Pac-12 after dark always gets a little crazy on Friday nights. A chance to remain bowl-eligible was on the line between the Colorado Buffaloes (4-6) and the Washington State Cougars (4-6) in Pullman, WA.
It's strange to see both teams having 4-6 records at this time because they started off so well. Colorado had an outstanding 3-0 start that took the nation by storm while being led by head coach and former NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders. However, their season went on a decline after the Buffaloes blew a 29-point lead against the Stanford Cardinal on October 13. Yes, Friday the 13th did them in.
Washington State's slide was even more puzzling because the Cougars started off 4-0 with two wins over ranked opponents. However, Wazzu went into this game on a six-game losing skid.
Washington State used the emotion of Senior Night to propel them to a 56-14 boatracing of Colorado. Cougars Leyton Smithson took a kickoff back for a 98-yard TD to give Washington State a 21-7 lead in the first quarter.
After that kickoff return, the rout was on. Cougars defensive lineman Brennan Jackson returned two fumbles for touchdowns. At the end of the third quarter, Washington State was up 56-7.
Unfortunately for Washington State, the team will have to beat the undefeated Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup in order to secure a bowl bid next Friday. According to ESPN College Football analyst Desmond Howard, the Huskies will bring the 'Big Penix Energy' to Seattle next week.
The life lesson that we learned from the Colorado football team this season is that pride always comes before a fall. The team turned their genuine joy for the game at the start of the season into complacency and arrogancy at the end.