Luke Falk has passed for 2,349,983 yards in his career at Washington State.
Okay, that's a bit of a stretch. But the junior did surpass 10,000 career passing yards last month and if he returns for his senior season has a chance to land among the top 5 passers in the history of college football, as discussed here earlier this season.
Falk already is a legend in Pullman, Wash., but he's nearing national recognition for his prolific pace, and the Holiday Bowl could serve as the high-energy point in Falk's college tenure.
Falk passed for 400 or more yards three times this season, despite a much-improved Cougars running game. He achieved the feat five times last season and twice in four starts in 2014. He's reached the 500-yard mark three times, one of those a 601-yard effort at Arizona State in 2014.
Falk is a God, clearly, making it easy to see why passing for 1,000 yards in a single game is … less highly unlikely than typical.
Washington State is set to face the Gophers December 27 in San Diego. Minnesota finished the season ranked No. 67 in the nation in passing defense playing in a run-happy Big Ten — just one team from the conference ranks in the Top 20 in passing yards per game, just three in the Top 50.
Falk and company finished No. 2 in the country at 371 yards per contest, and as many as 10 Gophers players, including significant contributors such as Antoine Winfield, Jr. and KiAnte Hardin, UM's top two defensive backs, have been suspended for the game.
Minnesota has not faced an offense even remotely similar to WSU's AIr Raid under head coach Mike Leach, not in offensive talent, not in scheme and certainly not versus a surgeon like Falk. And their next challenge will come at far less than full strength.
Falk's former teammate Connor Halliday holds the record for single-game passing yards at 734. That may be in jeopardy.