Washington State Football: 3 takeaways from 28-24 win over Utah

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Washington State football had themselves another huge win yesterday, 28-24, in a thriller against Utah on Homecoming Weekend.

What a game for Washington State football last night. The Cougars won their 10th straight game at home in a hard fought 28-24 PAC-12 conference win against Utah. The offense had some explosive moments and the defense flexed its muscle when necessary.

Protect this house

With the win yesterday, the Cougars now have won 10 straight games at home, which is an accomplishment that Leach has to be proud about. Defending your home field is vital to building a winning program. He spoke about Martin Stadium as a special place to see a football game during his press conference last Monday.

Leach said Pullman, Washington is a passionate college town and Washington State’s student section is the best in the PAC-12 conference. There were several times last night when the referee’s whistle was almost impossible to hear. Additionally, Utah had several false start penalties because of the noise.

Not only has WSU won 10 straight in Pullman, but they have also won 19 of 23 since 2015. Highlights include wins over #19 UCLA (11/14/15), #15 Stanford (10/8/16), #5 USC (9/29/17), and #21 Stanford (11/14/17). Two of the four losses were against ranked teams. After years of easy wins, opponents can’t show up at Martin Stadium and expect their hosts to roll over.