SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Instead of taking credit for setting the Pac-12 record for passing yards with 13,642 and counting, Luke Falk wanted his entire team to celebrate the accomplishment.
“It’s pretty cool because I think it’s a team award,” said Falk, a former Logan High star. “I think of all the players and teams that I’ve been a part of that have helped contribute to this. There has just been a lot of guys on this ride and it’s been super fun.”
And to do it five days after his grandfather’s funeral, which was held in Utah, made it extra emotional.
“I know he was with me out there,” Falk said. “I was joking at his funeral that he already had a seat in the stadium, ready for the game. I felt him with me the whole time.”
Falk, who has two more games to possibly put the record out of reach, leads #19 Washington State back to Utah this Saturday against the Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium.
Granted, the Cougars throw the ball more than any team in the conference, but nobody saw this coming from Falk, who may have been Logan’s hero, but was not highly recruited coming out of high school.
“I don’t think he had any division one offers that I’m aware of,” said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. “Obviously, we missed the boat, as well as about a hundred other division one teams because he was a walk-on at Washington State.”
So how did a kid with no scholarship offers turn into the most prolific passer in Pac-12 history?
“First off, Mike Leach will make you a good quarterback,” Whittingham said. “He’s an outstanding quarterback coach, and they’re about 80 percent throw. So if you go there, they’re going to throw the ball like crazy. But he makes good decisions. He’s got a tough mentality. You can see he’s got some toughness to him, and he’s got a good arm, accurate.”
Falk also has the Cougars ranked 19th in the country with a record of 8-2. The Utes secondary can’t wait for this kind of challenge.
“Any DB would,” said Utah defensive back Boobie Hobbs. “You know the ball is coming out. They throw it probably about 60-70 times a game. So it’s really going to be on the secondary to see what we can do.”