The Cougars moved up in both major polls, and are now on pace to do historic things. Now, they have to take care of business against Nevada next week.
With its 52-23 win over Oregon State on Saturday, Washington State is off to its first 3-0 start since 2005.
The Cougars were rewarded for their win-streak Sunday morning when the latest Associated Press and Coaches Polls were released. Ranked 21st in the AP Poll last week, WSU moved up three spots to No. 18. In the Coaches Poll, WSU moved up four spots and is now also ranked 18th.
This marks WSU’s highest top 25 ranking in Mike Leach’s six-year tenure as head coach. It’s also WSU’s highest ranking since December 2003. That year, the Cougars went into the Holiday Bowl game against No. 5 Texas ranked 15th in the AP Poll and 14th in the Coaches Poll. After they beat Texas, WSU finished the season ranked 9th in the both polls in the final rankings.
The Cougars rode a strong six-touchdown performance from senior quarterback Luke Falk to beat the Beavers at home at Martin Stadium on Saturday. Falk went 37 of 49 for 396 yards, and his six touchdown passes tied a WSU single game school record.
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Tavares Martin Jr. had three touchdown receptions and tallied a career-high 194 receiving yards on 10 receptions. Isaiah Johnson-Mack caught two touchdown passes from Falk and had career highs of nine receptions for 79 yards.
The Cougars welcome Nevada to Martin Stadium next Saturday. Nevada is coming off a lost to FCS Idaho State, and has fallen to 0-3 this season. If WSU beats Nevada, the Cougars will be off to their first 4-0 start since the 2001 season, when Jason Gesser led WSU to a 10-2 finish and a Sun Bowl win over Purdue.