With Washington State, you get intrigue, frustration and 500 yards of passing in just one game.

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There is a species out there that even the most advanced minds fail to comprehend.

It is a baffling creature whose nature is as erratic as it is exasperating.

There is no pattern to its behavior, no predictability to its actions.

Its name? The Coug.

And my god is it entertaining.

If the Washington State football team were the subject of a network drama, viewers would be sick of the plot twists by now. The results during the Mike Leach era aren’t something a television audience would find plausible.

But luckily for sports fans in this state, nothing about the Cougs is scripted. This isn’t fiction — it’s something much better.

Now, I have a feeling there are Wazzu alums reading this with a bulging forehead vein because they think I’m dissing their team. Far from it. If I thought Saturday’s 45-42 loss to Eastern Washington was a prelude to a lost season, I wouldn’t be writing this column.

No, I’m writing this because I have absolutely no idea what WSU is going to to do at Boise State on Saturday, nor do I have a clue how the rest of the season will unfold. I do know this, though: I can’t wait to find out.

The consensus in the Apple State is that Washington is the better of the two Power 5 programs, and I wouldn’t disagree. I would, however, argue that Washington State is the more compelling team.

Watching the Cougs get to .500 is kind of like watching Phil Mickelson make par: Tee shot in the trees, approach shot in the sand, then a miracle lob wedge for a tap-in 4.

Take last year, for example. Just like it did Saturday, Wazzu lost its opener to an FCS team (Portland State) and appeared to be morphing into the Pac-12’s doormat. It was on the brink of losing to Rutgers the following week, and would have dropped to 0-2 had Luke Falk not thrown an 8-yard touchdown pass to River Cracraft with 13 seconds remaining.

And yet, it was that team that beat Oregon three weeks later, then dominated Arizona State, then downed UCLA in Pasadena to take the temporary title of Best College Football Team in the Pacific Northwest.

But it was also the team that missed a 43-yard field goal that would have beaten Stanford, and the team that played sans its injured quarterback in a loss to Washington. Good feelings may not always accompany the Cougs, but good copy usually does.

I mean, they have a coach who comes out in support of Donald Trump, can wax poetic on Apache warriors and prefers questions on just about any topic but football. Monday, Leach was asked about Labor Day dinner sides and said that beans “can literally be a work of art.”

They have a receiver, Gabe Marks, who misplaced his filter one day and never thought to go looking for it. Marks recently labeled Falk the “Messiah of the Palouse,” and, last year, called out UCLA players for throwing the ball on WSU’s side of the field during warm-ups.

And more than anything, they have a style of play modeled after two sophomores playing Madden in the dorms. The Cougs threw 738 passes last year — 188 more than any other team in the conference — and in Saturday’s loss, still got 418 passing yards out of Falk.

Obviously, there are lot of fans who find this team maddening. Given the history of the program, there is no consolation in simply being interesting.

Monday, junior running back Jamal Morrow acknowledged that much of the general public thinks “losers” when it hears Washington State football, and that “we’re trying to change that culture.”

For my money, though, I’ll take the team that could win anywhere from four games to 10 games depending on the circumstances. I’ll take the program that can be any adjective in the language except boring.

Maybe Wazzu loses by 30 on Saturday, maybe it wins by 30, or maybe Albertsons Stadium turns into a spaceship and blasts off into orbit. Wouldn’t be the weirdest Washington State game.

Watching this team can be one of the more vexing experiences in sports, but somehow, the Cougs keep you coming back.