The Washington State Cougars took issues private and defeated the Arizona Wildcats, 31-20.
WSU (7-4, 4-4 in Pac-12) put collectively an early lead on offense within the first half and capitalized on Arizona (4-7, 2-6) turnovers within the second half to cruise to victory. Derrick Langford finally delivered the dagger with a pick-six to put the sport out of attain within the third quarter.
On the video games opening drive, Cam Ward picked aside the Wildcat protection and completed off the image excellent begin with a 4 yard outlet cross to Nakia Watson for the early 7-0 lead. Jayden de Laura received his first likelihood to drive the Wildcats downfield, however ended up going the flawed manner with Quinn Roff recording an eight yard sack, main to an Arizona punt on their first drive. The Wildcats subsequent drive finally received moving into the suitable route. After a Donovan Ollie fumble, the Wildcats received to the brink of the purple zone however could not convert a fourth and two from the Cougar 24.
After one other Arizona turnover on downs to open the second quarter, Ward once more led the Cougars deep into Wildcat territory. On a second down from the Arizona 17, Ward stored the ball on a learn choice and scampered into the tip zone untouched to push the Cougar lead to 14-0.
Aided by a 47 yard strike to Tetairoa McMillan to the brink of the purple zone, the Wildcats threatened to push into the purple zone. Once once more, the Cougar protection bent, however did not break. The Wildcats may solely muster a subject purpose to make it 14-3. Ward and the Cougar offense received proper again to work in selecting aside the Wildcat protection. WSU drove proper down the sector and once more, Watson was ready to punch within the rating to make it 21-3. With below a minute and a half till halftime, Arizona put two chunk performs collectively to get into subject purpose vary. They would not go a lot additional than the 30-yard marker, settling for a 47-yard subject purpose earlier than half.
Sam Lockett personally shifted the momentum half manner by way of the third quarter, intercepting a de Laura cross over the center and returning it into the Arizona purple zone. WSU would not have the opportunity to absolutely capitalize this time however nonetheless tacked on three factors to push the lead to 24-6. de Laura took the final drive personally. He wanted to show a degree this drive to pull his crew again within the sport. Instead, he threw a dart proper into the arms of WSU’s Langford Jr. de Laura may solely simply watch as Langford took it to the home for a private decide six, making it 31-6.
The Wildcats nonetheless had a shot to crawl again into this sport with a full quarter to play. Arizona was ready to miraculously convert a fourth and 13 in WSU territory to maintain their drive alive. de Laura’s playmaking skill to maintain Arizona alive would go for nothing as de Laura personally threw his third interception of the sport and his second to Lockett.
de Laura tacked on two touchdowns and his fourth interception within the fourth quarter with the sport effectively out of attain and the Cougars cruised to their seventh win of the season, 31-20.
The Cougars did precisely what they wanted to on this one. Outside of the late touchdowns, WSU’s protection held agency in opposition to one of many Pac-12’s greatest offensive assaults and the offense did sufficient in opposition to a weak protection to maintain the sport out of arms attain.
WSU will return dwelling for the common season finale in opposition to the Washington Huskies subsequent Saturday. The sport time for the Apple Cup must be introduced someday on Sunday.