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Stats & nuggets from Cougars' wild ride and crazy comeback win at Oregon State

THE LOSS OF Robert Barber at Oregon State was felt up and down the Washington State defensive line, with two Cougars making their first career starts at end and rush, while others moved inside, out and around to try and compensate for the loss of the fifth-year senior nose tackle. Meanwhile on offense, just another record-setting ho-hum day for the Cougs with no drama to be found anywhere.

•        Freshman Derek Moore made first career start, starting at end. (Hercules Mata'afa is WSU's usual starting d-end). 
•        Junior Frankie Luvu made his first career start at RUSH linebacker.
•        WSU is bowl eligible for the second straight season and third time under Mike Leach.
•        WSU's sixth straight win is the Cougars' longest winning streak since 2003. WSU is 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002.
•        WSU racked up 137 hashes on the ground at OSU despite only five first half rushes. WSU posted 100-plus rushing yards for the fourth time this season.
•        Gabe Marks became WSU’s career-leader with 33 touchdowns (Jason Hill, 32, 2003-06). Marks' 33 TD grabs are second all-time in Pac-12 history to Dwayne Jarrett of USC (41). CLICK HERE
 •       Marks at Oregon State had eight catches for 110 yards. He has a catch in 24 straight games, 11 career 100-yard games and upped his career reception total to 283, second-most in Pac-12 history behind Colorado’s Nelson Spruce (294). Marks has 3,113 career receiving yards, second in WSU history -- but probably not for long. The all-time leader at WSU, Marquess Wilson, totaled 3,207 receiving hashes.
•        Luke Falk threw for 415 yards, his 10th career 400-yard game and upped his career passing yards to 9,351, third in WSU history.
•        Falk threw five touchdown passes at OSU, passing Jason Gesser for third on WSU's all-time list, and now has 75 career TD tosses. Falk also engineered his sixth career fourth-quarter comeback.
•        Falk’s 66-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow was the longest reception of Morrow’s career.
•        River Cracraft made four catches (although it sure felt like more so brilliant were some of those grabs, for 54 yards. He now has a catch in 37 straight games. Cracraft upped his career reception total to 207, second in WSU history.
•        Jamal Morrow caught five passes for 95 yards, pushing his career reception total to 131, the most in WSU history by a Cougar running back
•        CB Darrien Molton made a career-high 10 tackles
•        DL Garrett McBroom recorded his first career sack, and its importance cannot be overstated.


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