Neither UCLA nor weather deny WSU another win

PULLMAN - Washington State (4-2, 3-0 Pac-12) continues their conference winning ways by rolling over UCLA (3-4, 1-3 Pac-12) for their third Pac-12 victory. On a rainy, windy night at Martin Stadium the only time the Bruins moved the ball was when the game was moments from ending and the WSU D was playing soft coverage. By then it was too late for the guys from Westwood.

The Cougar offense came out a little flat to start the third quarter. That wasn't the case for the WSU D. Marcellus Pippins played center field on the Bruins first possession and picked off a deep throw by Mike Fafaul. Inexplicably, Luke Falk lost the football in his throwing motion and fumbled the ball. UCLA wasted little time to put their first touchdown up on the scoreboard.

Over the course of the third quarter the Wazzu defense continued to fly all over the field while their counterpart started to warm up. Falks unit put up two more touchdowns before the clock ran out on the third quarter of play.

UCLA put together a 15-play 75-yard drive (added by a holding penalty on Jalen Thompson) to make it a two score ball game early in the last quarter.

This wasn't going to be a game that will be replayed again and again, but it certainly was indicative of this Washington State football team. Wazzu is going to play full speed from the opening whistle to when the game clock ticks down to zero.

Saturday night in Martin Stadium the Cougs quite simply imposed their will on their opponent. They dominated the line of scrimmage much of the evening which compensated for inconsistent plays by the offense. But when it was important to take time off the clock, their running game produced that very result.

It took a great play by Dylan Hanser stripping the ball to force a fumble recovered by Robert Taylor to seal the Bruins fate.


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