Nov. 18—PULLMAN — It was deja vu in the best way possible for the two Cougar seniors and best friends.
Washington State edge Ron Stone Jr. came all the way around from behind to strip sack Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders and teammate Brennan Jackson was there to scoop the loose ball and run 45 yards for a defensive touchdown.
It was shades of a similar TD for the duo against Wisconsin earlier this season.
And just like in that September game, the Cougars were finally back in form.
WSU led 14-0 after the first of Jackson’s two defensive touchdowns, and it would go on to rout the Buffaloes 56-14 to end its six-game losing streak on senior night Friday at Gesa Field.
The six weeks of misery were finally over for WSU (5-6, 2-6 Pac-12).
“It’s been a long six weeks and these guys have stayed the course,” said WSU coach Jake Dickert, his voice hoarse. “To go out there like that … I just wanted it so bad for them and to see that excitement in that locker room is everything.”
For Colorado (4-7, 1-7) and Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders, it was their worst loss in a season that started with national hype galore after the former 1-11 team started out 3-0.
Jackson became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player in at least 20 years to score three touchdowns on fumble returns in a season when he grabbed his second loose ball of the game and rumbled 74 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. WSU led 56-7 after the extra point.
Not too shabby for the 264-pound big fella.
Sanders exits with injury
The most-sacked quarterback in the NCAA, Sanders took major pressure from the first drive of the game until he left with an injury.
Stone burst around the edge and crumpled Sanders to the turf on third down on the first drive, showing a sign of things to come for Colorado’s overmatched offensive line.
Stone held up his fist in…
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Publish date : 2023-11-18 14:11:00
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