Ward throws 4 TDs, Washington St beats Colorado St 38-7

Cameron Ward threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as Washington State defeated Colorado State 38-7.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Cameron Ward threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday as Washington State defeated Colorado State 38-7.

Washington State (3-0) scored in their first four possessions to end this game early.

“We started quickly,” said Washington State coach Jake Dickert. “That’s exactly what we had to do in this football game.”

Dickert said his team embraced the concept of not looking forward every week.

“It’s important to look at these games individually,” he said. “They have committed to the mentality of not looking at the big picture.”

Ward completed 26 of 36 passes and was intercepted once. Donovan Ollie and De’Zhaun Stribling each caught two touchdown passes.

Freshman quarterback Clay Millen completed 24 of 34 passes for 211 yards for Colorado State (0-3), which has lost eight straight games since last season.

Washington State sacked Millen seven times and limited Colorado State to 37 rushing yards on 30 carries.

“He stays in there, takes punches and keeps going,” Dickert said of Millen.

Washington State linebacker Daiyan Henley finished the tournament with 13 tackles, three sacks and three tackles for loss.

“He’s out there doing plays. He’s playing hard,” said Dickert.

The Cougars streaked 46 yards on their first possession in four moves, with Ward throwing a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ollie for a 7-0 lead.

The Cougars took over midfield again in their second series and Ward fired a 13-yard touchdown pass at Stribling to take a 14-0 lead just five minutes into the game.

Cayden Camper missed a 44-yard field goal attempt for Colorado State and WSU marched 73 yards with Ward Stribling hitting for a 19-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead with more than 3 minutes left in the first Quarter.

Ward found Ollie for a 2-yard touchdown pass to cap an 82-yard drive that gave WSU a 28-0 lead at halftime.

Washington State went into the dressing room with a 255-82 advantage in yards gained, along with four sacks and eight tackle losses. Colorado State rushed 18 times in the first half for just 4 net yards.

The Rams didn’t score until the fourth quarter on a 14-yard pass from Millen to Justus Ross-Simmons.

The Cougars only managed one touchdown in the second half.

“I want to keep shooting and doing some things in the second half,” Dickert said.

Colorado State coach Jay Norvell said he was disappointed with his team’s play.

“There’s just not enough continuity at the moment. A lot of young players in this team who aren’t doing enough yet, but we’ll get there. We’re not going to get discouraged,” said Norvell.

The Rams have dropped 23 sacks in three games this year, the highest in the nation.

“I hate when the quarterback gets hit, we try everything to keep it going,” Norvell added. “We haven’t figured out how to do that yet. We need to take better care of him.”

HELLO AGAIN

The teams have only played once before, when the Rams made a big comeback in the 2013 New Mexico Bowl, beating Washington State 48-45.

FAST START

Dickert became the first Washington State head coach to start his first full season with three straight wins since Mike Price in 1989. Dickert was named caretaker manager midway through last season when Nick Rolovich was sacked for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

BIG PICTURE

Washington State: The Cougars clinched an impressive 17-14 out-of-conference win in Wisconsin that knocked the Badgers out of the top 25. That win could propel the Cougars into the top 25 for the first time since 2019.

Colorado State: The Rams, a 16-point underdog, remain winless under new coach Jay Norvell, hired from Nevada. The Rams offense is struggling to score.

NEXT

State of Colorado: The Rams host Sacramento State next Saturday.

Washington State: The Cougars open the Pac-12 game by hosting the No. 25 Oregon next Saturday. “It’s going to be a big football game,” said Dickert. “I want these seats to be full.”

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