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Washington State’s Falk named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after six-touchdown performance

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 18, 2017

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) ORG XMIT: WAYK110 (Young Kwak / AP)
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak) ORG XMIT: WAYK110 (Young Kwak / AP)

PULLMAN – A Washington State football player was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Cougars quarterback Luke Falk earned Offensive Player of the Week honors after throwing for six touchdowns and 396 yards in WSU’s 52-23 win over Oregon State. Falk, who was 37-of-49 passing against the Beavers, was recognized as the Player of the Week for the fifth time in his career.

Falk had success Saturday because he was able to better synchronize with his outside receivers – especially Tavares Martin Jr. and Isaiah Johnson-Mack, who accounted for five of the six TDs.

The outside targets hadn’t contributed much to the passing game through the first two weeks of the season. That’s partially because Falk didn’t seize on opportunities to throw their way.

“I think the quarterback unjustifiably didn’t throw it to them because he didn’t trust them,” WSU coach Mike Leach said. “But it’s a lot like the Field of Dreams thing. If you build a field, they’ll come. If you throw the ball, they’ll probably catch it. If you throw the ball, they don’t catch it, they’ll probably adjust so that they can.”

WSU linebacker Peyton Pelluer earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after registering a pick-six and 14 tackles in the Cougars’ 47-44 triple-overtime Week 2 victory over Boise State.

It’s the second time the Cougars quarterback was tabbed Player of the Week after a game against the Beavers. In his first career start, Falk was 44-of-61 with 471 yards and five touchdowns.

Falk became the first WSU signal-caller to notch four wins against the same opponent and is the first FBS quarterback to do it since at least 2000.

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