Welcome back. For the first time since mid-September, we are charged with picking a standout Cougar in a losing effort. This week was pretty easy though, because in a game in which WSU wilted down the stretch, only a couple performances stood above the rest. Among those two the choice was easy.
The winner certainly wasn’t going to come from a defense that got completely steamrolled on the ground and let not-anything-but-average passer Sefo Liufau throw for 345 yards, more than Luke Falk could muster. Looking back at the stats, it almost seems incredible that WSU was even in the game. Two 100-yard rushers? Two receivers with 90+? Yowza. Let’s get to it.
Runner-Up: Peyton Pelluer
There was one decent performer on defense, and he was even the guy who Michael Preston tabbed as the game’s most important player. While the defensive line was changing players every snap or two, Pelluer didn’t come off the field. He stuck his nose in the pile on play after play, taking on blockers and doing his best to get the defense off the field. In total, he racked up 16 tackles, 11 of them solo, and one tackle-for-loss. Hopefully Pelluer brings it again Friday. WSU really needs him.
Winner: Jamal Morrow
Simply put, Morrow was the best player on the field for WSU Saturday. Once again, he displayed uncanny balance, breaking off a 32-yard run when it looked like he was stopped in the backfield. That incredible effort set up WSU’s first touchdown of the day. Morrow decided to do it himself for WSU’s second touchdown, running the same route he used to kill the OSU defense and hauling in a Falk pass and scoring a 46-yard touchdown.
The only thing going against Morrow is the fact that he lost his second coin toss of the season. Apparently, that portended doom for the rest of the afternoon. In all, Morrow rushed for 87 yards on only seven carries, and caught two passes for 48 yards. If you’re scoring at home, that’s an average of 15 yards every time he touched the ball. Kind of a shame WSU didn’t get it to Morrow more often. Congratulations, Jamal. You continue to be awesome. Please be even more awesomer on Friday.