QB Falk to start for Washington St. vs Oregon St.

Washington State coach Mike Leach, right, speaks with quarterback Luke Falk during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, left, and quarterback Trey Tinsley (10) celebrate their team's 47-44 third overtime win over Boise State in an NCAA college football game in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Luke Falk will remain the starting quarterback when No. 21 Washington State hosts Oregon State on Saturday.

Falk struggled in the second half of Saturday’s victory over Boise State and was removed from the game. He later came back but was knocked out of action by the Boise State defense.

Tyler Hilinski led the Cougars to a 47-44 victory in triple overtime.

Coach Mike Leach said Monday that Falk played slow and conservative last weekend. Leach also complained about poor play by the offensive line.

Falk, a senior, holds numerous Washington State passing records. But the Washington State offense did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter with Hilinski at quarterback.

Hilinski threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns in erasing a 21-point deficit.

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