3. Washington State 28, Utah 24
Running game, schmunning game.
Washington State does have a ground attack in the Mike Leach era, but the preferred mode of transportation continues to be through the air, and Gardner Minshew did that really, really well.
He threw it 56 times for 445 yards and three touchdowns. And the running game?
13 carries, no net yards, one Minshew touchdown.
But even with the air show, Utah had the the Cougars in big, big trouble.
Zack Moss and the ground game worked just fine, and Tyler Huntley added two rushing scores to go along with his adequate day through the air, but for all the good things the Utes did, and even with all of the Wazzu passes, there were two that turned everything around.
Minshew connected with Dezmon Patmon for a 65-yard touchdown in the second, and then …
Minshew found Easop Winston for an 89-yard play late in the fourth.
The defense did the rest, coming up with the stops needed to survive. And now, Wazzu has overcome its loss to USC to get back on track.
Utah is 0-2 in Pac-12 play and has yet to get the offense rolling. With a trip to Stanford up next, followed up by home dates against Arizona and USC, this could get ugly in a hurry. Throw in the road games at Arizona State and Colorado, and the Ute offense that made the big shift last season has to pay off.
And the Cougars? Oregon State is up next, and then Oregon comes to Pullman. Win those two, and the stage is set for a showdown at Stanford to make a big push in the Pac-12 North race.