Luke Falk led the WSU to an impressive 37-34 win over Rutgers. Falk made just the fifth start of his college football career on Saturday, September 12, but definitely made it a memorable game. Falk completed 47-of-66 passes for 478 yards and four touchdowns on the day. He didn’t throw an interception, taking care of the ball on several very important drives in the fourth quarter.
Benefiting the most from all that passing was receiver Gabe Marks, who finished with 14 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. River Cracraft had eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Dom Williams had five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. The fourth touchdown came from running back Keith Harrington, who made six catches for 38 yards on the day.
In two games this season, Luke Falk has completed 74-of-107 passes for 767 passing yards and six touchdowns. He hasn’t thrown an interception still, predicting that this could be a very good season for the young quarterback. Gabe Marks now has 20 catches for 222 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He is clearly the favorite target of Falk, possibly leading to some record-breaking numbers if he keeps catching balls at this rate.
This was an important win for WSU, but it’s a late comeback to notch the victory. With just 1:31 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Falk led the Cougs on a 10-play, 90-yard drive that finished on an eight-yard touchdown pass to Cracraft. It was the second touchdown drive by WSU in the final 10 minutes and helped the team finally win a game this season.
After an embarrassing loss to Portland State in Week 1 of the college football season, it was important for the team to bounce back in this fashion. It almost didn’t go that way, though, as the WSU defense gave up a 55-yard punt return touchdown in the final two minutes. That was the play that gave Rutgers the late lead and had Cougar fans scratching their heads and fearing the worst.
The Washington State Cougars are now 1-1 in non-conference play with one more game before opening the Pac-12 schedule against California on October 3. WSU plays Wyoming on September 19 in Pullman, with a late 5:30 p.m. PT start for the Pac-12 Network. Luke Falk will look to put on a show at Martin Stadium against a school that, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, was recently ranked as the worst in college football.
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