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Cougars' loss can be pinned on two plays

THE OLD ADAGE is one play never determines the outcome of a game. But Washington State players could argue that two plays were enough to shift Saturday's outcome, 24-17, in favor of No. 19 Stanford. And neither was related to the final possession of the game when the Cougars drove down to the Cardinal 9-yard line before a grounding penalty and sack thwarted their comeback hopes.

The first came during The Opening half when WSU (2-6 overall, 0-5 conference) finally developed some offensive rhythm early in the second quarter when senior quarterback Jeff Tuel, who completed 43 of 60 passes for a career-high 401 yards, finished an 11-play drive with a 3-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Dominique Williams. That gave the Cougars a 7-3 lead. And momentum. WSU held... Recommended Stories