PULLMAN – It has been a milestone for Washington State in 2018 and the pumps eyeballed another Saturday night and…
PULLMAN – It has been a milestone for Washington State in 2018 and the pumps eyeballed another Saturday night and attempted to be sixth in program history to spell 10 wins in a single season and the first to do it since 2003.
The visiting Arizona wild cats would never disturb school history on a frosty night in Pullman, and in many cases they really did not help. 8 WSU to reach the 10-win plateau at Martin Stadium. In a 69-28 blowout, the spikes got the record and broke a number of others as they probably did not count.
It’s meaningful for WSU – in just a moment – because in six days, Cougars 10-1, 7-1) will play their rival, Washington Huskies (8-3, 6-2), in Pullman for one place in the Pac-1
2 Championship game. The Apple Cup will be what determines the Nordic representative for the third season in a row. Utah managed to beat Pac-12 South by hitting Colorado on Saturday.
“We’re excited about it,” says Mike Leach, WSU coach on Saturday’s performance against Arizona. “We’re happy about it tonight, tomorrow and soon – and sooner than usual, you go there and start preparing for next time we play on Friday. “
But until the clock hit midnight Saturday – officially denoting the start of the Apple Cup week – the Cougars could chill in their record breaking night. It was a lot to be frozen.
” It’s a good thing shop and I think it’s good for school, “says Leach,” and really a credit to our guys and our dressing room so far as to really hang together and play together and do all these things like a team where everyone does something that helps the team and the type of lifting the entire group. “
If there had not been a fumbled snap on a PAT in the second quarter, WSU would have scored the most points scored in one half of the program history. Instead, the spikes settled in a 55-14 half-time lead – one point shy of the 56 as they did in 1997 against southwest Louisiana.
No disturbances, there were records that had been elsewhere.
Quarterback Gardner Minshew continued to polish his Heisman Trophy resumes, finishing 43-of-55 passes for 473 yards and a school record seven touchdowns. Two of Leach’s other Air Raid quarterbacks – Luke Falk and Connor Halliday – have thrown six but no time ever hit magic No. 7.
Minshew could not remind himself of a more productive day in his individual career.  “I think in high school I got sex once,” he said, “but I do not think I’ve ever done seven. It was quite crazy tonight. “
Minshew spread the ball as effectively as he has this season, striking 11 different recipients and eight of them at least three times. Six players caught touchdowns from the East Carolina graduation transfer Saturday.
Because they were: Calvin Jackson Jr. , Dezmon Patmon, James Williams, Tay Martin, Jamire Calvin and Easop Winston.
“We are two deep at every position there, X, H, Y, Z, run back,” said Minshew. “And I have complete confidence for one of these guys and it paid tonight. “
Jackson Jr., the transfer from Independence Community College, took his first and second touchdown pass in a WSU uniform and ended with five receptions for 85 meters while Martin led the crew with seven catches for 124 meters and a touchdown.
Cougars multifunctional runs also had a hand in making this the highest league game in the Leach era (matching the WSU’s 69-point trip to Arizona for two years ago n). Williams had a touchdown rushing and another reception to get his season total to 14 while Max Borghi rushed for 50 yards, caught for 65 more and rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Cougars did not need a lot of help on a night where their offense generated 605 meters. The offensive bought Minshew eons of time in his pocket and opened the tailbacks, which ended at 111 meters and 5.8 meters per berry.
“We thought, based on how we recently played, that we could get to them,” said UA coach Kevin Sumlin. “We could not; Just like everyone else has throughout the year, have not been able to come to them. “
The wild cats (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12) constantly stifled their toe and made six first punishments for 72 laps. They also gave up four sales.
” Against a team that can score points possessions critical, “Sumlin said.” You have removed your own belongings and given them at least three or four more with sales. “
The Cougars already managed comfortably, 14-0, when the wild cats finally got the first drop in their third offensive possession Williams had made WSU’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run and Cougars got the ball back in a hurry when cornerback Marcus Strong made an impressive game while backpedaling to intercept the Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate.
WSU also made two touchdowns in a span of four seconds in the second quarter. After Minshew kicked Jackson Jr. to make it 41-14, the pumps Jack Crane recovered the next kickoff rolling into the end zone after two players tried to corral it.
Kainoa Wilson finally hit the ball for special team TD to make it 41-14.
“I just have to play,” says Wilson, “but I credit the coach and credit my teammates, we complement each other.”