As much as Washington State coach Jake Dickert and most of his players would never say it, the Cougars seemed to play with a little extra juice Saturday against their former teammate.

Maybe the team really was able to mute out the comments of “just watch” and “it’s personal” by Arizona quarterback and former Cougar Jayden de Laura. Or maybe they silently used the matchup as some extra motivation even as they said “it’s just another game” into their microphones.

Either way, the Cougars (7-4, 4-4 Pac-12) are playing their best football at the perfect time.

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