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Mistakes, opportunities not seized kill Cougs

JEFF TUEL

THE PUNDITS HAD this one right. While unanimously -- and correctly -- predicting that No. 7 Stanford would defeat the Cougars in their homecoming game Saturday at Martin Stadium, the sentiment was that Washington State had an opportunity if it could force mistakes. That also was accurate, but the Cougars could not capitalize in a 44-14 loss.

That never was more apparent than during the opening play of the second half when senior Isiah Barton returned the kickoff 50 yards to midfield. It was a perfect opportunity for WSU (3-3 overall, 1-2 Pac-12) to seize an opportunity it never was able to during last week's loss at UCLA. "That gave us an opportunity," sophomore guard John Fullington said in a postgame radio interview. "They're...

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