WSU stats and numbers from WSU-CU show third-down and ground yards misery; but they don't show one key item

THE MOST IMPORTANT piece of information for Cougar fans after the 38-24 loss to Colorado isn’t included in the stats, facts, figures or official box score of Washington State-Colorado.

Despite the loss in Boulder, WSU still controls its own destiny.  The Cougs will win Pac-12 North and play in the conference title game if they beat UW in the Apple Cup on Friday (12:30 pm, Fox).

As for WSU-Colorado, the Buffs’ uncanny ability to move the chains on third down leaps off the page.  CU was 13 of 21 (62 percent) and WSU was 4 of 15 (27 percent) on third down conversions.

So too does CU’s work on the ground.  Washington State allowed Colorado 258 rushing yards, and what hurt the Cougs most: QB Sefo Liufau’s 23 carries for 108 yards that included 3 TDs. 

Colorado did not have a passing touchdown on the afternoon, but Wazzu wasn’t able to make them need one.   Colorado ran 100 offensive plays in the game, the most WSU allowed since 2004 (Oregon, 102).

• Peyton Pelluer has a career-high 16 tackles. It's the most by a Cougar since 2014 (Mitch Peterson, 16, Rutgers).
• Gabe Marks made six catches for 46 yards, upping his career reception total to 301. He is the 13th receiver in FBS history with 300-plus career receptions. He has 74 receptions on the season. Marks' 3,314 career receiving yards is the ninth-most in Pac-12 history and a WSU record.
• Luke Falk threw for 325 yards, his 23rd career 300-yard effort (tops at WSU). He has 3,935 passing yards this season, fourth-most in WSU single-season history. Falk tossed three touchdowns and has 36 for the season, second-most in WSU single-season history.
• Nickel Parker Henry started at WIL linebacker, his first career start at that position and fourth overall start this season.
• WR John Thompson started at Y, his first start of the season, third of his career
• WSU rushed for 137 yards, the seventh time this season its topped the century mark on the ground.
• WSU tied the 1997 season record with 64 touchdown scored this season.
• Hercules Mata’afa and the Cougar d-line had a mostly quiet night, though Mata'afa recorded his team-leading fourth sack of the season. He now has 12 tackles-for-loss.
• Frankie Luvu recovered his first career fumble
• Erik Powell’s 28-yard FG was his 28th career make, eighth in WSU history.

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