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WSU Sun Bowl Notebook: Falk on the verge

WASHINGTON STATE’s final practice in Pullman this year takes place on Saturday, the eighth bowl practice the Cougs have held. The Cougars leave for El Paso on Monday and will hold four more practices before the Sun Bowl (Dec. 26, 11 a.m., CBS). In the bowl game, Luke Falk could set the Washington State all-time single season passing mark – and the Pac-12 all-time record isn’t out of the realm either.

--Falk needs 332 passing yards to break Connor Halliday’s 2013 WSU record of 4,597 passing yards.  Falk has thrown for 4,266 hashes in 11 games this season. 

He would need 397 yards to set the all-time single season Pac-12 mark (Sean Mannion, OSU, 4,662).

Falk has thrown for 407 or more yards five times this season. He’s thrown for 354 or more yards seven times.

--For those fans who will watch on television, Carter Blackburn will handle the play-by-play with Gary Danielson the analyst and Allie LaForce the sideline reporter.  Verne Lundquist, the man behind the mic for WSU’s 2001 Sun Bowl game and the iconic college football voice of CBS, and also Danielson’s regular partner on CBS’ No. 1 college football broadcast team, hasn’t called a Sun Bowl since 2012.

--This year will be the 82nd playing of the Sun Bowl. It is the second-oldest bowl game, along with the Sugar and Orange, behind the Rose Bowl.

--In addition to meetings and practices, the Cougs will have a full week of El Paso activities including time with the troops at Fort Bliss and visiting a children’s hospital.  (The Sun Bowl is expected to release a bowl-week activity schedule next week).

--The Cougar D will enter the bowl game seventh in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game at 7.9.

--WR Gabe Marks is fourth in the country at 8.3 catches per game. Of Marks’ 99 receptions this season, 57 of have resulted in a first down.

--WR Dom Williams needs two TD receptions in the Sun Bowl to tie Jason Hill’s WSU career record of 32. Williams will finish his career  second in school history in receiving yards – he has 2,846 and trails only Marquess Wilson (3,207, 2010-12).

--If it feels like Mike Leach has gone for it less on fourth down this season, he really hasn’t. WSU leads the country in 4th-down conversions (25) and is second in most attempts (36).

--Kache Palacio, 10th on the WSU career list with 16 sacks, is chasing Rien Long at No. 9 (17.0) and Ivan Cook at No. 8 (17.5).   Scott Pelluer  holds down the No. 7 spot with 19.0 sacks.

--Leach owns a 104-72 record headed into the Sun Bowl. He is 20-29 at WSU and was named the Pac-12 Conference Co-Coach of the Year this season after guiding the Cougs to an 8-4 regular season mark.

--WSU’s depth chart for the Sun Bowl lists no changes:


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