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In case you missed it, some notable notes from WSU-Stanford

IN CASE YOU missed it, the attendance for WSU-Stanford on Halloween night, a major storyline leading up to the game, was 2,940 shy of a sellout. Those on hand saw WSU move closer to a significant defensive milestone. Shalom Luani’s fumble recovery and Parker Henry’s pick were the 13th and 14th turnover forced by WSU – two more and the Cougs will double last season’s takeaway output.

• The Cougar D held Stanford to 312 yards of total offense, 143 hashes below their season average entering the game. It represented the second-lowest total allowed by the WSU defense this season and also the second-lowest total by Stanford this season.

• The Cougs racked up four sacks in the first half but didn’t get to Kevin Hogan in the final two quarters – in part because Stanford stopped throwing it.  Hogan attempted only 19 throws all game.

• The sacks:  Kache Palacio recorded his third sack of the season, the 15th of his career. He is 0.5 away from breaking into WSU’s career top 10.  Darryl Paulo recorded his fifth sack of the season and has 9.5 on his career. Destiny Vaeao recorded his second sack of the season (and forced a fumble for the second time in his career).  Robert Barber recorded his first career sack.

  Gerard Wicks rushed for a career-high 78 yards on 12 carries (6.5 ypc).

  Nickel Parker Henry (pictured above) recorded his first career interception and tied for the Cougar with a career-high 10 tackles. Peyton Pelluer’s 10 stops was his third double-digit tackle performance in eight games.

• Eric Powell’s four first-half field goals marked the first time WSU had accomplished it since Andrew Furney had four in 2011 at UCLA. Powell tied the school record with five field goals (Drew Dunning, New Mexico, 2003).

  Gabe Marks quietly caught his 11th TD of the season, tying him for fifth-most in WSU single-season history. Marks now has 20   career TD catches, fifth-most in WSU history.

  Luke Falk’s two touchdown tosses gave him 40 career TD passes, seventh-most in WSU history. The third-yard sophomore’s 28 touchdown passes this season are tied with Jason Gesser (2002) for the fourth-most in WSU single-season history.

  River Cracraft caught his fourth TD pass of the season and 15th of his career.


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