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WSU completes an epic win over Arizona

PULLMAN - Washington State basically put Arizona away in the first half. Luke Falk's work was finished before the end of the third quarter after filling up the stat sheet with 32 of 35 passing for 311 yards and four TD passes. As gaudy as those stats are, this game was won in the trenches. The only question about Wazzu in this one would be, how did Tyler Hilinski perform?

Following an outstanding 30-minutes of football in the first half, Washington State enjoyed receiving the kickoff to open up the final two quarters of play. The Wildcats made it even more enjoyable for Wazzu on their first possession by contributing two pass interference penalties to extend the touchdown drive widening the scoring gap to WSU 45 - Arizona 7. 

Arizona failed to move the ball past midfield on their first possession. They continued their weak special teams play by giving up a 26-yard punt return to Kaleb Fossum who set the WSU offense up with good field position yet again on the WSU 45.

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The methodical 55-yard drive Falk put together when his offense got their second crack at scoring produced the final time the fourth-year junior would take a snap. With the scoreboard reading WSU 52 - Arizona 7, second-year freshman Tyler Hilinski would run the Air Raid the rest of the way.

HIlinski showed poise and confidence in his first series. Though the drive stalled at the AZ 14, Erik Powell converted his field goal attempt from 31-yards out. Powell has now made five of his last six tries after missing his first four kicks to begin the season.

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Early in the fourth Cougar Nation was smiling from ear-to-ear seeing their team completely dominating a short-handed opponent by the score of WSU 55 - AZ 7.

Rich Rod followed Mike Leach's lead and sent out true freshman quarterback Khalil Tate to see Pac-12 live action. As with everything else the Arizona coach tried Saturday afternoon, Tate couldn't move the ball against an active, fired up Washington State offense.

Aided by a personal foul the wiped out a sack, Hilinski made the 'Cats pay by lofting a beautifully thrown ball to a wide open River Cracraft streaking down the far sideline. Cracraft strolled into the end zone after hauling in the first TD pass thrown by Hiliinski, a 71-yard connection.

The Wazzu backup QB looked outstanding the next time he led the offense onto the field. Hilinski put together an 11-play drive covering 77-yards capped with a nicely thrown nine-yard TD toss to Isaiah Johnson-Mack.

Washington State's complete domination of Arizona included 624-yards of offense will allowing the 'Cats just 286-yards.

Fittingly, this game ends as it should with Treshon Broughton intercepting Arizona's final hope in the end zone.

FINAL: WSU 69 - Arizona 7

Check back with CF.C for our wall-to-wall coverage of the Cougar's seventh consecutive win on the season.


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