Washington State Cougars Down Arizona Wildcats 24-17: Three Points of Significance


Nov 16, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; A general view of the exterior of Lowell-Stevens Football Facility before the Arizona Wildcats play the Washington State Cougars at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

1: Washington State has done it in Tuscon! What many believed wasn’t possible on the road (again), was pulled off with a gutsy quarterback and a defense that was given no chance but never quit. The first point of significance here is that this is the third road victory in-conference for the Cougs, something that has not been done since the 2006/2007 season when the Cougs beat Stanford, Oregon State and UCLA.

2: Five wins, aka one win away from bowl eligibility with two remaining! Are you kidding me?! And talk about resiliency by the entire team, the Cougars made plays when they hadn’t in recent games. This was very much like both the USC and Oregon State games earlier this season through three quarters. Thankfully, the team played up to the USC performance and not down to the OSU performance. The five wins also marks the first time to that plateau since 2006/2007, when the Cougs reached the six win mark but were denied a bowl after three losses to end the season.

3: The Cougs get their swagger back because for the first time, all three phases of football won them the game! I told you all week that WSU would come out with fresh legs and a renewed sense of energy and swagger. The entire team contributed to the win and there should be no question in anybody’s mind if they are ready to take the next step to rebuilding this program… after all, they just took it!