The Washington State Cougars (5-1, 2-1) made their presence known in Corvallis, eventually pulling away from a potential upset against the struggling Oregon State Beavers (1-5, 0-3). CSN photographer Jack Ellis was on the field capturing the game’s biggest moments and plays.
Defensive Line Coach Jeff Phelps running his unit through drills prior to kickoff. Phelps’ unit has accounted for 18 sacks on the year, tied for 1st in the PAC-12.
Running Backs James Williams (Left), Max Borghi (Middle), and Fullback Clay Markoff (Right) get ready to go against one of the worst run defenses in the nation. Oregon State had given up 838 rushing yards in the past two weeks.
The Cougs are now 0-6 on the year in the coin toss, which is quite a swing in the pendulum from last season. Jamal “Price is Right” Morrow won 11 of 13 tosses in 2017.
WSU made easy work of their opening drive, moving the ball 75 yards on just three plays. The drive was capped by a 6-yard TD pass to Renard Bell, his 1st of the year.
After a quick three-and-out on OSU’s opening drive, they made the safe bet of punting the ball away. What could go wrong?
Oregon State QB Conor Blount struggled mightily in the passing game, only recording 172 yards and zero TDs through the air. The Coug D recorded four sacks on the day.
Quarterback Gardner Minshew II had another textbook night. He completed 75% of his passes (30-40) and threw for 430 yards. He had 5 touchdowns in the game, increasing his season total to 19.
Gardner Minshew II spread the wealth around the receiving corps in Corvallis, as 10 different players recorded a completion. Wide Receiver Tay Martin is 1st on the team with 440 receiving yards on the season (40 receptions, 6 TDs).
Punter Oscar Draguicevich III had another great night in terms of net punting yards (41 average, 49 long). WSU punted just two times, thanks in part to a great offensive showing throughout the game.
Linebacker Peyton Pelluer giving the team a pep talk after a quick scoring drive by OSU that put the Beavers ahead 24-21. It must have been a good speech; the Cougs outscored the Beavers 35-13 from that point on.
Running Back James Williams led the Cougs rushing attack with 56 rushing yards and 78 receiving yards. A 3rd and 15 check down pass ended with Williams in the end zone, giving WSU a 28-24 lead late in the 2nd quarter.
Head Coach Mike Leach improves his record at WSU to 43-39, including 28-29 in conference play. Leach is 5-2 against Oregon State while at WSU and, fun fact, he notches his 1st win against OSU Head Coach and former UW Offensive Coordinator Jonathan Smith.
Although the TD was eventually called back, RB Williams’ run set the Cougar offense up within the five-yard line, leading to a RB Borghi run three plays later. Williams was ruled down by contact after rolling over an OSU defender en route to the end zone.
Wide Receiver Davontavean (Tay) Martin trots in after throwing OSU Cornerback Kaleb Hayes to the ground. Martin had 119 yards on 8 receptions in the game, leading the WR corps in both stats.
The Cougs have outscored their opponents 86-22 in the fourth quarter as the front half of the season comes to a close. Their average fourth quarter scoring (12.4) currently ranks 9th in the nation.