Notebook from WSU win over Oregon

PULLMAN - Washington State (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12) used a three-headed monster of a running game to win their Pac-12 opener over Oregon (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) by carrying the football for a head-turning 280 yards.

CFC player(s) of the game:

Running backs Jamal Morrow, James Williams (pictured above) and Gerard Wicks

  • Not only did WSU outgain the Ducks on the ground, all three of the Cougar RBs had a pair of rushing scores.

Surprises:

  • The Coug offensive line came to play tonight. Nothing was more unusual, if not downright surprising, than watching Washington State score six rushing touchdowns in one game under Mike Leach. The self-titled "Goon Squad" absolutely dominated Oregon’s front seven from start to end with no virtually drop off in their performance at any point in the game. On one play, Luke Falk stood in the pocket for an astounding eight seconds before selecting an open target to pick up a first down.

Stand out stats:

  • Rushing total - WSU: 280, Oregon: 214
  • Jamal Morrow: 13 carries for 122 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 68 yards.
  • James Williams: 11 carries for 91 yards and two TDs. In addition, he hauled in five passes for 33 yards.
  • Gerard Wicks: 11 carries for 60 yards and two TDs. He added to his total offense by catching two passes for 15 yards.
  • Luke Falk tallied 36 completion on 48 attempts with 371 yards passing and one TD through the air.
  • Time of possession: WSU - 39:15, Oregon - 20:45
  • Yards per rush: WSU - 7.0, Oregon - 5.8
  • Total yards of offense: WSU - 651, Oregon - 416
  • First downs: WSU - 36, Oregon - 20
  • 11 different Washington State receivers caught a pass
  • Hercules Mata'afa recorded a sack for a safety

Leading tackler:

  • Robert Taylor recorded a total of eight tackles, four of which were solo stops.

Misleading stat of the game:

  • Gabe Marks had 2 catches for 20-yards and one touchdown. You wouldn’t expect 51-points of offense with such a modest total on the stat sheet from Marks. It happened.

Play of the game:

  • James Williams' 38-yard rushing touchdown. The Cougs were up 37-20 with 8:25 left in the fourth quarter. On second-and-five from the 38-yard line, Williams took the rock and ripped through the Ducks defense for the score. His long touchdown run put the final nail in the coffin of Oregon as WSU went up 44-20.

Injuries noticed:

  • Darrien Molton came out on the first drive of the game but returned a few plays later and finished the game. Ngalu Tapa left after getting rolled up on, it wasn't readily apparent at press time if the backup nose tackle returned to the game.

Leach quotes:

  • "I thought the whole game we had energy...we were highly motivated."
  • "I think the whole offensive line played well."
  • "(Luke Falk) did a better job running the offense."

Up next: Stanford at Palo Alto (Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30pm)

RELATED: CFC TV: Leach proud of WSU effort vs Oregon

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