Washington State quarterback Marshall Lobbestael continues to reap the dividends from Saturday's 31-27 comeback win over Colorado. Lobbestael was named the Manning Award Player of the Week for his 376-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Buffaloes.
Though it was rumored earlier in the week that Jeff Tuel could be back in time for this weekend's game against UCLA, I'm glad Lobbestael gets another start. It's kind of like Vegas (where I've never been) — when you're hot, keep riding the wave. So far this season, Lobbestael has been pretty darn impressive, save for two costly interceptions in the loss to San Diego State. If Lobbestael and the Cougs can get past the Bruins this weekend, it will set Tuel up nicely to return for the Homecoming game next Saturday against Stanford.
My husband apparently thought I buried the lead when I told him about my trip to Colorado, and I didn't share it with the internet, either, so here goes:
I got to step onto Folsom Field.
Thanks to the nice security guard we met during the game, we were allowed onto the grass after the Cougs' victory. Yes, I stood right where Marquess Wilson celebrated his game-winning TD. No, I didn't do a touchdown dance. I wish I had. Maybe next time ... three years from now, or whenever the Cougs show up in Boulder again. Hopefully, the Pac-12 doesn't become the Pac-16 or 20 or 24 in the meantime.
I met a lot of Colorado fans who are quite relieved to have escaped the Big 12 and the wrath of the Texas Longhorns. I wasn't so sure how Colorado and Utah would fit in with the Pac, but after my trip to the beautiful city of Boulder, I think it's a good match. There seemed to be a healthy respect among fans of both schools. One man said, "Welcome to Boulder! Good luck!" as my friends and I walked by, decked out in our crimson gear. After the game, most of the Boulderites we encountered congratulated us on a good Cougar win, though plenty of them were unsure of where Washington State University is located. A few people even (gasp) thought we were from the UW. I think the fine folks of Colorado need a crash course in Pac-12 geography, but that's all right. That's OK. I still like them, anyway.