PULLMAN, WA- Washington State took all their frustrations of the past few weeks out on the visiting Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday by demolishing the Buffs 41-10 on a cold and dreary night in Pullman. The temperature hovered around 40 degrees all night with gusts of up to 20 miles per hour throughout the night. The Cougars would outgain Colorado by nearly 200 yards, and both sides of the ball came to play on Home Coming night, resulting in the first complete game fans have seen in over a month.
The offense came out firing on all cylinders as the Cougs would end the first quarter leading 21-3, and with running back Max Borghi scoring two of those touchdowns, but he would just be getting started as he would end up carrying the ball 21 times for 167 yards and two touchdowns, with 105 of those yards coming on the ground. This was his thirs 100-yard rushing game of the season, making him the first Coug to do that in one season since Jerome Harrison back in 2005.
Meanwhile, Anthony Gordon completed 35 of his 51 passing attempts for 369 yards, 4 TDs, and an interception. On the season, he has 29 TDs against 7 INTs, and nearly 3,000 yards passing, all done with five games left on the schedule. Wide receivers Brandon Arcanado, Dezmon Patmon and Tay Martin each hauled in a score.
Despite the excellent performances on offense, it was the defensive side of the ball that brought the most excitement to the game. The "Speed D" held Colorado to just 320 yards overall and took the ball away three times, as Colorado was never really in the game. The defensive rotations looked crisp and concise, the defensive line was in the back field early and often, the secondary closed windows and didn't give up any big plays that had been giving the Cougs problems all season long; this game was easily their best performance of the season.
I'm not getting my hopes up too high though, afterall, WSU travels to Eugene Oregon this week to take on the #11 Oregon Ducks. Oregon just came back from a 14-pt defecit and defeated the Huskies 35-31.