WSU’s Luke Falk throws six TD passes; UW’s Dante Pettis ties punt-return TD record

Luke Falk threw six touchdown passes — three to Tavares Martin Jr. — and No. 21 routed 52-23 on Saturday at Pullman, Wash., for its fourth consecutive victory over the Beavers.

Washington State (3-0, 1-0 ) was coming off a come-from-behind, triple-overtime victory over Boise State.

Falk, the FBS active leader with 98 touchdown passes, completed 37 of 49 passes for 396 yards without an interception. Martin had 10 catches for 194 yards.

“We’ve been waiting for our outside receivers to get in a rhythm,” Washington State coach Mike Leach said. “I thought they did that today.”

Said Martin: “We just came in hard and were doing the same thing we do in practice.”

Jake Luton threw for 179 yards for Oregon State (1-3, 0-1), but he was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an injury. The Beavers have lost 14 consecutive road games dating to 2014.

Ryan Nall rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns for the overmatched Beavers.

at No. 6 48, 16: Dante Pettis had four touchdowns including an NCAA record-tying eighth punt return touchdowns of his career, and No. 6 Washington finished off the undercard of its schedule with a 48-16 rout of Fresno State on Saturday night.

Pettis had touchdown receptions of 4 and 7 yards in the first half, and a 73-yard TD pass from Jake Browning on the second play of the second half to give Washington (3-0) a 48-7 lead. But it was his 77-yard punt return late in the first quarter that left Husky Stadium buzzing and put Pettis’ name into another record book.

Pettis caught the kick from Blake Cusick near the Washington sideline, shook one defender initially, hurdled another in the open field and finally stepped through a last tackle attempt. Pettis also got a key downfield block from Myles Bryant to complete the return and give Washington a 27-0 lead.

Pettis’ return was the eighth of his career, tying him with Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma) and Wes Welker (Texas Tech). Pettis also tied the NCAA record for consecutive games with a punt return touchdown at three. Pettis returned one 67 yards for a score in the season opener against and had a 61-yard return last week against Montana.

Pettis wondered last week if teams would continue kicking to him. Fresno State (1-2) did and paid for it.

Aside from the punt return, Pettis also tied a career high with the three TD receptions. He was the recipient of another nearly flawless night from Washington quarterback Jake Browning, as the Huskies’ 27 first-quarter points was one off the school record.

Browning was 19-of-22 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns and a passer rating of 243.7. Myles Gaskin added touchdown runs of 28 and 7 yards but Washington’s run game remains a concern headed into Pac-12 play next week. Gaskin also had an 8-yard touchdown reception in the final seconds of the first half to give Washington a 41-7 lead at the break.

Chason Virgil had Fresno State’s only touchdown on a 6-yard pass to Da’Mari Scott late in the first half. But the Bulldogs were quickly overmatched finishing off a brutal two-week stretch of road games at Alabama and at Washington.

49, at 13: Royce Freeman ran for three touchdowns in the first half and the Ducks roughed up Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

Allen drew representatives from 16 NFL teams to War Memorial Stadium, but it was the Ducks (3-0) who impressed. Freeman ran for 157 yards in 30 carries and turned a screen pass into a 50-yard gain. Justin Herbert passed for 251 yards and a score, and added a touchdown run.

As for Allen, in what could be his last game against Power Five competition, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior completed nine of 24 for 64 yards — his second-lowest total as a starter — and a 10-yard touchdown run. He fumbled late in the second quarter running a draw and Oregon’s Tyree Robinson returned the ball to the 4. Kani Benoit scored on the next play to make it 42-10 at half.

at 41, 21: The Buffaloes’ Steven Montez threw for a career-high 357 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting between the schools since 1934.

Montez spread around the wealth by throwing touchdown strikes to Devin Ross , Shay Fields, Bryce Bobo and Jay MacIntyre. Colorado (3-0) turned the ball over twice deep in Northern Colorado territory to keep things interesting against the Bears (1-1).

Phillip Lindsay rushed for 151 yards and a score on a day when the defense struggled. The Buffaloes had two starters ejected for targeting — free safety Afolabi Laguda in the second quarter and defensive lineman Chris Mulumba in the fourth quarter.

Northern Colorado’s Jacob Knipp had 202 yards passing and three touchdowns, two to Alex Wesley.

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