No. 24 Washington State Cougars Defeat Colorado Buffaloes, But Lose Luke Falk
Luke Falk signals two thumbs up after being taken off the field on a cart. (Brandon Farris/Vavel USA)

No. 24 Washington State Cougars Defeat Colorado Buffaloes, But Lose Luke Falk

Washington State took down Colorado 27-3, but lost a huge part of their team when quarterback Luke Falk was carted off the field.

Casey Splane

Pullman, Wash—The Washington State University Cougars defeated the University of Colorado Buffaloes 27-3 on Saturday night.

The No. 24 Cougars got a big win against the Pac-12 opponent Buffaloes, who had won the last three meetings against Washington State, but they suffered a huge loss in the process.

Starting quarterback Luke Falk was carted off the field in the victory on Saturday night after being sacked midway through the third quarter. Just a week after being checked for a concussion against UCLA, Falk lay motionless on the cold turf.

After several minutes, Falk was put on a backboard and was taken off the field. On his way off he did signal to the crowd with double thumbs up. He would finish the night 27 of 35 with 199 yards and one touchdown.

Washington State jumped out to the lead with a late first quarter score by running back Keith Harrington.

Wide receiver  Dom Williams caught the touchdown from Falk early in the second quarter to push the score to 14-0 Cougars.

Both teams would exchange field goals in the third quarter as that would be the only scoring that Colorado could muster all night.

Quarterback Peyton Bender, who entered the game for Falk in the third quarter, stepped right into the game and did not miss a beat. He connected with wide receiver Gabe Marks from 16 yards out for his first touchdown of the evening.

Bender finished the evening completing 13 passes on 22 attempts for 133 yards and a touchdown.  He also threw an interception, which would be the only turnover of the game for the Cougars.

Washington State was also able to establish a strong running game against the struggling Buffaloes. Running back Gerard Wicks scrambled for 123 yards on 13 carries to lead the teams rushing attack.

Buffaloes quarterback Cade Apsay made his first career collegiate start on Saturday night and was unable to successfully orchestrate the offense. Besides getting Colorado in field position three times for a field goal, Apsay and the offense struggled. He completed 26 passes on 40 attempts for 238 yards and threw two interceptions.

Colorado added only 85 yards on the ground led by running back Phillip Lindsay who rushed for 78 yards on 16 carries.

Washington State (8-3) will have a quick turnaround before their next game. The No. 24 Cougars take on in-state rival the Washington Huskies (5-6) in the battle for the Apple Cup on Friday, November 27. Kick-off is slated for 3:30 pm EST and can be seen on FOX

Colorado (4-8) will travel to the No. 18 University of Utah to square off against the Utes (8-3) on Saturday, November 28. Kick-off is slated for 2:30 pm and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.