Football travels to Salt Lake City

Cougars focus on potential Pac-12 comeback in Salt Lake



Redshirt senior wide receiver Easop Winston Jr. runs the ball past defenders on Sept. 7 at Martin Stadium.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

Cougar football will travel to Salt Lake City to play the No. 19 University of Utah Utes in its second conference game of the season at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The Cougars (3-1, 0-1) have a 9-7 all-time record against the Utes (3-1, 0-1) and won the last four matchups. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a 28-24 win for WSU in Pullman on Sep. 29, 2018.

WSU is coming off a high-scoring loss against UCLA, 67-63, as the team had a 49-17 lead with 6:52 left in the third quarter.

Redshirt senior Anthony Gordon said the Cougars are moving on from the last game.

“We’re onto the next one,” Gordon said. “Tough loss, but we’re using it as our fuel to our fire this week.”

After dropping in the AP Poll ranks, Utah is moving on from their 30-23 loss at Southern California.

There are some similarities from last year and this year’s schedules.

“Funny how both L.A. teams, both week four, you know, right before Utah,” Gordon said. “Maybe the table’s set.”

Gordon is leading the country in passing yards with 1,894 yards and 21 passing touchdowns coming into week five.

Redshirt senior wide receiver Easop Winston Jr. is also leading the country with eight receiving touchdowns. Winston Jr. has also been added to the 2019 Biletnikoff Award watch list for his performances through week five.

Redshirt senior rush linebacker Tristan Brock said the defense needs to focus about getting the ball back on offense.

“We need to worry about playing solid defense and just tackling every play and playing tough,” Brock said.

Brock said the defense needs to get to the quarterback faster to sack him or force mistakes.

“We got to get pressure every time you know, that makes them get in the hurry up and helps the guys in the back,” Brock said.

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Travell Harris said to focus on Utah, the team just needs to band together and become more united.

“It’s life, you’re going to take an L in your life, you just got to move on and try to get better,” Harris said.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The game can be seen on Fox Sports 1 (FS1).