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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Considering the turmoil of its season, Washington state’s close to being bowl eligible is a pretty big achievement.

The Cougars would love to see a bowl trip come true.

Washington State only needs one win in its last two games to reach the required six wins. And given their seven-game losing streak against Washington, the Cougars’ best chance should be Friday night when they host Arizona.

If Washington State can get one more win, it would be bowl eligible for the sixth time in the past seven years, and that would be quite the mark after a season that has seen head coach Nick Rolovich fired mid-season for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID -19.

“What they went through and what they went through, and the adversity that they faced, and they kept on struggling,” said interim Washington state head coach Jake. Dickert. “Any of them, whoever they are later in life, I’m going to reach out and try to help these guys in whatever they do, in any way I can help them. want to send them the right way, and that just starts off by showing them our support on Friday night.

As Washington State looks to the playoffs, Arizona is simply looking for another win. The Wildcats ended their 20-game losing streak two weeks ago by beating California, but lost 38-29 at home to Utah last week.

Still, the Wildcats have been extremely competitive lately, including narrow losses to No.4 Oregon, Southern California, BYU and Washington.






Arizona leads all-time series with Washington State 27-17


Dickert said it’s clear Arizona haven’t given up this season and expects the Wildcats to play with nothing to lose.

“They’ve pitched five or six rounds per game in the last two games,” Dickert said. “They’re trying to attack you, they’re trying to win games. Their defense is rambling and hanging in there. You can see their program wants to fight.

Arizona (1-9, 1-6) ranks 119th nationally with 20 turnovers. The Wildcats also gave up 28 sacks from the Pac-12, No. 11 in the league with 295 total points allowed, and their offense is a record 17.3 points per game.

“This is a team that will launch football all over the court. … There’s a lot of speed on the pitch with Washington State, ”Arizona coach Jedd Fisch said.






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The Wildcats are 11-6 against the Cougars in games played at Pullman


LAST TIME

The teams haven’t met since November 2018, when Gardner Minshew and the Cougars won 69-28 at Pullman. Washington State is 17-27 against the Wildcats, but 4-2 in the series since 2013.

SENIOR DAY

Washington state running back Max Borghi announced this week that he will not be back for a year, saying he is “ready to move on”.

“I’ve been here for about 12 years, I think,” Borghi said. “I am eternally grateful for this place, and Washington State University really shaped me to be the person I am now.”

DE LAURA FLIES

WSU sophomore quarterback Jayden de Laura led the Pac-12 in passing yards (249.7 per game) and touchdowns (19). He completes 62.7% of his passes for 7.8 yards per attempt and has been intercepted nine times. Arizona collected the eight worst takeaways in the Pac-12 and intercepted just four assists.

QUARTERBACK SHUFFLE

Former Washington State quarterback Gunner Cruz transferred to Arizona after last season and was the team’s starting quarterback before injuring his thumb on Oct. 16 in a loss in Colorado. The Wildcats have played five quarterbacks this year and have combined for just nine touchdown passes, with 16 interceptions.

BERRYHILL ROCKS

Arizona’s Stanley Berryhill III has 68 receptions this season and is on track to become the sixth player in school history with at least 80 catches in a season. Berryhill is second in the Pac-12 in receptions per game (6.8). He needs two catches to become the first Arizona player since Cayleb Jones in 2014 to catch 70 assists in a season.

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