Luke Falk threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, giving him a Pac-12 record, as No. 19 Washington State defeated Utah 33-25 on Saturday at Salt Lake City.
The Cougars are one win over rival Washington from winning the Pac-12 North and playing in the conference championship game for the first time since the league created divisions in 2011.
Washington State (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12) led from start to finish and could have won by more but settled for five field goals despite moving inside the Utah 30-yard line on those possessions. The Utes turned over the ball on three of their first four possessions, all in the first quarter, but the Cougars found the end zone on only one of those opportunities.
Utah (5-5, 2-5) had seven turnovers.
Chima Onyeukwu picked off Tyler Huntley with 58 seconds remaining to seal it.
Falk set the Pac-12 career touchdown passes record in the second quarter. He surpassed USC’s Matt Barkley with his 117th touchdown pass and finished with 118. The “Air Raid” offense was held in relative check by Utah with 338 total yards and only 27 on the ground. Falk also threw two interceptions.
Tavares Martin Jr. had 10 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown for Washington State.
Tate had a 19-yard second-quarter touchdown run in which he bowled over a would-be tackler in the open field on his way to the end zone. He also sprinted 71 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter.
The sophomore has a rushing touchdown in each of the last six games and a team-high 11 this season.
Tate has four of the five longest touchdown runs for Arizona this season, and twice has run 71 yards for a score.
Arizona (7-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) and Tate hardly needed to throw the ball, as the ground game racked up 384 yards by halftime with Nick Wilson, Zach Green and receiver Tony Ellison running for touchdowns in the first half.
Oregon State (1-9, 0-7) has lost eight straight. The Beavers were held scoreless until the opening drive of the second half, which ended on Darell Garretson’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Noah Togiai.