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Through the Lens: WSU dominates on their senior night

Cougs beat down Colorado 56-14
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Gesa Field at Martin Stadium ahead of WSU and Colorado’s bout, Nov. 17 in Pullman, Wash.

Ahead of their final home game of the 2023 season, the WSU football season celebrated their seniors. Double-digit seniors were recognized, including notable names like Brennan Jackson and Ron Stone Jr., among many others. Senior night is always bittersweet, especially with several pillars of the program.

As the two teams warmed up, the Cougs looked locked in. Coming off a six-game losing streak, facing another struggling team proved to be the exact thing the team needed.

WSU wore a new helmet, a new “Wazzu” helmet in a new font not seen before. Colorado wore their gold helmets. 

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WSU debuted their new script “Wazzu” helmets against Colorado, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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Colorado wore their gold helmets when they traveled to Pullman to take on the Cougs, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.

From the get-go, WSU looked ready. Scoring 21 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second quarter, WSU was on pace to score 80 points against a bad Colorado defense. Stone Jr. and Jackson dominated on their senior night, a perfect ending to both their WSU careers.

Jackson had two scoop and score TDs on fumble recoveries, adding 1.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks on the night. 

Stone Jr. was everywhere in the backfield, finishing with nine total tackles, two sacks, three tackles for loss and forced fumble. Colorado used three QBs throughout the entire game, but Stone Jr. forced all of them into uncomfortable situations.

Cam Ward dominated to the tune of 18 completions for 288 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions. He even added 27 yards on the ground and two TDs with his legs. 

Throughout the entire games, players and fans were having fun at the expense of Colorado. The Buffs Shedeur Sanders has a known celebration where he shows off his wrist to flex his watch to opposing student sections.

WSU knew this, so every time they got the chance, they did the celebration to boast their success.

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Lincoln Victor does Shedeur Sanders watch celebration to the visiting Colorado fans, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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Ron Stone Jr. does Shedeur Sanders watch celebration after getting a sack early in the first quarter, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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Kyle Williams does Shedeur Sander’s celebration as the Cougs dominante the Buffaloes in a Friday night blowout, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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WSU senior cornerback Cam Lampkin celebrates with teammates Kapena Gushiken and Jackson Lataimua during an NCAA football game and senior night against Colorado, Nov. 17, in GESA Field in Pullman, Wash.
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Cam Lampkin celebrates after breaking up a pass, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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Taariq Al-Uqdah dances after Brennan Jackon’s scoop and score, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.
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WSU senior receiver Lincoln Victor celebrates with teammates Josh Kelly and Djouvensky Schlenbaker after a touchdown in an NCAA football game against Colorado, Nov. 17, at GESA Field in Pullman, Wash.
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A WSU fan flips off Colorado after WSU scores yet another TD during the Coug battle with the Buffs, Nov. 17, in Pullman, Wash.

By the fourth quarter, the Cougs had their backups in, a perfect bookend to the perfect home finale of the 2023 season. It was a dominant 56-14 win for WSU that leaves them one game away from bowl eligibility. 

WSU out-gained Colorado 469–255, and purely dominated their opposition on all levels. While Sanders left the game early, he did not look great in his time on the field. He completed 60% of his passes for just 86 yards, getting sacked multiple times and fumbling the ball. 

While Travis Hunter did well and even made an exceptional catch, it was far from even making the game close. 

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BRANDON WILLMAN, Multimedia editor
Brandon Willman is a junior multimedia journalism student from Vancouver, Washington. He started working as a sportswriter for the Daily Evergreen in Fall 2022 and worked as copy editor in spring 2023. Brandon was elected to be the Editor-in-chief starting in summer 2023 and served in the position from May 2023 to February 2023 before transitioning to the role of multimedia editor. He enjoys watching sports, backpacking, and watching horror movies.