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Photo Gallery: WSU football comeback bid falls short against BYU, 21-19

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 23: Washington State long snapper Simon Samarzich (34) sprints downfield during a punt in the first half of a non-conference matchup between the BYU Cougars and the Washington State Cougars on October 23, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA.
PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 23: Washington State long snapper Simon Samarzich (34) sprints downfield during a punt in the first half of a non-conference matchup between the BYU Cougars and the Washington State Cougars on October 23, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA.
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The Jake Dickert era in Pullman kicked off in disappointing fashion as the Washington State Cougars (4-4 overall, 3-2 conference) dropped a close contest with the BYU Cougars (6-2), 21-19. Special teams miscues and a rough outing from Jayden de Laura spelled misfortune for WSU in a rare October non-conference matchup.

Brigham Young running back Tyler Allgeier is likely living in the nightmares of the entire defensive unit — rumor has it he is still shedding WSU tacklers today. The sophomore from Fontana, California, ran for 191 yards on 32 carries for a respectable average of 6.0 YPC. Even on a late 3rd and 8 in the fourth quarter that could have given WSU the ball back and an opportunity to win the game, Allgeier did one better and took it for 9 to seal the future Big 12 program’s victory in Pullman.

This week’s gold star goes to superstar running back Max Borghi, who doubled his 2021 touchdown tally with three rushing scores against BYU. Borghi finally had his breakout moment with a season-high 119 all-purpose yards (86 rushing, 36 receiving) in what is largely expected to be his final season on the Palouse. Max passed Coug great Jerome Harrison for second in WSU history with 26 career rushing touchdowns, and is within striking distance of first place across the final four — or hopefully five — games of the season (Steve Broussard, 33).

WSU will now hit the road for three of its final four matchups — first up is an Arizona State team that will be well-rested and healthy after a bye this weekend. The Sun Devils are currently 5-2 overall and tied for first place in the Pac-12 South.

CougCenter was at Gesa Field covering the game’s biggest moments and plays. Enjoy!

Missed previous photo galleries? Check them out below!

9/4/21 - WSU versus Utah State

9/11/21 - WSU versus Portland State

9/18/21 - WSU versus USC

9/25/21 - WSU at Utah

10/9/21 - WSU versus Oregon State

10/16/21 - WSU versus Stanford