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Notebook from WSU loss to Boise State

BOISE - Washington State beat Boise State in virtually every area of the game Saturday night except one very important one. The scoreboard story didn't reflect the way the Cougs played showing a final outcome of 31-28 in favor of the Broncos.

CFC player of the game: Shalom Luani

  • Senior safety Shalom Luani came up with two huge interceptions that each set up a score for the Cougar offense. Luani was aggressive against the run all night long and was obviously a huge impact in pass defense.


  • The offense played great from their own 20 to opposite 20, but squandered opportunities once they got near the red zone. Whatever was working in the mid-field just didn’t work once they got closer to the end zone. Two of Luke Falk's three touchdown throws (let's be real – one was a shuffle pass) came on passes that were thrown outside of the red-zone.

Stand out stats:

  •  Luke Falk – 55 for 71, 480 yards, 4 TD’s, 1 INT
  •  Tavares Martin – 12 catches, 158 yards, 1 TD
  •  Penalties: WSU 10-79, BSU 3-35
  •  3rd down conversions: WSU-11, BSU-3
  •  Tackles: WSU 52, BSU 95

Leading tackler:

Misleading stat of the game:

  • Time of possession: WSU – 37:58, BSU – 22:02

Play of the game:

  • 3rd and 6 ball on BSU 43. Cougs down 31-21. Shalom Luani picks off Brett Rypien to set up a 33 yard touchdown on the next play – cutting the score to 31-28 BSU.

Injuries noticed:

  • Cole Madison – limped off field, returned the very next series

Up next

  • Idaho Vandals at Martin Stadium, 11am Pac-12 Network

Mike Leach Quotes:

  • “We beat Boise State in virtually every category. Every category – except toughness.”
  • “I thought our defense improved, I still think that they were intimidated by Boise State which there is no excuse for.”

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