Going through the season, we didn’t want to miss the
players who are most talked about for the Heisman
Trophy, but sometimes those guys—like Alabama’s Tua
Tagovailoa—are solid week-in and week-out without
necessarily being the most talked about or exciting on
a given week. We’ve been wanting to work Washington
State’s Gardner Minshew into the mix one of these
weeks, and finally on Week 12, he gave us no choice.
Mike Leach’s Cougars had fought their way through
the toughest portion of their schedule, and then Arizona
came to Pullman, and Wazzu’s offense, led by their
senior quarterback, laid waste to the poor Wildcats. In
probably the most devastating QB performance of the
year and one of the best in school history, Minshew
threw for seven touchdowns and completed 43 of 55
passes with zero interceptions. Speaking of 55, that’s
how many points Washington State had at halftime!
Five of Minshew’s seven touchdown throws happened
in the first two stanzas. In spreading the love, Minshew
completed passes to 11 different teammates, six of whom
had at least one catch for over 22 yards. He averaged
8.6 yards per completion, so, on average, every time he
threw the ball, the Cougars were nearing a first down.
This kept Washington State rolling downhill all game,
and Arizona got caught under their wheels as Minshew
made a statement for Heisman consideration and the
Cougars made a statement for the playoff committee.
PHOTO: WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS
TOP PERFORMER: WEEK 1 2
GARDNER MINSHEW, WASHINGTON STATE