SAN ANTONIO – Washington State's Gardner Minshew issue was proud to play fast and easy. That's a good thing, because these Cougars were always in nerve-wracking situations.
Her swan song was no different.
But Minshew spent his last 80 seconds as a coug as he cooled his heels and took a knee with relish and again. Then he jumped into the arms of the offensive guard Liam Ryan, and the celebration began.
Peyton Pelluer pulled off a shiny piece of late banditry, and an efficient Minshew was just enough to keep his team at the top when the Cougars captured a prisoner. 1
Minshew was named the "Most Valuable Player" on offense, and Pelluer won the same award for two seniors who were on top of this 2018 team every step of the way.
For the third consecutive bowl game, the No. 12 cougs faced a large, fast Midwestern team that managed to defuse the extravagant aspects of their air strike
But Minshew, the magnetizing alumni Transfer quarterback, who spent the entire season trying to shake the Cougars from old patterns, finished his one-year Wazzu career with a 11-2 record and the team's first bowl victory since 2015.
And he had each Lot of help.
"They bring their looks together well," Minshew said of the cyclones. "Most of the time, they went three deep and dropped eight. It's kind of hard standing behind them when they do that. They had a good schedule for us. Luckily our defense was big today.
The Wanker was Minshew's daring 20 meter transition to Dezmon Patmons shoulder, which allowed the Cougars to run the clock.
But the game had come earlier in the fourth quarter when Pelluer tore David Montgomery's ball out of the marquee – his first clash in hundreds of carrying games. Pelluer recovered himself and set up Max Borghi's 10-yard touchdown run to extend a tiny Cougar lead to 28-20.
Pelluer, the middle defender, who had become a legendary WSU defender within six years, addressed his defense in the fourth quarter.
"I just told them we have 15 minutes to play as a group … and just let it all go," he said. "You will remember this for the rest of your life. That's what we do throughout the season throughout the season. "
One of his teammates who responded was the rush specialist Willie Taylor, who crammed Montgomery for a reception just before the goal line to thwart a two-point conversion that would have had a tie the score with four minutes to go Ending. The touchdown had come on a quarterback sneak from Brock Purdy.
60,675 spectators, predominantly Iowa state, watched a tense penalty game in the Alamodome, which the Cougars won by remaining cool and making fewer mistakes. 19659003] In other words, Minshew went through for "only" 299 yards. But he completed 35 of 49 passes, threw two touchdowns and hurried impressively for another.
"I really did not know what to expect when I got into the situation as it was," he said when he came to Washington State in the spring for the alleged quarterback No. 1 Tyler Hilinski in January. "And, man, the family we've developed, those brothers of mine, it was only for a short time, but it means so much to me and I could not be more appreciative."
James Williams got seven passes while Patmon and Borghi added six receptions apiece for the Cougars, who downplayed their vertical play and relied on patience and defense.
Montgomery hurried for 128 yards and Brock Purdy for 315 for Cyclone No. 25 (8-5). US President Washington State 515-327 had been convicted but sentenced ten times, including seven false starts against WSU -Abwehrverteidigung.
"I think the missing piece is now in the details," said then-Iowa coach Matt Campbell. "You want to take the next step in this program. … it's detail That convinced us tonight in all three phases of the game.
The Cyclones were 21-17 down on Montgomery's first-half second-round run with a 8-yard run. Then Connor Assalley of the Cyclones kicked a 23-yard field to reach a one-point game in the late third quarter. A little later, however, he tried a 49-meter stroke, which rebounded from the right post.
Borghi's fourth run of TD time, when he passed on the outstanding safety of Greg Eisworth for the last 3, was preceded by a Minshew rabbit-go-round when he got out of trouble and Tay Martin in third place for a 20-yard win and ten sent.
In a tense, eventful first half, the Cougars used a Marcus Strong-Abfang for a touchdown that was almost mated to six-minute ride for another and a series of penalties for the Iowa state in a third. They led Halftime 21:10.
Strong's interception should have been a 71-yard Pick-6, but the TD was denied when officials accused him of being unsportsmanlike because they held the ball for the last few yards mockingly pulled outward. A new NCAA rule assesses such a penalty from the point of the foul so that the Cougars got the ball on the 20. Minshew threw a wide open Renard Bell in third and twelfth for a 22-yard score.
The cyclones were sentenced to two penalties in the second quarter, both of which resulted in ejection. They helped set up an impressive 7-yard Minshew goalkeeper for a TD and a superb leaping Fang by Patmon for a 9-yard tie one minute back.
Assalley drilled a 50-yard field goal for the Cyclones when time was up.
Iowa St. 0 10 10 6 – 26
Washington St. 7 14 0 7 – 28
WST: Bell 22 pass from Minshew (Mazza Kick), 6:55
WST: Minshew 7 Run (Mazza Kick), 6:08
ISU: Purdy 9 Run, 4:26
WST: Patmon 9 Minshew Pass, 1:02
ISU: Montgomery 8 Run (Assalley Kick), 12:11
ISU: FG Assalley 23, 1:04
WST: Borghi 10 Run (Mazza Kick), 10:24
ISU: Purdy 1 Run (pass failed), 4 : 02
Rushes Yards 39-200 17-28
Comp-Att-Int 18-27-2 35-49-0
Punts-Avg. 3-41.33 6-40.33
Penalty Yards 10-63 6-65
Time of Owning 29:33 30:27
BUMPING: Iowa St., Montgomery 26-124, Purdy 10-46, Croney 2-16, Nwangwu 1-14. Washington Street, Minshew 6-16, Borghi 5-13, J. Williams 3-11, (Team) 3- (minus 12). Washington Street, Minshew, 35-49-0-299.
RECEIVED: Iowa Street, Butler 9-192, Montgomery 4-55, Allen 1-28, Seonbuchner 1-18, Eaton 1-11, D. Jones 1-6, Akers 1-5. Washington Street, J. Williams 7-53, Patmon 6-76, Borghi 6-22, Calvin 5-35, Winston 4-43, D. Martin's 4-35, Bell 1-22, C. Jackson 1-7, T Harris 1-6.
MISSED FIELD OBJECTIVES: Iowa Street, Assalley 49.