Washington State football game preview

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2019

The UCLA Bruins (0-3) visit the Washington State Cougars (3-0) Saturday for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff in Pullman.

After UCLA punted again, the Washington State offense marched 54 yards in under a minute and it was knocking on the door again. The coach was outmatched.

UCLA kick-started its huge comeback with 29 straight points over the third and fourth quarters.

UCLA was winless and trailed the Cougars by 32 points. In the fourth quarter, Thompson-Robinson found Devin Asiasi for a seven-yard strike.

Gordon threw for 570 yards and broke the school record with nine TD passes for Washington State (3-1, 0-1).

On Washington State's final possession, Gordon was crushed, jarring the ball loose, UCLA recovered the fumble.

UCLA came off a 3-and-out from WSU with a 94-yard passing touchdown from Thompson-Robinson to Felton to shorten the lead to 49-38 in the third quarter.

Washington State is ranked No. 19 in the Amway Coaches Poll powered by USA TODAY Sports.

The score gave UCLA a 60-56 lead and put the onus on the Bruins' defense.

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The Bruins were not expected to be very good but they have been next-level bad.

Gardner Minshew was on hand to watch Anthony Gordon break his Washington State record for touchdowns thrown in a game on Saturday - a feat which, in retrospect, turned out to be one of the more mundane aspects of the night. None of it mattered on a night Thompson-Robinson made the plays that mattered most.

After turning the ball over on downs still down by three at 63-60, the Bruins had the Cougars facing a first and 15 at their own 12.

There were many other UCLA highlights.

Gordon finished the first half with 306 passing yards and five touchdowns, with three of the five touchdown passes going to Winston. There were more missed tackles as Borghi spun and sprinted his way to a 56-yard run.

UCLA had 657 yards of total offense, to 720 yards for Washington State. Gordon parlayed it into a 10-yard touchdown pass to Travell Harris. The Bruins' losing margin per game is 17.7. UCLA cornerback Elijah Gates slipped on the play, leaving Winston open for an easy three-yard touchdown catch.

"It's a Pac-12 After Dark Saturday night win" UCLA coach Chip Kelly said of his team's insane comeback.

"We collapsed in every phase of the game", Leach said.

After it all, the Bruins found the flawless ending.

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