Mike Leach's debut as Washington St.'s head coach was not one to remember. The BYU Cougars dominated the Washington St. Cougars, 30-6, at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Thursday night.
Washington State failed to score a touchdown in its first game using Leach's well known Air Raid offensive system. BYU's defense only allowed a pair of Washington St. field goals in the third quarter. BYU's quarterback Riley Nelson threw two touchdowns, completed 25-for-36 passes for 285 yards.
In addition to Nelson's pair of touchdowns in the first half, freshman backup quarterback Taysom HIll threw an 18-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter, converting in a 4th-and-1 situation.
Washington St. struggled on third down, converting on only five out of 15 attempts. Quarterback Jeff Tuel also threw two interceptions, finishing the day with 229 yards on 30-for-45 passing. Standout Marquess Wilson led WSU with 61 receiving yards on four receptions.
Next Saturday, Washington St. hosts Eastern Washington for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff at Martin Stadium.