Luke Falk turns in outstanding first half

LUKE FALK was nearly perfect in the first half of today's Crimson & Gray Game in Spokane, completing 15 of 19 passes for 180 yards and a TD to lead the Crimson side to a 17-10 lead at intermission.

Peyton Bender, the second-year freshman who has pushed Falk hard all spring, turned in an uneven first 30 minutes for the Gray as he was 20 of 30 for 180 yards, one TD and one interception.

Falk started the day's scoring at the 8:29 mark of the first quarter. Running out of a two-back set, he hit Dom Williams (pictured above) on a shallow slant route that Williams turned into a 55-yard TD that included two broken tackles.

For Williams, a senior who had 43 receptions last season, it was the just the beginning. He concluded the half with 5 catches for 126 yards.

Daniel Lilienthal was the top receiver for the Gray in the half, catching 3 passes for 55 yards and a 38-yard TD on a nifty pass by Bender.

Luke Falk and Bender each played with an offensive line mixed between starters and backups. Falk's Crimson OL consisted of starters Joe Dahl, Gunnar Eklund and Riley Sorenson and backups Moritz Christ and Jacob Seydel. Peyton's Gray OL was made up of starters Cole Madison and Eduardo Middleton and back ups Sam Flor, Cody O'Connell and Andre Dillard.

One disappointing piece of the first half was the kicking of Quentin Breshears. He badly missed a 17-year-field goal at the end of the half that would have given the Crimson a 20-10 lead. He connected on a 32-yard field goal earlier but the ball hit the left upright before going through. Erik Powell, Breshears' understudy, hit a 42 yarder for the Gray.


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