PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — In two games as a starter, Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is averaging better than 50 points and 400 passing yards. He isn't doing it alone.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — California shut down No. 10 Washington State's vaunted Air Raid offense for most of Saturday's game, but the Bears could not quite close the deal.
Gardner Minshew threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Easop Winston Jr. with 32 seconds left to lift Washington State to a 19-13 win over California, extending WSU's long-shot quest to crash the College Football Playoff.
Facing pass-happy Washington State on Saturday means Oregon State's harried run defense might get a break.
But the Beavers will still have to deal with Gardner Minshew.
The Cougars (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) rushed for no net yards — that's zero — last week against Utah. Instead, Mike Leach's team relied on Minshew's arm.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Easop Winston Jr. caught the football over his shoulder, made a couple of sweet moves to shed a defender, and completed an 89-yard touchdown play that lifted Washington State to a 28-24 victory over Utah on Saturday.
Winston said he could hear the roar of the crowd as he made the catch late in the fourth quarter, and had only one thought on his mind.
"I just had to get in the end zone," Winston said. "Just get in the end zone."
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.