Not that our state has seen some bad college football in recent years, but Saturday, Washington and Washington State did something they hadn’t done in combination since Oct. 18, 2003, almost eight years ago.
That’s win a road game against a conference opponent on the same day. When it happened last, the Huskies thumped Oregon State, 38-17 (if memory serves, Charles Frederick had the game of his life for Washington), and WSU, which that season was finishing its 30-wins-in-three-years run, won at Stanford, 24-14.
With a victory after trailing 27-17 in the fourth quarter at Colorado, the Cougars established a couple of other benchmarks. It’s their first victory in such fashion — coming back to win after a fourth-quarter, double-digit deficit against a league opponent — since they did it in that same season, against Oregon State in Pullman in 2003.
More remarkable is this: It’s WSU’s first time since 1984 to win after a fourth-quarter, double-digit deficit on the road against a league opponent. That was the Stanford game, in which Rueben Mayes scored five touchdowns and the Cougars captured their best comeback victory in history, winning 49-42 after trailing, 42-14. Mayes rushed for 216 yards and scored five touchdowns.
And, for a little, full-circle touch, how about this: Mayes’ son Logan, a defensive end whom WSU just brought out of a redshirt year, got a handful of snaps at Colorado and recorded his first sack.