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Cougs Stumble On Smurf Turf

The Cougs drop a heartbreaker in Boise Saturday night after  a hail mary by quarterback Luke Falk doesn’t connect and the Cougs fall to 0-2 on the season.
After a disappointing loss last week to Eastern Washington, the Cougs were looking to bounce back against an always tough Boise State Bronco team on the blue turf.  On the Cougs first drive of the Game, Falk drove WSU down to the Bronco 23 yard line.  On 3rd and 9, Falk threw an interception to Tyler Horton who returned it 85 yards for a Bronco touchdown to put the Cougs in an early hole.  “The ball sailed on me and it was returned for a touchdown,” Falk said.
The Cougars defense struggled last week giving up over 500 yards of offense, but regrouped well giving up only one touchdown in the first half on Boise State’s opening possession.  The problem for the majority of the game was the Cougar’s offense and their Red Zone woe’s.  The Cougs had 4 turnovers in the red zone, reminiscent of Leach teams in his first couple years of coaching WSU. 
They started to get in their grove for the first time this season late in the 3rd when Falk found Tavares Martine Jr. for a 50 yard TD strike to give the Cougs their 2nd score of the game.  With 4 minutes left in the 4th, Falk connected with senior Gabe Marks for 33 yards to erase a 17 point deficit and pull the Cougs within 3.  The Cougs were given one last chance with 53 seconds left and one timeout from their own 20 yard line. The Cougs were able to muster three 8 yard connections and forced to use their final timeout with 4 seconds remaining at the WSU 45.  Falk had one last chance to win it, but was unsuccessful. 
The Cougs woke up in the 4th quarter but it was too late.  Coach Leach after the game said, “We beat Boise State in almost every category except toughness.  We aren’t tough enough, and that’s going to change.” Falk was 55-71 with 480 yards and 4 touchdowns, but only able to gain 40 yards on the ground.  The Cougs fall to 0-2 and have an easier game this week against the Idaho Vandals before their bye week, followed by the Oregon Ducks coming to Pullman.

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