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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).

NOTABLE NOTES:
• 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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