Neither the Cougs or the Buffs had fielded their premier corner or receiver – both coincidently donning No. 2. – the past few weeks. Upon Colorado’s offensive debut for the evening, the expected absence of both did not mirror across the line of scrimmage.
Indeed sophomore receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. not only suited up for the Buffs but made an impact on crucial down-and-distance situations amid the first 30 minutes of play.
The opposing sideline read from a different script.
Standout corner Sean Harper Jr. has been absent from the Cougar lineup for four weeks now last appearing at Oregon State. Washington State has a clear and firm policy against discussing injuries under Mike Leach’s reign; however, a week-old photo by the Lewiston Tribune shows the senior defensive back in a sling.
You won’t find the Cougs heavy-hearted about their predicament. With junior stand-in Marcus Strong filling the void, Wazzu’s win column has not skipped a beat winning three straight since the Georgia native’s sidelining.
Transversely, the Buffs have not won a ballgame without Shenault Jr. Warming up to 37 yards on just 4 receptions in the opening half, allowing the outside receiver to touch the ball proved synonymous with moving the chains.
While Colorado’s lone score of the half was driven 67 yards in just two Travon McMillian handoffs, Shenault Jr. catching fire remains a factor of which WSU rather not oppose.
Cougs lead 10-7 at break.