Michigan State won’t have to worry about one of the most prolific passers in the nation on Thursday night.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was ruled out of the Holiday Bowl due to an injury on his left (non-throwing) wrist/hand. Falk was a game-time decision leading up to the bowl game against the Spartans, but the Cougars will start Tyler Hilinski under center instead.
Luke Falk will not play tonight, according to FS1.
— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) December 29, 2017
As in, Falk's not even really pumping that left hand when he runs.
I'm betting we'll see Tyler Hilinski get his first start today. https://t.co/Fwdm2nIVb7
— Stefanie Loh (@StefanieLoh) December 29, 2017
Falk tallied 3,593 passing yards in the regular season — the 15th-highest mark in the nation. The Washington State senior totaled 30 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a 66.9 completion percentage. Falk went above the 300-yard mark in seven games this season, including the regular season finale against Washington when he had 369 yards but just 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.
Michigan State had the Big Ten’s sixth ranked passing defense in 2017 allowing 196.5 yards through the air per game.
The Spartans were listed as 2.5-point favorites over the Cougars in the San Diego-based bowl game.