I never thought I would say this...I miss Alex Brink. Heck, I miss Steve Birnbaum at this point.
Washington State's offense could do absolutely nothing yesterday against Arizona State. They were shutout for the third time in the last four games, 31-0. On a positive note...it was only 10-0 at the half (sadly, I never felt like Wazzu was in it).
The Cougars could muster only 130 yards of total offense (123 through the air and just seven on the ground). Kevin Lopina wasn't terrible yesterday, but he didn't do anything to standout either. He was 11-of-16 for 82 yards. He didn't throw any interceptions...which is huge for him. J.T. Levenseller continued to prove to me that he's not a Pac-10 quarterback (I just realized how bitter this blog sounds). The freshman completed 7-of-14 passes for 41 yards. He did throw an interception and also fumbled (the fumble was recovered for a Sun Devils touchdown).
There's not much to say about the running game. Dwight Tardy carried a majority of the workload, registering 27 yards on ten carries. Marcus Richmond touched the ball four times for 19 yards. Legwone Mitz (who was wearing a "no contact" jersey Wednesday at practice) did not have a carry.
On a positive note...the defense played better. They allowed only (I say "only" because they allowed much more this year) 398 yards of total offense (257 passing yards and 141 on the ground). Come to think of it...that's not all that impressive. WSU didn't do much to stop Rudy Carpenter. He completed 17-of-25 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. No one really stood out in their ground game, but four guys had 30 or more yards.
Here's the best news of the entire blog...it's Apple Cup week! They'll set the odds later today.
Check back here often. I'll have previews and the latest info surrounding the game all week.