THE BRUTAL LOSSES
Martin Stadium was fired up for a matchup against Utah state, a FCS team. It was the first home game with fans in over a year. After Dean Janikowski cashed a 27 yard field goal with 12:11 to go in the fourth quarter to put the Cougs up by 12, many Coug fans began leaving the stadium. The Utah state Aggies marched methodically down the field and scored a touchdown with 5:25 left in the game. The Washington state offense walked out on the field needing a few first downs to put the game on ice. They went three and out. The Aggies marched down again and scored the game winning touchdown with 13 seconds to go.
It was a crisp morning in Pullman, and USC has come to town. Their starting QB, Kedon Slovis, has been overwhelmingly mediocre, and the Trojan's would eventually go on to a 4-6 non bowl season which they started ranked 15th in the AP polls.
WSU goes up 14-0 in the first quarter. The fans are elated. But it must be noted, on USC's first drive, after completing 1/2 passes for 8 yards, Mr. Slovis injured his ankle. For most teams, the opposing teams starting quarterback suffering a game ending injury and going up 14-0 means they have reasonable chances of victory.
Enter 18 year old true freshman Jaxon Dart. Dart would go on to complete 30/46 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns. USC would score 45 unanswered points to win 45-14.
THE GOOD PARTS
The Cougars have seemed to put together a strong remainder of the season. Sitting at 6-5 with valuable wins against Oregon State and Arizona State.
The run and shoot looks viable, creating great short looks to get receivers in space, while also using DeLaura's mobility to freeze defenders. Ever since their poor start
TO COUG OR NOT TO COUG
But the time old tale of "Couging It" rains true. It's not about how you start. It's not about the middle. In competitive sports, it is about how you finish. And that is where the Cougs Struggle.
USC was quarterbacked by a true freshman Jackson Dart. (Sam Huard)
Utah State was quarterbacked by a slow white guy with poor field vision and a noodle arm. (Dylan Morris)
(I think Huard is the future)
And most importantly, despite having the better season, roster, quarterbacks, and coaching, the Cougs just find a way to lose.
My prediction = 21 - 24 Huskies with Morris leading a game winning drive as time expires. The Cougar Classic.
I encourage anyone to comment with disagreements or agreements.
- Husky Volunteer