Borghi leads Washington State over Stanford 34-31
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1: 30 left in the game as Washington State came back to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was possibly the last game for WSU coach Nick Rolovich because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
The deadline for all Washington public employees, including the Cougars’ head coach, to get vaccinated against coronavirus has been set by the state. Rolovich applied for a religious exemption. His future with the team is dependent on this answer.
Rolovich is the highest-paid state employee, earning more than $3,000,000 per year. He refused to get vaccinated, despite Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has been given the mandate. He is the only unvaccinated coach in the Pac-12.
” I’m going to go to work tomorrow to get ready for BYU,” Rolovich stated after the game. “This is not in my hands.”
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.
” It’s great to get Max involved,” Rolovich stated. “I’m proud of him.”
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.
” His sophomore quarterback was “really mistake-free”, Rolovich stated.
Austin Jones, Benjamin Yurosek and Joshua Karty threw three field goals for Stanford (3-4 and 2-3). On Stanford’s first possession,
Quarterback Tanner McKee threw a 45-yard touchdown to Yurosek. 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 responded with a 74-yard run. 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 regained the ball on its 30, with 3: 26 to its left. De Laura led them down the field, and Borghi scored with 1: 30 left.
” “Our guys showed tremendous resilience in the second-half,” Stanford coach David Shaw stated. “We played so well in the second half on defense, but we gave up explosive plays, and we gave up the opportunity to win the game.”
Running back Austin Jones said Stanford cannot dwell on the loss.
” We must move on, keep pushing ourselves and get healthy again. Jones stated that Jones knows we have the pieces necessary to win games.
Rolovich said he does not know what will happen next week, but he has gotten used to the uncertainty after months of speculation about his future. He stated that he was waiting to hear from Pat Chun, Athletic Director about his future. Rolovich stated that he believes this will work out in the right direction, and that he would remain as the Cougars’ coach. “I got faith in it.”
Stanford: After playing four of their first seven games on the road, the Cardinal play four of the next five at home. The Cardinal seemed to have control when they scored the first 15 points of the fourth quarter, but could not hold the lead.
Washington State – The Cougars have been playing some of the best football in Rolovich’s two-year tenure.
Stanford has a bye next Saturday before hosting Washington on Oct. 30.
ByU hosts Washington State next Saturday in its last nonconference game.
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