“63-3. That sounds about right. I considered myself generous to give the Vandals three points with our veteran defensive corps, while visions of Cam Ward arming TD after TD danced in my head the day before the first Saturday of Cougar football of 2022.
Oh, the naivety of pre-season football fans.
This idea melted away when a second Washington State groping over as many possessions was picked up by the Vandals and taken home. After falling 10-0 in the first quarter, WSU finally calmed down and rounded 24 straight, but maybe some of the awards I had given the Cougs in my mind (Heisman/Butkus/Lou Groza among them) were slightly premature. . It took a last-minute interception to seal the victory against our neighbor FCS, which was definitely not on my Cougar Football Bingo 2022 card.
Let’s be very clear: it’s MUCH better to look shitty in a win than good in a loss. Offensive ball control and special teams were nothing short of disasters, but ultimately the Cougs did enough to avoid a total faceplant out of the gate. Fans should consider this a classic case of looking past your opponent before the game starts, while the coaching staff is likely working late into the night this week to ensure the performance was truly a hit. chance.
In the end, WSU starts the year 1-0, which has only happened four times in the past 11 seasons. This is a good thing!
STAR OF GOLD – Daiyan Henley enjoyed his first start wearing the crimson and gray, leading the big Cougar D with 8 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and a game-breaking interception. Nevada transfer Henley has immediately become a fan favorite and is looking to make up for the loss of Jahad Woods and Justus Rogers, two of WSU’s most veteran linebackers with 112 games played between them. Keep an eye out for Henley to be a recurring winner of this award as the season progresses.
NEXT – The first road trip of the year, where many believe the season really begins, approaches as the Cougs travel to Big Ten country to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. In what is arguably the biggest non-conference game for WSU since Auburn in 2013, Jake Dickert has the opportunity to return to his home country and secure a victory in his first full year as coach. -chief. The Cougs are currently listed as heavy underdogs (+17.5) for the 12:30 kickoff on FOX.
CougCenter was back at Martin Stadium to cover the game’s biggest moments and plays. Enjoy!