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Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars Pick & Prediction OCT 16TH 2021

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207Cardinal Stanford
208Cougars Washington State
OP
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49.5
CU
1 -110
50.5o -110
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ML: -103
ML: -117
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13 3 0 15
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Score
31
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Since a humbling 31-point loss at home to USC after leading by two touchdowns on Sept. 18, Washington State has become competitive in the Pac-12 North Division.

The Cougars, who led 13-10 in the fourth quarter at Utah before losing 24-13 a week after the loss to USC, have defeated California in Berkeley, Calif., and Oregon State at home in the last two weeks.

Stanford goes to Pullman, Wash., on Saturday, and Washington State is hoping to keep its momentum while the Cardinal, who lost at Arizona State last week after upsetting Oregon at home, are looking to get on a winning track.

Both teams are 3-3 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-12.

"This team deserves so much credit for what they've been through," Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said. "They've kept grinding. The mindset of the team leadership to keep this group going is pretty incredible."

One of the leaders is Jayden de Laura, recruited to Washington State from Honolulu after Rolovich left Hawaii to become the Cougars' head coach before the 2020 season.

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The sophomore quarterback completed 32 of 46 pass attempts for 399 yards and three touchdowns and one interception in the Cougars' win over Oregon State, which entered the game with a 2-0 conference record.

His top target, Travell Harris, caught eight passes for 147 yards.

"He's grown the trust of everyone in this program," Rolovich said of de Laura. "He makes everything around him better."

Washington State, which has beaten Oregon State eight straight times, will look to build on its four-game winning streak against Stanford. The Cardinal won eight consecutive games against the Cougars until the recent streak for Washington State that was started under former coach Mike Leach.

"We all know, our conference is insane," Stanford coach David Shaw said after losing to Arizona State after upsetting Oregon. "The idea that we go too far and celebrate one victory, that does us no good.

"We have to block everything out and concentrate on Washington State because that is a good football team."

The Cardinal and Cougars are geared toward the pass.

Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw for 356 yards and a touchdown, but he also had his first three interceptions of the season in the loss at Arizona State.

Elijah Higgins tallied 110 yards on seven catches with a touchdown, while sophomore tight end Benjamin Yurosek added 118 yards on six catches.

-- Field Level Media

Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars

Washington State scored the first 19 points of the game and the final 24 points en route to a 49-22 victory over Stanford on Saturday in Pullman, Wa.

The Cougars (5-5, 2-5 Pac-12 Conference) jumped to a 19-0 lead in the early second quarter when quarterback Anthony Gordon threw the third of his five touchdown passes. Gordon connected twice with Easop Winston on strikes of 29 and 15 yards, sandwiching a 16-yard score to Tay Martin.

Stanford (4-6, 3-5) rallied when quarterback Davis Mills -- filling in for injured starter K.J. Costello -- threw scores of 28 yards to Simi Fehoko and 23 yards to Michael Wilson.

After holding Washington State to a pair of Blake Mazza field goals in the third quarter, another Fehoko touchdown reception and a Cameron Scarlett two-point conversion run pulled the Cardinal within three points at 25-22 with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

It was all Washington State from there.

Brandon Arconado, who finished with a game-high 148 yards receiving, accounted for 5 of them on a touchdown catch. That kicked off a 24-0 run to put the game away.

Max Borghi caught a 2-yard touchdown and rushed 4 yards for another -- set up by a 44-yard catch by Arconado -- in the fourth-quarter deluge. He finished with 111 yards rushing and 34 receiving. Winston caught a game-high 11 passes for 107 yards.

Stanford countered Washington State's pass-heavy, Air Raid offense with 494 yards passing of its own from Mills. Wilson accounted for 114, Fehoko for 92 and Connor Wedington for 109.

However, Mills threw two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter: one picked by safety Skyler Thomas, the other an especially pivotal grab by linebacker Jahad Woods in the end zone, which effectively closed any hope of a Cardinal rally with 5:45 to play. Woods' interception capped a nine-tackle, one-sack performance to lead the Washington State defense.

--Field Level Media

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