Strong rushing attack gives WSU 52-14 win over Stanford
PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Washington State Cougars have snapped their three-game losing streak after beating the Stanford Cardinal 52-14 in Palo Alto.
The Cougars outrushed the Cardinal 306-72. This is the first 300-yard rushing game for WSU since 2006.
Running back Nakia Watson was at the forefront of the Cougars’ potent rushing attack. The Wisconsin transfer finished the day with 17 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown. QB Cameron Ward also got a rushing touchdown of his own.
The Cougs were up 42-7 at the end of the first half, scoring 21 points in each of the first two quarters of the game.
It wasn’t just the Cougars offense that had a great day. WSU’s defense created five fumbles, recovering four and returning one of them for a touchdown. Francisco Mauigoa created 2/5 fumbles on Saturday.
The Cougs averaged 7.1 yards per play on Saturday, totaling 514 yards on the day compared to Stanford’s 338 yards.
WSU’s win against Stanford makes it their sixth straight win against the Bay Area opponent. It is also WSU’s largest win against Stanford in program history. The win also puts the Cougs one win away from bowl eligibility.
WSU will look to continue build off Saturday’s win next weekend against Arizona State in Pullman. It will be the Cougs’ last home game of the year before the Apple Cup later this month.
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