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Difference makers: Luke Falk, Jahad Woods, Jamal Morrow key for Washington State in win over USC

Washington State Cougars running back Jamal Morrow (25) runs the ball down the field late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against USC on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. WSU won the game. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Jamal Morrow (25) runs the ball down the field late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against USC on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. WSU won the game. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Jamal Morrow

WSU senior running back Jamal Morrow scored two touchdowns and rolled up 138 total yards. Morrow tied the score at 17 late in the first half with a 1-yard touchdown run. He finished with 91 yards rushing on six attempts and five catches for 47 yards.

Morrow’s 35-yard run helped set up Erik Powell’s game-winning 32-yard field goal.

Luke Falk

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk looks for the open man in the first half against USC on Friday at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Falk broke the Pac-12 record for completion with a pass to Tavares Martin in the second quarter. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk looks for the open man in the first half against USC on Friday at Martin Stadium in Pullman. Falk broke the Pac-12 record for completion with a pass to Tavares Martin in the second quarter. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU senior quarterback senior Luke Falk passed for 340 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He came up big on a 12-play, 75-yard scoring drive that put the Cougars on top 27-20 with 10:14 left in the fourth quarter. Falk hit James Williams for nine yards on third-and-6 and tossed one of his best passes of the game, a 12-yard strike to Kyle Sweet on the sideline, to convert on fourth-and-3. On the ensuing play, Jamal Morrow took a Falk shovel pass 23 yards for the touchdown.

Falk posted his 27th career 300-yard game, despite at least four drops by receivers.

Jahad Woods

Freshman linebacker Jahad Woods helped preserve the victory by sacking USC quarterback Sam Darnold and forcing a fumble that was recovered by Derek Moore on the Trojans’ last possession. Woods, who moved into the starting lineup after Peyton Pelluer’s season-ending injury against Oregon State, had a team-high nine tackles.