Mike Leach rolled out his high-powered offense in front of a crowd of about 10,000 fans in Spokane on Saturday as the Washington State Cougars beat the Washington State Cougars, 28-27. The score didn't matter, and was somewhat of an odd system not meant to be indicative of performance. The offense was always in crimson and the defense was always in gray, with the latter picking up points for sacks and stops, much like a fantasy league. The defense also got what appeared to be a 20-point head-start.
Jeff Tuel came out on fire, completing 15-straight passes, including an 80-yard touchdown to Marquess Wilson on the third play from scrimmage. Tuel finally cooled off, missing on his 16th throw and finishing the day 19-of-21 for 285 yards and two touchdowns, perhaps a sign of things to come with Mike Leach pulling the strings. Wilson finished with four catches for 149 yards and a touchdown, responding with authority to Leach's criticism of his work ethic.
Wilson's "backup," Dominique Williams, who will spell the star receiver on the outside this season, also had a breakout day, catching five passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Running back Carl Winston also hauled in a short touchdown pass.
Sophomore Logan Mayes notched a whopping 4.5 sacks, though that number was misleading. As is tradition during the spring, plays were whistled dead when the quarterback was touched, perhaps inflating the sack numbers a bit. The defense finished with nine touch sacks, including 1.5 by Toni Pole.
Washington State will practice again on Tuesday before retiring until fall camp, giving the offense ample time to rep Leach's system throughout the summer.