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The Beavers hope to start their epic turnaround today, but the (1-5) Washington State Cougars are in town to try to wreak havoc on (2-3) Oregon State. 

Here's a look back at how the Cougars have gotten to 1-5, with snippets from postgame articles from the Associated Press, via ESPN.

Oklahoma State 39, Washington State 13

The Cougars trailed 18-0 before they finally crossed into the Cowboys' side of midfield, midway through the third quarter. That drive ended with star receiver Brandon Gibson, who had three drops but finished with six catches for 53 yards, making a twisting catch in the end zone of 9-yard pass from Gary Rogers.

Cal 66, Washington State 3

Best made his first career start and California (2-0, 1-0) produced 505 yards to help Cal hand Washington State the biggest loss in the history of the program that dates to 1894.

Washington State (0-2, 0-1), picked for last in the Pac-10, looked inept for the second week in a row and suffered its worst loss since at least a 62-3 drubbing at UCLA in 1976. The Cougars lost 39-13 to Oklahoma State last week.


Baylor 45, Washington State 17

Washington State, forced to fly to Texas and play on the same day, dropped to 0-3 for the first time since 1999 and were coming off the worst loss in school history, 66-3 to California.

"We just got outplayed, made too many mistakes and we don't give ourselves our chance," Wulff said, refusing to blame the travel issues. "It was a combination of them outplaying us and our own mistakes."

Washington State 48, Portland State 9

Third-string quarterback Marshall Lobbestael came off the bench to throw two touchdown passes and Washington State crushed Portland State 48-9 on Saturday for its first win of the season and first under new coach Paul Wulff.

The game was costly for Washington State (1-3), which saw starting quarterback Kevin Lopina and backup Gary Rogers both knocked out with injuries. Rogers was taken off the field by an ambulance after complaining of neck pains.

Portland State (1-2), a Championship Subdivision member of the Big Sky Conference, came in averaging nearly 400 passing yards, but could generate little offense against the Cougars of the Pacific-10.

Oregon 63, Washington State 14

Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount each ran for three touchdowns and Oregon thrashed Washington State 63-14 on Saturday, embarrassing the woeful Cougars during their homecoming game.

Jaison Williams caught two touchdown passes as Oregon (4-1, 2-0 Pac-10) rebounded from last weekend's loss to Boise State that knocked the Ducks out of the Top 25.

Washington State (1-4, 0-2) has been blown out by all four major college teams it has faced, beating only Portland State of the FCS last weekend. The Cougars managed only 271 yards as they continue to struggle under new coach Paul Wulff.

UCLA 28, Washington State 3

Washington State (1-5, 0-3) narrowly avoided its first shutout since 1984 with Nico Grasu's 47-yard field goal in the third quarter.

The Cougars managed just 11 first downs and 177 yards of total offense, and had eight penalties for 69 yards. They were 2-of-14 on third-down conversions.

Previously: USCHawaii