WSU vs. Colorado: Cougars Complete Improbable Comeback, Win 31-27

The Washington State Cougars face the Colorado Buffaloes bereft of their starting quarterback, their starting center, and one of their defensive ends.

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Washington State Vs. Colorado Recap: Marshall Lobbestael Leads Cougars Comeback For 31-27 Victory

The Washington State Cougars entered Saturday's contest against the Colorado Buffaloes looking for a win in their first Pac-12 contest of the season. With 3:00 left in the game, they faced a 10-point deficit. By the time the clock struck 00:00, the Cougars had scraped together an improbable 31-27 victory to get their first Pac-12 win of the year.

The Cougars struck early, overcoming an early interception by quarterback Marshall Lobbestael by getting the ball back and scoring on a two-yard run by running back Carl Winston. The Buffaloes responded with 13 of the next 16 points scored though, and the Cougars found themselves entering the locker room at halftime down 13-10.

The third quarter saw both teams score one touchdown each to maintain the point differential of three, and the Cougars punted at the beginning of the fourth on 4th-and-6. Colorado took advantage of both the scoreboard and the clock by using a long, six-minute drive that featured lots of running to score and take a 27-17 lead.

The Cougars then staged a fantastic comeback, beginning with Lobbestael's 19-yard touchdown pass to Isiah Barton to pull within 27-24 with 2:35 left in the game. The Washington State defense forced a punt less than 30 seconds later, and the offense took the field with 2:03 left in the game.

From there, Lobbestael found Marquess Wilson for a 63-yard touchdown strike with 1:10 left to give the Cougars a 31-27 lead. Any chance that the Buffaloes had of scoring was squashed by a fumble, giving the Cougars the ball back and letting them run out the clock.

The Cougars miraculously turned a 10-point deficit with 3:00 left into a four-point victory. Lobbestael, who came up big during that span, finished the day with 376 passing yards, three touchdowns, and one interception on 32-of-49 passing. The Cougars also got tremendous production out of Wilson, who finished the day with 121 yards and one touchdown on six receptions.

The Cougars move to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in Pac-12 play. They face the UCLA Bruins on the road next week.

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Washington State Vs. Colorado Score Update: Cougars Down 20-17 Heading Into Fourth

The Washington State Cougars and Colorado Buffaloes each scored seven points in the third quarter, and the Cougars trail the Buffaloes 20-17 heading into the fourth quarter. The Cougars will need to score in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Colorado received the second-half kickoff and used a balanced drive of passes and runs to cover 79 yards. The Buffaloes drove down the field and scored on a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Hansen to Toney Clemons.

Cougars quarterback Marshall Lobbestael engineered a huge drive of his own on the following possession. Lobbestael went 7-of-8 with only one incompletion to put points on the board. Lobbestael connected with receiver Jared Byers on an 11-yard pass on the drive's final play, bringing the Cougars within three points at 20-17. The play was Byers' first career touchdown.

Washington State held Colorado to a have the ball heading into the fourth quarter. The Cougars will start the game's final period on their own 35-yard line, facing a three-point deficit.

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Washington State Vs. Colorado Score Update: Marshall Lobbestael, Cougars Enter Halftime With 13-10 Deficit

The Washington State Cougars trail the Colorado Buffaloes 13-10 after the first half of Saturday's game. Both teams have struggled to score but did manage to put some points up on the board to set up an interesting second half.

The Cougars got stopped on a 4th-and-1 in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Colorado got the ball back near midfield at their own 44-yard line and drove down the field to record their first touchdown of the game. Buffaloes quarterback Tyler Hansen capped off the drive with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson.

The Cougars stalled on their next drive at around midfield and were forced to punt the ball. Colorado ran the ball with six straight running plays and probably should have kept pounding the ball for the remainder of the half. Instead, Hansen threw an incompletion and then an interception to Washington State's Deone Bucannon to turn the tide of the game.

Washington State capitalized with a 28-yard field goal by Andrew Furney to tie the game up at 10-10, Colorado got the last laugh when kicker Will Oliver netted a 48-yard field goal to break the tie and give Colardo the 13-10 lead. 

Cougars quarterback Marshall Lobbestael has 161 yards on 15-of-24 completions heading into halftime. His main target, Jared Karstetter, has 69 yards on five receptions. Running back Carl Winston leads the Cougar ground game with 30 rushing yards on seven carries.

Colorado will receive the kickoff to start the second hall.

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Washington State Vs. Colorado Score Update: Cougars Fight Back Early, Claim 7-3 Lead After First Quarter

The Washington State Cougars lead the Colorado Buffaloes 7-3 after one quarter of action. Washington State faced adversity early but responded with a big stop on defense and some balanced offense to gain the first quarter advantage.

The Cougars started out the game with a drive that ended an interception. Quarterback Marshall Lobbestael led the team to the Buffalo 34-yard line but was picked off by Colorado's Ray Polk, who returned the ball 52 yards to provide Colorado with very favorable field position. The Cougars made a stand though and blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt by Colorado's Will Oliver to hold the Buffaloes scoreless.

Washington State then used a methodical drive to poach deep into Colorado territory and ultimately score. Running back Carl Winston ran in two-yard touchdown to give the cougars an early 7-0 edge.

The Buffaloes responded with a 48-yard field goal by Oliver to pull within 7-3. Washington State will have the ball to start the second quarter.

Lobbestael has responded well since his early pick, passing for 77 yards on 7-of-11 completions. His main target has been receiver Jared Karstetter, who has 47 yards on four receptions. Winston accounts for the Cougars' lone score and has 22 yards on the ground on four touches.

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Washington State vs. Colorado: Television Coverage, Online Stream, Radio And More

This is an interesting matchup between the Washington State Cougars and the Colorado Buffaloes. For the Cougars, they enter the game at 2-1 without playing a Pac-12 conference game as of yet. For the Buffaloes, it has been a rough start to the season and their only Pac-12 game -- an overtime loss to Cal -- killed a lot of their momentum.

That being said, both teams are hungry for a victory this weekend and it should be a closely contested matchup. Here is all of the information you need for game day:

Kickoff: 3:30 EDT / 12:30 PDT

Venue: Folsom Field (53, 613)

TV Coverage: Fox College Sports Pacific; check your local listings.

Radio: Cougar Sports Radio Network; Sirius and XM Radio.

Online Stream: None of the national sports networks will be streaming this game.

For more on the Cougars, Coug Center is the place to check out. If you're looking for Colorado coverage, check out The Ralphie Report.

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WSU Vs. Colorado: Marshall Lobbestael Will Have To Get Off To Hot Start Against Buffs

The Washington St. Cougars managed a pretty solid 2-1 record through the month of September and actually legitimately blowing out their opponents. However, the true tests begin in October as conference play kicks off. The Colorado Buffaloes should be a solid enough first test for their talents.

WSU run offense against the Colorado run defense

Nothing too much to see here. Up to this point, the Cougars have an average run offense, putting up 4.65 yards per rush (good for 40th in the nation). The Cougars also have a solid speed option at Rickey Galvin, who's put up an impressive 8.39 yards per attempt. Their numbers have been similar on first down, setting up at least doable 2nd and 3rd down situations that don't put Washington State in obvious passing mode. The much-maligned WSU offensive line has up to this point not given up many negative plays either, with only 16 tackles for loss allowed on the season.

Up to this point, the Buffs have an average run defense. They give up about 4.24 yards per rushing attempt on first down, then get blown up on 3rd down (6.17 yards per rush attempt). But they do have a penchant for getting in the backfield, with already 25 TFL in four games. You figure that neither side will have too much of a remarkable game unless the other side of the offense-defense battle gets lopsided.

WSU pass offense against the Colorado pass defense

And it very well could get lopsided. Washington State's been putting up 380 yards per game (4th in the country) and completing 61% of their passes with Marshall Lobbestael, and has been fairly solid in finding their receivers all over the field. However, the performance of Lobbestael has declined quarter-by-quarter, from awesome in the first (82.6% completion rate, 3 TDs), to solid in the second  (61.5% completion rate, 5 TDs) and third (57.1% completion rate, 3 TDs), to uh-oh in the fourth (44% completion rate, 2 TDs, his only two INTs).

Colorado, by contrast, has been very good at shutting the opposition down in the first quarter, before eventually letting up in the second quarter and particularly the start of the second half. The Buffaloes will need to keep WSU in check early to maximize their chances of victory. For the Cougs, Washington State needs to get that lead early and hang on before their quarterback goes in the tank.

To discuss the game with WSU fans, head to CougCenter. To discuss the game with Colorado fans, head to Ralphie Report.

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Rahmel Dockery Denied Eligibilty By NCAA Clearinghouse, According To Report

Freshman Rahmel Dockery wants to play for the Washington State University Cougars, but the prospect seems unlikely as of today. Scout.com's Jake Worthen is reporting that Dockery's request to become eligible has been denied by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Dockery took classes in an attempt to meet NCAA eligibility requirements this summer, but it appears that the NCAA is not satisfied. Both student and college had high hopes for Dockery this season, but both parties may have to wait. The Cougars have also stated their attention to redshirt Dockery if he does indeed become eligible this season.

The freshman played cornerback and wide receiver in high school at Curtis High School, leading his team to an impressive 14-1 record during his senior year. He could become a big weapon for the Cougars in the coming years, and the team will not give up its battle to have him on board this season just yet.

Worthen reports that the Cougars are likely to appeal Dockery's case, so the saga may not be over yet.

For more on Washington State football, head over to CougCenter.

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WSU vs. Colorado: Cougars With New Starting Center & Defensive End On Depth Chart

The Washington State Cougars face the Colorado Buffaloes bereft of their starting quarterback, their starting center, and one of their defensive ends.

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