NCAA Football

Bonus BS: Ducks drowned; chop down the Cardinal

So that weekend was pretty nuts, yeah? After fifteen years of begging, lobbying, and crusading for ESPN’s College GameDay to come to Pullman, they finally took a trip to the Palouse, and WSU did not disappoint.

We start the show by describing our own experiences of the event, from Brent driving in the day before, to Brett leaving work in Seattle at 11 p.m. Friday night and arriving in Pullman just before 4 a.m. on Saturday. We spend a lot of the early part of this episode talking about what it meant to each of us, what we saw, and just how special it felt to finally be rewarded for our efforts to bring GameDay to Pullman.

After GameDay, believe it or not, an actual football game was played! WSU defeated the Oregon Ducks 34-20 in a game that largely felt comfortable, but got dicey at times. We discuss what went right, what went wrong, and the pure jubilation felt after the clock reached zero. How about Max Borghi and James Williams, by the way? The two running backs combined for 93 yards receiving and 93 yards rushing to go with two touchdowns. Who would’ve thought the running backs might be the best skill players for the Cougs?

In what we learned, we discuss the defense and how it’s starting to look like they might just be a good unit, regardless of competition. Holding Oregon under 60 rushing yards is no easy task, and the Cougs managed to do it on Saturday night. We also learned that if there’s anything that can shake Gardner Minshew’s confidence, nobody knows what it is yet. That guy is cool as five or six cucumbers.

The Pac-12 was busy on Saturday, and we briefly discuss what we saw from each team, from UW’s talent eventually taking over against Colorado, to Utah putting a beating on USC, and finally to Chip Kelly’s Bruins, which seem to be noticeably improving each week. Cal also destroyed Oregon State. Whatever, though.

The Cougs head to Stanford this Saturday in what probably is the second-toughest remaining game on their schedule. WSU is in a similar situation that Oregon was in this Saturday–coming off an emotional home win against a more highly-ranked opponent before heading off to play a good team on the road. What can WSU do to avoid a letdown? We’ve got answers for ya, baby.

We wrap up this episode with Brent sharing one of the more interesting and lesser known stories in WSU history. After Tom Pounds first waved the flag in Austin, Texas way back in 2003, Ol’ Crimson didn’t fly behind the GameDay set the next week. Brent managed to contact Tom Pounds, though, who mailed the flag to Brent, who took it to Wisconsin, starting the streak of 217 consecutive GameDay appearances that stands to this day. Who knew that the mostly-humble co-host of WSU Bonus BS was the man who started the flag-waving streak? After this episode, it’ll be at least a few more of you.

On to face the Cardinal. Go Cougs!