The Cougs enter the bye week (Hey Colorado, want to trade?) before traveling to Berkeley to play Cal on October 3rd. But before we completely turn the page on the win over Wyoming let us reflect on the day that was.
Luke Falk posted decent numbers against a suspect Wyoming defense, and certainly could have gotten much more. Keith Harrington and Gerard Wicks were pretty effective out of the backfield. The screen pass to Harrington is quickly becoming one of the most exciting plays in Cougar Football. Dom Williams added two touchdown receptions to move into a tie for 3rd place in school history with 22 TD grabs. But this win came from the defense.
Coach Grinch had his guys ready to play, especially in the second half. The Cougar defense gave up zero points after the break and increased the pressure on the quarterback. Tackles for loss became a common theme throughout. And holy moly, how about Peyton Pelluer? I felt this defense played inspired and continues to improve.
Yet many are disappointed still, thinking the team is continuing to underwhelm. I tried to walk fans off the ledge after the PSU game, and the Cougs responded by winning 2 games. Were those two victories against powerhouses? No. But they were wins and that is what the record books remember. That is also what the players themselves remember, and it helps to build confidence. They are picking up momentum and momentum in college football is very important.
I predict good things are coming. I think this team continues to improve and sharpen, and they will shock a couple teams this year.
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since you’ve been here.” For far too long the cold months of football season in Pullman have been painful to witness. It has been 12 years since the Cougars finished with a winning record. At 2-1 now, WSU only needs to win 4 out of 9 to earn a bowl berth and a bowl victory seals a winning season.
“Little darling, the smiles returning to faces.” The mood in Pullman this weekend was great. The crowd was lively, everyone was enjoying themselves, there was no animosity toward the program or the team. It felt like a rebirth of sorts.
“Here comes the sun, and I say it’s all right.” 2 weeks ago the entire fan base wanted Coach Leach gone. Some were even calling for Bill Moos to go. Everyone needs to calm down and let this team go try to win some games. Serenity now!!
The Beatles need little introduction, so I will spare you. It is challenging to listen to Here Comes the Sun and not have your mood improve in some way. This team has shown improvement so the fan base should acknowledge that and support them the rest of the way.