The Washington State Cougars 2008' season can barely qualify as better than the Huskies. On the Cougars' final drive, they got the benefit of having a a catch by Brandon Gibson reviewed, which allowed the Cougars to set up the game winning play.
I don't know if the Cougars would have won the game if the refs had let the game on. I'm still in disbelief that the play was reviewed in the first place there was no doubt that it was a catch.
Since the Cougars did pull out the victory over the Huskies, they will be able to say that they finished ninth in the conference. The victory over the Huskies meant that they were able to pull out one win in conference play.
The only other victory for the Huskies came against the Portland State Vikings, but in that game the Cougars lost their top two quarterbacks to serious injuries. One ended the career of their starter, Gary Rodgers, with a broken back and Kevin Lopina had a stress fracture in his back. He did return from that injury.
The Cougars had two really talented players—one on the offensive side in Brandon Gibson, but with the lack of a quarterback with any experience his stats suffered. Greg Trent was their best defensive player, but he couldn't make up for the costly mistakes game in and game out the team made.
Even with the Huskies giving up 39 points a game, the Cougars set record after record for futility in their losses including allowing 60 plus points four times this season and in the end the Cougars gave up 44 points per game. If you take out the Portland State game, which is a team in a lower division, the Cougars gave up an average of 47 points per game.
It wasn't surprising that the Cougars struggled all season especially with their poor defense and no real leader at the quarterback position. The Cougars should be able to at least show some improvement next year, but I have my doubts, although coach Paul Wulff seems to be able to recruit. It's just going to have to take time for the Cougars to recover from this dreadful season where they finished 2-11.
Washington State Cougars grade:
Regular Season another F
Postseason when you're battling for another school to say out of last place in the conference you know the team isn't doing well.