Football season may be over, but since the only thing worth debating in Oregon basketball is, “Will Ernie Kent ever actually get fired,” I’m going to milk football for all it’s worth.
That said, the popular thing lately has been “best and worst of the decade” stories. I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon.
Since I’m sick and in a bad mood from sitting through a comparative literature class where my professor did his best Ben Stein impression for two hours, I’ll start with the ten worst Pac-10 games of the decade.
I spent hours researching, poured over reel after reel of game tape, interviewed numerous head coaches and came up with this comprehensive list. I think you will find it hard to disagree.
10. UCLA 28, Washington State 3, 2008 : Barely avoided their first shutout since 1984. They wouldn’t have to wait much longer for the next one.
9. ASU 31, Washington State 0, 2008 : Just one of the three times the Cougars were shut out in conference play in 2008.
8. Arizona 59, Washington State 28, 2008 : How the Cougars managed to score 28 points in a single game is beyond me.
7b. Oregon 47, USC 20, 2009 : Fun fact: the Ducks gained more yards against the Trojans this game than they did against WSU in either 2008 or 2009.
7a. Stanford 55, USC 21, 2009 : Sorry, just had to throw these two in there to mark the fall of Troy.
5. Oregon 63, Washington State 14, 2008 : Legarrette Blount and Jeremiah Johnson had three touchdowns each .
4. Oregon State 66, Washington State 13, 2008 : The Beavers managed to win by 53 despite Lyle Moevao’s four interceptions.
3. Stanford 58, Washington State 0, 2008 : Remember, Stanford wasn’t even good this year.
2. Cal 66, Washington State 3, 2008 : I think Kevin Riley let this game go to his head just a little too much.
1. USC 69, Washington State 0, 2008 : All you need to know is that USC had three different 100-yard rushers and Mark Sanchez threw for five touchdowns.
For those of you who weren’t paying attention, this is Washington State’s 2008 Pac-10 schedule sans the Apple Cup (a pathetically competitive, accidentally intriguing game between two winless, hopeless teams).
They were so bad that they averaged a 43-point defeat in each game, even including their 16-13 win over Washington. In nine games, WSU scored a paltry 74 points, just 23 less than they gave up in an average game.
To summarize, they took suck to a whole new level.
If you want, you can blame Mike Price.