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PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 19: Washington State defense celebrates a stop in the first half of a PAC 12 conference matchup between the Arizona Wildcats and the Washington State Cougars on November 19, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

Good morning, Coug fans. It says on the Internet that our Washington State Cougars are once again bowl bound thanks to a 44-18 win over the hapless Arizona Wildcats. A lot of what’s on the Internet is bunk, but I’m inclined to believe this one because things were looking good on my television until the fog rolled in and I couldn’t see much. I did see a low angle camera view that reminded me of my local news stations when they show high school football highlights.

It was a great way for the WSU seniors to go out, as all touchdowns were scored by seniors, which was probably the rule. Three of them, to be exact. Max Borghi had two touchdown runs (and he tried to sneak in third but was ruled down somehow), Travell Harris hauled in two scores, and Calvin Jackson Jr. did the same.

Borghi had 139 yards rushing on 16 carries. Harris had 95 yards on six caches, and Jackson Jr. impressed with 133 yards on four receptions. His last TD was a 78-yard catch-and-run in the fog and I’m betting only a small percentage of the fans in the stadium could see it.

The Cougar defense also let its seniors shine. Jahad Woods had 12 tackles and an interception.

Joey Hobert—NOT A SENIOR!—blocked a punt that led to a safety for WSU. Things went well for WSU last night, let’s just say.

On to the highlights!

Borghi had to dodge the umpire on his first TD:

Harris with his first of the night:

This was a fancy catch:

Borghi again:

Time for the safety dance!

Harris again as the fog gets worse:

Jackson Jr., take a bow:

We bowlin’:

Go Cougs.

Links

Football

Arizona vs. Washington State - Game Recap - November 19, 2021 - ESPN
Get a recap of the Arizona Wildcats vs. Washington State Cougars football game.

Recap and highlights: Washington State crushes Arizona on senior night to earn bowl eligibility | The Spokesman-Review
The Cougars (6-5, 5-3 Pac-12) beat the Wildcats (1-10, 1-7) 44-18 on Friday night.

Difference makers: Max Borghi rushes for career-high in final home game | The Spokesman-Review
Take a bow, Borghi. The Cougars’ standout tailback had his most productive rushing outing of an exceptional four-year stay on the Palouse, racking up 139 yards on 16 carries (an average of 8.7 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns to push his career scoring total to 39 TDs, the second most in program history.

WSU Cougars seniors make sure they get to go bowling, scoring a win over Arizona | The Seattle Times
All six Cougar touchdowns came from seniors during their last game on the Palouse during the 44-18 win.

By the numbers: How the Arizona Wildcats were routed by Washington State in foggy Pullman | Arizona Wildcats football | tucson.com
These numbers explain the Arizona Wildcats' latest defeat to Washington State in Pullman.

In a fog: Wildcats walloped at Washington State; Territorial Cup up next | Arizona Wildcats football | tucson.com
The Cats fall to the Cougars 44-18, suffering their sixth straight loss in the game preceding the season finale vs. Arizona State.

Washington State Bowl Eligible after Thumping Arizona 44-18 - Washington State University Athletics
WSU becomes bowl eligible for the sixth time in the lat seven years.

Soccer

Not meant to be - Washington State University Athletics
On a cold day in Michigan, Washington State's (14-3-4) season came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament falling to 3-seed Tennessee (20-2-0), 2-0, Friday afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium.