Underdog Washington State almost beat No. 2 Oregon on Saturday, but Cougars quarterback Connor Halliday was not impressed
Hard work is what the Cougars can expect when they host Oregon and Heisman contender Marcus Mariota on Saturday night in Pullman. The Ducks (3-0) have beaten their first three opponents by a combined score of 156-54, including a Michigan State team that came into its game with Oregon boasting a fearsome defense. Washington State, meanwhile, staggers into its Pac-12 opener at 1-2.
They will have road games on Oct. 3 at California; Oct. 10 at Oregon; Oct. 24 at Arizona; Nov. 14 at UCLA and Nov. 27 at Washington.
Connor Halliday, the nation’s leading passer, threw for 544 yards and six touchdowns as Washington State beat Portland State 59-21.
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Nevada (2-0) intercepted Connor Halliday twice and held the Cougars (0-2) to one touchdown Friday night as the Wolf Pack came away with a 24-13 victory for just their third win against a Pac-12 team in the last 10 years.
Washington State’s defense gave up a long touchdown pass on Rutger’s first play from scrimmage last week, and coaches have decided to shake up the inexperienced secondary. Defensive backs Tracy Clark and Teondray Caldwell are no longer in the starting lineup. Charleston White and Darius Lemora will start instead.
The Cougars lost a wild 41-38 contest to Rutgers, a game that seemed to be in Washington State’s grasp until the Scarlet Knights recovered a fumbled punt return and put together the game-winning drive in the final minutes.
Rutgers’ debut as a member of the Big Ten Conference will likely be Washington State’s farewell to Seattle. The Cougars open the season with their annual game at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, hosting the Scarlet Knights in their first game after leaving the American Athletic Conference to join the Big Ten.
Washington State University is naming its broadcast building Keith Jackson Hall in honor of the sports broadcaster who had a 40-year career with ABC.
Photos from the action at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
Photos from Martin Stadium
Photos from Saturday’s game at Martin Stadium
Scenes from the Cougars vs. Bears game on Saturday, October 4.
Scenes from the Ducks game on Saturday, September 20.
Scenes from the WSU-Portland State game on September 13, 2014.
Scenes from the WSU-Rutgers game in Seattle.