The WSU Cougars started fast against Arizona’s beleaguered defense and didn’t let off the gas pedal in Pullman.
The WSU Cougars ran up the score in front of their home fans at Freeman Stadium yesterday, crushing the Arizona Wildcats 69-7. Even though the Wildcats came into the game winless in Pac-12 play and sporting one of the worst defenses in the country, this was a banner game for Mike Leach’s Air Raid system.
The WSU Cougars’ win and hilarious score total is brought to you by 7.3 yards per play for the offense, piling up 614 yards to the Wildcats’ pitiful 286. It was a thorough beatdown. Quarterback Luke Falk completed 32 passes on only 35 attempts (yes, those numbers are correct) for 311 yards and four touchdowns before he was pulled from the blowout in the third quarter. The only downer for Falk was he missed the Pac-12 record for consecutive pass completions with 22.
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The WSU Cougars’ rushing attack gained 157 yards on 28 carries. This offensive dominance, the kind Cougs fans have been waiting for since Leach came to Pullman, all came after Washington State appeared to be headed for another slow start. They managed only a field goal on their first possession and fell behind to Arizona when Wildcats quarterback Brandon Dawkins uncorked a 75-yard touchdown pass on his first play from scrimmage.
The Cougars never looked as efficient this year as they did yesterday. The only possessions they didn’t score on were on the final drive of the first half, and the final drive of the game, in which they appropriately knelt for the win.
The WSU Cougars will host the Cal Bears next week and will try to stay undefeated in the Pac-12.