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Photo Gallery: WSU football wins homecoming classic versus Oregon State, 31-24

PULLMAN, WA - OCTOBER 9: Washington State offensive lineman Abe Lucas (72) yells after the game ends in a PAC 12 conference matchup between the Oregon State Beavers and the Washington State Cougars on October 9, 2021, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. Jack Ellis/CougCenter

The Cougars are suddenly looking like the program that was sold to fans during the offseason by Pat Chun and Co. as Washington State (3-3 overall, 2-2 Pac-12) defeated a rising Oregon State (4-2, 2-1) in the 2021 homecoming game, 31-24.

WSU has now won eight straight against the Beavers, who remain at the top of the Pac-12 North standings.

Despite only scoring three points in the first half, the offensive unit came alive in the final 30 minutes, finding the end zone on each of their four possessions in the second half. The box score was reminiscent of a Mike Leach offensive, with almost 400 yards through the air and less than 100 on the ground. The last two weeks have seen a priority on the passing game, with immediate and tangible success. Whether this balance continues for the rest of the season will be something to keep an eye on as the Cougars fight to become bowl eligible in 2021.

This week’s gold star goes to the entire inside receiving corps (Travell Harris, Calvin Jackson Jr, Joey Hobert, and Lincoln Victor) who exploded on Saturday, setting season- and career-best performances in the process. Harris, Hobert and Victor all set season-highs in receiving yards, while Hobert and Victor recorded their first career touchdowns as Cougars. In total, the inside receivers accounted for 75% of all catches (24 of 32) and 78% of all yards (315 of 399).

The homestand continues next week as WSU is set to face off against the Stanford Cardinal in a game that figures to have major implications on bowl eligibility for both programs. 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 versus Utah