Washington State Rises to 11th in the Polls!! Next up, the Oregon Ducks. Can Luke Falk bring the Cougs to the Promised Land?

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California in Pullman, Wash., Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. Washington State won 30-27. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) WAYK114 WAYK114 (Young Kwak / The Associated Press)

The Washington State Cougars have risen 5 spots to #11 in the country after their Friday night upset of the USC Trojans 30-27 in front of a sold-out crowd at Martin Stadium. Cougars QB Luke Falk rose to the occasion as he out-played golden boy Sam Darnold and might have thrown his name into the Heisman consideration after a nation-wide audience watched the Washington State QB’s dominating performance. Only time will tell as the 5-0 Cougars head to Eugene, Oregon next Saturday to face the Oregon Ducks. This will be the Cougars first road game of the season and should be a test to see if the Cougars truly deserve that high ranking.

 

Here are 3 observations that I had on the game:

When will Luke Falk learn to not hold on to the football so long?

Luke Falk was sacked 5 more times this week bringing the total to 19 in five games. This is unacceptable if they are going to continue their winning streak. Granted their line has been inconsistent, but Luke needs to not always hold onto the ball. There were a few times during the game we saw him run the ball successfully as he ran for his life, but he also took too many hits when he didn’t need to. To stay undefeated, Luke Falk needs to make decisions quicker instead of allowing himself to get beat up by all the hits he’s been taking.

Did our defense prove they were top notch after Friday night’s upset?

The Cougars absolutely proved that they were one of the best defenses in the country after Friday night’s victory. For one, they held the golden boy Sam Darnold in check, proving to everyone that he is human after all. He completed only 15 passes the entire evening for only 164 yards, an astonishing 5.7 avg. yards per catch. He had zero touchdown passes, and threw one interception. He was under constant duress the entire ballgame. He was sacked only 2 times, but he was knocked down numerous times. WSU defense truly only gave up one big play the entire evening, an 86-yard touchdown run to USC’s stud running back Ronald Jones II. Otherwise they held them in check. Falk threw an interception inside the red zone. Everyone thought that the Trojans would score a touchdown but the defense had a goal line stance as they held them to a vehicle. It could have changed the momentum but it didn’t. The Cougars had 5 tackles for losses, including 2 by Hercules to increase his tackles for losses to 10 for the season. Finally, they provided the play of the night, a delayed blitz which resulted in Darnold coughing up the ball and securing a victory over the 5th ranked USC Trojans. Overall, a great game-plan by Defensive Coordinator Alex Grinch as the Trojans had a total of only 327 yards the entire ballgame. Nice job to the entire defense!!

When will Mike Leach realize Jamal Morrow needs more touches?

Jamal Morrow is our lucky charm. When we think of the term, “The Price is Right” we think of Jamal Morrow. Morrow has 34 carries for 284 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging a whopping 8.4 yards per carry. He also has 18 catches for 133 yards and 4 touchdowns, averaging 7.4 yards per catch. Come on Coach Leach, He deserves more chances! We understand the “Air Raid.” But if you feed him the ball, he hangs on to it and makes things happen. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see what happens with Morrow after his breakout performance Friday night against the Trojans.

 

Best of luck to the 11th ranked Cougars as they head to face off against Oregon next Saturday the 7th of October. Game time is at 5pm on Fox Sports. Let’s hope that we get to see this game on time in prime time. I know I will be watching and rooting on my Cougars!

Go Cougs!

Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I’m a graduate of Washington State University and I’m a die-hard baseball fan.

 

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