"Yeah, that was good," said head coach Paul Wulff. "It wasn't planned, but it was good to see."
Indeed. Levenseller and Thompson. Thompson and Levenseller. It was a record-setting crimson combination three decades ago, when Tony's dad was the passer and J.T.'s dad Mike was the receiver. The tandem was so powerful that it turned into a lifelong friendship. J.T.'s initials, in fact, are an ode to Jack Thompson.
In another miserable outing in the worst season in Washington State history, a 58-0 setback to the Card, the Levenseller-to-Thompson footnote had to bring a smile, however fleeting, to the 40- and 50-something faithful.
More than anything, Thompson and Levenseller fueled hope for a better tomorrow.
The Cougars lost Saturday for the eighth time in nine games this season. As in all their previous defeats, the Cougs were blown out. This time by a team that came in with a .500 record.
At least they didn't surrender 60 again.
Field position, turnovers and botched execution doomed the Cougs, who helped rocket Toby "Four TDs" Gerhart and the Card to a 31-0 halftime lead. The third quarter wasn't even four minutes old when the Card added two more TDs. And just like, the game was a carbon copy of the humilating losses to USC, Oregon State, Oregon and Cal.
At 1-8, the Cougars are one loss next week against Arizona away from equaling the worst record by a WSU team since Jim Sweeney's troops went 1-9 in 1969. The following year, they went 1-10. If this year's team continues its tear-stained fall down the cellar stairs, 1-12 will make them not just the worst team in school history but, given the margins by which they're losing, but the worst in Pac-10 history as well.
God bless Portland State, lest the Cougs be looking at incompetence on a nationally historic scale – though an argument can be made there as well. The Cougars rank among the worst performers of all 119 Divison I-A teams in most major statistical categories on both sides of the ball.
QUOTE OF THE GAME: "I'm tired of seeing the same things happen when you work on them over and over and over," said head coach Paul Wulff.
NOTABLE: Levenseller went 2-for-4 passing for 20 yards on the day. Starter Kevin Lopina was 16-of-28 for 132 yards.
Brandon Gibson was the Cougs' leading receiver, grabbing 5 passes for 64 yards. On the ground, Logwone Mitz led the Cougs with 62 yards on 11 carries.