Cougars dominated the much anticipated rivalry game against the Vandals

Cougars dominated the much anticipated rivalry game against the Vandals »Play Video
This year's battle for the Palouse taken by WSU
MOSCOW, ID - When you live in this area, you usually shout one of two things, ‘Go Vandals!’ or ‘Go Cougs!’

This past Saturday, the University of Idaho Vandals and Washington State University Cougars football teams got their chance to show their dominance. Let’s look back on the 2013 battle for the Palouse!

Saturday, September 21st was the date, Martin Stadium the venue as the battle for the Palouse commenced in Martin Stadium. And the Washington State Cougars came, looking to win their eighth in a row against the Idaho Vandals and not to foreshadow, but this one wouldn't even be close.

The captains met midfield, Idaho won the toss and they chose to receive. The Idaho Vandals came much to the dismay of Martin Stadium, and with that, the battle of the Palouse commenced.

Opening kickoff was booted beyond the end zone, it was a touchback, and the Cougs got the ball.

Cougs couldn't capitalize on their first drive, Vandals took over, and quarterback Joshua McCain was flushed out of the pocket and tried to throw on the run. But safety Deone Bucchannon was there to make the diving interception and it looked like the momentum has turned in favor of the Cougs.
Let's get to some scoring in the first quarter. WSU's Connor Halliday threw a dart to Gabe Marks, and he turned it up field after a great cut, and burned all Vandal defenders for the 47 yard touchdown strike, Cougs up 7-0.

Still in the first, Halliday overthrows his receiver and D'Mario Carter was there to pick him off. Vandals hoped to get momentum back from that.

Second quarter now, Halliday had another perfect toss to Dom Williams who easily shook off his defender that was a big score, Cougs go up 14-0.

Still in the second, Halliday under pressure had to scramble out to his right, but the kid could throw on the run as he hit Vince Mayle in the back of the end zone for yet another score, Cougs up 21-0.

Big second quarter for the Cougs, once again it was Halliday to Marks as they hooked up for the one yard score, and suddenly it's 28-0 just before the end of the first half.

Third quarter, Vandals tried to get a little momentum back as Halliday passed was a little high and deflected into the hands of Chrisitian Whitehead, good awareness there.

Cougs got the ball back, and they ran it too, Jeremiah Laufasa bulldozed his way into the end zone for the 13-yard touchdown rush. He went on to score one more rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Seconds remaining in the game, fourth and goal at the one, the Vandals tried to erase the goose egg and get on the board, James Baker took it up the middle, but Cougs linebacker Darryl Monroe was there for the stop at the one, the ball was turned over on downs, and the Cougs went on to win this one 42-0.

After the game, Vandals coach Paul Petrino and Cougars coach Mike Leach met at midfield for the traditional handshake, but something was said that one of them didn't appreciate, there was some yelling, but eventually both coaches were lead off the field. Though both coaches wouldn't comment on the post-game incident, Coach Leach likes his team's progress.

"I was really proud of them, they got a shutout so I was particularly proud of that and they worked hard to get a shutout so I was really glad to see them come out of that at the end,” said Leach. “Other than two explosives, really played a pretty complete game."

On the Vandal side, Coach Petrino took the loss in stride knowing that his team is still young and still learning.

"I still think each week we see ourselves improving, you know a lot of times you say to yourself you have to have a lot of private victories before you get a public victory,” said Petrino. And each week in practice we're getting better each week, guys are still working hard, they're grinding. You see those private victories and we just gotta continue to have those ‘til they show up as public victories."

This week, Temple will come to Moscow to take on the Vandals with a 2:00 p.m. scheduled kickoff, while the Cougs will travel to Seattle for a neutral-site game against number five Stanford!

On a side note, according to the Whitman County Assessor's website, Paul Petrino is building a house on the same street as Mike Leach. After the dramatic ending to the game, that could be an interesting neighborhood chemistry.

With this year's battle for the Palouse taken by Washington State, we don't know when the two football teams will play each other again with no scheduled date set for the future.