Washington State Cougars Football Details
It hasn’t taken long for head coach Mike Leach to build a winner in Pullman. Leach took over after Paul Wulff led the Cougars to a miserable 9-40 record from 2008-2011. And while Leach went just 12-25 in his first three seasons with Washington State, the team was 9-4 in 2015 and 8-5 in 2016. The Cougars are 1-1 in bowl games over the past two seasons, but things are on the upswing right now. Wazzu has never won a national championship and has just four conference titles in program history, but Leach has the best chance of changing both of those things for the Cougars. At the very least, his up-tempo offense will make games fun to watch for the fans that come out to Martin Stadium.
The catalyst of the Cougars’ “Air Raid Offense” is quarterback Luke Falk. Falk easily could have taken his talents to the pros after the 2016 season, but he decided that he was not yet done cementing his legacy with Washington State. Heading into 2017, Falk had thrown for over 4,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He also threw for 38 touchdowns in each of those campaigns. Falk is cerebral in his approach to the game, and he also has the ability to make a wide variety of throws. He threw for four or more touchdowns in six games last year, and he is even better now that he has more experience under his belt. This defense might not be anything special, but Falk and the Cougars’ offensive attack are good enough to make this a very good football team.