No. 10 Washington State beats California 19-13
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — California shut down No. 10 Washington State's vaunted Air Raid offense for most of Saturday's game, but the Bears could not quite close the deal.
Gardner Minshew threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Easop Winston Jr. with 32 seconds left to lift Washington State to a 19-13 win over California, extending WSU's long-shot quest to crash the College Football Playoff.
Oregon St expects Cougars to turn to run more
Facing pass-happy Washington State on Saturday means Oregon State's harried run defense might get a break.
But the Beavers will still have to deal with Gardner Minshew.
The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) rushed for no net yards — that's zero — last week against Utah. Instead, Mike Leach's team relied on Minshew's arm.
Minshew leads Washington State over Utah 28-24
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Easop Winston Jr. caught the football over his shoulder, made a couple of sweet moves to shed a defender, and completed an 89-yard touchdown play that lifted Washington State to a 28-24 victory over Utah on Saturday.
Winston said he could hear the roar of the crowd as he made the catch late in the fourth quarter, and had only one thought on his mind.
"I just had to get in the end zone," Winston said. "Just get in the end zone."
Washington State gains opening-season 41-19 win at Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Washington State's starting quarterback wasn't publicly known until the offense took the field Saturday against Wyoming.
But graduate transfer Gardner Minshew knew he was the starter and responded by throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars gained a 41-19 season-opening win over the Cowboys.
Minshew, who transferred from East Carolina, completed 38 of 57 attempts.
Video: Washington State wide receiver Dezmon Patmon post practice April 24
WSU wide receiver Dezmon Patmon talks about the Cougar quarterbacks and Easop Winston’s emergence this spring.
Five to watch: Players to keep an eye on during the Crimson & Gray game
PULLMAN – For the viewing public, the Crimson & Gray game often serves as a first glimpse at the standouts-to-be on Washington State’s football roster. Second-year freshmen who are primed to break out after spending a redshirt season. Junior college transfers who fans have yet to see in action. Or former backups who are finally thrown into starting roles.
Video: Washington State wide receiver Easop Winston post practice April 10
Cougars wide receiver Easop Winston talks about how he’s improved since last season and his relationship with former JC teammate and WSU quarterback Anthony Gordon.
Easop Winston has become Washington State’s most consistent spring receiver
PULLMAN – Easop Winston’s height isn’t a restraint, but you’ll find outside wide receivers on Washington State’s roster much more willowy than the 5-foot-11 redshirt junior.
Winston’s foot speed, although not a setback, isn’t something that distinguishes the junior college transfer from the other pass-catchers vying for repetitions in Pullman this spring.
Video: Washington State outside receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. post practice April 5
Cougars outside receivers coach talks about his first few months in Pullman and evaluates Easop Winston Jr.
Washington State planning to use redshirt on inside receiver Easop Winston
PULLMAN – Easop Winston may have the best hands on the team, but the inside receiver still needs to develop his speed, strength and stamina, so a redshirt season could make sense for the junior college transfer from California.
Leach hinted at it during his weekly radio show last Thursday, then reaffirmed those plans this afternoon, two days after the receiver didn’t appear in the season opener against Montana State.
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