Washington State Football: 5 takeaways from 69-28 win over Arizona

Calvin Jackson Jr., Renard Bell, Washington State football. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
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Washington State football racked up another conference win. They destroyed PAC-12 South Division co-leaders Arizona, 69-18. Here are our takeaways from a blowout win.

It was another important victory for Washington State football on Saturday. Arizona came into this weekend tied for first in the PAC-12 South. They left Pullman humbled and are now in a must-win situation to become bowl eligible. WSU scored early and often, scoring touchdowns on six of seven first-half possessions. They went into the locker room at halftime up 55-14.

The Wildcats started to come back with two touchdowns in the third quarter, but it was too little, too late. A strong Cougars fourth-quarter put the game away. Final Score 69-28. Here are our top takeaways from the game.

Behind the Records

By now all of Cougars Nation know that quarterback Gardner Minshew broke the school record with seven touchdown passes. 11 different receivers caught Minshew passes, 10 of them caught multiples, six had at least four receptions, and six caught touchdowns.

It was another example of balance, Mike Leach style. All five positions, X, Y, Z, and H receivers plus the running backs contributing to the offensive production. The Cougs posses a staggering amount of depth at the skill positions. The offense depends on all the above positions clicking. If someone isn’t good enough in practice, they won’t play. Leach has cited many examples where players have gained and lost playing time.

Previous record holders Luke Falk, and Connor Halliday wish they would have had the same kind of receiving depth that GMII has to work with.