GAMEDAY College Football

Washington State 38, Colorado State 7

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. - Cameron Ward threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns as Washington State pounded Colorado State 38-7.

Washington State (3-0) scored on its first four possessions to put this game away early.

"We started fast," Washington State coach Jake Dickert said. "That's exactly what we needed to do in this football game."

Dickert said his team has bought into the concept of not looking ahead each week.

"It's important to take these one game at a time," he said "They've bought into the mentality of not looking into the big picture."

Ward completed 26 of 36 passes and was intercepted once. Donovan Ollie and De'Zhaun Stribling each caught two touchdown passes.

Freshman quarterback Clay Millen completed 24 of 34 passes for 211 yards for Colorado State (0-3), which has lost eight consecutive games dating to last season.

Washington State sacked Millen seven times and limited Colorado State to 37 rushing yards on 30 carries.

"He stays in there, takes hits and keeps going," Dickert said of Millen.

Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley finished with 13 tackles, three sacks and three tackles for loss.

"He's out there making plays. He plays hard," Dickert said.

The Cougars marched 46 yards in four plays on their first possession, with Ward throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ollie for a 7-0 lead.

The Cougars took over at midfield again on their second series and Ward fired a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stribling for a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

Cayden Camper missed a 44-yard field-goal attempt for Colorado State and WSU marched 73 yards, with Ward hitting Stribling for a 19-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with more than 3 minutes left in the first quarter.

Ward found Ollie for a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap an 82-yard drive that gave WSU to a 28-0 lead at halftime.

Washington State went into the locker room with a 255-82 advantage in yards gained, along with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. Colorado State rushed 18 times in the first half, for just 4 net yards.

The Rams did not score until the fourth quarter, on a 14-yard pass from Millen to Justus Ross-Simmons.

The Cougars scored only one touchdown in the second half.

"I'd like in the second half to keep firing and do some things," Dickert said.

Colorado State coach Jay Norvell said he was disappointed in his team's play.

"There's just not enough continuity right now. Lots of young players on this team who just aren't doing enough yet, but we'll get there. We're not discouraged," Norvell said.

The Rams have given up 23 sacks in three games this year, tops in the nation.

"I hate seeing the quarterback get hit, we're trying everything we can to keep him up," Norvell added. "We haven't found out how to do that to this point. We need to take better care of him."

HELLO AGAIN

The teams have only played once before, when the Rams staged a huge comeback to defeat Washington State 48-45 in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl.

FAST START

Dickert became the first Washington State head coach to start his first full season with three consecutive victories since Mike Price in 1989. Dickert was named interim coach midway through last season when Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: The Cougars were coming off an impressive 17-14 nonconference win at Wisconsin that knocked the Badgers out of the Top 25. This victory could lift the Cougars into the Top 25 for the first time since 2019.

Colorado State: The Rams, a 16-point underdog, remain winless under new coach Jay Norvell, who was hired from Nevada. The Rams' offense is struggling to score.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ColoStWashSt
WashSt TD 12:02 Donovan Ollie 17 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 7
WashSt TD 9:59 De'zhaun Stribling 13 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 14
WashSt TD 3:24 De'zhaun Stribling 19 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 21
Second Quarter ColoStWashSt
WashSt TD 6:10 Donovan Ollie 2 yd pass from Cameron Ward (Dean Janikowski kick) 0 28
Third Quarter ColoStWashSt
WashSt FG 13:05 Dean Janikowski 22 yd FG 0 31
Fourth Quarter ColoStWashSt
ColoSt TD 11:07 Justus Ross-Simmons 14 yd pass from Clay Millen (Michael Boyle kick) 7 31
WashSt TD 1:07 Kannon Katzer 1 yd run (Dean Janikowski kick) 7 38
Team Stats
  Colorado State Washington State
First downs 14 21
  Rushing 3 6
  Passing 10 14
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 2-13, 15% 5-11, 45%
4th down efficiency 1-5, 20% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 31-37 27-148
Passing Yards 212 300
Return Yards 19 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 25-35-1 25-35-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 7--39 2--13
Punts 5 2
Punts-Average 34 47.5
Fumbles Lost 4-1 1-1
Penalties - Yards 10-76 5-40
Time of Possession 32:37 27:23
Colorado State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Millen 25 35 212 1 1
Washington State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Ward 25 35 300 4 1
Colorado State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Morrow 8 28 3.5 0
K. Holles 3 20 6.7 0
T. Williams 1 3 3.0 0
J. Thomas 4 1 0.3 0
C. Millen 13 0 0.0 0
T. McCullouch 1 -1 -1.0 0
Washington State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Watson 8 74 9.3 0
K. Katzer 6 54 9.0 1
J. Jenkins 8 35 4.4 0
C. Ward 4 -13 -3.3 0
Colorado State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. McCullouch 4 57 14.3 0
J. Thomas 5 51 10.2 0
T. Horton 5 45 9.0 0
M. Stovall 5 31 6.2 0
J. Ross-Simmons 3 20 6.7 1
A. Morrow 3 8 2.7 0
Washington State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Ollie 7 82 11.7 2
D. Stribling 4 69 17.3 2
R. Ferrel 3 64 21.3 0
L. Victor 3 43 14.3 0
N. Watson 1 25 25.0 0
O. Peters 2 9 4.5 0
L. Smithson 2 6 3.0 0
J. Jenkins 1 4 4.0 0
K. Gomness 1 1 1.0 0
B. Riviere III 1 -3 -3.0 0
Colorado State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Howell 1 19
Washington State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Hicks 1 0
Colorado State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
P. Turner 5 170 34.0
Washington State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Haberer 2 95 47.5
Colorado State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Bailey 1 0 0
Washington State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Washington State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Colorado State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Boyle 44
Washington State Missed FG
Player Length




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