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After close calls against Colorado, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA, Washington State broke through for its first Pac-12 victory in the Mike Leach era by winning a 31-28 overtime thriller over Washington to close the season. 

Now defensive coordinator Mike Breske's task is to build on that finish as the Cougars head into the 2013 season. He heads a Washigton State defense that ranked eighth nationally in tackles for loss (7.67 per game) and 11th in sacks (2.92 per game) while intercepting more passes than any Wazzu defense since 2006, allowing the Cougars to jump nearly 20 spots nationally in pass efficiency defense.

"What's unique about Washington State is each practice we get to face Mike Leach's offense," Breske said. "As a defensive back that just means you're going to get better day in and day out. Our 1-on-1 sessions are very competitive."

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.