Washington State’s Luke Falk gets first start at QB against Oregon State


CORVALLIS, Ore. — A year after walking on at Washington State, redshirt freshman quarterback Luke Falk is a starter.

Falk will play Saturday at Oregon State in place of Connor Halliday, the Cougars’ longtime starter who broke his ankle last weekend in the first quarter of the Cougars’ 44-17 loss to USC. The injury ended Halliday’s college career.

Falk stepped in and threw for 370 yards and two touchdowns against the Trojans.

Last year, coach Mike Leach promised Falk that if he improved enough to become Halliday’s backup, he’d get a scholarship. He earned one this summer.

But he’ll face a challenge in Oregon State, which has allowed opponents just seven touchdown receptions this season, while pulling down nine interceptions. The Beavers’ pass defense ranks second in the conference behind Stanford.

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