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Mike Leach: Luke Falk will start on Saturday vs. Stanford

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The redshirt senior will be under center for his final game in Martin Stadium.

NCAA Football: Washington State at Arizona Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

In spite of a shaky performance against the Arizona Wildcats and being supplanted by his backup in the first half, redshirt senior quarterback Luke Falk will start for the Washington State Cougars against the Stanford Cardinal this Saturday.

Falk hasn’t quite looked himself the last three or so games, including five picks against the Cal Golden Bears and completing just 50 percent of his passes against the Colorado Buffaloes (though in a driving rain and wind storm). For the second time this season, Falk was put on the bench by Mike Leach, even though he was seemingly healthy. His backup, redshirt sophomore Tyler Hilinski, seemed to move the ball better, though he did throw four interceptions.

Falk’s start on Saturday is a significant one, not just from the stand point of getting his confidence back but it is also his, and numerous others’, Senior Day. This weekend’s game against Stanford is the last at home for the Cougs, as they’ll hit the road to play the Utah Utes and then have a week off before the Apple Cup in Seattle.

But it’s most significant in this regard: it’s probably Falk’s final chance. Another game of the offense not moving with him at the helm and struggling to put points on the board and Leach may move on permanently to Hilinski.

What’s the old saying? “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.”