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Difference makers: Hunter Dale leads Washington State defense in rout of Ducks

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 11:58 p.m.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) looks for an open teammate during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, October, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk (4) looks for an open teammate during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, October, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Luke Falk

Falk moved into second all time in the Pac-12 with his 106th career touchdown, jumping former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and finished with 282 yards on 24-of-42 passing and three touchdowns. Falk completed passes to eight wideouts and hit Jamal Morrow, Renard Bell and Isaiah Johnson-Mack for his touchdowns.

Hunter Dale

Washington State Cougars safety Hunter Dale (26) brings down Oregon Ducks running back Kani Benoit (29) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, October, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. WSU won the game 33-10. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars safety Hunter Dale (26) brings down Oregon Ducks running back Kani Benoit (29) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, October, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. WSU won the game 33-10. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

With 10 tackles, the redshirt junior nickel led all Cougars, but Dale’s most important play was not a takedown – it was a strip. The first-year starter knocked the ball out of Braxton Burmeister’s hands on a scramble in the third quarter. WSU safety Robert Taylor jumped on the loose ball. Dale, who had recorded just one-half of a tackle-for-loss in his first two seasons at WSU, registered three against the Ducks.

Erik Powell

Washington State kicker Erik Powell (46) reacts after making a kick during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. WSU won the game 33-10. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State kicker Erik Powell (46) reacts after making a kick during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. WSU won the game 33-10. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

The senior kicker was 4 for 4 on field goals with two kicks that would’ve either beat or matched his career high coming into the game. Powell hit a 25-yarder three minutes into the second quarter and booted a career-long 52-yard field goal before halftime. The fifth-year specialist then made a 47-yarder in the second half to make it 23-10 and had a 29-yarder late in the fourth.


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