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It wouldn’t be a Saturday without Luke Falk breaking more records and climbing another rung up the Pac-12’s all-time passing ladder. Here are all of the “Falk Facts” you may have missed from Saturday’s game, in addition to other notes, quotes and nuggets from Martin Stadium.
Bell turned four passes into 113 receiving yards Saturday night and the inside receiver has been one of Luke Falk’s best safety valves this season despite debuting as a Pac-12 football player just 22 days ago.
Thankfully, the prelims are over, though USC nearly didn’t get the memo. The Trojans needed a huge fourth quarter for a 30-20 road win over Cal. Now it’s WSU (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) and visiting USC (4-0, 2-0) in a Friday night showdown.
When Washington State coach Mike Leach was asked about the obvious absence of his prized linebacker, Peyton Pelluer, on Saturday, the never-speak-of-an-injury Leach wouldn’t recognize the fact he didn’t register a snap.
When Luke Falk connected with Tavares Martin Jr. on a 40-yard touchdown early in the second quarter of Washington State’s 45-7 victory over visiting Nevada on Saturday, it marked Falk’s 100th career touchdown pass, passing Southern Cal’s 2004 Heisman winner Matt Leinart on the Pac-12 career list.
Not since 1981 had Washington State’s defense posted multiple shutouts in the same season.
Washington State’s defensive line – primarily defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa – disconcerted Nevada, sacking quarterback Kaymen Cureton four times in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 45-7 victory on Saturday.
The three difference makers in Washington State’s 45-7 win over Nevada in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
The signs were there before the season began. This Washington State football team could be something special.
The 18th-ranked Cougars led by 35 points at halftime and Luke Falk had another mega passing day as WSU dispatched Nevada 45-7 in front of 30,317 fans in Pullman to stay unbeaten on the season.
The Washington State flag has appeared on every College GameDay show since Oct. 4, 2013. The Freeman High flag made its debut Saturday morning.
Washington State and Nevada will return to the field for the second half five minutes earlier than normal this afternoon.
The Washington State Cougars play an NCAA football game against the Nevada Wolf Pack in Pullman on Saturday, Sept. 23.
No longer are the Washington State Cougars losing to vastly inferior football programs. It seems they’ve passed that ailment over to the Nevada Wolf Pack.
The Cougars will face variations of the spread offense throughout the year, but Mike Leach’s system is a breed of its own, with a handful of stylistic twists WSU probably won’t see all season. Nevada is the closest match.
Theo Lawson’s keys for a possible Washington State victory over Nevada on Saturday at Martin Stadium.
The year was 2000 and Matt Mumme had decided to tag along with his father, Hal, for an American Football Coaches Association convention in Florida. The two were strolling through a conference room when someone at a nearby table spoke up to get Hal’s attention. And Matt remembers this vividly. He and his father stopped in their tracks as Howard Schnellenberger belted out: “Hey Hal, you know you’re ruining football, don’t you?”
Washington State outside receivers coach talks about the play of Tavares Martin Jr. and Isaiah Johnson-Mack against Oregon State.
Colin Kaepernick is still out of work and that’s a hard pill for many fans to swallow – including two Washington State assistants who remain close to the ex-San Francisco 49er.
A full transcript from this morning's live chat with the Spokesman-Review's Washington State beat writer, Theo Lawson.