What the WSU Cougars have to do to beat Eastern Washington and notch their first season opening win in five years

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WSU Cougars vs. Eastern Washington

WSU Players to watch

QB Luke Falk – 38 pass TD (2015)

WR Gabe Marks – 15 rec TD (2015)

RB Jamal Morrow – 6.5 ypc (2015)

DE Hercules Mata’afa – 11 TFL (2015)

CB Darrien Molton – 44 tackles (2015)

EWU Players to watch

WR Cooper Kupp – 122.4 ypg average (career)

WR Shaq Hill – 52 rec (2014)

DE Samson Ebukam – 44 tackles (2015)

MLB Miquiyah Zamora – 101 tackles (2015)

S Zach Bruce – 42 tackles (2014)

 

TV Info: 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks

 

WSU’s Keys to the Game

Contain Cooper Kupp

It’s tough to stop Cooper Kupp. He’s only been held to under 50 yards receiving in two games during his entire EWU career. But WSU will have to try to limit the damage he can do by keeping tabs on him throughout the game.

Pick on the Eagles’ new offensive line

The Eagles are rolling out five new starters on the offensive line. Before they get too comfortable, the Cougs should try to exploit this by cranking up their pass rush early.

Light up the scoreboard

Sounds like a no-brainer, but with the combination of some youth in their defensive secondary and the experience of EWU’s receivers, the Cougs can’t afford to start out slow. Get Luke Falk and his receivers into a rhythm early and WSU should be able to just outscore the Eagles.

Harass the EWU QB

Sophomore Gage Gubrud will be making his first career start for the Eagles. If WSU’s top returning pass rusher Hercules Mata’afa can make Gubrud uncomfortable early, that will help the Cougs keep the Eagles’ offense from hitting its stride.

Prediction: WSU 49, EWU 21