EUGENE, ORE - Washington State suffered another heart breaking defeat this past weekend at the hands of the now #7 Oregon Ducks 37-35 in front of a buzzing crowd in Autzen stadium, on a last second field goal. As the football sailed through the uprights, and Duck fans roared with excitement, I was certainly disappointed, but at the same time, I really couldn't be upset at the Coug's performance. Oregon was easily the more talented team, yet WSU stayed with them stride for stride, and in fact outplayed their green and yellow counterparts for much of the contest. The defense may have given up 37 points, but they made key stops throughout the game that would give the offense chances to either retake the lead, or widen the gap for themselves. Were it not for a few bad throws by WSU QB Anthony Gordon, one of which was returned for a pick six, the Cougs could have very well won this game.
Washington State now finds themselves sitting at 4-4 and (1-4) in Pac-12 play. The .500 record certainly isn't what the program was hoping for, but when one examines the games at a deeper level, it's not hard to figure out that WSU could easily be sitting with a record of 7-1 overall. Three of WSU's four losses have a total point differential of ten points... yes, just ten points. I'm certainly not suggesting that I believe in moral victories, but it's easy to see that this season could be going very differently.
With the way WSU has been playing the past few weeks, they should be in the mix to win at least three of their next four games, which would put them at a respectable 7-5 record on the season; and if they do so happen to upset the Huskies, then WSU fans everywhere will be quick to call this season a major success.
Up next, Washington State travels to Berkeley California to face off with the Cal Golden Bears.