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After Buffalo stampede, reality sets in

And the win slips away

WHEN MIKE LEACH was hired to coach Washington State, many saw him as the savoir that would fix the program that once tallied three 10-win seasons, and couldn't crack 10 wins – total – in the last four years. There would be an Air Raid offense, a 3-4 defense and a slew of fresh ideas, new coaches and, most importantly, wins. Cougar faithful: The honeymoon is over.

Before the season started, talk centered around how Leach went to 10 bowl games in 10 seasons at Texas Tech. And then the Cougars got down to business – and the dust began to settle. When Washington State faltered against a strong BYU, no one batted an eyelash. They weren't expected to find success in Provo – and this was the first game of the season; Leach's first opportunity to get his...

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