52-23 Cougars Win
There was little uncertainty entering this tilt, and that never changed throughout the game as high-flying air raid offense of Mike Leach paired with a continually improving defense, leading to a dominating performance for Washington State.
Luke Falk is Surgical
37/49, 396 yards, 6 touchdowns, and nary a turnover in sight is as electric a performance as you could ask for from the Washington State quarterback. Falk spread it around, helping three receivers get over 60 yards and throwing touchdowns to three receivers as well. There was never really a question that the Beavers wouldn’t be able to stop him, but such a flawless performance is still worthy of appreciation.
Cougars have Questions on Defense
After an excellent performance against their FCS opponent, WSU’s defense has looked pedestrian in their next two games. Boise State was able to move the ball, and Oregon State did as well (although we’re grading the Beavers on a curve here). Not many teams will be able to stop WSU’s offense, and it’s not as though the Cougars defense looked bad- but its clear this team has higher aspirations than ‘pretty good’.
Jake Luton Hurt
Beavers quarterback Jake Luton had been rounding into form and figuring things out for Oregon State, but football comes in distant second measured against the long-term health of the young man. A hushed stadium witnessed him strapped to a stretcher and wheeled off the field, a frightening moment for Beavers and Cougars alike. Luton was knocked unconscious for several minutes, but was discharged from the hospital late last night- a hopeful sign.
The Beavers get a bye week to rest and hopefully for Luton to get right, while Washington State welcomes Nevada to town. The Wolf Pack is coming off their third loss, to FCS Idaho State. Not a lot of intrigue here.