WSU Cougars clinch bowl game with win over Arizona State

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State Cougars have officially clinched bowl-game eligibility after beating the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday afternoon 28-18.

Coming off a historic win against Stanford, the Cougs were looking to clinch a bowl game for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. Standing in their way was Xazavian Valladay and the ASU Sun Devils, who ranked third in the conference in rushing yards.

The Cougs’ first touchdown came following a strong defensive outing in the first quarter. A forced fumble by Brennan Jackson pinned the Sun Devils deep in their own territory, resulting in good field position for the Cougs after the punt. They would drive down the field and cap it off with a trick play on fourth down that resulted in a touchdown from running back Nakia Watson.

On their next offensive drive, QB Cameron Ward would complete a two-yard pass to Leyton Smithson for the touchdown. The Sun Devils would block WSU’s PAT attempt, making it a 13-0 lead in favor of the Cougs.

It was the Cougars running game and defense that dominated Saturday afternoon. Watson had 143 total yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and the Cougar defense was creating headaches for the ASU offense.

Watson’s third TD of the day made it 28-0 later on. ASU would score three touchdowns later on, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome WSU’s first-half dominance.

Ward finished the day completing 22/37 throws, 219 yards and a touchdown.

The Cougs will look to continue its winning ways against the University of Arizona in Tuscon before taking on the Univerisity of Washington in the Apple Cup at Martin Stadium.

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