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Cougar football: Points shortage a big issue

BILL DOBA

WASHINGTON STATE leads the league in passing offense. But the true bottom line -- points on the board -- is another thing entirely. The Cougs are averaging less than 16 points per game in Pac-10 play -- an especially glaring problem in a league where the points pile up faster than I-5 traffic on a Friday. In a wide-ranging conference call today, Bill Doba offered insight on the points shortage.

The Cougar defense has more than it's share of problems this year, but the offense was expected to be robust, possibly even prolific. Instead, it's next to last in the league in scoring. So how is it they're averaging a tepid 15.25 points per game over four Pac-10 games? In a word, balance. Or lack thereof. For the season, Washington State has thrown the ball 58 percent of the time. Against...

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