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Joe Salave'a: Dissecting wins vs. losses

XAVIER COOPER MAKING HIS PRESENCE FELT SATURDAY

SPOKANE -- Joe Salave'a came to Monday's Cougar Club luncheon in Spokane with a simple message: Washington State's 51-26 loss to the No. 2 Oregon Ducks on Saturday was closer than the scoreboard indicated. In fact, the former NFL lineman and current WSU defensive line coach boiled it down to one simple formula: Five Plays = We Win By Three.

And make no mistake, this 6-5, 320-plus-pound former Titan, Raven, Charger and Redskin wasn't joking around. "I want to give you a slice of what life is like in our world," he said. "It's always easy to talk about events after the fact. But I want to show you five plays -- if we just executed our routine plays, we win by three points." Salave'a then showed five separate plays and showed where...

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