Boulder, CU – Colorado has been stuck in quicksand for the last few games looking to unleash their weapons that shined so bright to start the season. The Buffs did strike first on the scoreboard before giving up 31 unanswered points to Washington State.
Washington State (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) for the second year in a row handled Colorado (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) easily with today final score 31-7 and sitting first place in PAC-12 North.
“It felt real good, because these last three weeks have been super close,” WSU running back James Williams said. “I’m too young to have heart attacks like I’ve been having.”
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for two touchdowns 35/58, 335 passing yards and ran one in as well against the Buffaloes.
“The second half was (typical of Minshew),” WSU coach Mike Leach said. “ … I don’t know what his completion percentage came out, but I know a whole bunch of people would like to have a completion percentage like that one time in their career. This was pretty good.”
Not to be overlooked by the offensive display of the Cougars, is their defense that was flying all over the field. This Washington State’s defense forced three turnovers that kept Colorado from trying to get back into the game.
Colorado quarterback Steven Montez threw for 199 yards, 20/30 passes with no touchdowns. His lack of production was totally due to the Cougars game plan to stop run and make them pass.
“We just do our jobs and stop the run,” Cougar defensive lineman Logan Tago said. “Then when they pass, we’ve got guys on the edge who can affect the quarterback.”
Colorado did take its only lead on the game after Travon McMillian’s big run up the middle netted the Buffs 64 yards in first quarter.
You know that this Washington State team has bought into the culture of coach Leach when the win having fun and during the post game tv interview Minshew put the Mustache on him.