It’s a primetime clash on the college football gridiron when the Pac-12 travels to the Lone Star State to face the AAC in week 3 action. The #20 Washington State Cougars are on the road as they make the trip to face the Houston Cougars Friday night. Washington State comes in off a 59-17 home wipeout of Northern Colorado Saturday night in their last contest. Houston rolled to a 37-17 home win over Prairie View A&M Saturday to get in the win column. In the all-time series between the schools, Washington State owns a 2-1 lead, including a 24-22 win in the last meeting, which came in the Aloha Bowl on December 25, 1988.
Washington State Cougars Seek 3-0 Start
You know that when Mike Leach is running the show, that the Air Raid is in full force. Washington State rolled over an overmatched team for the second straight week to start the year as they have a 117-24 scoring advantage after trouncing Northern Colorado. The Cougars were tied at seven with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter before outscoring the Bears 17-3 the rest of the half to take a 24-10 lead: they didn’t look back the rest of the way. Washington State racked up a 594-355 advantage in total offense, picked up 25 first downs while allowing 21 and forced four turnovers while committing only one. That more than made up for a 36:01 to 23:59 mauling in time of possession in the contest.
Check out the highlights, postgame notes and top social media posts from the win over Northern Colorado!
— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) September 8, 2019
The Cougars pile up 494 yards through the air per contest and 112 yards per game on the ground this season. Washington State is fifth in the FBS in scoring offense with 58.5 points per contest while ranking 24th in scoring defense as they allow 12 points per game. Anthony Gordon has completed 60 of 74 passes for 884 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception this season. Gage Gubrud is 10 of 13 for 89 yards plus a score while Trey Tinsley is two of four for 15 yards and a touchdown this season. Max Borghi leads the team with 17 carries for 162 yards plus three scores on the ground this season. Deon McIntosh (five carries, 53 yards, TD) and Clay Markoff (eight carries, 24 yards) are next in line. Brandon Arcanado leads the team with 14 receptions for 193 yards and a score this season. Dezmon Patmon (11 catches, 175 yards, TD) and Easop Winston Jr. (11 grabs, 164 yards, three TD) are other solid targets in the passing game. Blake Mazza has hit all 15 extra points and four of four field-goal tries this season with a long of 50 on the year.
Houston coach Dana Holgorsen is a disciple of Leach when they were at Texas Tech. But Leach expects a little more running in his scheme.
“He’s tightened it up a little, more into a run game,” Leach said. “Some of that perhaps to fit his quarterback, he’s had a couple running quarterbacks. So he runs it more you know, so tighter sets, runs it more, still throws it, you still see some stuff that’s similar.”
Houston Cougars Look for Second Straight Win
Houston bounced back from a season-opening defeat at the hands of #4 Oklahoma as they cruised past Prairie View A&M. The Cougars now try for a second straight win as they host a ranked foe in this one. Houston bolted to a 24-3 lead after the opening quarter and extended their edge to 34-3 at the half before easing off the throttle after intermission. The Cougars had a 380-318 advantage in total offense, picked up 20 first downs while allowing 16 and controlled the clock by a 31:59 to 28:01 margin. Houston did turn the ball over twice while forcing just one takeaway, which could be troublesome here if that reoccurs.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) September 8, 2019
The Cougars have put up an average of just 155.5 yards per game through the air and 238.5 yards per contest on the ground this season. Houston is 55th in the FBS in scoring offense by averaging 34 points per contest: they stand 111th in scoring defense by giving up 33 points per game. D’Eriq King is 29 of 53 for 306 yards with three touchdowns and an interception on the year. He is second on the team on the ground with 21 carries for 102 yards and three scores. Logan Holgorsen completed his lone pass for five yards. Kyle Porter is the leading ground gainer for the Cougars with 33 carries for 160 yards and a score. Chandler Smith (13 carries, 99 yards) and Mulbah Car (eight carries, 76 yards, TD) have been effective in their work this season. Marquez Stevenson leads the team with 10 catches for 105 yards and a score while Keith Corbin (five catches, 90 yards, TD) and Jeremy Singleton (five receptions, 33 yards) are next in line. Dalton Witherspoon has booted all eight extra-point attempts and four of four field-goal tries with a long of 46.
- Cougars are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Cougars are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games in September
- Cougars are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss
- Cougars are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games on fieldturf
- Cougars are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
- Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game