In Saturday’s 52-23 rout of Oregon State, Washington State fans saw the Air Raid offense in peak shape. Quarterbacks Luke Falk and Tyler Hilinski threw the ball 58 times for 431 yards and six touchdowns, completing 72 percent of their attempts without tossing an interception.
Mike Leach believes offensive linemen should be the toughest players on a football team. At his weekly news conference he lambasted his O-line’s performance in the Cougars’ remarkable 47-44 triple-overtime win over Boise State.
When you exit the stairwell on the fifth floor of Washington State’s football operations building, hang a quick right and follow the wide, carpeted hallway until you reach a dead end. It’s the last room on the right.
Any lingering thoughts about Washington State’s rotten luck against inferior opposition from the Big Sky Conference were put to bed almost instantly Saturday in the Cougars’ 31-0 pummeling of FCS Montana State at Martin Stadium.
Coach Mike Leach has lost all five of his openers since arriving at Washington State in 2012. That includes losses the past two years to FCS schools from the Big Sky Conference. The 24th-ranked Cougars will be trying to break that streak when they face Big Sky member Montana State on Saturday.
Back when Luke Falk was a freshman walk-on at Washington State, struggling to strike a balance between being a first-year college football player, school and trying to have a few dollars of his own, he picked up a part-time job working for a catering company.