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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.

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Stadium

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

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Last Injuries

Houston Cougars

  • Jordan Moore

    Suspension
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Moore has served a suspension due to a university policy violation, and it is unclear if he will return against Tulane on Thursday.

  • Colin Samuel

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Samuel has been held out of the last three games due to a knee injury. His status for Thursday's matchup against Tulane is up in the air.

  • Patrick Carr

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Carr has missed the previous two games with an unspecified injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Friday against Washington State.

  • Jarrid Williams

    Leg
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Williams departed Sunday's game due to a left leg injury, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's tilt against Prairie View.

Washington State Cougars

  • Jamire Calvin

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | out

    Calvin is sidelined due to a right foot injury. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Jahad Woods

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Woods left the last game due to a shoulder injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up Saturday against Northern Colorado.

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 2 0 118.121 0 53 29 1 0 0 3 306
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kyle Porter 2 0 160 0 33 1
D'Erig King 2 0 102 0 21 3
Chandler Smith 2 0 99 0 13 0
Mulbah Car 1 0 76 0 9 1
Kelan Walker 1 0 29 0 6 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Marquez Stevenson 2 0 105 0 10 0 1
Keith Corbin 2 0 90 0 5 0 1
Christian Trahan 2 0 37 0 3 0 0
Jeremy Singleton 2 0 33 0 5 0 0
Kyle Porter 2 0 32 0 2 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 2 0 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 2
Payton Turner 2 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 4
Donavan Mutin 2 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Gervarrius Owens 2 0 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gleson Sprewell 2 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dalton Witherspoon 2 0 4 4 46 8 8
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Jeremy Singleton 2 0 3 0 18 34
Bryson Smith 2 0 1 0 27 27
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Chandler Smith 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
D'Erig King 2 0 1 0 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 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
Dane Roy 2 0 0 408 0 69 9 0 0
Keith Corbin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kyle Porter 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Marquez Stevenson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Bryson Smith 2 0 1 0 13 13
Keith Corbin 2 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 2 0 218.859 0 74 60 1 0 0 9 884
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 2 0 162 0 17 3
Deon McIntosh 2 0 53 0 5 1
Clay Markoff 2 0 24 0 8 0
Anthony Gordon 2 0 3 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Brandon Arconado 2 0 193 0 14 0 1
Dezmon Patmon 2 0 175 0 11 0 1
Easop Winston Jr. 2 0 164 0 11 0 3
Travell Harris 2 0 135 0 7 0 2
Rodrick Fisher 2 0 102 0 6 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
Jahad Woods 2 0 9 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Daniel Isom 2 0 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Travion Brown 2 0 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Bryce Beekman 2 0 6 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
Marcus Strong 2 0 6 6 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 2 0 4 4 50 15 15
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Rodrick Fisher 2 0 1 0 19 19
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Anthony Gordon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
Brandon Arconado 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Davontavean Martin 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Deon McIntosh 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Dezmon Patmon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Travell Harris 2 0 1 0 16 16