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No. 23 Cougars’ first-time starter shreds New Mexico State

PULLMAN, Wash. — Anthony Gordon completed his first 15 passes, threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, and No. 23 Washington State rolled past New Mexico State 58-7 on Saturday night.

Gordon made his first college start memorable throwing touchdowns of 41, 48, 19 and 54 yards in the first half as the Cougars (1-0) built a 35-7 lead and coasted to an easy opening victory. Gordon finished 29 of 35 for 420 yards and five TD passes before checking out late in the third quarter.

Gordon, who had just five career passes coming into the season, beat out Eastern Washington transfer Gage Gubrud for the starting job with a stellar fall camp and his performance in camp continued into the start of the season. Gordon hit Rodrick Fisher on a 41-yard TD on the opening drive of the game and the passing onslaught was only getting started.

Gordon hit 22 of 23 passes in the first half. The only incompletion was a drop by Brandon Arconado midway through the second quarter.

New Mexico State quarterback Josh Adkins scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter when he recovered a fumble and took the loose ball into the end zone to tie the game at 7-7. That was the highlight of the night for the Aggies (0-1).

Adkins was 28 of 42 for 221 yards and two interceptions for the Aggies, who earned a $600,000 payday to travel to Washington and play the Pac-12 school. The Aggies knew it was going to be a challenging start to the season beginning with the Cougars and No. 2 Alabama next (Saturday, 2 p.m., SEC Network, 99.7 FM Las Cruces, 1150 AM Albuquerque). New Mexico State must cut down on the miscues after committing three turnovers and going just 5 of 15 on third downs.

 

No. 23 Washington St. 58, New Mexico St. 7

New Mexico St. 7 0 0 0— 7

Washington St. 14 21 13 10—58

First Quarter

WST—Fisher 41 pass from Gordon (Mazza kick), 9:21

NMS—Adkins 3 fumble recovery (D.Brown kick), 6:25

WST—Patmon 48 pass from Gordon (Mazza kick), 5:11

Second Quarter

WST—Winston 19 pass from Gordon (Mazza kick), 11:07

WST—Harris 54 pass from Gordon (Mazza kick), 9:55

WST—Borghi 12 run (Mazza kick), 1:23

Third Quarter

WST—Harris 20 pass from Gordon (Mazza kick), 11:56

WST—FG Mazza 45, 8:38

WST—FG Mazza 50, 6:12

Fourth Quarter

WST—R.Bell 9 pass from Gubrud (Mazza kick), 14:13

WST—FG Mazza 34, 12:18

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NMS WST

First downs 18 29

Rushes-yards 24-92 19-115

Passing 221 507

Comp-Att-Int 28-42-2 39-49-0

Return Yards 0 19

Punts-Avg. 6-31.0 1-39.0

Fumbles-Lost 3-1 0-0

Penalties-Yards 2-0 6-69

Time of Possession 25:45 34:15

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—New Mexico St., Huntley 9-57, Gibson 4-25, Mitchell 5-18, Adkins 6-(minus 8). Washington St., Borghi 10-128, Markoff 5-7, McIntosh 1-1, Gordon 2-(minus 7), (Team) 1-(minus 14).

PASSING—New Mexico St., Adkins 28-42-2-221. Washington St., Tinsley 1-3-0-11, Gubrud 9-11-0-76, Gordon 29-35-0-420.

RECEIVING—New Mexico St., Clark 7-47, Nicholson 7-40, Downs 5-31, Huntley 3-23, Dan 2-27, Mitchell 1-22, Lottie 1-17, Abraham 1-11, Gibson 1-3. Washington St., Patmon 7-103, D.Martin 5-57, Arconado 5-57, Winston 5-51, Harris 4-91, K.Woods 4-40, Fisher 3-66, R.Bell 2-18, Gray 2-13, Borghi 2-11.

MISSED FIELD GOALS—New Mexico St., D.Brown 51.

 

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