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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2016, file photo, Washington State quarterback Luke Falk (4) passes during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Minnesota, in San Diego. Falk says he will return for his senior season. Falk made the announcement Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

While Utah and most Pac-12 teams take on non-conference opponents this week, two teams will begin league play as Oregon State and Washington State meet in Pullman.

The Cougars host the Beavers after a 47-44 triple overtime win at Boise State Saturday.

“Washington State did a great job coming back,” said Oregon State Gary Andersen. “It was a tremendous college football game.”

Washington State starting quarterback and Logan native Luke Falk was injured in the game, but even before the injury, he went to the bench briefly in the third quarter in favor of sophomore Tyler Hilinski.

After Falk was injured, Hilinski led the Cougars to a 21-point fourth quarter, which sent the game into overtime.

Hilinski finished 25-33 with 240 yards passing, while Falk finished 24-34 with 193 yards.

While some thought Hilinski’s efforts to lead the Cougars past Boise State might create a quarterback controversy for the team, head coach Mike Leach put any rumors to rest Monday afternoon by announcing Falk would start.

LEACH’S KEY WEST CONNECTION

Leach once lived in Key West, which was battered by Hurricane Irma this weekend. Leach said he’s still waiting to hear how his friends fared.

“They don’t have cell service down there,” he said. “What I hear, secondhand, is that at least part of the town where I was, wasn’t hit that hard.”

He said he’d heard about flooding damage, but hopes to hear from friends directly once phone service is restored.

ARIZONA STRUGGLES

Utah opens Pac-12 play against Arizona in Tucson on Sept. 22.

The Wildcats head to Texas to play UTEP this week, but they’re coming off a 19-16 loss to Houston. Like Utah, the Wildcats struggled to score, relying on three field goals and scoring just a single touchdown.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez said that the team’s defense improved from week one to week two.

“The second game, they were a lot more aggressive,” he said. “They were really good in the red zone. We’ve got a lot of young guys playing, and they’re going to have to grow up in a hurry.”