"It means a lot," said Wilson, who broke the record on a 7-yard reception in the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. "There have been a lot of great receivers who have come out of Washington State, and just being able to do this right now … This is a great feeling.
"It would have been a lot better with a win, but it's great knowing your name is in the record book."
Wilson said that growing up in California, he dreamed of setting records, but once doing that became realistic, and game time rolled around on Saturday, he opted to not focus on his numbers. Instead, the junior has been working on playing a more physical game.
"It's been my weak point," he said. "I haven't been a physical receiver the past two years, but I'm trying to change that around and be more physical and have a presence on the field."
Wilson's 23rd career touchdown pass, a 25-yarder from Jeff Tuel in the fourth quarter, moved him past Hugh Campbell for second place on the school's career list. He also had a career-high 12 receptions in his 13th career 100-yard game. He has caught a pass in all 29 games of his career at Washington State.
He was a three-star recruit out of Tulare Union High School and received low interest from schools including Arizona State, San Diego State and UNLV before deciding to sign with the Cougars. In 2010, he amassed more yards (1,006) than any other freshman receiver in the country on 55 catches, six of them touchdowns.
As a sophomore, he scored five touchdowns on passes of 50 yards or more en route to being named Washington State's Offensive MVP and a member of the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
Wilson has at times this season been scrutinized for dropped passes but sophomore quarterback Connor Halliday came to his defense on Saturday, saying that his teammate doesn't get enough credit.
"Sure, he's dropped a couple of balls this year, but everybody in our receiving corps has," Halliday said. "I love the guy like a brother. You can't say a bad thing about the guy; he's just a competitor."
Wilson said that he felt the Cougars lacked intensity in the second half of the 51-26 loss to Oregon after coming out strong in The Opening period.
"It's just a mindset," he said. "We have (to know) what we want to do when we go back out there in the second half … and be able to do that for a full 60 minutes. That's what's going to help us out."