WSU-UCLA stats & notes: Where to begin?!

EVERY COUGFAN WILL remember where they were when gutsy Washington State quarterback Luke Falk connected on the 21-yard TD pass to Gabe Marks to knock off No. 18 UCLA. But don't forget about the WSU special teams and defensive takeaways.

WSU blocked its first punt since the 2013 New Mexico Bowl. The four-man group split over the long snapper was designed to overcome UCLA's three-man protection in front of the punter -- and it went like clockwork. Dylan Hanser dove around the left side to get the block. The Cougs also held UCLA's punt return and kickoff return units in check nicely.

The Cougar D forced two turnovers, recovering two fumbles (Nate DeRider, Darrien Molton) in pushing its season turnover total to 18 through 10 games.  Last year, WSU had but seven.  Peyton Pelluer was the Cougs' leading tackler with eight.  The Cougs logged eight pass break ups.

Falk threw two touchdown passes, setting the WSU single-season record with 35 TD passes (Ryan Leaf, Connor Halliday; 34). Falk came out of the game in the first half with what ESPN announcers said were concussion-like symptoms but returned to start the third quarter and go the rest of the way after passing concussion protocol tests.

Falk threw for 331 yards, upping his season total to 4,067, the second-most in WSU single-season history. The third-year sophomore now has 5,926 passing yards in his career, ninth-most in WSU history despite having only started 13  games.

Falk recorded his fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season, and the fifth of his career.

Marks became the all-time receptions leader in WSU history. His 12-catch, 92-yard performance upped his career reception total to 204, breaking Michael Bumpus’ record of 195.

Marks caught TD passes No. 12 and No. 13 on the season, tying him with Jason Hill (2005) for the most in WSU single-season history

Marks' 21st and 22nd career TDs are tied for the fourth-most in program history.

Peyton Bender completed 2 of 5 passes in the first half when Falk came out of the game. One was a TD fade to Dom Williams, who made a great over the shoulder catch. Bender's QB rating for the game was 201.8.  Williams' TD grab was his ninth of the season. He now has 28 career touchdown receptions, t-11th in conference history (Williams is No. 2 in program history behind Jason Hill (32). 

WSU improved to 7-3 overall, its best start since opening 8-2 in 2003. The win over No. 18  UCLA was WSU's highest win over a ranked opponent since beating No. 16 Oregon in 2006.

WR Kyle Sweet and CB Kirkland Parker made their first career starts.

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