Football

Cougars look to chop down Cardinal

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Cougars (1-1) look to bounce back on the road against Stanford (0-2) on Saturday in Palo Alto. Washington State is looking to extend a their win-streak to five consecutive over the Cardinal for the first time since 1964 – when WSU played their home games at Spokane’s Joe Albi Stadium.

The Cougs are coming off a 43-29 loss to No. 11 Oregon at home while Stanford just suffered a 35-32 loss at home to Colorado. Stanford has allowed 70 points in two games played, so WSU is destined to score 35 on the Cardinal defense to keep the pattern.

True freshman quarterback Jayden de Laura needs to be as mobile as he was against Oregon State, and throw as much as he did against Oregon to win this game. For the Cardinal, if they allow 34 points of fewer, they have a shot. Senior quarterback Davis Mills threw the ball 56 times against Colorado in an effort to make up the deficit.

The Cougar’s secondary has to step up. While offensively, expected to Rolovich and Co. pound the ball through redshirt senior running back Deon McIntosh. Junior running back Max Borghi is still sidelined with an injury.

The Cougars have allowed about 320 passing yards a game, a number they hope to decrease heading into Stanford. The Cardinal have only scored about 23 points a game thanks to slow starts and limited red zone offense.

Stanford’s last victory came on Oct. 26, 2019 against Arizona at home. WSU has not lost in Palo Alto since 2014 while Stanford’s last win against WSU dates back to a rainy 2015 Halloween matchup in Pullman.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. The Cardinal open up as a 2-point favorite with a over/under of 64.5 points.

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