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November 3, 2012

Washington State gets trounced 49-6 in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Washington State (2-7, 0-6 Pac-12) was, for lack of a better word, completely awful in every facet of the game they call football on Saturday. The Cougars, coming off a promising performance against Stanford just seven days ago, retreated to 2009 form in a 49-6 drubbing to Utah (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12).

Whatever optimism was gained after their hard-fought loss in Palo Alto last week has been erased. The Cougars dropped their sixth consecutive game and eliminated any chance of reaching a bowl game for the ninth year in a row.

The game started out with some promise, as Jeff Tuel and the offense marched into Utah territory on their opening drive, only to stall at the Utah 37-yard line. Leach elected to go for it on 4th-and-13 and his questionable decision resulted in an incomplete pass through the hands of Marquess Wilson, handing the ball over to Utah.

That was all the momentum the Utes would need, that is, of course, if Utah needed any momentum to dismantle a hapless Washington State team on Saturday.

Utah would eventually score on a 47-yard touchdown run by John White, who shed two tackles en route to sprinting down the sideline to the pay dirt.

The poor effort and tackling on White's touchdown run essentially epitomized the lack of execution on both sides of the ball for the Cougars in what would be a very long day.

Freshman Travis Wilson connected with Max Moala later in the first quarter to give the Utes a 14-0 lead and the route was on.

White, who ran for 101 yards on 15 carries, would tack on a two-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Utah also added a field goal and headed into halftime with a comfortable 31-0 lead.

The Cougars defense had no answers for a Utah offense that ranked dead last in the Pac-12 heading into the game. The Utes finished the game with 453 total yards of offense and Wilson was as efficient as you could ask for, completing 17-of-21 pass attempts for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

Travis Long picked off Wilson just before halftime, but the offense came away empty as Andrew Furney missed a 49-yard field goal.

And the rest of the game was history.

The Cougars did, however, avoid being shutout for the first time in Mike Leach's career when Tuel connected with Kristoff Williams for a five-yard touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter.

Not that it was any consolation prize, by any means.

That's all for now, check back later for more disappointing analysis of the massacre in Salt Lake.

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