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Cardinal Comes Up Short in Pullman

Oct 16, 2021

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- The Cardinal mounted a second-half comeback in Pullman, but Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left in the game as Washington State overcame Stanford 34-31 on Saturday.

Borghi's winning score was set up by a 41-yard pass reception by Calvin Jackson Jr. Borghi finished with 89 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Jayden de Laura threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns for Washington State (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12), which won its third straight game and holds a five-game winning streak against Stanford.

Austin Jones and Benjamin Yurosek caught touchdown passes for Stanford (3-4, 2-3), while Joshua Karty kicked three field goals.

Quarterback Tanner McKee fired a 45-yard touchdown pass to Yurosek on Stanford's first possession. Karty added a pair of field goals as Stanford jumped to a 13-0 first quarter lead.

The Cougars came to life in the second quarter, as de Laura threw touchdown passes of 32 yards to Travell Harris, 31 yards to Jackson and 10 yards to De'Zhaun Stribling for a 20-13 lead.

Borghi powered over from the 2 late in the third quarter to lift WSU to a 27-16 lead.

But the Cardinal replied with a 74-yard drive. McKee pushed into the end zone from the 1 early in the fourth, then ran in the two-point conversion to cut Washington State's lead to 27-24.

After a Washington State punt, Stanford drove 85 yards and took a 31-27 lead on McKee's 8-yard scoring pass to Jones with 7:32 left in the game.

Washington State got the ball back on its 30 with 3:26 left. De Laura marched them down the field and Borghi scored the winning points with 1:30 left.

The Cardinal has a bye next Saturday before hosting Washington on Oct. 30.