Tyler Hilinski replaced him in the second quarter and got the Cougars back in the game, although his four interceptions ruined the effort.
The Cougars rolled up 646 yards, including 602 through the air, and amassed 32 first downs to just 13 for big-play Arizona, but Washington State still lost by three touchdowns.
Falk threw for 357 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars’ 42-16 victory at Stanford last season.
“We can play better than this,” he said. “We still control our own destiny.”
How this helps Newton? Same. The optimism about playing without Benjamin the second half of the season is not clear — not as clear as the negative, at least.
Newton is aware of that, it’s safe to guess. The last time someone mentioned the Panthers’ offense breaking big plays more often, the week before that same Buccaneers game — and following a loss to the Bears in which they failed to score a touchdown — Newton threw down the “next question” card, followed by the “exit, stage right” card.
Cousins received overwhelming support and love with a standing ovation during pregame introductions with a few boos. After his initial basket, the Kings answered with a 17-2 run.
A video and highlight tribute to Cousins played on the scoreboard during a first-quarter timeout as he was formally welcomed back to the city where he played seven seasons, and the big man gave a big wave.
“I loved it,” Cousins said. “I’ve got nothing but love for this city. I came here as a kid and left as a man. As I stated many times, I’ve got people here I consider family. These fans have been great to me throughout the years.”
“BOOGIE THANK YOU, LOVE YOU, MISS YOU” read one sign held by a female fan in Golden 1 Center.