First of all, though, the good news. Washington State's goal of a Rose Bowl berth remains intact, nothing that happened today could change that. The Apple Cup winner will represent the North in the Pac-12 title game.
But as for Saturday, Washington State led at the break but Colorado outscored the Cougs 24-7 in the second half. And there were two key reasons why.
We'll have to wait for the official stats but Colorado converted an ungodly amount of third downs and Wazzu was subpar on their third-down tries.
WSU also had no answer for Sefo Liufau, who hurt WSU most on the ground. Again, we'll have to wait for the official numbers but Liufau crossed the century mark on the ground. And as a team, Colorado was well past 200 yards rushing. Colorado scored five touchdowns and not one of them came via the pass.
WSU's defense had a stretch in the first half where it looked like it was ready to assert its will. But it was all too brief.
The Cougar offense had its chance to put Colorado in a deep hole but while Luke Falk was in the zone, his receivers were not. The drops in the first half cost WSU at least one touchdown and it could be argued, a couple more. Stay tuned, we have complete coverage coming up.
FINAL: Colorado 38, WSU 24
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