Washington State's losing streak vs. FBS foes is now 11 games after dropping a 35-21 decision at SMU.
The last win against an FBS foe? SMU last year.
It was a competitive game until the Mustangs scored 21 unanswered points in the second half. It was also statistically competitive: The Cougars were outgained 420 yards to 350 and didn't turn the ball over.
Cougars quarterback Jeff Tuel was solid, completing 18 of 33 for 284 yards with two TD passes and no interceptions.
And, yes, I'm looking for positives, knowing full well that they won't be much consolation to WSU fans.
Is there a win on the Cougars schedule? Maybe. Are there more than one? That doesn't feel like a safe bet.
But the Cougars looked better in Game 2 than Game 1, and they looked better in Game 3 than Game 2.
So there are baby steps of progress.
Does that help?