Holiday Bowl

Falk's 4 TD passes lead Wash. St. past No. 15 Stanford 42-16

After opening the season with losses to lower-division Eastern Washington and Boise State, Washington State has staged a dramatic turnaround and is now overwhelming the Pac-12's recent powerhouses.

The Cougars followed a lopsided win over Oregon that was fueled by a dominant running attack with a thorough beating of No. 15 Stanford led by the play in the trenches.

Luke Falk threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns and the defensive line shut down Christian McCaffrey and the Cardinal offense in a 42-16 victory on Saturday night.

"We had to realize there's no good finesse teams in football," receiver Gabe Marks said. "Even the teams you guys like to call...