ROTTEN APPLES: WSU stats and notes

IF YOU’RE SEARCHING for a silver lining among the stats from Washington State’s 45-17 loss in the Apple Cup, you’re going to have to look really hard.

If there is one thing Cougar fans can perhaps take strength from, it’s not in the game stats. WSU finished with an identical overall record to last year (8-4) but went 7-2 in Pac-12 play. The Cougs went 6-3 in conference play in 2015.

But that’s of small consolation on a day where WSU trailed 28-3 of its rivalry game -- after just the first quarter.

•  Credit to the Cougar fans. WSU posted its fourth sellout despite the Thanksgiving holiday. The attendance was 33,773.
•  Wazzu rushed for one touchdown and upped its season rushing touchdown total to 23, the most since 1997
•  Washington State set school single-season records for points (484) and touchdowns (66).
•  Peyton Pelluer had  a game-high nine tackles. It was his third straight game leading the team in tackles
•  Luke Falk threw for 269 yards, upping his season total to 4,204, third-most in WSU season history. Falk tossed only one touchdown pass. He has 37 on the season, one behind his WSU record of 38 last season. Falk owns 88 career touchdown passes, second-most in WSU history behind Connor Halliday’s 90 and tied for sixth-most in Pac-12 history.
•  Gabe Marks caught 11 passes for 112 yards, his WSU-record ninth career game with 10-plus catches. He owns a catch in 28 straight games and has 85 for the season, third-most in WSU single-season history. Marks also upped his career receiving yards to 3,426, seventh-most in Pac-12 history. Marks caught his 37th career touchdown pass, second-most in Pac-12 history and his 13th this season.
•  Shalom Luani forced his first fumble of the season, third of his career, and finished with seven tackles.
•  Jalen Thompson recovered his first career fumble. He finished with five tackles and pass breakup
•  Erik Powell recorded his first career punt, the lefty booted it 68 yards in the first quarter. Powell also connected on a field goal from 37 yards out. It was his 29th career make, eight-most in WSU history.

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