OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
134 yards from scrimmage and a receiving touchdown for the Cougars. Jermar
Jefferson rushed for 139 yards and four touchdowns for the Beavers. Oregon
State hasn’t been able to stop the run lately, but Washington State stuck to its
strengths - the Air Raid offense and Minshew’s arm - to pull away in the second
half. Washington State stormed out to a 14-0 lead in less than two-and-a-half
minutes, thanks in part to a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown.
But Oregon State tied things up before the end of the first quarter, scoring its
second touchdown after a muffed punt by the Cougars. The Cougars led 28-24
at the break, but trailed 30-28 after Oregon State scored first in the second half.
Washington State responded with two touchdowns, and led 42-30 early in the
fourth quarter. The Beavers appeared poised to respond, but the Washington
State defense forced a fumble from Jefferson that was recovered in the end zone.
The Cougars pounced on the opportunity, and an 80-yard drive was capped by a
27-yard touchdown pass to Martin with 9:06 remaining. THE TAKEAWAY Washington
State: Minshew entered Saturday leading the nation in passing yards per game
(398.4). He has thrown for more than 300 yards in every contest this season.
The Cougars likely improved their chances to move into the Top 25. Washington
State received votes in last week’s poll, and the team’s only loss was by three
points at Southern California on Sept. 21.
Game 7: No. 25 Washington State 34 vs. No. 12 Oregon 20
Oct. 20, 2018 • Martin Stadium • Att.: 33,152 • TV: FOX
Gardner Minshew II threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Patmon in
the back of the end zone with 3:40 left and No. 25 Washington State beat
No. 12 Oregon 34-20 on Saturday night. The Cougars capped one of the biggest
days in program history by taking control of the North Division race. Washington
State hosted ESPN’s ‘’College Gameday’’ and later celebrated its fourth straight
victory over Oregon. Minshew II was 39-of-51 for 323 yards and four touchdowns.
Down 27-0 at the half, Oregon pulled to 27-20 on Adam Stack’s 23-yard field goal
with 6:38 left. The Cougars got a huge play on the next drive from Travell Harris
when he stole a pass from Oregon’s Jevon Holland for a 37-yard gain into Oregon
territory. Minshew then hit Harris for 11 yards to convert fourth-and-6 and, two
plays later, Minshew hit Patmon for the touchdown that finally put away the Ducks.
Minshew had a pass intercepted by cornerback Deommodore Lenoir to start the
game after driving deep into Oregon territory. Minshew II and the Cougars then
went on a tear, pulling away to the big halftime lead. Washington State scored
on its second possession on James Williams’ 24-yard run. Williams bounced off
several defenders and stiff-armed his way to the sideline. Minshew found wide
receiver Renard Bell for a 16-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter,
and added two more strikes in the final three minutes of the half - a six-yarder
to Easop Winston Jr. and a 15-yarder to Max Borghi. Justin Herbert was 25-of-44
for 270 yards and a TD for Oregon. THE TAKEAWAY Washington State: The Cougars
four-game win streak against the Ducks is their longest since the early 1980s.
Washington State has a clear path to the North Division title, but will face road
tests at Stanford and Colorado, along with Washington in the Apple Cup.
Game 8: No. 14 Washington State 41 at No. 24 Stanford 38
Oct. 27, 2018 • Stanford Stadium • Att.: 39,596 • TV:
Gardner Minshew II completed his first 19 passes of the second half and drove
No. 14 Washington State to a 42-yard field goal by Blake Mazza with 19 seconds
remaining to put the Cougars in sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North
with a 41-38 victory over No. 24 Stanford. Minshew II completed 40-of-50 passes
2018 Season In Review