No. 15 Washington State rebounded from last week’s embarrassing loss at California with a 28-0 home victory over Colorado, its second shutout of the season and first against an FBS opponent since 2013. The Cougars braved cold and rainy conditions to hold their opponent to 174 yards of total offense. Scroll down for a recap, score updates and analysis.
Washington State-Colorado live updates, score:
5:17 4th Q (28-0, WSU): Luke Falk connects with Renard Bell on a 5-yard touchdown pass, his third of the game and 111 of his career. That ties him for 15th in FBS history.
9:26 3rd Q (21-0, WSU): Jamal Morrow scores on a 9-yard run.
HALFTIME (14-0, WSU): Washington State has outgained 238-82.
4:50 2nd Q (14-0, WSU): Brandon Arconado catches an 18-yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk.
11:25 2nd Q (7-0, WSU): Luke Falk connects with Tay Martin on a 50-yard touchdown pass. Before that, Washington State had 88 yards on 22 offensive plays.
Washington State-Colorado game time, information:
Washington State-Colorado will kick off at 7:45 p.m. PT from Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. The game is being shown live on ESPN and you can stream it online at ESPN3 or via the WatchESPN app on your tablet.
The host Cougars are favored by 10.5 points, per OddsShark.com, and are 4-3 this season against the spread.
Washington State-Colorado preview:
Even with last week’s loss at California, Washington State’s 6-1 record is its best since 2003 when it began 7-1. This is the Cougars’ second-to-last home game of the season, the other coming Nov. 4 against Stanford.
The Cal loss was an anomaly compared to the rest of the year’s results in so many ways. Quarterback Luke Falk was intercepted five times (yet still went 28-of-43 for 286 yards) after getting picked off just twice in the previous six games and 262 pass attempts. Falk was also sacked nine times, the most sacks WSU has yielded in a game since giving up 10 to Stanford in October 2012.
Falk enters this game needing 422 yards to become the Pac-12’s career passing leader, and his 13,179 yards rank 14 th in FBS history. He needs 306 to pass Phillip Rivers for 10 th all-time.
WSU’s receiving corps features seven players with at least 20 receptions, including running backs James Williams (team-high 46 catches) and Jamal Morrow. But that unit will be missing its leading receiver in junior Tavares Martin Jr., suspended for a team rules violation, meaning others will have to replace the production that has led to 37 catches, 502 yards and seven touchdowns.
Colorado’s main weapon is senior running back Phillip Lindsay, who has run for 995 yards and 10 TDs. WSU is 35 th in FBS in run defense, allowing 125.9 yards per game, and has allowed three players to reach 100 yards on the ground this season.
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