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Washington State gains opening-season 41-19 win at Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Washington State's starting quarterback wasn't publicly known until the offense took the field Saturday against Wyoming.

But graduate transfer Gardner Minshew knew he was the starter and responded by throwing for 319 yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars gained a 41-19 season-opening win over the Cowboys.

Minshew, who transferred from East Carolina, completed 38 of 57 attempts.

He had TD passes of 2 yards to James Williams, 6 yards to Max Borghi and 7 yards to Easop Winston. Minshew threw one interception.

Cougar coach Mike Leach had kept his starting quarterback a secret until the game started, but Minshew said after the game that he knew he was the starter a couple of weeks ago.

Williams rushed 16 times for 82 yards and one score for Washington State (1-0). He also caught 10 passes for 53 yards.

Washington State trailed at halftime but the Cougars scored touchdowns on four of its five possessions in the second half.

''I thought the first half we were trying to do too much, focusing on trying to be perfect,'' Leach said.

Leach said Minshew was ''slow at delivering the ball'' but was more decisive in the second half.

Minshew said the offense simply did a better job in the second half.

''The receivers caught the ball really well in the second half, and I just started throwing the ball better,'' he said. ''I was making better decisions.''

Wyoming (1-1) was led by Nico Evans, who ran for 89 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game during the Cowboys' first series of the second half because of an unspecified rib injury.

The Cowboys offense was limited to 206 total yards, including just 67 passing yards.

Wyoming led 16-13 at the half but managed only a 30-yard field goal in the second half.

The Cowboys hurt themselves with penalties, committing 13 infractions for 109 yards.

''If you're going to play against a good team, you can't shoot yourself in the foot, and I think we did that,'' Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. ''The margin for doing that is pretty slim, and we didn't get it done.''

THE TAKEWAY

Washington State: Entered the game having lost seven straight season-openers played on the road. The Cougars' last season-opening win on the road was in 2004 when they beat New Mexico 21-17.

Wyoming: The Cowboys have lost 13 straight games against Power 5 conference opponents. Their last victory against a Power 5 team was in 2007 when they beat Tennessee 13-7.

REPLACING FALK

Minshew follows in the footsteps of Luke Falk, who threw for 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns last season for the Cougars. Falk was released by the NFL's Tennessee Titans on Saturday. After last season, Tyler Hilinski was expected to start at quarterback this season, but he took his own life in January.

SLOW START

Wyoming's offense struggled early on against the Cougar defense. The Cowboys had no first downs and just 9 total yards in the first quarter. Tyler Vander Waal, who attempted four passes in the first quarter, didn't complete his first pass until Wyoming's first possession of the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Washington State: Home opener next Saturday against San Jose State. The Cougars were 7-0 at home last season

Wyoming: Play their second road game of this season when they visit Missouri on Saturday. It will be the first meeting between the two schools in football.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:44
40-B.Mazza extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
41
19
Touchdown 0:44
32-J.Williams runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
67
yds
04:12
pos
40
19
Point After TD 5:50
40-B.Mazza extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
19
Touchdown 5:50
21-M.Borghi runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
67
yds
02:42
pos
33
19
Point After TD 10:55
40-B.Mazza extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
19
Touchdown 10:55
16-G.Minshew complete to 8-E.Winston. 8-E.Winston runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
48
yds
01:34
pos
26
19
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:51
40-B.Mazza extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
19
Touchdown 3:51
16-G.Minshew complete to 21-M.Borghi. 21-M.Borghi runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
92
yds
04:57
pos
19
19
Field Goal 8:52
40-C.Rothe 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
72
yds
06:08
pos
13
19
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:07
40-C.Rothe extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
16
Touchdown 5:07
26-A.Cox runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
54
yds
01:36
pos
13
15
Field Goal 8:41
40-B.Mazza 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
51
yds
03:42
pos
13
9
Point After TD 12:23
40-C.Rothe extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
9
Touchdown 12:23
22-N.Evans runs 8 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
30
yds
02:29
pos
10
8
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Safety 1:35
94-O.Draguicevich to WST End Zone for -28 yards. to WST End Zone for -28 yards safety.
plays
yds
pos
10
2
Point After TD 3:28
40-B.Mazza extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
0
Touchdown 3:28
16-G.Minshew complete to 32-J.Williams. 32-J.Williams runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
56
yds
04:14
pos
9
0
Field Goal 10:00
40-B.Mazza 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
78
yds
05:00
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 0
Rushing 5 0
Passing 16 0
Penalty 4 0
3rd Down Conv 4-14 0-0
4th Down Conv 2-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 394 0
Total Plays 78 0
Avg Gain 5.1 0.0
Net Yards Rushing 74 0
Rush Attempts 21 0
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 0.0
Net Yards Passing 320 0
Comp. - Att. 38-57 0-0
Yards Per Pass 5.6 0.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-75 0-0
Touchdowns 5 0
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 3-51.7 0-0.0
Return Yards 7 0
Punts - Returns 4-7 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 7/7 0/0
Extra Points 5/5 0/0
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Washington St. 1-0 10372141
Wyoming 1-1 2143019
320 PASS YDS 0
74 RUSH YDS 0
394 TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Minshew II 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 319 3 1 127.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 319 3 1 127.5
G. Minshew II 38/57 319 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 82 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 82 1
J. Williams 16 82 1 18
M. Borghi 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 14 1
M. Borghi 1 14 1 14
K. Harrington 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 5 0
K. Harrington 2 5 0 3
G. Minshew II 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
G. Minshew II 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Calvin 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 82 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 82 0
J. Calvin 5 82 0 36
D. Martin 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 73 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 73 0
D. Martin 5 73 0 31
J. Williams 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 53 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 53 1
J. Williams 10 53 1 17
D. Patmon 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 49 0
D. Patmon 4 49 0 29
K. Sweet 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 22 0
K. Sweet 2 22 0 18
M. Borghi 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 18 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 18 1
M. Borghi 6 18 1 6
E. Winston Jr. 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 13 1
E. Winston Jr. 3 13 1 7
K. Harrington 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
K. Harrington 2 5 0 3
T. Harris 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 4 0
T. Harris 1 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Thomas 25 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
S. Thomas 7-2 0.0 0
D. Silvels 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
D. Silvels 5-0 1.0 0
D. Molton 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Molton 4-0 0.0 0
H. Dale 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
H. Dale 4-0 0.0 0
P. Pelluer 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
P. Pelluer 4-0 0.0 0
N. Oguayo 30 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
N. Oguayo 3-0 0.0 0
J. Thompson 34 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Thompson 3-0 0.0 0
J. Woods 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Woods 3-0 0.0 0
M. Strong 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
M. Strong 2-0 0.0 1
L. Tago 45 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Tago 2-0 0.0 0
W. Rodgers III 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
W. Rodgers III 2-0 1.0 0
T. Comfort 56 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
T. Comfort 1-2 0.0 0
W. Taylor III 27 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
W. Taylor III 1-1 1.0 0
F. Fa'avae 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Fa'avae 1-0 0.0 0
D. Sherman 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Sherman 1-1 0.0 0
K. Block 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Block 1-0 0.0 0
J. Echevarria 84 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Echevarria 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Mazza 40 P
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
2/2 5/5
B. Mazza 2/2 41 5/5 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
O. Draguicevich III 94 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 51.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 51.7 1
O. Draguicevich III 3 51.7 1 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Sweet 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 1.8 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 1.8 7 0
K. Sweet 4 1.8 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Vander Waal 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 67 0 1 58.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 67 0 1 58.1
T. Vander Waal 8/20 67 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Evans 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 89 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 89 1
N. Evans 18 89 1 18
J. Bigelow 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
11 42 0
J. Bigelow 11 42 0 11
A. Cox 26 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 23 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 23 1
A. Cox 1 23 1 23
X. Valladay 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 15 0
X. Valladay 4 15 0 7
A. Conway 25 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
A. Conway 1 9 0 9
T. Vander Waal 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 -39 0
T. Vander Waal 4 -39 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Price 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
J. Price 2 23 0 15
R. Ismail Jr. 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
R. Ismail Jr. 2 21 0 0
A. Conway 25 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 18 0
A. Conway 3 18 0 8
A. Cox 26 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
A. Cox 1 5 0 5
T. Mayfield 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Mayfield 0 0 0 0
J. Harshman 33 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Harshman 0 0 0 0
A. Eberhardt 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
A. Eberhardt 0 0 0 0
N. Evans 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
N. Evans 0 0 0 0
M. Keeler 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
M. Keeler 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. Wilson 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
L. Wilson 9-3 0.0 0
M. Epps 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
M. Epps 7-1 0.0 0
C. Pownell Jr. 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
C. Pownell Jr. 7-0 0.0 0
T. Hall 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Hall 4-1 0.0 0
J. Hooper 99 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Hooper 4-0 0.0 0
A. Wingard 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Wingard 4-2 0.0 0
A. Hull 4 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
A. Hull 3-1 0.0 1
K. Prosser 42 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Prosser 3-0 0.0 0
C. Coldon 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
C. Coldon 3-1 0.0 0
Y. Ghaifan 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
Y. Ghaifan 2-2 0.0 0
C. Granderson 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
C. Granderson 2-1 0.0 0
R. Holt 98 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
R. Holt 2-4 0.0 0
G. Crall 88 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
G. Crall 2-1 0.0 0
K. Blakenbaker 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Blakenbaker 2-0 0.0 0
A. Pilapil 45 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Pilapil 1-0 0.0 0
C. Maluia 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Maluia 1-0 0.0 0
T. Woods 6 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Woods 1-0 1.0 0
V. Jones 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
V. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
N. Smith 15 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
N. Smith 1-0 1.0 0
S. Malauulu 96 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Malauulu 1-0 0.0 0
B. Smith 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
M. Williams 14 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Williams 1-0 0.0 0
D. Booker 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Booker 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Rothe 40 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/1 2/2
C. Rothe 1/1 39 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Zaleski 27 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
9 39.4 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
9 39.4 0
T. Zaleski 9 39.4 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Conway 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
A. Conway 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Conway 25 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 3.5 9 0
A. Conway 2 3.5 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WASHST 25 5:00 9 68 FG
7:42 WASHST 37 4:14 14 63 TD
2:32 WASHST 24 0:57 5 -14 Safety
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WASHST 30 0:00 1 0 Fumble
12:23 WASHST 25 3:42 8 51 FG
6:59 WASHST 41 0:09 3 5 INT
5:07 WASHST 25 0:46 3 -1 Punt
2:53 WASHST 5 0:43 3 5 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:48 WASHST 25 4:57 12 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:43 WASHST 29 1:42 7 18 Punt
12:29 WYO 48 1:34 4 48 TD
8:32 WASHST 46 2:42 7 54 TD
4:56 WASHST 38 4:12 13 62 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:57 WYO 25 2:04 5 8 Punt
3:28 WYO 25 0:48 3 2 Punt
1:35 WASHST 45 1:23 3 4 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 WASHST 30 2:29 5 30 TD
8:37 WYO 25 1:33 3 5 Punt
6:43 WYO 46 1:36 4 54 TD
4:12 WYO 21 1:11 4 12 INT
1:59 WYO 39 1:52 7 0 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WYO 25 6:08 13 62 FG
3:51 WYO 25 1:56 6 -1 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:43 WYO 11 2:07 5 -11 Punt
10:55 WYO 17 2:17 6 3 Punt
5:50 WYO 25 0:44 4 -1 Punt
0:44 WYO 25 0:00 1 7