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WSU Cougars are bowl eligible after thumping Arizona 44-18

Nov 19, 2021, 10:19 PM
Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert wears a headset on the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert, left, and defensive back defensive back Simon Samarzich (34) greet running back Max Borghi (21) after Borghi scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Light snow falls at Martin Stadium during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Washington State and Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Washington State defensive back Tanner Moku (32) reacts as fire effects go off as the Cougars run out of the tunnel before their last home game of the season, an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Arizona quarterback Will Plummer drops to pass against Washington State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Washington State running back Max Borghi runs for a touchdown against Arizona during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Washington State running back Max Borghi (21) fends off a tackle from Arizona free safety Jaydin Young, left, as he runs for a touchdown and Arizona linebacker Kenny Hebert (18) closes in during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Max Borghi rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in the last home game of his career, Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. each had two touchdown receptions, and WSU became bowl eligible with a 44-18 win over Arizona on Friday night.

WSU 44, Arizona 18: Box Score

A season filled with drama at WSU (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) surrounding former head coach Nick Rolovich – fired last month for refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine – will likely end with a bowl trip for the Cougars.

Borghi ran for touchdowns of 26 and 2 yards on a foggy night on the Palouse where the field at times was obscured and snow flurries fell through the air.

His previous career-high of 128 yards came in the 2019 season opener against New Mexico State.

WSU quarterback Jayden de Laura was 13 of 22 for 259 yards passing. De Laura hit Harris for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter and a 30-yarder in the third quarter that gave Washington State a 37-7 lead. De Laura also hit Jackson on a 43-yard TD late in the first half less than a minute after Arizona had scored to pull within 14-7. Jackson added the capper with a 78-yard TD reception from de Laura in the fourth quarter.

Harris now has nine touchdown catches on the season and has five career game with multiple receiving touchdowns.

Joey Hobert also blocked two Arizona punts, one that went out of the end zone for a safety.

Will Plummer threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a losing effort for the Wildcats (1-10, 1-7). Plummer hit Boobie Curry on an 11-yard TD in the second quarter that was set up by Drake Anderson’s 71-yard run. Plummer threw a 27-yard TD to Michael Wiley in the fourth quarter.

Anderson finished with 87 yards rushing.

Washington State was explosive on offense all night long, with eight plays of more than 25 yards. Despite poor conditions, the Cougars maintained balance with 259 yards passing and 223 yards on the ground.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arizona: The Wildcats had been competitive in recent weeks, with close losses to Washington, USC, Utah and its lone victory over California. The Wildcats never got going offensively and seemed to lose any momentum they had giving up a long touchdown to Washington State late in the first half. … Arizona lost middle linebacker Jerry Roberts to a left leg injury on the first play of the game. Roberts was taken off the field on a cart.

Washington State: The Cougars are bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past nine seasons. WSU went to five straight bowl games prior to the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and its last bowl game was the 2019 Cheez-It Bowl where the Cougars lost to Air Force 31-21.

UP NEXT

Arizona: The Wildcats close the season with rival Arizona State next Saturday.

WSU: The Cougars face rival Washington next Friday.

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