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Alex Bowman won Saturday in Charlotte for his first career NASCAR national series victory.

“They did their homework,” Freeman said of Washington State’s run defense. “We’ve got to go out there and be more aggressive next time.”

The Cougars were coming off a statement-making 30-27 victory over then-No. 5 Southern California last Friday night. The victory pushed Washington State to its highest AP ranking since the end of the 2003 season.

“One thing we can’t think about is being bowl eligible,” linebacker Hunter Dale said. “We can’t get comfortable. We have to keep winning one week at a time. We also have to listen to our coaches and not the outside noise.”

After Falk’s 41-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Morrow on the Cougars’ opening play from scrimmage, the Ducks scored on Aidan Schneider’s 20-yard field goal. Oregon took the lead on Burmeister’s 30-yard pass to Jacob Breeland.

Spending most of 2017 as a simulator and test driver as he prepares to replace Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Cup car next year, Bowman drove in the Xfinity race for Chip Ganassi Racing. He also will be in the Ganassi No. 42 car for the race next month in Phoenix.

He had that Phoenix race circled on his calendar after nearly winning the Cup race there a year ago before a late-race wreck with Matt Kenseth.

“I’m not going to be happy until I get a Cup win there because that Wholesale NFL Jerseys China is something that has haunted me every day since last The Best Cheap Jerseys November,” Bowman said. “It was probably the one out of the two that I circled, especially since it’s been so long [since I’ve raced]. I just want more trophies.”

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