A look to WSU future, starting with bowl game

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SEATTLE – Mike Leach and his coaching staff have been lauded for bringing Washington State football back from the dead in just two years of work. Still, Saturday's Apple Cup loss proved that much work remains to be done – and the window to complete that work may be closing fast.

The WSU defense that could not make key stops in the second half had six senior starters, including the entire secondary. The Cougars' two leading tacklers, safety Deone Bucannon and linebacker Justin Sagote, are seniors. The WSU offense that could not make key plays in the second half had three senior starters and four junior starters. All three of the seniors are linemen, and...