WSU Vs. San Diego State: Cougars Fall Back To Earth With A Thud, 42-24

The Cougars will be led by quarterback Marshall Lobbestael for the second straight week as they attempt to down the San Diego State Aztecs.

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WSU Vs. San Diego State Score: Lobbestael, Cougars Lead 17-14 At Halftime

The Washington State Cougars lead the San Diego State Aztecs 17-14 at the end of the first half. Both teams have been relatively equal on offense so far (260 total offensive yards for WSU and 221 total offensive yards for San Diego State).

The Cougars opened up the game with a bang, connecting on an 80-yard pass from Marshall Lobbestael to Marquees Wilson on Washington State's very first play from scrimmage. The Cougars also added on a 48-yard field goal by Andrew Furney later in the first quarter.

The Aztecs, meanwhile, got two touchdowns from running back Ronnie Hilliman (on rushes of 13 yards and 12 yards) in the first quarter to give them a 14-10 heading into the second quarter. Hillman has racked up 53 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries so far.

The second quarter didn't see much scoring but did see plenty of turnovers in the opening minutes. Washington State fumbled the ball away on the team's first drive of the quarter but was given the ball back just three plays later when Deone Bucannon intercepted Aztecs quarterback Ryan Lindley.

The Cougars proceeded to take the ball down the field and score on a 23-yard pass from Lobbestael to Isiah Barton, giving them their current halftime lead of 17-14.

Lobbestael has completed 12-of-22 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Carl Winston leads the Cougars rushing attack with 34 yards on five carries while Wilson leads the Cougars receivers with 109 yards and one touchdown on three receptions.

The Cougars will receive the second half kickoff after halftime.

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WSU Vs. San Diego State Score Update: Cougars Lead 17-14 In Second Quarter

The Washington State Cougars trail the San Diego State Aztecs 14-10 in the second quarter. The Cougars got off to a fast start but have since stalled.

Washington State's very first play of the game was an 80-yard pass from Marshall Lobbestael to Marquess Wilson, an impressive play to begin any contest with. The Aztecs came back and recorded a 13-yard rushing score by Ronnie Hillman.

The Cougars countered with a 48-yard field goal by Andrew Furney. The Aztecs, however, would have the last laugh. AT the end of the first quarter, Hillman charged into the endzone again on a 12-yard carry to give San Diego State a 14-10 lead.

Lobbestael connected with Isiah Burton on a 23-yard strike in the second quarter to give the Cougars the lead back.

Lobbestael has passed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on nine-of-13 passing. Running back Rickey Galvin, meanwhile, has added 23 rushing yards on four carries.

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WSU Vs. San Diego State: Start Time, TV Information, Radio Coverage And More

Washington State will make the trip down to beautiful San Diego, California this weekend to take on the San Diego State Aztecs in a non-conference battle. Despite not being a part of a BCS conference, the Aztecs are a solid football team set on making a statement against a Pac-12 foe. Here is all of the game day information:

Kickoff: 6:30 EDT / 3:30 PST

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium; 54,000 capacity

Television: Mountain West Network

Series History: WSU leads all-time series history 1-0. The only meeting came in 2007 as the Cougars won easily 45-17.

Opening Lines: Washington State comes in as 5.5 point favorites.

As for the game itself, it should actually be a pretty competitive matchup. The Cougars will be looking to improve their record to 3-0 on the season as they prepare for conference play. As for the Aztecs, a win over a BCS conference opponent would be big for first-year head coach Rocky Long and his program.

For more WSU coverage, check out Coug Center.

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College Football Picks: Washington Vs. Nebraska And Washington St. Vs. San Diego St.

John Berkowitz (UW Dawg Pound)

Washington 27, Nebraska 21
These teams know each other well and I don't see a blowout happening during this rubber match. If Washington can contain Taylor Martinez like they did during the Holiday they are going to win this game.

Washington St. 35, San Diego St. 28
The undefeated Cougars roll into San Diego to face a pretty good Aztec team. I am predicting win number three for WSU even though this should be a pretty tight contest. The Cougs haven't really faced anyone tough but they have won the way good teams do against lesser opponents.

Kevin Cacabelos (SB Nation Seattle)

Nebraska 24, Washington 17
I'd love to pick the Huskies in this game, and I believe the Huskies will definitely cover the spread, but I think the Cornhuskers will win the rubber game of what has turned into a three game series between the two squads. Nebraska's inexperience in the secondary with Alfonzo Dennard out and their young offensive line will both work towards the Husky's favor. However, a home crowd and a strong defense will be too much for the Huskies to overcome.

Washington St. 30, San Diego St. 26
Looks like losing Jeff Tuel isn't that big of a deal at all. The Cougar offense did just fine in its 59-7 victory. This same Cougar offense is what will lead this team to victory. Undefeated through three weeks? You couldn't have written the script better for Coug fans. Don't discount this Coug defense, they only allowed a touchdown last week. Keep an eye on C.J. Mizell, Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Sekope Kauusi.

Brian Elsner (Wait For It Seattle)

Nebraska 42, Washington 24
That is a gross looking score, but I just have a bad feeling. It seems too hard for a team with less toughness and talent, particularly defensively. Nebraska relies on making big plays, particularly in the run game. They will be running at two inexperienced outside linebackers. Too much advantage at home in a sea of red. Not enough talent on the defensive side of the ball for the Dawgs.

San Diego St. 35, Washington St. 31
My prediction last week that the Cougs would lose at home to UNLV looks more foolish than George Bush trying to say "nuclear". And as the former President once said, fool me once shame on....wait, how does that go Mr. President? YOU AIN'T GONNA FOOL ME AGAIN! Just kidding. I can't pick the Cougs. San Diego State went on the road to Army and won last week on the weekend of 9/11 with Rudy Guiliani at the game. Army went 7-6 and won a bowl game last year. The Cougs are on the road against a good running back in Ronnie Hillman. They will keep it close, but lose.

Erik Kariya (SeaTown Sports)

Washington 20, Nebraska 17
I wanted to pick a narrow Nebraska win, but then I remembered: these Huskies don't lose close games. That said, this may be a crazy pick. But Fresno State nearly won last week by simply pounding the ball up the middle. Think Chris Polk can't do that? Chris Polk can do that. (Wait, why do I feel like Chris Polk has already done that?)

San Diego St. 49, Washington St. 21
The Cougs will score a couple times, as San Diego State is young on the defensive line and thin in the secondary. But boy, can that Hillman kid run. Add senior quarterback Ryan Lindley, who returns for what seems like the eighth time, and the untested WSU defense has got problems.

Jeff Nusser (CougCenter)

Nebraska 24, Washington 20
The point spread seems outrageous to me. I can't imagine Nebraska running all over Washington, as it did in Seattle last year; the only way this game gets out of hand is if Keith Price throws some interceptions. Still, I think the home crowd is enough to carry the Cornhuskers.

WSU 31, San Diego St. 21
The Aztecs aren't as dangerous at wide receiver as they were a year ago, so Ryan Lindley hasn't yet been great. Ronnie Hillman is still a home run threat, but the WSU front seven is vastly improved. Also, SDSU has faced three consecutive triple-option offenses. Not good when facing a potent passing attack.

Craig Powers (CougCenter)

Nebraska 41 UW 24
UW was able to take Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, but I don't see it happening here. The hostile environment in Memorial Stadium will be a different beast and the Huskies will be overmatched in this one.

Washington ST. 38 San Diego St. 35
WSU has a good shot at continuing their offensive success, as the Aztec defense is struggling to adjust after playing two consecutive triple-option teams. The Cougs will face their most potent offense so far this season by far. I expect a lot of points and Wazzu to pull it out late.

James Satterberg (SeaTown Sports)

Nebraska 28, Washington 24
I'm tempted to pick the upset, as UW Matches up pretty well against the run-heavy Cornhuskers. However, in the end I think that Nebraska will squeak out a win in a closer game than the experts expect. However, if UW can contain Taylor Martinez and if Keith Price can continue his good performance, UW can win this game.

Washington St. 38, San Diego St. 28
SDSU is easily the best competition WSU has face so far, and it's tempting to pick the home team. However, last week made it clear that Lobbestael can carry WSU's passing offense. If they can carry that over, they should be favorites.

Husky and Cougar fans, head on over to UW Dawg Pound and Coug Center respectively for in-depth pre-game analysis leading up to Saturday. 

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WSU vs. SDSU: Washington St. Faces Difficult Test in RB Ronnie Hillman

After dominating Idaho State and UNLV during the first two weeks of the season the Washington State Cougars head down to sunny San Diego to take on the SDSU Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. One thing the Cougs haven't really faced yet this season is a dominating running back, which they'll get in San Diego's Ronnie Hillman this Saturday. 

The now sophomore back led all collegiate freshman in 2010 with 1,532 rushing yards on 262 carries for a 5.8 YPC average. Unfortunately for WSU he is doing even better this year, averaging 6.8 per carry after gaining 306 yards in SDSU's first two victories of the season. 

"He's very sudden in his movements, very explosive," WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff said. "He seems to glide with his feet, but when he sees a hole, he can really burst through it. He's very, very productive. Everyone they face, he gets yards. He's going to get his yards against us, we know that. But we've got to keep him from having a major impact for their offense."

Luckily the Cougs have a bit of inside information about the 5'10" 190 pound bruiser in the form of freshman QB Cody Clements who played with Hillman at La Habra High just outside of Los Angeles. Hillman lead his Highlanders to a CIF title, winning Freeway League MVP honors while Clements was still in school there, knowing full well what this man is capable of. Hopefully it will come in handy. 

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WSU Vs. San Diego State Depth Chart: Marshall Lobbestael Will Start, Lead Cougars Against 2-0 Aztecs

The Cougars will be led by quarterback Marshall Lobbestael for the second straight week as they attempt to down the San Diego State Aztecs.

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