Washington State runs over Idaho 56-6; James Williams rushes for 100-plus hashes, special teams and D add star moments

IT MIGHT NOT have been a “complete game” in the final analysis, the first 1 ½ quarters were a bit sluggish for the Cougs. But what can be said about Washington States 56-6 drubbing of Idaho on Saturday is this: All three phases of the Cougar football team authored signature moments.

WSU’s ground attack, led by James “Yards After Contact” Williams, racked up its most rushing yards ever in the Mike Leach era.  Williams unofficially finished with 129 hashes on 14 carries -- and WSU running backs pounded out 216 yards on 30 carries.

The Cougar special teams produced not one but two TDs -- and the first was the game’s turning point. Midway through the second quarter with WSU holding a tenuous 7-3 lead, nose tackle Robert Barber blocked an Idaho field goal attempt, corner Marcellus Pippins scooped it up and raced 72 yards to the house.

Later, rush Dylan Hanser displayed picture-perfect technique on the kickoff team, placing his hat square on the ball. The resulting fumble was scooped up by Gerard Wicks, who promptly scampered into the end zone to make it 49-6.

The Cougar D, meanwhile, didn’t allow Idaho into the end zone -- and held the Vandals under 300 total yards of offense. It sure didn’t seem at first like it would wind up that way, with Idaho hanging tough with WSU for most of the first half. Credit to the Cougar D for pouring it on in the second half.

Oh and by the way, Luke Falk passed for three TDs and 226 yards (21-36) before he exited early in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand, allowing backup Tyler Hilinski to see his first collegiate action (6-8, 55 yards, 1 INT).

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