5 offensive notes from a frosty fail

ON A NIGHT WHERE most everything seemed to go wrong for the Cougars, a few things stood out offensively in their 31-13 Apple Cup defeat Saturday night in weather-chilled Martin Stadium.

  • Redshirt freshman Luke Falk completed 27 of 49 passes for 355 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. The number falls far short of the Cougars’ passing average of 488.8 yards per game this season.

  • Washington State set a Football Bowl Subdivision record for pass attempts with 63.3 per game at the 11:40 mark in the fourth quarter.

  • The TV commentators made a big production about how coach Mike Leach would “try and put points on the board until there are no seconds left” as the Cougars were threatening to end the game the veteran coach's first career shutout. In 163 games as an FBS coach, Leach been held to single digits just seven times: four times at Texas Tech and three times during his first season at Washington State.

    Shortly after the comment, junior receiver Dom Williams came open in the center of the end zone to score the Cougars’ first touchdown with 9:55 left in the game.

  • Washington sacked Falk four times for 34 yards. Regardless, given the Huskies’ talented defensive line -- they entered the game No. 2 in the nation in sacks -- it was hardly an embarrassment for the Cougars’ offensive line.

  • The Cougars were excessively unsteady in the first quarter, with at least three passes hitting the ground, including one in the end zone. Among the receivers dropping a pass was senior Vince Mayle, a semifinalist for the prestigious Biletnikoff Award.

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