Washington State Football: Lessons from the Cougars' Loss Against Oregon State

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Washington State Football: Lessons from the Cougars' Loss Against Oregon State
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For the first three quarters of Saturday night's 52-24 Oregon State victory over Washington State, it looked like the shoot-out it was expected to be. Then, the floor fell out from under Washington State as Oregon State scored two touchdowns in just over a minute.

Prior to that, WSU appeared well on its way to becoming a potential surprise Pac-12 contender only to have Oregon State steal the spotlight. Both teams demonstrated the competitive depth of the Pac-12 and should compete next year with Stanford and Washington. However, they still have a little work ahead of them before they can compete with Pac-12 powerhouse Oregon.

Meanwhile, Oregon State won its fifth straight game since its season-opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington, proving the defeat was more of an aberration than an indication of the season.

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