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Washington State at Utah: Cougars blown out on road

Mike Leach's team walked into a bear trap on Saturday, as they lose to the Utes 49-6 in a game that was never competitive.

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Washington State vs. Utah final: Cougars lose 49-6

The Utah Utes scored three touchdowns in their first four possessions Saturday en route to a dominating 49-6 victory over the Washington St. Cougars in a Pac-12 Conference football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The victory helped the Utes earn their second straight win and improve to 4-5 overall (2-4 Pac-12), while the Cougars (2-7, 0-6) had their losing streak extended to six games.

Utah went three-and-out on its first offensive possession of the game,but responded with four straight scores, including three touchdowns, to take a commanding 24-0 lead with 8:03 to go in the second quarter.

A touchdown pass from quarterback Travis Wilson to running back John White helped the Utes earn a 31-0 lead heading into halftime.

From there, the Cougars managed a touchdown on the final play of the game.

Overall, Washington State was held to just 255 yards of total offense with 259 of it coming through the air. Utah's defense held Washington State to minus-4 yards rushing on 13 attempts.

The Cougars were 2-15 on third-down attempts and did not convert either of their two fourth-down attempts. Washington State also turned the ball over twice.

Box Score Hero: Utah's White finished with 18 carries, 101 yards and two touchdowns. He also added an 18-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.

Rankings Ramifications: The game's result will have no impact on the top 25 rankings, but moves the Utes two wins closer from becoming bowl eligible.

But Did They Cover? Utah entered the game as 10.5-point favorites, so the lopsided win did cover the spread. The final score also covered the over/under of 49 points.

For More On This Game: Visit the SB Nation blogs CougCenter (Washington Cougars) and Block U (Utah Utes).

Next Week's Schedule: Washington State hosts the UCLA Bruins while Utah visits the Washington Huskies on Saturday.

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Utes dominating Cougars, 31-0, at halftime

Running back John White has already rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns, and has helped the Utah Utes take a commanding 31-0 halftime lead over the Washington St. Cougars in a Pac-12 Conference football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson is 14-for-18 with 144 yards and a pair of touchdown throws. The last connected with White for a 18-yard score that came with 21 seconds to go in the second quarter and capped the first half scoring.

The Utes (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) are completely dominating statistically. So far, Utah owns a huge advantage in total yardage (285-116), first downs (17-5) and time of possession (18:31 to 11:29). Both teams have a turnover.

Cougars' quarterback Jeff Tuel is 10-for-24 with 131 passing yards and one interception. Washington State (2-6, 0-5) has -15 rushing yards.

Washington State entered the game looking to end a five-game losing streak; however, it looks like Utah will win its second straight game.


Cougars trail Utes, 14-0, after 1st quarter

A pair of touchdowns from the Utah Utes has put the Washington St. Cougars in an early 14-0 hole in a Pac-12 Conference football game that has reached the end of the first quarter.

Utah (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) used a 47-yard rushing touchdown from John White and a five-yard touchdown reception by Max Moala from quarterback Travis Wilson to take the early two-touchdown lead.

Moala's catch capped an eight-play, 69-yard drive that ended with 3:46 to go in the first quarter. An extra point by kicker Coleman Petersen gave the Utes a 14-0 lead.

So far, the Cougars have had two offensive drives go three-and-out while their first drive of the game lasted just eight plays. Quarterback Jeff Tuel is 4-for-14 with 47 passing yards while running back Carl Winston has 14 yards on two carries.

Washington State is looking to snap a five-game losing streak while Utah is trying to make it back-to-back wins.


Washington St. aims to stop skid against Utah

Washington State has lost their last five games, and are 11-point underdogs to the Utah Utes on Saturday.


Cougars Defense Showing Signs of Life

The Washington State Cougars defense has slowly improved throughout the season, which was highlighted in their effort against Stanford last week.


Jeff Tuel solidifies role as starter for Cougars

After a mid-season benching, senior Jeff Tuel asserted himself against Stanford


How much has the Cougars' offense changed?

Though the Washington State Cougars had a pass-heavy attack with Todd Sturdy running the show, Mike Leach's pass-heavy Air Raid offense has a number of differences that are still being learned.


Ducks, Beavers favored, Huskies, Cougars underdogs

Oregon is favored by 7.5 points over USC while Washington is a 4-point underdog against California

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