Washington St. Cougars

FBS RankingOffenseDefense
Rushing102.0 (105th)157.2 (58th)
Passing322.3 (9th)252.4 (85th)

Cougars report: Notes, quotes

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The story remains the same for WSU -- good through the air but bad on the ground. The passing game should be even better this week with the return to health of Brandon Gibson, who missed the Oregon game with a bruised heel. Also healthier is senior WR Charles Dillon, who had been struggling with a shoulder injury. Their injuries allowed for true freshman Jeshua Anderson to get some significant playing time, and he has emerged as another legitimate threat and a real hope for the future of the WSU offense. The Cougars are last in rushing offense in conference play at 70 yards per game.

The Cougars are an equal opportunity giver in this area, ranking ninth in the conference against both the run and the pass. Improving in the first category, however, will be especially critical this week, as the Bruins are third in the conference in rushing but ninth in passing, with Patrick Cowan still finding his way in that department. The Cougars are likely to try to pressure Cowan as much as they can, a strategy that worked a year ago when Cowan completed just 17 of 37 passes.

"Not really, other than good luck." -- WSU coach Bill Doba when asked if there is any reason why he's 3-1 against UCLA, his best record against any Pac-10 school.

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