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WSU football: Home is where the points are

IF WASHINGTON STATE is going to put teams away earlier in games this coming season, something both Mike Leach and quarterback Luke Falk have said is a focus this offseason, a good place to start is at home.

Falk was great in Martin Stadium in 2015, but he did some of his best work on the road.

In 12 games (he missed the regular season finale on the road) Falk was fairly consistent whether playing home or away, but with a slight edge on the road.

Falk was 201 of 287 (70 percent) passing at home, 246 of 357 on the road (69 percent).  But he threw six of his eight interceptions in home games, and had 20 passing TDs on the road compared to 18 at home. And he threw for nearly 500 more yards in games away from Pullman.

Meanwhile, Alex Grinch and the Cougar defense can focus one of its spring goals around the fourth quarter. 

WSU gave up 123 fourth quarter points last season, far and away its greatest points allowed per quarter (71, 74, 85).

Washington State can certainly put more pressure on opposing teams by starting faster out of the locker room – both at the outset and after halftime. The Cougs scored 86 points in the first quarter, but 142 points in the second quarter; and 62 points in the third quarter, with 105 points in the fourth quarter.

Some of it is scheduling but the home team wins about 60 percent of the time in college football.  The Cougs play seven home games this regular season, with five on the road.  Spring ball kicks off March 24.

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