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Falk Pac-12 player of week; WSU-ASU game at 10 a.m.

Luke Falk made an impressive debut throwing for 471 yards in win over OSU. (Associated Press)
Luke Falk made an impressive debut throwing for 471 yards in win over OSU. (Associated Press)

PULLMAN — Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was so impressive in his first start that the Pac-12 media named him the conference’s offensive player of the week, the Pac-12 announced on Monday.

Falk led the Cougars (3-7, 2-5 Pac-12) to a 39-32 win at Oregon State (4-5, 1-5) on Saturday, completing 44 of 61 passes for 471 yards and five touchdowns without throwing an interception. With Falk behind center the Cougars converted eight of 13 third-down opportunities and put together four touchdown drives that covered 70 or more yards.

The redshirt freshman quarterback became WSU’s starter when Connor Halliday was injured in WSU’s Nov. 1 game against USC. He is the second Cougar to earn the honor this season after Halliday won the award on Oct. 6 following WSU’s 60-59 loss to California. In that game Halliday sent an NCAA single-game record with 734 passing yards along with six touchdowns.

Arizona State’s Lloyd Carrington was named the conference’s defensive player of the week after recording eight tackles, a sack, forcing a fumble and returning an interception for a touchdown in No. 9 ASU’s 55-31 win over Notre Dame. Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn of UCLA was named the Special Teams Player of the Week after making three field goals and five extra points in UCLA’s 44-30 win at Washington.

ASU game time

Washington State’s Nov. 22 game at ASU will kick off at 10 a.m. (PT) / 11 a.m. (MT) and be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cougars played at night in each of their first seven games but next Saturday’s game will mark the fourth consecutive day game for WSU.

The Cougars have a bye this week.

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