Oregon State opens Pac-12 play at No. 21 Washington State
By The Associated Press
Sep. 14, 2017
Oregon State (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12) at No. 21 Washington State (2-0, 0-0), Saturday 5:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: Washington State by 21 ½.
Series Record: Washington State leads 51-47-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Oregon State is looking for its first victory of the season against an FBS team. Washington State is looking to improve on first 2-0 start under coach Mike Leach. QB Luke Falk hopes to regain his mojo after being pulled in the second half against Boise State in favor of Tyler Hilinski.
Depleted Oregon State secondary, missing injured starters Xavier Crawford and Dwayne Williams, versus Washington State's Air Raid offense. Oregon State defense has allowed 46 points per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oregon State: QB Jake Luton opened the season with 304 passing yards in a loss to Colorado State.
Washington State: QB Falk will start, but Leach will not hesitate to put in Hilinski if the offense stalls again. RB Jamal Morrow has earned top billing among WSU's three productive running backs. Offensive line must rise to occasion after being sharply criticized by Leach this week.
FACTS & FIGURES
Oregon State has lost three straight to Washington State ... The Beavers have a 14-game road losing streak under coach Gary Andersen ... OSU freshman S David Morris had 17 tackles in last weekend's loss to Minnesota ... Washington State has enjoyed 10 fourth-quarter comeback wins under Leach, who is in his sixth season ... In three career starts against Oregon State, Falk has averaged 431 yards passing and thrown 16 touchdowns against two picks ... Washington State DT Hercules Mata'afa has 30 career tackles-for-loss, tops among active Pac-12 players.
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