The Washington State Cougars hosted the unranked California Golden Bears who were fresh off their win against ranked Washington Huskies. With Washington State being part of the first two ‘out’ in the college football playoffs, there was more at stake than just a Pac-12 North title. WSU would barely escape with a win.
The Nightmare on the Polouse would start with a targeting call against Dominick Silvels. What appeared to be a clean hit was considered targeting against a defenselsess receiver. As tight end Ian Bunting went up for the catch, Silvels hits Bunting high. The refs would later confirm that it would be targeting and eject Silvels.
The refs would have some other questionable calls including a roughing the passer penalty and defensive holding, a call in which even the ESPN announcers said was terrible and there was nothing there. Bias against WSU? Maybe. It’s a conspiracy we all have. But WSU would accumulate 7 penalties for 80 yards. Most of which would bail out Cal on third down for personal fouls. The Golden Bears would only have 2 flags for 25 yards.
The Pick-six That Wouldn’t
Washington State had an opportunity to take a two score lead with an interception by Willie Taylor III that appeared to be an easy return to the house. But Cal’s quarterback would not give up on the play and hit the ball out of Taylor III’s hand at the 3-yard line. With the football dribbling out of bounds in the endzone, Jahad Woods tried to secure the fumble. But the ball rolled through the back of the end zone to giving it back to Cal. The costly pick-six blunder would lead to a Cal field goal. WSU’s only defensive touchdown this season has come against Oregon State
Skyler Thomas INT Saves Game
Defensive back Skyler Thomas came up with the most important interception of the game for the Cougars. With Cal marching down the field, Mcllwain looked poised to have another touchdown with less than three minutes left in the game. But he would overthrow his target in the endzone causing the interception and touchback. Minshew II must have waited to use his mustache magic until the end, as the Cougars would march right down the field and end with an Easop Winston touchdown in the back corner of the end zone. Cougars would go on to win 19 – 13.
WSU goes on the road to take on the 5-4 Colorado. The Buffalloes gave up 566 total yards and 5 passing touchdowns to Arizona in their shootout that ended 34 – 42. It is quite possible for WSU to have the same type of success Arizona had, but they will want to work on their defense to avoid another Cal-like catastrophe.