PULLMAN, WA - In a game where both Stanford and Washington State were fighting to keep its bowl game hopes alive - the Cougars rose to the occasion in a big way - The Cougs took down Stanford 49-22 in its fifth straight victory against the program.
The biggest bright spot for Wazzu was its offense and defense finally put together a full game on both sides of the ball, both Anthony Gordon and Max Borghi contributed in a big way for the Cougs offense. Borghi continues to prove why he's one of the best backs in the country rushing the ball 15 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. Gordon went 44/60 520 yards 5 touchdowns and one interception, it was also his eighth game throwing over 400 yards this season and his second game throwing for over 500. It was also his fourth game throwing four or more touchdowns - Gordon received a lot of praise from his head coach Mike Leach after this performance - when asked about Gordon in the post game press confrence Leach was quick to praise his quarterback. "Right now he's playing like the best player in the country." Gordon was spreading the ball around the field ending the game with two 100 yard receivers, Brandon Arconado led the Cougs in yards with nine catches for 148 yards and one touchdown. Easop Winston Jr. led in receptions with 11 for 107 yards. Gordon connected to eight different targets throughout the contest.
Borghi also caused some waves following his press conference - especially when asked about the Cougars next game against the Oregon State Beavers. "We're going to have a good week of practice to prepare for Oregon state," Borghi said. "Because we're going bowling, guaranteeing that because we're going to win next week." He then walked out of the press room.
The Cougs defense also took care of business on their end, Jahad Woods hit 100 tackles with two games remaining in the season - he's the first Washington State player to reach 100 tackles since 2015 (Peyton Pelluer 101). Woods was the defensive player of the week leading the Cougs in tackles with nine, he added a sack and an interception as well.
WSU improved to 5-5 on the season with two games left - only needing one more win to become bowl eligible. It comes down to next Saturday in the Cougs final home game against the Oregon State Beavers.