COUGS RECLAIM SEASON IN JERSEY NAILBITER

WHAT A GAME. With WSU trailing 34-30, on their own 10-yard line and with just 1:25 left, Providence smiled upon the Cougs. Luke Falk's pass bounced away from a Rutgers defender and River Cracraft snagged it. If that was fortunate, the Cougs earned every single one of the yards after that on their final drive, including Cracraft's game-winning TD catch with 13 seconds left to give WSU a 37-34 win.

Washington State had a response at the ready. But so did Rutgers. In a tumultuous fourth quarter that saw just about everything, the game seemed to have about seven different endings. There were 39 combined points scored in the fourth.

Unofficially, Luke Falk was 47-66 for 478 yards with four TDs and no picks. Gabe Marks was sensational, with 14 catches for 146 yards and a TD. River Cracraft closed strongest of all, with three huge grabs on the final drive among his eigth receptions, 121 yards and three TDs.

We'll be back later with complete coverage but in the fourth quarter alone, Rutgers tied it at 20-all and Washington State responded with an Erik Powell field goal, his third of the day in as many tries. Then, it got nuts.

Rutgers returned the kickoff for a score. Just when the Cougar Faithful didn't know if they could take any more, Washington State responded with a great drive, capped by Marks' stellar grab just inside the pylon -- how Marks held on after getting blasted is a mystery.

With Rutgers now running through a previously stout WSU defense, linebacker Peyton Pelluer -- while being held -- stripped the ball and Isaac Dotson pounced on it. The Cougars probably needed just one first down to salt it away. They couldn't get it. On the ensuing punt, Rutgers ran it back all the way. But the Cougs refused to go away quietly.

The final drive (punctuated by the first and last catches by Cracraft) was a thing of beauty.

Stay tuned to Cougfan.com, we'll have much more coming up.


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