The Washington State Cougars play an NCAA football game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 23.
Thankfully, the prelims are over, though USC nearly didn’t get the memo. The Trojans needed a huge fourth quarter for a 30-20 road win over Cal. Now it’s WSU (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) and visiting USC (4-0, 2-0) in a Friday night showdown.
When Washington State coach Mike Leach was asked about the obvious absence of his prized linebacker, Peyton Pelluer, on Saturday, the never-speak-of-an-injury Leach wouldn’t recognize the fact he didn’t register a snap.
Not since 1981 had Washington State’s defense posted multiple shutouts in the same season.
Washington State’s defensive line – primarily defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa – disconcerted Nevada, sacking quarterback Kaymen Cureton four times in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 45-7 victory on Saturday.
The signs were there before the season began. This Washington State football team could be something special.
The 18th-ranked Cougars led by 35 points at halftime and Luke Falk had another mega passing day as WSU dispatched Nevada 45-7 in front of 30,317 fans in Pullman to stay unbeaten on the season.
Live updates from Washington State’s NCAA football game against Nevada in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 23.