Moos: Mike Price loves what he sees in Falk

WASHINGTON STATE's Luke Falk received about as high an endorsement Saturday as any quarterback can. Mike Price, the man who produced three of the greatest signal callers in Cougar history, "loves Luke Falk as a QB," WSU athletic director Bill Moos said today on his weekly radio show.

Moos said he sat next to Price for a quarter during WSU's 52-31 victory over Oregon State -- a game in which Falk completed 72 percent of his throws and had more TD passes in the first half (six) than incompletions (five).

Price, who guided the Cougars to two Rose Bowls in his 14 seasons as head coach, is the man most responsible for the "Quarterback U" moniker WSU once carried. Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Leaf and Jason Gesser all were his guys.

In addition, when Price was a WSU assistant coach in the early 70s, he ran the recruiting point on Jack Thompson, the legendary Throwin' Samoan who is considered the patriarch of WSU's esteemed line of quarterbacks.

But back to Falk for a moment.

In addition to his work on the field, he generated some attention on the sidelines Saturday as well. If you gazed that direction midway through the fourth quarter you would have seen Falk, receiver River Cracraft and others doing a series of up-downs. The two had just come off the field following an interception in which Falk was the passer and Cracraft the intended receiver.

"We do up-downs in practice if we don't do our jobs and we didn't do our job out here in the game so Coach Leach decided to do that," Falks explained to inquiring reporters after the game. "We just have to do our job."

He sheepishly added that he and Cracraft had to do 15 up-downs each.

Falk threw two INTs on the day -- matching his total for the rest of the season. Still, that only adds up to four picks in 325 pass attempts.

HERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER NUGGETS that Moos offered up during his radio show:

  • You hear some mumbling about special teams but the (OSU) kickoff return wasn't game changer, the blocked punt either. But we have to stay alert.

  • I've seen us close the offensive line splits, come under center and throw a pass - we're not as predictable anymore.

  • We're going to have to score a lot of points to win this game against Arizona.

  • WSU controlling the line of scrimmage on defense will be huge vs. Arizona. I'm projecting a lot yards by both teams.

  • The 1 p.m. kickoff in the Arizona desert Saturday is going to be different conditions than we're used to (82 degrees forecast at kickoff).

  • When football is good, all boats rise. The key is we've got a ways to go still. The foundation is in place, the building continues.

    Gesser, WSU's radio color analyst, joined Moos on the show and said Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon poses a unique challenge to the Cougar D because he's a triple option talent who can run, pass, and pass off the run.

    ESPN has picked up the WSU-Stanford game on Oct. 31 in Pullman. Kickoff is set for prime time, at 7:30 p.m., WSU announced today.

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