Mitch Weholt /Cougfan.com

Notebook from WSU win over Oregon State

THE ONLY PROBLEM in trying to select a Player of the Game from Washington State’s crazy 35-31 win over Oregon State: there are about 10 players who deserve the honor. Luke Falk, Gabe Marks or River Cracraft? You bet. Cody O’Connell, Isaac Dotson, Garrett McBroom and others all had starring, critical contributions. But someone else claimed the top honor in my book.

Here is my notebook from Saturday’s win over Oregon State:

CFC Player of the Game: Jamal Morrow

It's tough to single out just one player because of the way I saw the game unfold. It was really a team win. Jamal Morrow made a handful of big time plays throughout the game that gave the Cougs inspiration as they fought back to take the lead during their third quarter offensive attack. Morrow tallied 150-all-purpose yards by catching five passes for 95-yards and a touchdown and carrying the rock seven times for 55-yards. Luke Falk, Gabe Marks, and others could easily be considered for player of the game, but Morrow was the one who was consistent from beginning to end.

Surprises: 

For unknown reasons, a suited up Cody O’Connell sat on the sidelines for the first half of the game. When he finally got to line up at left guard, O’Connell helped lead the Cougs to score 22 unanswered points in the third quarter providing the necessary momentum to win the game.

Standout Stats:

Luke Falk: completed 33 of 46 pass attempts totaling 415-yards, 5 TD’s and no interceptions

Jamal Morrow: 7 rushes for 55-yards along with five receptions for 95-yards and a touchdown

Gabe Marks: 8 catches for 110-yards and two TD’s

Tavares Martin, Jr.: 6 catches for 82-yards and a touchdown

Total yards of offense: WSU - 552-yards, OSU - 498-yards

Rushing yardage: WSU - 137-yards, OSU - 171-yards

1st downs: WSU - 27, OSU - 20

Penalties: WSU - 6 for 65-yards, OSU - 13 for 110-yards

3rd downs: WSU - completed 4 of 12, OSU - completed 3 of 13

Turnovers: WSU - 2, OSU - 0

Leading Tackler: Darrien Molton with 10 tackles, 7 solo

Misleading stat of the game:

Red zone scoring: WSU - 1 of 2, OSU - 3 for 3

The Cougs only managed to get to the OSU red zone twice throughout the entire night. One of those was on the last possession of the game. Considering that WSU was only in scoring territory one time through the game and put up 35-points plus a win is pretty misleading.

Play of the game: 

WSU was up 35-31 late in the fourth quarter. The Beavers had the ball in Cougar territory on the WSU 34. On a fourth and one run attempt, OSU’s running back was hit in the backfield initially by Peyton Pelluer, then brought down by Shalom Luani and Frankie Luvu to stop the play short of a first down. After WSU regained possession, they drove down the field running off all but four seconds on the clock to put OSU’s chance for a comeback away.

Injuries Noticed:

Luke Falk was rattled after a targeting hit to the helmet, but stayed in the game.

Up next:

Washington State will host Arizona next Saturday (Nov. 5, time TBD)

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