Mike Leach says No. 18 WSU has been resilient, but stymied by inconsistency through first quarter of season

Upon review of game film from Saturday’s win over Oregon State, Washington State coach Mike Leach said his team needs to play with more consistency.

“I think we’ve been pretty resilient, but we haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked,” Leach said. “We did some good things, but I think we’re still battling consistency on every side of the ball.”

Offensively, Leach said he was pleased to finally get a big game from his outside receivers. Tavares Martin Jr., Isaiah Johnson-Mack and Dezmon Patmon combined for five receiving touchdowns, 25 receptions and 341 receiving yards.

“I figured it would happen eventually,” Leach said. “Now we’ve got to consistently keep it happening. I guess my thought is that it’s about time. With young guys, there’s always an ‘about time’ quality to it. It’ll eventually happen, but you see it in practice weeks before it happens.”

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As the 18th-ranked Cougars (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) go into game week preparations to face Nevada (0-3) on Saturday, Leach intimated that the outside receivers’ slow start to the season came in part because they, like the rest of the team, have been inconsistent, and in part because their chemistry with quarterback Luke Falk is still developing.

“I think the biggest thing is that they were inconsistent on their releases and inconsistent on their routes,” Leach said. “And the quarterback unjustifiably didn’t throw it to them because he didn’t trust them.”

Falk finally connected with his outside receivers against Oregon State, which bodes well for the remainder of the season. Leach says the chemistry between his quarterback and receivers continues to be a work in progress.

“I think it’s always a developing thing,” Leach said. “I think there’s an element of that. Under the best of circumstances, football’s hard.”

Nevada-WSU ties abound

The Cougars started Pac-12 play with their win over Oregon State last week, but will face one final non-conference foe this week before their Pac-12 slate truly begins. The players and coaches at WSU just happen to have lots of ties to Nevada, their next opponent.

Or as Leach put it this afternoon, “We’re pretty inbred with Nevada. … You can’t throw a dead cat without hitting somebody from Nevada here.”

Leach coached with Nevada offensive coordinator Matt Mumme’s father, Hal Mumme, for years, and they…

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