Hey there again Coug fans! Wasn’t that win over Arizona…niiiice? The Cougs put a hurt on Arizona en route to a 69-28 win, giving them their fifth-ever 10-win season ahead of this Friday’s Apple Cup. Brent Schwartz is here to help break down how the Cougs pulled it off.
Gardner Minshew probably had the best game of his life, throwing a school record seven(!!) touchdown passes against the Wildcats, with six different receivers hauling in a score. At this point, it seems likely that he’ll break Jared Goff’s conference record of 4,714 passing yards.
Tay Martin and Calvin Jackson were the receiving stars of the game, and we give them a little bit of love. Tay Martin getting hot at the right time could be great news for the Cougs in this week’s Apple Cup.
The rushing attack looked the best it has all season, racking up 123 yards on just 23 carries, and adding a wrinkle we haven’t really seen from WSU in the past–a draw play! It was effective each time they used it, and Brent discusses why it’s important to get that on tape before facing Washington.
On the other side of the ball, the rushing defense shut down JJ Taylor and Khalil Tate, keeping Arizona to a measly 3.5 yards per carry after running wild on the Cougs last year. They did not, however, shut down the passing game, and we take some time to marvel at how stupidly gifted and athletic Khalil Tate is. Seriously, that guy’s a freakin’ beast.
Get a h*ckin’ long snapper, Cougs.
We learned a few things this game, and perhaps the most important thing is that WSU can stop the run. They’re ranked third in the conference in rushing yards allowed per game, just a yard worse than UW. We discuss whether or not they’ll be able to carry that over into the Apple Cup against UW’s potent rushing attack.
Around the conference, we saw Chip Kelly’s UCLA team take down USC, as they seem to improve every week and may be a problem for the conference for years to come. Oregon also squeaked by Arizona State, eliminating them in the South division. That means Utah is your Pac-12 South champion, and they looked impressive again on Saturday, blasting the Buffaloes 30-7 and getting Mike MacIntyre fired for the second time in a week. Tough luck, my dude.
UW had an interesting win against Oregon State in which they looked completely dominant early, then kind of sleepwalked through the rest of the game. It was still enough to win by 19, and we discuss what we learned about the Huskies from this game.
In commentary, we discuss what WSU needs to do to flip the script on the last few Apple Cups, where they haven’t even been competitive. We also talk about how Coug fans should not let perfect be the enemy of good, and truly cherish and be thankful for what the Cougs have already done, even if Apple Cup doesn’t go the way we want to–this is a special Coug team.
Finally, we preview the Apple Cup, what we’ve all been waiting for. We marvel at how similar their defensive stats are, and try to find out why, despite that, UW’s scoring defense is five points better, and by far the top in the conference. How will Minshew and co. score on these guys? And perhaps more importantly, what can the Cougs do to stop a UW offense that’s run wild over them year after year? We try to answer all those questions, and wrap up with our score predictions.
It’s been a fun ride so far, so let’s keep it going. Go Cougs.