Stats: WSU's Gerard Wicks runs wild

IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS since a Cougar running back rushed for 100 yards - but the last four season are no great mystery: Mike Leach wants his 'backs to rack up all-purpose yards. So if a Leach RB is going to top the century mark in rushing yards, it will come on a small number of touches. For Gerard Wicks in WSU's 27-3 win over Colorado on Saturday, it took but nine carries.

Wicks went over 100 rushing yards in the fourth quarter, tallying 103 hashes on his ninth rush of the game.

The third-year sophomore finished  with 123 hashes on 13 carries (9.5 ypc!)

The Cougs' three running backs (Marks, Keith Harrington, Jamal Morrow) had a combined 19 carries for 153 yards. Account for the sack on Luke Falk that knocked him from the game and the Cougs officially finished with 149 rushing yards -- a robust total indeed for a Leach team.

**Other notable numbers and notes**
-WR Gabe Marks set the all-time WSU program single-season TD reception mark with his 14th TD grab in 11 games.

-Marks now has 1,067 receiving hashes, No. 8 on the all-time single-season list at WSU.

-The chase for WSU's 2015-16 No. 1 sackmaster continues to heat up: Darryl Paulo's takedown put him in the lead with 5 1-2 sacks. Ivan McLennan's sack gave him 5.0 on the year. Hercules Mata'afa posted a sack against Colorado and now has 5.0 on the season, while Kache Palacio (5.0) is also right there with two games to go.

-WSU posted four sacks and an impressive nine tackles for loss against Colorado (see complete stats below).

-Falk's 36th TD pass to Dom Williams was his 36th of the season, No. 8 all-time in the Pac-10/12.

-Williams now has 29 TD grabs for his career, just three behind WSU's all-time leader Jason Hill.

-LT Andre Dillard made his first career start with Joe Dahl out. Center Sam Flor made his first start of the season, and third career start, with starting cener Riley Sorenson missing the game. True freshman wideout Kyle Sweet made his second start of the season with starting Y River Cracraft out. WSU radio sideline reporter Jessamyn McIntyre reported an hour before kickoff Cracraft was in a boot. Dahl was also reported to be be in a boot when senior day introductions were made before kickoff.

-Safety Taylor Taliulu's interception in the fourth quarter was the first of his career.

-WSU wore white helmets with numbers only on the sides, a look they hadn't featured since the 1963 season.

-Washington State led 14-0 at the half - the first time WSU had blanked a Pac-12 opponent through two quarters since 2007.

-WSU held a Pac-12 opponent without a touchdown for the first time since 2006 (Oregon State).

-Actual attendance was 25,121 but WSU still recorded its third sellout of the season -- IMG and WSU's community partners pledged to buy up all the remaining tickets late Friday afternoon. At least 1,000 tickets were given away for free. Some students had left town for Thanksgiving break by the time Saturday's evening game was played and there were around 5,900 reserved and premium tickets still for sale 36 hours before kickoff.


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