Cougars prepare to chop some trees

WSU football is two games away from bowl eligibilty with three games left to play



Senior wide receiver Dezmon Patmon runs into the end zone against Colorado on Oct.19 at Martin Stadium.

SAM GRANT, Evergreen reporter

WSU football will return home for Dad’s Weekend to take on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

The Cougars (4-5, 1-5 Pac-12) come off a road loss against Cal, where they were outscored 33-20 in Berkeley, California.

Following the loss, the Cougars held practice on Sunday, something that does not always happen, but was needed to reinforce the team, said redshirt junior wide receiver Renard Bell.

“We need to lock in more,” Bell said, “pay attention to more detail and practice even harder than we have, especially what we need to do specifically with our jobs.”

Bell said one of the focuses in practice has been to trust one another and believe that they will do their jobs.

WSU will need to win two of their last three regular-season games to qualify for a bowl game this year, something the Cougars have not missed since the 2014 season.

Bell said that there is a sense of urgency among the team to win these next games to attend a bowl game. The team tries to focus on one game at a time.

Stanford (4-5, 3-4 Pac-12) also moves into this game following a road loss, this time to Colorado 16-13.

Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Gordon said that he was happy to be back in Pullman for a home game. The Cougars have not played in Martin Stadium since their 41-10 win against Colorado on Oct. 19.

“The way the schedule goes, you can’t really control that,” Gordon said. “We definitely could have done better on the road, so that’s no excuse. [We’re] happy to come home, and happy to play in front of some great fans in Martin Stadium on Saturday.”

Gordon continues to lead the nation in passing yards and touchdowns, with nearly 600 yards over the second-place passer.

The Cougar defense has given up over 30 points per game this season, a fact that added to this team’s urgency.

“I believe that we’re all stepping up,” said Dallas Hobbs, red-shirt sophomore defensive lineman, “we’re starting to change our mindset more. We’re starting to realize that we need this urgency and we need to start putting things together so that we can do what we need to do.”

The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Martin Stadium as the Cougars look to find their second Pac-12 win.