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Washington State's Gabe Marks caught a program-best four touchdowns during a 45-42 win Saturday at Arizona
Marks now is tied for fifth in program history with 19 touchdown catches. Three of those came during the first half as he caught 6- and 43-yard scoring passes from Luke Falk during the first quarter and found the end zone with a 2-yard reception during the second quarter. Falk threw for 335 yards during the first 30 minutes, which is the fourth most passing yards in a half in school history.
Falk, who finished 47 of 62 for 514 yards and five touchdowns, now has 39 scoring passes, which ranks ninth in Cougars' history. It also was the third time he has thrown for 500 yards. And Marks was far from his only target as River Cracraft had a team-high 102 yards on eight receptions. This was Cracraft's seventh 100-yard game in his career. He also ranks eighth in program history with 153 catches.
While Falk, Marks and Cracraft continue to ascend in WSU's record books, a couple other receivers emerged. Clemson transfer Kyrin Priester caught first touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Falk during the second quarter. And true freshman Kyle Sweet had his first reception.
The running game also contributed 117 yards on 31 carries. When Gerard Wicks reached the end zone on a 1-yard carry during the third quarter, it was the team's sixth rushing touchdown of the season. They had just five in 2014.
It all added up the Cougars (5-2 overall, 3-1 Pac-12) winning their third consecutive conference game for the first time since 2003. WSU also is off to its best start since that season when they were 7-2.
The Cougars have scored 40 points in three consecutive games for the first time since 2001.
This also marked WSU's second consecutive win in Tucson. The Cougars also won consecutive wins at Arizona in 1980-81 and claimed three straight victories in the desert between 2001-04.
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