Stats & nuggets from Washington State's 42-16 takedown of Stanford

WHEN WASHINGTON STATE's stop corps takes the ball away at least twice, a crimson victory generally follows. At Stanford, the Cougs generated three takeaways (2 INT, 1 fumble) in a dominating 42-16 win over the Card. And Wazzu also improved to 11-3 under second-year defensive Cougar coordinator Alex Grinch when forcing at least two turnovers. Here are the official stats, plus lots of notable nuggets.

•        Hercules Mata’afa recorded 1 1/2 tackles-for-loss including his team-leading third sack of the season (but it sure felt like a lot more given the seemingly countless number of hurries he notched).

•        Peyton Pelluer recorded his first sack and forced fumble of the season. It was his third career forced fumble and second career sack.

•        Isaac Dotson, who also picked off a pass, recovered a fumble.

•        Luke Falk tossed four touchdowns, upping his career total to 70 and tying Jason Gesser for third in WSU program history and No. 20 in Pac-12 history.   Falk threw for 357 yards, his fourth 300-yard game this season, 18th of his career. He sits fourth in WSU history with 8,277 career passing hashes.

•        Gabe Marks caught five passes to up his career total to 261, moved into second in Pac-12 history

•        River Cracraft caught seven passes for 120 yards, his eighth career 100-yard game, including a monster TD grab (pictured above).

•        James Williams rushed for his fourth touchdown of the season.

•        WSU rushed for 101 yards, its third straight game with 100 ground yards.

•       WSU recorded its first win over Stanford since 2007, snapping an eight game losing streak. It was the Cougs' first win at Stanford since 2006 and the first WSU win over a top 15 team since the 2003 Holiday Bowl over Texas, the first regular season win over a top 15 team since those same Cougars flattened the No. 10 Ducks in '03.

•        WSU beat Oregon and Stanford in the same season for the first time since 2006.

•        Cracraft (34 games), Robert Lewis (29) and Marks (21) all caught a pass to extend their consecutive games with a catch streaks.

•        Tavares Martin Jr. caught two passes for 34 yards -- both were touchdown grabs, his second and third of the season.

•        Marks caught his 30th career touchdown pass, tying Dom Williams for second in WSU history and t-6th in Pac-12 history.

•        Cracraft upped his career reception total to 190, fourth-most in WSU program history.

•        Shalom Luani, who nearly returned an interception for a TD against Stanford, made his second straight start at nickel, (though nickel starter Parker Henry returned to action vs. Stanford after missing the Oregon game). Robert Taylor started at free safety in Luani's stead.

•        OL Noah Osur-Myers made his collegiate debut.


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