1090 The Fan’s Jason A. Churchill picks this week’s key college football matchups.
Washington State rallied from a three touchdown deficit to beat Utah 28-27 on Saturday night largely because the Utes showcased many of the same problems that have plagued them since entering the Pac-12. The offense could not make plays in crunch time and the defense could not get enough stops when the game was on the line.
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.
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.