Luke Falk completed 92 percent of his passes on Saturday, going 32 for 35 with 311 yards and 4 touchdowns in as the Cougs blast the Arizona Wildcats 69-7 at Martin Stadium.
WSU is coming off a come from behind victory against the lowly Oregon State Beavers last week, and it was evident early on that they weren’t going to try and coast by this 2-6 Arizona team. The past 3 games, the Cougs have been scoreless in the 1st quarter. This game would be a different story as the Cougs came out firing on all cylinders. Early on Arizona’s Brandon Dawkins threw an interception to Shalom Loani Deep in Cougar territory. Falk capitalized on the mistake, and threw a shovel pass to James Williams and he scampered in for the touchdown to put the Cougs up 10-0 early. On the next Cougar possession, running back Gerard Wicks ran for 19, 11, and 1 yard in consecutive plays to lead to the Cougar touchdown. The next drive, Falk connected with a fade pass to Gabe Marks in the corner of the end zone to put the Cougs up 24-0 in the first quarter. This was the type of boost to get the ball rolling for the Cougs. “I thought we played together the whole game. One of those things where everything we touched worked,” Mike Leach said. “We talked all week about having a complete game, so we tried to focus on that.”
The Cougs continued to effectively move the ball in the 2nd quarter, putting two more touchdowns on the board. The one defensive let down Saturday was in the final 2 minutes of the 2nd when Arizona’s 2nd quarterback in the system Anu Solomon threw a nicely thrown ball over the defenders to Cam Denson for a 47 yard strike to make the score 38-7 at half.
The Cougs just rolled from there and put up 69 points on the Wildcats. “Once that ball starts rolling downhill, it’s hard to stop. We’re definitely not good and they definitely aren’t that bad,” coach Leach said. Late in the 3rd, the future quarterback, freshman Tyler Hilinski got in the game and threw for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a 72 yard touchdown pass to River Cracraft for his first collegiate touchdown pass.
The Cougs played their most complete game on both sides of the ball in the Leach era. The Cougs look like they can hang with anyone when they are playing this well both offensively and defensively. They take on California next Saturday who lost to the Huskies 66-27 at home on Saturday.