Senior quarterback Luke Falk couldn’t miss in the first half, completing all 20 of his passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns as WSU took control 14-0. Falk’s completion streak ended on his first attempt of the second half, but he finished 33 of 39 for 311 yards and three TDs.
Junior defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa disrupted Montana State’s offense throughout the first half. It’s rare when a defensive tackle paces a team in stops, but Mata’afa did so in the opening half with five, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss.
Sophomore running back James Williams led all receivers with 13 catches for 163 yards and two touchdowns. His receptions and receiving yardage set school records for a WSU running back. He added 45 rushing yards.