Tuesday , October 4 2022

Seventh Sky: Washington State Knocks Arizona behind Gardner Minshew Records for Seven Billion Dollars


PULLMAN – It was a landmark time for the Washington state in 2018 and the Cougars took one night Saturday night, trying to become the sixth team in the history of the program to win 10 wins at a time and the first to do it by in 2003.

Wildcats guests in Arizona will never interfere with school history on a frozen night at Pullman, and in many cases actually helped WSU number 8 reach the 10th winning plateau at Martin Stadium. In an explosion of 69-28, the Cougars took this record and also brought to light several others that they probably did not find.

It makes sense for the WSU – if only for a moment – because within six days Cougars (10-1, 7-1) will play their opponent, Washington Huskies (8-3, 6-2), at Pullman for in the Pac-12 league game. The Apple Cup will determine the North representative for the third consecutive year. Utah captured Pac-12 South, winning Colorado Saturday.

"We are excited about it," said WSU coach Mike Leach for the Saturday's feat against Arizona. "We are excited about this tonight, then bright and early – and earlier than usual – you can get there and start preparing for the next since we play on Friday."

But until the clock hit noon on Saturday – officially marking the start of the week of the Apple Cup – Cougars could enjoy the night that gave them a record. There was plenty to enjoy.

"It's a good deal and I think it's nice for school," says Leach, "and really a credit to our guys and our room room as long as they really pull together and play together and make all of these things like a group where everyone does something that helps the team and its kind elevates the whole team. "

If it was not for a blocked snap on a PAT in the second quarter, WSU would have matched the most points scored in just one half in the history of the program. Instead, Cougars settled for 55-14 half-lead – a point shy of the 56 scored in 1997 against Southwestern Louisiana.

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Square Gardner Minshew continued to polish the Heisman Trophy, continuing 43-by-55 passes for 473 meters and a school record of seven touchdowns. Two of the other Air Raid fighters – Luke Falk and Connor Halliday – threw six, but never hit the magic no. 7.

Minshew could not remember a more productive day in his personal career.

"I think I went to junior high school once," he said, "but I do not think I've ever done seven. That was really crazy tonight."

Minshew spread the ball as effectively as this season, hitting 11 different receivers and eight of them at least three times. Six players took flights from East Carolina's postgraduate transfer on Saturday.

For example, Calvin Jackson Jr., Dismon Patmon, James Williams, Tay Martin, Jamire Calvin and Easop Winston.

"We are two deep in every position there, X, H, Y, Z, running back," said Minshew. "And I have full confidence in any of these guys and this repayment tonight."

Jackson Jr., who was transferred from Independence Community College, put his first and second touchdowns in a WSU outfit and finished with five receptions for 85 meters while Martin led the crew with seven catches for 124 meters and a touchdown .

Cougars' multipurpose backpacks also had the hand to make this game with the highest score of the Leach season (matching the WSU's exit by 69 points over Arizona two years ago). Williams had a touch that hurried and another took to bring his total season to 14, while Max Borghi rushed for 50 meters, was caught for 65 more and rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Cougars did not need a ton of assistance for a night in which their offense created them 605 meters. The aggressive line bought Minshew centuries of time in the pocket and opened traffic lanes for tailbacks, ending with 111 yards and 5.8 yards per transfer.

"We thought, based on how we had played recently, that we could get to them," said UA coach Kevin Sumlin. "We could not, like all those who have all the time, did not manage to reach them."

The Wildcats (5-6, 4-4 Pac-12) fired their finger and made six first half penalties for 72 meters. They also gave four rounds of work.

"Against a group that can win such points, the existing are crucial," said Sumlin. "You've taken your own goods and given them at least three or four more with the turnover".

The Cougars were already comfortable, 14-0, when the Wildcats eventually took the first stadium in their third aggressive possession. Williams scored the WSU's first fall in a 1-yard run and the Cougars took the ball back with a quick succession when the Jack Marcus Strong made an impressive play while backpedaling to stop Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate.

The WSU also scored two landings over a four-second period in the second quarter. After the launch of Minshew to Jackson Jr. to reach 41-14, the Cougars rebounded Jack Crane's final kick-off, which ran into the final belt after two players trying to figure it out.

Kainoa Wilson eventually threw the ball for the TD special teams to make it 41-14.

"I just did the game," Wilson said, "but I'm a coach and I trust my teammates, we're all filling each other."

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