How they scored: Cougs vs. Scarlet Knights

WASHINGTON STATE STRUGGLED throughout the day to make a play to secure the win. Until the last drive. That is when big plays — highlighted by an 8-yard touchdown pass from Luke Falk to River Cracraft with 13 seconds left — came in abundance as the Cougars beat Rutgers 37-34 Saturday. Falk completed 47 of 66 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns as WSU opened with its first road win in 10 years.

First Quarter

WSU 7-0 at 10:57 mark: Dom Williams 7-yard pass from Luke Falk (Erik Powell kick)
Key play: Luke Falk found Gabe Marks for a 25-yard completion on third-and-10 to Rutgers’ 20-yard line.
Drive length: 9 plays, 75 yards; Drive Time: 4:03

Second Quarter

WSU 10-0 at 12:59 mark: Powell 46 FG
Key play: Marcellus Pippins intercepted Chris Laviano and returned it 2 yards to Rutgers’ 34.
Drive length: 4 plays, 5 yards; Drive Time: 1:53

WSU 10-3 at 2:19 mark: Kyle Federico 37 FG
Key plays: Rutgers converted a pair of third downs during the drive. On third-and-4 at their own 35, Laviano hit Nick Arcidiacono for a 5-yard completion. Later, John Hicks converted a third-and-1 with a 4-yard gain to WSU’s 12.
Drive length: 13 plays, 52 yards; Drive Time: 6:34

WSU 13-3 at 0:52 mark: Powell 47 FG
Key play: The drive opened with a 19-yard completion from Falk to River Cracraft to Rutgers’ 46.
Drive length: 6 plays, 35 yards; Drive Time: 1:22

WSU 13-6 at 0:01 mark: Federico 48 FG
Key play: Laviano connected with Charles Scarff on a 14-yard reception to put Rutgers in field-goal range at WSU’s 25.
Drive length: 6 plays, 42 yards; Drive Time: 0:51

Third Quarter

WSU 20-6 at 8:55 mark: Keith Harrington 5-yard pass from Falk (Powell kick)
Key play: On third-and-1 at Rutgers’ 15, Falk found Marks for a 5-yard completion.
Drive length: 7 plays, 64 yards; Drive Time: 2:09

WSU 20-12 at 4:30 mark: Robert Martin 15-yard run (kick blocked)
Key plays: Rutgers faced a third-and-21 at its own 49, but Laviano connected with Janarion Grant on consecutive plays for 15- and 20-yard completions to WSU’s 16.
Drive length: 9 plays, 73 yards; Drive Time: 4:25

Fourth Quarter

20-20 at 14:56 mark: Matt Flanagan 1-yard pass from Laviano (Leonte Carroo from Laviano)
Key play: Rutgers was set to face a third-and-long deep in its own territory after a sack, but a face-mask penalty on Logan Tago gave the Scarlet Knights at first down at their own 46.
Drive length: 7 plays, 68 yards; Drive Time: 2:31

WSU 23-20 at 12:44 mark: Powell 37 FG
Key play: Marks caught a 25-yard pass from Falk to Rutgers’ 38.
Drive length: 8 plays, 67 yards; Drive Time: 2:12

RUTGERS 27-23 at 12:30 mark: Grant 100-yard kickoff return (Federico kick)
Drive length: 0 plays, 0 yards; Drive Time: 0:14

WSU 30-27 at 9:31 mark: Marks 23-yard pass from Falk (Powell kick)
Drive length: 8 plays, 82 yards; Drive Time: 2:59

RUTGERS 34-30 at 1:31 mark: Grant 55-yard punt return (Federico kick)
Drive length: 0 plays, 0 yards; Drive Time: 0:00

WSU 37-34 at 0:13 mark: Cracraft 8-yard pass from Falk (Powell kick)
Key play: On fourth-and-5, Robert Lewis caught an 8-yard pass from Falk to Rutgers’ 26.
Drive length: 10 plays, 90 yards; Drive Time: 1:18


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