PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars, coming off a win at home over Oregon State, moved up three spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday.
The Cougars are 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 2005. The No. 18 ranking is the highest for WSU under head coach Mike Leach, and the highest for the Cougars since 2003.
WSU beat Oregon State 52-23 in Saturday’s Pac-12 opener behind six touchdown passes from quarterback Luke Falk. But the Cougs also suffered a major loss on defense as senior linebacker Peyton Pelluer suffered a season-ending injury in the game. The Lewiston-Tribute reports Pelluer broke a bone in his left foot that will require surgery. Pelluer left Saturday’s game early in the second quarter.
The Cougars host winless Nevada on Saturday at 3 p.m. in their last nonconference game.
The Washington Huskies dropped one spot in the AP poll to No. 7 after defeating Fresno State 48-16. The Huskies head to Colorado on Saturday.