PULLMAN – Anthony Gordon set the program’s season touchdown record, Max Borghi ran for 111 yards and Washington State defeated Stanford 49-22 on Saturday at Martin Stadium.

Gordon found Borghi from 2 yards out in the fourth quarter for his 39th touchdown pass this season, surpassing the record of 38 that was held by Gardner Minshew (2018) and Luke Falk (2016 and ’15).

Gordon threw for 520 yards and five touchdowns and coach Mike Leach was full of praise for the senior.

“Right now he is probably playing quarterback better than anyone in the country,” said Leach, who has coached many top quarterbacks. “He made play after play in that game that other quarterbacks can’t do.”

Washington State scored the final 24 points of the game to move within one win of becoming bowl eligible. It was the Cougars’ first victory in almost a month.

“It was our most complete game of the season,” Leach said.


Gordon completed 44 of 60 passes and was intercepted once.

“He’s real accurate,” Leach said. “He throws for a great deal of yards. When pressured he can do something with the ball. He typically doesn’t take many sacks.”

Said Gordon: “That’s quite the compliment coming from Coach Leach. But I haven’t reached my ceiling yet. I can improve.”

Borghi went over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season. He added a 4-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter and now has 12 touchdowns this season.

The Cougars took a 22-14 halftime lead and expanded on it with a Blake Mazza field goal midway through the third quarter. The Cardinal answered, though, with a touchdown and two-point conversion to shrink Washington State’s lead to 25-22 with 4:18 left in the third.

But the Cougars scored the next 24 points to close out the game.

WSU senior Easop Winston Jr. caught a game-high 11 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, while Brandon Arconado had nine catches for 148 yards and a score.


Cardinal junior quarterback Davis Mills threw for 504 yards and three touchdowns on 33 of 50 attempts, but he was also intercepted twice – by Skyler Thomas and Jahad Woods – and was sacked twice.

Washington State (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12) will host Oregon State next weekend before closing out the year at Washington. Stanford (4-6, 3-5) hosts Cal to close out its Pac-12 slate next week.

“I think the big thing for us obviously we are short-handed and we became more short-handed during the course of the game,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “That being said, we fought back to make it a game. Down 10 points with the guys that we had going against one of the best passing offenses in all of college football. We were good enough to hold them and make the game close.”