WSU stats and nuggets: 69 points worth of ‘em

MIKE LEACH HAS a pretty good memory. But even he couldn’t recall a game where a quarterback did what Luke Falk did on Saturday in Washington State’s 69-7 shellacking of Arizona.

Falk threw more touchdowns (4) than incompletions (3).  The Cougar QB finished his day with time still left in the third quarter. His stat line vs. Arizona: 32 of 35 passing (91 percent) for 311 yards with 4 TDs. Falk did not throw an interception nor was he sacked in the game.

•        Falk upped his career passing yards to 9,662, third-most in WSU history. Falk's four scoring tosses also pushed him past Alex Brink for second in WSU history. Falk now has 79 career TD passes. Falk's completion percentage vs. Arizona was a WSU single-game record, and a Pac-12 single-game record for 30-plus completions (Dick Norman, Stanford, 1959, 34-39).
•        An initial check: Falk combining with Tyler Hilinski resulted in a WSU 90.3 team completion percentage (47-of-52). That would be an NCAA FBS Record when completing 30-plus passes.
•        RB James Williams made his first career start
•        WR Gabe Marks had five catches for 68 yards, and now has a catch in 24 straight games. Marks upped his career reception total to 288, second-most in Pac-12 history behind Colorado’s Nelson Spruce (294).  Marks also upped his career receiving yards to 3,181, second in WSU history, and he now stands just 27 hashes away from breaking Marquess Wilson’s record (3,207).
•        WR River Cracraft had two catches for 90 yards and now has a catch in 38 straight games. Cracraft now has 209 grabs, second in WSU history.
•        RB Gerard Wicks recorded his ninth and 10th rushing touchdowns of the season, the most since Jerome Harrison’s 16 in 2005.
•        Safety Shalom Luani picked off his fourth passes of the season, eight of his career
•        DE Nnamdi Oguayo recorded his first career sack -- and finished with three sacks, the most since Ivan McLennan’s three against Wyoming in 2015.
•        WR Isaiah Johnson-Mack caught his first career touchdown pass
•        CB Treshon Broughton recorded his first career interception
•        K Erik Powell’s 32-yard field goal was No. 26 of his career, tying Loren Langley for ninth in WSU history
•        Kainoa Wilson (WR) Taylor Comfort (DL) and Nick Begg (DL) each made their collegiate debuts.
•        RB Jamal Morrow was the game captain for the 18th straight game and won the coin toss. WSU has won seven of nine tosses this season
•        Attendance: 33,547. It was the Cougs' third sellout in five home games this season.
•        WSU recorded its seventh straight win, its longest winning streak since 2002. WSU is 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 2002
•        WSU’s 24 points in the first quarter is the most since scoring 28 in the opening quarter at Arizona in 2001. WSU’s 31-point halftime lead (38-7) was its largest since leading 40-0 against Idaho State to open the 2011 season.
•        WSU forced three turnovers (2 INT, FUM) and improved to 13-3 when forcing two or more turnovers in a game under WSU second-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
•        WSU’s 69 points were the most scored under Mike Leach, the most scored against a conference opponent in school history, the seventh-most in school history and the most since WSU beat Southwest Louisiana 77-7 in 1997.
•        The 62 point margin of victory against a conference opponent was a WSU record.
•        WSU recorded season-highs of 10 tackles-for-loss and five sacks
•        WSU’s 34 first downs tied for the sixth-most in WSU single-game history

Pictured above, L-R: Kaleb Fossum, Tyler Hilinski, River Cracraft.

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