Difference makers from Washington State’s 49-22 win over Stanford at Martin Stadium in Pullman.
Washington State was in control. The Cougars led Stanford by 12 points late in the second quarter and were about to extend their lead again when Anthony Gordon missed an open Brandon Arconado in the endzone.
The Washington State sophomore kicker had his first extra-point attempt of the game blocked, the first time he had failed to put one through the uprights in 42 attempts this season.
Heading into Saturday’s games, Washington State’s defense ranked 10th in the Pac-12 in total defense at 447.6 yards per game allowed.
Anthony Gordon set the program’s single-season touchdown record, Max Borghi ran for 111 yards and Washington State defeated Stanford 49-22 on Saturday at Martin Stadium.
It’s almost impossible to guess what either of these teams will do once a football is kicked into the air, but the Cougars have gone 16-2 in their past 18 homes games against opponents other than Washington and while they’ve gone through a fair deal of turbulence, it still doesn’t match what the Cardinal have endured this season.
Three weeks ago, after Washington State wrapped up a Wednesday practice at Rogers Field, Cougars coach Mike Leach talked tight ends, his philosophy on them and why you’re probably more apt to see a palm tree in Pullman than you are a tight end in Leach’s vaunted Air Raid offense.
The keys to a potential victory for Washington State against Stanford Saturday at Martin Stadium.
Those who’ve kept up with Washington State’s efforts on the recruiting trail during the Mike Leach era may recall the team’s pursuit of a small, swift linebacker from Helix High School in San Diego five years ago, while Alex Grinch and Roy Manning were working diligently to build a defense that placed a premium on speed rather than size
CougCenter reported Thursday the Cougar Athletic Fund has received a donation of $2 million from alums Scott and Lisa Taylor that will go to the construction of an indoor practice facility, the next capital project on WSU’s shortlist after the school recently broke ground on a facility for the baseball program.
Two days after The Spokesman-Review learned backup linebacker Fa’avae Fa’avae chose to leave the team and enter the NCAA transfer portal, a school official confirmed that defensive back Daniel Isom, a seven-game starter for the Cougars this fall, has been dismissed with three weeks left in the regular season.
Liam Ryan’s penalties, and the regularity at which they’ve happened, have drawn the ire of those watching from home this season. WSU’s new left tackle has been the most penalized player on the most penalized team in the conference, absorbing 15 flags through nine games and one in every game with the exception of the season opener against NMSU.