HALFTIME: Falk sensational in starting debut

IT IT IS DIFFICULT to envision a much more impressive first half for Luke Falk in his starting debut. The redshirt freshman completed 19 of 25 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns as Washington State took a 21-16 halftime lead Saturday against Oregon State at Reser Stadium.

It didn't start on a positive note for the Cougars, however.

On the first play from scrimmage, OSU quarterback Sean Mannion found ex-WSU player Rahmel Dockery for a 49-yard completion to the Cougars’ 26. Three plays later, Mannion connected with tight end Connor Hamlett for a 14-yard touchdown pass. OSU later extended the lead to 10-0 on its next possession when Garrett Owens kicked a 24-yard field goal.

After WSU’s first possession was spoiled by a failed 31-yard field-goal attempt by Quentin Breshears, the Cougars made sure they did not end up with a similar result during their next drive. On third-and-goal, Falk found Isiah Myers for a 5-yard touchdown pass.

WSU took its first lead at 14-10 when a seven-play drive culminated with a 21-yard pass from Falk to junior Tyler Baker with 12 minutes, 21 seconds, left in the first half.

The Beavers later added Owens connected on a 37-yard field goal with 1:52 remaining in the first half.

Falk quickly responded, though, needing only four plays to extend the Cougars’ lead to 21-13 when he connected with Mayle on a 48-yard touchdown pass 37 seconds later.

OSU added the final points of the first half on a 44-yard field goal by Owens with 4 seconds remaining.

WSU outgained the Beavers 295-238 during the first half.

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