Washington State escapes late scare from Idaho
PULLMAN, Wash. — Transfer Linebacker Daivan Henley came up with the game-winning interception with 12 seconds to play in the 4th quarter as the Washington State Cougars beat an upstart Idaho Vandals squad 24-17.
After All Pac-12 Kicker Dean Janiskowski missed a 23-yard field goal attempt with 53 seconds to play, that would have put Washington State up 10, Idaho took over with a chance to tie or take the lead. After driving deep into Cougar territory Freshman Quarterback Gevani McCoy was intercepted by Henley, sealing the game for the Cougs.
The Vandals controlled much of the first quarter, ending the first 15 minutes with a 10-0 lead,
New Quarterback Cam Ward went 25-40 for 215 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 18 yards. However, three fumbles by the offense stunted the Cougars throughout the night.
Despite the sloppy play by Washington State, Head Coach Jake Dickert said the team will rebound.
“I bet there’s a lot of guys early watching this tape and how we can get better and how we can execute to be a little more efficient. That’s what I fully expect in this football team, we’re going to respond to this and we won the game. Guys, we won a game, we won a game. I understand all these questions, we won the game and we’ll learn from every part of this and some of it. The ole coach says maybe it’s a good thing. No, we want to execute better, we want to play better and we know that we’ll realize that, but we won the game and that was the one mission coming in,” said Dickert
Washington State will now travel out to Madison, Wisconsin next weekend to take on the #18 Wisconsin Badgers at 12:30 p.m.
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