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Highlights: No. 19 Washington State 33, Utah 25

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 8:49 p.m.

Highlights

Q1: WSU 7, Utah 0 – Cougars’ Luke Falk hits Tavares Martin Jr. for an 11-yard TD:

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Q1: WSU 10, Utah 0 – Cougars’ Erik Powell hits a 44-yard FG:

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Q1: WSU 10, Utah 0 – Cougars’ Hercules Mata’afa with the strip sack and fumble recovery:

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Q2: WSU 13, Utah 10 – Utes’ Zack Moss runs for a 2-yard TD:

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Q2: WSU 20, Utah 10 – Cougars’ Luke Falk connects with Kyle Sweet for a 1-yard TD and a Pac-12 record:

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Q3: WSU 20, Utah 10 – Cougars’ Hunter Dale elevates for the INT:

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Q3: WSU 26, Utah 10 – Cougars’ Frankie Luvu gets a sack:

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Q4: WSU 26, Utah 18 – Utes’ Zack Moss plunges in for his second rushing TD:

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Q4: WSU 26, Utah 18 – Cougars’ Daniel Ekuale forces fumble, Jalen Thompson recovers:

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Q4: WSU 33, Utah 18 – Cougars’ Luke Falk fires a strike to Isaiah Johnson-Mack for a 6-yard TD:

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Q4: WSU 33, Utah 25 – Utes’ Tyler Huntley hits Raelon Singleton for a 12-yard TD:

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Q4: WSU 33, Utah 25 – Cougars’ Chima Onyeukwu intercepts Tyler Huntley:

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Q4: WSU 33, Utah 25 – Cougars’ Jalen Thompson ends game with an INT:

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Difference makers: Mata’afa’s disruption key for Washington State’s defense in win at Utah

Washington State Cougars defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa (50) reacts after he stopped Stanford Cardinal running back Bryce Love (20) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU led 14-7 at the half. Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars defensive lineman Hercules Mata'afa (50) reacts after he stopped Stanford Cardinal running back Bryce Love (20) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. WSU led 14-7 at the half. Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The key players in Washington State’s 33-25 win over Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. | READ MORE »

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Vince Grippi’s three takes: Washington State’s offense does just enough to back up high-flying defensive performance

Washington State  defensive back Robert Taylor (2) intercepts a pass intended for Utah  wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during the first half on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State defensive back Robert Taylor (2) intercepts a pass intended for Utah wide receiver Raelon Singleton (11) during the first half on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

If you questioned whether Washington State could win a road game when the offense is sputtering, your query was answered in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

But only if the caveat is the defense, which goes by #SpeedD, forces seven turnovers.

Those extra chances allowed the Cougars to score 23 points, which, with a final score of 33-25, seems very important.

The problem was there were more points available and the WSU offense didn’t take advantage. | READ MORE »

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WSU forces seven turnovers to beat Utah for crucial road win

 (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
(Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

SALT LAKE CITY – Luke Falk and the Washington State offense will lament all of the scoring opporutnities they squandered Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

They’ll do that, surely, but probably not before they offer their deepest gratitude to Hercules Mata’afa and the tough-as-nails Cougars defense. | READ MORE »

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Utes play Cougars without top receiver Carrington, WSU without Wicks

Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington (9) catches a pass as North Dakota defensive back Torrey Hunt (16) defends in the second half during an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Utah wide receiver Darren Carrington (9) catches a pass as North Dakota defensive back Torrey Hunt (16) defends in the second half during an NCAA college football game Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Cougars dedicated much of their film study this week to Darren Carrington, the Utah wideout who came into the weekend as the Pac-12 Conference leader in receiving yards per game.

But they didn’t have to worry about the Oregon transfer once play started on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium. | READ MORE »

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Washington State takes 20-10 lead into halftime

Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa lifts Robert Taylor (2) after his interception against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)
Washington State’s Hercules Mata’afa lifts Robert Taylor (2) after his interception against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

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Falk breaks Pac-12 record for career touchdowns

SALT LAKE CITY – Luke Falk broke the Pac-12 Conference record for career touchdowns in his home state, against one of the local programs that decided the Washington State quarterback wasn’t worth a scholarship offer.

Falk, who grew up in Logan, Utah, approximately 80 miles north of Rice-Eccles Stadium, tossed the 117th touchdown of his career in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Utah Utes. Kyle Sweet caught the record-breaking touchdown, a short 1-yarder with 3:02 left in the half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. It gave the Cougars a 20-10 lead. | READ MORE »

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WSU gets LB Isaac Dotson back

In this Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, Washington State linebacker Isaac Dotson (31) stands on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Pullman. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)
In this Sept. 9, 2017 file photo, Washington State linebacker Isaac Dotson (31) stands on the field during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Pullman. (Young Kwak / Associated Press)

SALT LAKE CITY – Washington State middle linebacker Isaac Dotson returned to the field for the Cougars Saturday against Utah after missing the last four games with an undisclosed injury.

Dotson started for the Cougars at Mike linebacker and appeared on both the punt and kickoff teams. The Bellevue, Washington, native hadn’t played since the first half of the Oct. 7 game at Oregon. | READ MORE »

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