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Gardner Minshew’s shoes gives Washington State another weapon

Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) runs the ball for a first down during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Some 32 yards don’t sound like a lot, but Washington State quarterback Gardner Minshew’s scrambles Saturday night against San Jose State actually scored quite high compared to predecessor Luke Falk.

In 2017, Falk ran for a high of 41 yards against Colorado. It was only one of two games – Boise State was the other – in which Falk finished with positive rushing yards. The final two years of Falk’s illustrious career included exactly zero rushing touchdowns.

While Minshew will never be compared to Texas’ Vince Young or Oklahoma’s Thomas Lott, his quick steps give defenders yet another thing to consider when trying to figure out Mike Leach’s Air Raid attack.

Minshew should have had a touchdown on a fourth-down conversion late in the second quarter.

He redeemed himself as time expired for the 1-yard plunge to give the new WSU starter a rare running touchdown for a quarterback.