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Utah's Casey Hughes, left, attempts to break up a pass intended for Arizona State wide receiver N'Keal Harry during game, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz.

Logan native and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk’s struggles sent him to the bench last weekend, but they won’t keep him from starting against Stanford this weekend.

When asked if Falk would get the start this Saturday, head coach Mike Leach was direct in his answer.

“Yes,” he said, without explanation.

After Washington State’s loss to Arizona last weekend, Leach said he changed quarterbacks late in the second quarter because backup Tyler Hilinski was able to move the team up and down the field.

Hilinski moved the team, but he also threw four interceptions, one of them in the third quarter when the Cougars were trailing by just three points.

Leach said in a postgame press conference that Falk tends to overanalyze, while Hilinski can get ‘reckless’ at times.

“Falk tries to way overanalyze everything to the point where that can be counterproductive,” he said. “So if I could slice the two of them in half and mold them into one guy, we’d probably have been in a pretty good situation today.”

At the end of the postgame press conference, Leach said he wasn’t sure which quarterback would get the start against Stanford. During Tuesday’s Pac-12 teleconference, he said it would be Falk.


Herriman lineman Andre James will enjoy a homecoming of sorts when UCLA visits Utah this Friday night.

“It’s been fun watching him progress,” said UCLA head coach Jim Mora of the redshirt sophomore offensive lineman. “He’s a really, really, really great young man. His teammates respect him. He fights through pain.”

And James has had plenty of pain — physical and emotional — to fight through this season. His father finished chemotherapy for an aggressive type of testicular cancer last Thursday, which just happened to be the same day that Andre sought medical treatment for “issues with his stomach,” Mora said.

“Last Thursday night, he was in the hospital until about 1 a.m.,” Mora said. “And yet, he was completely cleared by medical staff, and found his way back out on to the field on Saturday. … That just showed me his strength of will.”

Playing at Rice-Eccles will be a significant experience for several reason, but especially because his dad will be in the stands.

“This will be the first game his dad has gotten to see this year,” Mora said, adding that Andre being treated in a hospital the day his father finished cancer treatment was “ironic.” “But he’s been able to keep a really even keel.”

Love may not play

Stanford running back Bryce Love will be a game-time decision as the Cardinal take on Washington State on Saturday in Pullman.

Stanford head coach David Shaw said the star running back, who leads the nation in rushing yards per game (198.1), feels better after sustaining an ankle injury, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play.

“He’s not necessarily ready to practice today,” Shaw said. “And he’s with the training staff trying to get ready, and hopefully he can go on Saturday.”