Wazzu “Rains” over Colorado!
Colorado quarterback Sam Noyer (15) throws a pass during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Washington State won 28-0.  (Photo credit: Young Kwak, The Associated Press)

Wazzu “Rains” over Colorado!

On Saturday night, Washington State came into their homecoming game versus Colorado with their mind on one thing: starting a new winning streak. Thirty-one thousand plus braved the downpour of rain and wind and 40-degree weather as Luke Falk came into the game wanting to prove last week versus California was a fluke.

The game started out scoreless in the first quarter as both teams had extreme difficulty moving the ball in the downpour. In the 2nd quarter WSU caught fire after Colorado had an offensive lineman ejected after a targeting call. Luke Falk finally caught fire and tossed 2 first half touchdowns as the Cougars lead 14-0 at the half as the defense held Colorado to less than 100 total yards.

In the 2nd half, it was all Cougars as Falk tossed one more touchdown, broke 2 more Pac-12 records and one WSU record and the “Speed D” of the Cougs held their own against Colorado as they gained less than 200 yards of total offense. The final score was 28-0 as the Washington State Cougars went to 7-1 with this bounce-back win. Next up, University of Arizona next Saturday night.

 

 

There were many observations that I had during the game, but here are 3 that stood out:

Can Luke Falk run the ball?

Unbelievably, Luke Falk can run the ball!! Finally, we saw him tuck the ball and run with it. We have been waiting all season for this. After getting sacked early in the game, we were all thinking “not again!” But that quickly changed.

Coach Leach said it best,” It’s about time he used his legs some,” That’s quite a bit overdue.”

He ran for a whopping 41 yards on the ground, including an impressive 16 yard-run which than lead to a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tay Martin. Luke Falk was not sitting in the pocket all night, it was nice to see the change. He has some tough games ahead of him this season and when he makes it to the pros, so now is the time Luke Falk!!

How good is this “Speed D?”

I’ve been talking about it all season. They are amazing, young, fast, know how to tackle, back up each player, and want to win. They are in the top 15 in the country in almost every category. Colorado’s running back Philip Lindsey, one of the top backs in the country, was held to 98 yards rushing, averaging less than 4 yards a carry.

Colorado was 1 for 17 on 3rd down opportunities. Even though it was a downpour of rain and cold outside, the defense didn’t let down from start to finish. There was only one significant gain of over 20 yards. Otherwise, they had 3 sacks, 6 tackles for losses and they held all 3 Colorado quarterbacks in check. It was truly a team effort which lead to the “Speed D” getting the player of the game.

Would the passing game survive without suspended receiver Tavares Martin Jr.?

Ten different receivers combined for 20 catches and 212 total yards. There were too many dropped passes, partly because of the weather. It wasn’t impressive, but it was good enough for the victory. A couple of positives stood out in the receiving game.

Wide receiver Brandon Arconado caught one pass, but it was good for his first touchdown of his young Cougar career. He also blocked tremendously and caught the eyes of Coach Leach. Also, wide receiver Tay Martin may have had his breakout game. He caught 4 passes for 78 yards including one for 50-yard touchdown.

Washington State heads to Arizona to play the Wildcats next Saturday night October 28th at 630pm. Another game under the lights, and another game that the Cougs can’t take too lightly. Arizona is 5-2 and is currently in 2nd place in the Pac-12 south division.

It certainly looking like a game that might have a final score of 52-51 with these two high-powered offenses. Let’s hope that the Cougs don’t take the Wildcats too lightly. Cougar nation we need to be watching and rooting our boys on from everywhere.

This is our year!!! Go Cougs!

 

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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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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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