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Defense dominates in Utah, Cougars await Apple Cup

Defense dominates in Utah, Cougars await Apple Cup

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

November 12, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports, Top-feature

Turnovers got the scoring started for WSU (9-2, 6-2), and it was a turnover that sealed the 33-25 victory against University of Utah (5-5, 2-5). Previously ranked No. 19, the Cougars now sit at No. 15. That is one spot ahead of rival and upcoming opponent, No. 16 University of Washington. Although...

Cougars begin road trip in Utah

Cougars begin road trip in Utah

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen asst. sports editor

November 9, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

WSU football (8-2, 5-2) makes its third road trip of the season when the team travels to Salt Lake City for a game against University of Utah (5-4, 2-4) on Saturday. The Cougars are coming off a 24-21 victory over Stanford last week and now rank No. 19. WSU trailed 21-17 entering the fourth quarter...

This game will make or break WSU’s season

This game will make or break WSU’s season

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

November 9, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports

A slight shrug of the shoulders and an unmistakable eye roll from WSU junior wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. at Tuesday’s practice encapsulated the program’s mantra heading into a Rocky Mountain showdown. Martin Jr. was asked about the career accolades of Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington...

Leach shifts focus to WSU’s next opponent

Leach shifts focus to WSU’s next opponent

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen reporter

November 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

Aside from the whipping winds and the snow-slush mixture that accumulated on the Martin Stadium turf in last Saturday’s win over No. 21 Stanford, WSU Head Coach Mike Leach is anticipating a similar narrative when the Cougars take on the University of Utah on Saturday. The Utes (5-4, 2-4) have dropped...

Football 7-0 at home for first time in program

Football 7-0 at home for first time in program

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

November 4, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports

No. 25 WSU (8-2, 5-2) sealed an undefeated record at Martin Stadium this season as the Cougars pulled out a 24-21 win against No. 18 Stanford University (6-3, 5-2) on Saturday. “Everybody had a great deal of respect for Stanford,” WSU Head Coach Mike Leach said. “This is a big win any way you sli...

Luvu prepares for final game at Martin Stadium

Luvu prepares for final game at Martin Stadium

JACKSON GARDNER, Evergreen reporter

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Showcase, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Cougar seniors will play their last game at Martin Stadium on Saturday, and senior linebacker Franki Luvu’s family will be there to witness all his hard work paying off. Over half his family has yet to watch him play a college game live. Luvu hails from Tafuna, American Samoa, so getting his ...

Cougar football looks to rebound after loss to Arizona

Cougar football looks to rebound after loss to Arizona

SAM HEIKELL, Evergreen reporter

November 3, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

No. 25 WSU football (7-2, 4-2) will look to bounce back from its second road loss of the season when the team takes the field against No. 18 Stanford (6-2, 5-1) on Saturday. The Cardinal are coming off a 15-14 win over Oregon State University on Oct. 26. The Cougars beat Stanford 42-16 in last...

Leach balances football with being a dad

Leach balances football with being a dad

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen asst. sports editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Mike Leach’s life isn’t all about football; he’s a dad, too. Leach has three daughters and one son: Kim, Kiersten, Janeen and Cody. He said it’s harder during the football season to squeeze in time to perform his other job of being a father. “Honestly, you don’t carve out near as much ...

A brief pause for uncertainties of WSU football

A brief pause for uncertainties of WSU football

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen columnist

November 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

The jovial nature of players, coaches and members of the Athletic Department this week made No. 25 WSU, not 23rd-ranked Arizona, resemble the team coming off a three-score win. Head Coach Mike Leach, donning a red Cougars sweatshirt and Nike dri-fit sweatpants, cracked jokes with the small crowd ...

Three donors contribute $500,000 to honor Jack Thompson

Three donors contribute $500,000 to honor Jack Thompson

RYAN MOSHER, Evergreen reporter

October 31, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Contributions totaling $500,000 from three donors purchased the naming rights to the Gray W Legends Lounge in the Cougar Football Complex on Monday. University officials announced the lounge would include the name of former Cougar football player Jack Thompson. Glenn Osterhout, Greg Rankich and one...

Grinch brings different mentality to WSU defense

Grinch brings different mentality to WSU defense

DYLAN GREENE, Evergreen asst. sports editor

October 31, 2017


Filed under Features, Football, Mens, Sports, Sports Weekend 2017

Speed D originated when Alex Grinch took over as defensive coordinator three years ago. Now the term is part of WSU defense’s identity. Grinch said he never meant for the term to gain as much attention as it has. “It was intended to be an in-house thing,” he said. “It was not designed to...

Leach names Falk starter for Saturday

Leach names Falk starter for Saturday

BRADEN JOHNSON, Evergreen reporter

October 30, 2017


Filed under Football, Mens, Sports

Three words from an upbeat Mike Leach laid to rest the debate over who would take the first snap against No. 18 Stanford on Saturday. “We’ll start Luke,” the football Head Coach said at his weekly news conference in the Cougar Football Complex on Monday. Leach removed redshirt senior quarterback...