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Cougs aim for first win of season, take on Portland State in Pullman

PULLMAN, Wash. - After starting the season 0-3 the Washington State Cougars are hoping to pounce on Portland State for its first win of the year.

The Cougars went back to the drawing board this week after losing their first three games by an average of 37 points.  This week's challenge: a Big Sky team that brings in Jerry Glanville's offense.

While WSU may not be familiar with Glanville (the two teams have never played), first-year coach Paul Wulff knows all about the Vikings.  Portland State upended Wulff's Eastern Washington team last year in Cheney.  PSU won that game 28-21.

If history is indication, however, Washington State could be looking at its first win of the season.  The Cougars have a 40-2 record against the Big Sky (6-0 against Montana State, 32-2 against Montana and 2-0 against Eastern Washington).  Washington State's last meeting with the Big Sky was in 2002, with WSU notching a 45-28 win over Montana State in Pullman.

A win over Portland State would help the Cougars forget about the demoralizing lost the team suffered to Baylor last Friday in Texas.  The game was moved up one day in an effort to avoid the wrath of Hurrican Ike.  The Cougars started strong, but lost the contest 45-17.