Washington State opened its season with six straight wins, including an upset against then-No. 5 USC. The Cougars were off to their best start since 2001 and climbed to No. 8 in the AP rankings. Then they went on the road to face a 3-3 Cal squad and were thumped 37-3. Washington State allowed a whopping nine sacks, which ties for the third most allowed in a game this season in the nation. Quarterback Luke Falk, the Pac-12’s all-time leading passer, also threw five interceptions in the defeat.