Arizona was done before the first quarter ended, as Washington State defeated the Wildcats 69-7 Saturday in Pullman.
Arizona started with what looked like a 75-yard touchdown pass to Nate Phillips, but was called for an ineligible receiver downfield.
The Wildcats proceeded to go three and out and a strong punt return put the Cougars on Arizona’s 25.
Gerard Wicks started the drive with an eight-yard run. After a penalty and one-yard run, Tavares Martin caught an eight-yard pass for the first down.
After a short pass. James Williams came up with a five-yard reception. An incomplete pass on third down then led to the Cougars kicking a 23-yard field goal to go up 3-0 with 10:12 left in the first quarter.
Arizona started on its own 25 with a sack. On second down, Brandon Dawkins threw it right to a Washington State defender.
Starting on Arizona’s eight, the Cougars only needed one play as Luke Falk found Williams for the eight-yard touchdown.
The extra point put the Cougars up with 9:37 remaining in the quarter.
Anu Solomon came into the game with Arizona on its own 25 and found Shun Brown for five yards.
Cam Denson had catches for 17 and four, but the drive stalled with an incomplete sack and punt.
Washington State started on its own 15 with a 15-yard run by Williams. Martin then caught a two-yard pass the Cougars were called for a false start on the next play.
John Thompson caught a 14-yard pass followed by a five-yard run by Williams. Falk connected with Williams for eight more yards and Arizona was called for roughing the passer.
Wicks then gained 19 and 11 on the ground before scoring from one yard out as the extra point gave the Cougars a 17-0 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter.
Arizona got the ball on its own 25 and started with a six-yard run by Samajie Grant. After an incomplete pass, Solomon found Brown on a shovel pass.
Solomon gained two on the ground and found Griffey for four. On third down, Solomon had a clear running path, but chose to make a lateral instead.
Arizona went for it on fourth and Solomon took a loss of 14 yards on a sack, giving the Cougars possession on Arizona’s 46.
Marks caught a 28-yard pass and Morrow added seven on the ground. After an incomplete pass, Martin gained eight on a pass from Falk.
Two plays later, a touchdown from Marks put the Cougars up 24-0 to end the first quarter.
Arizona got the ball back on its own 25 and on second down, Grant ran for 50 yards. Solomon then found Trevor Wood for nine yards two plays later.
Zach Green gained four and Solomon lost it on a keeper. On the next play, Solomon fumbled and Washington State recovered on its own seven.
Arizona forced the Cougars into third down, but Thompson caught an 18-yard pass for the conversion.
Williams gained nine on the ground and Falk connected with Morrow for 53 yards. On the next play, Williams ran for two yards.
Martin Jr. proceeded to catch a seven-yard touchdown as the extra point put Washington State up 31-0 with 9:19 left in the first half.
Arizona began its drive on the 25 with an eight-yard run from Dawkins. Brown caught a three yard pass and after an incomplete pass, Dawkins ran for three.
The Cougars were called for defensive holding, but Arizona couldn’t get anything else going and had to punt.
Washington State started on its own 16 with a 15-yard pass to Martin. Three plays later, Falk gained right on the ground and followed with 16 more yards to Martin.
Morrow gained 11 yards and added eight more before Wicks ran for a one-yard touchdown. The extra point put Arizona down 38-0 with 2:30 remaining in the half.
Arizona started its ensuing drive with a 28-yard by Dawkins. He left the game with an ankle injury and Solomon found Denson for a 47-yard touchdown.
The extra point cut the deficit to 38-7 going into halftime.
Washington State found itself in a 3rd and 26 situation, but Arizona was called for pass interference on the first drive of the half.
Williams ran for four and Thompson caught a four-yard reception before Marks added an 11-yard reception.
Arizona was called for pass interference again and two plays later, Isaiah Johnson-Mack gained eight yards.
After a short completion, Williams caught an 11-yard pass and then picked up three on the ground.
Marks added 11 more and Williams scored from four yards out as the Cougars extended their lead to 45-7 with 9:16 remaining in the third.