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Washington State offense finds fourth-down success in first half against San Jose State

September 9, 2018

PULLMAN – Maybe Washington State should start every drive on fourth down.

The Cougars five times left their offense on the field on fourth down in the first half against San Jose State on Saturday and came away with five first downs and one touchdown to Tay Martin.

After Quarterback Gardner Minshew converted a fourth-and-1 in the first quarter, Coach Mike Leach trucked him out again on fourth-and-10 from the San Jose 36-yard-line.

Minshew threw a strike to a streaking Tay Martin for the touchdown with 5:30 left in the first quarter to make it 14-0 Washington State.

Then in the second quarter, Leach again went on fourth-and-3 yards from the SJU 28-yard-line. Amongst a flock of yellow flags, Minshew again hit Tay Martin and the play was initially called a touchdown until it was reversed on review.

A pass interference penalty kept the drive alive, but Minshew threw an interception on the next play.

Later in the half, Minshew hit Kyle Sweet for 12 yards to convert a fourth-and-6 from the San Jose State 34-yard-line

A couple plays later, Minshew went on fourth-and 1 yard from the 3-yard-line and appeared to score.

After he was declared short, Minshew dove over the goal line on the next play to give Washington State a 24-0 lead as the half expired.

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