WSU starting QB Jeff Tuel re-injured his left shoulder in the first half of a loss to Oregon State last Saturday, so Lobbestael will get his third start of the season.
WSU head coach Paul Wulff said of Tuel,
“He’ll be out this week. We’ll evaluate his health at the beginning of next week.”
Tuel has missed most of this season with a fractured shoulder and in his place Lobbestael has passed for 1,739 yards with 15 TD.
In winning 2 of 3 games early in the season Lobbestael had 3 great games passing for over 300 yards in each game with 11 TD and only 3 INT.
However, he has only win in a conference game this season and it will hard to get another this weekend facing the Ducks, who are the 4th highest scoring team in the nation.
Washington State has lost 4 straight games to Oregon.
The one thing Lobbestael has going for him is that he will be working with a solid WR corps with the likes of Marquess Wilson (41 rec 763 yards 6 TD) and Isiah Barton (38 rec 449 yards 4 TD).
Oregon has the nation’s 59th ranked pass defense and they have had issues in their secondary, but Lobbestael and the WSU offensive line will have to deal with an Oregon pass rush that ranks 16th in the nation with 20 sacks.
The Cougars do have the nation’s 10th ranked passing offense, but that is because Lobbestael passed for a ton of yards against the less than stellar teams of UNLV, San Diego State, and Colorado.
The Cougars have lost 3 straight games and if they win just one more game they will double their win total from last season.
“People expect us to win. That’s been a long time coming. We are in the eighth game of the year and still talking about a (possible) bowl game.”
“When was the last time we had that in Cougar Nation?”
Lobbestael has a lot of pressure in this game, but it would be kind of cool if the senior QB could orchestrate a massive upset against Oregon in what could be the last start of his career in a Cougars uniform.