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WSU stats & nuggets: Very rare air for Cougs

YOU HAVE TO go back 86 years, to 1930. The three 10-win Washington State teams of 2001-03? The 1998 Rose Bowl club? Nope, none can match what the 2016 Cougars have accomplished after thrashing Cal 56-21 in Martin on Saturday night.

And they've done it, incredibly, despite starting the season 0-2.   The 2016 Cougs, who began this season 0-2, have now won eight straight games.  

The 1998 and 2003 crimson Rose Bowlers each had seven straight victories.

Next up for Washington State (8-2, 7-0 Pac-12) on the milestone list are the 1930 Cougars of Mel Hein and Turk Edwards. They won nine straight before falling in the 1931 Rose Bowl to Alabama. WSU can match the '30 squad if it beats Colorado next Saturday in Boulder (time and TV to be announced).

As for history-making individual records, WSU vs. Cal had those too. 

Indeed, a Cougar receiver now stands alone as the great grabmaster in the 101-year history of the Pac-12 conference. 

Say hello to fifth-year senior Gabe Marks, who caught seven passes against Cal, upping his career total to 295, one more than Colorado's Nelson Spruce.  Marks also became the all-time WSU leader in receiving yardage on Saturday. And Marks still has three games left in a Cougar uniform: Colorado, the Apple Cup and WSU's bowl game.

Luke Falk secured his 23rd 300-plus yard passing game in a little over two years as the WSU starting quarterback, hopping over Connor Halliday for the all-time Wazzu record. 

Meanwhile, the duo of Marks and River Cracraft are the only pair of Pac-12 teammates to each amass 200-plus receptions. And Cracraft was having an exceptional night on Saturday vs. Cal. 

In less than three quarters play, Cracraft, a fourth-year senior, had nine catches, 87 receiving yards and three TDs, two of which were spectacular.

But Cracraft injured his knee in that third quarter and didn’t return. ESPN cited WSU medical staff in saying he will have an MRI on his left knee Sunday. If you haven't seen the CF.C sideline video yet, do yourself a favor and do so now:

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