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Cougs Win Last Home Game Featured

In Luke Falk’s last game as a home game as a Coug, he passed for 337 yards including 3 touchdowns and set the Pac 12 record for yards in a career as the Cougs get by the 17th ranked  Stanford Cardinal 24-21.

A snow storm hit Pullman right before game time and continued throughout the game.  It was a cold day so Stanford tried to utilize their Heisman hopeful Bryce Love, who missed last week’s game with a high ankle sprain.  To start the 2nd quarter, Love reeled off a 52 yard run to give the Cardinal a 7-0 lead. 

After getting pulled last week because of low offensive production, Falk completed a 9 play 75 yard drive with a 12 yard touchdown pass to Tavares Martin Jr. in the middle of the end zone to tie the game at 7.  The next drive, Falk connected with Renard Bell from 27 yards out to give the Cougs a 14-7 lead at half time.

The Cougar defense held Bryce Love to 69 yard total on 16 carries.  After the big run, they only allowed 17 yards from Love and tackled him for a loss 6 times including one tackle in the 3rd where Love hobbled off the field after Hercules Mata’afa leveled him.  After a 41 yard Erik Powell field goal, Stanford’s quarterback K.J. Costello pump faked, the ball slipped out of his hand, bounced back to him and ran 14 yards for the touchdown.  It appeared in the replay to the WSU fans that it was incomplete, but after review the referee ruled that he was bringing the ball into his body and ruled it a touchdown.

On the next Cougar possession, Falk was looking to complete a fourth and one from their own 48, but Stanford linebacker Bobby Okereke Intercepted the pass and took it back 52 yards to get the Cardinal the lead 21-17.  After that score, the air was taken out of Martin Stadium and the Cougs needed a score to get back in this one.

Early in the 4th, Falk put together an 11 play, 95 yard touchdown drive that took up over 5 minutes.  Falk found Jamire Calvin who scampered 11 yards for the touchdown and gave the Cougs the lead for good.  In the final minute of the game, Costello was intercepted by Frankie Luvu to wrap up the victory for the Cougs.

The Cougs held the Stanford offense to only 198 yards of total offense, 52 of that coming from the one run in the first half.  The Cougs defense gave up over 300 on the ground last week against Arizona, and really clamped down Saturday. “Thought our defense played really well, mitigating their run game,” Leach said.

 

WSU sits at 8-2 and have 2 more games remaining. Next week at Utah and in 3 weeks in the Apple Cup against the Huskies.

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