Tuel had a fantastic game as starting RB Galvin went down. Many were skeptical how Washington State would move the ball on the ground. This week against UNLV, Tuel had alot of bad breaks throwing 4 INT's, 3 after hitting receivers hands, and Winston proved that there is life beyond Galvin. Winston ran the ball 13 times for 89 yards and a TD including 71 yards through the air, as the Cougars inch by UNLV 31-17. The whole game the cougars had bad break after bad break, including a dropped pass from Wilson that was caught by the rebel D and returned to the house. Coach Leach said, "Sometimes it seems everything is against you. Jeff (Tuel) didnt have many bad reads, but it seemed that if our guys didnt catch it, they would. Did Jeff play a great game? God no. But was it his fault on alot of those picks? Absolutely not. IWm angry at this receiving core because they let us down after being so good the first 2 games and Carl went out there knowing the pressure on him, and played great". Tuel ended the game with his usual high stats by throwing for 318 yard with 2 TD's and a 70% completion rate. With the offense struggling early, the defense showed again that offense is only have the game by holding the rebels offense to 10 points and put the game out of hand by intercepting a pass with 38 seconds left and returning it to the house. Star WR Wilson also had a great game after being invisible last week vs Nebraska by catching 2 TD's and 80 yards.​
    Next week the undefeated cougars take on the Colorado buffaloes at home for the start of Pac 12 play.​
    Stats:​
    QB Tuel: 22-31, 319 yds, 2 TD's, 4 INT's​
    RB Winston:13 car, 89 yds, TD, 5 Rec, 71 yds​
    WR Wilson: 7 Rec, 80 yds, 2 TD's​
    WR Myers: 4 Rec, 78 yds​
    Cougar D: 14 TFL, 4 sacks, INT, TD​
     
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    "Play as a Team; Be the most excited to play; Be the best at doing your job." Coach Leach's 3 goals for this week were met and exceeded as the Washington Cougars continue their winning streak at 4 games with a win over Colorado 45-28. It seems every week that a new player steps up to help the Cougars secure the win, however it seemed that everyone was on task as the Cougar Defense allowed only 21 points and forced 5 INT's including a 104 yard return to put the game out of reach. But the defense isnt what Colorado was fearing. It was the dangerous passing game of Tuel. Tuel threw for 344 yards and 5 TD's, completing 75% of his passes. After the first 2 drives, Tuel didnt have an incompletion as the Cougars stormed down the field for TD's. If Tuels throws were money, then Marquies Wilson was the banker as he hauled in 10 catches for 177 yards and 2 TD's. Although the run game wasnt featured very much, Winston rushed for 62 yards, nearly averaging 5 yards a carry. But Winston once again proved he is more dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield as he hauled in 6 receptions for 72 yards and a TD. Although the score was lopsided at the end, the game was tight the whole way . However, Colorado didnt have an answer for the pass happy cougars and were susceptible to the Cougar Secondary.

    Next Week the Cougars take on highly ranked Oregon at home. A game coach Leach has had circled on his calender all summer.

    Notable stats:

    QB Tuel: 27-36, 366 yds, 5 TD's, 2 INT's
    RB Winston: 13 att, 62 yds, 6 rec, 72 yds, TD
    WR Wilson: 10 rec, 177 yds, 2 TDs
    Cougar D: 4 TFL, 5 INT's, 1 TD
     
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    LTL7360 Play hard for the name on your chest: Texas A&M

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    Dont tell Washington State, but they arnt supposed to be a good team. The cougars beat Cal this weekend by a score of 38-28 as the cougars got in done in the air, and surprisingly the ground as well. Coming off an injury, Ricky Galvin rushed for 110 yards, the first 100+ yard rushing game for the cougars this year. Jeff Tuel looked outstanding throwing for a season high 391 yards while completing over three-quarters of his passes. But what would a QB be without receivers to throw it to? While Wilson has been his favorite target all year, Tuel only looked his way 5 times for 88 yards while spreading the love around. The WR core for the cougars was solid as 5 players caught the ball for 4+ receptions and 4 for over 50 receiving yards. The only blemish in the stats for this group was a fumble on the 10 yard line. The cougar D was solid in the first half, only allowing a 90 yard TD run in the 2nd quarter. However, the Cal offense found some weaknesses and exploited them for 3 TDs int he 2nd half. "Well they lined up in double tight alot in the 2nd half which diminished our pass rush and they picked apart our zones with all the time in the world", said mike leach. But the Defense did enough to keep the Cougars perfect.

    As the #14 cougars continue their schedule, they seem to barely outplay the other team each week. The largest margin of victory has only been 17 points versus colorado but Washington State shows no signs of stopping. "Last time I checked, the win-loss record doesnt show how much you win by, just that you win. And as Jeff said after the game 'All we do is win'" said Coach Leach, a for-sure frontrunner for the coach of the year.

    Notable Stats:
    QB Tuel: 30-38, 391 yds, 3 TD's, INT
    RB Galvin: 26 att, 110 yds, 4 Rec, 34 yds
    WR Williams: 7 Rec, 78 yds, TD
    WR Myers: 3 Rec, 78 yds, TD
    Cougar D: 8 TFL, 3 sacks, 3 INT's
     
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    LTL7360 Play hard for the name on your chest: Texas A&M

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    Washington State squeezes by again by beating Arizona State 27-22. We mentioned earlier that this team barely gets by every week, and this week was no different. However, usually the cougars have a lead after the half, the cougars went down 13-0 in the last 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter. With Jeff Tuel injured on the 2nd series, the reins went to soph. Holliday who went 16 for 22 with 230 yards and 2 TD's. With Tuel down, the run game was featured much more and was the first time that washington state ran the ball more than they passed it. The bad news is that the 35 rushes only accounted for 86 yards. For you math wiz's, thats less than 2.5 yards per carry.

    The receiving core was very balanced as 4 WR all caught 5 balls for over 60 yards and a lone catch by Simone for a TD. Whatmotion was strange about the victory is that no player stood out. Everyone looked like they were going through the motion, waiting for next weeks game. Were sure Coach Leach has been getting them in line, especially the secondary as Husky QB Price is thinking of having a field day.

    Notable Stats:
    QB Halliday: 16-22, 230 yards, 2 TD, INT
    RB Winston: 20 att, 60 yards, TD, 5 rec, 61 yds
    WR Wilson: 5 Rec, 89 yds, TD
    LB Sua: 3 TFL, 1.5 Sacks
     

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