Leach rides with Hilinski through the thick and thin of Washington State’s loss at Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – Mike Leach could’ve pulled the plug on the Tyler Hilinski experiment at any point in the second half of Saturday’s game at Arizona. And the thought did cross the Washington State coach’s mind a few times, as the Cougars’ second-stringer continued to throw the ball into the hands of the opposing defenders, only making it harder for the visitors to stage a comeback against a team that was far more efficient on offense than they were. | Read more »
WSU’s difference makers: Tavares Martin Jr., Tay Martin shine in Cougars’ loss to Arizona
Jahad Woods: The redshirt freshman linebacker was one of the lone bright spots for Washington State as the Cougars suffered their worst defensive outing of the year. Woods was third on the team with five tackles, but three of those were for-loss. He also snared the first interception of his career in the third quarter.
Tavares Martin Jr.: Coming off a one-game suspension, the Cougars’ leading receiver had one of his best statistical games of the year, hauling in 11 passes for 136 yards. Both of those were team-highs on a night that saw 11 different players make one catch and nine of them make two or more.
Tay Martin: Last week, the true freshman outside receiver had his first touchdown catch. Saturday, Martin added two more. The Houma, Louisiana, native had three catches for 67 yards in the game. He had an 8-yard TD grab in the third quarter and a 49-yard grab in the fourth quarter – both of which came from Tyler Hilinski.
Vince Grippi’s three takes: Arizona exploits breakdowns in Washington State’s defense for big win
Mike Leach may gamble on offense, but he likes his defense to stay solid, especially against the running game.
Control gaps, contain the pocket and never, ever give up explosive plays.
That didn’t happen against the Wildcats, who detonated the Cougar defense often enough for a 58-37 upset win in Tucson. | Read more »
Game recap: Washington State lackluster on defense, mistake-prone on offense in 58-37 loss to Arizona
TUCSON, Ariz. – When the Cougars desperately needed a jumpstart on offense, Mike Leach made the gutsy move to pull fourth-year starter Luke Falk from the game and insert backup Tyler Hilinski. The stunt worked for a moment – Hilinski led a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive capped by a 6-yard keeper to bring the Cougars within six points – just not in the long-term.
Hilinski rushed for two touchdowns and passed for two more, but the redshirt sophomore also threw four costly interceptions and those combined with a lackluster day from the WSU defense, buried the Cougars in a 58-37 loss at Arizona Stadium. | Read more »
Q4: UA 58, WSU 37 – Green plunges in for 1-yard TD:
Q4: UA 51, WSU 37 – Martin puts on the moves after the catch for 49-yard TD:
Q4: UA 51, WSU 30 – Schooler undercuts the crossing route, intercepts Hilinski’s pass, takes it 66 yards for the TD:
Q4: UA 44, WSU 30 – Tate breaks off 49-yard run for TD to extend the Wildcats’ lead:
Q3: UA 37, WSU 30 – Powell hits a career-long, 56-yard FG:
Arizona up by 10 after three quarters
Q3: UA 37, WSU 27 – Taylor busts it 79 yards up the middle for TD:
Q3: UA 30, WSU 27 – Hilinski intercepted again, this one in the end zone:
Q3: UA 30, WSU 27 – Hilinski’s pass is intercepted by Arizona’s Burns:
Q3: UA 30, WSU 27 – Taylor powers in from 3-yards out of the TD:
Q3: WSU 27, UA 23 – Hilinski escapes for his 2nd rushing TD of the night and the Cougs take the lead:
Q3: UA 23, WSU 20 – Woods snags the deflected pass from Tate for the interception:
Q3: UA 23, WSU 20 – Hilinski hits ‘Tay’ Martin for 8-yard TD:
Q3: UA 23, WSU 14 – Cougs pounce on Tate’s fumble:
Arizona leads by 9 at halftime
TUCSON, Ariz. – Mike Leach replaced Luke Falk with Tyler Hilinski late in the second quarter and Washington State’s backup quarterback led an inspired nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to cut the Cougars deficit to six points, but Arizona kicker Lucas Havrisik knocked in a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give the home team a 23-14 lead at the half in Tucson. | Read more »
Q2: UA 23, WSU 14 – Pollack drills a 57-yard FG:
Q2: UA 20, WSU 14 – Hilinski runs for a 6-yard TD to cut the Wildcats lead to 6:
Leach changes up his QBs, brings on Hilinski
Q1: UA 17, WSU 7 – Tate takes it 82 yards on the keeper:
Q2: UA 17, WSU 7 – Brown takes the screen pass for a 17-yard TD:
Cougar defense starting to find its rhythm in the 2nd quarter
Former Cougar great Jeremiah Allison not thrilled with the TD-erasing drop
Arizona leads after one quarter
Q1: UA 10, WSU 7 – Falk hits Johnson-Mack for 1-yard TD on 4th-and-goal:
Q1: UA 10, WSU 0 – Cougars recover muffed punt:
Q1: UA 10, WSU 0 – Tate finds Nunley wide open for a 48-yard TD:
Q1: UA 0, WSU 0 – Tate goes up top to Poindexter for big gain:
Molton back in the secondary, and other injury notes
Falk approaches Mannion’s Pac-12 passing record
WSU-Arizona preview from Pac-12.com