Luke Falk and the Washington State Cougars (4-2) dominated the Oregon State Beavers (2-4) Saturday Afternoon at Martins Stadium including putting up 45 points in the first half alone on six touchdown passes from the quarterback as the Cougars cruised to a 52-31 victory on the Beavers.
The victory for the Cougars places them into a tie with California for second place in the Pac-12 North Division just two games back of Stanford (4-0 in Conference) who has to play the University of Washington Huskies and Cougars in their next two games.
Falk was the story of the game as he went 39 for 50 for 407 yards and six touchdowns, the majority of yards coming in the first half as the Cougars came out relaxed in the second half far less intense then they had been playing in the first half. With six touchdowns in the first half Falk set a new Pac-12 record.
The Cougars got started off in the first half with Tavares Martin Jr. taking the opening kickoff 51 yards to start the WSU on the Beavers 49 yard line, from there it took Flak just eight plays to find River Cracraft for the three yard touchdown reception to put the Cougars up 7-0.
The Beavers would go three and out on their opening drive and punt the ball to the Washington State 31. Once again it was another three yard pass for Washington State, this time to Dom Williams to put Washington State up 14-0.
Oregon State would get a field goal on its next drive before Washington State would drive 73 yards with Falk finding Gabe Marks for a 23 yard touchdown to make the score line 21-3 just seconds into the second quarter.
The Cougars would go on to get another field goal, but on the ensuing kickoff the Beavers special teams began to show life as Victor Bolden returned the kickoff for 100 yards and a Beavers touchdown to pull them back into the game 24-10.
But Washington State was determined to keep Oregon State from getting back into this game as Falk would find Jamal Morrow for his first career touchdown with an eight yard pass and put the Cougars back up 31-10.
Oregon State would go another three and out giving the ball right back to the Cougars and once again Falk shined going 4-4 on this drive completing a 22 yard pass once again to Morrow for his fifth of the first half to bring Washington State up 38-10 with 7 minutes left in the second quarter.
The Beavers once again started to show signs of life, as versatile quarterback Seth Collins started the drive with a 42 yard rush to the ball to the Washington State 34, it would take just six more plays as Collins ran for another 12 yards to find the end zone and make the score 38-17.
Washington State would take the ball one last time for the half this time choosing to run more and run the clock down, but in the end it was Falk getting his sixth touchdown pass in the first half setting a new Pac-12 record for most passing touchdowns in a half when he found Williams for 11 yards and his second touchdown catch of the day.
At halftime it was Washington State 45, Oregon State 17 as Falk passed for 323 yards, 6 touchdowns and no interceptions completing passes to 10 different receivers for a very impressive first half for the Cougars passing offense. For Oregon State it was all Seth Collins both rushing and passing.
The third quarter was rather dull compared to the first half as neither team managed to find the end zone, the only take away was Falk throwing just his third interception of the season on his 317th pass attempt near the end of the quarter.
Falk went on the throw a second interception with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter when Brandon Arnold made a good read on the Falk pass. On the same drive following the turnover on fourth and four at the Washington State nine yard line Collins managed to find Jordan Villamin for the Oregon State touchdown to convert that turnover to points and decided to go for the two point conversion to make the score 25-45 Cougars with 5:47 left in the game.
Oregon State would go on to collect an onside kick following the touchdown but Collins would be intercepted by last weekends end of game hero Shalom Luani who returned it 84 yards to put Washington State up 52-25 with 3:45 left in the game.
The Beavers would get one last score as Chris Brown ran three yards for the score to give Oregon State 31 points on the day.
Washington State will next travel to Arizona for a Saturday afternoon game while Oregon State will head home to take on Colorado next Saturday Night.