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The third-down play that got away

The third-down play that got away

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Showcase, Sports

It was the play that got away from WSU on Friday night. Third-and-six on USC’s 21-yard line, down three points, a little less than two minutes to go and perhaps the most unthinkable play transpires. The Cougars hand it off for a gain of zero. The Air Raid offense — the offense revered for its...

Winston has a knack for finding end zone

Winston has a knack for finding end zone

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Showcase, Sports

You wouldn’t necessarily classify redshirt junior receiver Easop Winston Jr. as a “niche receiver” — he’s much better than a receiver who would get that kind of label. But regardless, Winston has found a niche as the go-to guy in the red zone for WSU football’s new graduate transfer quarterback...

Week Three Pac-12 North power rankings

Week Three Pac-12 North power rankings

SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

September 17, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Showcase, Sports

Here is how the teams in the Pac-12 North stack up after week three. 1. No. 7 Stanford University Stanford escaped with a victory at home, defeating University of California, Davis 30-10. Sophomore quarterback K.J. Costello threw for two touchdowns but turned the ball over twice in an inconsiste...

Pelluer chooses crimson and gray over Crimson Tide

Pelluer chooses crimson and gray over Crimson Tide

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

It was a big win for WSU football Saturday night but following the win we learned something shocking about sixth-year linebacker Peyton Pelluer. He was approached by the University of Alabama to transfer schools. Obviously, Pelluer turned that offer down. “Alabama offered me to go over there...

Keys to the Game: EWU

Keys to the Game: EWU

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 15, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Sports

When the Cougars take on Eastern Washington University, it will serve as a rubber match in Head Coach Mike Leach’s career contests between the fellow Inland Northwest school. The Cougars took the first game back in 2012 when Leach was brand-new to WSU. Then in 2016, the Eagles shocked the Cougars...

Not too high, not too low, just another week

Not too high, not too low, just another week

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

Head Coach Mike Leach has a philosophy that in order to be a successful football team, all you can do is be focused on Saturday’s game. Not last week’s game, or the week ahead and certainly not a game from two seasons ago. And Leach has his players on board with that idea. Does the Cougars’ 4...

Is Cougs matchup with EWU a “trap game?”

Is Cougs matchup with EWU a “trap game?”

JACKSON GARDNER, Assistant sports editor

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Showcase, Sports

Eastern Washington University  has a good football program. There is no denying that. WSU Head Coach Mike Leach wouldn’t deny that either, and he is one of the more intelligent football minds in the collegiate game. But does he view his matchup against Eastern as a “trap game,” a label often...

Week Two Pac-12 North power rankings

Week Two Pac-12 North power rankings

SHAWN O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Showcase, Sports

Here is how the teams in the Pac-12 North division stack up after week two. No. 9 Stanford University Senior running back Bryce Love rolled as Stanford won a statement game over then-No. 17 University of Southern California 17-3. Love ran for 136-yards and a touchdown on 22 carries for the Ca...

Not just five pennies, but one unified nickel

Not just five pennies, but one unified nickel

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports, Top-feature

Another week has gone by and it’s another clean sheet for the WSU offensive line. Of the 108 passing attempts thrown from graduate transfer Gardner Minshew II and the three attempts from redshirt junior Anthony Gordon, neither quarterback has been taken down for a sack in 2018. That’s a pretty...

Keys to the game: San Jose State

Keys to the game: San Jose State

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 8, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

The Cougars enter their home opener as a 35.5-point favorite to beat San Jose State University. That’s a good indication of how this game should go, even if the Cougars don’t cover that colossal spread. However, it isn’t a long shot for them to do it, and if they do, these are my keys to make...

Week One Pac-12 North power rankings

Week One Pac-12 North power rankings

SHAWN P. O'CONNOR, Evergreen columnist

September 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

Every week this season, I will be assessing the play of each of the six teams in the Pac-12 North division and ranking them. Here is how the teams stack up after week one.   No. 10 Stanford University   Despite looking sluggish in the first half against San Diego State University, the Cardinal f...

Silvels, Taylor both ready to step up

Silvels, Taylor both ready to step up

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen assistant sports editor

September 3, 2018


Filed under Columns, Features, Sports

The question of who would replace former linebacker Frankie Luvu at the rush linebacker position. May have been put to rest. In fact, there might be a new, but entirely different question: who do you start? Redshirt freshman linebacker Willie Taylor III or sophomore linebacker Dominick Silvels? My...

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