UW No. 7, WSU No. 20 in AP college football rankings
Opening night wins for both the Huskies and the Cougars have them rising in the AP Top 25 college football rankings.
The Washington Huskies are up one spot to No. 7 in the latest poll released Tuesday, and the Washington State Cougars are up to No. 20, matching their highest ranking of last season, which happened to be their best since 2003.
Washington State shut out Montana State 31-0 Saturday for the Cougars’ first win in a season opener under Mike Leach. Quarterback Luke Falk finished 33 of 39 for 311 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, and running back Jamal Morrow rushed for 89 yards and a score on 10 carries. Safety Jalen Thompson recorded an interception and defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa accounted for 1.5 of the team’s 3.0 sacks.
Washington opened its season with a 30-14 road win over Rutgers. The team picked up the pace after a slow start, beginning with a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown from wide receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis finished with three catches for 85 yards, while Myles Gaskin picked up 59 yards on the ground and 79 through the air for 138 combined yards of offense and a touchdown. Cornerback Byron Murphy had a big night with two interceptions, and quarterback Jake Browning finished 17 of 30 for 284 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
You can see the full AP and coaches polls here.