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Luke Falk completed 30 of 38 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State built a 31-21 lead at the intermission at Arizona
The Cougars scored on two of their three first-quarter possessions as Falk found Gabe Marks for 6- and 43-yard touchdown passes.
But the Wildcats needed little time to tie the score, 14-all, early in the second quarter. Anu Solomon guided a 13-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown run by Jared Baker. After forcing a Zach Charme punt, Arizona's Nate Philips returned it 70 yards to tie the game.
WSU refused to let the momentum shift to the Wildcats, though. Falk responded with a nine-play, 78-yard drive that finished with a 2-yard touchdown pass to Marks. Cougars' offensive lineman Andre Dillard then forced a Shun Brown fumble on the kickoff, which was recovered by Nate DeRider, at Arizona's 23. Four plays later, Kyrin Priester scored on a 6-yard pass from Falk.
Arizona, which rushed for only 39 yards during the first half, later responded on a 7-yard touchdown run by Baker to reduce its deficit to 28-21 with 4 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the half. But WSU responded with a 25-yard Erik Powell field goal with 24 seconds remaining in the first half.
The Cougars converted 6 of 9 third downs during the first half. WSU also outgained the Wildcats 371-182.
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