Here are my 3 takeaways from Saturday’s game:
1. Cougs dominate the line of scrimmage
WSU’s offensive line provided its best protection of the year as Luke Falk went without being sacked for all three quarters (all he was needed) that he was in the game. Not only was Falk rarely pressured, the O-line demolished Arizona’s front seven as the Cougs running back three-headed-monster gashed the 'Cats for 140 yards on the ground. Defensively, Wazzu recorded five sacks and penetrated Arizona’s offense often and tirelessly throughout the day. In the end, WSU gave up 158 rushing yards but most were racked up late in the game with back-ups getting some playing time. Either way, Wazzu dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball from beginning to end.
2. Flawless performance from Falk, Hilinski, O-line, RB trio, and the entire Cougar offense
Falk finished with a 91.4 completion percentage totaling 311 yards passing with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tyler Hilinski threw his first career touchdown pass and ended his game going 15 for 17 with 163-yards and two touchdowns. The offensive line didn’t give up a single sack all game long. Gerard Wicks, James Williams, and Jamal Morrow combined for 151 rushing yards on 26 carries and rushed for three TDs. Fourteen different receivers caught at least one pass. The list goes on, and on, and on, and on. Just check out the box score stats. Wow.
3. Special teams puts together their best game yet
You can’t ask for much more from your special teams after Saturday’s performance. Not only did the Cougs pin two of Arizona’s three kickoff returns inside the 25-yard line (23, 19), they recorded 107 punt return yards, went 2 for 2 on field goal attempts (23, 31), kicked six touchbacks on kickoff, and gave WSU extremely favorable field position all day long. The only thing that could have made the day better might have been a kick return for a score. Regardless, it was an outstanding day for assistant coach Eric Mele’s special forces.
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