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Williams, Molton seal WSU’s victory over Arizona State

Dom Williams turned a slant route into a 75-yard touchdown, and freshmen Darrien Molton picked off a Mike Bercovici pass to seal WSU’s sixth win of the season.

Dom Williams hauled in a 75-yard touchdown that sealed the Cougar victory. (Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

Dom Williams hauled in a 75-yard touchdown that sealed the Cougar victory. (Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

Quarterback Luke Falk hit Dom Williams on slant route with four and a half minutes left in the fourth quarter. Williams than juked away from the safety, leaving no one between him and the end zone. The touchdown gave Washington State a two touchdown lead, which took put the ball in Bercovici’s hands and stripped ASU of it’s run game.

Bercovici led the Sun Devils into Cougar territory, before locking onto his wide receiver. Molton red the quarterbacks eyes and made a diving catch on a bad pass to get the ball back into the hands of the Cougar offense with a two score lead and less than two minutes left in the game.

WSU ran out the clock to finish off the victory.

Early on, it looked like the Cougars were going to get blown out by the Sun Devils as the offense struggled mightily against the creative blitzes that ASU’s coaching staff dialed up. Falk stood tall in the pocket on the first play from scrimmage and hit a jumping Williams in the chest, but the senior was unable to pull in the pass; two plays later, junior River Cracraft dropped a pass that hit him in the hands on third down…sending the offense back to the bench.

Defensively, the Cougars were unable to stop the two-headed dragon of Damario Richard and Kalen Ballage. It didn’t matter who touched the ball, both tail backs would earn six to seven yards every time they touched the ball in the first quarter. The success of those two running back son the ground helped open-up the zone read for Arizona State, and an early 14-0 lead.

Arizona State marched right down the field and it looked like they were going to put the game out of reach, but the Cougar defense stuffed Bercovici on 4th and 1 to get the ball into the offense’s hand. Falk led the offense on a 17-play drive that would lead to a WSU field goal.

ASU’s offense sputtered on their next possesion as the Cougar defense proved to be too tough.

The Cougars marched down the field before the Sun Devils forced the Cougs into a fourth and long situation. Wideout Gabe Marks came back to the ball, and was well short of the first down marker when an official accidentally blew the whistle.

Washington State was given a due over, and Falk found Williams on an 11-yard slant route to get cut ASU’s lead to four.

The Cougars and Sun Devils exchanged scores throughout the second and third quarter. But it was the Cougars who’d pull away late to pick-up the victory.

While the defense was unable to completely shut down the Sun Devils rushing attack, the Cougars did a fantastic job of containing it throughout the final three-quarters. By limiting ASU’s explosive plays on the ground (throughout the last three-quarters), the Alex Grinch’s unit put pressure on Bercovici’s arm to make plays.

Bercovici threw two interceptions, including the one that (essentially) ended the game.

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  1. Whether or not Mike Leach seriously stole the Sun Devils’ signals or not (post-game remarks) I am so very impressed with what he’s building out in the Palouse. Cougs are on the rise.

    • It’s quite the turn around considering how this season started. Alex Grinch should be the coach of the year for how the defense is playing.