With OSU deep in WSU territory at the start of the second half following a botched fake punt by the Cougars, McBroom blew through the OSU line to sack scrambling Beaver QB Marcus McMaryion for an 8-yard loss. The take down pushed the Beavers out of field-goal range and, following an incomplete pass, OSU had to punt.
Three plays later, Luke Falk and Jamal Morrow teamed up for a 66-yard scoring aerial that Falk and River Cracraft capped off with a two-point conversion.
Just like that, a team that had been dominated by a heavy underdog in every way since the opening whistle had narrowed the deficit to 24-14.
And McBroom, the 6-3, 282-pound junior college transfer with the high motor, was on the ground floor of a third quarter Cougar firebombing.
Following the Morrow TD, the Cougar defense produced another three-and-out stop and moments later Falk went deep to Gabe Marks for a scoring strike covering 37 yards that brought the Cougs to within 24-21.
Rinse and repeat. The Cougar D then cranked out another three-and-out and Falk subsequently connected with Marks on a 28-yard TD aerial to put the Cougs up for the first time, 28-24. They finished the quarter with 235 yards.
The 21-0 deficit WSU found itself in mid-way through the second quarter was now ancient history as they went on to the 35-31 victory — the Cougars' sixth-straight win that makes them bowl-eligible for the third time in the last four years and kept their unbeaten Pac-12 record intact.
McBroom — who had the letters ROB written on his left arm in homage to Barber, his suspended linemate — was an unlikely fire starter to this Cougar blaze.
While he’s played a ton this season and started the past four games, he came into Corvallis with modest stats: four total tackles (none for loss) and one quarterback hurry.
Now he may be known as the guy who reignited a glorious season that looked for all the world like a season on the brink after the first 22 minutes of play in Corvallis.
The Cougars are now 6-2 overall and 5-0 in Pac-12 play. They host Arizona (time TBD) next Saturday.
McBroom is a Stillwater, Okla., product who enrolled at WSU this past January following two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. He earned All-Southwest JC Football Conference second-team honors after tallying 66 tackles with 19 tackles-for-loss including 10 sacks. He chose WSU over Purdue.