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WSU 56, Cal 21: Players of the game

Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft scores one of three touchdowns against Cal during Saturday’s Pac-12 game at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver River Cracraft scores one of three touchdowns against Cal during Saturday’s Pac-12 game at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Game ball goes to …

River Cracraft more than doubled his season touchdown total on Saturday. He began the day with two scores in 2016 and ended it with five, scoring all three touchdowns consecutively. He finished the day with nine catches for 87 yards.

Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk  looks for an open teammate against Cal during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Luke Falk looks for an open teammate against Cal during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Offensive player of the game …

Luke Falk did not have more touchdowns than incompletions this week, but it is hard to find fault with his performance. He completed 36-of-50 passes for 373 yards and five touchdowns.

Washington State Cougars linebacker Nate Derider (54) returns a second-quarter interception during a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars linebacker Nate Derider (54) returns a second-quarter interception during a college football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Martin Stadium in Pullman. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Defensive player of the game …

Nate DeRider has taken a bigger role on the WSU defense recently and he responded on Saturday. The junior linebacker had his first career interception and first sack, helping to stifle Cal’s potent offense.

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