Washington State (3-7, 2-5) knocked off the Oregon State Beavers (4-5, 1-5) 39-32 in a battle of Pac-12 North cellar dwellers. Redshirt freshmen Luke Falk started the game for WSU, and was extremely impressive in his first career start.
The game winning touchdown was nine yard pass from Falk to wide receiver Robert Lewis, it was Falk’s fifth TD pass of the game. Washington State had actually scored a touchdown on the previous play, when Falk found wideout Tyler Baker on a five yard out route. Baker turned up field and raced pass the first down marker. Rickey Galvin sprung Baker free with an hard block. But the Pac-12 official blew the play dead during Galvin’s block…with Baker still still on his feet.
Baker’s touchdown gave the Cougars a 39-25 lead.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion marched the Beavers down field to bring the score within one possession. Beavers running back Terron Ward scored from the one yard line for the score.
The Cougar defense continued its inconsistent play, as they sacked Mannion six times for -49 yards. Despite the defensive line’s ability to get through OSU’s offensive lines, the Cougs couldn’t stop the run game, as Ward averaged 4.5 yards per carry and scored twice.
Falk threw five touchdowns, and zero interceptions, against OSU. He also completed 72% of his passes for 471 yards (7.7 yards per completion). That’s nothing short of amazing for a walk on quarterback to do in his first career start.
Another Cougar that had a coming out party against the Beavers was Baker. The wide receiver caught nine passes for 143 yards and 14.3 yards per catch; he also caught one touchdown pass, and another one that was called back because the play was blown dead.
The loss probably put an end to the Beavers bowl hopes — OSU plays Arizona State, Washington, and Oregon in its final three games.
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