Washington State Football resumes this week in Pullman as the Cougars face San Jose State. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know.
Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy Washington State Football the week when the Cougars host the San Jose State. Whether you are going to the stadium to see the game live, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: San Jose State Spartans at Washington State Cougars.
Where: Martin Stadium – Pullman, Washington.
When: 8 p.m. PDT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Line: No line available/Off the board
San Jose State comes into Martin Stadium after losing their season opener at home to Cal-Davis. The Spartan defense was shredded for 589 yards and 44 points. UCD quarterback Jake Meier went 37-55 for 446 yards and three touchdowns.
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The San Jose State offense had a pretty good day scoring 38 points and gaining 506 yards. Their offensive stars were quarterback Montel Aaron (13-19, 254 yards, 2TDs), running back Tyler Nevens (18 attempts, 79 yards, 2TDs, 3 rec, 21 yards), and receiver Bailey Gaither (6 rec, 137 yards, 2TDs).
The Cougars decided to let Wyoming stick around for the first three quarters in Laramie before blowing out their hosts in the fourth. Final score Washington State 41, Wyoming 19. WSU fifth-year senior quarterback Gardner Minshew started slow but finished 38 for 57, 319 yards, and 3 TDs. James Williams led the ground attack with 82 yards on 16 carries, with a TD run.
On defense, WSU only yielded 206 yards. They sacked Cowboys quarterback Tyler Vander Waal three times and picked him off once while holding the passer to 67 yards through the air.
This game has all the hallmarks of a blowout. A bad team from an inferior conference heads into a PAC-12 home opener. Even Las Vegas won’t put a line on the game.
Meier lit up the Spartans defense for 446 yards, Gardner Minshew could come close to that in the first half. That is unless the backfield duo of Williams and Max Borghi don’t tear Wyoming apart on the ground.
Cougar nation is expecting more of the big gulp formation they saw against Wyoming. San Jose State had better watch out for left tackle Andre Dillard pulling across the play or a member of their defense will get leveled.
Washington State’s defense should stifle the Spartan offense. Don’t expect SJ State to put many points on the board until the third and fourth string Cougars take the field. As a matter of fact, be prepared to hear plenty of new names as head coach Mike Leach empties his bench.