WSU football: Cougars proving they can win the tough ones

Stephen Dunn

We chatted with Keenan Bowen of 247Sports to learn more about the Cougars.

1. Okay. Where did that Washington State defense come from? Did USC's offense stop themselves or were the Cougars doing things too?

Combination of a couple things. I think it became clear early in the game that USC was going to go with the conservative game plan, which allowed Wazzu to play up and stop the short passing game and running game. Ever since the Apple Cup win to end last year, the WSU defensive has looked solid. Limiting big plays is the next big step.

2. The offense did close to nothing against that USC defense, but they pulled out the win! What did Leach do?

I think Leach changed his approach and play calling after the end-zone interception on their first drive. He knew he was going to be in a defensive battle and called the game as such.

3. What does WSU have to improve upon to win upcoming games?

Like after the Auburn game, Leach will be preaching limited turnovers this week. That is the next big step the offense needs to take and it falls on QB Halliday to do so.

4. Do you think Connor Halliday is the right man for the job?

I do think Halliday should be starting. Leach is a very open to playing whomever is the best for the job. Two games in, even after some struggles, Halliday is still his guy.

5. Has this win changed your expectations for the upcoming season?

For most fans, going 1-1 after these first two games was best case scenario. The Cougs certainly could have won at Auburn too. After the next two games (Southern Utah and Idaho at home), Wazzu should be 3-1 heading into the match-up in Seattle against Stanford. Will be a huge game. After seeing the results on the field the first two games, a bowl game is certainly attainable.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pacific Takes

You must be a member of Pacific Takes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pacific Takes. You should read them.

Join Pacific Takes

You must be a member of Pacific Takes to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pacific Takes. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker