You are Anthony Gordon and you are dealing with the day-after-the game aches and pains of a Saturday night college football game. You are not in the best of moods (more about that in a bit) and you are dealing with a Sunday afternoon in Pullman, Washington when you see a friend, who is obviously out of the loop.
(the conversation may have gone something like this)
""How are you doing'''' Gordon is asked.
Gordon shrugs, tries to smile, "Well, I had a pretty good game last night against UCLA.”
""Really,'' says the friend, still in the dark even in the light of day.
""Yeah,'' says Gordon. ""I threw 9 TD passes, for 570 yards It was a school record.''
""Fantastic,'' says the friend.
""Not quite,'' said Gordon. ""We LOST.'''
In a week filled with superb performances in winning efforts across the country, Gordon stood out just a little more for what he did, than what he couldn't do.
In a Pac-12 Late Night game for the Ages, UCLA, which was trailing 47-15 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter, staged an epic comeback, scoring 50 points in the second half and pulled off a 67-63 victory.
The win diminished what Gordon did, which was set up Washington State with what looked like an easy path to its fourth consecutive victory.
With former Washington State QB Gardner Minshew, who had set the Wazzu record of 7 TD passes in game, watching from the sidelines, Gordon, who had spent four seasons as a back-up QB at WSU, was superb in tearing apart the Bruins defensively.
By the middle of the third quarter, WSU had built a 32 point lead, Gordon had thrown 7 TD passes and seemed ready to take off his shoulder pads for the night.
But in the space of 12 minutes, UCLA turned the game into a scoring derby, wiping out WSU's lead. Gordon now needed TD passes 8 and 9 and It STILL wasn't enough as UCLA, led by QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson (5 TDs, 570 passing yards) had grabbed a 4-point lead with slightly more than a minute left.
Then the night really turned nasty for Gordon, when he was sacked and fumbled, preserving UCLA's win and ruining his night.
For a variety of reasons, both good and not so good, Anthony Gordon is TMG's Newsmaker of The Week.