PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left within the sport as Washington State got here again to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was probably the final sport for WSU coach Nick Rolovich due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
The state of Washington has set a deadline of Monday for all public staff — together with the Cougars’ coach — to be vaccinated in opposition to the coronavirus. Rolovich has utilized for a non secular exemption and his future with the group hangs on the reply.
Rolovich, who’s the best paid state worker at greater than $3 million per yr, has refused to be vaccinated for unspecified causes, in defiance of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate. He is the one unvaccinated coach within the Pac-12.
“I’m going to come to work tomorrow and get ready for BYU,” Rolovich mentioned after the sport. “This is not in my hands.”
Borghi’s successful rating was arrange by a 41-yard cross reception by Calvin Jackson Jr. Borghi completed with 89 yards speeding and two touchdowns.
“It’s good to get Max involved,” Rolovich mentioned. “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 received its third straight sport and holds a five-game successful streak in opposition to Stanford.
“He was really mistake-free,” Rolovich mentioned of his sophomore quarterback.
Austin Jones and Benjamin Yurosek caught landing passes for Stanford (3-4, 2-3) and Joshua Karty kicked three area objectives.
Quarterback Tanner McKee fired a 45-yard landing cross to Yurosek on Stanford’s first possession. Karty added a pair of area objectives as Stanford jumped to a 13-0 first-quarter lead.
The Cougars got here to life within the second quarter as de Laura threw landing 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 two late within the third quarter to elevate WSU to a 27-16 lead.
But the Cardinal replied with a 74-yard drive. McKee pushed into the top zone from the 1 early within the fourth, then ran within the two-point conversion to chop Washington State’s result in 27-24.
After a Washington State punt, Stanford drove 85 yards and took a 31-27 lead on McKee’s 8-yard scoring cross to Jones with 7:32 left within the sport.
Washington State bought the ball again on its 30 with 3:26 left. De Laura marched them down the sector and Borghi scored the successful factors with 1:30 left.
“Our guys showed great resilience in the second half,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “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 again Austin Jones mentioned Stanford can not dwell on the loss.
“We gotta move forward, continue to push ourselves, and get back healthy. I know we’ve got the pieces we need to win games,” Jones mentioned.
Rolovich mentioned he doesn’t know what is going to occur subsequent week, however he has gotten used to the uncertainty after months of hypothesis about his future. He mentioned he’s ready for a message from Athletic Director Pat Chun relating to his future. “I believe this is gonna work out in the right way,” Rolovich mentioned, including that meant him remaining as coach of the Cougars. “I got faith in it.”
Stanford: After enjoying 4 of their first seven video games on the street, the Cardinal play 4 of the subsequent 5 at house. The Cardinal appeared to have management after they scored the primary 15 factors of the fourth quarter, however couldn’t maintain the lead.
Washington State: The Cougars are enjoying the very best soccer of Rolovich’s two-year tenure.
Stanford has a bye subsequent Saturday earlier than internet hosting Washington on Oct. 30.
Washington State hosts BYU subsequent Saturday in its last nonconference sport, probably with a distinct head coach.
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