Inside the Sun Bowl stats as Cougs win 20-14

COUGAR DEFENSMAN Hercules Mata’afa was named the Sun Bowl’s Lineman of the Game after Washington State’s 20-14 win. It was only fitting given that the second-year freshman reserve also wound up sharing the WSU season sack title with senior Darryl Paulo.

Hercules Mata'afa and Darryl Paulo each recorded their seventh sack of the season in WSU’s Sun Bowl win. Rush Ivan McLennan recorded his sixth sack of the season and Destiny Vaeao also posted a sack to give him 4 ½ for the season.  The Cougs' four sacks gave them 34 on the season.

Gabe Marks (1,192) and Dom Williams (1,040) became the first Cougar wide receiving duo to surpass the 1,000-yard mark in the same season. Marks had five catches for 67 yards and a TD, Williams had two grabs for 43 yards.

Luke Falk’s two TD passes in the bowl gave him 38 on the year, the most ever for a Washington State quarterback in a season.

Running back Jamal Morrow had 71 rushing yards on 10 carries. He also had five catches for 50 hashes and a TD.

Washington State took minus-11 yards on the final two plays with Falk taking a knee out of the shotgun, to finish with 87 net rushing yards.

Slot receiver River Cracraft returned to action in the Sun Bowl, with most of his five catches (63 yards) coming in what else, clutch situations.

The Cougar D held Miami to 344 yards of total offense. After Miami's first two drives of the game, WSU held the Hurricanes to 206 yards of total offense the rest of the way.

MIK Peyton Pelluer made his first career interception after a strip by corner Charleston White.

Nose tackle Robert Barber had his second forced fumble of the season and it was perhaps the biggest play of the game, coming inside the WSU 5-yard line with Miami threatening to take the lead with less than four minutes left.  Corner Marcellus Pippins recovered the fumble, his team-leading third fumble of the season.

Safety Shalom Luani recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season to end Miami's final possession, allowing WSU to run out the clock after a pair of first down rushes by Morrow and Falk.

Calvin Green made his first career start at the Nickel and had three tackles, including the first stop on Miami's first possession.

Frankie Luvu had some real pad-rattlers, finishing with four tackles. Cougar corner Darrien Molton led the Cougs with eight stops.

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