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River Cracraft's sterling pass catching career at Washington State is over

ONE OF THE MOST prolific pass catchers in the 120 seasons football has been played on the Palouse is lost for the year. Washington State senior River Cracraft, in the midst of a monster performance against Cal on Saturday when he went down in the second half, has torn the ACL in his left knee. He concludes his WSU tenure with 218 career receptions – the second-most in WSU history behind teammate Gabe Marks.

Multiple sources close to the program confirmed the season-ending diagnosis with Cougfan.com. No further details were available.

Cracraft caught nine Luke Falk passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougars’ 56-21 victory over the Golden Bears at Martin Stadium last night. The injury happened on the last of those grabs, in the third quarter. ESPN replays didn’t show an obvious moment when the tear occurred but it had to have come as he planted his trailing, left leg before hitting the ground or as a Cal defender fell on top of him.

He was in obvious pain on the field and limped gingerly to the sidelines with the aid of staff. He was examined on the sidelines before going to the locker room, and ESPN reported shortly thereafter that Cracraft would have an MRI on the left leg Sunday at Pullman Regional.

In Cracraft's absence, look for Kyle Sweet and John Thompson to play bigger roles in Washington State's offense as the No. 20 Cougars prepare to take on No. 12 Colorado this Saturday in Boulder (12:30 Pacific/Fox). In the early line, the Buffs are a 4 1/2-point favorite.

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Cracraft came to WSU from Santa Margarita, Calif., where he starred at Santa Margarita Catholic High. He chose WSU over offers from Nevada and UNLV.

He made an immediate impact for the Cougars at slot receiver when he stepped in for injured Brett Bartolone. As a true freshman in 2013, Cracraft started 10 games and caught 46 passes for 614 yards and 3 TDs. He earned Pac-12 honorable mention and College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention honors that season.

He followed up in spectacular fashion, with 66 catches in 2014 and another 53 in 2015 despite missing three games each season due to injury. Both years he was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the nation’s best receiver.

Cracraft concludes the 2016 season with 53 catches for 701 yards and 5 TDs.

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CRACRAFT'S FINAL TD CATCH IN CRIMSON, IN THE THIRD QUARTER AGAINST CAL, WAS A DOOZY, AS HE STRETCHED TO GET A TOE DOWN BEFORE GOING OUT OF BOUNDS:

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WSU’S CAREER RECEPTIONS TOP 10:

1. Gabe Marks (2012-16), 295

2. River Cracraft (2013-16), 218

3. Michael Bumpus (2005-07), 195

4. Dom Williams (2012-15), 192

5. Marquiss Wilson (2010-12) , 189

6. Brandon Gibson (2005-08), 182

7. Hugh Campbell (1960-62), 176

8. Jared Karstetter (2008-11), 166

9. Isiah Myers (2011-14), 165

10. Phillip Bobo (1990-92; Jason Hill (2003-06); Vince Mayle (2013-14), 148 each


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