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Special teams gaffes stymie Cougars

THIS WAS ABOUT execution, not effort. There was little doubt that Washington State played hard during Saturday's 44-36 loss against UCLA at Martin Stadium. But myriad mind-boggling mistakes, particularly on special teams, undermined the Cougars' attempt at a torrid second-half comeback.

WSU (2-8 overall, 0-7 conference) entered the game as a significant underdog, but it did not feel that way as senior signal-caller Jeff Tuel guided the Cougars down to the Bruins' 21-yard line. But WSU could not advance the ball from there and junior kicker Andrew Furney's 39-yard field goal attempt was blocked and recovered by Roosevelt Davis for a 68-yard touchdown. That was just the start of...

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