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Washington State Cougars vs. Houston Cougars Preview and Predictions 09-13-2019


Washington State's offense is in midseason form already with 117 points through two games. The 20th-ranked Cougars aim for a similar offensive performance Friday when they visit Houston in non-league action.

Anthony Gordon has registered nine touchdown passes and nearly 900 passing yards through the air on the young season, while eight different Cougars have caught a TD pass in the first two games. The running game has been sensational as well with Max Borghi and Deon McIntosh combining for a staggering 215 yards on just 22 carries, including four scores. "We can't get caught up in two good games we've had," Gordon cautioned after last week's 59-17 rout of Northern Colorado. "We can't get complacent." Meanwhile, Houston was overmatched against Oklahoma in its season opener before rolling over Prairie View A&M last weekend.

TV: 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Washington State -9

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (2-0): Three receivers for the Cougars already have amassed at least 10 catches for 150 yards, led by Brandon Arconado (14 catches, 193 yards), who is a former walk-on. "He's gotten better and better," coach Mike Leach said about Arconado. "His body has changed physically as far as speed and strength." Washington State forced four turnovers against Northern Colorado, while Jahad Woods led the team with 10 tackles (seven solo).

ABOUT HOUSTON (1-1): D'Eriq King threw for a touchdown and ran for two scores in last weekend's triumph, while Kyle Porter notched 120 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. King has three passing scores and three rushing scores on the year, while Marquez Stevenson has twice as many catches (10) as any of his teammates. Junior safety Grant Stuard has 22 tackles - nobody else on the squad has more than nine - and he registered 14 tackles in the season-opening 49-31 defeat against the Sooners.

EXTRA POINTS

1. The teams have not met since Washington State captured the 1988 Aloha Bowl with a narrow win over Houston.

2. The Cougars return seven offensive starters, including four on the offensive line, from an offense that led the nation in passing yards per game (373.8) a season ago.

3. Washington State is looking to open 3-0 for the third straight season.

Prediction

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TDECU Stadium
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 40,000

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houston-cougars-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Logan Holgorsen 1 0 142.000 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5
D'Erig King 4 0 117.720 0 110 58 2 0 0 6 663
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
D'Erig King 4 0 312 0 55 6
Kyle Porter 4 0 273 0 47 2
Patrick Carr 2 0 140 0 26 0
Mulbah Car 2 0 107 0 15 1
Chandler Smith 2 0 99 0 13 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Marquez Stevenson 4 0 234 0 17 0 3
Keith Corbin 4 0 192 0 11 0 2
Jeremy Singleton 4 0 62 0 7 0 0
Christian Trahan 4 0 57 0 6 0 0
Kyle Porter 4 0 41 0 4 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Grant Stuard 4 0 25 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 3
Donavan Mutin 4 0 16 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Gleson Sprewell 4 0 16 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Deontay Anderson 4 0 11 3 1 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Payton Turner 4 0 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 5
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dalton Witherspoon 4 0 6 9 46 15 15
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jeremy Singleton 4 0 3 0 18 34
Bryson Smith 4 0 2 0 27 42
Marquez Stevenson 4 0 1 0 26 26
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Bryson Smith 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler Smith 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
D'Erig King 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Marquez Stevenson 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
D'Erig King 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12
Dane Roy 4 0 0 733 0 69 16 0 0
Keith Corbin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kyle Porter 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Marquez Stevenson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryson Smith 4 0 3 0 13 25
Keith Corbin 4 0 1 0 8 8

washington-state-cougars-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Anthony Gordon 4 0 195.298 0 183 137 4 0 0 21 1894
Trey Tinsley 2 0 164.000 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 15
Gage Gubrud 2 0 159.815 0 13 10 0 0 0 1 89
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Max Borghi 4 0 325 0 41 4
Deon McIntosh 4 0 61 0 7 1
Anthony Gordon 4 0 40 0 15 0
Clay Markoff 2 0 24 0 8 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Brandon Arconado 4 0 352 0 25 0 1
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 348 0 26 0 8
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 290 0 17 0 3
Davontavean Martin 4 0 238 0 20 0 2
Travell Harris 4 0 225 0 16 0 4
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Jahad Woods 4 0 21 15 1 0 0 0 3 1 1 3
Bryce Beekman 4 0 15 13 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Daniel Isom 4 0 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Skyler Thomas 4 0 12 5 0 1 1 11 0 0 0 1
Marcus Strong 4 0 11 8 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Blake Mazza 4 0 5 5 50 28 28
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Travell Harris 4 0 4 0 37 109
Max Borghi 4 0 1 0 0 -4
Rodrick Fisher 4 0 1 0 19 19
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Anthony Gordon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Rodrick Fisher 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Anthony Gordon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21
Brandon Arconado 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davontavean Martin 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Deon McIntosh 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dezmon Patmon 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Travell Harris 4 0 2 0 16 16
Easop Winston Jr. 4 0 1 0 45 45