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Mills has big day for Stanford, but Washington State crushes Cardinal

PULLMAN, Wash. >> Davis Mills passed for a team record 494 yards, but the Cardinal defense couldn’t contain Washington State’s Anthony Gordon in Saturday’s 49-22 road loss to the Cougars.

Stanford (4-6, 3-5 Pac-12) gave up 520 yards passing to Gordon and five touchdowns as Washington State (5-5, 2-5) won the fourth straight game in this series. Stanford still needs wins in its final two games — against Cal and Notre Dame — to qualify for an 11th consecutive bowl game, extending the longest streak in school history.

“We have a two-game season,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.

Easop Winston Jr. caught a pair of touchdown passes for Washington State. Max Borghi rushed for 111 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.Brandon Arconado caught nine passes for 148 yards for the Cougars.

Gordon completed 44 of 60 passes and was intercepted once. He now has 39 touchdown passes on the season, which leads the nation and is a team record.

“Right now he is probably playing quarterback better than anyone in the country,” said Washington State coach Mike Leach, who has coached many top quarterbacks. “He made play after play in that game that other quarterbacks can’t do.”

Mills, starting again in place of injured K.J. Costello, rebounded the Cardinal from a 19-0 hole. He engineered a 99-yard drive in the first half after an interception of Gordon, culminating in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Michael Wilson that cut WSU’s lead to 19-14, helping the Cardinal get back in the game.

After trailing 25-14 at the half, Mills hit Simi Fehoko with a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Cameron Scarlett ran over the 2-point conversion to bring the Cardinal within 25-22. That was as close as the Cardinal would get.

Mills completed 32 of 49 passes for three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

Connor Weddington caught seven passes for 109 yards, and Michael Wilson had five catches for 114 yards.

Stanford played without Costello and All-Pac-12 defensive back Paulson Adebo, who were out with injuries.

“I think the big thing for us obviously we are short-handed and we became more short-handed during the course of the game,” Shaw said. “That being said, we fought back to make it a game. Down 10 points with the guys that we had going against one of the best passing offenses in all of college football,” Shaw said. “We were good enough to hold them and make the game close.”

The Cougars blew the game open after the Cardinal got close, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal in the final 18 minutes.

“He’s real accurate,” Leach said of Gordon. “He throws for a great deal of yards. When pressured he can do something with the ball. He typically doesn’t take many sacks.”

“That’s quite the compliment coming from coach Leach,” Gordon said. “But I haven’t reached my ceiling yet,” he said. “I can improve.”

• Washington State did not punt in the game.

• The Cougars need to beat Oregon State next weekend or win at archrival Washington the following weekend to qualify for a fifth consecutive bowl game.


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