OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
2018 Season In Review
Game 1: Washington State 41 at Wyoming 19
Sept. 1, 2018 • War Memorial Stadium • Att.: 24,131 • TV: CBS Sports Network
Washington State’s starting quarterback wasn’t publicly known until the offense took the fi eld Saturday
against Wyoming. But graduate transfer Gardner Minshew knew he was the starter and responded by
throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars gained a 41-19 season-opening win over the
Cowboys. Minshew, who transferred from East Carolina, completed 38-of-57 attempts. He had TD passes of
two yards to James Williams, six yards to Max Borghi and seven yards to Easop Winston. Minshew threw one
interception. Cougar coach Mike Leach had kept his starting quarterback a secret until the game started,
but Minshew said after the game that he knew he was the starter a couple of weeks ago. Williams rushed
16 times for 82 yards and one score for Washington State (1-0). He also caught 10 passes for 53 yards.
Washington State trailed at halftime but the Cougars scored touchdowns on four of its fi ve possessions
in the second half. Minshew said the offense simply did a better job in the second half. Wyoming was led
by Nico Evans, who ran for 89 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game during the Cowboys’ fi rst
series of the second half because of an unspecifi ed rib injury. The Cowboys offense was limited to 206
total yards, including just 67 passing yards. Wyoming led 16-13 at the half but managed only a 30-yard
fi eld goal in the second half. The Cowboys hurt themselves with penalties, committing 13 infractions for
109 yards. THE TAKEWAY Washington State: Entered the game having lost seven straight season-openers
played on the road. The Cougars’ last season-opening win on the road was in 2004 when they beat New
Mexico 21-17. Wyoming: The Cowboys have lost 13 straight games against Power 5 conference opponents.
Their last victory against a Power 5 team was in 2007 when they beat Tennessee 13-7.