Peyton Bender will start at quarterback for Washington State against the Huskies

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Update (12:30 p.m.): Luke Falk is on the sidelines in a stocking cap and sweatpants.

Update (11:21 a.m.): No sign of Luke Falk in pre-game warm ups so far, but Peyton Bender, Christian Jorgenson and Tyler Hilinski were throwing on the field.

 

Redshirt freshman Peyton Bender will start at quarterback for Washington State against the Huskies in today’s Apple Cup, a source close to WSU confirmed to The Seattle Times Friday morning. This will be Bender’s first career start.

Luke Falk, WSU’s redshirt sophomore starter, was knocked out of the Cougars’ game against Colorado last week, and went through concussion protocol this week, but he will not play.

Bender went 13-of-22 for 133 yards and a touchdown in relief of Falk last week, and also threw a touchdown the week before, when he came into the game in place of Falk vs. UCLA.

True freshman walk on Christian Jorgenson, a Bellingham native, will be the Cougars’ No. 2 quarterback.

Falk is not expected to dress for the game.

WSU coach Mike Leach said earlier this week that Bender is fully capable of running the Cougars’ offense in its entirety, though he’ll add a couple of plays that Bender likes to the game plan.